Climategate Used to Settle ‘Vendetta,’ Says Mann December 2, 2009Posted by honestclimate in Discussions.
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Climategate Used to Settle ‘Vendetta,’ Says Mann
AccuWeather.com, December 2, 2009
Michael Mann in an Exclusive
Interview with AccuWeather.com
Michael Mann, Penn State University meteorology professor, said Climategate is an attack on man-made global warming scientists.
“I think it is unfortunate that some scientists out there are using this situation to settle personal scores, to settle a vendetta,” Mann said, in an exclusive interview with AccuWeather.com’s Katie Fehlinger.
Mann said that the e-mail leak happened just in time for the Dec. 7, 2009, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, where world leaders, including President Obama, hope to come to an agreement on a framework for future international climate change mitigation.
“It is not a coincidence… that this event happened in the weeks leading up to the summit in Copenhagen,” said Mann. “They’ve taken scientists’ words and phrases and quoted them out of context, completely misrepresenting what they were saying.”
Despite skepticism, Mann insisted that global warming is real.
“My main interest right now is to make sure that this manufactured controversy does not distract policy makers,” said Mann.
Ultimately, Mann feels that scientists are not holding climate change data back from the public.
“The community is doing a good job at putting the data out there… there really is nothing to hide,” Mann said.
Phil Jones, director of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) from which questionable global warming e-mails were leaked, temporarily stepped down from his position yesterday to allow investigation to continue without disruption.
Mann protected his work and the work of his peers as Penn State launched an investigation into what critics call a fabrication of global warming data.
“Phil Jones is a very honest scientist,” Mann said. “He was probably talking about getting rid of measurements that they didn’t consider reliable.”
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