Michael E Mann And The Hockeystick That Turned Into A Boomerang
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.
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 Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church of Climatology, Climategate, Fraud, Hockeystick, Michael Mann. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.