December 4th, 2012


NOAA Climate and Global Change Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Environmental Institute, Princeton University

Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy; Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor, Texas Tech University

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, Penn State University


Michael Mann, Katharine Hayhoe, and Bill Anderegg tackled the political nature of climate science and their experiences as ‘climate warriors.’ Michael Mann warned the crowd that "we can't allow science to be killed. We can't allow the scientific agenda to be set by those that have vested interests to not have the truth be unveiled." The entire panel agreed that over the past decade, climate science has become increasingly politicized.

Today, many candidates claim the science is unsettled and scientists are the targets of smear campaigns. Climate scientists who have taken on public roles cope with personal threats, hacking attacks and assaults on their professional integrity. "We are not in this because we value people's opinions of us. We are not in this because we want to receive pleasant emails in the morning. We are in this because this is the truth and we have to tell it," said evangelist climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.