Fakegate: layers and layers of fake

First, a climate activist appears to have written a document and tried to pass it off as a Heartland memo.

Now, Aaron Huertas – press secretary at the non-governmental organisation – Union of Concerned Scientists appears to have written the letter being passed off as written by world famous climate scientists.

Huertas apparently watches a lot of TV shows. I thought he would understand this:

Huertas’ has quite a bit to say on how ‘having only one loud minority makes the climate change debate lopsided and dangerous’. Does this apply a handful of climate scientists who keep signing letter after letter – even ones they didn’t write?

Update: From Realclimate, Gavin’s statement on the letter: “The letter was written by the people who signed it, and it’s publication was coordinated by Aaron Huertas at UCS, a group (of which I’m a member) that has been very helpful in making making media connections for the scientists.”

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15 comments

  1. Shub Niggurath

    It is like a Enron style bubble mentality. ‘Nothing can happen to us even if we do the wrong thing, if we all do it together’. – must have thought the original 15.

  2. roh234

    The scientists sgning it are uberwarmists. One could write that Global Warming will cause an Alien invastion and those charlatens would sign it.

  3. hro001

    Gavin’s statement on the letter: “The letter was written by the people who signed it, and it’s publication was coordinated by Aaron Huertas at UCS, a group (of which I’m a member) that has been very helpful in making making media connections for the scientists.”

    Well, this certainly wouldn’t be the first time that these noble climate scientists have engaged the services of an activist group’s “media connections” to promulgate a message written by a few – and signed by others!

    For details, pls see:The climate consensus coordinators’ cookbook

    Nor would it be the first time that Gavin has offered after-the-fact spin that is, well, very much open to question:

    Of Climategate, constabularies and Copenhagen: Gavin Schmidt’s ever-changing story

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  5. MikeC

    How do seven people write a one page letter? But regardless of who wrote it or who “coordinated it for publication”, it just may turn out that some what they are commenting on is not authentic.

    I’ve always been leery of those who are so quick and vigorous to defend themselves. This is one example where I see no need for those climate scientists to write such a letter.

  6. MikeC

    Here’s another tidbit for any detectives out there. The letter was released as an exclusive by the Guardian here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/17/heartland-institute-fresh-scrutiny-tax?newsfeed=true

    The date stamp on that web page is Friday 17 February 2012 20.24 GMT. If you download the .pdf of the letter from that page, the document properties (which list Huertas as the author) have an identical created and modified time stamp of 17/02/2012 7:28:44 PM.

    I’ve heard that Huertas was in DC which is EST. Why aren’t these times adding up?