Guest | Chronicle of Higher Education: Chronic Soapbox for Smears Against Climate Scientists
[Scott "Super" Mandia] It is clear that Peter Wood finds addressing human-caused climate change inconvenient to his world-view and he hopes that somewhere in Dr. Mann’s emails there might be proof that the world is not rapidly warming so we will not need to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions. I wonder if Peter Wood also thinks a careful perusal of Sir Isaac Newton’s personal letters might end up disproving gravity thus allowing us to fly without spending money for an airplane ticket?...[How many of those "thorough and transparent investigations" involved people actually reading all of these emails?]
[Donald Kennedy] The editorial in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Peter Wood attempts to link Professor Mike Mann with the Penn State football scandal. There is no conceivable link between this distinguished climate scientist and the "culture of evasion" exemplified in the institution's response to its athletic problem. Mann has been repeatedly cleared of any kind of research misconduct -- not only at Penn State but in the course of his earlier service to the University of Virginia. There is not one shred of evidence on which to base the alleged connection. As an outlet that has always been taken seriously in the higher education community, the Chronicle owes its audience a fair appraisal of matters this important. I hope it will do something to restore its reputation.
[Paul Ehrlich] I was appalled and disgusted by the screed by Peter Wood, "A culture of evasion" in the July 20 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The attempt to associate Michael Mann, an extremely distinguished climate scientist, with the Sandusky affair was worthy of Rush Limbaugh, but not of any real journalist. Even the most simple exploration would have revealed that Mann has been "cleared" of the preposterous charges against him in several venues much more noteworthy than Penn State, and that he retains the admiration and respect of his scientific colleagues despite the abuse launched at him for daring to publish the results of his excellent research. The Chronicle should be ashamed of itself, apologize publicly to Mann, and assure that hacks like Wood are free to publish their nonsense in climate-denier and anti-evolution blogs, but not in a respectable and admired journal.
[James J. McCarthy] The column by Peter Wood entitled “A Culture of Evasion” in the 13 July issue of The Chronicle addresses the despicable lapses at Penn State that allowed a coach to repeatedly molest children. I agree with much of what Mr. Wood says, but I was shocked when he went on to suggest that a similar lapse of oversight can be found in the way Penn State investigated or responded to the spurious allegations against Michael Mann, a professor at Penn State and one of the climate scientists whose email messages were stolen from a server at East Anglia University.
The stolen email messages were intentionally misinterpreted to cast doubt on the integrity of certain scientists and their scholarly work. Numerous thorough and transparent investigations conducted by the universities and research institutes that employ these scientists plus several governmental and neutral academy bodies found absolutely no evidence of misconduct by the scientists. It was a long and painful process, but in the end the climate science that the email thieves attempted to discredit stands as strong as ever. Case closed...
- Priceless ClimateGate email 682: Tom Wigley tells Michael Mann that his son did a
tree ring science fair project (using trees behind NCAR) that
invalidated the centerpiece of Mann's work
- ClimateGate scientists on Michael Mann and his work: "probable flaws" and "clearly
deficient", and "crap" and "way too defensive", oh my!
- 2002 Briffa email mentions Mann's "diminishing support" and the
"questionable nature of much of Mann's verbiage"; says "Mike could be a
lot more open about the real uncertainty of his early temperature
- Walking the walk: Warmist Mann to Warmist Jones: "looking forward to seeing
you in Tahiti, we can enjoy some nice tropical drinks w/ umbrellas in
- Email 2743, Sept 2009, Michael "Robust Debate" Mann: "So far, we've simply
deleted all of the attempts by McIntyre and his minions to draw
attention to this at RealClimate."
- Email 3874: Mann sends email trashing McKitrick and McIntyre to his "Friends
and Colleagues" at the New York Times, Environmental Defense Fund, EPA,
and Senator Lieberman's office among others
- For Michael Mann, oh, what a tangled web: In a 2003 ClimateGate email, he
claims that "the proxy reconstructions show the post-1980 warming"
- Email 3499: Michael Mann provides some code, cautions "don't pass it along
where it may get into the hands of the wrong people"; admits something
"a bit odd" that "increases the amplitude of the reconstruction
everywhere by the factor 1.29"
- In case you missed it: Hockey stick co-author: "it may be that Mann et
al simply don't have the long-term trend right"; "I hedge my bets on
whether there were any periods in Medieval times that might have been
"warm", to the irritation of my co-authors!"