Lord Monckton

Lord Monckton has been touring Australia recently. I really don’t understand why he has been given so much air time. Whenever I have heard him, he sounds like he is really a comedian playing a stereotype of a climate denier. Surely he can’t be serious?

Background briefing (ABC radio) recently did a program on The Lord Monckton roadshow

The Scottish peer Lord Monckton has been raising hell against the carbon tax in barnstorming rallies and public meetings around the country. But just who is Lord Monckton and who are the forces behind him? Chief amongst them a mysterious group called the Galileo Movement and mining magnate and now media player Gina Rinehart. Reporter Wendy Carlisle

As my brother commented on the Background Briefing webpage:

Thanks so much for this program. I’ve been following the shenanigans of many of these characters for a couple of years now, and it is great to see the ABC dig into it.

In an ideal world this background would be widely known and recognized, and Monckton, Ball, Singer, etc would be a minor noise serving mainly as unintended light comedy and an illustration of the boundless human capacity for absurdity.

He (my brother) also did a critique of an article Monckton wrote for the American Physics Society here. (Much of it went over my head, but it shows that Monckton’s ability to handle the technical scientific detail is sadly lacking.)

Richard Denniss from the Australia Institute is having a debate about climate change with Monckton 12:30 Tuesday 19 July at the Australian Press Club. ABC1 and ABC4 will be broadcasting it. I will be interested to see how well Monckton is able to engage in a civil debate.

If you think I am too harsh in relation to Monckton, you can read a more detailed discussion about him at Skeptical Science.

In an interview with Adam Spencer Monckton continued to claim he was a member of  claimed he is a member of the House of Lords without the right to sit or vote. Spencer ended up hanging up on his (which was a bit naughty), but the interview must have come to the attention of the House of Lords.

They published a letter confirming that Monckton is not a member of the House of Lords. In the letter addressed to Lord Monckton it says “you are not and have never been a Member of the House of Lords.” The Clerk of the Parliaments who wrote the letter states “I am publishing this letter on the parliamentary website so that anybody who wishes to check whether you are a Member of the House of Lords can view this official confirmation that you are not.”

I think this exemplifies Monckton’s tendancy (and that of some other climate deniers) to misrepresent facts, to ignore evidence they don’t like and to continue promoting falsehoods when it is clear they are wrong.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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