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date: Fri, 16 May 2003 16:11:38 -0400
from: "Michael E. Mann" <mannatXYZxyzginia.edu>
subject: Fwd: Re: Fwd: Re: Harvard?
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Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 17:37:36 -0400
To: "Michael E. Mann" <mannatXYZxyzginia.edu>
From: Paul Epstein <paul_epsteinatXYZxyz.harvard.edu>
Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: Harvard?
Cc: eric_chivianatXYZxyz.harvard.edu, trenbertatXYZxyzr.ucar.edu,
Dear Michael Mann,
It is indeed a great pleasure to receive your message (showing your famous graph for the
last millennium so often in talks). My feelings -- and those of Eric Chivian, our
center's director -- are mutual. It is appalling what Baliunus et al. are doing, using
the past 50 year window for example, to tell their distorted story. And of course the
story is used by those who's interests have become self evident.
Have you spoken with Mike McElroy and Jim McCarthy? I know that Dan S is steaming mad
and I do suggest a call to Mike to encourage a response from the Harvard University
Committee on the Environment. I have discussed this with both Mike and Jim, but a note
from you might help move things along.
I look forward to hearing back and would certainly be open to developing a response
based on climatology and the accumulating biological and health responses to climate
With best regards, Paul
At 10:49 AM 5/15/2003 -0400, Michael E. Mann wrote:

Dear Paul,
Kevin reminded me that you would be a good person to contact. I don't know if you have
followed this story. Baliunas and company have published these two terrible paper which
purport, without any credibility whatsoever, to undermine IPCC conclusions. The papers
were published in "Energy and Environment" (an industry shill) and "Climate Research"
(with help from some dubious individuals on the editorial boards--there is an
investigation now into the practices of the editor in question, Chris DeFrietas of New
Zealand, who rights anti-IPCC and anti-Kyoto op ed pieces in New Zealand). They are
making some headway within the beltway, though the mainstream media and scientific
community recognize the stuff for what it is [I'll resist using the appropriate words
here, because my message might then not make it through the email filters].
Any insights you might have into the goings on within the PR office at Harvard would be
of interest. It is disappointing to see Harvard's press office allow itself to be used
as a pawn in this transparently political, pseudo-scientific, and industry-backed
thanks in advance for any help or insight you can provide,

Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 18:00:06 -0600
From: Kevin Trenberth <trenbertatXYZxyz.ucar.edu>
Organization: NCAR/CGD
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To: "Michael E. Mann" <mannatXYZxyzginia.edu>
Subject: Re: Harvard?
My main contact there is Dan Schrag: also Paul Epstein.
Michael E. Mann wrote:

Dear Colleagues,
Baliunas and co. appear to have successfully hijacked Harvard's PR office on this. Any
of you have contacts there you might be able to get some information from? Both of
these appeared in the "Harvard Gazette":
That provides the appearance of Harvard's stamp of approval for unsound claims which
have otherwise been ignored by any other mainstream media outlets (despite the repeated
attempts of the authors and their promoters to get wider coverage, the story has
generally only been picked up by right-wing online sites and Murdoch-owned newspapers).
While the work is getting ignored in scientific circles, and by the mainstream media, it
is nonetheless being heavily promoted within Washington DC by not just the usual
suspects like the "Marshall Institute", which has sponsored multiple presentations on
this by the authors on capitol hill, but by the administration and agencies directly
under their control. From what I am told, they are beginning to make political inroads
in their attempts to use this to attempt to undermine IPCC's credibility.
Phil Jones and I are writing a review paper for "Reviews in Geophysics" which will
include a debunking of much of what they say, and Ray Bradley and others have something
in the works in Science along these lines, but these will both have a long residence
time--something more immediate may be necessary in the meantime. Thoughts and
suggestions as to how best to proceed would be appreciated.
Professor Michael E. Mann
Department of Environmental Sciences, Clark Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
e-mail: [3]mannatXYZxyzginia.edu Phone: (434) 924-7770 FAX: (434) 982-2137

Professor Michael E. Mann
Department of Environmental Sciences, Clark Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
e-mail: mannatXYZxyzginia.edu Phone: (434) 924-7770 FAX: (434) 982-2137

Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director
Center for Health and the Global Environment
Harvard Medical School
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The Mission of the Center for Health and the Global Environment is to study and to
promote a wider understanding
of the human health consequences of global environmental change. The Center believes
that people will protect the
natural environment when they realize its importance to their health, and to the health
and lives of their children.

Professor Michael E. Mann
Department of Environmental Sciences, Clark Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
e-mail: mannatXYZxyzginia.edu Phone: (434) 924-7770 FAX: (434) 982-2137

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