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Unformatted text preview: the 2012 Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union, April 12, 2012
[Environment 360 - Michael E., “Besieged by Climate Deniers, A Scientist Decides to Fight Back,”
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/climate_scientist_michael_mann_fights_back_against_skeptics/2516/, Accessed 6/9/12]
But scientists who work on climate change are increasingly finding our work questioned by politicians and ideologues
who simply don’t like our findings. Too often, politicians start with their conclusion, then work backwards to find the
evidence — any evidence, regardless of its quality — to back up their preferred policy positions. And the fossil fuel industry is happy
to fund those who attack our work, because our research has pointed to the burning of their products — oil, coal, and natural gas — as
the primary drivers of climate change.For more than a decade, I’ve found myself targeted and attacked by political interests who feel threatened
by some facts my colleagues and I uncovered about our changing climate. We ha...
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