Graham Readfern’s getting a bit jittery about skeptics getting their point of view across. His article in The Age bears a picture of a rather sinister-looking Lord Monckton.
As I watched the video last Tuesday evening, news was just emerging that mining billionaire and Asia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, had bought $192 million worth of shares in Fairfax (the publisher of Brisbane Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and many regional newspapers and city-based radio stations) to take her share in the company to about 12.6 per cent.
To me, these two events were intrinsically linked, and not just because Mr Manners is a personal friend of Ms Rinehart’s.
And skeptics are the conspiracy theorists?
Once again, so? Do warmists not discuss ideas? Do some of these warmists not also have lots of money (though not quite as much)?
Monckton supporter and News Limited columnist Andrew Bolt, (an “expert” along with Lord Monckton on the activist climate sceptic group the Galileo Movement) blew his dog whistle, sending a handful of his regular lap dog commentators over to my blog to post insults, which I duly deleted.
Is he suggesting that Bolt instructed his readers to write vitriolic comments? If he’s trying to smear skeptics by highlighting some of the idiots, then perhaps he should look at the stuff warmists come up with. There are nuts on both sides, Graham.
Campaign group Get Up! was more than a little spooked at the video. They republished it, adding some subtitles, and posted it on their YouTube channel.
In his response, Lord Monckton claimed he had previously revealed a United Nations plot to install a world government (he didn’t) and that he had “parachuted” in to a UN climate conference (he didn’t do that either, according to a contact who was there and tells me he dropped in to a beach three kilometres away).
While Readfern has his fingers in his ears, the UN continues to discuss proposals that resemble such an entity (here, here and here). Also, when I see Readfern perform a similar stunt to express his views, then I’ll pay this dismissal of Monckton’s effort some respect.
Once Lord Monckton returns from the gates of hell to retrieve his Nobe (sic) Peace Prize, perhaps Ms Rinehart, Ron Manners and the rest of Monckton’s supporters could then go off in search of some credibility, which is irredeemably tarnished by their association with him.
Only in the eyes of alarmists such as yourself, Graham. And this is the position the global warming movement is now in. When the science is letting you down, resort to smear tactics.