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Contrary to Michael Mann's Claims, Mann's Agent Quoted a $10,000 Speaking Fee for Events

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After his agent acknowledged that global warming alarmist Michael Mann would charge $10,000 to speak at a potential event, Mann falsely accused Media Trackers Florida of getting its facts wrong.

Mann publicly accused Media Trackers Florida of “falsely claiming that I was receiving 10K for a talk that I am giving at the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Annual Meeting in Daytona.” Media Trackers Florida, however, never made that claim.

On January 2, I called Mann’s agent Jodi Solomon about booking Mann to speak at a meeting for my family’s air conditioning business. Environmental issues are a strong concern of ours, and global warming-related regulations are an important concern of air conditioning specialists in general. After hearing reports that some scientists who are skeptical of alarmist global warming claims receive a modest honorarium of less than $1,000 to speak at global warming conferences, we hoped Mann would quote a similar figure to come speak to us. We could then invite other air conditioning specialists in the area to attend, ask questions, and learn about the issue. We did, after all, want to hear all sides of this important issue.

I was shocked when Mann’s agent quoted a $10,000 speaking fee. We can’t afford anything close to that exorbitant speaking fee. I was even more shocked when I later read articles in which Mann criticized skeptical scientists for allegedly making money off their global warming skepticism.

In the original Media Trackers Florida article noting Mann’s $10,000 speaking fee, I wrote, “Mann’s agent, Jodi Solomon, said in a phone call earlier this month that Mann would charge $10,000 plus travel expenses to address a meeting of Florida air conditioning specialists.”

It appears that in Mann’s Facebook post he and his agent are, at best, confusing several different events. At worst, they are attempting to deliberately deceive Mann’s readers.

The Media Trackers Florida article never mentioned a Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) meeting. Until Mann’s Facebook post, we had no idea such a group or event existed. And despite Mann’s public claims to the contrary, I never represented myself as being from the “Association of Air Conditioning Distributors.”

Mann’s agent did indeed quote a $10,000 speaking fee, plus expenses, for Mann to speak at a meeting for my family’s air conditioning business. E-mails from Mann’s agent clearly confirm that such a conversation took place.

I also called Mann yesterday before publishing the Media Trackers Florida article and left him a polite voice mail in which I identified myself with Media Trackers Florida and asked him about his speaking fees. Mann chose not to return my call. Mann could have resolved any of this alleged confusion by simply returning my phone call.

Notably, Mann did not address in his Facebook post whether he charged Valencia College or the taxpayers who fund it to speak at today’s event.

Earlier this year, Mann was publicly rebuked by officials with the Nobel Institute for incorrectly claiming that he was a recipient of the Nobel Prize that was actually given to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Mann reportedly altered a Nobel diploma to include his name.

“Michael Mann has never been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,” Geir Lundestad, the director of the Nobel Institute, wrote to a reporter who asked about the controversy. “He has taken the diploma awarded in 2007 to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (and to Al Gore) and made his own text underneath this authentic-looking diploma.”

“We issued only the diploma to the IPCC as such,” Lundestad continued. “No individuals on the IPCC side received anything in 2007.”  An online flyer for Mann’s event today at Valencia College describes Mann as a “Contributor to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.”

Mann is also deeply involved in the so-called ClimateGate scandal.  Publicly available e-mails show that Mann forwarded a request encouraging scientists to delete e-mails before they could be subjected to public records requests. Other e-mails suggest that Mann developed a method to manipulate temperature data to “hide the decline” shown by the raw data.

When a humorous online video highlighting the explosive “hide the decline” e-mail went viral, Mann threatened legal action if its creators did not remove it. The video, which played off the song “Draggin’ the Line” by Tommy James, can be viewed here.

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