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That makes two alarmists who are trying to shut Tim Ball up with law suits.
All he said was that Mann should be in jail. Sounds like fair comment to me.
John O'Sullivan: Desperate Climate Scientists File Second Lawsuit Against Top Skeptic
Saturday, March 26th 2011, Dr. Tim Ball received the second of two libel lawsuits from North Vancouver law firm of Roger D. McConchie on Friday (March 25, 2011). Global warming doomsaying professor Michael Mann files the latest writ.
Professor Mann, the infamous creator of the now discredited ‘hockey stick’ graph was once the darling of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a tax hungry government funded organization that blames mankind for raising global temperatures by 0.7 degrees during the 20th Century.
The IPCC plucked Mann from total obscurity after his problematic and “rushed” Ph.D was granted. His viva voce examination was in 1996 and he was required to make corrections. Such a two year delay suggests substantial errors and corrections which would normally require a second viva, but this was strangely not recorded. Then, despite no reputation whatsoever in the field of tree ring proxy research Mann was bizarrely appointed not only as an expert by the IPCC but as Lead Author for the 2001 Third Report.
Several fellow academics, including Dr. Judith Curry smelt something most fishy at once and their fears were confirmed when Canadian statistical experts, Steve McIntyre and Professor Ross McKitrick found a string of ‘errors’ in Mann’s work. All the errors skewed the data in favor of the man-made global warming hype.
It transpired Mann and his secretive clique of climatologists who ‘pal reviewed’ his junk science benefited to the tune of millions of dollars in government research grants. Since the Climategate revelations public support for the IPCC has nose-dived.
Ball Breaker Gambit to Prevent Case Going to Trial
The dubious Penn. State professor now joins Andrew Weaver in using the Canadian law firm to sue Ball, an outspoken critic of the beleaguered global warming religion. The North Vancouver outfit is rumored to be a shill of the Suzuki Foundation. Ball, who is a retiree without corporate backing, may have been chosen simply because he has no deep-pocketed friends and thus may be forced to quit in the face of spiraling legal fees.
But if Suzuki and his paid shills were hoping this new tactic would splinter a spirited skeptic community it has backfired already.
Many of us are concerned to get behind Tim and support him pro bono at this critical time as it seems ‘Big Green’ has given up with the scientific arguments and is going to try to gag skeptics in the courts.
To further assist in this crucial new legal chapter in the climate wars other skeptics are assisting in setting up an official appeal so that the public can make financial donations to assist Tim’s crucial battle.
Chris Horner, lead attorney for CEI has kindly agreed to give input as and when requested. Horner, himself, was also threatened with a lawsuit recently by Michael Mann who seems to know as much about the law as he does about scientific ethics. According to Mann’s writ Ball defamed him as per this recent (February 9, 2011) statement:
"Michael Mann should be in the State Pen not Penn. State."