Mike Mann’s Defamation Suit

Mike Mann’s defamation suit is proceeding. The judge has ruled that rules used to stop lawsuits that try to censor criticism do not apply; this goes beyond criticism. “there is … sufficient evidence to demonstrate some malice or the knowledge that the statements were false.” Therefore, Mann may continue to pursue his defamation lawsuit.

Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer) has a nice summary.


In the arena of scientific investigation, being right is usually enough. But in the sometimes savage and merciless court of political and public opinion, it clearly is not. Even if Mann wins his defamation lawsuit, there will always be other deniers to step in, willing and able (and generally sufficiently funded) to fling whatever nonsense they can at him and other climate scientists in the hopes that something will stick.

It’s astonishing just how mean-spirited and vitriolic these attacks on reality can be. But perhaps it shouldn’t be unexpected. When you don’t have facts, evidence, or science on your side, what’s left?

Plait also offers related links to:

Think Progress
Climate Science Watch
Open Parachute
The Energy Collective

PS – Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, Mike Mann is a mensch. I don’t always agree with everything he says or does, but I’ve never seen him veer into unreasonable or baseless territory, and he has, despite everything, contributed to make important contributions to science. I also can attest that he is intellectually honest and good company.





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