By CEI Staff
October 26, 2012
Penn State Professor Michael Mann, creator of the infamous hockey stick reconstruction of climate data, is suing CEI for defamation. In an action filed in DC Superior Court on Monday, he’s going after us, National Review, columnist Mark Steyn, and Rand Simberg, a CEI adjunct who authored a blog post on July 13 that Dr. Mann didn’t like.
Dr. Mann disliked the post because it criticized Penn State’s alleged exoneration of his work in the wake of Climategate, and it originally characterized him as the “Jerry Sandusky of climate science,” who “molested and tortured data in the service of politicized science that could have dire economic consequences for the nation and the planet.” We made the editorial decision to remove the Sandusky characterization several days later when, on reconsideration, we decided it was a bit of overheated rhetoric that was editorially inappropriate. Subsequently, in late August, we received a letter from Mann’s attorney demanding a full retraction and apology. At that point, we decided to stand our ground. To Read More….