Peter Gleick, an internationally known Bay Area scientist, has returned to his post as president of the Pacific Institute following a three-month leave of absence prompted by his admission that he had assumed a false identity to obtain documents from a conservative think tank.
In a statement released Wednesday, Pacific’s board of directors said outside counsel had conducted an independent investigation that “supported what Dr. Gleick has stated publicly regarding his interaction with the Heartland Institute. This independent investigation has further confirmed and the Pacific Institute is satisfied that none of its staff knew of or was involved in any way.”
Gleick, a widely quoted expert in water and climate change issues, came under a cloud in February when he admitted that he had obtained internal board documents from Heartland by assuming a false identity and then leaked the papers to selected media.
He apologized at the time, saying his actions amounted to "a serious lapse of my own professional judgment and ethics" and were sparked by frustration with efforts by Heartland to undermine climate science.