Peter Hadfield dissects Monckton’s response to Hadfield’s demolition of Monckton’s claims about climate science. Hadfield coins the term “Monckton maneuver” to describe Monckton’s tactic of changing his position when shown to be wrong and pretending that his position hasn’t changed.
In other Monckton news, he is still claiming to be a member of the House of Lords, despite what the courts and the House of Lords say. This time he’s got a lawyer to argue the case for him. If we assume that Monckton’s lawyer is competent, this would be the best case that can be made for Monckton, so it is telling that it is so weak. Barry Bickmore has the details.
Update SPM comments:
Monckton posted a response to the videos on WUWT, wherein he states:
Finally, I understand that someone called “Potholer” has produced some sneering videos about me. I have looked at a few minutes of one of these, which seems rather intellectually dishonest. “The pothead takes me to task, inappropriately, for having said (correctly) that I had given advice to Margaret Thatcher on various scientific matters, including climate change, on the ground that “my supporters” had in his view mischaracterized the position by referring to me as her “science advisor”. The potboiler also said that I had claimed in 2009 that global cooling since 2001 had been statistically significant, but that I had rebutted myself the following year by saying the cooling since 2001 had been insignificant. To 2009 the cooling had indeed been significant, but the rapid warming of 2010 meant that the trend from 2001-2010 was insignificant: both my statements, therefore, were correct, and they were not incompatible with one another.
I was disinclined to look any further at that drivel. Given the amount of time the pinhead seems to devote to such nonsense, one wonders who is paying him. Perhaps he is convincing the usual suspects, but on the little I have seen he is unlikely to convince anyone else.
The comment regarding significant cooling from Jan 2001 was made at a presentation Monckton gave in Melbourne on 1 February 2010. Please note that the graph he uses finishes at Dec 2009.
The comment regarding insignificant cooling from Jan 2001 was made at a presentation Monckton gave at Bethel University on 14 October 2009. Please note that the graph finishes at July 2009.
So Monckton claims the rapid warming of 2010 meant the trend from 2001 was insignificant. He clearly has not noticed both graphs do not include any data from 2010 and that both statements were made well before any data from 2010 was available.
And you will see he’s thrown in a few insults for good measure.
In a later post on WUWT he claims that Central England Temperature data is a good proxy for Global temperatures, and Global temperatures have risen 3C since pre industrial times. The most outstanding new claim however is C02 levels are currently 560ppm.