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Michael Mann: Climategate, Hockeygate, Global Warming and more

July 10, 2012 - 03:41 PM
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Fascinating interview with Dr. Michael Mann on climate science, policy and even a bit of psychology

Bruce DePuyt and I had a very interesting 45 minutes today talking with Climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann of Penn State University. Dr. Mann is the author of the recent book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines”. Bruce touched on the entire “Climategate” episode which included Mann and a number of other prominent climate scientists. Dr. Mann said that after several; extensive investigations of the exchanged e-mails, the only crime that had been committed was the theft of the e-mails. I asked Dr. Mann about a number of concerns I often hear from the public and so called “skeptics” (as Mann said all scientists are skeptics), including the uncertainty still there of projections of our future climate, natural climate forcers such as solar influences, El Nino, the role of somewhat amateur scientists in raising issues such as weather stations siting.  Dr. Mann is now in a more public, proactive role of raising climate change/global warming concerns, so how does he maintain his scientific objectivity, especially in light of some legal challenges to his research and funding?. His answer is interesting.  Bruce touched on the political/policy implications as well as Mann’s response to columnist George Will’s glib comment this past weekend about the recent extraordinary heat and records that, “We're having some hot weather get over it. . .It’s summer".  Watch the entire interview. We sure covered a number of topics and I don’t think either one of us threw Dr. Mann any softballs. But for sure feel free to comment, and I'll be sure to respond. 

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