Michael Mann, Nobel Prize Winner?

Weird story via Mark Steyn, who is being sued (along with several others) by Dr Michael Mann of global warming Hockey Stick fame:

I was intrigued to see in Dr. Mann’s press release of his suit the following biographical detail:

Dr. Mann is a climate scientist whose research has focused on global warming. In 2007, along with Vice President Al Gore and his colleagues of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having “created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming.”

I confess I wasn’t aware Dr. Mann “was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.” The official Nobel site makes no mention of him; there are no speeches, no citations, no pictures of him with the King of Norway, no namecheck on the 2007 Nobel diploma.

I must say that I wasn’t aware that Michael Mann had been awarded a Nobel Prize either. But, hey, what do I know about it?

Because here’s his certificate:

Turns out that the Nobel Institute wasn’t aware either, after somebody went and asked them:

Geir Lundestad, Director, Professor, of The Norwegian Nobel Institute emailed me back with the following:

1) Michael Mann has never been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

2) He did not receive any personal certificate. He has taken the diploma awarded in 2007 to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (and to Al Gore) and made his own text underneath this authentic-looking diploma.

3) The text underneath the diploma is entirely his own. We issued only the diploma to the IPCC as such. No individuals on the IPCC side received anything in 2007.

So did Dr Michael Mann fabricate the certificate in the photo above? Or did it just arrive in the post one morning, and he thought, “Hey, great!! I’m gonna put this in my window, and on my website for everyone to see”?

Since there are a lot of people who say that the Hockey Stick is a fabrication (apparently, if you put white (or maybe red) noise into his algorithms, they produce hockey sticks), I guess a lot of people will say that he’s just being true to type.

The law suit he’s bringing should be interesting: he may have to produce some emails he’s been refusing to divulge to other investigators.

Update 29 oct 2012: More from Mark Steyn.

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12 Responses to Michael Mann, Nobel Prize Winner?

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    No Bell Piece Prize and a Pulletsurprise

    Subject: Old Butch the Rooster

    This is not only a cute story but who wouldn’t love this absolutely beautiful rooster, “Old Butch.”

    Old Butch

    John was in the fertilized egg business.
    He had several hundred young layers (hens), called ‘pullets,’ and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.

    He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.

    This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.

    Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.

    Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.

    John’s favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all!

    When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

    To John’s amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring.

    He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

    John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Saint Lawrence County Fair and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.

    The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the “No Bell Piece Prize,” but they also awarded him the “Pulletsurprise” as well.

    Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention.

    Vote carefully this fall, the bells are not always audible.

    Yep a bit of an oldy but funny and on target

  2. Tom says:

    Al Gore’s “Current TV” network, which is HQ’ed in downtown SF, is going up for sale BTW, if anyone’s not heard yet. Apparently it’s no longer earning revenues and viewership is down to just a handful of idiots still hanging on watching it. Now, too bad Stanton Glantz’s UCSF isn’t in a simlar situation, though they have too much money being thrown at them to ever suffer any financial set-backs unfortunately.

  3. wobbler2012 says:

    The thing’s as fake as the whole Global warming scam is. As the legend David Icke says if Al Gore is involved in it then you know that it’s a scam, and he is 100% spot-on there.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Ive hoed the tobacco,Ive hung it in the barns……..circa 1984-86

      1988 Im fully behind tobacco control and the green movement as Ive discovered without the far looney lefts support I cannot be a viable candidate for president!!!!

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        I use to live 10 miles from Al the bores carthage tenn farm! The guy couldnt win dog catcher for south carthage today and he still grows tobacco using illegal immigrants in its production! Ya I saw em first hand in his fields…………..

  4. Walt says:

    Day late, buck short, but continuing from your reply of yesterday, I wasn’t saying that what I suggested was all that could be done but simply what lone individuals could do while waiting around for The Big Idea. Certainly what Weil is doing is Big, and Audrey, too, on a different tack, has successfully (so far) sued NY state. But here surely is something else to do till the light bulb explodes.:

    “. For example, there’s the ISIS survey (in which I’m the “head honcho”) which will produce some results about what’s happening to smokers as a consequence of smoking bans.”

    Exactly, and the point will be in how the survey is exploited. As I may have mentioned there are 2 guys I’ve heard of at British universities who’ve done research into positive effects of smoking (Ian Hindmarch, U of Surrey and David.Warburton, U of Reading)) who might provide names of university sociologists who could be provoked into doing further sociological research based on your survey or pitch it to the Soc dept themselves..

    If not, you might actively hunt for some university types on your own and send them a written pitch about following up on your findings because it would be good to parlay ISIS into something that can’t be dismissed by either the press or the pols. There are other things to do with survey once it’s been analyzed– like, write an op ed for the papers or an article for Spiked based on it (God knows you can write)– or send out a press release, but an instinct tells me that additionally getting some academic backing would be a multiplier.

    • Frank Davis says:

      The Big Idea

      I’m not at all sure that there will ever be a single ‘big idea’. I think there will be lots of little ones. There are already lots of little ideas, in all sorts of ways.

      the point will be in how the survey is exploited.

      There will need to be discussion about this, obviously. But to my mind, the most important thing about the survey is that it will allow smokers to get a better idea of what’s been happening to smokers. We will learn something about ourselves. And we may be able to gauge the depth of smoker antipathy to smoking bans. And we might hazard a few guesses about smoker psychology.

      But I imagine that most people will want to see the survey publicised. They will want to wheel it into battle with Tobacco Control. And I agree that this would be very desirable. However, I very much doubt it will happen. The survey will be trashed by Tobacco Control, and the compliant media will be told not to publicise it or even mention it, and they won’t. At the moment, I expect that the only currency the survey will have will be gained via the internet.

      And I have very little faith in Britain’s (or anywhere else’s) universities. I doubt if there will be much to change got out of them either. Although there’s no harm trying.

      But this reflects my view that the only people who are going to help smokers are going to be smokers themselves. We are not going to get any help from the media, or from government, or from universities, or from anywhere else. We have only our own resources. And the ISIS study reflects exactly this fact of life. It was always open to Tobacco Control to conduct a survey of smokers along the lines of the ISIS survey, but they never did so. And they never did so because they don’t care and want to know what smokers think. It was always only ever going to be smokers who would put the ISIS survey together, and who would make it happen. And in the future, I expect exactly the same. We’re on our own.

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    but an instinct tells me that additionally getting some academic backing would be a FORCE multiplier.

    Force multiplier intales teaching one who then teaches others and one becomes millions!

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