Michael Mann Turns An Academic Freedom Lecture Into A Rant Against ‘Climate Deniers’

Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann used his lecture on academic freedom to attack “climate deniers” who allegedly launched a “massive misinformation campaign” to mislead Americans about global warming science.

Ironically, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel introduced Mann by saying he hoped the school would always be “an unalienable forum for discovery, debate, and discussion” where “respect and disagreement are complementary, where each makes the other stronger and where we all advocate for and learn from their confluence.”

Mann, a fervent advocate for left-leaning global warming policies, said climate scientists “were dealing with fake news and alternative facts before they were in fashion.” He went after them for inviting “climate change contrarian[s]” to debate against him and others on the subject.

Inviting two sides to debate a science and policy topic undermines the consensus that global warming “is real, it’s human-caused, it’s already a problem,” Mann said during his academic freedom speech on Tuesday, The University Record reported.

Mann has often claimed to be the subject of persecution by industry-funded “deniers” looking to undermine his scientific findings. Mann gained notoriety as one of the co-creators of the “hockey stick” graph that predicted catastrophic man-made global warming.

Critics did pounce on the “hockey stick” graph’s flaws, and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli did try to get Mann to turn over emails while he worked for the University of Virginia.

But Mann has given it right back. Mann has labeled those who disagree with him as “deniers” and questioned their motives and credibility.

Recently, Mann did an interview with New York magazine on a potential future where nothing is done to stop global warming. In the interview, Mann largely affirmed the magazine’s assertions Earth that could be “uninhabitable,” but authored a Facebook post attacking the article. Turns out he was not quoted in it.

Mann once borrowed from a poem about the Holocaust to describe criticisms against his work and the global warming “consensus.”

Mann also attacked President Donald Trump’s energy policies, including his plan to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

“If you look objectively at the impacts of climate change on food, on water, on human health, on our economy, on national security — across the board, climate change is already doing great damage,” Mann said in his lecture. “And if we continue on this road, we will see truly catastrophic and irreversible impacts.”

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Micheal Mann is just another useful idiot who would send all climate change deniers to concentration camps/gulags for refusing to beleive in this Global Warming/Climate Change poppycock him and his ilk are a big time threat to our nations people and soventry

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    Amber

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    Real science involves checking your hypothesis against reality .
    The discredited hockey stick art work is proof the science is never settled when it fails the scientific method . Who cares what Mann has to say ?

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    Sonnyhill

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    He’s swirling downwards in a porcelain bowl.

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    BillD

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    Fake news on climate change is getting out of hand. People who don’t agree with climate science are not going to be arrested or sent away. However, presentation of fake and false ideas about science clearly having a disastrous effect on our country and our planet. I am a scientist who is fighting to give my grandchildren a chance.

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      David Lewis

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      If you are a scientist you know that the scientific process is to compare data to the theory, and if they don’t agree, either abandon or modify the theory. In climate change, the theory is the IPCC models. It is very clear that they are running hot. Haven’t you every asked yourself why the scientific process isn’t followed and they adjust the theory to fit the real world.

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    Sonnyhill

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    BillD, there are no “disastrous effects” from rising CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. That’s the kind of propaganda we’re fighting against.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Propaganda like liberal comic strips like Arctic Circle which shows penguins and polar bears living in the same area in truth both live poles apart Penguins in the South Pole Polar Bears in the North Pole if a Arctic Tern could speak he would tell you so

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    Amber

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    Every real scientist should be able replicate Mann’s hockey stick . When you plunk in random phone numbers from a telephone book into a computer model and get the same directional results what you have is science fiction or to be less politically correct a programed lie . Why is all the climate models consistently way over forecast. Simple if they didn’t no one would be getting bought .
    The climate caper was usefully at exposing most of the media for being a mile wide and an inch thick . Print media is dying fast and to aid in trying to salvage the industry guilt green was to help ease the transition towards flogging electronic media . An alignment interests that has back fired . By backing the fraud the media was the enabler and the public knows it . So long “newspapers ” you are done .

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