The last post “outed” one of the villains of the COP 17 “peace”, Republican Senator Jim Inhofe. Now here is a hero, who has been the subject of Inhofe’s “witch hunts” for the last 8 years or so.
Michael E. Mann (born December 28, 1965) is an American physicist and climatologist, currently director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. He is best known as lead author of a number of articles on paleoclimatology and as one of the originators of a graph of temperature trends over the last thousand years, called the “hockey stick graph” because of its shape. The graph was highlighted in an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, receiving both praise and criticism, and has been the subject of a long-running controversy. Mann is also known as a founding member of the RealClimate blog, to which he and a number of other scientists contribute, and is the co-author with Lee R. Kump of Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming (2008).
In November 2009, hackers obtained emails from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia that had been exchanged by Mann and other climatologists and posted them online, triggering the Climatic Research Unit email controversy, dubbed “Climategate” by the media. Two reviews commissioned by Pennsylvania State University cleared Mann of allegations of ethical misconduct arising out of the content of the emails.
Here is a Ted Talk from Michael Mann where he calmly takes us through the trials of a scientist, 100% vindicated by the Berkley Report, part funded by the fossil fuel lobby (Koch Bros). This demonstrates the still VERY REAL problems in U.S. politics.
Michael Mann gives a personal account of the “inquisitions” that scientific research has exposed him to through the “denial industry” and their paid political henchmen. Mann’s papers have been unanimously endorsed, including the “hockey stick graph”.