Certainly Peter Gleick is still in the running.
But as I wrote in Forbes last week, the memo does not have the feel of having been written by a “player” like Gleick. It feels like someone younger, someone more likely to take the cynical political knife-fighting statements of someone like Glieck (e.g. skeptics are anti-science) and convert them literally (and blindly) to supposed Heartland agenda items like trying to discourage science teaching. Someone like an intern or student, who might not realize how outrageous their stilted document might look to real adults in the real world, who understand that leaders of even non-profits they dislike don’t generally speak like James Bond villains. Even Megan McArdle joked “Basically, it reads like it was written from the secret villain lair in a Batman comic. By an intern.”
Now combine that with a second idea. Gleick is about the only strong global warming believer mentioned by the fake strategy document. I don’t think many folks who have observed Heartland from afar would say that Heartland has any special focus on or animus towards Gleick (more than they might have for any other strong advocate of catastrophic man-made global warming theory). I would not have inferred any such focus by Heartland, and seriously, who would possibly think to single out Peter Gleick of all candidates (vs. Romm or Hansen or Mann et al) in a skeptic attack strategy?
The only person who might have inferred such a rivalry would have been someone close to Gleick, who heard about Heartland mainly from Gleick. Certainly Gleick seems to have had a particular focus, almost obsession, with Heartland, and so someone who viewed Heartland only through the prism of Gleick’s rants might have inferred that Heartland had something special in for him. And thus might have featured him prominently in a hypothesized attack in their strategy document.
So this is what I infer from all this: My bet is on a fairly young Gleick sycophant — maybe a worker at the Pacific Institute, maybe an intern, maybe a student. Which would mean in turn that Gleick very likely knows who wrote the document, but might feel some responsibility to protect that person’s identity.