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Money more important to Penn State than the truth?

 “It looks like Penn State deliberately covered up the current pedophile sex scandal involving the school’s athletic department for years,” says reader James Stoffaire. “Then what are we to make of Penn State’s investigation and exoneration of Michael Mann? Penn State investigators cleared Mann of charges of unethical behavior in his climate change research.”

“Penn State has lost all credibility, and clearly can’t be trusted to investigate itself or anyone connected to Penn State,” says Stoffaire. “The investigation of Michael Mann should be reopened by investigators independent of Penn State.”

Michael Mann, a meteorology professor at Pennsylvania State University, is best known as the author of the “hockey-stick” graph, which showed a rapid, recent rise in the Earth’s temperature and magically made the Medieval Warm Period disappear. This, in turn, made it appear that today’s temperatures are unprecedented. His work has long been under attack by global-warming skeptics.

The criticism became more heated after an e-mail exchange between scientists referring to a statistical “trick…to hide the decline” used in Mann’s research surfaced, an e-mail exchange known as Climategate.

Nevertheless, a Penn State investigative committee quickly cleared Mann of ethical misconduct, dismissing three of the Climategate allegations as not credible while supposedly continuing to examine whether Mann “seriously deviated from accepted practices within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research or other scholarly activities.” The committee soon concluded that he had not.

Whitewash

The Penn State ethics review was “designed as a whitewash,” said Myron Ebell, a global warming skeptic who directs Energy and Global Warming Policy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “To admit that Dr. Mann is a conman now would be extremely embarrassing for Penn State. But the scandal will not be contained no matter how many whitewash reports are issued. The evidence of manipulation of data is too obvious and too strong.”

Two days ago, icecap.us posted an opinion piece by Steve McIntyre, who originally blew the whistle on Mann’s deceptive hockey-stick graph.

McIntyre pointed out that Penn State President Graham Spanier had been fired from his $813,000/year job for failing to ensure that a proper investigation was carried out in respect to pedophilia allegations in the university’s hugely profitable football program.

That’s the same Spanier who failed to ensure proper investigation of Climategate emails, says McIntyre.

When speaking of the inquiry into Mann’s work, Spanier is quoted as saying: “I know they’ve taken the time and spent hundreds of hours studying documents and interviewing people and looking at issues from all sides.”

“Spanier’s claims were totally untrue,” says McIntyre.

“Not only did the Inquiry Committee fail to “look at issues from all sides,” says McIntyre, they didn’t even interview or take evidence from critics – as they were required to do under the applicable Penn State policy.”

“Contrary to Spaniers’ claim, they did not make the slightest effort to talk to any critic or even neutral observer.”

The Penn State inquiry exonerating Michael Mann held that his “level of success in proposing research, and obtaining funding to conduct it, clearly places Dr. Mann among the most respected scientists in his field. Such success would not have been possible had he not met or exceeded the highest standards of his profession for proposing research…”

In other words, the fact that Mann was good at obtaining grants showed that his work must therefore have been good.

McIntyre goes on to compare Penn State’s handling of the climategate affair with its willful blindness in respect to the far more profitable football program. “For example, they don’t appear to have bothered even identifying or interviewing the victims,” says McIntyre.

“This was not the only case in which Spanier failed to ensure proper investigation of misconduct allegations,” says McIntyre. ” As noted above, Spanier had falsely reported to the Penn State trustees and the public that the Penn State Inquiry Committee had properly interviewed critics and had examined the Climategate documents and issues “from all sides”.

I agree with James Stoffaire. The investigation of Michael Mann should be reopened by investigators independent of Penn State.

At this point, we can only assume that Penn State bigwigs were willing to overlook anything that threatened the continued flow of dollars into their sacrosanct programs.

See entire opinion piece by Steven McIntyre:
http://icecap.us/

Also see McIntyre’s own website:
http://climateaudit.org/2011/11/10/penn-state-president-fired/#more-14925

Also see “Penn State clears Mann in Climate-gate probe”
http://views.washingtonpost.com/climate-change/post-carbon/2010/07/by_juliet_eilperin_a_pe nnsylvania.html

 

13 Responses to Penn State investigation of Michael Mann should be reopened

  1. Gordon "Gord" Pratt says:

    Last time I heard Mann was suing Dr. Tim Ball for allegedly joking that Mann did not belong at Penn State as long as there was room in another institution where the order of the words is reversed.

    To his immense credit Ball is not wimping out but intends to prove in court his statement is accurate.

  2. george wells says:

    With the financial and government corruption angering a lot of people, I think a lot of things like this will be revealed to take people’s minds off the bigger issues.

  3. scizzorbill says:

    The investigation of Sandusky will not be done ‘in house’ like the Mann whitewash. Pedophiles raping children is still a crime, at least for now.

    Mann’s fraudulent manipulations might be be prosecuteable, but it is not likely to happen. The author is correct, it is all about money, and image. As in both cases, money trumps morality.

  4. Joe Lalonde says:

    Mann wishing he was going to this congressional committee on pushing “The End of Climate Change Skepticism”.

    Freedom of speech….surprised the internet is not next…

  5. Laurel says:

    while any prowarmists are alicve they will support Manns side.
    why?
    because the goracles promotion of it and world wide they used it as a real big stick to shove the faked warming down everyones throat.
    to ADMIT! he fudged and they knew and supported it to suit their financial and sociopolitical goals would have the whole house of cards severely weakened if not falling.
    that cannot be allowed, after all your Sotero and our LIAR gillard, as well as all the others supported and still do “the emperors new clothes”
    Global admission of not allowing truly independant data checking, the IPCC, the EU NWO sects agenda, all of em fall over. they all support each other and control the Msm. ergo- he has to stay and so does the shtick..ther egos demand it, truth is sooo less important than their being proven stupid and GULLIBLE!

  6. The rich snakey elites agenda “climate change” and the “holy” actions against it, that is the REAL Terrorist attack against humanity! Nothing else!

  7. Berthold - Klein says:

    As there is no creditable experiment that shows that the “greenhouse gas effect” exists it is obvious that Mann-made global warming is a political hoax. As there is an experiment that shows that the “ghg effect” does not exist its time that the world is rid of this cancer created by the IPPC and aided by the fraud Michael Mann.

  8. Tom Currie says:

    I second Mr. Pratt’s comment. Mr. Ball should be commended for standing up to these green bullies who are now using the court system to stifle dissent. The context and grotesque nature of the cover-up at Penn State should open the door for a new look at by both Mr. Mann’s actions and Mr. Spanier’s actions. Mr. Sandusky should be in the STATE PENN, should Mr. Mann still be at Penn State? Mr. Mann’s actions are contemptible and his work suspect. Whoops….sue me.

  9. In the first Penn-Mann whitewash, the Inquiry Committee was able to dismiss 3 of 4 charges, but did find a “question of accepted faculty conduct surrounding scientific disclosure” and merited further review by faculty scientists. The second whitwash was refered to as “Penn Panel Limbos Under the Hockey Stick”, a true benchmark in how to rig an inhouse investigation.

    If Spanier is rightfully charged in the locker room coverup, he might offer a plea of states witness on the “other man” crimes, no doubt among many in the current Penn program. But with one honest District Attorney gone missing, we might expect a less than honest outcome.

  10. RobertGrayson says:

    That name sounds familiar. Can someone tell me if Mann is Jewish?

  11. Alabamic says:

    What is the point of spending hundreds of thousands of $ to be brainwashed by anti-White academics? Can one not learn apprx 90% (of non-political indoctrination info) of what they teach in colleges on one’s own for literally a fraction of the cost? It is a force multiplier for the good: one learns as much, if not more thru the internet (including apps), books, magazines, etc, saves hundreds of thousands of $, and not be subjected to indoctrination to our established religion of Political Correctness; and/or you can just get a job. Aren’t MIT and the Military Academies already giving out their teachings for free? and ironically those are the few colleges still worth going to and spending money on.

  12. John says:

    Can Pedophile State be trusted to investigate anything at this point? Given the Climategate 2.0 email releases on top of the 2009 releases, we cannot trust Pedophile State to do an honest investigaton. Where exactly did an “honest” Pedophile State investigation of the child rape claims get the victims? No, we need a special prosecutor for ALL of the issues coming out of Pedophile State…

  13. George B. says:

    Aren’t we all a little suspect when an organization decides to investigate the activities of one of their own and find them innocent. Looking though some of those leaked memos, seems like Michael Mann wanted to screw us all. Perhaps that’s an accceptable practice at Penn State?


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