The Inspector General of the National Science foundation has completed an investigation into falsifying research data, concealing or deleting emails or other data, misusing privileged information, and seriously deviating form accepted practices in relation to climate change research by climate scientist Michael Mann. This investigation, just completed, confirms what has been determined by other previous investigations:
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.”
This is the latest in a series of severe blows to the Anthropogenic Climate Change denialists such as Anthony Watts and others, though it probably won’t have an immediate effect on their use of questionable tactics or their profusion of beliefs that are just too bizarre to believe that they actually hold. (Clearly, the anti AGW climate change lobby is just that … a political lobby, bought and paid for by industrial interests and supported by people in the right wing and Tea Party who, very disturbingly, believe that our environment, our planet Earth, is something to be toyed with for political gain.
The details of this report are described here, where climate progress has broken the story. Also, DeSmogBlog.com has this: National Science Foundation vindicates Michael Mann and NSF IG report on Michael Mann investigation: “No research misconduct. Case closed.” Don’t bother telling Rick Perry over at Climate Science Watch.
The Policy Lass has this: Mann Vindicated — AGAIN!. Also, Tangled Up in Blue Guy has “Hiding the Decline.” Lousy Canuck presents: Mann vindicated yet again; no tampering with hockey stick graph. See also “Hockey Stick Conspiracy Expands!!!”
You can download a PDF of the report here.
Here’s a video that goes over the “hide the decline” scam perpetuated by global warming denialists.