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December 01, 2009

And Climate "Scientist" Michael Mann to be Investigated, Too

Penn State will, supposedly, investigate Mann. I expect a Rathergate-style whitewash. Bear in mind -- in one of the appendices to the the Rathergate report, their expert in document authentification determined, without question, the documents were forged, but in the report itself, CBS' bought and paid for investigators claimed there was still some ambiguity on this issue. Giving CBS and Rather the scrap of deniability they paid for.

I can already write the conclusion: Mistakes were made. But the science is settled. And I didn't have to open a single book.

But still.

The media sort of has to make mention of this now, eh?

The Penn State administration plans to investigate Climategate and determine if it needs to take further action, the Daily Collegian reports. A little more than a week ago, E-mails exchanged among an English university's climate change researchers were illegally obtained from a server and posted online, the report says.

Climate change opponents say the E-mails indicate that climate change researchers—including Penn State Prof. Michael Mann—exaggerated or fabricated global warming data. And, according to the report, some E-mails indicate that the director of the research unit in question may have contacted researchers and asked them to "delete certain E-mails."

Penn State officials, who will not discuss the matter, are investigating the controversy. If anything requires further inspection, the school will handle it, a spokesman tells the Daily Collegian.

Who, O Who?, could have possibly predicted that if "scientists" were permitted to work in the darkness, their data and methods shuttered from the light of day, their careers and salaries dependent on finding the "right" result, that the process would end up corrupt, self-serving, and hopelessly mercenary?

Oh yeah -- that's right. We did. The people who care about genuine science, and who don't just want to put on a "Pro-Science" talisman to impress the college chippies.


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