The National Science Foundation Inspector General’s office just released a report on its investigation of allegations that “Hockey Team” captain Michael Mann had falsified data. (Read all about it from Joe Romm.)
Finding no research misconduct or other matter raised by the various regulations and laws discussed above, this case is closed.
The NSF investigation essentially confirms the finding of an earlier Penn State University internal investigation.
Clearly, the circle of conspirators implicated in hiding wrongdoing by Michael Mann has expanded once again! But never fear–the allegations didn’t go away when the British government found no evidence of data tampering, or when the National Research Council in the USA found the same. They didn’t go away when over a dozen subsequent studies showed the original Hockey Stick graph was about right, and the main conclusions drawn were correct. After all, where loudmouth ideologues are blowing smoke, there must be fire!
The allegations won’t go away now, either. One man–Virginia State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli–has the courage to ignore the utter lack of supporting evidence for the allegations, and use his position to go on a fishing expedition for the evidence that must be out there, somewhere. And even if he doesn’t find any evidence for these particular allegations, well, Mann must have done something wrong, sometime, or at least said something in an e-mail that can be taken out of context to make it sound like he’s done something wrong. When you’re dealing with a giant, yet super-secret, conspiracy, you have to play hardball.