Christopher Monckton refuted by the scientist John Abraham and others
HERE is a devastating refutation of the pseudo-scientific disinformation propagated by the climate contrarian / denier / faux-skeptic Christopher Monckton. The presentation, by Prof. John Abraham (cover pictured) has audio as well as slides. Details are below.
Monckton is just one of the climate contrarians. For more information on climate contrarians, click HERE; a detailed essay with references is HERE. See also the Skeptical Science website for Monckton Myths.
BOTTOM LINE: POTTY PEER, LOONY LORD, or BARKING MAD? Answer - none of these
Monckton: Zero scientific credentials
Monckton has zero scientific degrees (his degrees are in classics and journalism)
A great compendium on Monckton called "Lord Monckton's Rap Sheet" is on the site Anti-Climate Change Extremism in Utah run by Prof. Barry Bickmore. HERE is his "Church of Monckton", listing who the politicians, media personalities, foundations, and scientists are, who have treated Monckton as if he were a credible source of information about climate science.
RealClimate.org, the site run by professional climatologists, has THIS to say about Monckton's manipulation of data, ending with, "Monckton ... entitled his letter “Deliberate Misrepresentation” – and this is possibly the only true statement in it". Another RealClimate article on Monckton is HERE. Prof. Bickmore recently wrote a RealClimate column on Monckton HERE: "...why has he become so influential among climate change contrarians? After examining a number of his claims, I have concluded that he is influential because he delivers “silver bullets,” i.e., clear, concise, and persuasive arguments. The trouble is his compelling arguments are often constructed using fabricated facts..."
Recently a reply was given HERE by 21 climate scientists to Monckton's testimony in May 2010 to a US House of Representatives committee; a summary in the UK Guardian is HERE. Monckton was invited by Republicans. The scientists variously conclude that Monckton's assertions are "very misleading", "profoundly wrong", "simply false", "chemical nonsense", and "cannot be supported by climate physics".
HERE is the analysis by Arthur Smith giving a point-by-point refutation of Monckton's article in the APS Forum on Physics and Society Newsletter, July 2008. Although this Forum explicitly says the articles are not peer-reviewed, Monckton claimed his article was reviewed.
Since Monckton says he was "Special Advisor" to Margaret Thatcher, it is interesting to watch Margaret Thatcher saying: "The danger of global warming is as yet unseen, but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices, so that we do not live at the expense of future generations" - click HERE (at 8:44).
Monckton has officially complained about some reporting critical of him, but the complaint was not upheld.
Monckton: Incredible Medical Claims
Monckton claims (click HERE) to have invented a drug with ... "positive results treating HIV and multiple sclerosis. ''It also has been used to cure cases of colds, flu,'' he said."
You can WATCH Mockton make this claim in the Climate Crock video HERE. Here is the pic:
Monckton Falsely Claims Membership in the House of Lords
It is definitely interesting to note that Wikipedia's biography of Monckton says that he has asserted that he is a member of the House of Lords, but the House of Lords has stated that "Christopher Monckton is not and has never been a Member of the House of Lords".
Indeed, in July 2011 House of Lords has taken the unprecedented step of publishing a "cease and desist" letter on its website demanding that Lord Christopher Monckton, a prominent climate sceptic and the UK Independence party's head of research, should stop claiming to be a member of the upper house.
And this, straight from the House of Lords:
From: House Of Lords Information Office Date: August 5, 2010 5:07:52 AM MDT
To: Friends of Gin & Tonic Subject: RE: inquiry
Many thanks for your emails.
Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is not and has never been a member of the House of Lords. However, allegations that he has claimed to be a member, and that he has used an emblem resembling the parliamentary emblem, have been drawn to our attention.
The House is currently taking steps with a view to ensuring that Lord Monckton does not in future either claim to be a member of the House or use the parliamentary emblem or any variant thereof.
House of Lords
London SW1A 0PW
020 7219 3107
House of Lords Objects to Monckton's Emblem (looks like the Queen's)
As a follow up, you might like to read this Guardian article, especially regarding Monckton's emblem referred to in the House of Lords email:
A House of Lords spokeswoman said: "The emblem is property of the Queen, and Parliament has a Royal Licence granted for its use. Any misuse of the emblem by either members or non-members breaches this licence, and if a person refuses to stop using it the matter is drawn to the attention of the Lord Chamberlain, who is an Officer of the Royal Household..."
Monckton claims that his emblem is different from the Queen's emblem. Here they are, side by side. Anybody know which is which? The answer is in the Guardian article.
.... Christopher Monckton said that the intention of a proposed United Nations climate treaty was to "impose a communist world government", and stated that UKIP was the only option for those who disbelieve in climate change as "all the major parties have decided to sign up to the eco-fascist agenda" (Ref: Wikipedia).
Here are videos by Peter Sinclair's Climate Denial Crock of the Week on Monckton, Part 1 and Part 2:
HERE is a "Crock" video starring Monckton pushing the "CO2 is Plant Food" fallacy. Yes 6th graders know plants need CO2, but severe increases in droughts, floods, fires, and insect damage made worse by global warming can devastate crops, overwhelming any theoretical marginal advantage to plants from extra CO2. Crop yields are observed to drop significantly at temperatures above around 30 degrees C, see HERE. And ocean plankton, at the base of the food chain, has already dropped sharply. Watch this video:
HERE is an instructive video on uncertainty in future projections by scenarios from the IPCC, and how Monckton completely misrepresents what the IPCC actually says, in Monckton's testimony before Congress. The video is on the "Fool Me Once" website.
And HERE is a video of a bizarre TV interview with Monckton who attacks the process of scientific peer review and attacks Prof. John Abraham, plus footage of Monckton giving a presentation making accusations involving a Nazi swastika.
Monckton made an online reply to Abraham's presentation, see also HERE (where Monckton says that Abraham "looks like an overcooked prawn"). John Abraham chose to reply to Monckton's reply, in turn, which is printed below. Abraham's response was also posted HERE on the popular website skepticalscience.com and also HERE on Climate Denial Crock of the Week.
In further developments, SkepticalScience reports HERE that Monckton is trying to censor John Abraham by pressure on the University of St. Thomas to remove Abraham's presentation. Another website "Hot Topic" is gathering support HERE to defend Abraham. And HERE is a Facebook page "Prawngate: Support John Abraham against Monckton's bullying".
Monckton has complained about being treated as if he was a "potty peer" by the BBC.
Environmental philanthropist Jeremy Grantham (in this Guardian article) says climate sceptics are being led by a "little army of non-scientific, persuasive loony lords" (a barely disguised reference to the former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson and Ukip's Lord Monckton).
Monckton, in his video on his medical claims above, says that it sounds "barking mad".
So which is it? Potty Peer? Loony Lord? Barking mad? Answer - none of these.
This man is not a clown. He is very dangerous as an extremist and propagandist who is leading the charge against risk management of climate change. History will treat him very harshly.