All the Heartland Institute ever asked for was an "honest debate" about climate change. And that's exactly what the commonsense libertarian think tank out of Chicago has offered for years, on climate change and myriad other important issues.
And for having the temerity to question the high priests of the Church of Global Warming, the scholars at Heartland regularly have been eviscerated as something akin to Holocaust deniers.
Heartland's science-based questions long have raised serious doubt about the "progressive" theologians' script, often one part junk science to six parts social re-engineering. But now the climate priests have turned to nefarious, and likely illegal, means to attempt to smear the former.
On Monday, noted climate clucker Peter H. Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security, admitted to his role in a plot to discredit Heartland. He posed as someone else to obtain documents purporting to suggest skulduggery in Heartland's operations.
Some of the documents had been altered. One obviously was a fake. Who did what remains a question mark. But even then, the documents were more of an affirmation of Heartland's hardly secret mission of credibly questioning conventional warming orthodoxy. The warming theologians never have had credible answers.
Mr. Gleick isn't the first climate activist to smear those who don't worship at his clique's altar and he won't be the last. But right now, he's the most embarrassing.
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