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Another Nobel Laureate

In recent weeks, much fun has been had with Michael Mann's claim to be a Nobel laureate.

Readers of Hiding the Decline will recall the story of William Easterling, one of Mann's bosses at Penn State, who "recused" himself from the investigation of the great Mann for personal reasons. As we now know, Easterling continued to direct the inquiry behind the scenes.

It was therefore with some amusement that I chanced upon this video of Easterling.


A happy band of Nobel laureates.

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Reader Comments (14)

What is wrong with climate science that transforms grown (old, white) men into pompous cretins?

Nov 9, 2012 at 1:47 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos

Here's his deliberately misleading CV.

Nov 9, 2012 at 1:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid C

<fake swagger>I am by birth an optimist.</fake swagger>


Nov 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM | Registered Commentershub

Well, if he helped protect Mann from investigation I guess he deserves a part of any awards that Mann falsly claims.
How painful it is watching people backtrack on lifetime beliefs for money/power.
It could not be that food production has stopped growing because we are using it as fuel could it?

Nov 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM | Registered CommenterDung

But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of laureates.

- Bill Shakespeare, Assessment Report V, 2014

Nov 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterGareth

Maybe food production has stopped growing because of the counterproductive green obsession against crop protection and the hundreds of millions of euros that have been hosed up the wall on useless subsidies and other encouragements for the worthless and eternally failing 'organic' sector which could otherwise have been invested in scientific research.

Nov 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM | Registered Commenterflaxdoctor

Unbelievable - he does write (page2 of his CV) "Nobel Laureate". Is there anything beneath these people? Or are they truly THAT incompetent and/or unaware of the world around them?

Nov 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos

Gareth: Good one. Cue Josh I think.

Nov 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Hooking one of these chaps up to a dynamo equipped static bicycle and asking them to charge the battery on an electric vehicle would do everyone good.

After a week of fruitless peddling AGW would seem less worrying and the laureate would have enjoyed some useful exercise.

The same activity would also be helpful for most politicians.

Nov 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

You see I always thought science, above almost everything else, was about attention to detail. Clearly these charlatans just arent up to it.

Nov 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterRB

"I am by birth an optimist" ?

"I am by birth an arrogant twit!" One is never born an optomist, one becomes an optomist by the loving encouragement one receives from one's parents/guardians, who nurture positive mental attitudes, the belief in succeeding if you try hard enough, that your cup is always half-full, never half-empty, that there is good in everyone (even environmentalist Hockey Teams!), & to have faith regardless from whence it is derived, & to surround yourself with positive minded people who see the possibilites not the impossibilites, & that man can overcome adversity in the time of need!

Nov 9, 2012 at 4:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan the Brit

Eerily reminiscent of Baggerly and Coombes statistical critique of Potti's faux cancer science

Despite clear statistical malfeasance Duke's defence of their 'star' only fell apart when Potti was exposed as falsely claiming to be a Rhodes Scholar. One wonders whether there's anyone at Penn State with sufficient integrity to challenge Easterling on what is surely an equivalent misrepresentation.

Nov 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterGras Albert

Typical Malthusian c**p.

Nov 9, 2012 at 9:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

9 Nov: Bloomberg: Corn Top Commodity Pick at Morgan Stanley as Supply Plunges
Corn may beat all other commodities in the first half of next year, surging as much as 34 percent to a record as shrinking supply from the U.S. stokes competition among meat and ethanol producers, according to Morgan Stanley...
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is also bullish on corn. The grain used for feed and ethanol may hit $9 a bushel in three months as stockpiles decline, analyst Damien Courvalin said in a report on Oct. 11. Prices of corn and soybeans are too low to ration demand, Courvalin said, using a phrase the can describe a lowering of consumption in response to higher prices...

24 Aug: LA Times: Calls to lower ethanol quota rise as U.S. corn crop withers
To avert a possible food crisis from a lack of corn, groups are urging changes to the U.S. renewable fuel standard or at least a temporary waiver of the ethanol quota.
The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has rallied critics of the federal renewable fuel standard, which will reserve about 40% of the nation's corn crop for ethanol production this year.
Critics have long questioned the commitment of a growing share of a food source for fuel use...
Under the Clean Air Act, the renewable fuel standard requires a minimum amount of biofuels be included in the U.S. fuel supply. For 2012, the quota is 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol, or nearly 10% of estimated gasoline consumption for the year. The amount will rise to 13.8 billion next year.

Nov 10, 2012 at 12:57 AM | Unregistered Commenterpat

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