How many times must Dr. Michael Mann be exonerated of scientific misconduct before Republican climate change denialists believe him to be innocent? The question is moot, no investigation that finds Mann to be innocent can be valid, so you might as well answer, “infinity.” Every time he’s found innocent, it’s just further proof of how deep and sinister the conspiracy is.
The National Science Foundation has cleared climatologist and Penn State professor Michael Mann of any misconduct in the “Climate-Gate” controversy, which became a lightning rod for climate change skeptics in 2009.
In a memo Tuesday, the NSF’s Inspector General’s office said that “the research in question was originally completed over 10 years ago. Although the subject’s data is still available and still the focus of significant critical examination, no direct evidence has been presented that indicates the subject fabricated the raw data he used for his research or falsified his results.”
“Lacking any direct evidence of research misconduct,” the review concludes, “as defined under the NSF Research Misconduct Regulation, we are closing this investigation with no further action.”
-henry “Down with science” whistler