It looks like the “sordid” is now (back) on the other underbelly.
It might sound odd, but Michael Mann sympathizes with the Heartland Institute.
“I know how this feels,” the Penn State University climate scientist told POLITICO last week as the Chicago-based libertarian group dealt with the release of documents purported to be its internal fundraising, budget and strategy memos.
But Mann’s commiseration — born because his own personal messages were among the thousands of emails and files stolen from scientists back in 2009 as part of “Climategate” — ends right about there.
After all, the Heartland Institute has spent years trying to chisel away at his work as lead co-author of the “hockey stick” graph, which reconstructs temperature trends over the past 1,000 years.
The group also reveled in Climategate, declaring that the emails from Mann and his colleagues demonstrated a concerted effort to freeze out dissent and deceive the public into accepting a human role in changing the planet’s climate.
“If these documents are legitimate, then they reinforce what we’ve all known for some time, but in a much more public way,” Mann said of the materials, which include the group’s purported plan to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors like the Charles G. Koch Foundation and the creation of new school curriculum questioning climate change science.
“The curtain’s been lifted and the public’s been able to view into the sordid underbelly of climate change denial,” he added…