Mike Mann: The Most Villainous Act in History

February 17, 2019



You’ve attracted quite a bit of negative attention for being in that position as well. The whole Climategate “scandal”.

Climategate, in hindsight, is very interesting, because it involved hacked emails, and Saudi Arabia and Russia were both involved. WikiLeaks and Julian Assange …

You were really on the vanguard of that whole thing.

In my recent book, The Madhouse Effect, we talk about what played out in the last presidential election. The assault on climate scientists, Climategate, was almost a training ground. It was the same actors and the same mission. Climategate was about trying to distract the public and the policymakers with a fake scandal going into the Copenhagen Summit [also known as the United Nations Climate Change Conference] in 2009, which was the first opportunity for meaningful progress on international climate policy in years.

A compelling case can be made that Russia’s involvement and Saudi Arabia’s potential involvement in the last [US] election was about a half-trillion-dollar oil deal between Russia and ExxonMobil that had been blocked because of the sanctions against Russia.

What’s the first thing that happened under the now-infamous Paul Manafort? They changed the Republican platform to try to get rid of those sanctions. Then Trump appointed Rex Tillerson, the former head of ExxonMobil, as Secretary of State. Is that a coincidence?

It was the same players and the same motive and the same disingenuity. In the case of Climategate, there have now been the better part of a dozen investigations in the US and the UK, and they have all come to the conclusion there was no impropriety on the part of the scientists whose emails had been stolen. The only wrongdoing was the criminal theft of the emails in the first place.

The science that we are doing is a threat to the world’s most powerful and wealthiest special interests. The most powerful and wealthiest special interest that has ever existed: the fossil fuel industry.

They have used their immense resources to create fake scandals and to fund a global disinformation campaign aimed at vilifying the scientists, discrediting the science, and misleading the public and policymakers. Arguably, it is the most villainous act in the history of human civilisation, because it is about the short-term interests of a small number of plutocrats over the long-term welfare of this planet and the people who live on it.

So, once again, to be in a position to be fighting on the right side of a battle between good and evil – which frankly it is – is a privilege.

Mike sees things largely the way I called them 2 days after the ’16 election (below) – and I’ve seen nothing to change my mind.
We are in a battle for the survival of civilization with a global fossil fuel mafia.

5 Responses to “Mike Mann: The Most Villainous Act in History”

  1. Terry Donte Says:

    Manaforts crimes all occurred under Obama,long before he met Trump. Tillerson has departed. Russia is still on the restricted list so all the hyperbole did not in fact occur.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      “Manaforts crimes…”
      …occurred both in Ukraine, before he became Trump’s campaign manager, and after he offered to work for the campaign for free because of all the money and influence he would have trading on that position.

      Russia is still on the restricted list so all the hyperbole did not in fact occur.

      Russia has effectively crippled the US’ standing on the world stage. Trump is both an admirer and dupe of Putin.

      Every single person Trump has put in charge of his administration’s departments has hobbled those government functions or worse.

      • Earl Mardle Says:

        To be fair, he’s not too far off, although it should be modified to “the hyperbole did not occur”. ie, there is no hyperbole being generated about this rolling clusterfuck.

        Even the most conservative statement of fact is now in the “stick you head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye” territory.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    FWIW, The Onion predicted the 2016 election the day after Obama won in 2012.


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