Mormon Prof Mauls Monckton

Whatever else you may say about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, support for left-wing plots is not something that comes to mind. It is interesting, then, that Barry Robert Bickmore, a professor in the department of geological sciences at Brigham Young University, gets stuck into the egregious Lord M.

Recently, Prof. John Abraham criticized Lord Christopher Monckton for citing scads of scientific papers to back up his opinions about climate change, but when Abraham actually looked into those papers, it often turned out they didn’t support Monckton’s conclusions, or they even contradicted those conclusions.  Prof. Abraham also criticized Monckton for improper citation of others’ work and data, often making it difficult to figure out where he was getting his information.

Given his rap sheet (including numerous infractions mentioned on this blog), I thought it would be fun to start examining Lord Monckton’s recent testimony before a committee of the U.S. Congress.  What if I were to scan through the document, randomly pick one of Monckton’s claims that I don’t know much about, and start investigating the literature he cites?  Would I find that he makes reasonable points, or that he has continued his nearly unblemished record of propagating scientific-sounding nonsense?  Tim Lambert has already shown that Monckton’s testimony was flamboyantly incompetent about three issues (solar brightening, ocean acidification, and Snowball Earth), so I picked another topic that has to do with variations in the radiation output of the Sun…


The blog where this is posted is Anti-Climate Change Extremism in Utah.

I’ve recently been involved with other scientists and scholars in Utah trying to stop the spread of outright lies, half-truths, abuses of data, and distortions about climate change.  Much of this disinformation is coming from (or through) some Republican members of the Utah Legislature, and the other Republican (and some Democratic) members have swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.  A few local media outlets, like Provo’s Daily Herald, have also been active participants.  Climate change is not just a global or national issue–it will also be played out at the state and local levels.  Therefore, I see a need for some watchdogging specific to our neck of the woods.  (In addition, I’m a Republican myself, and it galls me that my own party has locally fallen for a bunch of conspiracy theories and scientifically incompetent trash.  In my opinion, something has to be done to save the party from disaster in the long run.)

This blog is meant to 1) archive a record of the ongoing disinformation campaign in Utah, and 2) examine it in detail.  Democracy depends on accurate information being readily available to the public, and I see people who propagate such disinformation campaigns as enemies of Democracy.

Can anyone take Monckton seriously and keep a straight face any longer? See also Lord Monckton: 3rd Viscount of Brenchley, King of Fantasyland.

6 thoughts on “Mormon Prof Mauls Monckton

  1. I just heard the good news that your new prime minister won’t attempt to destroy your economy by introducing carbon taxes. Grats, aussies!

    You can badmouth Lord Monckton all you want. It’s too late. Too many people now realize that carbon-based AGW was a scam. Thanks in part to Monckton himself. It’s over in India, China, Australia, Japan, S. Korea, and likely Europe.

    If the US can hold out until elections in November, it’s over everywhere. Another environmentalist scare on the scrapheap. You’ll have to come up with a new armageddon theory where the west is somehow going to end all life on the planet, because no one’s buying any of your old ones. Too bad, so sad :).

  2. Increasingly it appears that Lord Monckton is as scientifically reliable as Donald Duck. This should worry anyone who ever took him or his position seriously, shouldn’t it?

  3. I don’t think so. Being sKeptical of AGW does not imply that you believe everything another skeptic says.

    I can’t get through Monckton’s videos, so I can’t defend him. They are just too long, and he spends too much time talking about various positive and negative feedback in the atmosphere. AGW believers have already proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are not yet capable of calculating their effect. Just look at any climate prediction from 2000 or before and compare it to the actual temps.

    Hey, did you hear Bolt tear Flannery a new one on the radio last week? It was pretty funny. I believe Flannery wishes he was as reliable as Donald Duck. Do his consistently inaccurate armageddon predictions concern you?

  4. Tim Flannery has written some good books on Papua, Australian History and environmental issues. I don’t agree with all his propositions about climate change, but I agree with Andrew Bolt even less.

    I will be looking at the apocalyptic side of things in a post later this week.

  5. The UN said a few days ago that the apocalypse has been moved to 2200 (from their previous estimates of 1995, 2005, 2015 and 2100), so there’s really not much point in worrying about it. That’s like nine generations away. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that neither of us will be alive then.

    I have faith that my great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren can solve this problem before my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren(that’s one more ‘great’) have to die in an apocalyptic wave of fiery death brought on by AGW. Or a gradual onslaught of seawater that somehow drowns them. Whatever. I’ve got faith in the kids. 😉

    Perhaps we could better use our time considering ways to keep starving people alive, and leave the AGW bugaboo for 8 generations in the future? Just a thought.

  6. Latest on Monckton.

    Christopher Monckton is now threatening to sue Scott Mandia as well:

    I also note that you have publicly accused me of “fraud”, and have widely circulated that accusation on the internet, and have expressed the intention to invite the mass media to repeat it. Since this is a serious charge, do you have any evidence to back it up, or should I add your name to that of Professor Abraham in the libel case that will be filed shortly?

    Gareth Renowden responds with:

    On the evidence, it is clear that Monckton is a shameless humbug, a proven liar and a hypocrite, who intentionally misrepresents the facts of climate science in order to mislead his audience. The real mystery is why this isn’t obvious to important sections of the US body politic…

    See also: Monckton Watch: Lordly Phony Threatens Phony Suit and The Empire Strikes back: Moncktongate – the End of a Jester?

    From: House Of Lords Information Office
    Date: August 5, 2010 5:07:52 AM MDT
    To: Friends of Gin & Tonic
    Subject: RE: inquiry

    Dear Derek,

    Many thanks for your emails.

    Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is not and has never been a member of the House of Lords. However, allegations that he has claimed to be a member, and that he has used an emblem resembling the parliamentary emblem, have been drawn to our attention.

    The House is currently taking steps with a view to ensuring that Lord Monckton does not in future either claim to be a member of the House or use the parliamentary emblem or any variant thereof.

    Best wishes,

    Information Office
    House of Lords
    London SW1A 0PW
    020 7219 3107

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