Mann: Climate scientists and smear campaigns

Tissue alert…. “And now, as the father of a 6-year-old girl, I want to make sure the planet we leave her is at least as beautiful and healthy as the one we grew up on.”

Michael Mann writes at

Imagine you are sitting in your office simply doing your job and a nasty e-mail pops into your inbox accusing you of being a fraud. You go online and find that some bloggers have written virulent posts about you. That night, you’re at home with your family watching the news and a talking head is lambasting you by name. Later, a powerful politician demands all your e-mails from your former employer.

It sounds surreal. But it all happened to me…

17 thoughts on “Mann: Climate scientists and smear campaigns”


    There was a crooked Mann
    Who played a crooked trick
    And had a crooked plan
    To make a crooked stick

    By using crooked math
    That favored crooked lines
    Lysenko’s crooked path
    Led through the crooked pines

    And all his crooked friends
    Applaud what crooked seems
    But all that crooked ends
    Derives from crooked means

    Eugene WR Gallun

  2. From the single system of the U.S. stock market over the last century, there are over 3000 patterns that can be pulled from the data. If I can just pick the right one, I’ll be a billionaire. Ah, but there’s that pesky little rule that;s taught in high school that says you can’t take past data from a single system and extrapolate it to future events. So much for predictive modelling from a single system…you know, like the earth’s climate…The guys call themselves scientists?! I wouldn’t even hire them to be my latex salesmen.

  3. Every honest scientist probably feels a bit emotional every time global warming/change/disruption is blamed for the days happenings. And there are many that have been publicly slandered/slimed/ridiculed who don’t feel too good either. MM’s little girl isn’t the only one who suffers because of the whole scam, but at least he could (should!!) have protected her from all the publicity by being honest/rigorous/scientific himself.

  4. Just as Al Gore. His film wasn’t peer reviewed by a single scientist until the British High Court did it as a result of a lawsuit in 2007 and ruled it political. For providing European governments with a believable justification to tax energy Gore received a Nobel Peace Prize .

  5. It really is tough on the whole family when the head of household turns out to be a dishonest, unrepentant sack of sh*t. There are consequences to disingenuous political activism and criticism is to be expected, this scam has allowed billions in theft and negatively effected millions across the globe. My sympathies lie with them. Mann helped create this situation but chooses to hide behind his little girl rather than take responsibility for his own actions. Despicable.

  6. But he and his clique accuse energy barons of deliberately destroying the planet for their profits.

  7. You know the saying “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. As tadchem says, if he had done what publicly funded scientists should do, then he wouldn’t have got himself into this mess. However, he did, and look at the mess the world of climate science is now in, also also the state of many national economies following the throwing of hundreds of billions of dollars/euros/pounds down the drain.

    In law, you are innocent until proven guilty, but there’s so much evidence that the hockeyschtick was so bad as to be deliberately fraudulant, and that data and methods were not made available when they should have been, it doesn’t need a court to predict the verdict. Having him in court charged with fraud is still on the cards however, and needs to be done.

  8. Now he’s saying the planet he grew up on is beautiful. I thought he figured we live(d) in a cesspool. Which is it, sir? What a maroon!

  9. Well, then, MM, perhaps you should have shared your data and code, and sought peer review of your mathematics and statistics BEFORE you went to press with the hockey stick. But that horse left the barn 18 years ago…

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