News & AnalysisNewsmaker Interview: John Mashey

Computer Scientist Goes on Offensive to Defend Climate Scientists

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Science  10 Jun 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6035, pp. 1250-1251
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6035.1250

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To climate scientists like Pennsylvania State University's Michael Mann, who has come under relentless attacks from climate change skeptics, John Mashey is "one of the good guys." The 65-year-old Mashey, who amassed a small fortune designing computer systems for the likes of Bell Labs and Silicon Graphics, is spending his retirement years compiling voluminous critiques of what he calls the "real conspiracy" to produce "climate antiscience." He is trying to turn the tables, using tactics some of Mann's opponents may find uncomfortably familiar.