Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lord Monckton, The Conservative Climate "Expert," To Attend Hearing For GOP

Brenden DeMelle wrote this interesting little piece for The Huffington Post, regarding the GOP's choice witness for a climate change hearing:
House Republicans have chosen Lord Christopher Monckton, a non-scientist with a penchant for outrageous remarks, as their sole witness at tomorrow’s hearing in front of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
What kind of comment has Lord Monckton made in the past?
Of all the people in the world the GOP could call to testify, they chose Christopher (not-really-a-Lord) Monckton, a non-scientist with a diploma in journalism studies and a knack for trampling Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies.

Monckton called American college students advocating for clean energy the “Hitler Youth” and “Nazis” during his crazed rampage at the Americans For Prosperity event at the Copenhagen climate summit. Monckton repeated the "Hitler Youth" comments directly to me in an interview the following day, and then took it way too far when he told Jewish student Ben Wessel, whose grandparents escaped the Holocaust, “I am not going to shake the hand of Hitler youth.” Despite extensive video evidence, Monckton went on to lie to the Associated Press, claiming that he never uttered those words.

At the Tax Day Tea Party in D.C. last month, Monckton opened his speech with a 'joke' suggesting that President Obama was born in Kenya. Monckton previously called President Obama a “monster” during his speech at a GOP fundraiser in Wisconsin, which followed another of his paid appearances for Americans for Prosperity.

In a 1987 article for the American Spectator titled the The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, Monckton wrote that:
.... there is only one way to stop AIDS. That is to screen the entire population regularly and to quarantine all carriers of the disease for life. Every member of the population should be blood-tested every month ... all those found to be infected with the virus, even if only as carriers, should be isolated compulsorily, immediately, and permanently.
This is the guy that the GOP chose to represent their interests, which is to discredit global warming. What I find interesting is the last statement cited, regarding the AIDS virus.

Monckton's statement sounds similar to the attacks conservatives made against Obama's Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren, claiming Holdren supported forced sterilizations and abortions. I guess detaining citizens (for life) for having a virus is acceptable to the GOP.

Just what exactly makes this journalism major an expert in global warming?

While it seems he has the same background as the Oracle of Wasilla, another worldly scholar, Monckton gets his credentials from an oil-funded think tank, The Heartland Institute. The Institute promotes a free market, which explains the anti-climate change agenda, because trying to curb global warming would require the private sector to take away from their profits to be more environmentally safe, and that is not business friendly, and we all know who's side the Republicans are on when it comes to ...

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