Michael Mann Demands All Universities Declare a Climate Emergency

This is Michael Mann, Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Geosciences, Penn State. CREDIT Patrick Mansell, Penn State

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Dr. Willie Soon; According to “Nobel prize co-winner” Michael Mann and other authors, universities should be ranked and staff should be promoted based on how strongly they support climate action.

Why universities need to declare an ecological and climate emergency

Universities have a responsibility to prepare students for an uncertain future, 11 scholars from around the world argue
September 27, 2019 

By Jean S. RenoufMichael E. Mann John Cook Christopher Wright Will Steffen Patrick NunnPauline DubeJean Jouzel Stephan LewandowskyAnne Poelina and Katherine Richardson
Twitter: @Drjsrenouf@MichaelEMann@johnfocook@ChristopherWr11@PatrickNunn3@STWorg and @KRichardsonC

Through the voices of Greta Thunberg, the School Strikes for Climate and the Fridays For Future, youth everywhere are loud and clear in calling for societies to change. Placards at protests around the world read: “Why should anyone study for a future when no one is doing enough to save our future?”; “Climate change is worse than homework”; “If you don’t act like adults, we will”; and “The climate is changing, why aren’t we?”.

Universities have a particular role to play when it comes to acting for the planet. As large institutions, universities’ carbon and environmental footprints are significant, and this alone should be a strong enough incentive to act. But, universities also have the responsibility to be honest with their students and prepare them for a changing climate because whatever jobs they seek after graduation will be fundamentally reshaped by an increasingly variable climate and frequent and unprecedented climate extremes. 

Mainstreaming ecological and climate action across all disciplines. Universities would ensure that all students, regardless of the discipline and level of study, understand specific climate impacts and possible remedial action in their line of work. 

This would be reflected in curricula, university rankings, graduate attributes, as well as in staff performance measurements, including those of high executives. 

Interdisciplinary teaching and research activities on global environmental challenges, resilience and solutions would be prioritised and invested in. Collective action, community engagement, partnerships, sharing best practices, and open platforms for innovation would be promoted.

Read more: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/why-universities-need-declare-ecological-and-climate-emergency#survey-answer

The academics who authored this demand are from the following universities;

Jean S. Renouf Southern Cross University
Michael E. Mann Penn State Earth System Science Center
John Cook George Mason University
Christopher Wright University of Sydney
Will Steffen Australian National University
Patrick Nunn University of the Sunshine Coast
Pauline Dube University of Botswana
Jean Jouzel Atomic Energy Commission in France
Stephan Lewandowsky University of Bristol
Anne Poelina University of Notre Dame Australia
Katherine Richardson University of Copenhagen

It is a little disappointing to see Australia so well represented in a demand that promotion opportunities and university rankings be governed by climate zeal rather than academic excellence.

Perhaps the Peter Ridd case is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the apparent ongoing attack on academic freedom in Australian institutions.

If you have any children or grandchildren considering higher education, I suggest you think very carefully about this before sending your kid to an Australian university, or any of the universities on the list.

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214 thoughts on “Michael Mann Demands All Universities Declare a Climate Emergency

  1. As the Pope of Global Alarmism and the Church of The Globe doth Warm, you overstepped decorum mikey. The Pope Declares but never Demands Man(n). Besides 90% of our nations Universities have already adopted the scare tactic of the Globe doth Warm as an integral tenet of their leftist Democratic Socialist Religion.

    Once nationalized demands will be unnecessary. The remaining 10% will fall in line or be banished from the practice of indoct…ahh education

    • “Should be promoted based on how strongly they support climate action”. Not on how knowledgable they are, how good they are at teaching or how useful their research is then? Just how loyal they are to the climate alarm religion and how ‘strongly’ they can make their research fit the pre-ordained expected alarm results.
      Could you imagine a commercial company admitting you will only be employed and promoted based on how strongly you brown nose the boss?

      • 11 scholars from around the world

        John Cook at scholar, that’s good one. He can’t even count. He thinks 5/100= 97%

        “scholars” should be rewarded for how politically biased they can be.

        That’s it. The word scholar comes from a latin word meaning lie, cheat and falsify research as much as you can.

        “If you don’t act like adults, we will”
        Cool when does that start happening?

      • Hot,
        Knowledge, quality of research or teaching are irrelevant.
        We need a Climate Action NOW! Before our civilization freezes in CAGC!! Action now, before the (ice) Hockey Stick points its blade DOWN!!!
        Brown-nosing is one thing; lying for a personal/cause advancement is quite another one…

        • ”We need a Climate Action NOW!”

          I always tell them that if they really want climate action, to put on a tin foil hat and go outside during an electrical storm. They should get all the climate action they can handle.

    • Universities that declare a climate emergency should immediately implement the following:

      1. Ban all student and faculty cars from campus.

      2. Set heating thermostats to 65F.

      3. Set air conditioning to 85F.

      4. Replace parking lots with solar panel arrays

      5. Install windmills on all athletic fields.

      6. Once 4 and 5 complete, run all lights off solar and wind power.

      • Joe
        Nice list, I would only change one thing…

        6. Once 4 and 5 are complete sever all ties to grid sourced electricity to virtue signal complete divestiture from all potential fossil sourced electricity.

      • Once 4 and 5 complete, run all lights off solar and wind power.

        So No air conditioning No need for thermostats.

      • If you want to make universities really scream, tell them no more income from sporting events.

        All those unnecessary automobile trips and rich alumni flying in — the CO2 burden of a college football game is huge.

        Can’t have that.

      • Not reset thermometers; they should shut off the heat and A/C.

        I’m sure Manniacal has a chair. He can always open the window.

        They should install the largest wind turbine available right outside of Manniacal’s window. And forbid his changing offices for a decade.

        They should install a pedal operated generator on Manniacal’s office chair. When he wants to access the internet or use his computer, he can pedal while accessing.

      • The kids will handle those temperatures better than the aging professors. When I was young I lived with no AC for a while. It was uncomfortable but I managed. I could never do it now “in the autumn of my years”, haha.

  2. So universities need to prepare students for an uncertain future. So true. Ironic that so much uncertainty, at least the economic and political, are exacerbated by the alarmist hype and manipulation. I guess that is one way to improve university job security – providing the ‘solutions’ to imagined problems.

      • “But, universities also have the responsibility to be HONEST with their students and prepare them for a changing climate because whatever jobs they seek after graduation will be fundamentally reshaped BY AN INCREASINGLY VARIABLE CLIMATE and FREQUENT AND UNPRECEDENTED EXTREMES.” (emphasis added).

        The intelligentsia have a long history of being incredibly stupid and on the wrong side of many historical issues. These nine members of the intelligentsia have put their name to a letter that is contradictory and obviously totalitarian in nature. The first contradiction is pointing out that the future is uncertain, then demanding that everyone do as they say because they know what the future will bring. The second is demanding Universities be honest in the same sentence in which they lie to the Universities. The scientific evidence clearly shows that the climate is NOT increasingly variable and that extremes are NOT becoming more frequent. That is only happening in computer models created to show such things. Insisting that every University on the planet teach their unsubstantiated ideas or face the consequences of a low ranking, is totalitarian to the core.

        (Note: Intelligentsia are people who make money selling ideas. There are two ways of doing this. The first is to come up with very good ideas. This takes actual intelligence and is very uncommon among the intelligentsia. The second way is to manipulate an unsuspecting public into believing that your ideas are valuable, usually through fear, intimidation, an imaginary moral high ground, an imaginary claim to authority, propaganda and any number of psychological tricks of persuasion. This second method is the M.O. of 97% of the intelligentsia. It requires cleverness and low moral character, but it does not require above average intelligence. This letter to the Universities is an excellent example of the ladder at work.)

        • Perfect! You, St. James, have demonstrated irrefutably how 97% of the intelligentsia believe they are smarter than everyone else, even other members of the intelligentsia, and that the rest of us poor schlubs should genuflect, tug our forelocks, quiver, and OBEY any time any Intelligent One says anything. THEY MUST BE BELIEVED! (The Maisie Hirono Theorem)

        • Hmmmmn, the best way of selling that idea is to appeal to the inner narcissist of every progressive. They will believe anything as long as you tell them they’re smarter than those that don’t believe. Basic cult psychology.

        • “The intelligentsia have a long history of being incredibly stupid and on the wrong side of many historical issues.”

          Not so; they are not stupid.

          Their pronouncements and suggested policies are intentional and purposeful. Their goal is total control of the unwashed masses and the implementation of their worldview upon the savage hordes.
          And they, the intelligentsia, will be the ones determining how the savage hordes will be compelled to follow their edicts.
          But we have seen all of this before; e.g., Pol Pot, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Castro, Chavez, Maduro, Honnecker, Ulbricht… just to name a few… so we know how it will unfold.

          Never underestimate their determination, their intellect or their true intentions.

    • This would be why one of my nephews is going to trade school to become a plumber, and the other is an officer in the merchant marine. Our universities are producing a generation of indoctrinated, traumatized idiots who can get part-time barista jobs on their best day while living in their long-suffering parents’ basements.

    • Doesn’t Greta have all qualifications needed to lead a modern university preparing the womankind for a coming age of Gretenism?

      • Ah yes, Gretenism. . . In the World of the Rosy Future, everyone will gladly consent to be chewed out by ignorant, peevish, neurotic teenagers. What a paradise! The Big Rock Candy Mountain is a hellhole by comparison.

  3. staff should be promoted based on how strongly they support climate action.

    I bet if you asked any grad student at Penn State, they would tell you that policy is currently in place at the University.
    Same at George Mason and many others.

    • And yet there are still trolls out there who insist that anyone who is worried about being punished for holding non-alarmist views is just being paranoid.

      • The odds of not being persecuted for having realistic views at many universities are already Mannfinitesimally small

      • That is the reason my user name on this site is only vaguely indicative of who I am. The green blob is strong in my workplace. The biology faculty is all on board, while the physics and chemistry faculty refuses to look at the science deeply enough to refute – they are too busy with their work, yet they are the ones in the best position to identify all the logical fallacies involved in the CACC arguments. It is actually easy to see the first C is bogus. The A is in dispute. The last CC is obvious in any view of the geologic data, so non-controversial.

    • It is possible that they foresee the end of the grants and contracts for climate research, and are just trying to ensure that the schools of higher education continue to fund climate studies across all disciplines, to include attendance at national and international symposia on Climate Change (TM).

      • That may be wishful thinking. It’s more likely they are trying to cash in on the current media obsession with headlining the “catastrophic future” we face unless more and more emphasis and of course money is directed towards such universities’ research.

  4. Let me get this straight – he wants students to be taught half-truths, lies, and misinformation?

    Why would anyone send a student to a college/university that supports that concept?

    • “Let me get this straight – he wants students to be taught half-truths, lies, and misinformation?”

      This opinion piece by Mann and others is an instruction manual for how to do human-caused climate change propaganda better. They are trying to refine the techinque the schools have been using so it applies to 100 percent of the student population instead of just those in the sciences..

      It does smack of desperation.

    • His narrative is like fly paper to the grant money that is funding the socialist agenda.

  5. “…whatever jobs they seek after graduation will be fundamentally reshaped by an increasingly variable climate and frequent and unprecedented climate extremes. ”
    One can be confident that economics, politics, and disease will affect them more than climate change, although bad weather will affect them occasionally just as it did for their parents….

  6. He should demand Grover Monster gives him better service in the Sesame Street restaurant!
    What a muppet!

  7. Dr. Mann avoided going to court to actually deal with any issues in his suit against Dr. Ball. Hmmm.

    Li’l Mikey Mann is the bully boy who’s afraid to come out and fight. Something like that.

  8. Can someone please resurrect George Orwell so he can explain that 1984 was meant as a warning, not a manual?

    • That’s the thing about grant money, there is just never enough of the stuff.

      Its the fast food of research funding and also creates obscene rates of ‘intellectual obesity’ not to mention being laced with the opiods of promotion potential and even the mother of all academic highs, being a “Nobel Prize Co-Winner”.

  9. “Pope Mann declares that all universities become catspaws of the latest, most fashionable doomsday cult.”

    Anyone caught slapping their foreheads is sentenced to re-education camps. Anyone caught doing it twice is exiled from academia forever. Anyone caught doing it three times. . .

    • … woolly unsubstantiated claims.”

      Sounds positively cuddly compared to a wholly unsubstantiated one. Autocorrect strikes again!

    • political bandwagons with woolly unsubstantiated claims

      Yes, those unsubstantiated claims are indeed mammoth. 😉

      • Yeah, and it’s virgin, ORGANIC wool from free-range sheep who have never been given antibiotics, allowed to nosh genetically modified fodder, or manhandled during the shearing process. They must only be asked nicely, “Are you ready to be fleeced now?” Sort of like the docile pupils who get fork over a quarter million dollars to be indoctrinated with hocus-pocus in a state-of-the-art modern university.

  10. Mann, Cook, Lewandowsky, etc?? Do these people still share one tiny shred of credibility? These days even my children and grandchildren recognise them for the nasty little sleazebags that they are.

  11. “We won’t stop until every last molecule of that evil poisonous CO2 is buried and sequestered!”

    • Ah, but then all the corpses their preferred policies would produce would simply rot and put more methane, an even “more powerful” (according to them) “greenhouse gas,” into the atmosphere. Of course methane is, relative to climate, every bit as meaningless as CO2, but it just shows how their CO2 fetishism blinds them to anything and everything else.

    • And then within a few months, after all the stored food is consumed, the rest of us die of starvation.

  12. That is not enough.

    Universities should enforce wearing of tags by all students and academics. A red circle for the deniers, a green one for the climate crusaders and a white one for the clueless folk.

    We should know who the enemy of our kids future is from a distance. /sarc

  13. Through the voices of Greta Thunberg, the School Strikes for Climate and the Fridays For Future, youth everywhere are loud and clear

    Children are SO smart. They know exactly what is happening and what to do about it, all without any science training at all. We’ve been missing out on this intellectual resource by sending them to school all day. We should immediately be seeking their advice on all sorts of matters. Perhaps they could tell us how to resolve conflict in the Middle East? Negotiate a trade deal with China? Tell us how to run our banking system? Put them in charge of the army? They know everything without any training or experience, who are we to hold them back?

    Seriously, teenagers through out the ages have believed that they know more than their parents. We patiently waited for them to grow up. It is insane that they are being used to lobby for policies that they don’t understand. They’re being used as human shields to fight for a future in which there in fact would be no point in going to university, because there would be no jobs. There wouldn’t even be any food for that matter.

    • Uh-uh! Teenagers in the Rosy Future are going to have swell jobs — hundreds of millions of ’em, eck speshally after fossil fuels have been abolished. Swell jobs like picking cotton by hand, washing homemade textiles by hand in rivers, driving mules to drag wooden plows and carts, hunting game with wooden spears, and gathering nuts and berries schlepped home in woven grass bags. No more naughty engines, stinky combines, cars and trucks, sinful steel gizmos, demonic refrigeration, horrid gas stoves, putrid power tools, wicked electrical devices like lights, pumps, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, computers and cell phones.

      No hospitals, either — too energy intensive. Those jobs can be replaced by shamans jumping up and down, chanting voodoo hoodoo and abstruse, mysterious incantations. Instead of boring schools requiring memorization, rote learning and (Gasp!) critical thinking, we can appease angry gods with human sacrifice. Authority figures in funny hats can howl and growl while the peasants quiver and adore.

      Ah yes, the life of the Noble Savage. . . THOSE were the days!

  14. “Universities have a responsibility to prepare students for an uncertain future,”
    Hasn’t the future always been uncertain?

    • Nope. The future is certain now. Computer models have proved everything: the weather 100 years from now, 1000 years from now, what kind of jobs there will be, the cost of everything (mostly free) how the lion will lie down with the lamb, raccoons will stop raiding garbage pails and cornfields, ticks and skeeters will stop transmitting diseases, no music or advertising will ever annoy anyone, traffic will flow smoothly at all times, schools & colleges will be populated exclusively by saints, with no prigs, perverts, or sanctimonious blowhards to be found, no one will yell at their kids or punch their rivals, and everyone can remain happy & content at all times.

    • and aunty abc will be supporting it all the way..
      betcha steffen gets airtime within days on this cook will follow maybe
      dunno who the shiela is but shes another we could do to lose!
      and lewpaper the gift like Herpes that just keeps giving grief.

  15. This is a road map for total corruption of the entire educational system to teach and promote on the basis of the amount of support given to a single cause not supported by honest research. This outrage smacks of the communists way of support for the socialist cause.
    Under this system an idiot can achieve great things if that is what they want to call it.

  16. Andrew Dessler and Texas A&M are not on this list. It is way too much for them, obviously.

  17. So a new form of McCarthyism promoted by another group of arrogant pratts who are sure they are doing the right thing.

  18. This egomaniac caused a ‘climate emergency’ by publishing error-filled papers of pseudoscience, thus there is an emergency — an emergency to get scientific investigations of the natural phenomena of weather and climate back to a proper scientific footing.
    This M.Mann a modern day shaman, has debased science ensuring that studies in climate effects are politicized and dragged into the realm of unreality. This scientific emergency needs to be corrected, and quickly.

  19. Don’t forget to install the cameras in the lecture halls and classrooms, so everyone can claim their brownie points and gold stars.

  20. I’m reminded of the communists and there tests for ideological purity for all members of society.

  21. As a counter strike federal and state funding should be withheld by any institution following any of these proposed metrics.

    Deplatforming can work both ways

  22. I’m old enough to remember when schools educated the children, and not the other way around.

  23. Oh Dear! The Thought Police are on the march again. 👎Although this lot are a bit late. This has been going on in the universities for a long time. Peter Ridd is just the tip of the iceberg.

  24. There are displays at German camp memorials that describe how ordinary German citizens and academicians who did not sign the pledge were the first occupants.

  25. Come to our university and get your Bachelor of Armageddon degree.

    Last entry for the 4 year course is 2026.

    • Exceptions will be made for elitist families that are part of the con game but understand deadlines are made to be broken. Make your inquiries through the athletic department or climate emergency ruling council.

    • Bonus! You will also know how to weave baskets and do macrame, learn the differences between 1,000 genders (Love is a Many-Genedered Thing), and the ins and outs of living in Mom’s basement. You will also learn what “debt” is, but not too much (boring!).

    • He also apparently studies cognitive science. Nasty! It means were in Psychiatric warfare territory.

    • I don’t understand why they didn’t just leave Cook out he isn’t qualified period. He is in the same boat as Mosher and they need to go spend the couple of years getting the degree.

  26. University rankings are a misrepresentation of quality. Instead they are a proxy for to wealth and early establishment. Several of the ranking outfits whose sole motivation is to sell worthless information to a misguided public already have a “Green” ranking metric. What some institutions do to game the system rivals the manipulation of the surface temperature datasets.

  27. Perhaps Mann and his warmists colleagues are trying to stimulate drastic climate action soon due to their fear that the forthcoming low solar activity may put them out of business before they can achieve their goal of global control of all energy.

  28. Climate alarmism is wrong because it is based on the ‘climate models’ being correct about the future. Theses models are not correct! The underpinning of the climate models are based on the unverified suppositions made by a chemist-cum-physist Svante Arrhenius, and his ideas about the influence of CO2 and carbonic acid in the atmosphere.
    He was wrong then, the models are wrong now.
    Thus there is no ‘climate emergency’!

    • Climate models are wrong because they are based on alarmist notions.
      Among other reasons.
      Once one understands that these are people in love with their own ideas and who love to hear themselves talk, it becomes clearer how it is they can be so inept at anything resembling their job description or field of inquiry.
      Look for them to become increasingly irrational, strident, dogmatic and outspoken as the ideas they propound diverge ever more sharply from reality.

  29. Mainstreaming ecological and climate action across all disciplines. Universities would ensure that all students, regardless of the discipline and level of study, understand specific climate impacts and possible remedial action in their line of work.

    So, at Penn State, …. inclusion of “climate impacts and possible remedial actions” will become mandatory “inclusions” in over 400 different Degree Programs iffen Mikey Mann has his say.

    See list of Degree Programs @ http://www.registrar.psu.edu/progsumm/index.cfm

  30. Well if the children already know everything then why are universities still being funded?

    Close them down and throw all these feather-bedded idiots out onto the street…

  31. I agree with Mr. Mann, et al. Universities should be ranked on their stance on this matter and researchers promoted on their support. My ranking would not be a positive statement.

  32. And just in today’s WSJ is an article on spikes in suicides at the University of Pennsylvania. If you want your students to kill themselves, this is how you do it.

  33. I cannot wait until this assclown cretin is given his due, and every single person in the entire world knows for all of time just what sort of a “scientist” he is.

  34. He was interviewed (actually participated in a love fest) on Sean Carroll’s Mindscape podcast . There he touted his hockey stick as science and declared that now, because of better techniques the hockey stick is good for 100,000 years. He also stated as fact that the planet will warm at least 3 C at 560 ppm.
    He’s a true believer. Shout out to Sean Carroll for asking zero challenging questions.

    • Grant
      The most difficult mind to change is that of the person who is absolutely certain that they are right and everyone else is insane. The ‘tell’ is the dogmatism versus healthy skepticism.

  35. So the new holy city of the religion will now be Happy Valley, PA and the supreme council of mullahs shall instruct and direct all political and enforcement actions from there. So let it be written. All nonbelievers infidels are to be cast out from these lands.

  36. Mann needs to get his silly mouth sewn shut.

    I see no university I know of on that list of blithering idiot institutions. Not an alumna, don’t really give a hoot about them. He’s an idiot with an ego the size of a house and they fall right in line behind him.

    Ridiculous!

    • EGO the size of a house??? Why such a small ego evaluation??
      I would have thought his ego would be comparable to the size of his forehead

  37. Eric, Lewandowski and Cook (others?) presently at UK and US universities are also Ozzies. Almost the whole group are. This may well be because of the imminent freeing-up of academics that the Peter Ridd case precedent will engender. A lot of profs are clammed up already and they don’t want them turned loose. Control of academic thought is unequivocally the motive.

    Even trolls are shocked into silence on this thread. This is a good opportunity for those who may be of goodwill to show up here and voice their outrage over this. If they don’t then they have given us their measure! This kind of totalitarian stuff is a big part of the resistance of sceptics. Why can’t we let science and nature advise us on Global Warming and CO2 without the need for coercion. It is high time to create new, free-enquiry universities of high standards, indeed, for the best future for our children.

  38. I think the journal editor who waived through the hockeystick paper back in 1998 now sees the true Michael Mann.

  39. Although it was properly put between quote marks in the first sentence, let’s remove any possible chance that readers might think that Michael Mann, the fraudster, was actually ever a co-winner (or participating party thereof) of a Nobel Peace Prize.

    Here is a link to a nice summary of Mann’s false claim, that he and the IPCC were forced to admit was bogus:
    https://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/michael-mann-retracts-false-nobel-prize-claims-in-humiliating-climbdown/

  40. Oxford university run “Our world in Data ” site.

    Agriculture yields are up- https://ourworldindata.org/yields-and-land-use-in-agriculture#yields-since-1960.

    Poverty has decreased- https://ourworldindata.org/a-history-of-global-living-conditions-in-5-charts.

    Life expectancy has increased- https://ourworldindata.org/life-expectancy.

    Deaths from weather related disasters have declined- https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/natural-disaster-death-rates?time=1900..2018.

    Some emergency!

  41. But, universities also have the responsibility to be honest with their students and prepare them for a changing climate because whatever jobs they seek after graduation will be fundamentally reshaped by an increasingly variable climate and frequent and unprecedented climate extremes.

    Honest?! … Did he write “honest”?!

    Changing climate? … are we supposed to read “a catastrophically” in there, or are we just supposed to think that a climate that has always changed, which is still changing and always will change, is somehow abnormal, when it isn’t?

    Increasingly variable and frequent and unprecedented climate extremes?!! [sorry, I had to use double exclamation points there] … I have been convinced that these are outright lies.

    So sleazebag worthy a declaration by the Dr. has seldom been printed.

  42. XXX emergency is the new leftist meme. Can be applied to anything they believe and want others to fall in line with. Shouldn’t take too long to wear this saying out if it hasn’t happened already.

  43. Gee, I wonder if he treats his students in the classroom or in research based on performance or climate change zeal.

  44. While they are at it they also need to suppress the ridiculous notion that the continents are drifting and banish those that believe ulcers are caused by bacteria and not stress as 97% of scientists know.

  45. I find this very surprising, that people who lie, cheat and hide their work are now suggesting the universities promote and celebrate people who lie, cheat and hide their work. It seems almost as if there is a conflict of interest.

  46. The University of British Columbia has a very large campus with some nice residential areas. So after more than 50 years I’m back on campus.
    There is a monthly newspaper “The Campus Resident” and the August edition included a letter from the president of the university.
    Hysterical about climate, so he must have been part of the Mann’s promotion of “Emergency”. The September edition included my response as a Letter.
    Those interested could scroll down to page 3.

    https://www.myuna.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/09-September-2019_CampusResident_Final2.pdf

    .

    • Good letter Bob! I am surprised they published it, without the obligatory worship of CO2 being responsible for all things relating to climate. I remember the debates in the 1960’s about Milankovitch cycles and continental drift theory. I can only imagine what would would have happened to academia if there had been hostile forces that managed to shut that line of enquiry down and never allowed science to develop with better facts and hypothesis. We live in dangerous times with the likes of the disgraced Mikey Mann roaming the good Earth.

    • Great job!

      I’m not so sure about the editor’s note on Svensmark though with their lifting direct from Wikipedia in a distorted association with global warming (?). WUWT?

  47. This is typical leftist totalitarianism, parasitical as always. If they were honest, they would start their own universities to teach their doctrine instead of stealing others’ schools and enslaving it to reproduce their own moral viruses. But since socialism IS theft, and since vice can’t be done virtuously, we see these power grabs and disregard for all moral limits.

    Wherever socialists get their way, the end result is always death camps. I guess it’s fitting that we read about this on Oct 1, the “birth” day of communist China. All that’s missing from Chairman Mann’s plot is a little green book and tens of millions of deaths of counterrevolutionaries, running dogs and capitalist roaders.

  48. The BBC spat in the face of its taxpayers by running Mann in a recent TV documentary entitled ‘Climate Change – the Facts’. Swiftly became known as ‘climate- change the facts’.
    He touted unchallenged the stuff about it’s all happening quicker than we thought da da da.

    • After 30 years of nothing that they thought would happen actually happening, nothing happening is now defined as ‘happening faster than we thought’!

      It is a proud moment in the growing history of ‘doublespeak’.

  49. He’s got a point. Why should we waste more millions funding bogus research into a supposed catastrophe we are powerless to stop?

  50. Be careful of campus ideological wars and show trials….

    Albert Einstein was a pacifist of long standing and sincerity. In January 1896, with his father’s approval, he renounced his citizenship in the German Kingdom of Württemberg to avoid military service. While his friend, Fritz Haber, was a signatory of the Fulda Manifesto [aka Manifesto of the Ninety-Three, a 4 October 1914, proclamation endorsed by 93 prominent German scientists, scholars, and artists, declaring their unequivocal support of German military actions in the early period of World War I ], Einstein (now a German citizen again) signed a counter-manifesto—one of only four signatories—that called for an end to the war and the creation of a united Europe.

    https://roadstothegreatwar-ww1.blogspot.com/2017/10/albert-einstein-in-first-world-war.html

    More on Fritz Haber…
    https://roadstothegreatwar-ww1.blogspot.com/2018/07/gas-warfare-prelude-to-second-battle-of.html

  51. I had a thunk.
    Since the Government took over education loans, the government is now responsible for it. Why don’t we push for total government takeover of all higher education? Think of how much more efficient that would be HAHAHAHAHA

    Hoist them on their own petard.

    • Maxine Waters, head of the Finance Committee, asked the nation’s top bank CEOs during a congressional hearing why student loans were costing students so much money/interest. One of the CEOs reminded Mad Max that the federal government took over the student loan program about ten years ago, and they had nothing to do with them. She is so clueless that she doesn’t even have knowledge of the student loan program.

      • Exacatically
        a little application of Fire works wonders

        Trees grow slower when the temperature is colder so cooler temps smaller rings.
        Problem is both increased rainfall and increased CO2 can lead to larger rings too.
        Any condition that makes trees grow faster will produce thicker tree rings.

    • Trees that depend heavily on temperature in the growing season will have narrow rings during cold periods and wider rings for warm periods. Trees that depend heavily on moisture during the growing season will have wider rings during rainy periods and narrower rings during dry periods.”

      https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/picture-climate-how-can-we-learn-tree-rings

      So what they do is find an area in which temperature was the only or at least the main variable. But I don’t know how accurate that can be.

      • …except in many cases it has been shown that trees have been used as temperature proxies where precipitation is a dominant factor.

        • In addition to water you leave out … competition + nutrients + light + predators
          The proper functional ecology science expression for tree growth is those 5 factors

          So at best it’s a proxy of a number of variables which have there own set of problems.

          As in all science it stands as the “current theory” in biology simply because a better theory does not exist. I don’t think anyone is really going to be shocked when sometime down the track it it is replaced with something better.

          • Yep LdB,
            maybe all the trees that last the longest were the ones that were consistently used for territorial marking for generations of wolves, or coyotes, or jackal or any other wild dogs and wild cats, or any other territorial animal.
            So some variations in tree ring size from some of those trees may indicate the varying health of the local territorial animals and not much else.
            IMO trees as thermometers is worth about that — a bucket of dog pißs.

  52. Just twigged to the Catastrophic future concept. It really is shaping up in the manner of a cult, we have the prophets of doom, the joan of Arc/Lourdes visionaries {always young girls, but that’s another debate), our Devil in the shape of CO2 and now academia shuffling behind these figures with hastily written placards claiming ”THE END IS NIGH’ like a bunch of tramps thirsting for the price of their next shot of whisky.

    • David Hartley,

      Not quite — “Devil in the shape of CO2”, no that is just the devil’s mark, capitalism is viewed by these idiots as the great Satan.

  53. I demand that all universities line up their academic frauds and fire them – starting with Penn State

  54. Just recalled a booklet i was introduced to on a course in the ’80’s called ‘How To Lie With Statistics’ by G.L. Huff. Superb and concise and brilliant for those like myself that aren’t fully in the statistics field and a perfect introduction in having the wool pulled over your eyes for our green friends.

  55. Around the world one can find 11 ‘scholars’ who believe in even the craziest things, like putting diapers on cows is a good idea or listening to actors talk about anything or taking Mann seriously. It now takes an average of over five years to graduate from college and some lead-up time will be required to standardize and accredit the climate dogma which means that we will all be dead from the exigent, catastrophic, irreversible horrors certain in just a few years. The pointlessness of their idea suggests that either they are not ‘scholars’ or don’t believe their own scholarship. Thank God there are optimistic deniers expressing contrary views with their life choices, like President Obama who is not moving to higher ground but to the coast.

  56. What a pathetic mind numbingly narcissistic ego maniac Mann & gang truly are.
    Mann is the academic equivalent of Torquemada
    https://www.google.com/search?client=ms-android-att-us-revc&sxsrf=ACYBGNTs-kDBvNRFg7oOUK2M-YDHDEaT9Q%3A1569959466960&ei=Kq6TXb2POoLSsAXxqY7ICA&q=head+of+Spanish+inquisition&oq=head+of+Spanish+inquisition&gs_l=mobile-gws-wiz-serp.3..0j0i22i30.16285.31185..31989…0.0..0.317.5406.0j13j13j1……0….1…….0..46i131i273i275j0i273j46j0i131j46i131j46i275.fuzKfmr0M9M

  57. Earthling, James, Resource and Dean
    Thanks for the comments.
    When the piece was published, I asked the editor, John Tompkins, if he had a background in geology or physics.
    He said no.
    It will be interesting to see readers’ reactions in the October edition.
    🙂

  58. 97% of “scientists isn’t working so maybe 97% of young people (if you only count those of limited intelligence) will work.

  59. The Earth’s climate has been changing for eons but the change is so slow that it takes networks of sophisticated sensors, decades to even detect it. Do not mix up true climate change with weather cycles that are part of the current climate. According to the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, the climate change we are experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Despite the hype, there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rationale to support the idea that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. But even if we could somehow stop the Earth’s climate from changing, extreme weather events and sea level rise would continue because they are part of the current climate. The optimum global climate has not even been defined. But even if it were defined, we do not know how to achieve it.

    The AGW conjecture sounds plausible at first, but upon closer examination it is based on only partial science and is full of holes. For example, in the troposphere heat transfer is dominated by means other than LWIR absorption band radiation but the AGW conjecture ignores these dominate means of heat energy transfer. The AGW conjecture assumes that H2O, the primary greenhouse gas, will provide a positive feedback and amplify any warming that CO2 might provide. If this were true, H2O warming would positive feedback on itself until the oceans boiled away and the Earth’s atmosphere were more massive than ot Venus but such has not happened nor will it ever happen. The AGW conjecture ignore’s the fact that besides being the primary greenhouse gas, CO2 is a major coolant in the Earth’s atmosphere. The over all cooling effects of H2O are evidenced by the fact that the wet lapse rate is significantly smaller than the dry lapse rate in the troposphere.

    The AGW conjecture depends upon the existance of a radiant greenhouse effect caused by trace gases in the Earth’s atmosphere with LWIR absorption bands. A real greenhouse does not stay warm because of the action of heat trapping LWIR absorbing gases but rather stays warm because the glass limits cooling by convection. It is a convective greenhouse effect and not a radiative greenhouse effect that keeps a greenhouse warm. So too in the Earth’s atmosphere where instead of glass, gravity acts to provide a convective greenhouse effect to limit cooling by convection. As derived by first principles, the Earth;s convective greenhouse effect keeps the surface of the Earth on average 33 degrees C warmer than it would otherwise be. 33 degrees C is the derived amount and 33 degrees C is what has been measured, Any additional warming caused by a radiant greenhouse effect has not been observed. The radiant greenhouse effect has not been observed anywhere in the solar system. The radiant greenhouse effect is science fiction so hence the AGW conjecture is science fiction as well. For some, believing in the AGW science fiction has become a religion. Not all colleges and universities should require that their students believe in the AGW science fiction religion. The idea is absurd.

  60. More people are becoming aware that the homophonically challenged Dr. Michael means “Mann-made” climate catastrophe.

  61. How this house of cards continues to stand is just amazing. So many people with their finger in the pie for their own purposes. Non of them care what the cause is, they demand the result (i.e. money and power).

  62. It’s the eyes that have it. Why do they seem evil?
    I don’t think they are too close together, they just seem too small in area as compared to the face.

  63. “Climate change is worse than homework”

    Loved that one. If they had done their home work then climate change wouldn’t seem nearly as bad.

  64. What does Mann think declaring a Climate Emergency will actually do? It is just a shout into the wilderness for most people.

    But for some smart lawyers it could be a way to hitch themselves onto the gravy train. In most places when a emergency is declared certain rules come into place which do not normally apply. Will these cities and Universities (if Mann got his way) become liable for more than they are now –yes I think they will. I am sure the smart lawyers are looking at this possibility.

    But Mann will not be personally liable, so he will not care, as he has had his few extra seconds in the lime light.

  65. Hmmm… So Mann’s worried that “The Cause” is running out of Minions?
    GRRRReta’a not enough?
    (Or maybe her funding is taking away from his?)
    Despicable!

  66. Or else he will sue them – and lose – as usual. If the facts don’t match up with what he says – legal pressure will.

  67. It’s no longer difficult to show that CO2, although increasing, has nothing to do with our current warming. Alarmists, rather than taking advantage of earlier global warming data, have instead used a cherry-picked short-term correlation between CO2 and temperature from 1975 to the 2000s. (The IPCC admitted there was a temperature “hiatus” in the 2000s. There was a global cooling between 1945 and 1975.)

    The only other argument favoring CO2 is, when added to a closed container, the temperature therein increases somewhat. However, the open atmosphere is hardly a closed container. Satellites detect heat escaping to space and closed containers do not experience planetary-level feedbacks.

    The proponents of anthropogenic-caused global warming invariably DENY that the Medieval Warming Period (MWP, 1,000 years ago) was global and likely warmer than it is now. The alarmists acknowledge only that Europe experienced the MWP. (They had no choice – climate in that region is too well documented!) Alarmists apparently must take this unjustifiable position because their computer models cannot replicate the earlier global warmings. Their computer models require an increasing CO2 level, plus depend even more on yet another ASSUMPTION – that water vapor feedback is the actual culprit, causing 2 to 3 times the temperature increase brought on by the increase in CO2.

    The global temperature increase during the MWP and the earlier global warmings could not have been influenced by CO2 because there was no increase in CO2, not during the MWP, nor during any of the earlier global warmings before the MWP. The problem for alarmists is that it becomes obvious that our current warming (such as it is) might also be due to NATURAL climate variation. That, of course, conflicts with Mann’s hockey stick graph. Mann recently lost a suit he brought against Dr. Tim Ball years ago. Ball apparently implied that at least some of Mann’s work was fraudulent. Now Mann must pay all of Dr Ball’s legal expenses. Mann succeeded in extending the duration of that lawsuit by delaying a dismissal, agreeing to provide his “work”, at or before the new termination date, but chose to ignore that agreement later.

    In case you have any doubt about Mann’s dubious hockey stick, it’s also easy to show (and easy to understand) that the MWP was indeed global and at least as warm as now. While that proves nothing directly about the cause of our current warming (such as it is) it speaks loudly about the credibility of the folks who DENY that the MWP was global and at least as warm as now. The link below provide the MWP global study, among other things.

    https://principia-scientific.org/empirical-evidence-refutes-greenhouse-gas-theory/

    Nonetheless the question remains. Why did the alarmists choose CO2 as the culprit when there is no evidence that CO2, a trace gas, has ever had any impact on our planet’s temperature? There was obviously some uncertainty. Phil Jones, one of the prominent alarmist early players, stated that if the MWP was global and as warm as now, then that was a “different ballgame”. Alarmists decided instead to deny that the MWP was global and at least as warm as now.

    It’s obvious now, if not then, that a more rational approach would have involved a closer investigation of the earlier global warmings, particularly the MWP, before introducing speculation about CO2.

    Some time ago Henrik Svensmark, a Danish physicist, and some associates, came up with a theory which does make use of, and explain, the historical data. Svensmark’s theory involves sun activity modulating the level of a rather steady steam of cosmic rays intent on penetrating the lower atmosphere. (CERN certified some time ago that cosmic rays may influence cloud cover.) Until very recently we have been experiencing a high level of sun activity. During such periods the cloud coverage of the earth is lower. More radiation reaches the earth so it becomes warmer. However, a very low level of sun activity is now underway. If the sun remains inactive for a significant duration, Svensmark would expect a cooling.

    At this stage of the game, whether or not Svensmark’s theory holds up, it appears that more attention needs to be directed at historical data, and increasing CO2 should be of more concern to botanists and health researchers than climatologists. Since CO2 increase was the only possibility for human activity being responsible for warming, it appears that humanity is off that hook.

  68. I demand that universities world wide fire all their academic climate frauds – starting with Penn Sate and James Cook University in Townsville and then proceed from there. Leave University of Chicago and University of Otago in NZ and their likewise colleges, who exude rare common sense, alone.

  69. I have said this before, Universities started off as semenaries to teach people to be Priests, then a few rich powerful men, leaders at the time, decided to send their sons to them for a bit of learning, which they themselves lacked.

    We should only have schools to teach a particular occupation, and where possible its better tot learn “”On the Job””. A Doctor should start off a nurse, a would be military officer should start as a private.

    The bright men who kick started the UK’s Industrial Revolution had all served a 7 year apprehenticeship. They had all got their hands dirty.

    Another factor, we should not have a system where the taxpayers has to pay for a course which the student wants. The taxpayer via the government should decide what the economy needs, example , we have far to many lawyers and not enough Doctors.

    True that would require some filtering set-up to decide who has the potential ability to complete a particular course.

    If a person wants to do his or her own thing, let them pay for it. True they are supposed to repay the government, but if allowed to do a
    “”Mickey Mouse”” type course that there is no vacancy for in the real world, then they will never repay for it.

    Certainly Universities who want to teach courses that have no commercial potential such as Climate Science, should have the Taxpayers funds cut off.

    Of course if we also have a “”Mickey Mouse”” sort of government, then all bets are off, and the country will slowly decline to a 3rd World status. Veneswalia comes to mind, lots of oil, but well on the way to becoming a “Developing country “” .

    MJE VK5ELL

  70. “All Universties”? Really?? Surely there are still a few with ethics and a foundation in Science.

    • Lets be serious it’s the field of climate science trying to tell all the other fields that they are more important. I can tell you how this plays out behind closed doors and it isn’t pretty. You did notice it was only dropkick climate scientist that made the appeal, which itself says a lot.

    • It’s probably all the climate scientist have left to do in Australia they have been basically sidelined from the political process. Neither major party is putting up anything other than window dressing on climate change and the electorate has spoken load and clear.

  71. “This would be reflected in curricula, university rankings, graduate attributes, as well as in staff performance measurements, including those of high executives.”

    University rankings, graduate attributes, and staff performance reviews, will suppress alternative views.

    Lysenkoism has returned. Climate change activists are the new followers of lysenkoism.

  72. The solution to the University’s carbon footprint is to withdraw all federal funding and allow them to close, then there won’t be a carbon footprint. And it’s not carbon anyway it’s carbon dioxide a gas not a solid and if they’re not smart enough to know this fact they deserve to be closed. This will also save the federal governments have huge amount of money that we the taxpayers’ have to provide to keep these universities open.

  73. This is the academia equivalent of the EPA endangerment finding.

    If or when this goes into effect, ALL academics will be forced to embrace climate derangement, since the funding and careers of every one of their colleagues will depend on the ‘climate ranking’.

    This is already the case for numerous social engineering policies, most prominently the ‘diversity’ scam.

    This is, for example, the reason that ALL faculty hiring at my alma mater the University of Utah goes through the Diversity office first. Now imagine that you are a young ambitious Geology PhD, but before your faculty application is considered, it must first be authorized by the University’s Climate office.

  74. The rhetoric will become ever more shrill as people wake up that the whole thing is a massive fraud. Those responsible will NEVER admit the whole thing was a fraud because they know the retribution from the People could be quite “detrimental” to them. They are trapped-cornered rats.

    At some stage, the pendulum must turn (or we are destined to doom) and the rats will be running away from the sinking ship- scrambling all over others to keep from drowning in the morass. It will be fun to watch them turn on each other, pointing the finger, coming out with lame excuses. It will be even more fun to see mainstream media exposed as the propaganda and misinformation tool it is. The process will be very, very painful and will only occur after much pain and suffering.

  75. Michael Mann is a real scientist, eh? Cutting off funding from anyone who disagrees with him.

    ‘Prosperity is entirely linked to you doing as I tell you’.

    I would deplatform this guy immediately due to fundamental opposition to intellectual enquiry and scientific rigour.

  76. We do indeed have an emergency it is imperative that we remove all the scare mongers and those at the trough of climate change.

  77. What we really need is a declaration of scienc emergency—with folks like Mann, science is dying.

  78. I just sent the following Email to the editor at the Times Higher Education:

    Subject: On Nobel Peace prize co-winners: Mann, Nunn are not, the IPCC is.
    From: Ric Werme
    Date: Wed, October 2, 2019 10:52 am
    To: John Gill

    Through the blog post https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/10/01/michael-mann-demands-all-universities-declare-a-climate-emergency I found the article https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/why-universities-need-declare-ecological-and-climate-emergency . It includes:

    Michael E. Mann is distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State and director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center. He was lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report and, along with fellow authors, was co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

    Patrick Nunn is professor of geography and associate director of the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He was also lead author on the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC (due 2022) and a co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

    The “co-winner” claim is wrong. From https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/lists/all-nobel-peace-prizes/ :

    The Nobel Peace Prize 2007

    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”

    The co-winners are the IPCC and Al Gore. This makes no mention of “along with fellow authors.”

    Addressing the issue directly, the IPCC states in https://archive.ipcc.ch/pdf/nobel/Nobel_statement_final.pdf :

    The prize was awarded to the IPCC as an organization, and not to any individual associated with the IPCC. Thus it is incorrect to refer to any IPCC official, or scientist who worked on IPCC reports, as a Nobel laureate or Nobel Prize winner. It would be correct to describe a scientist who was involved with AR4 or earlier IPCC reports in this way: “X contributed to the reports of the IPCC, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.”

    Please keep this in mind in future false claims among climate scientists.

    -Ric Werme

    • Mann still clinging to his Nobel “Lariat” (Give a Mann enough rope …) does remind of him refusing to admit that he lost his case against Dr. Ball.

  79. Universities have a particular role to play when it comes to acting for the planet”

    The very definition of hubris. In any case, who asked them to ‘act for the planet’? (I’m only surprised that I didn’t see Figueras’s name on the list.

  80. Face it. If some AGW “skeptic” (or “denier” – Nature Science’s term for me, not mine) were found to have as many conflicts of interest, as many debunked studies, and as obvious planned subterfuge as revealed in “climategate” emails as Michael E Mann, PhD

    – No journal would touch them
    – No blog would give them a forum
    – No companies or governments would support them
    – No universities would give them a job there

  81. 1990 when I started university, the diversity and ethnic studies crap was really ramping up. I foolishly thought at least they will never infect the physical sciences. I’d never heard of Lysenko and had no idea to how anti-science national socialists could be.

  82. Mann has a point. I’ll certainly be ranking any University that declares a climate emergency appropriately. They belong ion the category of “Universities that put politics before truth.

  83. I am quite certain that Mann is the SLEAZIEST and MOST DISREPUTABLE individual in US academia.

    I hope he reads this and sues me or some other form of retributive action.

  84. It’s useful that Mann and his fellow travelers are now explicit about how they want to undermine academic institutions. We have been warned. Can they be stopped?

  85. The fact that so few academics signed up for Mann’s stupid and ignorant call is promising. Maybe support for his position is waning. It certainly is among the public who use common sense based on their observation of the lack of climate crises. For instance, New York isn’t under water. I’ve just been there and it was dry! And the sea level at Battery Point is declining. Yet wasn’t the immensely rich Al Gore predicting it would have been flooded by now?
    I can understand why Aussie academics are such easy meat for the Mannly fabrications – Australia has such a flaky climate (second in aridity only to Antarctica) that fear mongering is an easy and productive way to gain grant money. Grants are cheaper than building the dams and water conservation mechanisms that Australia really needs.

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