There’s a lovely article in The Telegraph in which James Delingpole encourages Michael Mann to sue Mark Steyn for defamation and even encourages people to send money to the Michael Mann defence fund. Of course, for Steyn the argument would come down to whether in fact Steyn or Mann were telling the truth, so we would have the global warming trial of the century. James doesn’t, in my view, seem much worried about any such lawsuit himself:
From obscure beginnings and with little discernible talent, Michael Mann has risen to become arguably the best loved comedy figure in the entire field of climate science, like Fatty Arbuckle, Pee Wee Herman and Coco the Clown rolled into one.
He singlehandedly invented Mann-made global warming using his amazing Hockey Stick curve – the one programmed using the ingenious algorithm whereby, whatever information you fed into it – fudged paleoclimatological reconstructions, the latest football scores, tofu futures – it always came out in the same, scary-looking This Is The End Of The World And We’ve Got To Act Now By Pumping Gazillions More Money Into Climate Research shape.
He gave us the phrase ‘Hide The Decline’ – and starred in the hilarious song and video written in homage by a fan club called Minnesotans For Global Warming.
He described the battle between (apparently) well-funded ‘sceptics’ like myself and ‘scientists’ – ahem – like Michael Mann as ‘literally like a marine in battle against a cub scout.’
But of all the comedic pleasure this veritable Mickey Mouse among ‘climatologists’ has given us so far, none comes even close to matching the joy and entertainment he will surely give us if he goes ahead with his court action against NRO and Steyn.
If you ask me, James is showing a touch of envy here. He wants to be sued himself. Why should Mark Steyn have all the fun? But, alas, cooler heads will prevail since there is little likelihood that such a show trial would be allowed to go ahead. Meantime, if James sets this fund up, I’ll let you know where to send the money.