Sceptic rejects global warming
SCEPTICAL VIEWS: Climate-change sceptic Christopher Monckton spoke in Hamilton about what he believes to be the ''fallacy'' of global warming.
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#1 Apr 8, 2013
Urgent tell Monckton ... Conflicting reports are coming out of Mayflower, Arkansas, the site of a serious oil spill from ExxonMobil's tar sands pipeline.
Exxon denies that oil has reached Lake Conway, a source of local drinking water. Their claim has been backed up by a local judge.
But Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told KATV that "of course there is oil in Lake Conway."
I think it's very fair to say that Lake Conway has not received catastrophic damage, but of course there is oil in Lake Conway.
Activists claim oil has reached the Lake Conway wetland, and have released photos and videos to back up their accusations. They also allege that Exxon diverted spilled oil to the wetlands intentionally, to get it away from residential neighborhoods. The company admits oil may have been diverted as a side-effect of power washing devices used to clean local streets.
Raw Story describes the affected wetlands:
Video of Lake Conway's wetlands shows thousands of what Exxon called "absorbent pads" - which appear to be nothing more than paper towels - littering the blackened landscape.
Image of Exxon's "absorbent pads" have been published by activist group Tar Sands Blockade.
Exxon has also taken a lot of flak for supposedly keeping media away from the spill. The FAA declared a "no flight zone" over the affected area, though that's now been rescinded after widespread outrage. Reporter Michael Hibblen says that on Friday he and others were threatened with arrest unless they left the area.
Via KATV, Mother Jones, and Raw Story.
Since: Apr 08
"the green troll"
#2 Apr 9, 2013
New Zealands top climate change scientists have rallied together to slam a visiting sceptic who is touring the country to proclaim global warming as a myth that should be ignored.
Dr James Renwick, associate professor of physical geography at Victoria University, dismissed Lord Moncktons views as rubbish.
Hes a great showman and speaker, and climate change is a vehicle to self-publicise.
But he has no training and has studiously avoided learning anything about science, I would say.
Niwa principal scientist Brett Mullan said Lord Moncktons views were very damaging for public perception.
Professor Dave Frame, director of the Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University, described him as a vaudeville act to be ignored.
Someone who goes around saying things we know are not true can actually be quite harmful.
#3 Apr 14, 2013
Lord Moncton of Benchley inherited a peerage. He obtained a BA and studied journalism. But nowhere does he show himself to be a climatologist or even a talented amateur. His real is politics where he relies on his aristocratic title to get attention.
Fools will always exist. The trick is to recognise them as fools and ignore them.
And he is NOT a scepic. He is a denialist. Proof. He doesn't present ANY evidence or papers to back his 'gut feeling'. Sceptics refuse to believe a theory for REASONS. Denialists just deny the evidence. He certainly fits the latter category.
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