Skip to Content

Global warming scientist loses lawsuit against climate skeptic

Published: August 26, 2019, 11:21 am

    Michael Mann, a climatologist at Penn State University, is the creator of the “hockey stick graph” which shows how global temperatures are rising fast.

    The graph was first published in 1998, prominently featured in the 2001 UN Climate Report, and it has underpinned US Senator Al Gore’s 2006 movie, An Inconvenient Truth about global warming.

    But the graph’s methodology and accuracy continue to be hotly contested. Mann has meanwhile sued two of his most prominent critics for defamation. One case, against Mark Steyn will likely to end up in the US Supreme Court.

    But another case, against Dr Tim Ball has not gone well for Mann. The Supreme Court of British Columbia, in Canada, has thrown out Mann’s case and has ordered him to pay the defendant’s legal costs, which will no doubt be a large sum of money.

    The Canadian court issued it’s final ruling in favor of the Dismissal motion that was filed in May 2019 by Ball’s libel lawyers. The court granted Ball’s application for dismissal of the nine-year, multi-million dollar lawsuit, while taking the additional step of awarding full legal costs to Ball.

    News of Mann’s defeat first broke on the blog Wattsupwiththat, via an email Ball sent to Anthony Watt. Later, Principia-Scientific offered extensive details, including some details on the hockey stick theory.

    “This extraordinary outcome is expected to trigger severe legal repercussions for Dr Mann in the US and may prove fatal to climate science claims that modern temperatures are ‘unprecedented’,” the scientific publication noted.

    Mann actually lost his case because he refused to show in open court the R2 regression numbers behind the world-famous “hockey stick” graph.

    The “consensus” version of science does not requires open access to data, making it impossible for skeptics – those who invariably play a key role in advancing science – to test if results are reproducible.

    This is seen as an important victory in the process of debunking the warmist scare as Mann’s humiliation and defeat will likely lead to a criminal investigation in the US.

    The defendant in the libel trial, the 79-year-old Canadian climatologist Ball, is expected to instruct his British Columbia attorneys to trigger mandatory punitive court sanctions, including a ruling that Mann did act with criminal intent when using public funds to commit climate data fraud.

    Mann had filed what many consider to be a cynical SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) libel suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Vancouver six years ago.

    Legal experts were taken by surprise when Mann thus refused to comply with the court direction to hand over all his disputed graph’s data. Mann’s iconic hockey stick has been relied upon by the UN’s IPCC and western governments as crucial evidence for the science of “man-made global warming”.

    The negative and unresponsive actions of both Mann and his lawyer, Roger McConchie, infuriated the judge.

    “Michael Mann moved for an adjournment of the trial scheduled for February 20, 2017. We had little choice because Canadian courts always grant adjournments before a trial in their belief that an out of court settlement is preferable. We agreed to an adjournment with conditions. The major one was that he [Mann] produce all documents including computer codes by February 20th, 2017. He failed to meet the deadline,” Ball explained.

    Under Canada’s unique notion of “Truth Defense”, Mann was proven to have wilfully hidden his data.

    [mashshare]

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Americas

    Americans are winning in the obesity stakes

    The Americans are true winners in at least one category: Obesity levels have reached nearly 40 percent in parts of the United States.

    Amazon Fires ignite Cold War

    It is not only the war between the "Western community of values“ and Russia that is raging but, more recently, between France and Brazil - or, more precisely between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro. It's about morality and ideology.

    Is Greta Thunberg listening to science?

    New YorkArriving in New York on Wednesday, August 28, the young activist Greta Thunberg immediately attacked Donald Trump. He is guilty, according to her, of refusing "to listen to science". But is Greta herself listening to science?

    In less than 2 decades over 100 US counties have become non-white

    More than one hundred counties in the US "went from majority white to majority nonwhite" in almost two decades, new research shows.

    Globalists plan to hide wealth gap with divisive social issues

    New data about the enormous gap between the compensation growth of American corporate executives and American workers, shows just how staggering the divide is. Corporate leaders however, would like to hide that fact.

    Ohio shooter was spotted with same gun at Antifa rally in May

    The Antifa Dayton mass shooter Connor Betts attended an Antifa rally in May armed with a gun "which appeared to be similar in style to the one used in Sunday's shooting".

    Mainstream media mistranslates Iranian quote about Trump’s ‘retardation’

    WashingtonAt least two major news agencies mistranslated a speech by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, maintaining that he called President Donald Trump "mentally retarded".

    Merkel receives Harvard doctorate for her most unpopular slogan

    Cambridge, MAGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has received an honorary doctorate from the US elite university Harvard from her fellow globalists for illegally opening her country's borders.

    No wall: Illegal immigration surging under Trump

    WashingtonConservative American political pundit Ann Coulter accused President Trump of allowing illegal imigrants to pour into the country. Coulter said Trump had failed to deliver on his biggest campaign promise.

    Trump’s approval ratings have hit record lows

    WashingtonMany American voters surveyed in a new poll no longer approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president. Only 39 percent supported their leader, Trump’s lowest-ever approval score.

    Go to archive