Can you guess what might happen if you ask a climate scientist a tough question?
He will set his pals on you, that’s what.
Post-Climategate 3.0, emails between a journalist and a climate scientist came to attention (again). In the exchange, you can see Anne Jolis of the Wall Street Journal asking a handful of questions to Michael Mann, a climate scientist of very high repute. Who wouldn’t? Too many questions keep coming up about the same person’s work, people get curious.
This is what Michael Mann did. First, he informed the journalist that all her questions were wrong, and she was committing an ‘offense’.
…premise of essentially everyone of your questions is wrong, …
Misrepresenting the work of scientists is a serious offense, …
Second, he threw a whole bunch of material – links to reports, newspaper clippings, Congressional hearing gossip, and Realclimate blog posts – at Jolis. Funnily, most of the material was dated and irrelevant to her questions.
Third, Mann copied the following people into the conversation:
Media Matters’ Erikka Knuti
Paul D. Thacker
Someone called ‘DarkSydoftheMoon’
A scientist here and there one can understand, but half the activist world? Chris Mooney? And Richard ‘ we’re all about PR, not much about science’ Littlemore?
Littlemore’s answers are funnier. In response to Jolis’ queries, Littlemore asserts the ‘unprofessional, haphazard or amateurish manipulation of data’, ‘machinations’, ‘motivations’, and ‘professionalism’ of Steve McIntyre, tries to sell his book, and offers to set up an interview with … himself or Jim Hoggan.
Anyone left with doubts about the intellectual bankruptcy of the climate movement at its highest levels?
Incidentally, Anne Jolis won the Bastiat Prize for journalism for 2012. Surely someone who knows to ask good questions.