Steve Kates tells us of Michael Mann’s efforts to sue Mark Steyn. I noticed this part from Mann’s facebook page
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.
As I wrote previously, Mann has never been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (or any other Nobel Prize).
The 2007 Peace Prize was awarded to Al Gore and the IPCC. Mann cannot even get the citation right which read
The Nobel Peace Prize 2007 was awarded jointly to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”
Some time ago I contacted the Nobel Committee and asked whether a person who was employed by an organisation can claim to have won a Nobel Prize. The reply I received stated
An award of the Nobel Prize to an organization does not under any circumstances permit an employee or other agent of that organization to claim to share a Nobel Prize. Only persons named explicitly in the citation may claim to share a Nobel Prize.
As far as I’m aware, Mann has never even been an employee of the IPCC – he was a contractor. Yet Mann’s own webpage continues to peddle the lie that he shared a Nobel Peace Prize:
He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC authors in 2007.
Mann has no right to make such a claim, just as the employees and agents of the European Union also have no right to claim to share a Nobel Peace Prize.
Steve in the comments says I should condemn Viscount Monckton for claiming to be a Nobel Prize winner. I agree Monckton didn’t win a Nobel Prize, and I can’t see that he still makes that claim. Interestingly an article by Hugh Riminton in The Punch (5 February 2010) makes the same point about Monckton. In the article, Riminton says that he contacted the Secretary of the Nobel Committee, Geir Lundestat, who states
But the organisation won the prize. Not even Dr Rajendra Pachauri (the chair of the IPCC) is an individual laureate. No individual, no matter what their involvement with the IPCC, can pass themselves off an a Nobel Laureate.
So why do Michael Mann and Kevin Trenberth (among others) continue to claim to have won a Nobel Prize?