Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, better known as Lord Monckton, is a buffoon. He created a film called Apocalypse? No!, the name of which is a funny joke playing on the fact that Monckton doesn’t believe in climate change. Climate apocalypse? No! says this guy whose scientific credentials are listed on a grain of salt that can be found at the bottom of the ocean. Monckton has built his name (or, perhaps more accurately, ruined the name he inherited) with his climate antics, prompting Grist to several times mock him.
And now Monckton brings a new ignominious distinction to a family name that has survived lo these many centuries, as a clown who got kicked out of a United Nations climate conference.
From the Telegraph:
The hereditary peer, who is not a member of the House of Lords, took the chair of Myanmar and spoke into the microphone against U.N. climate change protocols.
After a short speech, in which he was booed, he was escorted out of the meeting by UN guards.
He is understood to have claimed there is no global warming in the last sixteen years, and therefore the science needs to be reviewed.
Claiming to represent Asian coastal nations, he is understood to have said: “In the 16 years we have been coming to these events there has been no global warming at all.”
(If you require a rebuttal of that “16 years” bit, voila.)
The irony of this is that the conference that kicked Monckton out is the annually futile Convention on Climate Change, which today is struggling to fulfill its mandate of finalizing deck-chair-rearranging recommendations for fighting global warming. If anything, the science that undergirds the conference needs to be reviewed because it’s too conservative, as noted by Daily Climate.
Across two decades and thousands of pages of reports, the world’s most authoritative voice on climate science has consistently understated the rate and intensity of climate change and the danger those impacts represent, say a growing number of studies on the topic. …
As the latest round of United Nations climate talks in Doha wrap up this week, climate experts warn that the [U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change]’s failure to adequately project the threats that rising global carbon emissions represent has serious consequences: The IPCC’s overly conservative reading of the science, they say, means governments and the public could be blindsided by the rapid onset of the flooding, extreme storms, drought, and other impacts associated with catastrophic global warming.
But Monckton won’t be bringing his inadvertently sort-of-correct message to the U.N. again anytime soon. As the Telegraph notes:
He has been banned for life from UN climate talks. …
He has been ‘de-badged’, meaning he no longer has a visa to stay in Qatar and had 24 hours to leave the country.
What Qatar doesn’t realize is that the whole thing is a joke. Monckton isn’t actually an embarrassing British peer with a less-than-firm grasp on the scientific realities of the world. No, he’s something else entirely.