WUWT's latest hate-in mourns The Heartland Institute's failed attempt to sicc federal prosecutors on Peter Gleick, who outed Watts demand for hundred grand to disinform gradeschoolers about basic climate science.
Though the law saw nothing criminal in Gleick's public spirited fishing expedition, it remains a crime story , because his chief accuser , Heartland Institute 'Science Director' Jay Lehr , turns out to be a convicted felon, sent to Federal prison for, wait for it: defrauding the EPA of $101,000 !
As the American Water Research Association noted at the time :
in 1991, Lehr resigned as executive director of the National Water Well Association and pleaded guilty to authorizing overcharges of $101,000 (by falsifying employee timesheets) to an EPA contract while he served as NWWA's ED. He and former Finance Director Keith Lelux were fined and sentenced to six months in prison, which they both served.
Lehr's Heartland friends have tried unsucessfully to railroad Gleick :
|While the law has no quarrel with Gleick Heartland President Joe Bast talks about him as though he were Heartland Dcience Director Lehr: |
" One of the biggest frauds committed by a scientist in the past year generated nary a peep of criticism from the scientific community. The criminal, who admitted to committing crimes that are punishable by years of imprisonment, continues to write and speak... His career hasn’t been adversely affected at all."