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Climate disinformation is on the rise. Here’s how to fight back

When a pair of climate change-deniers spread lies about climate scientist Michael Mann, he sued his attackers and actually won, after a jury awarded him a $1 million settlement in February.

When the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Rand Simberg and the National Review’s Mark Steyn wrote a pair of blog posts about Mann in 2012, they made two defamatory claims: First they falsely accused Mann of manipulating data in his famous “hockey stick graph” depicting the rapid increase in Earth’s temperature due to burning fossil fuels, and then they baselessly compared Mann to notorious child molester Jerry Sandusky, writing that he “molested and tortured data” and was “the Jerry Sandusky of climate science.”...

Originally posted on salon.com