Fred Singer's Nobel Prize Winning Sham

Mon, 2008-05-26 10:07Kevin Grandia
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Fred Singer's Nobel Prize Winning Sham

Wow. There's denial of reality, there' delusion, there's delusions of grandeur, and then there's the prolific climate denier S. Fred Singer claiming that he is a Nobel Prize winner.

In a bio description for an upcoming talk to a UK skeptics society meeting, (sent to us by a very astute DeSmog reader) Singer has this to say about himself:

As a reviewer of IPCC reports, he [Singer] shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.”

Our sources tell us that the bio description was sent to the Skeptics Society by Singer himself.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore were presented the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work on climate change issues, and as such they were bestowed the great honor of joining the ranks of the small few in the world who can rightly call themselves “Nobel Laureates.”

I too am an IPCC reviewer - I received advance copies of the working reports and spent about 10 hours looking over the reports and offering my advice from a communications point of view. I wouldn't even think about propping up myself to league of Al Gore or the IPCC scientists who have dedicated their lives to the issue of climate change.

I have more respect for science than that.

And, after talking to one of the IPCC scientists who can rightly call himself a Nobel Laureate, I know that in order to claim to be a Nobel prize winner, you receive documentation designating you as such.

So, Fred, please send along your documentation to prove me wrong. By the way it looks like this. I have also taken the liberty of letting the Nobel Foundation know about this, I'm sure they'll be interested.

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My name is John Cleveland, and by virtue of being an authorized and trained presenter for Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, apparently I share the Nobel prize with Al Gore.

I’ll make sure to add that to my C.V.
John Cleveland, President/Founder
Global Warming Action Alliance
105 Evans Ave.
Grasonville, MD 21638
410-827-0276 (O)
410-827-0468 (F)
410-829-1341 (C) www.globalwarmingactionalliance.org

All reviewers of the IPCC reports share the nobel prise with Al Gore.

For Singer to list it is obviously to show what silly political farce that award was.

It was a publicity stunt in very bad tast and Singer is well aware of it.

Oh… And no, Gore’s trained robots do not automatically share it.. Sorry.

Gary says you are a Nobel prize winner. And you didn’t even know it!

I guess the letter got lost in the mail. 

Comments made outside the confines of our private debate have diplomatice immunity.
I will not take any personally, and I hope you will not either.
We can’t stop having fun.

“Will say anything for real ales and food.”

I can’t believe Kevin Grandia was stupid enough to fall for a cheap publicity stunt like this.

Ha ha. Who says Canadians aren’t stupid?

So what you are saying is that Fred Singer’s career is concerned with creating publicity stunts?

Seems to be accurate.

Wow, wong, you just boiled this down to absolutely nothing in order to make your point. Singer is the king of overstatement. He makes a mountain out a molehill when it comes to his own achievements. So, when it becomes “crystal clear” to him that anyone who reviewed the IPCC drafts is part of the Nobel prize, he demeans that in two ways: 1) he adds his own name out of a gross misunderstanding of the process to be included, which is Kevin’s point, and 2) if you are lucky, wong, he thinks this is a funny and ironic slam on the process. So, to be clear, if Singer is laughing, and I don’t think he is, he’s laughing at his own pathetic joke, which is not founded on reality but rather the repetitive psychological defect that fires every time he sees some achievement he thinks he can add to his phoney CV. Get it?

Oh yes, I get it. Fern Mackenzie

Singer should know that it’s useless to expose tight-assed, introverted warmists to irony or sarcasm. Such things are foreign to their prissy little world.

You forgot to add: using cheap publicity stunts.

“I wouldn’t even think about propping up myself to league of Al Gore”…

Not sure what you mean.
Using up and league of Al Gore in the same sentence is odd.
Since Gore is a politician and oppertunistic scam artist I don’t quite get the comment?

It’s not difficult to confuse you students of the cheap publicity stunt school of thought.

Much like his formation on the NIPCC, Singer is using the Nobel to blur the lines for those unfamiliar with the issues.

The uninitiated may well assume that Singer *has* a Nobel Prize, works for the IPCC and represents their views. They will view him as a credible authority on the subject, rather than a entrepreneurial denialist.

I very much doubt that Singer would want to be associated with the IPCC.
That would seriously downgrade any honest scientist’s credibility these days.

Dr Fred Singer is clearly confused. The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, of which Singer is a member, was not awarded a Nobel Prize.

Perhaps he deserves an Ig Nobel Prize for his contributions to pseudo-science.

“There’s denial of reality, there’ delusion, there’s delusions of grandeur, and then there’s …”

… The delusions of Grandia:

“I too am an IPCC reviewer - I received advance copies of the working reports and spent about 10 hours looking over the reports and offering my advice from a communications point of view.”

I guess their “science” is so unassailable, they need a PR shill to tell them how to spin it.

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore were presented the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work on climate change issues, and as such they were bestowed the great honor of joining the ranks of the small few in the world who can rightly call themselves “Nobel Laureates.”

Just like fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates such as Yasser Arafat, for his heroic efforts at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Which is to say that a Nobel Peace prize carries about as much gravitas as Ed McMahon declaring you a potential winner in the Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweepstakes.

“I have more respect for science than that.”

Sure you do. And what better way to demonstrate that “respect” than working as a carnival barker at a PR firm?

No, you use science as a fig leaf. It’s fine, as long what little you grasp, you can spin to promote your political agenda. But any facts which happen to contradict you get shouted down by you and your mob of torch-wielding villagers.

“So, Fred, please send along your documentation to prove me wrong. By the way it looks like this. I have also taken the liberty of letting the Nobel Foundation know about this, I’m sure they’ll be interested.”

Now Grandia thinks he’s the Nobel Peace prize police. Talk about delusions. Unlike you, though, they’ll probably comprehend Singer’s sardonic reference to their “prize”.

But while you’re at it, why don’t report your fellow huckster, Ross Gelbspan, to the Pulitzer comittee. Unlike Singer, he really thinks people will believe it.

You don’t think people will take Singer’s Nobel claim at face value? That they will take it in the ‘sardonic’ way you suggest he intends?

Singer is widely considered the current-day version of Lenny Bruce, don’t you know?

Chris Monckton has also tried the Nobel ploy in the past: http://www.globalwarmingheartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=22430

Say, I think I just figured out who Rob might be.

“As a reviewer of IPCC reports, he [Singer] shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.”

That is probably the funniest thing I have seen in days. I can’t stop grinning. How can one be outraged at this claim? Is it pathetic, sneaky, naive, or evil? I can’t say, but I call it… well, cute.

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