Rule #2: Never Go Outside the Expertise of Your People. How can real scientists use this rule to their advantage? Simple, force the climate alarmists to stray from their talking points. Michael Mann and his ilk have canned, focus group tested talking points and they stick to them like stink on poo. They can recite them in their sleep. They are very very very comfortable in that realm, as the recent congressional hearings demonstrated.
Michael Mann repeated all the expected lies, called his hockey stick an iconic result, It appeared to me that questions the Democrats on the Committee asked Mann and the answers he gave had been scripted.
My impressions from the hearing were not positive. Mann spoke for almost half of the time and boldly asserted the most extreme alarmist positions and factoids (quoting from my own notes): “devoted his life to science [about himself]”, “few individuals who represent tiny minority [about other three witnesses]”, “scientists continuously challenge each other [implying he is a scientist]”, “extremely broad agreement on the basic facts,” 97%, “climate change is real, human caused, and has heavy impact”, “fingerprints of human-caused climate change on extreme events”, “anti-science forces launched a series of attack on scientists”, “time for republicans to put away doubts and focus on solutions”, “discourage investigations of climate scientists,” and “support by multiple national academic societies.”
If it had been my first time hearing about this subject I would have concluded that the climate alarmists were right.
If you search Youtube, you won’t find many bloggers clipping out bits where they discuss the science, you will find them clipping out the political bits. The best one I’ve seen is the one where Dr. Judith Curry totally humiliates Michael Mann with a rebuttal regarding his calling her a “climate denier.” If you haven’t seen it, it can be seen here: I Am Woman Hear Me Roar; Michael Mann’s Bullying Backfires
A more detailed description of the hearing can be found here: Michael Mann Just Jumped the Climate Change Shark
The other newsworthy clip was when Mr. Higgens got Michael Mann to perjure himself and deny his association with certain groups.
Both these video clips demonstrate an application of Rule #2. Michael Mann is clearly uncomfortable discussing calling people “deniers” in front of a balanced crowd. Using terms and tactics like that is antithetical to professional scientific behavior, and he knows it. Those are political tactics used when throwing read meat to the political base. Michael Mann is also a bully, and not used to being challenged. His thin skin makes it easy to irritate and draw him out of his comfort zone. Mr. Higgens’ video demonstrates another area Michael Mann would prefer to avoid, the thuggish behavior of some climate activist group with which he is associated. Once again, the facade Michael Mann is trying to maintain is that he represents “science,” and the tactics used by these groups are antithetical to how real science is performed.
Michael Mann is able to remain in his comfort zone and control the message as long as he is on the offensive. Future hearings must work to put him on the defensive. His main talking points are “Consensus,” “Peer Review” and “Professional and Academic Organizational Support.” All three are incestually related, corrupt and fatally flawed. “Peer Reviewed Journals” don’t require the application of the scientific method or reproducibility for publication, the bedrock foundations of real science.
There are also many other things I’m sure Michael Mann would prefer to avoid like:
The Climate Gate Emails and “Mike’s Nature ‘Trick” to…Hide the Decline.”
The fact that the Mt Kilimanjaro Glacier isn’t melting
Why was thermometer data excluded from most of the “Hockeystick?”
Why is the track record of predictions made by climate alarmists so bad?
The climate models are a joke and have failed miserably
Do we want to spend a fortune based upon failed models? Are there better uses for that money?
Past climate change can not be explained by CO2
If real scientists want to win the war for climate science truth, they must win the political battle. To do so, Michael Mann and his ilk have to be removed from their “safe space/comfort zone” and put on the defensive. Instead of debating science where reasonable people can differ on the interpretation of the facts and data, Michael Mann should be forced to defend the indefensible like his behavior and the corruption of science that has occurred with his assistance.