Monckton’s response to Abraham has drawn the attention of bloggers everywhere. George Monbiot finds it “magnificently bonkers”. Gareth Renowden examines Monckton’s claim to have a science background. Eli Rabett is collecting limericks. Richard Littlemore believes if they look at Abraham’s presentation and Monckton’s response, “most people will conclude that John Abraham is a careful scientist and that the Lord Monckton is a belligerent and unapologetic polemicist”.

Which is perhaps the reason why Monckton, supported by Anthony Watts, is trying to suppress Abraham’s presentation. Over at Watts Up with That? Monckton defames Abraham and asks for help in suppressing Abraham’s speech:

Please contact Father Dennis J. Dease, President of St. Thomas University, djdease@stthomas.edu, and invite him – even at this eleventh hour – to take down Abraham’s talk altogether from the University’s servers, and to instigate a disciplinary inquiry into the Professor’s unprofessional conduct, particularly in the matter of his lies to third parties about what I had said in my talk at Bethel University eight months ago? That would be a real help.

Rather than flood St Thomas with supporting emails, Gareth Renowden is collecting signatures for this statementh:

We the undersigned offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton. Professor Abraham provided an important public service by showing in detail Monckton’s misrepresentation of the science of climate, and we applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world.

If you agree, go there and sign.

In his post Monckton claims that Abraham admitted “that his talk is libelous” by producing a revised version. This doesn’t make any kind of sense — people revise presentations all the time for many different reasons. In any case, the original version is still available.

Comments

  1. #1 Steve Milesworthy
    July 15, 2010

    Anthony Watts is also afraid to debate this. I posted a dissenting message using a PC available for staff and visitor use at the UK Meteorological Office and within two minutes he had posted where the message came from.

  2. #2 pointer
    July 15, 2010

    Bullies. The denialist movement is stuffed full with them.

  3. #3 Dan Olner
    July 15, 2010

    Incredible. Google –

    “censorship site:http://wattsupwiththat.com

    – and of course, WUWT is full of accusations of censorship against ‘warmists’. However, Monckton asking them to demand a presentation be removed: that’s only fair.

    Bizarre.

  4. #4 Passing Wind
    July 15, 2010

    I’m curious. The title of this thread mentions Monckton being afraid to debate Abraham, yet I cannot find this claim in the body of the post.

  5. #5 chek
    July 15, 2010

    Windy, I’m also curious about why you are so driven to making [false claims.](http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2010/07/i_think_that_they_might_have_t.php#c2659432)
    Please enlighten us, even if you have to resort to entertaining with your “special” logic.

  6. #6 ScaredAmoeba
    July 15, 2010

    Windbag, aka Passing Wind | July 15, 2010 4:56 AM

    “I’m curious. The title of this thread mentions Monckton being afraid to debate Abraham, yet I cannot find this claim in the body of the post.”

    Monckton’s approach is to use misquoted science. Monkton’s house of cards just collapses when someone like John Abraham uses the underhand tactic of carefully checking what the science actually says and then goes and checks with the scientists concerned as to whether Monckton’s claims are a true reflection of the scientists’ work.

    Precisely, how can Monckton win an argument based upon science, when the science shows him to be completely wrong.

    I suspect you read everything through a distorting prism, just like Monckton apparently does.

  7. #7 Deech56
    July 15, 2010

    My comments no longer appear on WUWT, but I added this just in case:

    Sorry, but Prof. Abraham was on target. To ask the President of the University to shut him down while crying for openness from scientists is low, IMHO. Anyway, with other readers of Hot Topic I added my voice in support of Prof. Abraham.

  8. #8 Xi Chin
    July 15, 2010

    Hasn’t Monckton offered to pay Al Gore to debate him? Did Al Gore take up the offer?

    Has Abraham contacted Monckton and suggested a public debate?

    Monckton does have a but of a point here. Abraham on several occassions claims that his presentation was made more difficult by what he saw as a lack of references in Mockton’s work, but he did not simply contact Monckton and ask for the references.

    Now I know that things are heated, and you guys are foaming at the mouth here, but honestly, most scientists would at least write an email requesting citations and asking for a clarifications before publishing an attack of this nature.

  9. #9 Dan Olner
    July 15, 2010

    Xi Chin: “most scientists would at least write an email requesting citations.”

    No, they wouldn’t. Same as any academic, they would expect properly referenced work to be the norm – not to have to chase people asking where they got their information. We fail undergrads for not producing properly referenced work. Google “how to cite.”

  10. #10 chek
    July 15, 2010

    [Xi Chin said](http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2010/07/why_is_monckton_afraid_of_a_de.php#comment-2659498) “Mockton’s (sic) work”

    Monckton’s “work” as can be easily determined from the sheer volume of distortions he has used over the years, is to misrepresent the science to the public in support of his anti-science think tank and policy goals. This, despite Monckton et al’s current spin, isn’t a matter of isolated cases here and there but his entire mission.

    Abraham took the correct course in determining from the scientists whose work was misappropriated whether Monckton’s version was what they had actually said.

    Why would anybody even think to seek permission from a cheap demagogue with a transparent agenda before exposing them?

    If Monckton would prefer gentlemanly behaviour, perhaps he should have behaved like one beginning many, many years ago.
    Instead, he prefers the methods of a hectoring bully.

  11. #11 jakerman
    July 15, 2010

    >*Has Abraham contacted Monckton and suggested a public debate?*

    He done better, he addressed Monckton’s claims. And Monckton is trying to shut that down rather than show how Abraham is wrong.

  12. #12 John McManus
    July 15, 2010

    Monckton says that the revision is a white flag from Abraham . He can now claim victory while staying out of court. He knows that sworn testimony would be unkind to his aristocratic persona.

    Declaring victory then retreating defeated is a military tactic being discussd in Afganistan as we speak.

  13. #13 Chris S.
    July 15, 2010

    “Has Abraham contacted Monckton and suggested a public debate?”

    This is a public debate. If Monckton can’t handle it then why does he keep asking for one?

    Oh right, he wants a face-toface real-time debate where statements can’t be checked for their veracity…

    “most scientists would at least write an email requesting citations and asking for a clarifications before publishing an attack of this nature”
    1) No they wouldn’t. 2) Can you show where Monckton requested citations before severely distorting the findings of serious scientists as Abrahams has demonstrated he did?

  14. #14 Jeremy C
    July 15, 2010

    I have heard of a good game that could be modified to use with Monckton’s techniques in debates. Its called the ‘Ann Coulter game’ after the US right wing columnist. You play it with a number of people with laptops and the game goes like this; you take one of her books, choose a page at random and then take the first statement with a ‘fact’ on that page and then race to see who is quickest to use the internet/google to demonstrate that it is wrong.

    You would have a variation with a Monckton public address where sitting in the audience with a wireless laptop you could research every brow beating statement by Monckton before or during questions. The game here would be to have a number of people spread out across the audience and the winner would be the first person who successfully puts their hand up at question time to show where Monckton has said something wrong. Extra points would be awarded if Monckton threatens to have you either thrown out or to sue you.

  15. #15 Dan Olner
    July 15, 2010

    Jeremy C: great idea! There could be a phone app as well – quick, searchable, keeping up with Monckton’s latest…

  16. #16 frank
    July 15, 2010

    What Monckton’s doing is mob politics, period.

    Instead of waiting for 1,000 scientists to gather 1,000 lines of independent evidence supporting his thesis — because he can’t — he simply gets 1,000 screaming dittoheads to harass someone he doesn’t like.

  17. #17 winnebago
    July 15, 2010

    It’s great to see all of the international support. It would be even better if more U.S. Americans signed on. As Steve Bloom suggests in the comments at the petition, it would useful if some high traffic U.S. bloggers like PZ and Ed Brayton could link to it as well.

  18. #18 TrueSceptic
    July 15, 2010

    Jo Nova now has a [thread on this](http://joannenova.com.au/2010/07/abraham-surrenders-to-monckton-uni-of-st-thomas-endorses-untruths/). The whole thing is as deranged as the title suggests, but it does have some use in quoting letters from Monckton and the university.

  19. #19 John
    July 15, 2010

    That’s a great post, TrueSceptic. Very amusing. Apparently Tim Lambert “ambushed” Monckton with quotes! Oh no! Was Tim supposed to pick up Alexander Graeme Bell’s wonderous invention the telephone and inform Chris in advance?

    What a bunch of clowns.

    Is Joanne not seeing what is blindingly in front of her?

    >So what did they do when faced with a long detailed dissertation of errors? They declared it was the University’s position that Prof Abraham had done no wrong, and not engaged in professional misconduct

    >Furthermore the university is appalled by Monckton’s disparaging and defamatory remarks…

    And she didn’t use quotation marks, meaning she agrees with those assertions.

    Forget what I said, these people are insane.

    I haven’t been to Nova site for a long time. Has anyone noticed that her comment system essentially allows readers (that is, grey haired denialists with too much time on their hands) to censor comments they disagree with by clicking a “dislike” button. How convienient.

    Can anyone point out to me where Abraham has “slurred” or “defamed” Monckton besides pointing out he is wrong? Perhaps Abraham referred to Monckton as a Google-eyed cretin? Or an upper class twit? Nope? None?

    Yeah. I really hope this does go to court.

  20. #20 sod
    July 15, 2010

    from the Nova page, reply from the university:

    We received your email response to our June 25, 2010 letter. The University of St Thomas respects your right to disagree with Professor Abraham, just as the University respects Professor Abrahams right to disagree with you. What we object to are your personal attacks against Father Dease, and Professor Abraham, your inflammatory language, and your decision to disparage Professor Abraham Father Dease and The Univerity of St Thomas.

    Please be advised that neither we nor the University of St Thomas will communicate with you any further and others rather than to focus on the scholarly differences between you and Professor Abraham.

    Signed: Phyllis Karasov, Moore Costellow and Hart, P.L.L.P.

    it is rather funny, that the university has real attorneys replying, while Monckton has written all the papers in his own office…

    so far final word from the university:

    … neither we nor the university …. will communicate with you any further..

    will the reply make headlines on WuWt?

    ps: the attempt to bully Steve Milesworthy was really disgusting. Anthony is trying to force people to post under their names, but will use all kind of bully tactics against those who do so. simply disgusting!

  21. #21 sod
    July 15, 2010

    just because i dug up the first reply from Monckton again:

    Now you will understand why I have already initiated the process of having Abraham hauled up before whatever academic panel his Bible College can muster, to answer disciplinary charges of wilful academic dishonesty amounting to gross professional misconduct unbecoming a member of his profession.

    and

    There, in due course, will appear the letter I am now drafting to Abraham, asking him several hundred pertinent questions designed to make him and anyone who may think of relying upon him understand that academic dishonesty and deliberate lying on this scale and with this amount of public circulation is just not acceptable, and will not be tolerated.

    http://cfact.eu/2010/06/04/climate-the-extremists-join-the-debate-at-last/

  22. #22 John
    July 15, 2010

    Monckton uses a Mail.com email address.

    Real secure.

  23. #23 Stu
    July 15, 2010

    In a tasty morsel of irony, whether Bell actually invented the telephone or not has been the subject of some debate; many lawsuits were flung around, and I’m sure there was more than a little animosity. Monckton would approve.

  24. #24 TrueSceptic
    July 15, 2010

    For anyone who doesn’t want to dirty themselves with a wade in the Nova Bog (the Marohasy Bog has pretty much dried out but many of its denizens have moved to Nova’s), the title of the thread is

    Abraham surrenders to Monckton. Uni of St Thomas endorses untruths.

    That shows the denialist “mind” at work, don’t it?

  25. #25 TrueSceptic
    July 15, 2010

    20 sod,

    Yes, showing once again what a liar and hypocrite Watts is. He claimed that he didn’t “have a dog in this fight”, yet it has been clear from the outset that he has

    Made no effort to censor attacks on Abraham, no matter how personal, insulting, or just plain idiotic;

    Intervened to threaten posters who dared to question Monckton’s credibility. One of his lackeys also had the nerve to claim

    [REPLY – We never edit out dissenting opinions that are either constructive or polite. ~ Evan]

    “Science Blog of the Year” my arse!

  26. #26 TrueSceptic
    July 15, 2010

    21 sod,

    I repeat my observation that Monckton’s CFACT piece alleging “deliberate lying” finishes with the frequently repeated lie that “He served as a science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher”.

    Just imagine if we could get this supreme tosser in court to answer for his huge steaming pile of lies and libellous attacks!

  27. #27 Derecho64
    July 15, 2010

    I just sent an email to Father Dease imploring him not to cave to Monckton’s bullying. However, I now see that the university has fired back, and rightly so.

    It doesn’t surprise me that Watts is up to his freakin’ neck in this – he and Monckton are two of a kind; resorting to nasty tactics and *ad hominem* and worse.

    They’re scum.

  28. #28 Jeremy C
    July 15, 2010

    Do we really want Monckton exposed? He becomes more useful the noisier he is and this is a contrast to someone like Lomborg. Monckton’s noise is a constant own goal to the world wide denialist movement. We don’t have to lift a finger to show how wrong they are. They’ve shown how dangerous they can be with smears like Climategate, just think how much more dangerous they would be if they wised up to Monckton and threw him over

  29. #29 Bernard J.
    July 15, 2010

    Gareth Renowden’s list is gathering a veritable who’s who of names in the climatological sphere, along with hundreds of other credentialled signatories – although I wonder how long it will take before WTFUWT, Codling, or similar decide to whittle down the impact of this petition…

    Monckton must now be ruing his ill-advised posting on Watt’s blog. Watt’s himself is probably wondering whether it was a good idea to post it. I’m sure that both would be wondering if the embarrassment of its removal would be better than having to deal with the stirring of anger amongst those who actually have a clue. It seems that the giant that they’ve be poking at was larger than they guessed, and not as sleepy as they had expected.

    The problem for Watts and Monckton is that as long as they were mere fleas in the lives of climatologists going about their business, no-one took much notice – and W&M took confidence from this that has subsequently proved to be false. This latest antic of theirs has cast too much light on their pseudoscience and their tactics, and (mixing metaphors) they are now plummetting Icarus-like to the ground.

    I doubt that Monckton ever seriously entertained a thought about a law suit, but I reckon that Abraham should now quietly invite one from Monckton. Not only would Abraham and St Thomas garner reparation for the damage to their reputations, but Monckton would be imolated in the process.

    Dr Tim Lambert’s encounter with Mr Monckton was a slap in the face for the pretending peer: Professor John Abraham’s engagement with Mr Monckton is a direct hit to the viscount’s solar plexus.

    I doubt that Mr Monckton will be able to stand upright any time soon.

  30. #30 Bernard J.
    July 15, 2010

    Following on from TureSceptic’s reference to Joanne Codling’s diatribe against John Abraham, I have to wander off-topic to point out a beauty from Louis Hissink:

    Louis Hissink:
    July 16th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    The problem is that while the argument might be over feedbacks in the modelling, it is another matter entirely for any gas, at a lower temperature, to raise the temperature of an object hotter than it [sic]. Further, no gas can store energy.

    {Emphasis mine]

    I can’t help but wonder how his refrigerator operates – Louis would seem to have a very limited understanding of the ways in which gases might store energy…

  31. #31 John
    July 15, 2010

    Mark my words, Monckton’s next excuse will be “I *would* take John Abraham and the University of St. Thomas to court but America’s libel laws are unfairly weighted against me, his Lordship, the Viscount Monckton Of Brenchley thus making an inevitable victory impossible.”

    Sprinkle some Latin in there and I reckon I just about have it.

  32. #32 TrueSceptic
    July 15, 2010

    30 Bernard,

    Louis would seem to have a very limited understanding.

    See: less is more!

  33. #33 MapleLeaf
    July 15, 2010

    Just sent a letter of support to Dr. Abraham and the University of St. Thomas.

    Watts actively aiding and abetting Monckton on this file is probably going to turn out to be a very stupid move strategically by Watts.

    The smart thing for Monckton would be to lay low for a while and then fire his next salvo of lies once this has blown over. However, in his zeal he is blowing it.

    Just by two cents worth.

  34. #34 Deech56
    July 15, 2010

    I see my enforced exile from the comments pages of WUWT have ended. From the JoNova letters (thanks to TrueSkeptic):

    Further, the University is appalled by your disparaging, outrageous and defamatory comments regarding the University of St. Thomas, President Father Dease, and Professor John Abraham, especially the comments you made during a television interview on June 24, 2010. On behalf of the University of St. Thomas, we demand that you immediately cease and desist making any further disparaging or inflammatory comments about the University of St. Thomas, President Father Dease, Professor Abraham, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis or anyone else associated with the University. If your inappropriate conduct does not cease immediately, the University of St. Thomas will have no choice but to take appropriate legal action.

  35. #35 Jeremy C
    July 15, 2010

    Bernard J @ 29.

    This may sound OT but it may turn out that climategate was the best thing to happen in the wider community albeit like having a wisdom tooth out unnecessarily and without anaesthetic using a hammer wielded by a rugby league team for those concerned.

    This is because I think climategate woke the general public up along with policy makers and scientists as to how denialists operate which is why Gareth Renowendon’s list is getting so many live scientists signing up. Long before climategate I was at a lecture by a BOM scientist who dismissed denialists as irritants but did go on to say that, “they are like Vampires, you put a stake in their hearts and they get up out of the grave”. About a year ago a friend of mine who has consulted in sustainability for about 10 years told me that the denialists were “finished”. Then there was climategate and now Monckton gets serious and suatained public pushback seen early on with Tim Lambert and Barry Brook engaging in public debate and now Abrahams (why Monckton is attempting to slap Abrahams and not Tim when Tim hit him with a giant wet fish in public over Pinker I don’t know though I notice that Jo Nova is still indignant).

    Anyway when the hsitory of this is all written I predict that climategate will be seen as the turning point and Monckton attempting to monster Professor Abrahams as a skirmish on the way to the end point.

  36. #36 lord_sidcup
    July 15, 2010

    I have perused the correspondence between Monckton and the University solitors courtesy of Joanna Nova. It is clear that the University has conceded nothing to Monckton. Monckton’s incitement of WTFUkers to spam St Thomas looks like his last desperate throw of the dice.

    One thing that I found curious though was a reference in the Attorney’s letter to a TV interview Monckton gave on the 24 June containing “disparaging, outrageous and defamatory comments regarding the University”. Anyone know what channel (not Pitlochry Community Cable TV I assume) and did anyone seen the broadcast?

  37. #37 Wow
    July 15, 2010

    “it is another matter entirely for any gas, at a lower temperature, to raise the temperature of an object hotter than it ”

    Not really. It can’t raise the temperature higher than itself but it can leave the object hotter than it would otherwise have been if it had been absent.

    How else to woolly jumpers work?

    THEY are colder than the body they wrap. Yet if you’re not wearing one, you’re colder. Even indoors with no wind.

    But maybe Louis doesn’t wear warm clothes in winter…

  38. #38 ligne
    July 15, 2010

    lord_sidcup, #36 > i assume it’s the one mentioned here: http://www.skepticalscience.com/news.php?n=277#18567

  39. #39 Wow
    July 15, 2010

    “Do we really want Monckton exposed?”

    Do we really want to keep killing zombies?

    No. Life would be easier and simpler if the idiots were exposed as idiots.

  40. #40 TrueSceptic
    July 15, 2010

    34 Deech56,

    More comedy gold from the pompous pipsqueak.

    Primo, please clarify whether you act for any person other than the University of St. Thomas. Otherwise, please inform me of the co-ordinates of any professional or regulatory body which has power of supervision over your firm.

    Secundo, please specify the “disparaging”, “outrageous” or “defamatory” remarks by me to which your clients (whoever they are) object, and let me know which television interview on St. John’s Day you were talking about.

    Tertio, please confirm that your clients have no objection to the terms of the correspondence in this affair, which I intend to publish widely on July 10, including throughout your clients’ campuses. If you do not answer on this point, I shall be entitled to take it that your clients are content in all respects that the entire correspondence should be made public, so that Professor Abraham’s lies may be seen by all for what they are, and the intellectual cowardice of Father Dease, who disfigures his calling, disregards the mission statement of his own institution and does a disservice to the Catholic Church by failing to investigate those lies, will also be exposed.

    Quarto, please explain why your clients consider that Professor Abraham, using the University’s logo and facilities and servers, is entitled to persist in publishing his lies about me, whereas I am debarred from replying with the truth.

    Quinto, please supply the names and addresses of each of your clients’ Trustees. This is a straightforward, factual request with which you and your clients should surely be able and willing to comply. I wish to ask the Trustees to investigate this affair, since Father Dease seems disinclined to do so, and additionally to investigate Father Dease’s unwillingness to do his duty in accordance with your clients’ mission statement.

    Primo? Secundo? Tertio? Quarto? Quinto? What an effing tosspot!

  41. #41 TrueSceptic
    July 15, 2010

    35 Jeremy,

    There is also Dr Richard North’s (not Richard D North) threat to sue George Monbiot for libel, another empty bluff by an incorrigible liar.

    The deniers are reaching a crescendo right now. They been emboldened by the CRU hack and realise this might be their last big chance.

  42. #42 Hank Roberts
    July 15, 2010

    > …. Professor Abrahams right ….
    > …. The Univerity ….

    So, who needs the grammar/typing help?

    JoNova, or the lawyers?

    Did anyone verify that email really is from the university’s lawyers, not a fake?

    > we demand that you immediately cease and desist …
    > the University of St. Thomas will have no choice but
    > to take appropriate legal action.

    Uh, oh. Just the outcome Monckton would want. There’s nothing as chilling as a huge outlay of money

  43. #43 Hank Roberts
    July 15, 2010

    MT’s got a cautionary take:

    ” With all due respect to John Abraham and his troubles, though, I wonder if this isn’t all coordinated as a timely distraction somehow…..”

  44. #44 joe
    July 15, 2010

    Re: TrueSkeptic, Deech56

    A sample of Monckton’s “disparaging”, “outrageous” or “defamatory” remarks made on “St. John’s Day” (what sort of pompous twit calls it that anyways?)

    From the Alex Jones show, 24 June 2010 part 5/6 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnQdKDeDjqI):

    “…that, on its own, would be an offense for which he would be dismissed from a real university, but then he only belongs this half-assed Catholic Bible college” (1:10)

    “…but apparently in this Bible college, lying is part of what they regard as their Christian mission…” (2:45)

    “…I want you to email this creep of a President, Father Dennis J. Dease…”(08:30)

  45. #45 toby
    July 15, 2010

    I agree that Monckton has been stung into overreach.

    First there was Tim, then Peter Sinclair’s two glorious “Climate Crocks”, then Abraham. Monckton has recieved a triple-whammy and must see his meal ticket vanishing down the toilet.

    Monckton has not a leg to stand on in a court of law. Academic discourse is fierce and polemical, and this one was not exceptional. Many might even think it a bit of a dawdle. Abraham clearly focussed on items that Monckton had presented. Monckton has screwed up in going after Abraham personally.

    With Climategate receding into the dim past (of anyone really understood what it was about), & Monckton neutered, the denialists have much less than usual to talk about. Science is still going on and they are still stuck on the margins with Urban Heat Islands, Station drop outs and “climate auditing”. I foresee a renewed assault on the IPCC.

  46. #46 lord_sidcup
    July 15, 2010

    @ligne

    Thanks for the youtube link. Wow. What a pair of barking loons.

  47. #47 Former Skeptic
    July 15, 2010

    Surely, even Monckton knows when he’s gone too far…? If not, I await his comic demise when challenged in court by the University.

    Pass the popcorn and beer please.

  48. #48 Phil Clarke
    July 15, 2010

    Questions for Lord Monckton.

    94. You complain about damage to your reputation due to your words being misrepresented and taken out of context. Yet in your talk you attribute to John Haughton the phrase ‘Unless we announce disasters no-one will listen’. Are you aware that Sir John never actually used this phrase? Why did you use the quote without checking the source, Sir John’s book on global warming, where it never appears. Why did you fail to reply to an email from The Independent newspaper alerting you to this fact?

    95. Why should anyone contact you for sources and citations, when a previous attempt by Arthur Smith to give you advance notice of a critical article by sending you a draft, resulted in that article being posted on the internet, in breach of Smith’s copyright and harrassment of Smith by yourself and Bob Ferguson of SPPI?

  49. #49 chek
    July 15, 2010

    I’ve contacted the House of Lords (although not being a monarchist, I really don’t give a flying one about Monckton’s Ruritanian glass beads for t’peasants title) to enquire about his marvellously mendacious explanation.

    The House of Lord’s clerks been instructed to lie by denying your true status, eh Chris? (wink) Yeah gotcha mate! [Say no more squire, say no more!](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT3_UCm1A5I)

    Here’s the enquiry – I’ll post the HoL reply when I receive it:

    Dear Sirs,
    I am very concerned about the comment reproduced below verbatim from Mr. Monckton implying that the clerks of the House of Lords have been instructed to in effect lie with regard to Mr. Monckton’s status. I suspect that any mendacity is not on the House’s part, but would appreciate your clarification and comments on the Viscount’s statement below:

    “The House of Lords Act 1999 debarred all but 92 of the 650 Hereditary Peers, including my father, from sitting or voting, and purported to – but did not – remove membership of the Upper House. Letters Patent granting peerages, and consequently membership, are the personal gift of the Monarch. Only a specific law can annul a grant. The 1999 Act was a general law. The then Government, realizing this defect, took three maladroit steps: it wrote asking expelled Peers to return their Letters Patent (though that does not annul them); in 2009 it withdrew the passes admitting expelled Peers to the House (and implying they were members); and it told the enquiry clerks to deny they were members: but a written Parliamentary Answer by the Lord President of the Council admits that general legislation cannot annul Letters Patent, so I am The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (as my passport shows), a member of the Upper House but without the right to sit or vote, and I have never pretended otherwise.”

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/12/a-detailed-rebuttal-to-abraham-from-monckton/

  50. #50 Lionel A Smith
    July 15, 2010

    I see that Watts has now called Kevin Grandia a scumbag:

    Mike says:
    July 14, 2010 at 7:53 am
    If you cannot argue, sue and censor. Many posters here criticized Mann for demanded his copyrighted image not be used in a video.

    REPLY: And friends of Mann, like scumbag Kevin Grandia at the PR firm DeSmog blog, went ballistic when I made the same claim about my image, and my work being used in Climate Crock of the Week. Double stand, pot kettle and all that. Not impressed with your argument. -A

    at:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/14/abraham-climbs-down/

    I feel disinclined to sign in over there to comment.

  51. #51 TrueSceptic
    July 15, 2010

    It looks like Watts has gone a stage further in his [stirring up of the crazies](http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/15/comment-of-the-week/#comments).

    So, anyone who doesn’t go along with Watts’s delusional views, anyone who supports mainstream science, is a cockroach, eh?

    Are there no depths to which this disgusting creature will not sink?

  52. #52 thefordprefect
    July 15, 2010

    I’ve been collecting Watt’s censorship by threats here:
    http://climateandstuff.blogspot.com/search/label/censorship

    Please feel free to add you own.

    I like this pair:
    January 11, 2010 at 3:30 am
    Reply: Based on the IP address of this post, it does not appear to originate from inside the Met office. Try again from the office and not your home computer if you are real.

    July 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm
    REPLY: You are writing from a government entity, the UK Meteorological Office. Is this what taxpayers pay you for? To use your taxpayer funded time to denigrate others? How pathetic. -A

  53. #53 Another Kiwi
    July 15, 2010

    But don’t call them ‘deniers’, that’s just hurtful.

  54. #54 Bernard J.
    July 15, 2010

    Ah, cohenite, the gift that keeps on giving…

    Ol’ Anthony comes running to Louis’ defence:

    cohenite:
    July 16th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Eli knows better, and so does BJ, that radiation from a cooler object to a warmer one will not warm the warmer object but stop it cooling as quickly as it would otherwise do if the radiation from the cooler object was not reaching it.

    The thing is, I suspect that cohenite does not understand why this is so funny…

  55. #55 Mike Pope
    July 15, 2010

    Dr Susan Alexander in the Office of the President of St Thomas University has been appointed to deal with all responses to the detailed critique of Lord Monckton made by Professor John Abraham. He has requested that all comments should be addressed to Dr. Alexander who’s e-mail address is: slalexander@stthomas.edu

  56. #56 Eat The Rich
    July 15, 2010

    I suspect the only way people like Al Gore and John Abraham will be sued is if they sue themselves and call Monckton as a witness.

  57. #57 Squeaky Woo Woo
    July 15, 2010

    >Do we really want Monckton exposed? He becomes more useful >the noisier he is and this is a contrast to someone like >Lomborg. Monckton’s noise is a constant own goal to the >world wide denialist movement. We don’t have to lift a >finger to show how wrong they are.

    Totally agree with Jeremy C in post 28 here. Monckton’s responses have been absolutely hilarious; he is an utter embarassment to the anti-AGW movement. Why try to stop him when he’s making a massive fool of himself and thereby undermining his own cause?

  58. #58 Hank Roberts
    July 15, 2010

    > it withdrew the passes …
    > a member of the Upper House but without the right to sit

    He’s an _outstanding_ member, as he has to stand outside, since they won’t permit him to come in and sit.

    I’m sure the Queen will confirm this if asked.

  59. #59 WotWot
    July 15, 2010

    [sod @ 21](http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2010/07/why_is_monckton_afraid_of_a_de.php#comment-2659726)

    There, in due course, will appear the letter I am now drafting to Abraham, asking him several hundred pertinent questions

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyos-M48B8U

    (Worth watching all the way through if you have not seen it before.)

    Of course, what Monckton is really saying is even the mere attempt to question the legitimacy and accuracy of his claims is distasteful, improper, and unacceptable, indeed defamatory. He is, after all, a Lord of the Manor! Apparently his pronouncements are infallible edicts handed down from on high to us ignorant ungrateful serfs.

    If only we would learn our place on the sidelines, and submissively doff our rough peasant caps as he magisterially passes us by.

    Apologies, M’Lord, for ever doubting you and your Latin-laced aristocratic wisdom.

  60. #60 WotWot
    July 15, 2010

    Oh, the most relevant bit for this thread starts at 5:50.

  61. #61 James Haughton
    July 15, 2010

    Hank Roberts, by that argument my dog is an outstanding member of the House of Lords. Perhaps you’re on to something.

  62. #62 Phila
    July 15, 2010

    If anyone else has been planning an assault on Monckton’s “credibility,” this is obviously the time to launch it. One more little nudge seems likely to trigger a truly entertaining meltdown.

    His preposterous ego will bring him down, sooner or later. Probably sooner.

  63. #63 sheik.djibouti.al.nayt
    July 15, 2010

    I love how Monckton has the cojones to go after Abraham’s credentials (“he only belongs this half-assed Catholic Bible college”) as he’s being interviewed by fecking Alex Jones. lol.

  64. #64 Lotharsson
    July 16, 2010

    > Monckton uses a Mail.com email address.

    He used to (and may still also) use bikerbikerbiker@hotmail.com, if my memory serves correctly.

    > The thing is, I suspect that cohenite does not understand why this is so funny…

    Comedy gold – I LOLed :-) I suspect cohenite has been drawing analogies from Tim Curtin’s explanations regarding the impossibility of “acidification” of a basic solution.

  65. #65 Marion Delgado
    July 16, 2010

    Primo, I’d have to say the guy’s a total member, and he’s out, standing by a Lord’s house. So there you go.

    Secundo, Let’s move on to redefining “peer” review.

  66. #66 SteveC
    July 16, 2010

    Marion Delgado (July 16, 2010 2:21 AM):

    Let’s move on to redefining “peer” review

    Here’s a starter…

    :)

  67. #67 Bernard J.
    July 16, 2010

    I shouldn’t be laughing as much as I am at the crowd on Codling’s thread, but I can’t help it.

    To save others the pain of having to actually visit the site, permit me the indulgence of repeating my last post there. Remember, it’s all based on Louis Hissink’s claim that:

    The problem is that while the argument might be over feedbacks in the modelling, it is another matter entirely for any gas, at a lower temperature, to raise the temperature of an object hotter than it [sic]. Further, no gas can store energy.

    [Emphasis mine]

    ——————————

    Scott asks at #153:

    It’s called a pressure change according to PV = nRT so what is your point?

    My point is that the gas is doing something in the system, but you and a surprising number of others here seem to be ignoring (or ignorant of) what that something is.

    A hint – revisit Loius’ [sic] original claim.

    Or simply think about the various energetic processes that occur in the cylinders of your Ford…

    A rock can store energy as well again what is your point???

    “…as well…”, huh?

    Ah, then you shouldn’t have to ask me what my point is.

    and by the way I noticed they dont use CO2 as a refrigerant – why is that????

    As I have already patiently explained to sunsettommy at #151, this is a strawman. I have never said that carbon dioxide is a refrigerant, and the fact that it is not is nevertheless irrelevant to my point, which seems to be escaping so many here.

    [Sigh…]

    Then cohenite at #154:

    Bernard, are you going anywhere with this? If so, could you respond to my observation that gases do not store heat [sic] for a great length of time, hence night being colder than day, and oceans store more heat than land, hence afternoon sea breezes.

    Your “observation” completely contradicts Louis’ original statement, no matter the heat capacitites/heat retentions of various states of matter.

    This completely changes the thermodynamic implications of Louis’ comment, and this in turn will lead to a very different understanding of the radiation physics of the atmosphere. Of course, if Louis and his supporters here want to persist in their hammering of a square peg into a round hole after being chided that it doesn’t fit, then I guess there’s not much more to be done.

    As has been observed elsewhere recently, one can lead an ass to water, but one cannot make it drink.

  68. #68 Bernard J.
    July 16, 2010

    More and more I sincerely hope that Monckton has the courage to put his money where is mouth is, and attempt a suit against Abraham and St Thomas.

    If he does so, may I humbly suggest that the affair be referred to as “Litigate”?

  69. #69 Wow
    July 16, 2010

    “July 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm REPLY: You are writing from a government entity, the UK Meteorological Office. Is this what taxpayers pay you for? To use your taxpayer funded time to denigrate others?”

    Well, a release of FOIA information would be using taxpayer funded time to tell someone information. If the receiver doesn’t like the information, they may call it a verbal assault. But still it’s the response of a FOIA request so therefore, their time is meant to be used to answer it.

    In fact, this is the only thing left to club the scientists over with, NOT answering FOIA.

    Now they don’t want government employees taking time to answer public queries???

  70. #70 Marco
    July 16, 2010
  71. #71 Passing Wind
    July 16, 2010

    Seems it is a bit harder to whitewash blatantly evading FOI requests. The rest, it seems, was a walk in the park.

    I wonder if these guys do tax returns. Only in this case it’s not a decline I wish to hide.

  72. #72 jakerman
    July 16, 2010

    Seems a bit harder for windy to argue with facts, but making stuff up seems a walk in the park.

  73. #73 bill
    July 16, 2010

    ‘LitiGate’ (@#68)- great idea: a title fit for a Lord!

  74. #74 Dan Olner
    July 16, 2010

    Agree with Jeremy C and squeeky woo woo (!) – it’s particularly heartening to see Watts side so clearly with Monckton. The man is so clearly crackers, Watts unfortunately gets tarred with the same brush. Not so for all the commenters at WUWT – some at least seem to be very uncomfortable about Monckton.

  75. #75 Dave H
    July 16, 2010

    @Marco

    Or even just point them at [Dry Ice](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_ice).

  76. #76 John
    July 16, 2010

    Some insight into the Letters of Patent/House of Lords claim [here](http://www.headoflegal.com/2010/04/16/charon-qc-podcast-arresting-the-pope-is-all-recent-legislation-invalid-and-a-hung-parliament-who-gets-to-be-pm/comment-page-1/#comment-4446):

    “He argues that Letters Patent creating peerages can’t be amended by general legislation – but his only basis for this argument appears to be a written answer from Baroness Ashton which he’s misconstruing. All she was saying was that Acts don’t have the effect of changing the legal effect of Letters Patent incidentally – it needs to be clear that Parliament does indeed intend to change their effect. She actually cited the House of Lords Act 1999 as an example of an Act plainly intended to change the membership of the House. In any case, Letters Patent are irrelevant anyway. The entitlement to sit in the Lords is not created by Letters Patent but by the Queen’s writ of summons; the only question is whether she has failed to summons anyone qualified to sit. But the House of Lords Act 1999 makes clear the old hereditaries are no longer qualified.”

  77. #77 Jeremy C
    July 16, 2010

    Just keep in mind that Chris Monckton’s grandfather was handed a hereditary peerage by the UK government when young Chris was five years old, one of the last hereditary peerages handed out. If that hadn’t happened there would’ve been no way that Chris would’ve got anywhere near the Lords unless he was appointed a life peer just like Baroness Amos who is just finishing up as the UK’s High Commissioner to Australia.

  78. #78 Nick Barnes
    July 16, 2010

    Letters Patent relate to titles, not to membership in the house. Monckton is a viscount, but not a member. He knows this.

  79. #79 John
    July 16, 2010

    Monckton should sue the House Of Lords for libel then. Fancy telling everyone he’s not a member when he himself says he is.

  80. #80 Bernard J.
    July 16, 2010

    [Marco](http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2010/07/why_is_monckton_afraid_of_a_de.php#comment-2662086).

    Yeah, I’ve heard of those applications during my university and my governmental research work, but I didn’t go there because I wanted to keep it as simple as possible… I thought that non-domestic aplpications might confuse them too much. With Scott’s obtuseness though, and Cohenite’s dissemblance, I should probably have cast consideration to the winds and pursued it.

    Mind if I put a linkie up on Codling’s, to your post?

    Good heaven’s – what am I thinking?! That would bring the orc hoardes here slavering! I’ll just link directly…

    ;-)

    On a technical matter pertaining to Codling’s blog, I have previously mentioned that my few attempts to tick “Like” or “Dislike” do not stick – once my page is refreshed my vote is erased, and this occurs no matter from which computer I access the site.

    Now I am seeing that where people have previously ticked “Like” on my postings (votes that have previously survived page refreshments), the scores have, over the course of the last day or so, vanished. I note that other posts have simultaneous “Like” and “Dislike” votes greater than zero, so I assume that the system is more than just a relative reference to the greatest amount of votes for one or the other.

    What’s up with that?

    Not that I really care – if the numpties over there want to “Dislike” me into being ‘hidden’ then that’s their ostrich complex. I’m simply wondering if they are twiddling with the stats for their own nefarious ends.

    Of course, if anyone here would like to experiment with the thumbs, I’d be entertained to see how the numbers trend!

  81. #81 Marco
    July 16, 2010

    A direct link may be best, Bernard. It’s hard enough with the cognitive dissonance of some people here on deltoid (nae, no names), let’s not invite even more of them.

    But it’s enjoyable to see someone say “if that was so, it would have been done already”, and follow it up to link where they “have done it already”. Upon which goalposts are moved and the game starts all over again.

  82. #82 frank
    July 16, 2010

    Some wag is trying to sneak a denialist comment into the petition:

    > Alexander K July 17, 2010 at 6:18 am

    > As a Kiwi currently living in the UK, I may have a different slant on this verbal punch-up from most on this site, but I have followed the climate debate for a long time and fully support Christopher Mponckton [sic]. Having said that, I know he is an absolute showman as a presenter, but that’s his style and has nothing to do with his veracity. I found Abraham’s original presentation contains too many errors and plain untruths and to be credible.

    Look, Alexander, THE COMPLAINT OF THE PETITION WASN’T ABOUT MONCKTON’S SHOWMANSHIP AS A PRESENTER. IT WAS ABOUT MONCKTON TRYING TO BULLY ABRAHAM’S UNIVERSITY INTO GETTING HIS PRESENTATION REMOVED. WHICH PART OF THAT DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?

  83. #83 Rixaeton
    July 16, 2010

    I found Abraham’s original presentation contains too many errors and plain untruths and to be credible.

    Erm… The poster found Abrahm’s presentation to contain too many errors, therfore it is credible? Ah! A perfect example of how the denialist mind works.

  84. #84 Bernard J.
    July 16, 2010

    Sorry to keep harping on about the conversation on Codling’s Abraham/St Thomas thread, but I am enjoying the discomfiture of the posters there too much to resist.

    Cohenite’s latest, in response to my posting of [Marco’s links](http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2010/07/why_is_monckton_afraid_of_a_de.php#comment-2662086):

    cohenite:
    July 17th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    189; vintage BJ; as textual and sensual as stepping on a cow pat on a frosty morning. BJ, your links at 190 confirm that CO2 is a magic gas and indespensible to modern civilization; CO2 is not pollution.

    And this guy helps to run the Australian Climate Sceptics Party!

    Which reminds me – when are they going to start believing in the existence of climate?

  85. #85 Connor
    July 17, 2010

    Oh, that Jo Nova article is gold! Take this for example:

    “What matters to the religious is not the details, but the keywords. They hope that if they use confident bluster to mention the same hot topics in general, and find mistakes in reasoning that someone else said (and it may be someone imaginary), it will win the PR war. The attack-dogs get their dog food, the daily-bread of misinformation, and it keeps those pesky skeptics busy pointing out error after error, tying them up for days.”

    I’ve never seen a clearer case of someone projecting their own behaviour onto other. The audacity of it is staggering.

  86. #86 TrueSceptic
    July 17, 2010

    80 Bernard,

    It’s funny looking at the votes (thumbs) at Jo Nova. It appears that some of those cretins actually vote against reality! Oh, wait, they are deniers, aren’t they?

    I hope they’re not breeding.

    Anyway, I’m voting for your posts to see what happens.

    BTW Gareth at Hot Topic has a similar system. I really can’t see the point.

  87. #87 TrueSceptic
    July 17, 2010

    Oh, boy! At Jo Nova, Louis says

    So where is this downwelling IR coming from? Electric currents in the atmosphere operating in dark current plasma mode.
    In fact I suspect that life itself on the earth’s surface is totally contingent on the maintenance of the plasma double layer encapsulating the earth and isolating it, electrically, from the plasma of its space environment. Plasma double layers occur in the presence of electric currents (moving ions). The earth is continually receiving electrical energy via the magnetic flux tubes connecting it to the sun, as well as the less obvious inputs via the plasma torus known as the Van Allen Belts.
    In sum all those electric currents entering into and out of the earth system generate IR, and the source of the measured downwelling IR.

    and gets 16 ‘likes’ and 4 ‘dislikes’ (including mine).

    Yep, that crowd are a few bricks short of a load.

  88. #88 MattB
    July 17, 2010

    One day I intend to investigate this “plasma universe” to find out just how far from reality it really is. It is, I think, by far the most credible of all the arguments against AGW… and that is not saying much. All other excuses require total bastardisation of the known laws of the physical universe… but if we’ve got them ALL WRONG!!! well but of course:)

  89. #89 TrueSceptic
    July 17, 2010

    88 MattB,

    Following on from my reply to Bernard, I noticed similar insanity in votes for your comments.

    The Plasma Cosmology/Electric Universe idea has been [around for a while](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_Universe). It seems to be popular with those who deny much of “standard” physics, including Thermodynamics and Relativity.

    There’s always an active thread on it at the [JREF](http://forums.randi.org/forumdisplay.php?f=5).

  90. #90 Wow
    July 17, 2010

    If you’re up to it, check out humanthermodynamics.

    Oh dear.

  91. #91 MattB
    July 17, 2010

    For the most part my posts are probably far more deserving of the thumbs down than Bernard’s… Electric Universe – not that I’m saying all supporters are 100% certified whacko… but the only 3 I know are Louis, Brian G Valentine, and *drum roll* Graeme Bird.

  92. #92 TrueSceptic
    July 17, 2010

    82 Frank,

    There have been a few that I’ve seen. I notified Gareth. He said he was dealing with them but it’s a job to keep up.

  93. #93 Bernard J.
    July 17, 2010

    TrueSceptic.

    Thanks indeed for your thumbs up. It must irk the Codling-orcs immensely to see green, non-zero numbers beneath my posts!

    I’m actually – perversely – enjoying this foray into the New Bog. It’s a bit like popping ants with a magnifying glass, although much more ethically sound. Cohenite seems to be having difficulty in admitting that he disagrees with Louis Hissink, even though his comments imply exactly that. And orcling Scott just seems to be completely clueless about cohenite’s discomfiture (see posts around #222).

    If my 2 1/2 year old was up to reading that thread, she would be saying, as she is wont to do, “good fun, daddy, good fun!”.

  94. #94 TrueSceptic
    July 17, 2010

    93 Bernard,

    I wonder if those votes will stick long term?

    The Bog denizens are both funny and scary. Funny because, well, it’s hard not to laugh, and scary because these people are at large and free to tell children their nonsense.

    Many of the Wattards are like this too. I’m sure they haven’t always been. Perhaps the sensible ones have abandoned WUWT as the stupids have moved in? Have you seen Watts’s [recent cockroach disgrace](http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/15/comment-of-the-week/)? It’s crying out for a “Photoshop” job.

  95. #95 J Bowers
    July 17, 2010

    94 TrueSceptic

    Have you seen Watts’s recent cockroach disgrace?

    Russia Today
    Expert: Democracies Must Know That Science No Longer Adds Up

    Apparently Russia is 20 times more democratic than the UK (read this comment at the Guardian), and Lindzen’s the world’s greatest expert on climate and nobody knows more about the subject. Puke time.

  96. #96 Bernard J.
    July 17, 2010

    [TrueSceptic](http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2010/07/why_is_monckton_afraid_of_a_de.php#comment-2665519).

    I have no doubt at all that eventually many of my comments will be “Disliked” into being hidden. It matters not at all, really, if they want to play that game – I’m simply fascinated to see that they are constitutionally incapable of admitting that Hissink’s original statement, that gases cannot store energy, is garbage.

    There have been many permutations of prevarication in order to skirt the issue, but the most popular one seems to be that because gases have lower per volume heat capacities, their energy storage abilities can be ignored. If only it were that easy…

    I don’t have my old copy of Atkins immediately to hand, which – if my memory of my undergrad days serves me correctly – covered the subject, but the ethereal smart-alec has something to say on the matter: [polyatomic gases have in the order of 75% of the per atom heat capacity of a solid](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_capacity#Degrees_of_freedom). Leaving aside the manifold other forms of energy that gases may “store”, this is still rather different from [Louis Hissink’s claim](http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2010/07/why_is_monckton_afraid_of_a_de.php#comment-2660069) that “…no gas can store energy”.

    Hilariously, cohenite is now trying to distract the conversation by delving into the it’s-pressure-wot-causes-heating version of atmospheric warming. Oh, and in the process he is trying to teach both Eli and Arthur Smith their crafts. The rest of the gaggle there have no idea what’s really going on, although they are pretending that they do.

    It’s all better than a good night of stand-up.

  97. #97 John
    July 18, 2010

    May I make a suggestion?

    Here is the SourceWatch page for Christopher Monckton.

    I have made a major edit outlining the House Of Lords and Abraham fiascos. Sadly, Monckton’s antics are too much for one man. Can anyone help me?

  98. #99 TrueSceptic
    July 20, 2010

    96 Bernard,

    I used the SCUBA tank example myself a while ago in another place. My example now is:-

    Buy, ooh, 20 footballs (shape doesn’t matter). Inflate them as hard as you dare. Distribute them around the house. Free heating forever!

    Just wait till Alan Siddons turns up. You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

  99. #100 DaveMcRae
    July 20, 2010

    I tried to post this at JoNova’s site (Abraham surrenders to Monckton. Uni of St Thomas endorses untruths.) – yep, it got moderated – banned I hope as well, what a torrent of delusion.
    (I wish the MattB poster there well, better man than I)

    I do wonder why I got moderated though – could I ever make this post on a denier site?

    Attempted post as follows:

    I’ve read a few posts about CO2 not being able to absorb energy in this thread and some others on this site.

    I have been asking for volunteers, but no luck so far, to disprove that assertion that CO2 can absorb energy, or is any way active in the infra-red. If we can disprove CO2 is IR active then we’ve killed the AGW thing dead at source. If a skeptic is willing to put a finger on the line for science, we can do this.

    I’m sure I could organise a local to you university or industry that has a CO2 laser, a local TV crew or 2, and with a televised personal injury waiver, televise the attempt to cut off your finger with the CO2 laser. When the invisible beam of nothing fails, AGW will be shown to be a hoax .. on TV.

    I lack the guts to do it myself. I’ve seen and have used CO2 lasers to do some serious burning and if it’s a trick by those scientists as part of their global domination plan, I can’t work out how it’s pulled off.

    More info at http://galahs.blogspot.com/2010/04/carbon-dioxide-laser.html

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