May 25, 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HOAX? - IDENTIFYING THE DENIERS - Who Are These People?

FIRST UP - LORD MONCKTON - The Often Seen and Heard British Lord.

Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, SMOM
(born 14 February 1952) is a British public speaker and hereditary peer. He is known for his work as a journalist, Conservative political advisor, and UKIP political candidate..

Early in his public speaking career topics centered on his conservative politics. In recent years his public speaking has garnered attention due to controversial views on climate change.

Monckton was educated at Harrow School and Churchill College, Cambridge, where he received his B.A. (Classics), and at University College, Cardiff, where he obtained a diploma in journalism studies.

Monckton is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Broderers, an Officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, a Knight of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and a member of the Roman Catholic Mass Media Commission. He is also a qualified Day Skipper with the Royal Yachting Association, and has been a trustee of the Hales Trophy for the Blue Riband of the Atlantic since 1986.


Upon the passing of his father in 2006 Monckton inherited the title Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, but as this was after the House of Lords Act 1999 he did not inherit his fathers position in the House of Lords

Journalism
Monckton joined the Yorkshire Post in 1974 at the age of 22, where he worked as a reporter and leader-writer. From 1977 to 1978, he worked at Conservative Central Office as a press officer, becoming the editor of the Roman Catholic newspaper The Universe in 1979, then managing editor of The Sunday Telegraph magazine in 1981. He joined the London Evening Standard newspaper as a leader-writer in 1982. After a hiatus in his career as a journalist Monckton became assistant editor of the newly established, and now defunct, tabloid newspaper Today in 1986. He was a consulting editor for the Evening Standard from 1987 to 1992 and was its chief leader-writer from 1990 to 1992.

Since 2002 Monckton has had several newspaper articles published critical of the IPCC and current scientific consensus on climate change

Here is a man with no training in science - a journalist who funds and supports Conservative efforts and is totally devoid of any expertise on Climate Science. Yet he is on of the 10 most visible opponents of the science. 

UP NEXT - An actual climate scientist? Yes there is ONE. 

QUESTIONS YOU MUST ASK IN EVERY ENCOUNTER WITH DENIERS .
  1. If there is a “scientific debate” why do only 24 out of 13,950 peer-reviewed papers (that’s 0.17%) dispute man-made climate change?
  2. If there is “science on both sides”, why do billionaires secretly have to throw hundreds of millions of dollars into denialist propaganda?
  3. Why are there no climate scientists as spokesmen for the denial side? (Name one to prove this assertion wrong).
  4. Why do you not believe climate scientists about present warming, but believe them when they say the climate changed in the past?
13,950 peer-reviewed scientific articles published between January 1991 and November 9, 2012 that mentioned "global warming" or "global climate change." The grand total of articles that questioned global warming or whether rising emissions are the cause: 24. That's 0.17 percent of all the literature on the topic.

Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120 million to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change
The funds, doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped build a vast network of thinktanks and activist groups working to a single purpose: to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarising "wedge issue" for hardcore conservatives.
The millions were routed through two trusts, Donors Trust and the Donors Capital Fund, operating out of a generic town house in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Donors Capital caters to those making donations of $1m or more.

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