Climate Scientist, Heated Up Over Satirical Video, Threatens Lawsuit

mann-hide-the-decline-fox-newsBy Ed Barnes

The Penn State climate professor who has silently endured investigations, hostile questioning, legislative probes and attacks by colleagues has finally spoken out. He says he’ll sue the makers of a satirical video that’s a hit on You Tube.

Their response: Bring it on.

Michael Mann, one of the central figures in the recent climate-data scandal, is best known for his “hockey stick graph,” which was the key visual aid in explaining how the world is warming at an alarming rate and in connecting the rise to the increase in use of carbon fuels in this century. E-mails stolen from a university in England were released online, revealing exchanges between climatologists and a reference to a “trick” that Mann had used to get the graph to portray what global warming scientists wanted to see. 

The parody video, titled “Hide the Decline,” had more than 500,000 viewers on YouTube and received national attention when Rush Limbaugh played it on his radio show. It features a cat with a guitar, a talking tree, and a dancing figure sporting the image of Professor Mann. It’s the use of his image that Mann is complaining about, arguing that the video supports “efforts to sell various products and merchandise.”

“The guy is crazy to threaten legal action,” said Jeff Davis, the President of No Cap and Trade, a large organization that includes the group Mann is threatening to sue, Minnesotans for Global Warming. “A lawsuit would give us full discovery — and there’s a lot to look at in his work.”

Read the rest at Fox News.

25 Responses to Climate Scientist, Heated Up Over Satirical Video, Threatens Lawsuit

  1. Cubanshamoo April 27, 2010 at 4:22 am #

    Great for No Cap and Trade

  2. paul wenum April 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    Cap N Trade will put us back just like Greece today in the next 10 years at the rate we are spending.

  3. Cubanshamoo April 29, 2010 at 4:31 am #

    Exactly Paul, and Grece (the more socialist country in Europe with almost 90% of socialist voters) is the top of the Iceberg….later will come Portugal (74% socialists) and then Spain (60% socialist voters) where people wake up at 9:00, start working at 11:00 and go for a siesta at 13:00. I do not mention Sweeden because it is considered the better Islamic country in Europe with Jihadist Driving Schools at Malmo. God Bless America

  4. Rob N. Hood April 29, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Amazing in-depth anaylysis on global economics. You guys blow me away.

  5. paul wenum April 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    Unless you have ever been to Europe you will never understand.

  6. Cubanshamoo April 30, 2010 at 12:54 am #

    He has an idea of Europe that remember me the way Michael Moore make his “films”: completely erroneous.
    Rob, here you can find tremendous obstacles to open a Baptist Church, but no one to open a new Islamic tribune. They teach you abouth Global Warming in the school, that is to say, the waste the learning time of the students. If you want to have a dog, you must pass a course, your dog must pass a course, your dog most have a healthy inssurance of 120 per month, you can not go to walk with the dog all over, you most pick up the shit of your dog even inside the forest. The costs of having a dog in Switzerland is 2’500 per year, you can go to prison if somebody see you misstreating your dog, but if you hit your kid in the street, nothing happens. If a man jump in front of the train to commit suicide the people are immediatelly disturbed, not for the suicide, but for the time the lose while the train is stopped. If a car kills a dog, the people cry, try to hit the driver, and make shows like these lunatics in the forest. Now, some good news: here they only mention the 300 islamic prisioners of Guantánamo, no one single word about the thousands of Cuban prisioners in the other side o the fence: more than 200 prisions in Cuba, with people inside without trial, without food, without a bible, without nobody caring for them.

  7. Rob N. Hood April 30, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    You can’t argue for “free markets” and still fight for the giant companies. Those positions are mutually exclusive. You can’t paint the picture of an agrarian past and then serve the giant corporations. The fact is, the American dream can’t survive without regulation. Without it, the powerful will always crush a free market where the little guy has a chance to make it. It’s like the old Western movies and dime store novels, but this time with an unhappy ending: The giant ranchers will always drive out the independent cowboys. The combines will always throttle Main Street business. The frontier will always be fenced. The railroad will always destroy the town.

    And those who speak up for giant, faceless, unethical forces will always be what they’ve been in Western movies and dime store novels from time immemorial:

    The bad guys.

  8. paul wenum May 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    Me thinks you watch to many movies. Reality reaches beyond “The Box.”

  9. Rob N. Hood May 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    It’s called metaphor…

  10. paul wenum May 3, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    Because I believe in a free market society I’m a “Bad Guy?” Get real.

  11. Rob N. Hood May 4, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    No- that’s not what I’m saying, and I’ve had to repeat myself many times about this. Because you are FOR big multi-national corporations, that’s why. They are more or less the EXACT opposite of a free-market. Wake up. you are defending something that is eating away at not only this country but the world.

    WE DO NOT NEED these large to big to fail corporations. They have “personhood” which is absurd, and now they have the right to unlimited campaign donations. THAT is the death of the American dream, my friend.

  12. paul wenum May 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    You sound like Obama. “You made enough money.” How big is “To big?” Such as “How much is enough money?” By the way our Supreme Court voted the right for corporations large OR small to donate. I run a corporation, am I to big? Your church is a corporation, bar, restaurant etc. Are they to big? Give me a limit on what is your definition of big, or to much money? The reason America is great is that there is NO LIMIT, i e Microsoft. Started out of a garage. Only in America and now in Russia by the way. China as well. I think they have seen the light. Freedom to earn as much as you can legally. If not, there all always consequences, such as Madoff, Petters and others. Where are they today? Let me know our “limits” on what you and I should earn. I’m waiting as well as others.

  13. Rob N. Hood May 5, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    Too big is to fail is too big. Ok? Ok. (and what is it about LARGE MULTI-NATIONAL you don’t understand?)

  14. Rob N. Hood May 5, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    I meant to big to fail is too big. That is very simple. And why can’t we break the trusts like Teddy R. did- a great Republican Pres. Huh? Answer that… I’m waiting as well as others.

  15. paul wenum May 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    President “Teddy Bear” (my father had one and it’s still in the family), was a mediocre President. Other than our National Parks, he was average at best. By the way, you never answered my original question always changing the subject. I’m impatiently awaiting a direct answer to my original question Sir. Is there a problem?

  16. Cubanshamoo May 6, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    Is Rob talking about the business of Al Gore? these little words (multinational, to big to fail, carbon fraud, IPCC and nobel prize) remember me something.

  17. paul wenum May 6, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    Cubanshammo, look at the plight in Greece today by the “entitled ones.” We were correct in our assessment. Look at the DOW today. Enough said.

  18. Cubanshamoo May 7, 2010 at 12:41 am #

    Hey Paul, and that’s just the begining. After is comming Spain, then Portugal and finally Italy. I always said that the European Union is nothing but the dream of Hitler without war. The socio-dictatorship style of the European parlament will fail at the end, because people may be idealist, but not permanent stupids. They are pulling their hair by such abuse. German workers wake-up every day at 5:00 and go to bed at 22:00 without having even the time for their sentimental partners. The latino-europe is having siestas, highway paid by the fonds created by Germany and UK, in Grece they all want to end their laboral life at the age of 56, while in Germany they must work until 66, or 68. In my opinion, if the Euro get weaker than a dollar, it will be a monetary revolution where all countries will re-establish their own currency. Socialism didn’t work in economics. It has been demonstrated in Russia and their satelites, and it is demonstrated now in this redish and politically correct Europe.

  19. paul wenum May 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    I totally agree. Why, by the way when I’m in Europe does everybody take 30 days off in August for “Holiday?” I always wondered when I was driving the countryside/autobahn, how the hell do they make any money to feed their families when the work half the time? Last time in France everyone, (if employed) could not be fired. Has it changed? I know Sarkozy tried. Is that their major problem? Everyone seems to have a pension is that killing their economy? That is what I read/see lately. Not, by the way in the mainstream media. By the way, never forgot a wayside in Germany on the autobahn were guys were buying beer and then drinking and driving with a beer in their hands. Never forgot that. Too much Barley in Europe?
    Let me know your thoughts.

  20. cubanshamoo May 8, 2010 at 2:54 am #

    Here you do not qualify for any job if you do not settle a health insurance first. In the last 17 years, I have been paying 6’000 per year, and 11’000 now with family for some few hundres of medical attention (150 tablets of Tylenol in Florida is 7,50 US dollars, but 20 tablets in Switzerland is 15,00); . Everyone have 4 weeks of holidays paid in Europe (and 42 hours work per week), in France (36 hours per week). After 50 years old you have 5 weeks holidays (after 50 years 6 weeks in France). The government pay you (tax money) 160 per kid bellow 25 over your salary, (500/kid if you are inmigrant without job). In Switzerland police give money (or artificial drugs) to drug adicts in order to avoid they create some public scandals. In Germany there is no speed limit in any highway. In Switzerland the government want to delay the pension up to 68, while in France is 62. In Switzerland a prostitute with 16 is legal, and killing your wife for adultery is 7 years in prison, but if you behave OK you are free in 2 years. But if you make a bad comment against an arab, you could spend up to one year behind bars without reduction. In any case, inmigrants are the main beneficiaries of all new laws promoted by socialists. Economically, Europe will be a disaster in a short term, and saddly, it is a matter of time, many extremist groups (neonazis) will emerge and repeat the same BS as they did in 1914 and 1939.
    I believe that something similar will happen in USA if the left continue taking all the right from their cityzens and give them to the lasy.

  21. paul wenum May 8, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Times are definitely changing my friend. To the betterment of society in America as a whole? I do not see it coming unless our mind-set changes. I cannot fathom 4-5 weeks off. I’d go crazy! Work is good! Only in America!

  22. Rob N. Hood May 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Remember the Three Stooges routine:

    “I can’t see! I can’t see!”
    “Why not kid?”
    “I’ve got my eyes closed”

  23. Rob N. Hood May 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    Work Shall Make You Free… is that it Paul? Where have I heard that before? Hmmm…

  24. paul wenum May 17, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    You have a problem with working hard for a living? No wonder we have the “entitlement Problems” in America. Let’s be the next Greece. That would be extremely “Fun” wouldn’t it? Yes, Hard work is what built this beautiful country. Am I missing something?, or should I sit back and wait for my “house note, car payment, and food bill paid” get paid by you and I? (The Government) Give me, as well as others that work hard a break! You continually re-affirm why hard working people are sick and tired of getting walked on by the Pelosi’s, Bloombergs, Waxman’s, et al of the world . We work hard, they don’t. I will qualify, they work hard thinking up ways of taxing the heck out of us and spending our hard earned money. They are “Trough feeders” I say. If you don’t know what that means you never worked on a farm. Now that is work! Clean manure, bale hay, pick rock, deal with adverse weather! Farming will give you an insight on life. I’m a pro-farm guy. They are the hardest workers in America and lowest paid, minus subsidies to the big guys by the way are numerous Senators, congressmen as well as entertainers you enjoy. Hope you boycott their movies or do not vote for them when the election comes. Suggest you research and VOTE in November!

  25. paul wenum May 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    Rob, you have never been there. If you have you would not bring it up. Typical from you when it comes to reality versus your world as you and others see it. Go back and watch your “Avatar.” Real world will await you after the movie ends.

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