I think the funniest part of Monckton’s open letter to John McCain is his description of himself at the beginning:
His contribution to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 – the correction of a table
inserted by IPCC bureaucrats that had overstated tenfold the observed contribution of the
Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets to sea-level rise – earned him the status of Nobel Peace
Laureate. His Nobel prize pin, made of gold recovered from a physics experiment, was presented
to him by the Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester, New York, USA. He
has lectured at university physics departments on the quantification of climate sensitivity, on
which he is widely recognized as an expert, and his limpid analysis of the climate-feedback
factor was published on the famous climate blog of Roger Pielke, Sr.
I don’t know which person is nuttier. Monckton, for saying that he is a Nobel laureate, or the guy (presumably Robert Sproull) who gave him the fake Nobel prize pin. And while there was an error in that table, others noticed it first.
Monckton’s open letter basically rehashes his erroneus claims about the science, but there have been some embellishments:
The very body that invented the “cap-and-trade” scam that you now propose to sanctify as a policy of the
Republican party in government would have the deaths of 50 million children — for it is children who are nearly
always the victims of malaria — on its conscience. If, that is, it had a conscience. And, lest its apologists and spin-doctors
dare to challenge my presentation here of its murderous role in the DDT ban, I shall recount a past event.
During the final stages of the case that led to the ban on DDT, the Board of the Environmental Defense Fund met
with its lawyer. He said to the Chairman: “Sir, I beg you not to press for a total ban on DDT. If you succeed in
getting it banned altogether, tens of millions of children will die of malaria. My advice is that, for pressing scientific
reasons, you should allow it to be used indoors, so that children will not be bitten at home.”
The lawyer carefully put before the Board the scientific evidence he had accumulated, and just as carefully — for he
was scientifically literate and competent — he spelled out exactly why and how a total ban on DDT would kill tens of
millions, and undo a malaria eradication program that had almost succeeded in wiping this curse from the Earth.
And what was the reaction of the Board of the Environmental Defense Fund — your allies in introducing yet another
mad scheme based on a policy that is already killing people of starvation in the worldÃ¢s poorest countries? They
dismissed their Counsel on the spot. As he left the room, he heard the Chairman say to the Board, “That’s the last
time we ever again employ a lawyer who knows anything about science.”
Monckton’s story is entirely fictional. About the only true thing is that the EDF did fire its lawyer, Victor Yannacone (the fabricator of the infamous Wurster quote). But far from arguing that the EDF was going too far, Yannacone’ dispute with the EDF was that it wasn’t going far enough. Science (Dec 26 1969, p 1603):
Earlier, EDF had rejected as unpromising Yannacone’s proposal to bring a $30-billion damage suit against DDT manufacturers as a “class action” on behalf of all citizens of the United States; Yannacone finally filed this action with his wife as plaintiff. The Long Island Press recently quoted Yannacone as attributing his problems with EDF partly to this suit, which he said some trustees regarded as an embarrassment to EDF in its efforts to obtain a grant from the Ford Foundation. However, according to Reginald C. Smith, an attorney EDF hired several months ago to represent it in its dealings with its general counsel, the suit had nothing to do with the “strained relations” between EDF and Yannacone. The trouble, he said, grew out of Yannacone’s “evident lack of respect [for] the EDF trustees” and his failure to take direction.
Roderick A. Cameron of Stony Brook, an attorney and executive director of EDF, told Science that EDF was getting a “bad deal” and that Yannacone, who, besides representing EDF, has carried on a private law practice of his own, had not been doing enough work for EDF to earn his $5,000-a-month retainer.
Oh, and did you know that the EU is a dictatorship? Monckton:
The world needs the United States to continue as the engine-house of prosperity,
the wellspring of invention, the hope of freedom, the guarantor of peace. You must
not transform your great nation into merely another stifling, inept, corrupt,
bureaucratic-centralist dictatorship such as China, Russia, or the European Union.