Christopher Monckton has recently been debunked (again) by John Abraham, Professor of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
The university is a is a Catholic, diocesan university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Abraham’s disecection of Monckton’s talk has predictably gone viral, so you’re probably already aware of it – but if you missed it you can find his talk here. Well worth a listen.
Is Monckton getting increasingly strident with time, or am I just imagining it?
Tom Chivers published a nice post entitled “Viscount Monckton is an embarrassment to global warming sceptics everywhere” on his blog at the Telegraph, but it was very short lived – it’s been pulled. Maybe his bosses were not amused, or maybe James Delingpole has more clout – I don’t know.
Fortunately there is still a copy of the article at Climate Change: The Next Generation. My favourite bit is:
What I want to say is: if I were a climate change sceptic, or denier, or heretic or whatever your epithet of choice is, I would be desperately trying to distance myself from Lord Monckton.
Oddly enough, James Delingpole’s blog post “I’d rather have Monckton in a foxhole with me than Monbiot” has been allowed to stay up on the Telegraph. Presumably he is referring to his colleague Tom Chivers when he states “some other libtard journalist I’d never even heard of before he mentioned me in his blog”, but that is just a guess.
Delingpole is clearly smitten, he actually refers to Monckton as “Chrissy Babes”.
Good grief …
In the recent UK elections, Monckton nailed his flag to the UKIP party, becoming spokesperson for its science policy back in December.
In fact he even briefly stood as a candidate but pulled out at the last minute. The reason he gave was that UKIP had a policy of not competing against any “Restore Trust in Parliament” candidates (we have a plethora of political parties here, but that is one I had never heard of before).
Probably just as well – UKIP didn’t do very well. In fact all but one of their 560 candidates lost their deposits (you need a minimum of 10% of the vote to retain your deposit), but I guess that £500 is small beer to some people. The “Trust” candidate for Perth & North Perthshire managed to obtain just 534 votes (even with UKIP’s support)
Since members of the House of Lords cannot stand as candidates for the House of Commons, does this mean that Monckton will stop pretending to be a peer?
UKIP are so impressed with Monckton that they have given him the job of (joint) deputy leader of the party. Interestingly the party leader is Baron Pearson of Rannoch, a friend and neighbour of Monckton (and a real member of the House of Lords).
Despite doing so badly in the election, UKIP are hailing it as a major success. In their eyes the few votes they did receive were from voters who would otherwise have voted for the Conservative party (this is probably true).
They therefore claim that they are responsible for the fact that the UK has a hung parliament, that this is a good thing, and that this was their cunning plan all along.
OK, back to Schrödinger.
 – Deltoid
 – The Telegraph