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Climate Scientist Fights Back, Sues Right Wing Reality Deniers

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The Republican war on science faces a new counterattack – a libel lawsuit filed by climate scientist Michael Mann against the National Review and Competitive Enterprise Institute. From Mann’s Facebook page:

Dr. Mann, a Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, has instituted this lawsuit against the two organizations, along with two of their authors, based upon their false and defamatory statements accusing him of academic fraud and comparing him to a convicted child molester, Jerry Sandusky. […]

In response to these types of accusations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation and seven other organizations have conducted investigations into Dr. Mann’s work, finding any and all allegations of academic fraud to be baseless. Every investigation-and every replication of Mann’s work-has concluded that his research and conclusions were properly conducted and fairly presented.

Despite their knowledge of the results of these many investigations, the defendants have nevertheless accused Dr. Mann of academic fraud and have maliciously attacked his personal reputation with the knowingly false comparison to a child molester. The conduct of the defendants is outrageous, and Dr. Mann will be seeking judgment for both compensatory and punitive damages.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli clumsy attempt at “investigating” Dr. Mann’s work was laughed out of court. Mann has been contemplating a lawsuit for months and is now moving forward, so he must feel he has a much stronger legal case than science’s hapless enemies.

  • kindler

    The way these people make vicious personal attacks against scientists for simply engaging in science is disgusting.  Bullies like to find scapegoats who they think won’t fight back.  

    The only recourse in these cases is indeed to fight back, and throw this BS back in their faces.  

    The discovery process may be interesting, e.g., if it gets into where groups like CEI get their funding (e.g., Koch), and for what specific purposes (to sow doubt about climate change so as to protect Big Oil/Coal profits).

  • kindler

    From Mother Jones: Climate Deniers To Release Rip-Off Report:

    Cato Institute fakes cover and style of US Global Change Research Project to pretend to publish an “addendum” that is all denier hokum.

    Why does the media still take the deniers seriously when they’re constanly pulling all these tricks and have zero scientific credibility?