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Thu, 2010-07-15 14:48Kevin Grandia
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If exposing the climate deniers makes me a scumbag so be it

What do you get when you cross a retired weatherman with a wannabe British aristocrat?

No wait, that’s not it.

A retired weatherman and a former political hack for Margaret Thatcher walk into a bar and the bartender tells them both that if they want a drink they have to stop pretending they’re experts in climate science.

Oh, and they should stop calling people (like me) a scumbag, it just makes them less attractive to the ladies at the bar than they already are.

Enough with the joke metaphors.

Someone sent along a post written by the puzzling Christopher Monckton - the guy with a penchant for high-brow verbiage and accusations of Nazi-facist activities. The post was on Anthony Watts’ blog - the retired weatherman and equally unqualified as a our Monckton when it comes to the science of climate change.

Tue, 2010-07-13 12:18Richard Littlemore
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Monckton exposes his rebuttal: So much blather; so little substance

The motor-mouth Monckton - which is to say, Christopher Walter, the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley - has authored a 48,000-word Response to John Abraham (attached). It is a breathless and libelous screed that can lead to only one certain conclusion: the good Lord doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

For those catching up, John Abraham is a professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, who some months ago released a detailed critique of an earlier Monckton presentation. Abraham found Monckton’s work sadly lacking. Monckton misquoted or mislabelled sources; he promoted positions that were unsupported in his material; he bobbled his math; he manipulated or inadvertently misrepresented graphical information and he arrived at conclusions that were, in Abraham’s own generally careful words, “absurd.”

Monckton is outraged (which appears to be a permanent condition - either outraged or outrageous). In a response that goes on for 99 tiresome pages, he calls Abraham a liar, and accuses him of bad faith, malice and academic dishonesty. The Viscount then insists that Abraham and his unversity atone for their sins by paying $110,000 in “damages” to a charity of Monckton’s own choosing. This is couched as some kind of libel action in the court of public opinion - the only court where Monckton dare step: he’d be laughed out of town (and found libel for costs) if he tried any of this nonsense before even the most sympathetic judge.

Wed, 2010-06-09 15:44Richard Littlemore
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Monckton bashing "left" and "right"

Christopher Walter, the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, attracts some pretty colorful criticism, but it’s a bit stunning to see someone at the climate-skeptical Telegraph* call Monckton “a fantasist, a blethering popinjay useful only for amusement.”

Unfortunately, you can’t read that quote on the Telegraph* website where blogger Tom Chivers wrote it in the first place. After a complaint from Monckton’s own noble self, his allies in self-delusion have had it deleted. But the original piece is still available to all at Tenney Naumer’s blog, Climate Change - the Next Generation. (Thank you, Tenney.)

Chiver’s position, convincingly rendered, is that Monckton has made himself a goof, a paragon of “utter scientific illiteracy,” and, as such, has become an embarrassment to the denier community.

That accords perfectly with the stuff that George Monbiot has been writing at the Guardian. Monbiot says,

“Lord Monckton is digging his hole ever deeper, and dragging down into it everyone stupid enough to follow him. Those of us who do battle with climate change deniers can’t inflict one tenth as much damage to their cause that Monckton wreaks every time he opens his mouth.”

Tue, 2010-03-30 11:39Richard Littlemore
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Marc Morano: "He's the turd in the punch bowl ..."

” … that’s all he is and all he can be.”

The amazing thing about Esquire’s brilliantly written new profile on Marc Morano is that Morano himself probably loves it.

Per the quote above, Esquire writer John Richardson calls Morano a “turd in the punch bowl.” He calls him a liar, referring to “the method Morano loves best, using the laugh value of satire to displace the truth requirements of journalism.”

Yet Esquire still gives Morano 6,500 words of love and attention (the two are one and the same in Morano’s denier circles). The magazine even introduces him in the subhed as the guy who “broke the Swift Boat story and effectively stalled John Kerry’s presidential run.” (C’mon, you guys. He didn’t “break” it. He made it up.)

Thu, 2010-03-25 09:12Richard Littlemore
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Monckton in Utah: Hitlerian hyperbole and deviations from the truth

Christopher Walter, the Third Viscount Monckton of BullTwaddle, has been enriching himself on the speaker circuit in the last couple of days, enteraining a rump of science “skeptics” in the sparsely populated halls of Salt Lake City.

Monckton, who likes to scream out slanderous Nazi accusations, was at it again, accusing the world’s foremost climate scientists of “wanting to impose the same kind of tyranny as Hitler.”

At least some of the local media were not taking the bait. Salt Lake Tribune columnist Peg McEntee pointed out that Monckton began his speech with a fair warning, saying: “Do not believe a word I say.”

She then closed her column by noting that the man continues to misrepresent himself as a member of the British House of Lords, a banal matter of fact that is easily debunked and establishes his (lack of) credibility beyond doubt.

But then, Robert Ferguson and his secret funders at the SPPInstitute aren’t paying Monckton to tell the truth. They’re paying him to deny global warming.

Wed, 2010-03-24 22:43Richard Littlemore
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Crying "Wolf!" over Climate Change

In which it is revealed that

Aesop wasn’t paying attention

even if the ill-fated shepherd was

It was a warm spring evening the first time the wolf emerged from the bushes, casting a long shadow and a ravenous glance toward the oblivious sheep. The boy, the young shepherd, only chanced to look up from his homework in time to raise the alarm, sending a quick text to his abusive older brothers and his lazy lout of a father who were, at that moment, lolling at home in an after dinner torpor.

But the home troops were as good as their word. They had all promised the boy’s mother that they would rise to his defense if he ever called for help, and rise they did, clamoring out the back door and up into the field. Still, they found it disappointing when they arrived to see the sheep grazing peacefully and the boy returning to his studies, saying only: “It’s okay, you guys. The wolf’s gone.”

Mon, 2010-03-22 11:41Richard Littlemore
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Monckton Denial Circus Booked into Utah

The Prevaricating Peer, Christopher Monckton, the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is back on the road, taking his climate denial circus to Utah, where there is a raging state legislative battle over how to back off from responsible action against climate change.

Monckton, who in this Salt Lake Tribune story, adds architecture to the fields in which he pronounces himself an expert, is promising to take a fiercely non-partisan role, even while attempting to throw doubt on the science of climate change on behalf of his oily funders.

On that latter issue, however, Monckton remains proudly ignorant. Regardless of the Exxon connections of his benefactors, Robert Ferguson and the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPinstitute.org), when asked who is bankrolling his denier tours, Monckton told the Salt Lake Tribune, “I have no idea.”

If he was going to break policy and start answering questions with full forthrightness, the good Viscount might find that to be a useful answer to most questions.

Mon, 2010-01-25 17:01Mitchell Anderson
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Why Won't Monckton Join the Scientific "Debate"?

Lord Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is again sharing his pearls of wisdom on climate change. His latest offering is an “original paper” produced for the non-peer reviewed, and mysteriously funded front group called the “Science and Public Policy Institute”.

A real scientist named Dr. Andrew Glikson at the Australian National University took the time to rebut Monckton’s arguments, which is available here.

I would point out that “Lord” Monckton is not and never has been a member of the British House of Lords, having received zero votes in his latest bid to be included in that body. Nor is he a scientist, instead receiving an undergraduate degree in classics and a diploma in journalism studies.

However, he does have quite a bit to say on the subject of climate science, referring variously to researchers in the field as “liars”, “frauds” and “bed-wetters”.

It is strange that someone that spends so much time hectoring scientists never seems to attend scientific conferences, or have his material published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

It is like someone bragging that they are a better golfer than Tiger Woods without ever entering a tournament.

Fri, 2009-12-11 08:13Richard Littlemore
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Monckton's cure for climate change: Put the scientists in jail

Christopher Monckton, leading voice for the denier delegation sponsored by the oil-backed Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, has been recorded telling youth delegate Brennan Garrett that the cure for the Kyoto protocol is to lock up all the world’s best climate scientists for “fraud” and “racketerring.”

Monckton, who won a certain amount of infamy in the 1980s by saying that the UK government should lock up and quarantine all people with HIV/AIDS, turns his attention in this video to how the same “cure” could be applied to scientists who are trying to get the world’s attention on climate change. When Garrett implies that it is actually the deniers who are “new,” who’s efforts could be fatal for a huge portion of earth’s population and who’s condition (denial) appears incurable, Monckton chooses to miss the point.

Fri, 2009-12-11 06:52Richard Littlemore
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Loopy Larouchians on the "Copenhagen scandal"

Another day; another wacky denier website

The Schiller Institute, a project of the failed politician (and spouse of Lyndon Larouche) Helga Zepp-Larouche, has launched a new website dedicated to denying climate change and attacking the Copenhagen climate conference.

Copenhagenscandal.org reads like a hastily (but expensively) assembled collection of denier tracts, including recent speeches from Christopher Monckton, the Third Viscount Monckton of Benchmark Crude, and the denier for hire, Dr. S. Fred Singer.

According to the website, and to a ponderous news advisory issued in Copenhagen, the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has nothing to do with protecting the environment. It’s all a crafty plan to establish a world dictatorship.

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