The truth is not democratic

English: Michael E. Mann
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A group reportedly funded by oil and coal interests in the United States has launched a truly shocking attempt to stop a noted and respected climate scientist from delivering a lecture because they say his views are “extreme” and part of a “radical agenda”.

In reality the views of Michael E. Mann are consensus science and the claim by the mysterious “Common Sense Movement” that Mann is a “disgraced academic” would probably be a good start for a defamation action if they were organised from the UK: because they are lies put around by liars.

Happily Penn State is refusing to buckle to the campaign as someone with an interest in science I just wanted to post my support for that.

As always the bottom line is that scientific truth is not democratic. If people do not like it that is their problem.