There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle the in the world of global-warming over the last week. The DeSmogBlog released documents that are purported to be leaks from the Heartland Institute, a non-profit based in Chicago known for anti-global warming advocacy. The documents were supposedly obtained through social engineering – a person just called the officer claiming to be a member of the board, and convinced a staffer to send the documents to an outside email address.
The twist is that there’s pretty convincing evidence that the most provocative and controversial one of those documents is fake. Megan McArdle at the Atlantic has done a pretty great job breaking the document down, and made a solid argument that the key document was likely forged by whoever stole the documents in the first place.
Presumably, whoever the forger is created the document is an advocate of man-made global warming, and wanted to put icing on the cake of the documents they were able to get. I predict this will ultimately blow up in their face and just add fuel to the anti-global warming fire – if the document can be confirmed fake, it will just be another weapon in the arsenal of those that want to paint global warming advocates as zealots that are not to be trusted.