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Mann’s CoAuthor Doesn’t Like being Compared to Mann

Posted by Jeff Id on January 29, 2009

Interesting stuff at Marohasey blog:

First Author of ‘Antarctic Warming Paper’ Claims Libel

Steig wrote:

Dear Mr. Morano,

On the official US senate minority web site you cite a blog that accuses me of
scientific fraud.  (http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=fc7db6ad-802a-23ad-43d1-2651eb2297d6)

You write:

“A critical analysis of the paper from December 21, 2008, accused the authors of  the Antarctic study of making questionable data adjustments.
(See: Scientist adjusts data — presto, Antarctic cooling disappears – December
21, 2008) The analysis concluded; Looks like [study author] Steig ‘got
rid of’ Antarctic cooling the same way [Michael] Mann got rid of medieval
warming. Why not just look at the station data instead of ‘adjusting’ it (graph
above)? It shows a 50-year cooling trend; the analysis concluded.

You do not comment on this, but simply cite it.  However, you are clearly
implying that you agree with it because you do not comment.  Are you prepared
to either remove this from the web site immediately, or to provide evidence that I have committed fraud?  This is a very extreme accusation.  Indeed, it seems rather like libel to me.  I would like to request a formal apology from you, in writing.

I am cc:ing several journalists on this, so hopefully inaction of your part will be noticed.

In any case, the ‘analysis’ you cite is wrong.  If you look at Figure 3.7 from the IPCC report

http://www.ipcc.ch/graphics/graphics/ar4-wg1/jpg/fig-3-7.jpg

you will see that the average temperature trend for Antarctica was positive (warming) not negative (cooling).  This figure shows the average of the Antarctic station data.  This demonstrates that the statement that  “the station data shows a 50-year cooling trend” is plainly wrong.  In the interest of being honest with the American public, don’t you think you should correct this?

Eric Steig
Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences
University of Washington

Libel is a pretty strong word.  I wonder how this will play out.

4 Responses to “Mann’s CoAuthor Doesn’t Like being Compared to Mann”

  1. Page48 said

    Time to put on our legal hats. This is no doubt the first in a series of moves to shut down the blogs.

    I wonder if Steig has also accused Dr. Kevin Trenberth (“it’s hard to make data where none exist”)of libel since he was quoted in the (reputedly)libelous report.

    Steig: “I am cc:ing several journalists on this, so hopefully inaction of your part will be noticed.”

    Aren’t blogs just internet journalism of a sort?

    Steig: “You do not comment on this, but simply cite it. However, you are clearly implying that you agree with it because you do not comment. Are you prepared to either remove this from the web site immediately, or to provide evidence that I have committed fraud? This is a very extreme accusation. Indeed, it seems rather like libel to me. I would like to request a formal apology from you, in writing.”

    No comment = libel ?????????????????????????????? No comment = clear agreement?????????????????????????? No comment = extreme accusation???????????????????????????

    As crazy as it sounds, some lawyer will take up his cause. See my first paragraph.

    Transfer your property into someone else’s name before you dare compile commentary about Dr. Steig anywhere, for any reason, at any time.

    Have a nice night everyone

  2. I compiled some commentary about Dr. Steig. Then I flushed.

  3. Chris H said

    Isn’t Steig accusing Mann of scientific fraud, since Mr. Morano is only comparing Steig to Mann? (Mr. Morano doesn’t say Mann has done scientific fraud.)

  4. James Mayeau said

    Mann did commit scientific fraud by misrepresenting tree core data as temperature data. He knows it. We know it. You can quote me on it.

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