Feb 27

An Inconvenient Video from COP-15 (2009) featuring DeSmog Blog’s Brendan Demelle.  This video was deemed soooo compelling by viewers that in the two years it’s been posted it had a whopping nine views when I scrounged it up from the YouTube dustbin.  An excerpt from Demelle discussing the state of journalism, and the rise of bloggers:

“…with the struggling economy which is hurting newsrooms there just aren’t as many resources to devote to deep investigative journalism than there used to be, and I think that’s why you see a rise in citizen journalism, people taking it upon themselves to go and try to figure out what the facts are and to report the facts.  Also, you know, one of the things that Danny mentioned is that journalists are, you know, taught to be objective and not to have a view.  I’d just say that you’re also taught to report facts, and not lies and misdeeds….”

He may say that, and yet I get the feeling that Brendan will only part with that fake 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy memo when we pry it from his proverbial cold, dead fingers.

Here’s the whole video.  DeMelle appears at 8:00…

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Feb 21

In his HuffPo confession, Peter Gleick made some statements that only bring up more questions:

At the beginning of 2012, I received an anonymous document in the mail describing what appeared to be details of the Heartland Institute’s climate program strategy. It contained information about their funders and the Institute’s apparent efforts to muddy public understanding about climate science and policy.

Gleick continues:

I do not know the source of that original document but assumed it was sent to me because of my past exchanges with Heartland and because I was named in it.

You sure about that Mr. Gleick?  Certainly the letter came in an envelope.  Certainly that envelope had a dated postmark indicating the post office that received it.  And certainly this postmarked envelope could possibly help defend yourself against the accusations that you produced the “Fake Memo”.  So if it did indeed come anonymously, wouldn’t any prudent person including you save the envelope?  Of course you would.  So please provide us a copy.

Also, Mr. Gleick, can you please tell us whether or not there was any accompanying cover letter in the envelope?  If so, surely you have that document too.  Please provide us a copy of that too, please.

We’ll be anxiously awaiting your reply, Peter.

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Feb 20

Peter Gleick, February, 2009, in a piece accusing the Heartland Institute of cherry-picking data to show a supposedly non-existent recent cooling trend:

Their irresponsible actions in this cherry-picking exercise substantially diminish even further Heartland’s claim to be any kind of honest broker of serious scientific skepticism on the topic of climate change.

The shoe is on the other foot, Peter.

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