Sunday, December 11, 2011


From: Jonathan Overpeck <>
To: "Michael E. Mann" <>
Subject: letter to Senate
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 16:49:31 -0700
Cc: Caspar M Ammann <>, Raymond Bradley <>, Keith Briffa <>, Tom Crowley <>, Malcolm Hughes <>, Phil Jones <>,,,, Tim Osborn <>, Kevin Trenberth <>, Tom Wigley <>

Hi all - I'm not too comfortable with this, and would rather not sign - at least not
without some real time to think it through and debate the issue. It is unprecedented and
political, and that worries me.

My vote would be that we don't do this without a careful discussion first.

I think it would be more appropriate for the AGU or some other scientific org to do this -
e.g., in reaffirmation of the AGU statement (or whatever it's called) on global climate

Think about the next step - someone sends another letter to the Senators, then we respond,

I'm not sure we want to go down this path. It would be much better for the AGU etc to do

What are the precedents and outcomes of similar actions? I can imagine a special-interest
org or group doing this like all sorts of other political actions, but is it something for
scientists to do as individuals?

Just seems strange, and for that reason I'd advise against doing anything with out real
thought, and certainly a strong majority of co-authors in support.

Cheers, Peck

Dear fellow Eos co-authors,
Given the continued assault on the science of climate change by some on Capitol Hill,
Michael and I thought it would be worthwhile to send this letter to various members of
the U.S. Senate, accompanied by a copy of our Eos article.
Can we ask you to consider signing on with Michael and me (providing your preferred
title and affiliation). We would like to get this out ASAP.
Thanks in advance,
Michael M and Michael O

Professor Michael E. Mann
Department of Environmental Sciences, Clark Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
e-mail: Phone: (434) 924-7770 FAX: (434) 982-2137

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Jonathan T. Overpeck
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