Dec 30

Michael Mann, of hockey stick fame and Mike’s Nature Trick” fame, has written a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal.  You’ll see below that The Journal’s editors note that Dr. Mann had just recently declined a request to explain his e-mail exchanges in the leaked Climategate e-mails, but he obviously can’t resist a chance to get preachy about the need to keep science journals unpolluted by politics.  Does he really think that people will take this letter seriously?

In his Dec. 18 op-ed “How to Manufacture a Climate Consensus,” Patrick J. Michaels of the Cato Institute falsely claims that work by him (and other fossil-fuel-funded climate change contrarians) has been unfairly blocked by me and others from appearing in mainstream science journals because the peer review process is supposedly biased against climate science deniers.In truth, the only bias that exists at such publications is for well-reasoned writing that is buttressed by facts.

That is why climate skeptics such as Richard Lindzen of MIT or John Christy of the University of Alabama—who are widely regarded as credible and whose work contributes meaningfully to the scientific discourse—have no problem publishing their work in mainstream scientific journals.

And what about those who are not being published? Every scientist dealing with a major public issue must decide if he or she is going to be a scientist or a de facto politician.

Mr. Michaels and many climate science deniers have opted for the latter course of action. For example, presidential science adviser John Holdren notes that Mr. Michaels “has published little if anything of distinction . . . being noted rather for his shrill op-ed pieces and indiscriminate denunciations of virtually every finding of mainstream climate science.” This makes Mr. Michaels a perfect candidate for a Wall Street Journal op-ed and a decidedly poor submitter to a serious scientific journal.

Society relies upon the integrity of the scientific literature to inform sound policy. It is thus a serious offense to compromise the peer-review system in such a way as to allow anyone—including proponents of climate change science—to promote unsubstantiated claims and distortions.

The good news is that it is not happening today in relation to either climate scientists or the deniers of climate science. Men and women who have dedicated their lives to advancing science need not apologize for keeping their rigorous professional journals free of the pollution of what is purely politics.

Michael E. Mann

Professor, Meteorology Department

Penn State University

Director, Penn State Earth System Science Center

University Park, Pa.

Editor’s note: Several weeks ago, we invited Mr. Mann to write a feature explaining his email exchanges that were revealed as part of the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit’s document disclosure. He declined.

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4 Responses to “Pot calls kettle black: In a letter to the WSJ, Michael Mann claims science journals should remain unpolluted by politics”

  1. nevket240 says:

    Mann is starting to come across a spoilt Jester jousting with windmills of his own making.
    Isn’t calling people ‘deniers’ a political effort, surely it isn’t scientific?
    Quoting John Holdren is reprehensible. He is trying to give a genocidal Marxist lunatic some sort of street cred by inferring Holdren is a higher authority.

    ‘rigorous professional journals’ is surely a misnomer. The only thing ‘rigorous’ has been their efforts to stifle dissenting publications.

    Mann is ‘Big business’ lackey who has been caught being naughty & is trying to cover his ar&e by dropping names.
    regards

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  2. Dr. Ross Taylor says:

    “Society relies upon the integrity of the scientific literature to inform sound policy. It is thus a serious offense to compromise the peer-review system in such a way as to allow anyone—including proponents of climate change science—to promote unsubstantiated claims and distortions.”

    Er, Michael, I think someone needs to quietly point out to you that most of us have read your e-mails now.

    An excellent and very detailed analysis of the incriminating e-mails is found here:

    http://assassinationscience.com/climategate/

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