House Climate Science hearing live now

GOP witness is TVMOB aka Lord “Hitler Youth” Monckton

You can watch it online at Details below.

The anti-science witness is none other than the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley.  Rather than being given a platform, he should be widely condemned for his extremist hate speech and disinformation:

TVMOB’s hate speech is, of course, supported by the AFP aka the Koch Brothers!

NRDC’s Pete Altman has more in his post, “U.S. House Committee to Hear from the Lord Haw-Haw of Climate Science.”

Here are the hearing details:

IPCC Report Chairs, Member of Exculpatory Panel on Email Scandal Re-establish Climate Science’s Broad Knowledge, Urgency to Act

Even after months of personal attacks against climate scientists stemming from a manufactured scandal over stolen emails, the underlying science behind the need to stem the tide of heat-trapping emissions remains solid. To explain what we know about climate change, and why and how we know it, Chairman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming will host top-level American climate scientists at a congressional hearing this Thursday, May 6, 2010.

The scientists will address the claims of deniers head-on. Thursday’s panel features a member of the investigative panel convened by the University of East Anglia and led by Lord Ron Oxburgh to review the stolen emails from that school’s Climactic Research Unit. The “Oxburgh Inquiry” exonerated the scientists who were attacked following the emails, saying they “saw no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice in any of the work.”

The hearing also includes three scientists involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, which have also been attacked by climate science deniers.

The Republican witness on the panel will be Lord Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley.

WHAT: Select Committee hearing, “The Foundation of Climate Science”

WHEN: Thursday, May 6, 2010, 9:30 AM

Dr. Lisa Graumlich, Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona, and member of the “Oxburgh Inquiry” panel
Dr. Chris Field, Director, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, and co-chair of “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” portion of new IPCC report due in 2014
Dr. James McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography, Harvard University, past President and Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, co-chair of “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” portion of IPCC report published in 2001
Dr. James Hurrell, Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, contributor to IPCC reports
Lord Christopher Monckton, Chief Policy Adviser, Science and Public Policy Institute


17 Responses to House Climate Science hearing live now

  1. Mark S says:

    Just tuned in and Dr McCarthy is talking…about to give the floor to…hold your breath…Lord Monckton! Oh dear. Is that the best the deniers could come up with?

    [JR: It is stunning that couldn’t even get a scientist, let along drag out TVMOB.]

  2. Stunned to see Monckton on the list. And some of the committee members are taking him seriously, saying his analysis offers an important critique.

  3. Leif says:

    I hope someone gets a resume of his “Lord[snips]” accomplishments and pedigree circulated.

    [JR: His claims are here:

    “His contribution to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 – the correction of a table inserted by IPCC bureaucrats that had overstated tenfold the observed contribution of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets to sea-level rise – earned him the status of Nobel Peace Laureate. His Nobel prize pin, made of gold recovered from a physics experiment, was presented to him by the Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester, New York, USA.”

    My comments are here:

    “Should you be interested in learning more about TVMOB, go to the Science & Public Policy Institute website where he is Chief Policy Adviser. You will learn he has astonishing scientific credentials such as a “Nobel prize pin,” because he commented on the IPCC Fourth assessment report. This has “earned him the status of Nobel Peace Laureate. His Nobel prize pin, made of gold recovered from a physics experiment, was presented to him by the Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester, New York.” Also “his limpid analysis of the climate-feedback factor was published on the famous climate blog of Roger Pielke, Sr.” I kid you not.”

  4. Heraclitus says:

    Monckton is a repulsive toad. I am ashamed for my country watching him.

    Can I take this opportunity to repeat my joke from a previous thread? It seems apposite.

    What’s the difference between Monckton and a transvestite’s knickers? One pretends that it’s a member of a house but the other pretends that it doesn’t house a member.

  5. caerbannog says:

    What’s the difference between Monckton and a transvestite’s knickers? One pretends that it’s a member of a house but the other pretends that it doesn’t house a member.

    Monckton’s response would probably be along the lines of, “So you *do* admit that I am a member!”.

  6. Dennis says:

    There should be a scientist on the panel whose full time job is to direct the members to the verifiable facts that show just how wrong Monckton is.

    [JR: Surprising how folks don’t know how to rebut the 1910 to 1940 warming stuff. It’s in the literature. I’ll have to do a post.]

  7. Heraclitus says:

    The contrast between Monckton and the other four panelists’ measured and credible tone was striking. In their summing up they largely ignored Monckton and I thought this was effective.

    Incidentally, if character is destiny then Monckton’s destiny is slimy and unpleasant.

  8. toby says:

    If this was the Old West, Monckton would have been tarred, feathered and run out of town long ago.

  9. Monckton is a skilled performer who is telling the public what they want to hear: we don’t have to do anything. He can confidently spout enough pseudo-science to appear to be knowledgeable and that’s enough for many people to stop further inquiry into the issue and get back to their busy lives.

    And media are doing a poor job countering this. (speaking as a journalist)

    [JR: I sort of agree, except that he is a dreadful messenger to sell Americans on denialism. Why didn’t they invite Lindzen or Christy or Spencer or even Singer. They at least have some credentials.]

  10. Mark S says:

    By the way, the beginning of the summary by Dr. Lisa Graumlich was priceless. Her opening remark was something along the lines of ‘My esteemed colleagues on the panel and I are in complete agreement…’. In other words ‘the scientists here agree and, no, TVMOB, you are not a scientist’.

  11. Dibble says:

    Monkton came across as exactly what he is, a peripheral figure, so at odds with the prevailing state of scientific knowledge that he looks ridiculous sitting next to people who really know their subject.

  12. Mike Roddy says:

    Lindzen, Christy, and Spencer didn’t show up because they would have had their butts handed to them by the much more esteemed scientists who were present. LCS’ audience has always been the gullible public- remember, Lindzen defended the tobacco industry, too.

    Monckton is actually pretty good at trying to accomplish his main goal: collecting enough money from oil companies and far right think tanks to be able to buy back the ancestral castle that he blew. If someone didn’t know the science, he would actually sound credible. We shouldn’t underestimate his ability to persuade the gullible- people also listen to Morano and Watts, who are even less informed on climate science data. At least Monckton knows enough of it to lie and distort.

  13. substanti8 says:

    It takes a poker face to sit next to The Monckton.  Poor Dr. Field.

  14. Joe, re (9): Credentials don’t count for much in George W Bush’s America where fact and opinion carry the same weight and import.

  15. Bill W says:

    Monckton is the epitome of the old line “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bulls**t.” He’s been debunked and caught in outright lies so many times I can’t believe that even the Republicans take him seriously any more.

  16. Tim L. says:

    Monckton deserves derision. He belongs in a bad SNL skit, not in front of the U.S. Congress with real scientists. The GOP has gone from stupid to absurd.

  17. Bill W says:

    Sadly, the Republican side of the committee apparently issued their conclusions _before_ the hearing. See and, the latter of which concludes (after bashing the IPCC, CRU and even NASA) with “I want to welcome here today Lord Christopher Monckton, the Chief Policy Adviser, Science and Public Policy Institute. By helping to double-check the scientific literature, Lord Monckton is helping to improve the state of climate science and I look forward to hearing both his perspective and the perspective of today’s other witnesses.”