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In the News... More Questions Raised Over Climategate
March 9, 2011

Posted by David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov

In the News...

More Questions Raised Over Climategate

Watts Up With That?: To Serve Mann  - Sources confirm that a federal inspector has questioned Eugene Wahl and Wahl has confirmed that Mann asked him to delete emails. Wahl has also informed the inspector that he did delete emails as the result of this request. There are times during the course of Climategate when you feel like you are in a twilight zone episode, especially the kind where the ambiguous meaning of terms plays a critical role, like "To Serve Man". ...Two years later, someone does notice.  It's May 24th 2008, Steve McIntyre, climate science puzzle solver, is reading the reviewer comments to chapter 6 of AR4 written in 2006.  In the course of reviewing Briffa's replies to him, McIntyre notes something peculiar. Briffa's replies, written in 2006, seemed to plagiarize an unpublished paper by Casper Amman and Eugene Wahl published in 2007. That is, in 2006 Briffa was repeating the argument of a paper that was not published until 2007. How could Briffa plagiarize an article that hadn't been published? Why would he repeat the arguments almost word for word? Who was feeding Briffa his arguments? How was Briffa doing this if all communication with the authors had to be part of the official record?

Daily Caller: Penn State Whitewashed ClimateGate  - Regardless of how this evidence particularly indicts Penn State, it offers further troubling evidence about Michael Mann - still vacuuming federal taxpayer money - and his relationship with the truth. Combined with other evasive answers, it's clear he has lawyered up. Putting aside for the moment how well he did so, we at least now see why. This begs the same questions of PSU as it does of the UK's two supposed inquires into ClimateGate, which were also cited as "clearing" the participants. Obviously we know that's not possible because, if either had bothered to interview Wahl, they'd know what we now know. Wahl says Mann did indeed ask Wahl to destroy records, and Wahl did. One cannot be cleared if there is no inquiry, and we have proof that no inquiry worthy of the name was conducted. New talking points must be developed, sans the spurious claim that anyone has been exonerated or even that any actual inquiry has been undertaken. At best, the key questions still remain outstanding. Worse, the list of implicated parties has grown. Which is it, Penn State? Were you incompetent, willfully ignorant, or willfully in on covering for Michael Mann?

Climate Audit: Wahl Transcript Excerpt   - From Capitol Hill come excerpted notes from the interview transcript between the NOAA Inspector General and Eugene Wahl. I am advised that it's not a continuous chain, with some back and forth between the paragraphs excluded. I am advised that the excluded sections, often lengthy, do not place the excerpts in any different light than reading them as presented below. Neither the Muir Russell nor Oxburgh "inquiries" took transcripts despite requests from the UK Parliamentary Committee to do so. Q. Did you ever receive a request by either Michael Mann or any others to delete any emails?A. I did receive that email. That's the last one on your list here. I did receive that.Q. So, how did you actually come about receiving that? Did you actually just - he just forward the - Michael Mann - and it was Michael Mann I guess?A. Yes Q. - That you received the email from? A. Correct ...A. To my knowledge, I just received a forward from him. Q. And what were the actions that you took? A. Well, to the best of my recollection, I did delete the emails. Q. So, did you find the request unusual, that they were - that the request - that you were being requested to delete such emails? A. Well, I had never received one like it. In that sense, it was unusual.  Q. I guess if the exchange of comments and your review was appropriate, I guess what I'm just trying to understand why you'd be ask to delete the emails after the fact, at the time that they're - it appears that the CRU is receiving FOIA requests

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