Some old news here and some new, all of it about my favorite climate contrarian, Lord Cristopher Monkton. He is my favorite because he is a clown and the more he is put forth as denialism’s “Septical Champion” the better.
First the old news. You may recall Tim Lambert debated Cristopher Monckton in Sydney a couple of months ago. Well that debate is up on YouTube in full. It is a 15 part playlist, but Tim tells us his presentation is part 3 and 4. I watched most of it and it is worth the time.
I think it is kind of amusing, and revealing, that Monkton claims some rather intimate knowledge of a Dr. Pinker, personal thoughts and philosophies, yet he is unaware even of her gender! (Can you say “bald faced liar?”) The brief version is Dr Pinker did a study on recent global brightening. Monkton claimed that “he” is a satellite nerd, completely uninterested in the IPCC etc and therefore not corrupted like the rest of “Big Science”. Monckton claimed “his” work showed that the IPCC’s CO2 sensitivity figures were wrong and that the IPCC ignored this inconvenient research for reasons of global conspiracy and world domination.
Enter Dr Pinker to set the record straight: “he” is a “she”, Monckton completely misunderstood her research, the IPCC did cite her work and they interpreted it correctly. Oops.
What are reader’s favorite parts of that debate?
The new news is that Monckton’s “expert” opinion was solicited by the idiot Republican’s for a recent hearing and Monckton still trotts out this fallacious argument. He has finally realized Dr Pinker is a woman, but calls her “Claire”, (her name is Rachel, nothing like preparing your material for the congressional record, eh?). Deltoid takes apart some of his testimony here.
Finally, Climate Crock of the Week has put out a couple of new videos specifically about Lord Monckton. As usual, they are entertaining and educational. They are presented below for your viewing pleasure: