When last we heard from Christopher Monckton he was too gravely ill to answers questions about how someone claiming to be him and using his ISP had altered his own wikipedia entry and added on obvious fabrication, to wit,
The Guardian “is reported to have paid Monckton Â£50,000 in damages.”. Monckton seems to have made a rapid recovery, because within a week or two he was speechifying at Cambridge University:
He challenged Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, describing it as the “Best Sci-Fi Comedy Horror” film of the year, and claimed to have found serious and deliberate scientific errors in both An Inconvenient Truth and IPCC reports.
These included the deliberate alteration of decimal places when calculating the retreat of ice sheets, and an attempt to conceal climactic history by censoring the high temperatures common in medieval Europe from climactic data in order to exaggerate the relative level of today’s temperatures.
I think that’s about a typo in the SPM (which was quickly corrected), and the usual rubbish about the hockey stick. This bit is good:
All this demonstrated how well he had engaged his audience, as well as provoking interesting statements from the Viscount. These included claims that “there is no such thing as market failure,” and that when dealing with environmental issues government’s should “stand back and let the private sector do its job” instead of interfering.The re-colonisation of Zimbabwe was among the other theories the Viscount toyed with.
By the way, if you haven’t read Monckton saves the day!, you should.
Anyway, Jonathan Leakes reports in the Times that this wacky speech was part of something bigger
Monckton has obtained funding from a right-wing Washington think tank, the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI), to create a second film that will also be sent to schools. Entitled Apocalypse No, it parodies Gore, showing Monckton presenting a slide show in a vitriolic attack on climate change science.
Bob Ferguson, president of the SPPI, said: “We have filmed Christopher [Monckton] making a presentation to the Cambridge University Union . . . It could be sent out quite soon. We want to inform the public and policy makers that there are different views on climate change.”
And Leakes also has:
This weekend, however, the campaigners behind the High Court case said they planned to send copies [of the Swindle] to 3,400 secondary schools “to counter Gore’s flagrant propaganda”. …
The distribution of The Great Global Warming Swindle is being funded by Viscount Monckton, who is part of a counter-campaign to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change.
Monckton was one of the backers of Stewart Dimmock, the Kent lorry driver and school governor who took the government to court for sending copies of Gore’s film to schools.
The two are connected through the New party, a right-wing group whose manifesto was written by Monckton and of which Dimmock is a member. …
Dimmock was awarded only two-thirds of his costs and is understood to have a bill of more than Â£60,000. Monckton confirmed that he was among his “backers” but refused to confirm if he had financed the case.
I hope he’s not planning to use the imaginary Â£50,000 he got from the Guardian to pay the bill!
Oh, and take everything Leakes wrote with a pinch of salt because he joins the ranks of the useless journalists who wrongly reported that the judge said that Gore’s movie contained nine errors.
(Via Monckton’s wikipedia entry.)