Climategate: Dr. Michael Mann Threatens Lawsuit Over Satirical YouTube Video

YouTube has already almost completely removed the video ‘Hide The Decline’ (right now there is only one uploaded video left) and ‘Hide the Decline II’  has been removed completely.

Climategate: Hide The Decline – the video

Just in case that this last video will also be removed:

Climategate: Hide The Decline – the video


Climate Experts Square Off Over Video

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Dr. Michael Mann

Experts on opposing sides of the global-warming debate are now squaring off against each other over a satirical Internet video.

On one side is Dr. Michael Mann, professor of Meteorology at Penn State University, who has been ensnared in the Climategate scandal. He is threatening to sue Minnesotans for Global Warming (M4GW) after the group produced a satirical video called “Hide the Decline,” which features Mann’s face and makes fun of his scientific findings, and accuses him of covering up evidence of an apparent decline in temperatures over the past decade.

On the other side is Dr. Patrick Michaels, a contributing author and reviewer on the U.N.’s 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and a well-known skeptic of global-warming alarmism. At a National Press Club press conference Tuesday, Michaels criticized Mann for having “very, very, very thin skin.”

The notion that a professor would file a lawsuit over a satirical video “is just quite shocking,” said Dr. Michaels.

Dr. Mann is perhaps most famous for his “hockey stick graph” which showed that mean global temperature changes, which had remained stable for the past millennium, spiked dramatically during the 20th Century. Mann was also involved in controversial e-mails between climate experts, which sat at the center of the Climategate scandal.

“Makin’ up data the old hard way, Fudgin’ the numbers day by day, Ignoring the snow and the cold and a downward line, Hide the decline (hide the decline),” reads the song in the video’s background, critical of Dr. Mann’s alleged manipulation of climate data.

The “Hide the Decline” video garnered more than 500,000 viewers and was featured on the CBS Evening News as well as on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

Dr. Mann’s lawyer sent a letter, dated March 8, to the video’s makers demanding that they “cease and desist any and all use of Dr. Mann’s likeness, which you have misappropriated in various videos posted on your webpage.”

The letter claimed that use of Dr. Mann’s image, from the Penn State University website, infringed upon copyright laws, and also that the video’s message constituted defamation. “The referenced video clearly defames Professor Mann by leaving viewers with the incorrect impression that he falsified data to generate desired results in connection with his research activities,” the letter states.

However, Dr. Michaels pointed out that Dr. Mann did not manipulate the data, as the video seemed to assert, but used techniques that were conducive to the conclusions he drew.

“Mike did not fudge data,” Dr. Michaels said. “He used a technique that, because of the mean period that was referenced to, was likely to give the result that it gave.” Dr. Mann simply “analyzed [the data] in an interesting way,” Dr. Michaels said.

Dr. Michaels criticized other professors over their disregard for scientific method when it involves global warming.

Michaels brought up a number of instances where experts conspired to attack scientific journals for publishing the views of global warming skeptics. He used e-mails between professors to prove his point.

One of the e-mails read, “If you think that (name) is in the Greenhouse skeptics camp, then if we can find documentary evidence of this, we could go through the official American Geophysical Union channels to get him ousted.”

“When you play with the peer-review process, you’re playing with the canon of scientific truth,” Dr. Michaels stated. “It displays a mindset that is very troubling.”

In response to an e-mail where one colleague expressed his wishes to “beat the crap” out of Dr. Michaels, Michaels emphasized that “the thing that characterizes the Climategate troupe is remarkably thin skin. And that’s what no one here understands…we have had the crap beat out of us in public. We know we’re public figures.”

Dr. Michaels added that it was “unbelievable” that professors would react so strongly to papers published that are contrary to their theories on climate change.

The No Cap-and-Trade Coalition, a larger group of which M4GW is a part, created another video named “Hide the Decline 2” and screened it at the press conference. The new video does not feature the actual face of Dr. Mann, but features a replica of his image in various green balloons within the film.

And if Dr. Mann decides to bring a lawsuit against the coalition for the new video? “Bring it on,” said the coalition’s founder Jeff Davis.

“If Doctor Mann decides to sue,” said Davis, “we would welcome the opportunity to do legal discovery. I believe he’s hiding more than just ‘the decline.’”

Davis thought Dr. Mann’s reaction to the first video was “completely frivolous,” and said that as a public figure and an expert, Dr. Mann needs to be open to criticism.

“We believe Dr. Mann’s claims are groundless for three basic reasons,” Davis stated. “First, he’s a public figure, and fair game for public discussion, including satirical criticism.”

“Secondly, defamation requires the claim to be false. In this case, Dr. Mann’s hockey-stick chart, which is the primary subject of the ‘Hide the Decline’ video, is discredited by numerous sources…. Finally, the ‘Hide the Decline’ is satirical political speech, and therefore protected under our Constitution, under the First Amendment.”

Matt Hadro is an intern with Human Events through the National Journalism Center. He graduated from Christendom College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in History.

by Matt Hadro
04/21/2010

Source: Human Events

More information:

Climategate:

Climategate: The Parliamentary Cover-Up Exposed (Telegraph)

Climategate: Two More Bricks Fall Out Of The IPCC Wall Of Deceit – Rainforests And Polar Bears (Telegraph)

Climategate: Michael Mann’s Very Unhappy ‘Whistleblower’ New Year (Telegraph)

Climategate: Al Gore spews the usual utter nonsense but this time no one believes him (Telegraph)

Climategate: Which part of ‘over’ don’t these people understand? – A quick idiot’s guide to why Climategate does matter (Telegraph)

Climategate and the Tiger Woods Index; Al Gore cancels Copenhagen speaking event (Telegraph)

Lord Christopher Monckton – Climategate: Caught Greenhanded! Cold Facts About The Hot Topic of Global Temperature Change After The Climategate Scandal

Climategate: It’s all unravelling now! (Telegraph)

Climategate: Follow the Money (The Wall Street Journal)

Climategate scandal claims its first big political scalp (Telegraph)

Climategate: Googlegate?! (Telegraph)

Lord Cristopher Monckton on Climategate: Shut Down The UN, Arrest Al Gore

Climategate: This is the worst scientific scandal of our generation (Telegraph)

Climategate: The great climate change science scandal (The Times)

Climategate Scandal: The Whitewash Begins (Telegraph)

Climategate: Hacked emails include calls for ‘Earth Government’ as foundation of new world order, splitting of America

Lord Christopher Monckton on Climategate: ‘They Are Criminals’

Climategate: George Monbiot – aka the Great Moonbat – makes it all suddenly OK through medium of satire (Telegraph)

Climategate: Scientists Would Rather Change Facts Than Their Theories (RT)

Climategate on Lateline: Private climate documents hacked, published

Climategate Bombshell: Dr. Tim Ball on the hacked CRU emails

Climategate: The Day Science Died (TBR)

Climategate: how the MSM reported the greatest scandal in modern science (Telegraph)

Climategate: CRU director admits the emails flying all over the internet appear to be genuine (Herald Sun)

Climategate: The Final Nail in The Coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’?! (Telegraph)

Global warming is a scam:

Leading Scientist Warns of Ice Age: ‘Most of Europe Will Be Under Ice’

Met Office blocked role of leading scientist in ‘hockey stick’ climate change row

Godfrey Bloom Exposes the Global Warming Scam (European Parliament, Strasbourg, 20.01.2010)

Lord Christopher Monckton reports on Pachauri’s eye opening Copenhagen presentation

Top Scientist: Rise of Sea Levels is ‘The Greatest Lie Ever Told’

Prof. Ian Clark: ‘Rises in C02 lag 800 years behind temperature rises!’ – You will pay taxes for nothing!

Climate crunch: David Bellamy on global warming fraud

Study: CO2 levels remained constant since 1850! (University of Bristol)

What happened to global warming? The warmest year recorded globally was 1998 (BBC News)

Global Warming Expert Prof. Latif: Earth has not warmed for nearly a decade and that we are likely entering “one or even two decades during which temperatures cool.” (The Calgary Herald)

Solar Physicist Predicts Ice Age: “SOLAR CYCLE 24 HAS NOW GONE CLEARLY BELOW DALTON LEVEL.” (The Examiner)

The Great Global Warming Swindle (Documentary)

Ron Paul: Global Warming Petition Signed by 31,478 Scientists (Lew Rockwell)

NASA Study: Solar Cycle, Not Man, Responsible for Gobal Warming (DailyTech)

Global warming alarmists out in cold (Herald Sun)

Nobody listens to the real climate change experts (Telegraph)

Climate ‘denial’ is now a mental disorder (Telegraph)

Japan’s boffins: Global warming isn’t man-made (The Register)

Al Gore sued by over 30.000 Scientists for fraud (Video)

World is getting colder: It’s the sun, not CO2, that’s to blame (Washington Times)

Global warning: We are actually heading towards a new Ice Age, claim scientists (Daily Mail)

Scientists find greenhouse gas hysteria to be myth (World Net Daily)

2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved (Telegraph)

Army: Sun, Not Man, Is Causing Climate Change (Wired)

World might be heading towards Ice Age (Economic Times)

Flashback: David Ballamy: ‘BBC shunned Me For Denying Man-Made Global Warming’ (Daily Express)

Follow the money and the New World Order:

UK: Climate Change Act has the biggest ever bill (Telegraph)

EU President Herman Van Rompuy Announces 2009 as ‘First Year of Global Governance’

Congressman Ron Paul on the Copenhagen Treaty and the Cyber Security Act: ‘They are doing everything in the world to control the internet.’

Al Gore could become world’s first carbon billionaire

Lord Christopher Monckton: Is President Obama Poised to Surrender the Constitution and US Sovereignty to World Government? (!!!)

EU Proposes €50bn Climate Change Deal Ahead of December’s Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

So global warming is really about the elite finding more ways to take away your freedom and your money!

Education:

Build-A-Bear: The Sinister Green Plot to Turn Our Kids Into Eco-Fascist Manchurian Candidates

Insane British Government Global Warming Ad: Panic, Little Ones, It’s The Carbon Monster

In the news:

Mongolian herders lost millions of animals because of extreme cold

Spain: Heaviest Snowfall in Decades Leaves 250,000 Without Power

Met Office: British winter was the coldest for 31 years

US ‘Snowmageddon’: Hundreds of Thousands Remain Without Power in Washington DC

Florida: Manatees die in record numbers from cold

Florida Freeze Destroys Estimated 70% of Southwest Vegetable Crop

UK: Gas supply rationed as temperature drops to -21C

Winter Chaos Around The World

Beijing and Seoul Hit by Heaviest Snow in More Than Half Century

Britain is facing one of the coldest winters in 100 years, experts predict

NCDC: 250 Snowfall Records So Far In 2009; This December Shapes Up to be the Coldest on Record

US Blizzard: Christmas Misery for Millions; Oklahoma State of Emergency (Video)

Blizzard Blasts Eastern US: Hundreds of Thousands of Homes Without Power

Snowing on Copenhagen’s Global Warmist Parade

US East Coast faces severe winter storm

US ‘Monster’ Winter Storm Resembles Wintery Hurricane With Blizzard Conditions

US: Cheyenne records snowiest October on record

Autumn record-setting snowstorm wallops Rockies, Plains

US: Freak Summer Storm Dumps Snow in Yonkers

Nature knows exactly how to deal with CO2:

Carbon Dioxide Air Fertilization Improves Plant Growth and Quality, Cuts Operating Costs While Increasing Production

If you really want to change the climate on this planet then:

Environment: Solar plant yields water and crops from the desert

Greening the Desert

2 thoughts on “Climategate: Dr. Michael Mann Threatens Lawsuit Over Satirical YouTube Video

  1. Read the purloined and published emails from East Anglia. They show all anyone need to know about the scientific integrity–actually the lack of integrity–of Michael Mann. The famous “hockey stick” paradigm is a complete fraud based on an algorithm that creates a mathematical progression making it appear that temperatures are higher and rising faster than they actually are changing.
    Scientists are bound by a high fiduciary duty to the truth. Dr. Mann fails that crucial test of a legitimate scientist,

  2. Michael Mann won’t sue anybody unless he’s dumb enough to have the East Anglia emails aired in open court. This is funny.

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