Professor Steve Running is not a Nobel Laureate

by Dr. Ed Berry

Professor Steve Running, University of Montana, mades two claims:

  1. He shares the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Al Gore and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  2. His Nobel Peace Prize means he is an expert in climate physics.

On Oct 3, 2013, Dr. Steve Running discussed “the importance of the latest IPCC findings for Montana policymakers.”

Here’s the truth:

  1. Professor Steve Running does NOT have a Nobel Peace Prize.
  2. Even if he did, a Nobel Peace Prize has nothing to do with science.
  3. Running worked on IPCC’s Working Group Two, “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability“.
  4. Running worked on Chapter 14 on hypothetical climate effects in North America, if climate change were true.
  5. Running did not work on IPCC’s Working Group One, “The Physical Science Basis” on the cause of climate change.
  6. Running’s expertise is in Forest Ecophysiology, Forest Management, and Botany, NOT Physics.

Since 2007, Steve Running, the University of Montana, and other sources have used Running’s false claim to a Nobel Peace Prize to promote IPCC’s unproven climate claims. Sometimes they omit the critical word “Peace” to imply Steve Running’s fictitious Nobel Peace Prize means he is an expert in climate physics.

Thousands, especially students, have swallowed this bait to believe human CO2 is the cause of climate change. Running has given his climate lectures all over Montana on the average of once per week, according to his recollections. I attended three of his so-called climate lectures. I am aware of how Steve Running uses false logic and fake science to promote belief in climate change.

In actual fact, half of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the IPCC as an organization. The other half was bestowed on a specific individual (Al Gore). Five years later, in October 2012, the IPCC formally admitted:

“it is incorrect to refer to any IPCC official, or scientist who worked on IPCC reports, as a Nobel laureate or Nobel Prize winner.”

Canadian journalist Laframboise, author of the book Into the Dustbin: Rajendra Pachauri, the Climate Report & the Nobel Peace Prize, wrote:

The world’s science academies deserve special scrutiny in this regard. Why do they remain mute, year after year, when Pachauri and others are being falsely described as Nobel laureates? If the public can’t count on science academies to police a matter this straightforward, what purpose do they serve?

Steve Running’s resume according to the University of Montana


  • PhD, 1979, Forest Ecophysiology, Colorado State University
  • MS, 1973, Forest Management, Oregon State University
  • BS, 1972, Botany, Oregon State University

Professional Experience

Dr. Running shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a chapter Lead Author for the 4th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


  • Co-recipient, Nobel Peace Prize 2007

Here is a copy of his “award” he shows in his video.

The top section is a copy of the Nobel award to the UN IPCC. The bottom section to Steve Running says:

“For contributing the the Award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC.”

If Steve Running received any part of this Nobel Peace Prize then his name would appear in the top section of this image. The bottom section is a “Thank you” note, not a Nobel Peace Prize.

However, as of August 5, 2014, neither the University of Montana nor Steve Running has made this correction in Steve Running’s resume nor announced their error to the press. (See my article about this in the Daily Inter Lake on September 19, 2014.)

 Important information about Nobel Prizes

A Nobel Peace Prize has nothing to do with scientific expertise or accomplishment. Here are noted recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize:

  • Barack Obama (2009),
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, and Albert Arnold Gore Jr. (2007),
  • Jimmy Carter (2002),
  • United Nations and Kofi Annan (2001),
  • Kim Dae-jung (2000),
  • International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Jody Williams (1997),
  • Joseph Rotblat and Pubwash Conferences on Science an World Affairs (1995),
  • Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin (1994),
  • Nelson Mandella and Frederik Willem de Klerk (1993),
  • Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (1990),
  • The 14th Dalai Lama (1989),
  • United Nations Peacekeeping Forces (1988),
  • Mother Teresa (1979),
  • Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat and Menachem Begin (1978),
  • Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov (1975),
  • Henry A. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho (1973),
  • United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF (1965),
  • Martin Luther King Jr. (1964),
  • Linus Carl Pauling (1962),
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR (1954),
  • Albert Schweitzer (1952),
  • Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1919).

There is only one scientist on the list: Linus Pauling (1962), my chemistry teacher at Caltech. He never claimed his Nobel Peace Prize meant anything about his scientific expertise. He did not have to. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954.

Professor Running is neither shares a Nobel Peace Prize nor is professionally qualified in the physical or geophysical aspects of climate change.


  1. I agree on this one. I also heard Steve Running give a presentation at RMC in Billings. He KNOWINGLY lies. So not surprised that he wouldn't correct his lies. In fact, I think he is a psychopathic and pathetic liar. He should be banned from giving anymore misinformation/disinformation fraud lectures.

    People like him will start to look even more ridiculous when we start going in a Global Cooling phase, starting this winter.

  2. Thank you SO MUCH for continuing to be a beacon of reason and scientific truth in an age where SUPPOSEDLY, the very experts we're led to unquestionably led to believe lie quite often! I'm no expert on global warming, climate change or whatever the heck the new politically correct terminology is these days. I have always been more than a little skeptical when most of the media along with so many 'sellebrities' have almost fanatically told the general public to trust them and leave the IMPORTANT decisions to them. Give me a break. Many of my friends are far more scientifically literate than I and have a habit of also being quite liberal as well. I just want to sincerely thank you once again for clearing away so much of the 'fool's fog' that is breathed in enthusiastically and taken for granted by so many.

  3. At first I thought it strange that no one in the United States has filed a suit against Gore’s movie, “An inconvenient Truth” that I’m aware of like was done in United Kingdom, and the judge’s decision in that case couldn’t have done much for the veracity of the misnamed movie. It is obvious that Gore is making much money off of this hoax that the left seems to have bought into hook line and sinker. In the United States, Gore is given an Academy Award for this totally inaccurate presentation but, what the hell, the Norwegians’ must be as daft as the Americans because he went on to be awarded what use to be a prestigious award along with his minions, the Nobel Peace Prize. 

    I saw where Irena Sendler had recently died. She had helped to save thousands of Jewish children from certain death during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw during WWII, and obviously risked her own life to do so & was beaten severely by the Gestapo but didn't give up any secrets. You wonder what this has to do with anything and it is this, she had been considered for the Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore and his cronies when they won said prize. But one must remember that Jimmy Carter won it in 2002 and Yassar Arafat also shared the "prize" in 1994 and now we have Obama wining it. I think that due to the recent past recipients of the prize, the prestige of it has diminished to the point that it about like buying the Sunday Billings Gazette and finding that the comics are still included. In other words the Swedes should take back control of this before it is tarnished further by the Norwegians who seem to have lost touch of what the prize was intended to honor. 

  4. Dr. Ed, so now we know that Steve Running, when it comes to advertising himself (not to mention his lack of credentials as a climate scientist), is a charlatan. It has been obvious to me since that Nobel peace prize was awarded, that Running (with the help of many others, including all the public relations backing available to him via the U of M in Missoula), has been systematically and relentlessly using the Prize for propaganda purposes to indoctrinate young Montanans in schools all over the state.
    I have to believe, with what we have come to know about the politicizing of climate science, and with the devastating exposure of the climate alarmist community's lies and distortions, that Steve Running has known all along that what he promotes was and is propaganda. My take is that he has been intentionally promoting a monstrous and dangerous lie – one that has little to do with Science and everything to do with political/cultural change and a massive shift of power and wealth, world-wide to the International Environmental Left.
    Hey, nice try! In my mind, this scam (and its participants) could qualify as cynical, sinister and possibly even evil. What do you think, Dr Running?

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