Michael Mann: Climate Hero with a Hockey Stick

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

(By Josh Marks, cross-posted at Green Forward)

It is no secret the fossil fuel industry for years has been funding front groups denying the reality of human-caused climate change and working against clean energy technologies. These attacks on science and reason have amazingly come from the same dirty energy industry that is actually making contingency plans for the effects of man-made climate change. That’s right, Big Oil is well aware that the millions of tons of carbon they carelessly pump into the atmosphere is contributing to global warming so they are planning for the consequences, while at the same time spending millions of dollars discrediting climate scientists and misleading the public.

Thankfully, climate scientists like Michael Mann (the physicist and climatologist, not the Hollywood film director) are, to use a hockey analogy, dropping the gloves and fighting back against climate-change-denying think tanks like The Heartland Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Koch Family Foundations, The Manhattan Institute, The Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute and The Mercatus Center. Mann’s new book, titled “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines,” is being released on March 6 and is going to expose the moneyed special interests behind the attacks on science and reason and convey to the public the fossil fuel industry giants funneling money to these anti-science front groups.

The title of the book comes from Mann’s controversial hockey stick graph, which shows the temperature record over the past 1,000 years and the sharply upward warming trend during the late 20th century.

Click here for a link to an insightful profile of Mann from Mother Jones via The Guardian’s Climate Desk.

Here is video of Mann discussing his new book.