Lord Viscount Monckton of Benchley, it turns out, really is a “swivel-eyed maniac”. Or at least it is a fair thing to say.
Some month’s ago, George Monbiot wrote a bog post about our good friend Monckton that said Monckton has claimed, among other things:
• he has read the treaty that will be signed at Copenhagen next week. That’s quite a feat of clairvoyance.
• The treaty says that “a world government is going to be created”.
• Greenpeace is “about to impose a communist world government on the world” and President Obama, who sympathises with that aim, will sign up to it.
Monbiot also raised this truly fascinating example of self-aggrandizing buffonery from an open letter Monckton sent to Senator John McCain [PDF]
[Lord Monckton’s] 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.
Everyone got that? He submitted a review comment to the IPCC, something literally anyone can do and thousands have done, and now claims he is a nobel laureate! And has a fake gold pin for himself to boot! As for whether or not his comment had any influence, I suppose his word on that is plenty good enough, right? And I have a mansion to sell you…