University Launches Investigation into “Climategate”
We first wrote about this last week when a series of emails obtained from a University of East Anglia researcher’s computer mentioned how world renowned climate change researchers had, allegedly, doctored their results to make the case for manmade global-warming more plausible. One of the researchers caught up in this scandal is Penn State Professor of Meteorology, Michael Mann.
Mann is involved in a series of emails which discuss deleting emails that would offer insight into how the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was written. Mann was emailed by the now former director of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (he resigned earlier this week) asking, “Mike: Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith [Briffa] re [the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report]? Keith will do likewise. … Can you also email Gene [Wahl] and get him to do the same? I don’t have his new email address. We will be getting Caspar [Amman] to do likewise.”
This story has received international attention, the Washington Times wrote in an editorial yesterday that, “this disturbing willingness to participate in skullduggery is consistent with other leaked communications with Mr. Mann, including his now notorious e-mail about how ‘to hide the decline [in temperature],’ which demolishes leftist claims that global temperatures are increasing.”
The University has said that it will investigate Dr. Mann’s role in this scandal. University Spokeswoman, Lisa Powers, said in an email to the Daily Collegian that a University Committee “will review every e-mail in question — a total of about 300 messages.” She also noted that the process will take “quite some time.”
We will continue to bring you updates as the situation unfolds.