Michael Mann, Creator of the Infamous Global-Warming ‘Hockey Stick’ Loses Lawsuit Against Climate Skeptic, Ordered to Pay Defendant’s Costs

Dr. Michael Mann, the scientist who co-authored the famous graph of temperature trends, known as the “hockey stick graph”, in 2011 brought a libel and defamation case against Canadian Climatologist, Dr. Tim Ball, for criticizing his analysis. The Supreme Court of British Columbia threw out the case in 2017 when Mann refused the court’s request to provide the data that would prove his analysis was not fraudulent. When Mann refused, he was in contempt of a court order, and the multi-million dollar lawsuit against Ball was dismissed. Mann now has been ordered by the court to pay for Dr. Ball’s full legal costs.

Michael Mann, a climatologist at Penn State University, is the creator of the “hockey stick graph” that appears to show global temperatures taking a noticeable swing upward in the era when humanity has been burning fossil fuels and dumping CO2 into the atmosphere. The graph was first published in 1998, prominently featured in the 2001 UN Climate Report, and formed part of Al Gore’s 2006 movie, An Inconvenient Truth.

The graph’s methodology and accuracy have been and continue to be hotly contested, but Mann has taken the tack of suing two of his most prominent critics for defamation or libel. One case, against Mark Steyn, is called by Steyn likely to end up in the Supreme Court. But another case, against Dr. Tim Ball was decided by the Supreme Court of British Columbia, with Mann’s case thrown out, and him ordered to pay the defendant’s legal costs, no doubt a tidy sum of money. News first broke in Wattsupwiththat, via an email Ball sent to Anthony Watt. Later, Principia-Scientific offered extensive details, including much background on the hockey stick.

The Canadian court issued it’s final ruling in favor of the Dismissal motion that was filed in May 2019 by Dr Tim Ball’s libel lawyers.

Not only did the court grant Ball’s application for dismissal of the nine-year, multi-million dollar lawsuit, it also took the additional step of awarding full legal costs to Ball. A detailed public statement from the world-renowned skeptical climatologist is expected in due course.

This extraordinary outcome is expected to trigger severe legal repercussions for Dr Mann in the U.S. and may prove fatal to climate science claims that modern temperatures are “unprecedented.” (snip)

Dr Mann lost his case because he refused to show in open court his R2 regression numbers (the ‘working out’) behind the world-famous ‘hockey stick’ graph (shown below).

Real science, not the phony “consensus” version, requires open access to data, so that skeptics (who play a key role in science) can see if results are reproducible. Of course, there are no falsifiable experimental data associated with the global warming predictions of doom, so it doesn’t really stand as science as Karl Popper defined it

This is an important victory in the process of debunking the warmist scare.

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2020 Democrat Presidential Candidate, Tulsi Gabbard, May Be Left out of DNC Debates Due to Polling Requirements

2020 Democrat presidential candidate, Tulsi Gabbard, is calling on the Democratic National Committee to revise its list of debate qualifying polls to allow her to quality for the third and fourth Democrat primary debates. Qualification requires 2% or more support in at four “qualified” polling organizations. Gabbard has exceeded 2% support in 26 national and state polls, but only two of them are on the DNC’s “certified” list. As a Hawaii Army National Guard officer, she was called to active duty in Indonesia earlier this month, forcing her to put her campaign on a 2-week hiatus. Gabbard has gained support from Libertarians and independents for her anti-war message, but her membership in the Council on Foreign Relations reveals she is a collectivist and globalist. Every President in recent memory has been anti-war while on the campaign trail only to change 180 degrees after getting into the White House. If Gabbard should be elected, it would be naive to expect significant change.] -GEG

The presidential campaign of U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is calling on the Democratic National Committee to revise their list of debate qualifying polls to ensure transparency and fairness in light of numerous irregularities in the selection and timing of those polls.

The DNC set a threshold that candidates must meet 2% in four DNC-certified polls in order to qualify for the third and fourth Democratic primary debates. However, the DNC has not released their criteria for selecting the sixteen polling organizations they deem “certified.”

Rep. Gabbard has exceeded 2% support in 26 national and early state polls, but only two of them are on the DNC’s “certified” list. Many of the uncertified polls, including those conducted by highly reputable organizations such as The Economist and the Boston Globe, are ranked by Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight as more accurate than some DNC “certified” polls.

After examining the list of certified and non-certified polls, Michael Tracey wrote in Real Clear Politics, “Tulsi Gabbard is on the verge of being excluded from the next Democratic presidential debate on the basis of criteria that appear increasingly absurd.”

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