Pacific Institute reinstates Peter Gleick after Heartland Institute incident

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We welcome this: “The Pacific Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Gleick back to his position as president of the Institute,” the Institute’s board of directors said in a statement issued today. “An independent review conducted by outside counsel on behalf of the Institute has supported what Dr. Gleick has stated publicly regarding his interaction with the Heartland Institute….”

The Pacific Institute issued the following press release today without further comment:

June 6 , 2012

PACIFIC INSTITUTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS STATEMENT

The Pacific Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Gleick back to his position as president of the Institute. An independent review conducted by outside counsel on behalf of the Institute has supported what Dr. Gleick has stated publicly regarding his interaction with the Heartland Institute. This independent investigation has further confirmed and the Pacific Institute is satisfied that none of its staff knew of or was involved in any way.

Dr. Gleick has apologized publicly for his actions, which are not condoned by the Pacific Institute and run counter to the Institute’s policies and standard of ethics over its 25-year history. The Board of Directors accepts Dr. Gleick’s apology for his lapse in judgment. We look forward to his continuing in the Pacific Institute’s ongoing and vital mission to advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity.

“I am glad to be back and thank everyone for continuing their important work at the Pacific Institute during my absence,” said Dr. Gleick in a statement. “I am returning with a renewed focus and dedication to the science and research that remain at the core of the Pacific Institute’s mission.”

Also see:

Joe Romm at Climate Progress:  Breaking: Pacific Institute Reinstates Peter Gleick After Outside Review Confirms His Public Statements On Heartland Affair

Brian Angliss at Scholars & Rogues: Peter Gleick reinstated to his position at the Pacific Institute

Earlier posts:

Leaked Heartland Institute documents include plan for climate disinformation curriculum in schools

Republicans for Environmental Protection vs. Heartland Institute climate disinformation campaign

Climate science in the schools: Heartland Institute vs. Gavin Schmidt

General Motors pulls funding from Heartland Institute; Heartland responds

Even denialist Rep. Sensenbrenner recoiled at loathsome Heartland Institute Unabomber global warming billboard

Thanks to State Farm insurance for dropping the Heartland Institute

“Last Call at the Oasis”

 

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5 Responses to Pacific Institute reinstates Peter Gleick after Heartland Institute incident

  1. David Jones says:

    Clearly the self-styled “Pacific Institute”, as well as “Dr.” Gleick are irrefutably ethically challnged. He has admitted obtaining documents under false pretences, which is a criminal offence in most modern societies, even if not in California! Normally the penalty for a criminal offence is rather more than “just having to say you are sorry.”

    Furthermore, each and every member of the board of Pacific Institue has shown themselves also to be ethically challenged, otherwise they would not continue to be associated with something as shonky as this.

    • Chris Winter says:

      And your assessment of the Heartland Institute, David?

      • David Jones says:

        I have no “assessment” of them. I am not aware that Heartland’s President has admitted obtaing confidential documents from PI by false pretenses (a crime in most modern societies) nor that he has been accused of forging another document, supposedly from PI.

        IF either of those things happen then I may be interested in “assessing” Heartland. Until then I am not.

        • PJ says:

          David, Your ire at Peter Gleick looks so disingenuous as to be blatantly comical. Here he blows the whistle on a criminally dishonest organization plotting against our country and winds up the object of criticism. Had Paul Revere obtained his intel by impersonating a Brit, would he have been censored for saving the day? Poisoning the minds of the young — Socrates paid for that — by peddling disinformation about the most serious issue they face, thus impairing their ability to actually do something in their best interests, should be punishable, at the very least, by public humiliation and ridicule. Sunlight still is the best disinfectant. Gleick did that and I really don’t care how as long as nobody got hurt but a bad organization up to no good got caught, humiliated, and is now disgraced. For that Gleick should receive the Sunlight Disinfectant award. How many more must be given before we see the end to this fateful dithering on the climate crisis?

  2. Anne says:

    Well, it’s about time! Peter Gleick is far too valuable an asset to be side-lined!

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