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.