Climate change emails: a scientist defends himself
According to the Republican Congressman James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, leaked emails from a climate research unit at the University of East Anglia "show a pattern of suppression, manipulation and secrecy that was inspired by ideology, condescension and profit."
They do no such thing, says one of the scientists to whom the emails were addressed, Professor Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University. But in an interview with me last night, he did distance himself from the man who wrote some of the emails, Professor Phil Jones at East Anglia. He said he "in no way endorses" some of what was said in the emails he received; that he "can't justify" a request from Professor Jones that he should delete some of his own emails to prevent access to them by outsiders; and that his East Anglia colleague "clearly made some poor decisions."
Penn State said in a statement that "it is looking into" the matters raised by the leaked emails but that Professor Mann is a "highly regarded member of the Penn State faculty" .
You can hear the interview by clicking below.
Broadcast on The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4, 2 December 2009