AGU Webinar on Michael Mann

An Inside Look at the Michael Mann Case
Featuring Peter Fontaine, counsel to Michael Mann and a leader of Cozen O’Connor’s Brownfield Development and Climate Change practices

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  1. eqibno
    Posted Oct 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM | Permalink

    Gene Wahl: Can you review again the exemption you mentioned at UVA?

    No surprise with that request…

  2. Steve McIntyre
    Posted Oct 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

    I asked the following question:

    You distinguished FOIA when applied to government in sunshine, with which you agreed, with faculty correspondence. However, what is your position when a scientist at a public university is a participant in a government or intergovernmental committee? What is the basis of exempting participation in governmental committees from FOIA?


    I’ll pass on that.


    FOIA was used by Baggerly and Coombes to identify a fraud by Duke University cancer researcher Anil Potti. Do you disagree with their use of FOIA?

    Mann’s lawyer:

    I’m not familiar with the case.

    • Posted Oct 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

      I bet he isn’t. Brilliant questions.

    • John A
      Posted Oct 24, 2012 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

      So Mann’s lawyers are not familiar with other cases where FOIA has been used to uncover academic fraud? Really?

      Do you think this will fly with the judge?

      Me neither.

  3. theduke
    Posted Oct 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM | Permalink

    Here’s another one in December:

    Wonder if a CA reader in San Francisco can attend and report back?

  4. pdtillman
    Posted Oct 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    YA great old scientific society whose administration has (apparently) been taken over by political/climate activists. Sigh.

    AGU is a particularly odd case, in that geologists and geophysicists are often seen in the cAGW skeptic ranks — the idea that long-term climate could be regulated by *positive feedback* being spectacularly silly, to anyone with some knowledge of paleoclimates.

    I guess they do have an atmospheric sciences section — which I pretty much ignored in my AGU days.

    Peter D. Tillman
    Professional geologist, advanced-amateur paleoclimatologist

  5. Bloke down the pub
    Posted Oct 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM | Permalink

    Sounds like they’re fishing for likely lines of attack.

  6. theduke
    Posted Oct 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

    Mann has filed suit against National Review, Mark Steyn and others.

    • Ian Blanchard
      Posted Oct 24, 2012 at 5:20 AM | Permalink

      Steve might be particularly interested in the final sentence of #3 within Mann’s statement of claim.
      “Every such investigation – and every replication of Dr Mann’s work – has concluded that Dr Mann’s research and conclusions were properly conducted and fairly presented”.

      Obviously M&M’s published papers don’t count as (attempted) replication, and the Wegman report can safely be ignored because of poor referencing in the introduction.

      • Brandon Shollenberger
        Posted Oct 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM | Permalink

        Nobody has been able to fully replicate Mann’s work, so I guess if you say the count for “every replication” is zero, that’s sort of, kind of true?

        Yeah… I have no idea what he thinks is the basis for that. Then again, this is Michael Mann we’re talking about. Making bold and baseless statements is kind of what he does.

        • AndyL
          Posted Oct 25, 2012 at 5:12 PM | Permalink

          If I compared Michael Mann to Lance Armstrong, would I be libelling either of them?

    • John A
      Posted Oct 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM | Permalink

      Mark Steyn is quaking in his boots:

      I’ll have more to say about this when I’ve stopped laughing.

      Meanwhile Mann is furiously deleting all dissent on his Facebook page (presumably until he reaches an overwhelming consensus), including any comment that dares mention the dread word “discovery”. I bet Mythbusters is banned in his house because he breaks into a cold sweat at the name of the channel.

  7. Brian H
    Posted Oct 24, 2012 at 4:44 AM | Permalink

    You neglected to specify date and time.

  8. Dishman
    Posted Oct 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

    a leader of Cozen O’Connor’s Brownfield Development and Climate Change practices


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