Mann crows that the Climategate whitewashes have exonerated him.
Michael Mann writes to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
In his Feb. 26 column (“The Great ‘Warmist’ Caper”), Jack Kelly maligned my scientific work and repeated other discredited climate change myths from fossil fuel groups and the ideologues they fund.
Back in 2005, after an oil-funded politician had attacked my co-authors and me, Rep. Sherry Boehlert, R-N.Y., asked the National Academy of Sciences to review studies like mine that examined the Earth’s past temperature. Despite Mr. Kelly’s false claim to the contrary, the NAS reaffirmed our original findings (see e.g., “Science Panel Backs Study on Warming Climate,” New York Times, June 22, 2006) that modern temperatures are higher than they’ve been in more than a thousand years. Dozens of studies have since reproduced our findings. There are in fact numerous independent lines of evidence that humans are warming the planet and changing our climate by burning coal and other fossil fuels.
Mr. Kelly quotes an email stolen from my colleague Dr. Phil Jones. He failed to tell readers that multiple investigations have found that scientists’ words in those stolen emails were twisted and misrepresented, much as Mr. Kelly continues to do now.
Climate change deniers like Mr. Kelly have increasingly turned to personal attacks since the facts are not on their side. These attacks have gotten so out of hand that I felt compelled to add my own story to those of other scientists who have faced industry and ideological attack for their work in my new book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.”
MICHAEL E. MANN
Department of Meteorology
Penn State University
Penn State Earth System
University Park, Pa [Emphasis added]