Posted by: Barry Bickmore | April 30, 2010

Lord Monckton: 3rd Viscount of Brenchley, King of Fantasyland

I’ll have more to say about this later, but here’s a little note about some of our legislators’ tendency to rely on fake experts.  When they invited Roy Spencer (a real climatologist) to testify, an organization called the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) paid for his trip.  The SPPI is basically an anti-global-warming “think tank,” whose purpose is to persuade governments not to do anything about climate change.  Their “Chief Policy Advisor” is Lord Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount of Brenchley, who is not a scientist.  He was a classics major in college.

The SPPI arranged to have Lord Monckton come to Utah and deliver a speech at Utah Valley University about how global warming isn’t a problem.  A number of Republican legislators attended the lecture and heartily approved.  Another scientist at BYU started an e-mail conversation that involved me and Lord Monckton, and since I think the guy is a ridiculous crackpot, I started bringing up some inconvenient facts.  First, I showed that Monckton had fabricated data to discredit the IPCC.  That’s right.  He made it up.  I also pointed out that he has a track record as a pathological liar, e.g., he has gone about calling himself a member of the British Parliament, when in fact he has never been a member.

Follow this link to see a thorough examination of Monckton’s claim to be a member of Parliament.

Now ask yourself.  Why are some of our legislators getting their information about climate science from a non-scientist crackpot who goes about falsely claiming to be a member of Parliament?

If you are honest, I think your answer will be that they aren’t very discriminating about where they get their information, so long as it conforms to their prior beliefs.

If you are dishonest, you will start whining that it was mean of me to bring up such an ad hominem attack.  The fact is that he is the one who padded his resumé to lend himself more credibility in the debate.  If that doesn’t bother you, then I really don’t have anything to say to you.



  1. Well, actually, SPPI is really:

    Robert Ferguson
    a website
    (that’s more like a think-cuop than a think-tank)

    Ferguson used to run the ExxonMobil funded Center for Science and Public Policy at Frontiers of Freedom (FF/CSPP), then he spunoff to do SPPI. We still don’t know whether he brought funding with him, or gets some from Monckton, or what.

    SPPI is included in Crescendo to Climategate Cacophony. See Ferguson and SPPI in the Index.

  2. […] anyone take Monckton seriously and keep a straight face any longer? See also Lord Monckton: 3rd Viscount of Brenchley, King of Fantasyland. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Church of Latter Day Saints, a peculiarly […]

  3. […] 2 Some readers may think I have already posted too much about Lord Christopher Monckton.  (See here and here.)  But the fact is that bloggers are expected to be snarky, and for that purpose Monckton […]

  4. […] told the Salt Lake Tribune, His Lordship “has a reputation for making up stuff.”  (See this previous post for evidence that Monckton makes up data to discredit the IPCC and goes about falsely claiming to […]

  5. […] Can anyone take Monckton seriously and keep a straight face any longer? See also Lord Monckton: 3rd Viscount of Brenchley, King of Fantasyland. […]

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