Mann at least sues to inject a little court-ordered Viagra into his ever more flaccid hockey stick.I think it would behoove Steyn to learn just a little climate science -- it would help his case.
If nothing else, it would keep him from shooting into his own foot.
Instead, he repeatedly illustrates his ignorance of climate science -- which speaks poorly for his claim that the hockey stick is "fraudulent."
Steyn wants to paint his case as being one of free speech -- even though the judge seems to have more than that in mind -- and doesn't seem able to understand anything more.
Then again, when your career depends on insulting people in an ever more clever fashion, "free speech" is about all you have to hang on to.
But Steyn should know by now that many other studies have replicated the Mann et al results, some using complely independent mathematical techniques.
There's all of these. Wahl and Ammanm. There's Marcott et al 2013. PAGES 2k. Tingley and Huybers.
If I was a judge or on a jury, that would matter to me. A lot.
The more scientists that have replicated Mann et al, the less likely it seems there was any "fraud" involved. It would matter that, for all Steyn's claims of "fraud," many other scientists have reached the same conclusion.
Steyn should also know that the Mann et al analysis doen't extend past about 1980, because of the so-called "divergence problem" -- tree ring density proxies in the far northern hemisphere do not accurately correspond to surface temperatures, for reasons partly unkown -- perhaps air pollution, perhaps even climate chagne itself.
So writing "ever more flaccid," perhaps due to (Steyn thinks) the pause, is quite meaningless. The MBH results don't extend to now.
Steyn is in serious need of not only legal counsel, but scientific counsel as well. He looks weak on all fronts. And the fact that he can't keep his mouth shut -- nor can Rand Simberg -- looks dumb even to people whose only conception of US courts comes from television.
I just don't see Mann needing to defend himself on twitter or blogs, or having to reassure people he's going to win.