UVA may bring back Michael Mann, seriouslyPolicyPolitics

Longtime would-be Federalists like myself may enjoy the permanent damage done to Mr. Jefferson’s University, but it would take a Louisiana-territory-sized heap of schadenfreude to make up for this disaster (Climate Depot via From on High):

Climate Depot has learned that Climategate professor Michael Mann, who has been at the center of a legal firestorm, may be moving back to the University of Virginia.

Climate Depot has heard that the UVA Environmental Sciences department voted on April 10 to offer Mann a “chaired professorship.” It is called “The Joe D and Helen J Kington Professor in Environmental Change.

The offer must be approved by Meredith Woo, the Dean of Arts & Sciences at UVA. The pending offer to Mann is thought to enjoy the strong support of James Galloway, Associate Dean for the Sciences at UVA.

Sources tell Climate Depot that such a potential offer would not be made unless Mann already indicated he would accept.

Apologies to Marc Morano for the scraping. This is the Update #3 version, BTW, so do check CD out for any newer info.

The idea that UVA would even consider bringing back Mann (whom, lest we forget, is still being sought out for $500,000 in taxpayer money by the AG’s office here) is beyond belief.

For those who are keeping track (admittedly not easy given the numbers), we are now at, thirty-seven examples of data manipulation, errors, and other shenanigans from global warming alarmism, and that’s just from what I’ve been able to blog on this subject since November of 2009. Mann has been one at the center of this junk for over a dozen years, ever since his famous “hockey stick” graph and its less savory “nature trick” used to “hide the decline” in recent tree-growth data that, had it been reported properly, would have sent exposed the entire theory as the scientific equivalent of a game misconduct.

If UVA actually hires him, it’s a slap in the face to the voters and taxpayers of the Commonwealth.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

  • reality

    Remind me. Why is it we keep funding these liberals and pay them the highest state salaries?

  • http://TheRedStater.blogspot.com/ CR UVa

    “If UVA actually hires him, it’s a slap in the face to the voters and taxpayers of the Commonwealth.”

    To say nothing of alumni like myself. I understand the desire for educational freedom, but protecting someone at the cost of the taxpayer whose research spends even more taxpayer money when he is misleading those same taxpayers is just irresponsible.

    I have thought, from time to time, of donating back to the University but a move such as this would ensure that the school never saw another dime from me (I’d still donate to some causes that work at UVa, and I might consider still attending sporting events as that is a separate budget and separate leadership).

  • SWilliams

    Five investigations of the ‘climate gate’ accusations
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    National Science Foundation investigation of Mann:

    “Finding no research misconduct or other matter raised by the various regulations and laws discussed above, this case is closed.”

    Penn State Investigation (part 1):

    “An Investigatory Committee of faculty members with impeccable credentials” has unanimously “determined that Dr. Michael E. Mann did not engage in, nor did he participate in, directly or indirectly, any actions that seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research, or other scholarly activities.” His work “clearly places Dr. Mann among the most respected scientists in his field…. Dr. Mann’s work, from the beginning of his career, has been recognized as outstanding.”

    Penn State Investigation (part 2):

    The Investigatory Committee determined that Dr. Michael E. Mann did not engage in, nor did he participate in, directly or indirectly, any actions that seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community … .

    UK House of Commons’ Science & Tech Committee investigation:

    seen no evidence to support charges that the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit or its director, Phil Jones, had tampered with data or perverted the peer review process to exaggerate the threat of global warming — two of the most serious criticisms levied against the climatologist and his colleagues.

    In their report, the committee said that, as far as it was able to ascertain, “the scientific reputation of Professor Jones and CRU remains intact,” adding that nothing in the more than 1,000 stolen e-mails, or the controversy kicked up by their publication, challenged scientific consensus that “global warming is happening and that it is induced by human activity.”

    A 5th investigation:

    A British panel on Wednesday exonerated the scientists caught up in the controversy known as Climategate of charges that they had manipulated their research to support preconceived ideas about global warming. The new report is the last in a series of investigations of leading British and American climate researchers, prompted by the release of a cache of e-mail messages…

    All five investigations have come down largely on the side of the climate researchers, rejecting a number of criticisms raised by global-warming skeptics.

  • reality

    what caused the same thing to happen 125,000 years ago?

  • reality

    I like hot showers not freezing or dying of heat stroke sanitation and fast fossil fuel burning emergency helicopters, airplanes and rescue vehicles to get sick wounded and injured to the services they are in desperate need.

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