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California GOP Invite Discredited Hate-Speech Promoter Lord Monckton To Address Legislature!

By Joe Romm  

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California GOP assemblywoman Shannon Grove has invited discredited anti-science disinformer and hate-speech promoter Lord Monckton to address the state legislature.

Amazingly, Grove is so proud of this move she is advertising it on her website below the string of wind turbines that form the backbone of California’s leadership response to global warming, a response that hard-core deniers like Monckton are working overtime to kill.

The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (TVMOB) is not merely the most discredited purveyor of long debunked anti-science disinformation — see MN professor eviscerates Monckton in must-see video“The number of errors Chris Monckton makes is so enormous it would take a thesis to go through every single one of them.”

And Monckton is not merely a shameless purveyor of hate speech — see Lord Monckton repeats and expands on his charge that those who embrace climate science are “Hitler youth” and fascists.

He actually lives in an alternative universe where he is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a member of Parliament — who has cured HIV.  None of those things is true (see here). Rather than being given a platform by the California GOP, he should be widely condemned for his extremist hate speech and anti-science disinformation:

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28 Responses to California GOP Invite Discredited Hate-Speech Promoter Lord Monckton To Address Legislature!

  1. Doug Bostrom says:

    I wonder if Monckton will be appearing with Richard Lindzen again? They were both part of a circus troupe in the UK just recently.

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    Bakersfield is a suburb of Oklahoma, with oil wells all over town. We don’t take that bunch very seriously here along the coast.

    We should be grateful for Monckton and Bastardi. If these guys are the best the oil companies can dig up, it shows how easily their whole edifice can be discredited. Now, if we could just get MSM to wake up here…

  3. Lore says:

    Not this guy again;…

    “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
    Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!”

  4. Dennis says:

    Is this an appearance before a formal session of a legislative committee? I would hope that an assemblymember would be able to challenge him directly (and in front of cameras would be great, too) on his many lies!

  5. John Tucker says:

    He is not known to share his complete lack of expertise for free. I wonder who is footing the probably significant fees.

  6. Chris Winter says:

    @Dennis: I don’t know, but note that TVMOB said he expects a “stormy session.” We can hope.

  7. Chris Winter says:

    As Mike Roddy says, the reason a Bakersfield rep invited him is not far to seek:

    http://www.bakersfieldchamber.org/section.asp/csasp/DepartmentID.537/cs/SectionID.1171/csasp.html

    Kern County leads the state in oil and natural gas production. Kern County produces approximately 75% of California’s in-state oil and about 58% of the state’s total natural gas. Kern County’s Elk Hills field is the state’s top natural gas producer. Two other fields, South Belridge and Lost Hills, rank in the state’s top 5 for gas production. The state’s top five oil producing fields — Midway-Sunset, South Belridge, Kern River, Cymric, and Elk Hills — are located in Kern County. Three of these fields — Midway-Sunset, South Belridge and Kern River — are ranked in the top 10 producing oil fields in the nation.  If Kern County were a state it would rank fourth in oil production (see chart).

  8. dana1981 says:

    How embarrassing. Fortunately most of our state is sane and reality-based, so Monckton’s speech will have essentially zero impact on our climate policy.

    • dana1981 says:

      Actually, it looks like it’s open to the public, and right in my backyard. Perhaps I’ll attend.

      • caerbannog says:

        Looks like the venue’s about a 25 minute drive from UC Davis. I know that it’s awfully short notice, but it would be nice if some UC Davis grad-students/postdocs/professors/whoever could crash Monckton’s little party there…

  9. Mark says:

    I was informed by a member of Assemblywoman Grove’s staff that the there will be a panel discussion with Viscount Monckton and members of the legislature will be at the presentation.
    Details noted here-

    Viscount Monkton “will be joined by Tom Tanton, expert on energy and California public policy.

    1:30 PM – California State Capitol, Room 127

    1315 10th Street, Sacramento

    Panel discussion with Lord Christopher Monckton, Tom Tanton, and members of the California state legislature.

    Free and open to general public.”

    I was informed that their will be an presentation of material in the evening as noted-

    “and in the evening

    7:00 PM – Hinde Auditorium, Sacramento State University Union

    6000 J Street, Sacramento

    Presentations by Lord Christopher Monckton and Tom Tanton

    Moderated by Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (Bakersfield – 32nd District)

    Free and open to general public – Audience questions welcome.”

  10. Alex says:

    I still think Monckton is a Sasha Baron Cohen joke. I get that there’s no proof for that yet, but…

  11. E.A. says:

    Mrs. Grove apparently doesn’t like any bad publicity about Lord Monckton, so please, feel free to express your opinion about her invite on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groveforassembly

  12. caerbannog says:

    I posted this comment on Grove’s FB page:

    Those of you who can’t make it to Sacramento to hear Mr. Monckton should definitely watch this video: http://www.stthomas.edu/engineering/jpabraham/

    Heck, those who *are* planning to hear Mr. Monckton should watch it as well (to help prep them for Monckton’s presentation).

    For those of you who are considering leaving comments for Mrs. Grove, remember to keep the comments absolutely civil (to eliminate any valid justification for deleting them), and also post copies of your comments here (so that we can have a record of what the assemblywoman deletes and what she allows to stay).

  13. squidboy6 says:

    What can you expect from a GOP assemblywoman from Bakersfield?

    These republicans are responsible for destroying the most successful and best education system, UC California, in the world. They thrive on ignorance and usury.

  14. caerbannog says:

    Dr. Romm,

    If you know anyone at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography who might be interested in this, could you pass this along to them? They may consider it a complete waste of time, but I thought I’d try to get the word out anyway…

    I just found out that “Lord” Monckton will be appearing here in San Diego on the 24th.

    Details here:

    http://octeapartyblog.com/event/lord-monckton-at-university-of-san-diego/

    Monckton will be giving a presentation at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre, 5998 Acala Park, University of San Diego, Saturday Mar 24 at 7PM.

    Rather short notice, but this event is being promoted to Tea-Partiers and right-wing GOP types here (with very little notice being given to the general public).

    • Mike Roddy says:

      Thanks for the heads up, caerbannog. I’ll be there. Let’s put some handouts together- maybe a summary of Abraham’s work.

      San Diego right wingers dress nice, but they are vicious and ignorant, so His Lordship will fit right in. Time to call them on it.

    • caerbannog says:

      Add’l info — the organizers have a preregistration/reservation web-site set up at: http://lordmonckton.eventbrite.com/

      Looks like limited seating…

    • Bill Walker says:

      Granted this is USD, a Catholic university, not science powerhouse UCSD, but I would think that USD would be embarrassed to have such a serial liar use their space. USD does have a pretty serious Engineering department.

    • Lionel A says:

      So, did anybody here attend or were you filtered out by the pre-registration process?

      Any updates?

  15. Tim says:

    So Assemblywoman Grove invited “Lord” Monckton to speak on climate change. I’d love to work on the Ad campaign of Ms. Grove’s next political opponent. Who’s in the rest of her lineup of distinguished “experts”?

    Uri Geller will speak on metallurgy.
    Bernie Madoff will speak on Financial management.
    Jack Abramoff will speak on ethics in government.

  16. Bill Walker says:

    Make sure you put your head vise on before you click that “Read more…” link on her web page. It’ll take you to http://www.calwatchdog.com/2012/03/12/democrats-in-the-legislature-chicken-ouf-of-climate-debate-with-lord-monckton/, which contains gems like “Despite the obvious shift in the climate change and global warming debate, Democratic politicians are trying to hold fast and furious onto the notion that man is causing potentially disastrous global warming through carbon emissions.” and “At the crux of the issue is altered data and science”.

    • Chris Winter says:

      That last statement is correct — but I don’t think it’s meant in the same way I’m taking it.

    • Bill Walker says:

      Scott Mandia and others have posted some good scientific rebuttals on the calwatchdog article. I posted the following, which is “awaiting moderation” and probably won’t make it through (but then again, the science posts did):

      Ms. Grimes, the “About” link for this site says “CalWatchdog adheres to the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.”. That code (see http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp) includes the following points:
      “Journalists should:
      — Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.

      — Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.

      — Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.

      — Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two.”
      I believe you have failed on all of these points of ethics, but most especially the first, as others here have pointed out. Either that, or you’ve failed even basic journalism by failing to point out that you were quoting Lord Monckton. There has been no falsified science, except as presented at lectures by the likes of Lord Monckton.

      Of course, calwatchdog is a project of the “free market” Pacific Research Institute, so I don’t know why I should expect them to follow their own ethical claims.

  17. Chris Winter says:

    I may have a comment on this thread trapped in the spam bin.

  18. Doc says:

    Everybody who knows anything about climate science ignored his visit. As a result, it was extremely low profile. It wasn’t even covered in the local newspaper the next day.