Climategate Scientist Michael Mann Cleared of Most Serious Allegations

Dr Mann speaking about attacks on him and efforts to discredit climate science.

An internal investigation by Penn State University has determined that one of the key players in 'Climategate'has been entirely cleared of the most serious allegations of misconduct made against him--falsifying climate data, destroying data or emails, misuse of confidential information. On a fourth allegation (did Mann's conduct deviate from accepted academic practice) the inquiry was inconclusive. Because of this, Penn State will be going forward with further investigation. From the full report of the university's findings:

Given that information emerged in the form of the emails purloined from CRU in November 2009, which have raised question in the public's mind about Mann's conduct of his research activity, given that this may be undermining confidence in his finding's as a scientist, and given that it may be undermining science in general and climate science specifically, the inquiry committee believes an investigatory committee of faculty peers from diverse fields should be further consider this allegation.

So, Penn State has basically found that Mann's work is solid, but to cover all the bases and so that they have "discharged their responsibility" on the matter, further inquiry will proceed.

Understandably, Dr Mann was pleased with the outcome, and issued a statement:

I am very pleased that, after a thorough review, the independent Penn State committee found no evidence to support any of the allegations against me.

Three of the four allegations have been dismissed completely. Even though no evidence to substantiate the fourth allegation was found, the University administrators thought it best to convene a separate committee of distinguished scientists to resolve any remaining questions about academic procedures.

This is very much the vindication I expected since I am confident I have done nothing wrong.

I fully support the additional inquiry which may be the best way to remove any lingering doubts. I intend to cooperate fully in this matter - as I have since the beginning of the process.

Read Penn State's full review of Dr Mann: RA-10 Inquiry Report: Concerning the Allegations of Research Misconduct Against Dr. Michael E. Mann [PDF]

Is there any doubt left your mind that the CRU emails were stolen and purposely leaked right before COP15 with the prime intent of, not uncovering anything new about climate science, but rather sowing doubt to disrupt the conference and try to sway public opinion? There's none in mine.

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