Michael E Mann And The Hockeystick That Turned Into A Boomerang

If Mann’s hidden data, once exposed, is shown to be flawed it will not only discredit a cornerstone of global warming ‘science’ but will expose Mann to possible criminal charges for fraud over his hyped up man-made global warming claims.

Michael E Mann creator of the fantasy hockey stick that is a corner stone of the Church of Climatology, arrogantly thought that the whitewash inquiry that Penn State conducted into his scientific methods, post Climategate was the end of the story and it would be business as usual in the Anthropogenic Global Warming fear industry.

The change in the balance of power in the US House of Representatives last November was a signal for fear to start spreading through the warming alarmist community, which must have been an usual experience for those used to spreading fear.

The Republicans then further added to the Climate of Fear for the warming alarmists by announcing it was “Heads on Poles Time for the warming alarmists.

The net is closing on Penn State and Michael Mann, who after a last ditch desperate legal battle to keep his calculations secret, has now been ordered by a Court to release the information within 90 days:

Mann became famous worldwide as the creator of the UN’s global warming ‘hockey stick’ graph. He claimed it proves our modern climate is dangerously hotting up due to industrial emissions of carbon dioxide.

The Circuit Court of Prince William County, Va. had ordered on May 24, 2011 that Mann’s former employer, the University of Virginia (UVa), must release all such data it holds on Mann within 90 days. In response, Mann has filed a last-minute legal challenge to keep his calculations hidden.

The university had already demanded money up front for the data release and was duly paid $4,000 but still did not provide any documents. Under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) the Uva are legally bound to allow the public access to Mann’s records.

Following this ruling an increasingly desperate Mann that filed a legal argument that is really a drowning man clutching at a straw:

Mann’s stubborn secrecy is adjudged as ill considered and damaging to his cause raising deep suspicions about the climate scientist’s integrity.

There is also a fatal flaw in his latest submission: Mann’s lawyers fail to cite any documented evidence to prove his employment contract exempted him from Virginia’s freedom of information laws.

Thus Mann’s claim that his tree ring research (paid for by public funds) is his private property and thus exempt from the VFOIA is baseless in fact due to this omission.

A further giveaway that Mann’s legal arguments are weak is that his lawyers have resorted to citing an old case from way back in 1957 (Sweezy v New Hampshire); which to any skilled litigator suggests desperation.

In contrast, the ATI’s case is built upon facts and modern precedents. A strategy backed up by an authoritative study on this issue conducted by Corey A. Ciocchetti for Duke University in 2001 (see: Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0026 and federal statutes).

Notwithstanding the above any reasonable concerns over privacy are simply assuaged by the court holding an ‘in camera’ review with the UVa and ATI attorneys who, between them, can readily ascertain what emails apply to the VFOIA and which are protected by privacy statutes.

Case Background Exposes History of Unethical Cover Up

History will show that Michael Mann was the architect of his own downfall. He became an icon of climate alarmism when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) plucked him from academic obscurity in 1998 when is PhD was “rushed through.” His infamous ‘hockey stick’ graph then featured prominently in the IPCC’s worldwide campaign strategy upon the release of their 2001 Report.

Environmental activists and policymakers routinely cited Mann’s graph as the ‘smoking gun’ affirming the theory of catastrophic man-made global warming until it was discredited by independent studies in 2003.

In 2003 statistics experts, Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick then exposed data anomalies in Mann’s calculations based on from tree ring temperature proxies indicating Mann had cherry-picked trees that suited his preconceptions. Such proxies, although problematic, are customarily applied to assist researchers gauge climate changes during the pre-thermometer era (circa 1850).

Doubts further festered about Mann’s ethics as he steadfastly refused either to correct his proven errors or submit his calculations for an open and in-depth review, a bizarre approach contrary to normal scientific practice.

The sharks are definitely circling Mann, which must be making his fellow junk science conspirator at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, Phil Jones suicidally nervous.

Jones like Mann was cleared by a whitewash inquiry, and just like Penn State, UEA have been ordered to release Jones’s data and calculations.

There is an old Monty Python sketch about Australians, probably called Bruce and some Aussie wine called Chateauneuf de Chunder which :

goes down like a whores drawers and comes back at ya like a boomerang

Seems kind of apt somehow.

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Posted on September 21, 2011, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climategate, Copenhagen COP15, Green Lies, IPCC, Junk Science, ManBearPig, Oh FFS, US Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Oh, dear – I reckon they’ll be feeling the effects of the old Hobart Muddy about now! :-D :-P

  2. Why is the hockey stick a “fantasy?”

    • because there is no such game as hockey so there can be no such thing as a hockey stick.
      Well that is about as truthful as that mans data I suppose.

  3. Dreamer: what is false about the data?

  4. http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/13830/

    This link will tell you in detail what is wrong with the Hockey Stick, it’s called the Middle Age Warming period 1000AD – 1500AD according to Mann it never existed, also Mann has failed to correct acknowledged errors in his published works.

  5. What errors in his work has Mann failed to acknowledge and correct?

    MBH calculated a northern Hemisphere (approximately global) average. Was the MWP a global phenomena, or did it take place only in Greenland and northern Europe?

    Are you aware that a completely different mathematical technique, based on Bayesian statistics, also found a “hockey stick” for the global temperature time series? (Tingley & Huybers)

  6. Seems all you can do is copy-and-paste URLs, but I don’t detect much actual understanding beside them…. Few scientists accept McIntyre’s work as definitive — they left out some proxy series, and found a strange temperature hump during the 1500s that no one had ever seen before. Just because MM published a paper does not mean MBH is wrong, or any of the nine or so other studies that show the same result, or the Tingley-Huybers papers that use an entirely different (non-PCA) method of mathematical analysis.

    The “hockey stick” shape is really no big surprise, given the hockey sticks over the same time period in population and CO2, CH4 and N2O emissions.

    Nor does the proof of AGW depend at all on Mann’s paleoclimate work or his hockey stick papers.

    Regarding Muller’s Technology Review article…. A magazine article is not science. Science appears in peer reviewed journals. If Muller has serious objections that’s where it needs to go, and he knows that. But them, his pronouncements have a tendency to be quite wrong. A lecture he gave that appears on YouTube shows he obviously did not understand the context of the phrase “hide the decline,” which is about the post 1970s anomaly in the correlation of temperature and northern and high altitude tree ring proxies, and he claimed that surface temperature databases were flawed (and was roundly praised by lapdog bloggers) until he and BEST analyzed them for themselves (well, 2% of them) and found exactly the same result, as he told Congress (at which point the lapdog bloggers all hypocritically turned on him).

  7. The sock puppets arrive on mass, its turned into man gore pig love-in .Man made global warmings a scam proved by climategate ,foi requests, polar bear gate ,glacier gate ,and countless other BS predictions and in amongst that “We Can’t Account For The Missing Water And It Is A Travesty That We Can’t” http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/we-cant-account-for-the-missing-water-and-it-is-a-travesty-that-we-cant/ .

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