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Michael Mann’s Last of the Mohicans was a great film.

But the work of Michael Mann the climatologist?

Quite another story.

He’s the biggest name behind the much-disputed “hockey stick” graph of world temperatures — the “hockey stick” being the shape of the upward temperature spike in recent times. Mann was also one of the biggest offenders in the Climategate scandal, where emails showed more politicking than objectivity going into how climate models were concocted and presented to the public.

In May, a Virginia state judge ordered the University of Virginia to release Mann’s data and emails under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the American Tradition Institute (ATI), smelling something fishy in Mann’s work, sued for access to the basic data. ATI now has a disk with info, saying the info dump is about a third of what they requested.

ATI folks haven’t had time to study the data.

Mann has been exonerated from the charge of “research misconduct” by the National Science Foundation — the organization found no “direct evidence” of “data fabrication or data falsification.” Still, Mann’s obvious bias continues to do more than raise eyebrows.

Ronald Bailey, who reports on all this for Reason, yearns to make FOIA battles superfluous. He urges “publicly funded researchers” to place their raw data up on the Internet for public testing — true transparency (and completely in the spirit of scientific method).

Well, that might happen . . . after a few more FOIA battles.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor


  1. Drik says:

    CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research involving 60 countries and 8,000 scientists at more than 600 universities and national laboratories. CERN is the organization that invented the World Wide Web, that built the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, has now published a study in NATURE magazine that detailed how 63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have demonstrated that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, causing the atmosphere to be cloudier and thus cooler. Because the sun’s magnetic field regulates how many cosmic rays reach Earth by sheilding it, the sun determines the temperature on Earth. Stronger magnetic field from the sun = fewer cosmic rays.

    It has taken 10 years for these results to be completed and made public, because the global warmers have been pressuring western govenments that control CERN to not go forward with this research, so it has been suspended all that time. Unlike the theory that the climate is controlled by man’s activities, the effect shown in this research is so huge that it is many orders of magnitude greater than anything mankind has been capable of doing. We are but a flea on the elephant.

    So naturally the global warming crowd has not wanted this to be publicized or given any creedance. And the people who revolve around Al Gore(who seems to be big enough to literally generate his own weather), would still stand to make billions if he could but have his way with the CO2 licensing scheme, are nashing teeth and wailing about the lost earth and the lost money, since they are having to settle for mere millions from the alocytes of this discredited religion.

    (Al still thinks that HE invented the World Wide Web)

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