Climategate 2.0: Mann persists in soliciting Monbiot to slam ‘Great Global Warming Swindle’

Guardian columnist Monbiot loathes skeptics.

From the Climategate 2.0 collection, Michael Mann solicits Guardian columnist George Monbiot to attack Martin Durkin’s Channel 4 documentary, “The Great Global Warming Swindle”.

Mann first writes to Phil Jones, Gavin Schmidt and Caspar Ammann:

as I suspected, this [the “Great Global Warming Swindle”] is being done by a right wing hack, his name is Martin Durkin. He appears to be the British version of our John Stossel.

Monbiot’s all over him:

http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2000/03/16/modified-truth/
http://www.monbiot.com/archives/1997/12/18/the-revolution-has-been-televised/
http://www.gmwatch.org/profile1.asp?PrId=39

I think it would be good to contact some folks like Geoerge Monbiot to let them no that this charlatan is up to it again.

anyone have contact info for Monbiot?

thanks,

mike

Mann then writes to Monbiot:

Dear Mr. Monbiot,

My previous attempts to reach you (through the Guardian and your monbiot.com email) have failed, so I’m hoping this email address (courtesy of George Marshall) does make it through.

This has to do with a denialist-leaning documentary being filmed by Martin Durkin for Channel 4 TV in Britain. I saw that you had written about Durkin before in the Guardian, and was hoping that you might > potentially have some interest in exposing this latest disinformation effort.

I am forwarding messages from Durkin and his assistant, which I’m forwarding separately.

I hope to hear back from you.

best regards,

Mike Mann

Monbiot responds:

Dear Michael,

for some reason my emails don’t seem to have got through to you – I’ve been having some problems with my server. Please let me know if you receive this. I’m intending to mention Durkin’s latest tomfoolery in my column in the Guardian on Tuesday. Do you have any idea when Channel 4 intends to broadcast it?

With my best wishes, George

Mann back to Monbiot:

Dear George,
Thanks so much for your message, this one got through just fine. I don’t have any idea when they plan to air this. The two messages I forwarded (the first from Durkin’s assistant, the second from Durkin) are the only ones I received. All I know is that they were still prepared to shoot an interview when they contacted me a little more than a week ago. So I suspect this must be at least a month or more away from airing.

Its possible that Phil Jones of UEA knows more. Phil mentioned to me that he had also heard from them months ago. Will double-check w/ Phil and get back to you w/ any information.

Thanks again so much for pursuing this,

Mike

Read the full e-mail exchange below.

date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 09:11:32 -0500
from: “Michael E. Mann”
subject: [Fwd: Re: info about upcoming documentary]
to: Phil Jones

Hi Phil,
Please see Monbiot’s attached message. Do you have any further
information about when Channel 4 might be planning to air this?
Thanks in advance for any info,
mike

Michael E. Mann
Associate Professor
Director, Earth System Science Center (ESSC)
Department of Meteorology Phone: (814) 863-4075
503 Walker Building FAX: (814) 865-3663
The Pennsylvania State University email: mann@psu.edu
University Park, PA 16802-5013
http://www.met.psu.edu/dept/faculty/mann.htm

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Dear George,
Thanks so much for your message, this one got through just fine. I don’t
have any idea when they plan to air this. The two messages I forwarded
(the first from Durkin’s assistant, the second from Durkin) are the only
ones I received. All I know is that they were still prepared to shoot an
interview when they contacted me a little more than a week ago. So I
suspect this must be at least a month or more away from airing.
Its possible that Phil Jones of UEA knows more. Phil mentioned to me
that he had also heard from them months ago. Will double-check w/ Phil
and get back to you w/ any information.
Thanks again so much for pursuing this,
Mike
g.monbiot@mail.zetnet.co.uk wrote:
> Dear Michael,
>
> for some reason my emails don’t seem to have got through to you – I’ve been
> having some problems with my server. Please let me know if you receive
> this. I’m intending to mention Durkin’s latest tomfoolery in my column in
> the Guardian on Tuesday. Do you have any idea when Channel 4 intends to
> broadcast it?
>
> With my best wishes, George
>
> Original Message:
> —————–
> From: Michael E. Mann mann@meteo.psu.edu
> Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 08:17:33 -0500
> To: g.monbiot@zetnet.co.uk
> Subject: info about upcoming documentary
>
>
> Dear Mr. Monbiot,
>
> My previous attempts to reach you (through the Guardian and your
> monbiot.com email) have failed, so I’m hoping this email address
> (courtesy of George Marshall) does make it through.
>
> This has to do with a denialist-leaning documentary being filmed by
> Martin Durkin for Channel 4 TV in Britain. I saw that you had written
> about Durkin before in the Guardian, and was hoping that you might
> potentially have some interest in exposing this latest disinformation
> effort.
>
> I am forwarding messages from Durkin and his assistant, which I’m
> forwarding separately.
>
> I hope to hear back from you.
>
> best regards,
>
> Mike Mann
>
>

Michael E. Mann
Associate Professor
Director, Earth System Science Center (ESSC)
Department of Meteorology Phone: (814) 863-4075
503 Walker Building FAX: (814) 865-3663
The Pennsylvania State University email: mann@psu.edu
University Park, PA 16802-5013
http://www.met.psu.edu/dept/faculty/mann.htm
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date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 08:34:16 -0500
from: “Michael E. Mann”
subject: [Fwd: Re: British documentary about global warming]
to: Gavin Schmidt , Caspar Ammann ,
Phil Jones

as I suspected, this is being done by a right wing hack, his name is
Martin Durkin. He appears to be the British version of our John Stossel.
Monbiot’s all over him:
Page 27142 of 33101
http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2000/03/16/modified-truth/
http://www.monbiot.com/archives/1997/12/18/the-revolution-has-been-televised/
http://www.gmwatch.org/profile1.asp?PrId=39
I think it would be good to contact some folks like Geoerge Monbiot to
let them no that this charlatan is up to it again.
anyone have contact info for Monbiot?
thanks,
mike