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Breaking: Mann has filed suit against NRO, Updated

Michael Mann (photo: wikipedia)Michael Mann (photo: wikipedia)Mark Steyn writes in a further update:

Actually, it’s worse than that. I’ve just read the official indictment or whatever you call it against NR, and he makes the claim that he has been “awarded the Nobel Peace Prize” in the complaint itself (page 2, paragraph 2).

Over the years, I’ve been sued and threatened with suits in various countries around the world but I’ve never before seen a plaintiff make such a transparently false assertion right up front in the biographical resumé.

And I’ve got the photo of Dr. Mann’s award (shown from his office window) to back up what Steyn says here. [after the jump]

Man-Made Global Warming for Subud Members

earth-iceandcloudsAnthropogenic means created or caused by man. The question is simple: Is there such a thing as man-made or Anthropogenic Global Warming?

I am moved to deal once again with this question and in the simplest terms possible, because of two conversations I have had over the phone with two of my oldest friends. I first met Simon Penseney and Rachman Mitchell in 1950 at Coombe Springs where we were studying the Gurdjieff methods under J.G.Bennett. We were there for the arrival of Subud in the person of Bapak and Ibu, Icksan and Ismana in 1957, an account of which is given in my book “My Stairway to Subud” and we have remained friends to this day.

Perverse environmentalist oil sands ethics

Athabasca oil sands

Athabasca oil sands (Photo credit: . Shell)

Opposition to the Canadian oil sands and Keystone Pipeline reflects debased moral code

The duplicity and hypocrisy of environmental pressure groups seem to be matched only by their consummate skill at manipulating public opinion, amassing political power, securing taxpayer-funded government grants, and persuading people to send them money and invest in “ethical” stock funds.

In the annals of “green” campaigns, those against biotechnology, DDT and Alar are especially prominent. To those we should now add the well-orchestrated campaigns against Canadian oil sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Lies, Damn Lies And Green Statistics

Deutsch: Dr. Angela Merkel Bundeskanzlerin der...

Germany's Angela Merkel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Almost all predictions about the expansion and cost of German wind turbines and solar panels have turned out to be wrong – at least by a factor of two, sometimes by a factor of five. --Daniel Wentzel, Die Welt, 20 October 2012

When Germany’s power grid operator announced the exact amount of next year’s green energy levy on Monday, it came as a shock to the country. The cost burden for consumers and industry have reached a “barely tolerable level that threatens the de-industrialization of Germany”, outraged business organisations said. Since then politicians, business representatives and green energy supporters have been arguing about who is to blame for the “electricity price hammer”. After all, did not Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) promise that green energy subsidies would not be more than 3.6 cents per kilowatt hour? Now, however, German citizens have to support renewable energy by more than EUR 20 billion – instead of 14 billion Euros. How could Merkel be so wrong? --Daniel Wentzel, Die Welt, 20 October 2012

Green Weenie of the Week: The Climateers

biggreenweenieThe forlorn climate campaign has become the New York Yankees of the Power Line Green Weenie Award—winning the big prize over and over again on account of a bloated payroll of big egos, yet winning little affection from the people at large. Way back at the beginning of this month—seems like a long time now to go back to before the first Romney-Obama debate doesn’t it—the UN’s top climate change official, Christiana Figueres (don’t worry: I’d never heard of her either), told a Washington audience that climate skepticism was on the wane in the United States, and that the next president, whoever he is, will be forced to confront global warming.

Litigious Laureate

Norwegian Nobel Committee

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jay, one final thing re stickmeister Michael Mann’s claim to be have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. You write:

It is stunning that Mann calls himself, or allows himself to be called, in his press releases and so on, a Nobel peace laureate. It almost makes me feel sorry for him. (Maybe I should emphasize “almost” again.) I am no shrink, but — holy Moses, what a claim.

Actually, it’s worse than that. I’ve just read the official indictment or whatever you call it against NR, and he makes the claim that he has been “awarded the Nobel Peace Prize” in the complaint itself (page 2, paragraph 2).

Contrary To What You Hear, Global Warming Has Been Good To Africa

English: Camel Thorn Tree (Acacia erioloba) in...

Deserto del Namib, Namibia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michel Nasibu, an advisor in the International Development Advisory Section of KPMG East Africa, wrote a compelling column Monday expressing concern about global warming devastating his continent. It is easy to empathize with people who are sincerely and deeply troubled about our mutual future. Fortunately, however, Nasibu’s fears are misplaced.

Nasibu writes, “The mother of all troubles has already started rooting her tentacles all over the continent: Global warming.”

Hurricane Hyperventilating: Alarmism vs. Realism

SandyALARMISM: Hurricane Sandy: The next climate wake-up call?

How's this for some election-year timing: The East Coast faces the real possibility of taking a battering next week from a “perfect storm” roaring in from the Atlantic — right at the tail end of a campaign in which President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and their debate moderators have all drawn criticism for avoiding discussion of climate change.

The brewing, blustery mess could affect the same region that was already knocked around by this summer's derecho and soaked in 2011 by Hurricane Irene. And it could come just two months after Hurricane Isaac forced the GOP to cancel the first day of its convention in Tampa.

Extraordinary Circumstances Needed for a Historic Storm

sandy's scenariosA major storm with damaging consequences is still on the table from Norfolk to New York City and Boston. However, multiple components have to come together for the perfect storm.

The realm of possibilities continues to range from Sandy escaping out to sea, with nothing more than blustery, much cooler air sweeping in, to a dynamic storm turning inland packing coastal flooding, flooding rainfall, high winds, downed trees, power outages, travel mayhem and even Appalachian snow.

Climate of Doubt about PBS’s Objectivity

This is just one more reason to defund PBS. If a “journalistic” organization cannot even provide some level of objectivity, why should the taxpayer be forced to support it?

From 0:18 to 0:21 in this trailer for the show “A Climate of Doubt”, I am seen talking about the U.S. government funding only research which supports global warming alarmism:

Nobel Mann Takes On Revolting Peasants

English: Rajendra K. Pachauri, the chair of th...

Rajendra K. Pachauri, the chair of the IPCC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few readers have asked for my reaction to the news that climatologist Michael Mann has decided to proceed with his suit against NR, me, Rand Simberg and the Competitive Enterprise Institute for mocking his hockey stick.

I’m still working on my formal, bland, carefully lawyered official response, so for now just let me do cheap ad hominem cracks.

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.”

Inflation up, carbon tax blamed

English: Greg Combet, Member of Parliament of ...

English: Greg Combet, Member of Parliament of Australia, explaining the effects of the proposed carbon dioxide pollution tax, at the Petersham Town Hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just as the economy gets the staggers, here comes the carbon tax, driving inflation higher than expected:

Data out today showed inflation rose 1.4 per cent in the three months to the end of September following the introduction of the carbon tax on 1 July. Economists polled by Bloomberg tipped a 1 per cent rise as the impact of the carbon tax filtered through the economy.

On an annual basis, inflation increased 2 per cent, up from a 1.2 per cent rise in the year to June, the ABS said…

RBC Capital Markets senior economist Su-Lin Ong said the carbon tax had moved inflation up faster than anticipated...

And remember, this tax - which costs us money and jobs - will do absolutely nothing to stop any global warming.