There’s a saying “Strike whereas the iron is scorching.” There’s additionally a saying “By no means interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake.” On this case, I believe the latter applies.
Serial local weather litigator Michael E. Mann, has provide you with a unique approach; he’s calling Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick to provide some “proof” by way of sending a superfluous and harassing authorized discover. Apparently, he’s sending them to others as effectively, together with Lindzen, Christy and Wegman.
This could possibly be construed as witness tampering. Basically, Mann’s authorized workforce is sending authorized malarkey to anybody who would possibly conceivably be an knowledgeable witness for the protection. It seems the purpose is to intimidate them with far-reaching doc manufacturing requests.
Steve McIntyre has this to say on Twitter:
I’ve a nominee for many absurdly venal exercise throughout COVID lockdown.
Michael Mann has ramped up his vainness libel lawsuit. Final Friday, McKitrick and I (who’re non-parties in lawsuit) have been notified by a Washington lawyer for one of many defendants that Mann’s lawyer had requested that he (the defendant’s lawyer) settle for service of (separate) subpoenas to McKitrick and myself for paperwork.
To be clear, McKitrick and I usually are not solely not defendants in Mann’s silly lawsuit, however, in one in all his pleadings, Mann provided up that we had by no means accused him of fraud. Mann requested the lawyer to simply accept service, presumably as a result of we’re Canadian. It was defined to us that, if we didn’t authorize the Washington lawyer to simply accept the subpoenas, Mann must provoke proceedings in a Canadian courtroom by which he must justify his subpoena. It’s onerous to image a Canadian courtroom being inquisitive about breaking our coronavirus lockdown to be able to accommodate Mann’s vainness litigation. However it proceeds onward within the fetid swamp of D.C. courts.
Additionally, if Mann is inquisitive about what I’ve stated about his work, he ought to begin with the various posts and feedback at Local weather Audit, all of that are publicly accessible. He can collate them to his coronary heart’s content material on his personal time and his personal nickel.
Josh and I collaborated on an applicable response.
UPDATE: Mark Steyn (an precise defendant) additionally weighs in right here:
The 2 most non-essential professions on the planet proper now are that of Large Local weather alarmist and his lawyer in a conceit lawsuit. But Michael E Mann, inventor of the global-warming “hockey stick”, and his counsel John Williams are disinclined to let their awful eight-year-old defamation swimsuit towards me shelter in place for a few months, and the opposite day they made a shock transfer. By which I imply a deranged and determined transfer.
Earlier than we get to that, let me make a normal commentary: You’ll have seen that tens of millions of individuals around the globe are what one would possibly name Coronaskeptics and pop up on TV and radio pooh-poohing the pandemic fashions. One motive they do that’s as a result of Mann’s we’re-all-gonna-die college of knowledge evaluation did immense harm to modeling typically – to the purpose the place giant numbers of individuals merely dismiss all fashions as being a crap shoot of bollocks …as a result of, as I heard a radio host say yesterday, they’d seen all of the local weather alarmist fashions fail to pan out. That’s on Mann and his friends.
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