Climatologist Sues Critics for Defamation
Blog posts said he faked data, compared him to molester
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff | Suggested by Guvner
Posted Oct 24, 2012 4:37 PM CDT
In this photo taken in 2007, Penn State professor Michael Mann is seen at the university.   (AP Photo/Greg Rico, FILE)

(Newser) – A leading climatologist has filed a defamation suit against the National Review and a conservative think tank because they claimed he manipulated data and compared him to child molester Jerry Sandusky, report the Guardian and Scientific American. In 2010, Michael Mann was one of several scientists at the heart of "Climategate," in which a series of illegally obtained emails purported to show that climatologists falsified data. Subsequent investigations cleared Mann and his colleagues, but the negative articles have continued.

A post at the Competitive Enterprise Institute went so far to say he "molested" data and drew a comparison between Sandusky and Mann, who also worked at Penn State. A National Review blogger picked up on the post. On Facebook, Mann explained his rationale for the suit: "There is a larger context for this latest development, namely the onslaught of dishonest and libelous attacks that climate scientists have endured for years by dishonest front groups seeking to discredit the case for concern over climate change." Lawyers for the other side, however, say the suit is "totally unfounded."

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milo7453
Oct 28, 2012 4:09 AM CDT
This fraud should sue Al Gore for his his cut...GOD knows that Al Gore got rich of this trumped up sh**!
SanityPreservation
Oct 26, 2012 10:42 AM CDT
The faker of facts: The Nobel Laureate Micheal Mann that never was: http://www.examiner.com/article/professor-mann-claims-to-win-nobel-prize-nobel-committee-says-he-has-not
Major7
Oct 25, 2012 2:15 PM CDT
He did not fake data, he omitted inconvenient data and he misused statistical analysis of the data. He also cherry picked data, but I think that's so common in science I'm not going to call that a hang-able offense. The basic problem isn't warming. The globe has been warming steadily until recently, where it's taken a break. The problem is the statistical methods and the omission of data used to "prove" that today's warming is unprecedented. It isn't. About 950-1000AD had temperatures similar to today. Thanks to a misuse of principal components analysis and Mike's nature trick which papered over the bad proxies, the hockey stick used in the Gore movie happened. It was wrong. Good luck, Mann. You're going to need it. You're going into a court of law now. You won't have such ready access to your group-think cronies.