Just got back from Ballarat for the Monckton talk and am thoroughly impressed by the turnout (277 people) and the quality of the presentation. I am grateful that St Patrick’s College (a school of all places) has stood up for free speech, in hosting the event. It is also pleasing that Lord Monckton has toured regional Australia, something that would be beyond Al Gore (unless if someone had forked out $200 000).
Newly elected Democratic Labor Senator, John Madigan opened proceedings with a speech from the heart, about his core values. If someone takes pride in their work and does it to the best of their ability, then they are an equal. There was a lesson from his days being taught by the christian brothers; “to question is to learn”. This led in nicely to Monckton’s first point.
Consensus kills. From the Versailles consensus, to eugenics, to appeasement, to DDT, to HIV, people have lost their lives because political types, using science as a tool developed a consensus.
Monckton then delved into some of the deceit in Al Gore’s “science-fiction horror show”, namely sea levels and polar bears. In light of the ABC’s recent attempt to portray him as a liar over the issue, Lord Monckton has explained how he has demanded a right of reply from the ABC (the mention of which would result in a hissing from the audience) with the threat of legal action. They will surely cave, but wouldn’t it be nice to see him “sue the pants off” the ABC?
The IPCC’s primary conclusions then came under fire: 1995- Ben Santer rewriting the conclusion, 2001- the hockeystick graph and 2007- the spurious technique to claim accelerated warming over the 20th century.
Then came a look at the peer-reviewed literature and what it had to say on climate sensitivity. Lindzen, Spencer and Wentz (a warmist) all showed a warming of less than 1K for a doubling of carbon dioxide.
One warmist thought he could get the better of Lord Monckton, when he claimed that renewables offset their emissions within six months. Monckton played a straight bat and pointed out that intermittent sources of power require fossil fuels to back them up. Then the lone voice, with nothing else in the content of the lecture to criticise, instead questioned why he doesn’t publish in the peer-reviewed literature. It’s a common claim from the warmists camp, one that is based on ignorance as Monckton of Brenchley, 2008 consists of 8000 words.
An entertaining and informative presentation from Monckton made for a great evening. His message is one that must be heard more widely with the carbon tax coming fast. I even got to shake the great man’s hand.