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The Atlantic Article On Gleickgate

Gleickgate, for those unfamiliar, refers to the fraudulent appropriation of documents from the Heartland Institute. I must confess I was among the unfamiliar until I read level_head's very informative entries on the subject.

The Atlantic article I refer to in the title makes the allegation that one of the documents, the 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy was forged. The author,Megan McCardle, lays out a very convincing case for forgery. She points out suspicious differences between the Climate Strategy document and the other documents. In addition to these differences, she notes that the document "reads like it was written from the secret villain lair in a Batman comic.  By an intern." In other words, it's not just a forgery, but a very amateurish one.

Ms.McCardle's article is all the more impressive because, in her own words, she "not only believe(s)  that anthropogenic global warming is happening, but also support(s) stiff carbon or source fuels  taxes in order to combat it".  She also says she gets "chewed out by climate skeptics with great regularity."

Bless her heart. She thought what she got from the climate skeptics was a chewing out. As I read her words, I couldn't help but think of the kind of calumny she would get from warmers for suggesting one of their own was not on the up and up.

I didn't wonder long. The first comment was from a critic who suggested she give herself food poisoning. (It has since been flagged for review and is no longer readable.)

I appreciate McCardle's courage and intellectual honesty. Later I might read one of her pieces that advocate taxes to combat global warming and not feel quite as warmly towards her. But she will still have my respect. And I sure won't wish food poisoning on her.