Is the title of this Blog post fair to the actuality of what Peter Gleick did (or did not do?)
Before we get to that, a little background for the uninformed, ignorant or otherwise abstracted individuals.
Earlier this month documents were apparently ‘leaked’ from an ‘insider’ at a Libertarian think tank called The Heartland Institute. They are a relatively small operation focused on free-market issues with an annual budget not exceeding 7 Million US dollars as of this date. Even so, they are very well run and efficient in their campaigns, which like it or not, may be a testament to their free-market ideals.
The leaked documents purported to show nefarious undertakings by Heartland to muddy the waters and sow confusion, in a concerted ‘war on science.’ At least that’s how leftist/progressive/environmentalists always suspected (or wished) Heartland
acts would act to undermine the much ballyhooed ‘consensus of global warming, climate change, climate disruption’ to which the inevitable outcome is nearly nothing less than planetary ecocide.
The leak however turned out to be fraud and misrepresentation by none other than Peter Gleick, a Hydroclimatologist, global warming alarmist and co-founder of the Pacific Institute. Some of Gleick’s notable awards have had such humble titles as “Visionary on the Environment,” “Genius Award” and “Visionary: A Catalyst for an Enlightened Future.”
For a run down on the whole affair with links to multiple sources visit this page at Anthony Watts site, Watts Up With That. Regardless of your views on Watts and his site you will find the widest breadth of analysis and reportage on this issue.
So just how is Gleick blaming the rape victim here?
One must understand that most global warming proponents are of a modern leftists bent. I doubt that revelation is hardly new. However, these people generally believe that anyone challenging their environmental views must be any combination of the following: 1) conservative 2) uneducated 3) anti-science 4) creationist 5) of low IQ, 6) on the payroll of ‘big oil.’ 7) you fill in the ______ here.
The leftist intolerance of climate change skepticism is greatly at odds with the leftist tolerance of myriad ideologies, including those that would seek to end western/modern civilization as we know it.
One of the sacred cows of of modern leftist ideology is the zero tolerance position taken for any remark that a rape victim may have had some fault in their rape.
Seriously deluded aspects of environmentalism and feminism can be found in the tailor made ideology of ecofeminism.
The key portion relative to this blog of Gleick’s admission of guilt is quoted as follows:
My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved.
We must understand from that statement that Gleick is at a minimum paranoid and believed in what amounts to a conspiracy theory. If his belief were self-evident through the use of facts, what need would he have to make such a preposterous statement?
So imagine if a rapist had said in his own defense:
My judgment was blinded by my frustration of feminisms ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well funded and coordinated — to attack men’s sexuality and manhood, emasculating us, and by the lack of accountability of the women involved.
You would likely consider such a claim to be lunacy would you not? Not unless you inhabbit an upside-down world of belief driven self-satisfaction and do-goodery devoid of convincing evidence.
This is the reality of people like Gleick.