Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Striking blows for reason

Before the holidays, Christopher Monckton, a former policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher, was much in evidence in the debate over global warming. As far as I can tell, it all started with two essays by him in the Sunday Telegraph, which I first saw mentioned at Andrew Bolt Blog (here and here). The first essay, entitled Climate Chaos? Don't believe it appeared on November 5th, 2006. The relative references and technical notes can be found here (pdf), and some of the correspondence generated by the article can be found here (pdf). The second article, entitled Wrong problem, wrong solution was published on November 15th, 2006. Polemicist George Monbiot responded to the articles in the Guardian, to which Monckton responded here, and Al Gore responded in the Sunday Telegraph, to which Monckton responded with a thorough debunking here (pdf). And finally, Monckton also responds here (pdf) to the Rockefeller-Snowe letter sent to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, and his letter's summary was picked up by the Drudge Report (which reportedly has an average of 10,000,000 visits a day).
Meanwhile, Andrew Bolt also points out an excellent speech on the subject by another peer, Nigel Lawson. The speech was delivered at the Centre For Policy Studies, and makes what he calls "an appeal to reason." The speech can be heard here, and the transcript can be found here. Highly recommended.

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