About Michael Mann’s lawsuit vs. CEI and National Review
As you know CEI and other members of the climate reality community have not been afraid to point out the errors and junk science that Michael Mann and other global warming alarmists have used to make their case.
In a post in July of this year on CEI’s weblog, one of CEI’s adjuncts made a set of well-documented criticisms of both Mann’s methodology and the way Penn State (where Mann is housed) handled an audit of Mann’s scientific work in the wake of the Climate Gate scandal. That post was subsequently quoted by Mark Steyn in a column on National Review Online. And because of it, Michael Mann is now suing us all.
Dr. Mann’s case against CEI is based in part on one sentence in the post. In that post we called Mann “the Jerry Sandusky of climate science, except that instead of molesting children, he has molested and tortured data in the service of politicized science.” Yes, we realized the statement was somewhat over the top rhetorically, and we quickly took it down. But Mann demanded that we apologize and retract the entire post, and threatened legal action if we didn’t.
We stood by the post, though we did offer Mann the chance to make his case on our blog. Our lawyers sent Mann’s attorney a detailed response regarding why his claims of libel and defamation were baseless. You can read that legal letter here, and the post itself is available here.
Rather than debate, Mann is suing us, along with National Review magazine, conservative columnist Mark Steyn, and Rand Simberg, the author of the original post.
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