The Norwegian Nobel Institute has today made a statement affirming that climate scientist, Michael Mann lied when he claimed he was a joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The news is set to render a devastating blow to all libel suits Mann has filed against his critics of his outlandish claims.
Tom Richard investigating for Examiner.com takes the credit for this sensational scoop. Tom says, “I contacted the The Norwegian Nobel Institute to find out if Mann was indeed a Nobel Laureate, winner, etc.” A prompt reply from Geir Lundestad, Director, Professor, of The Norwegian Nobel Institute was soon forthcoming. In no uncertain terms Lundestad affirmed, “Michael Mann has never been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Mann and his hot shot lawyers have thus violated Rule 11(a)( 1) and( 3) with Mann’s affadavit that may now be shown to have knowingly sought to mislead the court. In short, the offense is one of perjury. Blackstone’s law dictionary describes perjury as, “a crime committed when a lawful oath is administered, in some judicial proceeding, to a person who swears willfully, absolutely and falsely, in a matter material to the issue or point in question.”
As to the IPCC “certificate” Mann proudly displays on his Facebook page as “proof” he is Nobel laureate Lundestad had this to say, “Unfortunately we often experience that members of organizations that have indeed been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize issue various forms of personal diplomas to indicate that they personally have received the Nobel Peace Prize. They have not.”
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In essence, this new evidence shows that Mann will stoop to criminality to achieve his goals. Whatever the court imposes a light or a harsh sanction it still must register the offense as a criminal act. As such, this is the best possible news for those Mann is suing for libel. Up till now there was no evidence out in the open to prove the Penn State University (PSU) climatologist may be guilty of academic fraud. But now with proof of actual perjury, Mann’s reputation sinks to an all time low.
For all their smart work in forum shopping the case to the District of Columbia courts, Mann’s lawyers now face a tortuous uphill battle to win over any judge and jury, let alone a D.C. one likely to be pro-green. Only yesterday I reported that somehow Mann’s latest libel suit against Mark Steyn, Rand Simberg, the National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute was going to be heard in front of the “most biased” judge in Washington DC.
In Canada this news may also impact Mann’s libel suit against fellow climatologist, Dr Tim Ball which has stalled since last year. That’s all because Mann refuses to provide courtroom examination of the dodgy data he has kept secret since he first concocted his infamous “hockey stick” graph that was trumpeted by the IPCC and others as “proof” human emissions of carbon dioxide were dangerously changing the climate.
You can imagine Mark Steyn, Rand Simberg and the folks at National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute will be apoplectic with laughter at the news.