FBI called in over climate change mole
The Chicago-based free market Heartland Institute has called in the FBI and threatened other legal action against a global warming proponent who has admitted stealing emails from the institute in a bid to embarrass and discredit the group’s questioning of climate change.
Heartland officials tell Washington Secrets that they have been in talks with the FBI over the case against prominent global warming proponent Peter Gleick, co-founder of the respected Pacific Institute. Heartland is getting ready to reveal their probe of the affair, which they hope the FBI will act on.
Gleick posed online as a board member of the libertarian group to pry embarrassing emails and internal funding reports which ended up online this month. He also is suspected of writing a sensationally mistake-filled “strategy memo” based on the emails and posted online. The Pacific Institute's board has expressed concern about the case.
Heartland is also seeking legal action, both criminal and civil. Still, they are stumped at why he tried espionage to attack Heartland when he had been invited to publicly challenge climate change doubters at an upcoming benefit dinner. He didn’t RSVP.
The case could turn nasty. Heartland wants Gleick penalized, even jailed. Gleick, his career in tatters, wants to take Heartland down by outing its wealthy anonymous donor and probing ties to supportive lawmakers. \
Said Gleick’s lawyer John Keker, “Heartland no doubt will seek to exploit Dr. Gleick’s admitted lapse in judgement in order to further its agenda in the ongoing debate about climate change, but if it wants to pursue this matter legally, it will learn that our legal system provides for a level playing field.” Keker added, “Dr. Gleick looks forward to using discovery to understand more about the veracity of the documents, lay bare the implications of Heartland’s propaganda plans and, in particular, determine once and for all who is truly behind Heartland and why.”
The Fall of AGW Continues
Crackeress further humiliates herself by continuing to yell about the "fall" of AGW, when every passing day has made the threat more obvious, whether it's monster storms, drought, new lows for polar ice, or the fact that 2012 will be the 30th consecutive year that global temps were higher than historical averages. If the annual temp is supposed to oscillate above and below the average with roughly even frequency, the odds of this happenining are 1/(2^30 ), or less than 1 in a TRILLION. Your chance of winning the recent Powerball lottery is higher than those odds.
Meanwhile, maybe Crackeress can explain why ExxonMobile has now come out in favor of a carbon tax, and why BP, Shell and Statoil signed the Carbon Price Communique, calling for pricing and regulating the emission of carbon.
Funny, just a few years ago ExxonMobile was yelling that AGW was a "hoax," just like Crackeress!! (I guess unlike GED Failuresses, even rapaciously greedy oil companies are trainable).
You fatuous ignoramus! Exxon Mobil has come out in favor of a carbon tax because they have figured some angle by which they make a pile of money. Now you knew that despite your educational failures, but thought to spin it in light of your politics. LOL! Who do you think you're kidding?
AGW IS a hoax.
"Funny, just a few years ago ExxonMobile was yelling that AGW was a "hoax," just like Crackeress!! (I guess unlike GED Failuresses, even rapaciously greedy oil companies are trainable)."
Sadly, retard is not trainable and not worth being even a pet dog. Too much koolaid.
Van Jones and Exxon Mobil Support a Carbon Tax
Posted on Sat Dec 8 09:54:17 2012 by Kaslin
It’s a bad omen for free enterprise, prosperity and liberty when normally warring special interest groups such as big business and progressive activists agree on public policy.
During President Obama’s first term big business interests led by the pharmaceutical industry joined the union lobby in successfully making ObamaCare the law of the land.
Shortly after Obama’s re-election, history may be repeating itself this time regarding energy policy.
While it’s known that politics makes strange bedfellows none can be more bizarre than former White House green jobs czar Van Jones and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson agreeing on a carbon tax.
Coincidentally, just ten days after the presidential election, Van Jones co-authored a commentary, “To end the fiscal showdown, tax carbon,” and on the same day Bloomberg News wrote an article, “Carbon tax: Exxon backs Obama plan to impose climate change fees.”
In the latter story an Exxon spokesperson said, “Combined with further advances in energy efficiency and new technologies spurred by market innovation, a well-designed carbon tax could play a significant role in addressing the challenge of rising emissions.”
As we witnessed with ObamaCare, the key to progressive legislative victory is converting a powerful opponent to a potent ally.
Transforming Exxon into a lobbyist for the left-wing’s war on fossil fuels is a huge coup for progressives and it’s been years in the making.
After hammering Exxon as the enemy of the environment for more than a decade and the public relations headaches that it brings to the board room – the company was ripe for waving the white flag.
Exxon faced the full armada of the environmental advocacy complex. Activist shareholders and protests at the company’s annual shareholder meetings were part of the advocacy targeting the company.
Activist groups also tracked Exxon’s financial support for conservative public policy organizations that conflicted with their view that industrial activity is responsible for global warming.
In an effort to repair its public image and lower its public profile Exxon ended its financial support of many conservative organizations and the company went soft on its global warming position.
A carbon tax meets both Exxon’s financial and public relations needs which also meshes with Obama’s war on coal.
Since coal emits twice as much carbon dioxide than natural gas, coal would be preferentially harmed by a carbon tax and open the door for Exxon – the largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. – to fill the void for electricity generation.
In a recent post on Seeking Alpha – a financial website – John Mylant described how a carbon tax would benefit Exxon.
“There is strong competition between coal and natural gas to generate electricity. It's really simple-if coal costs more, natural gas will look more appealing.”
Mylant also said, “Some believe the carbon tax will be a knockout blow for the thermal coal industry and a boon for the natural gas industry. Thus, a huge revenue benefit to Exxon.”
The goal for progressive activists and Exxon is to eliminate the coal industry through government and not through free market competition.
The coal industry is already on the ropes because of President Obama’s war on coal. The Environmental Protection Agency has issued regulations that dramatically increase the cost of using coal for electricity generation and a proposed rule for greenhouse gases, if finalized, would in effect stop the construction of new coal-fired power plants.
A carbon tax would certainly devastate the domestic coal industry and eliminate competition for power generation.
If passed, Exxon and other natural gas producers would likely profit from a carbon tax but it would come at a great cost to hardworking Americans.
A carbon tax would raise the cost of energy harming manufacturing, domestic energy production and push jobs overseas.
Higher energy prices are regressive harming those least able to pay such as lower and fixed-income households.
These adverse consequences will not affect the environmental progressive elites such as Jones or negatively impact Tillerson, his leadership team and Exxon board members.
Exxon is not alone in seeking ways to reduce the use of carbon based energy by making it more expensive. Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and more than 100 other corporations signed a policy statement supporting, “a clear, transparent and unambiguous price on carbon emissions
must be a core policy objective, as part of a broader policy framework.”
While Obama rejected the idea of a carbon tax during his first press conference following the election, he could easily initiate the plan if a coalition of progressives and Exxon would lead the way.
Recall Obama’s first attempt to tax fossil fuels through cap-and-trade failed. Executing a carbon tax in his second term would add to his big government and anti-free enterprise legacy.
al.gore to rodentess: " If the annual temp is supposed to oscillate above and below the average with roughly even frequency, the odds of this happenining are 1/(2^30 ), or less than 1 in a TRILLION. Your chance of winning the recent Powerball lottery is higher than those odds."
But her chances of passing the GED test are *lower*!
Trial discovery will be fun.
Heartland will be forced to hand over tons of documents about their secret plans.
They may win some minor criminal sanctions but I bet the civil complaints never go to trial. They will probably aim for some lame "apology" in exchange for Gleick keeping his mouth shut.
<<<<<<<The Chicago-based free market Heartland Institute has called in the FBI and threatened other legal action against a global warming proponent who has admitted stealing emails from the institute in a bid to embarrass and discredit the group’s questioning of climate change.>>>>>>>>>>
This is the same group that spearheaded the disinformation campaign sponsored by the tobacco industry in the 80's. It is the same group that was gleeful about the stolen and altered E-mails from the University of Anglica.