UKIP peer Lord Monckton will address the US Tea Party movement. He has made large sums of money spreading anti-science disinformation.
The Australian website, Crikey, summed him up:
- “He has claimed to be a member of the House of Lords (well, he once tried to become one), to be a Nobel Laureate (he wrote a letter to the IPCC which won a Nobel Prize, a connection close enough for him to commission his own gold Nobel prize pin), to have single-handedly won the Falklands War (he persuaded the British Army to use germ warfare on the Argies), and to have invented a cure for Graves’ disease, multiple sclerosis, influenza, food poisoning, and HIV.”
Even Rod Liddle has described him as a “swivel-eyed maniac.”
Can you guess who it is yet?
Yes, the UKIP peer Lord Monckton – who featured in this brilliant you tube hit before the Copenhagen talks in December, where he went and attacked a young Jewish climate campaigner as “Hitler youth” – now makes large sums of money spreading anti-science disinformation.
- “The original Tea Party was aimed at freeing us from the rule and influence of the British monarachy. But the Tea Partiers — who are unburdened by both irony and historical knowledge — have asked a British peer, The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (TVMOB), to speak at two Tax Day Tea Parties!”
Monckton told a US audience two months before the Copenhagen climate talks that he’d read the climate treaty in advance. (Never mind that the talks later failed to produce one.) He said:
- “At last the communists who piled out of the Berlin Wall and into the environmental movement, who took over Greenpeace so that my friends who funded it left within a year, because [the communists] captured it — now the apotheosis is at hand. They are about to impose a communist world government on the world. You have a president (Obama) who has very strong sympathies with that point of view. He’s going to sign it. He’ll sign anything.”
Even though Monckton has so little time for science that he’s described the Royal Society as “a mere Left-leaning political pressure-group”, real climate scientists have still taken the time to debunk his arguments as have others including the American Physical Society. Still, I don’t suppose the Tea Partiers would care.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.