Lie by Usual Suspects Traveling Around the World – Demand Retraction
”A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” — Mark Twain
Chris Horner of The Daily Caller, and the usual suspects Marc Morano, Anthony Watts, and Senator James “Global Warming is a Hoax” Inhofe (R-OK) are certainly living up to this quote. They are spreading a lie about Penn State climate researcher, Dr. Michael Mann. More disturbingly, somebody in Washington, DC is feeding information to various climate deniers in a transparent attempt to discredit Dr. Mann. Could it be Senator Inhofe or his staff?
Michael Mann NEVER deleted any emails nor did he ever ask anybody to delete emails.
The well-known truth:
It is has been known for more than a year that Phil Jones sent Dr. Mann an email asking him to ask Dr. Eugene Wahl to delete emails, and that Dr. Mann did no such thing. Dr. Mann forwarded Jones’ email directly to Dr. Wahl without comment, believing Wahl had the right to see that email. There is no evidence that Mann asked Wahl delete emails. Period.
Here is the official reply by Dr. Eugene Wahl released today:
The Daily Caller blog yesterday contained an inaccurate story regarding a correspondence that was part of the emails hacked from East Anglia University Climate Research Unit (CRU) in November 2009.
For the record, while I received the email from CRU as forwarded by Dr. Mann, the forwarded message came without any additional comment from Dr. Mann; there was no request from him to delete emails. At the time of the email in May 2008, I was employed by Alfred University, New York. I became a NOAA employee in August 2008.
The emails I deleted while a university employee are the correspondence I had with Dr. Briffa of CRU regarding the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, all of which have been in the public domain since the CRU hack in November 2009. This correspondence has been extensively examined and no misconduct found. As a NOAA employee, I follow agency record retention policies and associated guidance from information technology staff.
Dr. Eugene R. Wahl
March 9, 2011
The false statements, insinuations, and smears:
Chris Horner writes: ”Wahl says Mann did indeed ask Wahl to destroy records, and Wahl did.”
Flat-out untrue and Horner has shown no evidence to support that claim. In fact, Chris Horner himself in an earlier article states that Dr. Mann said he did not delete emails. So, Chris Horner, which is it? Are you lying or can you not read your own writing?
Chris Horner, in addition to writing for The Daily Caller, is an attorney who has represented the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). CEI is no friend of the truth.
Anthony Watts has this post written by Steven Mosher highlighted on his blog:
“Sources confirm that a federal inspector has questioned Eugene Wahl and Wahl has confirmed that Mann asked him to delete emails. Wahl has also informed the inspector that he did delete emails as the result of this request.”
Flat-out untrue and Mosher has shown no evidence to support that claim. Mosher, in that same blog post, shows the excerpt from the Penn State investigation that was also featured by Chris Horner. That excerpt reveals that Dr. Mann said he did not delete emails. So, Steven Mosher, which is it? Are you lying or can you not read your own writing?
Marc Morano’s top story today states:
“Climategate’s Michael Mann Caught!? Justice to be Served?! Climategate’s Eugene Wahl ‘has confirmed that Mann asked him to delete emails… Wahl did delete emails as the result of this request'”
Flat-out untrue and Morano has shown no evidence to support that claim.
Until spring of 2009, Morano served as communications director for the Republicans on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Morano commenced work with the committee under Senator James Inhofe.
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has now posted links to the articles and blog posts by Chris Horner, Anthony Watts, and Steve McIntyre. On McIntyre’s blog he writes:
“From Capitol Hill come excerpted notes from the interview transcript between the NOAA Inspector General and Eugene Wahl.”
Somebody in Washington DC has leaked false information to these climate deniers, all of whom are notorious for attacking Dr. Michael Mann and other scientists. The NOAA Inspector General was contacted by Senator Inhofe to investigate scientists who might have been involved with the stolen emails Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in late 2009. The NOAA Inspector General has exonerated its scientists which probbaly did not please Senator Inhofe. Today, lies are spread about Dr. Michael Mann on an Inhofe government web page.
What can you do? Contact all involved and demand a retraction:
The Daily Caller: email@example.com
Senator James Inhofe:
205 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 -3603
Main: (202) 224-4721
Fax: (202) 228-0380
United States Attorney General Eric Holder:
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Department of Justice Main Switchboard – 202-514-2000
Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line – 202-353-1555
Update (03/10): For those of you commenting here debating whether there was intent to delete emails or not let me remind you of two things:
1) Nature did not read those emails. Here is what has happened since the stolen emails over a year ago:
- CO2 is still increasing
- Climate is still warming
- 2010 tied for the warmest year in the instrumental record and likely the warmest in the past 2,000 years
- Ice is still melting and has reached all-time lows
- 2010 was the Year of the Flood
- No journal articles have been published overturning AGW but there have been many supporting AGW
- The accused scientists have been exonerated by many different investigations
2) You are being lied to by billionaires who wish to make a dollar today even though they are likely sacrificing your future, your children’s future, and your grandchildren’s future. The next industrial revolution is here and it is energy efficiency and renewables. It is simply un-American to stand by and watch others take the lead in this revolution. Business as usual with regard to fossil fuel means that we will be BUYING our technology from China instead of SELLING it to them.
How are those gas prices lately?