Okay, we don’t want to beat a dead horse here — like, say, the way certain organizations kept harping on the Climategate non-scandal — but allow us just one more instance of pointing and laughing at the Heartland Institute’s gross hypocrisy. When we last left our intrepidly two-faced heroes, they were wounded to the core by the fact that climate scientist Peter Gleick had posed as a board member in order to obtain internal documents. Now it turns out the denialist think tank did basically the same thing to Greenpeace.
Heartland was pearl-clutchy to the extreme about Gleick’s actions — it just couldn’t imagine such a breach of ethics! Why, it would be as if someone from Heartland had called Cindy Baxter of Greenpeace claiming to be part of a U.S. environmental organization, requested a copy of Greenpeace’s media list, and then issued a press release bragging about their extreme cleverness in coming up with the idea of lying to get information. And nobody from Heartland had done such a thing! Not in at LEAST five years.
But that’s exactly what the organization did at the 2007 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Bali:
The Heartland caller phoned Baxter at four in the morning (Bali time), claiming to represent a U.S. environmental organization and asking if she would hand over the UNFCCC media list — which Heartland clearly had failed to secure through legitimate means.
Baxter demurred, after which Taylor sent out a press release, recounting the conversation, linking to a (possibly illegal) recording that Heartland had made of the phonecall, and “exposing” the fact that Greenpeace has a better working relationship than Heartland with just about everyone in the climate, diplomatic and scientific communities.
DeSmogBlog has posted a letter [PDF] from Baxter asking Heartland how exactly it justifies itself, but she’s probably not expecting an answer. Heartland doesn’t deal in anything resembling justice, after all. It deals in hypocritical outrage.
Heartland Double Standard: Institute Tried to Scam Greenpeace for Internal Documents, DeSmogBlog.
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