“Climategate, in hindsight, is very interesting, because it involved hacked emails, and Saudi Arabia and Russia were both involved. WikiLeaks and Julian Assange …
You were really on the vanguard of that whole thing.
In my recent book, The Madhouse Effect, we talk about what played out in the last presidential election. The assault on climate scientists, Climategate, was almost a training ground. It was the same actors and the same mission. Climategate was about trying to distract the public and the policymakers with a fake scandal going into the Copenhagen Summit [also known as the United Nations Climate Change Conference] in 2009, which was the first opportunity for meaningful progress on international climate policy in years.
A compelling case can be made that Russia’s involvement and Saudi Arabia’s potential involvement in the last [US] election was about a half-trillion-dollar oil deal between Russia and ExxonMobil that had been blocked because of the sanctions against Russia.
What’s the first thing that happened under the now-infamous Paul Manafort? They changed the Republican platform to try to get rid of those sanctions. Then Trump appointed Rex Tillerson, the former head of ExxonMobil, as Secretary of State. Is that a coincidence?
In the case of Climategate, there have now been the better part of a dozen investigations in the US and the UK, and they have all come to the conclusion there was no impropriety on the part of the scientists whose emails had been stolen. The only wrongdoing was the criminal theft of the emails in the first place.
The science that we are doing is a threat to the world’s most powerful and wealthiest special interests. The most powerful and wealthiest special interest that has ever existed: the fossil fuel industry.
They have used their immense resources to create fake scandals and to fund a global disinformation campaign aimed at vilifying the scientists, discrediting the science, and misleading the public and policymakers. Arguably, it is the most villainous act in the history of human civilisation, because it is about the short-term interests of a small number of plutocrats over the long-term welfare of this planet and the people who live on it.”
I take it we’re the bad guys.
As one of the co-authors of Climategate: The CRUTape Letters, I think it incumbent upon me to respond.
Ha-hahahahahahahha. Wotta bunch of BS. Where’s Stephan Lewandowsky when we need him–we got some conspiracist ideation on Aisle 4–we need a big mop. And some disinfectant.
The Climategate emails were leaked by one person at the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University. They were sorted carefully. Personal emails were removed from the file. They were posted at several websites anonymously. One of those websites is co-hosted by Michael Mann–Real Climate. Real Climate passed around administrative access to the site like candy canes at a Christmas party. Including people at CRU.
Tillerson! Manafort! Hahahahahahaha!
If this level of thinking is representative of the brain power Mann brings to climate science, it explains a lot. A lot about checking the stats of your finding, discovering they don’t add up, and then not mentioning that you checked. In fact, lying about it. And then leaving the stat check on your website… Or inverting Tiljander proxies… and then claiming it doesn’t make a difference. Or predicting an expansion of the range of malaria… right before it is knocked into an ever-retreating refuge of the world’s poorest nations.
Maybe this lack of intelligence might have had something to do with the amazing tale told by an idiot involving a hockey stick…