Every time I look at this photo of Mike Mann’s most earnest defender, “AGW Prof” and operator of the Climate Science Defense Fund, Dr. Scott Mandia, I get a case of the giggles. Some of my commenters say it gives them other afflictions, and for those, I apologize in advance for foisting this image upon you again.
Dressing up for Halloween can be fun, and that’s the main idea. Dressing up to score political points and to demonstrate hero-worship, not so much.
The level of self parody here is off the scale, particularly when both he and Mann were both quite serious about it last year.
Funny thing though, I sent a tweet out ribbing SuperMandia, wondering what he’d dress up as this year. Big Bird? A biofuel powered plane? A green locomotive? No. Something more down to Earth, and again something that gives me a side splitting case of the giggles.
That’s Supermandia’s idea of a zinger on this most recent paleoclimatology paper. So if that’s the case, and he wants to parody small near arctic tree sampling regions used to represent global temperature, why wouldn’t he dress up as that famous Yamal tree, YAD06, the Most influential Tree in the World? I’d pay to see that.
Read the full story here: Yamal and Hide-the-Decline
SuperMandia dressed up as YAD06 would even beat Peter Gleick’s 1978 self parody of a human windmill and balloon animal.
Happy Halloween! (oh, and bazinga!)