California’s Pacific Institute and its president Peter Gleick are on the hot seat after Gleick admitted he sought and obtained documents from the Heartland Institute--which disputes global warming science--using somebody else’s name. “Gleick’s crime was a serious one,” stated Joseph Blast, Heartland Institute president Feb. 20. He said Gleick effectively stole the documents, which “contained personal information about Heartland staff members, donors, and allies.” Blast issued a statement after Gleick earlier on Feb. 20 admitted to using somebody else’s name to obtain documents from the Heartland Institute. In a statement, Gleick called his action “a serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics.” He apologized for his actions. Gleick said he sought the documents under somebody else’s name--which he did not reveal--in an attempt to verify if a memo he received anonymously was genuine. He said the memo purported to outline the Heartland Institute’s climate program strategy. Documents Gleick subsequently obtained under false pretenses outlined Heartland’s fundraising strategy and budget. After obtaining them, Gleick circulated the documents to the press. In Washington, the National Center for Public Policy Research called for Congress to hold hearings on the situation since the Pacific Institute has received almost $500,000 in federal Environmental Protection Agency grants. Meanwhile, on Feb. 22 the Pacific Institute’s board issued a statement saying that neither it nor the organization’s staff “knew of, played any role in, or condones the events.” It said it was “deeply concerned and is actively reviewing information” concerning the incident. The Heartland Institute has been one of the leading organizations disputing the science of global warming. The Pacific Institute has called for action to combat global warming.