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Michael Mann Urges OECD to Reject “Climate Inactivist” Mathias Cormann’s Leadership Bid

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Michael Mann and other greens are horrified the new OECD head might be former Aussie minister Mathias Cormann, whom they describe as a “climate inactivist”.

Mathias Cormann defends climate change record as backlash to OECD job bid grows

5:54am, Mar 6, 2021 
Cait Kelly

Mathias Cormann has defended his bid for the top job at the OECD as backlash from leading climate change experts and environmental groups grows.

Mr Cormann’s defence comes as renowned United States climatologist Michael E. Mann urged the OECD and Joe Biden’s administration to reject Mr Cormann’s bid to be its next secretary-general.

In extensive comments to The New Daily, Mr Cormann pushed back against the criticism and pledged to address climate change if selected.

He argued that as OECD boss he would “progress ambitious and effective action on climate change”.

“Action on climate change, to be effective, requires an ambitious, globally co-ordinated approach,” he said.

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From The Guardian;

UK warned not to back Mathias Cormann as new OECD head

Support for Australian ex-minister with poor record on climate crisis would send ‘terrible message’

Patrick Wintour
Diplomatic editor
Tue 9 Mar 2021 06.03 AEDT

The UK has been warned not to send a dreadful message to the rest of the world by backing a controversial Australian former minister with a much-criticised climate change record to run the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The race to be the next secretary-general of the OECD – the Paris-based economic thinktank that advises governments across the world – has narrowed to Mathias Cormann, the former Australian finance minister, and Cecilia Malmström, the former EU trade commissioner and Swedish centrist politician. The result is due by 15 March.

Malmström said she had the backing of many EU and non-EU countries in the 39-strong OECD, but admitted she did not know how the US, viewed as the key to the outcome, was planning to vote. Canada, also seen as critical, is likely to follow the US’ lead.

Poland, one of the countries most hostile to the EU’s green policies, has been in talks with the Australians about the posting.

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Mathias Cormann holds the record for Australia’s longest serving finance minister. As a free market advocate and fiscal conservative, he is widely credited in Australia for helping to steer Australia’s economy through some difficult economic times. His economic track record is impeccable.

Regarding his views on the environment, I wasn’t actually aware he had any. I have never thought of Cormann as a climate skeptic, but I have also never received the impression Cormann thinks of climate action as a priority.

Germany could be the decider. On one hand I’m sure Germany loves Cormann’s fiscal conservatism. So Cormann must have a lot of influential supporters in German finance, people who are horrified at the hyper-inflationary risk associated with the government spending spree advocated by climate hardliners like President Biden. On the other hand, German Chancellor Merkel answers to a strong green constituency. Which way Germany will jump is anyone’s guess.

I suspect Man et al’s problem with Cormann is, as a fiscal conservative, he would probably argue for fiscal sanity in the face of green demands for trillions of dollars to fund their renewable energy revolution, and make uncomfortable demands that green energy schemes live up to their claims of being able to function without government support.

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March 8, 2021 10:49 pm

Quote “renowned United States climatologist Michael E. Mann” Renowned for being a non-scientist. He is everything that is wrong with science today and a horrible narcissist.

Reply to  mikebartnz
March 9, 2021 4:29 am

It should be “notorious climatologist Michael E. Mann”.

Reply to  mikebartnz
March 9, 2021 6:32 am

I”m more and more convinced that people like Mann need real serious therapy, as in make them spend a year living in primitive conditions. On an island… somewhere else, away from humans…. where they have to compete with polar bears for food.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  mikebartnz
March 9, 2021 6:56 am

Mann, a disgrace to science.

Mike Maguire
Reply to  mikebartnz
March 9, 2021 11:06 am

Mann continues to prove to us over and over that climate science in the 21st century is all about politics. He completetely shuns and censors the scientific method which encourages the legit scientific skeptism needed to force theories to be proven before they are widely accepted with confidence. He is a science dictator! He is constantly involved with throwing his weight around trying to manipulate and influence political decisions under the guise of representing the science that he shuns. As an atmospheric scientist for 39 years, it’s very embarrassing to have such a person as the face of climate science today. The amount of damage to our field from just this one person is astronomical.

March 8, 2021 11:24 pm

“He argued that as OECD boss he would “progress ambitious and effective action on climate change””

Now there is a terrible message to put forward. !!

Smacks of cow-towing to the deranged AGW cult mania.

But if mickey mann is against it, that is a BIG PLUS for him taking the position.

Reply to  fred250
March 9, 2021 10:19 am

Mann is hopeless with numbers.

Given that Australia produces only 1.4% of the world’s industrial emissions, how tf was its Finance Minister supposed to do anything about curbing (imagined) agw?

John Karajas
March 8, 2021 11:31 pm

Mathias Cormann has done a very good job as Australia’s Finance Minister and he would be excellent at preventing financial waste. The Greenies know that they have less chance of their boondoggles being supported if he were to head of the OECD. The piggies would be less likely to have their noses in the trough.

March 8, 2021 11:39 pm

Herr M. Mann shouldn’t neglect filling out the report form below.

spangled drongo
March 8, 2021 11:50 pm

With people like Cormann in charge we could have some confidence that climate madness would not be in complete control.

March 9, 2021 12:33 am

Nowhere in the article does it say what the hell OECD stands for.
At least I sure didn’t see it, if it was there anywhere!

Rod Evans
March 9, 2021 1:07 am

This from the article Jon.
“The UK has been warned not to send a dreadful message to the rest of the world by backing a controversial Australian former minister with a much-criticised climate change record to run the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development”. end quote.

It’s sad to think the UK would reject an Australian with credentials and favour a Swedish Lady with unknown ability.

Bryan A
Reply to  Rod Evans
March 9, 2021 5:28 am

Sure it isn’t

March 9, 2021 2:03 am

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.The race to be the next secretary-general of the OECD – the Paris-based economic thinktank that advises governments across the world –

Gary Ashe
Reply to  TonyL
March 9, 2021 10:07 am

That’s a job for a liberal woman with feeling’s.
Don’t want a cold economist in that chair, won’t yer all atleast think about the planet and the human race’s survival, no you wont will you, that is why it’s a woman’s job, an inexperience swedish bint will do nicely thank you, they have the feelz.

Lewis P Buckingham
March 9, 2021 12:44 am

Cormann would want to test for outcomes and financial sustainability.
Greens don’t like that.
‘Trust us’ is the mantra.
His grasp of numerous languages and his ‘Adult in the Room’ approach is the safe hands needed for the now bankrupt EU.
EU confidence is running in negative figures.
Under his watch, Australia has not only managed the finances but also the pandemic.
If you don’t have a working population you don’t have any future.
The EU is looking at this as a realistic outcome.
Its biggest problem is demographic decline and unemployment, not climate.
If the EU rejects him, at least we may be lucky enough to have him back

4 Eyes
Reply to  Lewis P Buckingham
March 9, 2021 2:02 am

I agree. Cost – benefit will be his guiding principle, an horrific approach to greenies

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  Lewis P Buckingham
March 9, 2021 4:08 am

Good points. Essentially it is, “Trust me, I am an economist and I’m here to help (myself).”

My view has for a long time been: for each and every economist there is an equal and opposite economist. In the zero sum game of economics, whatever you do is wrong, as is eventually demonstrated by the calamity that follows, traceable to that particular action or inaction.

It is very similar to witchcraft. Whatever befalls you, the proximate root cause is someone close to you that you always had suspicions about in terms of motives and competence.

Another way to look at economic theories is to think of them as ships anchored firmly to the sea bed with chains of belief and charm. A rising sea sinks all ships, drowning their proponents as they cling to the gunwales of their fancies.

They are like ignorant physicians who know not the disease and thus cannot prescribe a cure. Watch this week’s bond market and see whether this view is true or not.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
March 9, 2021 5:35 am

I once heard this quip:
If you were to carefully lay all the world’s economists end-to-end they would never reach a conclusion.

March 9, 2021 12:46 am

Mann, shouldn’t he be in State Penn?

Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
March 10, 2021 3:43 am

In solitary !

Reply to  fred250
March 10, 2021 10:19 am

I think general population….

He should be there for punishment as well as potential rehabilitation.

Rod Evans
March 9, 2021 12:49 am

Michael Mann and his opinion about anything is getting funnier by the day. He invented the AMO apparently according to him, then dismissed its presence? Maybe he found out he was beaten to the draw on the existence of the AMO buy about six years. Then he says the best person with real economic capability is not the right person to run the OECD, which is an economic body. His pick is a Swedish lady with Green beliefs that he likes? Who knows what her economics are and as far as Mick is concerned, clearly he doesn’t care. I think he should stick to his hockey sticks, or is that ice hockey sticks these days judging by the winter in North America?

Gary Ashe
Reply to  Rod Evans
March 9, 2021 10:12 am

He’s in Australia for a year, it’s nice and warm there, even when it’s cold there it’s warm, lucky barstewards.

March 9, 2021 12:53 am

While Biden proposes spending the equivalent of $1,500 per American per year, a recent Washington Post survey showed that more than half the population was unwilling to pay even $24.

So I told the Democrats, on the KOS-pages: I’m not that sure that amassing worries about climate change leads to “working for the physical and economic benefit of their constituent”. Having only a bit more than 50% of the vote

I was posting right-wing nonsense – I was told by a KOS-member.
Which I didn’t like, and I told him so.
Then KOS banned me with a warning.

Times are changing. That’s what they do these days with “dissidents”.

Gary Ashe
Reply to  leonardo
March 9, 2021 10:16 am

Banned with a warning, a warning of what, sending the ”boys” [antifa ] around yer house.
Seriously what more can they do but ban you.

Gary Ashe
Reply to  Gary Ashe
March 9, 2021 10:55 am

Oop’s looks like my slagging off those wonderful antifa chaps has upset a couple of lefties among us with the down votes, they love their local soy militias those lefties.

Peta of Newark
March 9, 2021 1:18 am

As A Scientist, as he claims to be, it is none of his business.

Serge Wright
March 9, 2021 1:56 am

Cormann’s problem is now a common western theme, but highlight’s the real issue at hand. If you don’t subscribe to the most extreme form of climate alarmism then you get cancelled.

Reply to  Serge Wright
March 9, 2021 9:24 am

It’s not just climate science.
Unless you subscribe to the most extreme form of racial thinking, you get cancelled.
Unless you subscribe to the most extreme form of economic thinking, you get cancelled.
Disagree with a progressive on anything, no matter how minor, you get cancelled.

Gary Ashe
Reply to  MarkW
March 9, 2021 2:43 pm

Yup, and they don’t come at you in ones or directly they like to destroy your life from the shadows, because when it come right down to basics they are cowards, they are human filth to be blunt.

March 9, 2021 2:52 am

Best possible response in Texas:
“Go ahead, call ICE. My family has been living here since before the Alamo!”

Reply to  RLu
March 9, 2021 2:58 am

Sorry, posted in wrong tab.

David Kamakaris
March 9, 2021 3:37 am

If Mikey doesn’t like Cormann, then Cormann has my vote.

March 9, 2021 5:19 am

Mickey Mann is preserving his own self interests to keep his gravy train a-rolling. His interests never extend beyond himself.

Reply to  Jeff
March 9, 2021 5:26 am

FOLLOW THE SCIENCE means ignore Mikey Mann – the Mann-ipulator.

March 9, 2021 10:05 am

Agent Smith is now out of control and has become a threat to the program.

March 9, 2021 10:08 am

Happy Valley rules them all and in the darkness binds them.

Ian MacCulloch
March 9, 2021 1:41 pm

Mathias Cormann has been adornment in his adopted country. He never failed to deliver and has an impeccable record. A superb intellect and a match for the mandarins of Brussels.
He has never had the allegation of rubbery figures laid against him – an indictment to his credibility. And then there is Michael Mann – witness his behaviour about his junk science in the case of Mann v Steyn. That should tell you all you need to know

Gary Pearse
March 9, 2021 5:07 pm

I wonder if we will ever get to see Mann’s research notes in which he put his featureless raw data through hell in search of statistical significance. In the end, he heavily weighted one selected tree from the large Russian Yamal dendro series, ditto for stripbark pines (since designated non-valid for paleotemperature research) and he used the contaminated end of the Tiljander Lake bottom cores (by agric, construction of a town, etc) even when advised not to do so by the person who collected series!

For good measure, he put the Tiljander upside down and he truncated the last 30 yrs of dendro in the famous “hide the decline” maneuver (these showed a sudden decline in ‘dendro’ temperatures) clandestinely splicing on the recent thermometer record to finish off. Even a high school student knows the two sources of data have vastly different granularity – at least he could have taken annual Ts of the last hundred years and averaged them to a single value and placed it half way to be less wrong).

Yeah, science isn’t the Clime Syndicate’s strong suit. Phil Jones of UEA – the command center for the Clime Syndicate – in climategate emails admitted he didn’t know how to use Excel!! This is the ‘science’ that woke folk are following.

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