Michael Mann II

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.

UPDATE

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?

 

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30 Responses to Michael Mann II

  1. Bruce

    Dr Mann is very busy on Twitter and spends a lot of time flying from place to place touting his book. With all of this I’m surprised he gets time to do climate science. I would infer that he is pushing the Michael Mann World Saver™ brand, which is consistent with the fake Nobel claim. It is also consistent with the court cases with Dr Tim Ball and with Mark Steyn.

    Discovery will be very interesting given how much effort Dr Mann has expended in keeping his emails hidden. Much as discovery has been quite interesting in the Peter Slipper case.

    Dr Mann apparently doesn’t have the sense to quit while he’s ahead.

  2. JamesK

    Mann should get the Nobel Peace Prize.

    His work is instrumental in saving the planet from massive global conflict/WWlll as long as the world’s major economies tax carbon and redistribute the money to underdeveloped nations who would otherwise go to war with each other as land is taken over by the ocean rise that past Nobel peace prize winner Barry Hussein Obumma was prevented from stopping by the American racist electorate in 2012.

  3. Tom

    He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC authors in 2007.

    Isn’t that the same as Lance Armstrong claiming to have won the Tour de France?

  4. SteveC

    SamuelJ, I hope we can rely on you to take up the same complaint about Christopher Monckton’s claim to have been awarded a Nobel Prize.

  5. Bruce

    Christopher Monckton’s claim to have been awarded a Nobel Prize

    SteveC – You have to stimulate your sense of irony. I recommend cabinet merlot, it works very well. Monckton does this to explode righteous climateer heads. He does the same with his Lordship claims.

    Brits invented satire and are still the very best practitioners.

  6. Bruce

    Oops, sorry, Greeks invented satire. But the Brits perfected it. Python are the worked example.

  7. Biota

    Bruce, irony escapes lefties. Monckton gave himself a Nobel prize pins as a mockery of the IPCC receiving the big gong. He played a miniscule part in correcting some error apparently.

    And that only serves to highlight Mann’s egotistically serious claim to have been an awardee.

  8. Quentin George

    Yes, Steve, it seems fairly obvious Monckton is only doing so in order to, “take the piss”, as the saying goes.

  9. manalive

    And that only serves to highlight Mann’s egotistically serious claim to have been an awardee …

    … and an underlying insecurity.

  10. Bruce

    Argh, I’ve had too much cabinet merlot to spell cabernet.

  11. Samuel J

    I agree that the 500 million citizens of the EU have as much claim on sharing a Nobel Peace prize as does Mann

  12. cohenite

    SamuelJ, I hope we can rely on you to take up the same complaint about Christopher Monckton’s claim to have been awarded a Nobel Prize.

    Pathetic.

  13. Jim Rose

    winners of prizes normally have an official looking certificate to hang on the wall

  14. brc

    It’s amazing how Monckton plays them like cheap guitars. He goes on TV shows, and pompously claims he’s got a Nobel peace prize as a pointed joke towards people like Mann who seriously claim the same thing. Then their heads explode with outrage! How dare he! He’s not even a real Lord! He didn’t win the peace prize!

    All the while he’s yanking their chains and they don’t even know it.

    Being a professional outrageist definitely leaves you open to continual mocking.

  15. SteveC

    I stand corrected. Monckton’s Nobel claim has been removed from the SPPI website. But I’m grateful to brc for the image of Monckton as a professional outrageist.

  16. blogstrop

    I’m not at all grateful for the unceasing image of SteveC blighting this page with his crap.

  17. dd

    Monkton’s claim to the peace prize – for exactly the same reason as Mann’s claim to the peace prize (ie via the IPCC) – was always intended as a satirical middle finger.

    His critics like to accuse him of resume-puffing but that’s just a rather limp-lettuce ad hominem attack to undermine his anti-climate-science activism.

  18. Louis Hissink

    The important fact is the observation that the political left tend to fabricate reality.

  19. Quentin George

    Needs to be pointed out in the same way that, despite what his opponents claim, Monckton is a Lord. You don’t need to be a party hack in the House of Lords to be a Lord.

  20. James in Melbourne

    Needs to be pointed out in the same way that, despite what his opponents claim, Monckton is a Lord.

    An hereditary viscount, no less. Seeing The Aged and the ALPBC having to eat crow on that score was highly pleasurable. According to them, because he no longer has a vote in the House of Lords he should not say that he is one. Monckton 1, pathetic soft-left PC Australian press fossils 0.

  21. Bobbo

    Can you make a screenshot of the response from the Nobel Committee showing the official-ness of the response.

  22. Samuel J

    Bobbo – no as I wrote down what I was told over the phone

  23. Pethefin

    Mann is the prime example of “tabloid climatology”:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/11/tabloid-climatology-may-be-the-real-reason-for-the-marcel-leroux-william-connolley-wikipedia-dustup/

    when a scientist desperately needs to refer to “his”/”her” Nobel Peace Prize that actually was awarded to an organization he/she was part of, you know he/she is in it for the publicity, since any true scientist would not even mention it since the Peace Prize in reality is awarded by Norwegian politicians without any reference to science. When such a scientist goes even further and illegitimately uses the title “Nobel Laureate” without any reference to the peace dimension of it all, you know this is done in order to mislead the uninformed to believe that the “Prize” had something to do with his/her science. Sad day for science.

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  26. Geckko

    I have only ever seen Monckton make the Nobel claim in an ironic sense.

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  28. With regard those whining about Lord M’s NPP claim…

    Quoting from “UP”… SQUIRREL!

    Max

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