Global Warming Is Settled Science: Michael Mann on Bill Maher

Bill Maher and Penn State meteorology professor Michael Mann discuss the “settled science” of climate change and the lack of public engagement on the issue. Dr. Mann is the co-author of "Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change.”

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I look forward to seeing Mann in another venue.

I can't stand even looking at that anti-GMO, anti-vaccine crackpot Bill Maher.

Yes, Maher is an anti-vaccine crank, who should be condemned early & often for promoting deadly quackery.

But the climate crisis is a true existential threat to humanity, so it's entirely reasonable for Mann to use every possible venue. Even if that means going on Maher's show or going on Fox.

All the more important with an election coming next year.

Kudos to Mann for being willing to wade into the swamp to get the word out.

when climate pseudoskeptics can testify to EPA, I guess it is OK the chemtrail nutters can do so, too...

>anti-gmo crackpot

if you consider yourself rational and scientific, read the ideas in this paper and see if you don't come around to understanding that anti-gmo people have some very valid concerns

Watched Michael Mann share his insights on the Bill Maher Friday night show last week! Short but excellent discussion. I love Bill Maher very valuable show! I don't always agree with all of his talking points, but it's always about broaching the topics and widening the discussion to effect lives and save the planet!
I always have to ask what am I or any other complainers out there in the techno audience doing to better life and care for all creatures and the earth as our mother. Bill has really strong points of view, but I have seen him change his mind and position at times. Much love and regard to all! Disarm and Live!

By Bill Hartman (not verified) on 13 Aug 2015 #permalink

Mann's comments on "alligator's at the N.Pole" are totally out of whack with plate tectonics accepted since Tuzo Wilson,a Canadian Geophysicist pioneered the concept!

By David L. Surjik (not verified) on 15 Aug 2015 #permalink

We were taught by competent Climatologists that,10 ice ages dominated the the last 2 million yrs & will likely reoccur after short interglacial periods!?

By David L. Surjik (not verified) on 15 Aug 2015 #permalink


Aren't you aiming against the wrong people? Let's see, Harvard Anthro faculty who didn't recommend you to be hired Asst Prof, despite being a Harvard product. MIT, Yale, Cornell, Brown, Princeton, Penn, Dartmouth,

Rutgers, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Florida...

Why did the leftist unis not take you?

By Mark Schooley MD (not verified) on 16 Aug 2015 #permalink

This really isn't that hard a problem.

Why didn't Michaell Mann's home-stets universities, Harvard and MIT take him?

Berkeley was way easier to get into. But it was hard to graduate near-top-of-class.

Why didn't Berkeley profs--preeminent sscientists--send Mr. Mann to MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Caltech, Princeton, Cambridge or Berkeley for his PhD?

Then why didn't second tier Yale move Mann up to one of the foregoing for a post-doc? Why did they send him to third-rate UMass? And then why did he go to third-rate UVA, then PSU?

There are rules about where students are admitted as UG's, then PhD's, then postdocs, then asst profs, then profs. You can start out low, like judy Curry, and rise to GTech prof. You can start out semi-low, iike Marcia McNutt, and rise to MIT/Stanford Prof and NS Pres. You can start out with high opportunities, and not fulfill them, like Michael Mann, and you are eventually cooked. Why, for example, upon presenting the world-changing MBH hockey stick, didn't geophysics powers Stanford, Caltech, MIT grab him for a fast-rising academy appointment?

It's not that hard: Answer why SCM didn't hire Mann in 1999? OR why didn't one of them prick-and-promote him from UVA?

By Mark Schooley MD (not verified) on 16 Aug 2015 #permalink

"At the time of the PETM, the world was already much warmer than it is today. The high latitudes and polar regions were more or less ice-free, and were populated by a diverse assemblage of plants and animals. Alligators, which today are found only in the warm tropics and subtropics, occurred well within the Arctic Circle during the early Eocene."…
It's happened before, and continental drift had nothing to do with it.

"It’s not that hard: Answer why SCM didn’t hire Mann in 1999? OR why didn’t one of them prick-and-promote him from UVA?"

How do you know they didn't try or even consider to try?