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Jan 21 2013

Monckton assures Australians that their country isn’t burning because of global warming

Via Climate Crocks, the news that “Lord” Christopher Monckton is touring Australia to assure everyone that the fires that are visible from space are totally not caused by global warming.

After 16 years of NO WARMING, Lord Christopher Monckton returns to Australia and NZ for a speaking tour late January – April 2013

Tour Title: “Carbon tax, climate scam, Agenda 21: can democracy survive all three? Lord Monckton does due diligence”.

Umm…

Even if you cherrypick the last 16 years, it’s STILL a clear warming trend. But to try to do damage control in Australia, where the Australian Board of Meteorology had to put a new color on their maps to represent the 51-54°C range… that’s chutzpah. Or dedication to your delusion. I don’t know which.

Oh, and you might also be interested in the fact that arch-denialist Anthony Watts is threatening to sue Greg Laden for teaching him some science and scoffing at his crank magnetism.

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  1. 1
    Argle Bargle

    While Monckton is a genuine lord (he’s the third Viscount Monckton of Bumfuk or somewhere else) he’s not a climatologist or anything else in the least bit scientific. His objections to AGW are socioeconomic but he’s too much of a hypocrite to admit it.

  2. 2
    Jason Thibeault

    Not a member of the House of Lords, though he keeps claiming to be. His dad got the cut when the House was chopped down to 92. He ain’t no peer.

  3. 3
    Aliasalpha

    We should stake him to the ground in the sun, hold a magnifying glass over him and then continually tell him that he’s not getting hotter.

    “That smell? Nah, that’s bacon, we Aussies are mad for barbecues you know”

  4. 4
    Lofty

    “Lord Monckton” will lie until he die from the big fry. Silly man.

  5. 5
    James Smith

    David Nicholls, President of the Atheist Foundation of Australia, said, “…Tasmania removed the ability of religions to discriminate on such grounds about ten years ago,” Nicholls stated. “As far as we know, it has not sunk beneath the waves or suffered any inconvenience because of it.”

    Um excuse me sir but….TASMANIA IS ON FREAKIN” FIRE!

    That’s proof for God’s existence rght? lol

    http://atheistfoundation.org.au/2013/01/16/australias-ever-creeping-soft-theocracy/

  6. 6
    slc1

    Monckton also claims to have a cure for AIDS.

  7. 7
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ 6. slc1 : Yup :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl2lShU6zD0

    See : ‘Lord Monckton: “I’ve discovered a cure for HIV!” key section about 2 minutes & 50 secs point onwards,

    Not that we’ve heard much of that snake oil since.

    Still its much better than his original suggestion for what to do about AIDS :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duxG4lyeSlc

    This time right at the start in that ‘Debunking Lord Monckton Part 2′ clip.

    The first part is well worth watching as well.

  8. 8
    stakkalee

    I’m a bit surprised to see the “Agenda 21″ paranoia in there, as I assumed that particular flavor of crazy to be primarily American (thanks Glenn Beck!) Must be my bias showing – I just figured our nutbars were nuttier than anyone else’s. Another blow against American Exceptionalism I guess.

  9. 9
    jnorris

    James at #5: Tasmania on fire is proof that God is angry at some other country and a specific group of people in that country. As you know, God’s aim is very poor and the intended target rarely, if ever, gets hit. I blame the fires in Tasmania on Canada’s legalization of same-gender marriages.

  10. 10
    MJT

    Monkton is on record as saying he agrees with three of the major precepts of global warming:

    1. CO2 is a greenhouse gas
    2. Humans are increasing atmospheric CO2 emissions
    3. Average global temperatures are rising

    So if you set aside Monkton’s occasional comical misuse of statistics (like the 16 year cherry-pick) and his denialist cheersquad, he’s actually an AGW supporter.

  11. 11
    Suido

    @ jnorris:

    It might be that his temporal aim is a bit off as well. Perhaps he’s trying to dry us out after that big flood, or he’s got a few leftover fireballs from Sodom and Gomorrah.

  12. 12
    serge

    Global warming is a scam, in USA is called climategate. The temperature goes up and down naturally. We are all against pollution but CO2 is not a pollutant. Reducing it would cause a complete crash in all of the advance economies and people in poor countries will not be able to grow part of their crops. There is no need of taxes for co2. Step by step technology will create amazing machines to stop pollution. Why the government stopped the solar panel rebate, the proliferation of electric cars and other great solutions? Guys, wake up, do not let governments to rule your lives, but seen your comments you are probably to young to understand.

  13. 13
    Walton

    For clarification, Jason: Monckton is a hereditary peer, the third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, and can legally call himself such. But you’re right that he isn’t a member of the House of Lords and never has been. Most hereditary peers lost their right to sit in the Lords by virtue of the House of Lords Act 1999, which came into effect before Monckton succeeded to his title. There are still 90 seats in the Lords reserved for hereditary peers, with individuals being elected by their fellow hereditary peers to fill these seats. Monckton has stood for election on a number of occasions, but has repeatedly failed to be elected. Probably because he’s a wingnut conspiracy theorist.*

    (*He claims that the provisions of the 1999 Act are void, on the ground that a general law cannot annul the grant of letters patent conferring a peerage. He’s simply wrong about this: the 1999 Act doesn’t purport to annul the letters patent or deprive peers of their peerages, it only deprives them of their right to sit in the Lords. It seems his crackpottery extends to law as well as climatology.)

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