Congressional climate panel featuring Penn State prof could be ‘high theater’

Updated: March 28, 2017 — 1:16 PM EDT
Greg Grieco
Michael Mann, a Penn State professor and climate scientist, will appear March 29l, 2017 before a House committee chaired by Lamar Smith (R., Texas), who is openly skeptical of climate change claims.

Frank Kummer

As President Trump moved to dismantle climate-change rules Tuesday, another lesser-known political battle was waiting in the wings: a Penn State professor’s testimony before a House committee chaired by a congressman firmly opposed to the scientist’s work.

Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric science, is expected to testify Wednesday that climate change is real and that its chief cause is human activity.

But he’ll be speaking before Texas Republican Lamar Smith, chairman of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Smith is a fervent believer that climate change is a politically motivated manipulation of facts.

Mann was on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international panel of scientists assessing climate, and is widely viewed as a leader in the field. He’s also become a lightning rod and says he’s received death threats.

Smith has lined up three other speakers — academics and scientists who either doubt the methods used by people such as Mann to prove the climate is changing, or doubt that it is caused by human activity, including the burning of fossil fuels.

One of the speakers, Judith Curry, a recently retired professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, relished in her blog this week the thought of lining up against Mann.

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