Third Viscount Monckton of Benchmark Crude

Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is quick to claim science expertise that is unsupported by his education in classics or his diploma in journalism. He is less eager to acknowledge his role as a spokesperson for an unfolding series of think tanks, all of which have direct connections or a history of accepting money from the oil industry.

Monckton is currently in Copenhagen, shouting “Nazi” and “Hitler youth” at the youth delegates who have had the courage and temerity to challenge his poorly informed views on climate science. (See next post.)

He is here as a representative of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) one of several groups that have been unsuccessful in covering up their oil funding.

Another such group is the Friends of Science (FOS), one of the sponsors of a recent Monckton tour of Canada. FOS wound up the subject of a messy funding scandal after Professor Barry Cooper used his privileges at the University of Calgary to create an “education fund” designed to hide the oil-and-gas industry source of FOS funding. (In his defence, Cooper later told the Globe and Mail, [The money’s] not exclusively from the oil and gas industry,

The co-sponsor of the Canadian tour was the Fraser Institute, which also has been identified as a recipient of oil funding, notwithstanding that it has a policy of keeping its funders secret.

Monckton is also “Chief Policy Advisor” to the Science and Public Policy Institute ( The SPPInstitute is a project of Robert Ferguson, whose oil connections were clear enough when he started an earlier such organization, the Center for Science and Public Policy, with a large bolus of cash from Exxon Mobil.


Benchmark crude eh?

Okay, lets assume Monckton is raking in oil cheques and planning to do it for a good long time to come. Under those circumstances , would it be the course of wisdom to call a bunch of nice kids nazi-youths?

Not if he’s just in it for the money. That kind of talk could make the money dry up. ….. No, he’s a true believer, it’s not about money with him.

the bulging eyeballs kind of give it away a bit too.

You might be interested in my review of ‘The Climate Caper’, to which Lord Monckton nobly contributed a foreword:

Puzzlers beware!

As a great fan of Christopher Monckton’s puzzle books (particularly Junior Sudoku X, which in my view could hardly be bettered) I was intrigued to find the great man branching out into other areas of intellectual endeavour.

Frankly, though, I was disappointed by this. Most of the book consists of the maunderings of a retired phycisist called Paltridge, who seems to have a beef with the findings of climate scientists.

I was hoping that there might be more of interest in Christopher Monckton’s introduction to the book. But even here there was not a single brain-teaser - just a rather pompous endorsement of the views of Paltridge! The only real puzzle is why the 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (to give him his full title) should feel himself qualified to pronounce on climate science at all, since as far as I can gather he has no qualifications in the field or any discipline related to it.

But perhaps this is what is known as ‘peer reviewing’? He is after all a genuine peer of the realm, which is more than can be said for those reviewing learned papers for publication in academic journals.

Despite this, I cannot in all honesty recommend the book to Sudoku enthusiasts.

The great climate science conspiracy theory seems to have tremendous appeal to a wide variety of extremist politicians.

Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party - whose roots go deep into the foul underbelly of neo-Nazism - is another example. Unbelievably, Griffin is currently attending the Copenhagen Conference as a representative of the EU parliament’s environmental committee.

Griffin, who like Larouche has a long history of anti-semitism and who is also an enthusiatic holocaust denier, claims that climate science is based on ‘fraudulent statistics’ and is being used ‘to impose an anti-human utopia as deadly as anything conceived by Stalin or Mao.’

From Griffin’s perspective, this sort of stuff serves as a proxy for what he can’t say openly while posing as a mainstream politician: ‘they’ are trying to take over the world. No prizes for guessing who ‘they’ might be.