Just when you think the global warming denial lobby couldn't get any stranger and desperate, well... they go and get stranger and more desperate. Christopher Monckton, who is the Viscount of Brenchley, but is better known as a puzzlemaker , has teamed up with the oil-industry darling Heartland Institute in challenging former Vice President Al Gore to a global warming debate.
An advertisement pronouncing  "Challenge debate: global warming is not a crisis" appeared in today's Washington Post, according to a press release  sent out last night by the Heartland Institute.
No doubt Gore will ignore this "challenge" by Monckton. As Gore well knows, it is not a debate that a denier like Monckton wants, it is only the appearance of a debate that he requires in order to create doubt about the realities of global warming in the public's mind.
In fact, by even the mere act of challenging Gore to a debate in a highly publicized way will no doubt add a little fertilizer to the seed of global warming doubt.