Monckton should have SPPI investigated for making him look like a “potty peer”, because they’ve published a wrongheaded piece of his about the hockey stick, where he calls for Mann, Bradley and Hughes to be put on trial for genocide. Yes, really.

“The environmental extremists, who have already killed 50 million
children through malaria by their now-canceled ban on the use of DDT,
the only effective agent against the anopheles mosquito that spreads
the infective parasite, are already eagerly killing millions more
through their latest scientifically-baseless scare — the “global
warming” panic pandemic. Food riots are occurring throughout the world
among the poorest of the poor in many countries: but the desperation,
starvation, disease, and death that accompany the sudden famines that
the biofuel-driven doubling of world food prices has engendered are
scarcely reported by our news media. In Haiti, they are eating mud
pies made of earth, water, a tiny knob of butter, and a pinch of salt;
or they sell the mud pies to less fortunate neighbours at 3 US cents
each. Has any Western news medium reported this, or the hundreds of
other agonizing stories of famine and starvation all round the world?
No. Instead, every icicle that falls in Greenland is paraded as an
omen of imminent doom: and, as for the crooked pseudo-scientists who
invented the hockey stick, supported it, and continue to parade it in
the mendacious documents of the IPCC, no journalist would dare to ask
any of them the questions that would expose their self-seeking
corruption for what it is. These evil pseudo-scientists, through the
falsity of their statistical manipulations, have already killed far
more people through starvation than “global warming” will ever
kill. They should now be indicted and should stand trial alongside
Radovan Karadzic for nothing less than high crimes against humanity:
for, in their callous disregard for the fatal consequences of their
corrupt falsification of science, they are no less guilty of genocide
than he.”

The amount of over-the-top wrong that Monckton packs into this paragraph is impressive. DDT was never banned for use against malaria. The ban on the agricultural use of DDT has saved lives. The main reason for the increase in food prices was the increase in the price of energy. While biofuels did contribute, it is wrong to attribute this to Mann, Bradley and Hughes, since the case for AGW does not depend on the hockey stick and emission reduction efforts do not require the use of biofuels. The hockey stick work was pretty well vindicated by the NRC panel. (Monckton knows this, but simply lies about the panel’s findings.)

I came across this because Robert Sutherland pointed me at this discussion at Nature News, with Oliver Manuel, who is apparently a Physics professor at U Missouri-Rolla demonstrating how to destroy his credibility in one short paragraph:

I have no doubt that you personally believe what you write, but frankly many of your opinions are factually incorrect. Compare your 27 Sept 2008 claim that, “the EIGHT WARMEST YEARS on record occurred since 1998″ with … 2.) The abstract of Lord Christopher Monckton’s new paper: “An extraordinary series of postings at www.climateaudit.org, the deservedly well trafficked website of the courageous and tenacious Canadian statistician Steve McIntyre, is a remarkable indictment of the corruption and cynicism that is rife among the alarmist climate scientists favored by the UN’s discredited climate panel, the IPCC. In laymen’s language, the present paper respectfully summarizes Dr. McIntyre’s account of the systematically dishonest manner in which the “hockey-stick” graph falsely showing that today’s temperatures are warmer than those that prevailed during the medieval climate optimum was fabricated in 1998/9, adopted as the poster-child of climate panic by the IPCC in its 2001 climate assessment, and then retained in its 2007 assessment report despite having been demolished in the scientific literature. It is a long tale, but well worth following. No one who reads it will ever again trust the IPCC or the “scientists” and environmental extremists who author its climate assessments.” [Hockey Stick? What Hockey Stick? 12 September 2008]


  1. #1 dhogaza
    October 15, 2008

    P. Lew, that was quality.

    Agreed. Rod B, you’ve been nailed by P. Lewis.

  2. #2 Rod B
    October 17, 2008

    Oh, well! dhogaza, my earlier example was not precise. For the record, classic intelligent design and the Big Bang are not mutually exclusive. Science looks for explanations as well, even if they are not readily apparent. What ideology could drive this escapes me, even though as you suggest I have it. What could it be?

    Tim, the purveyors of the DDT ban myth have their own board game to prove their case?!?!? Wow!