Prat Watch #1: columnated ruins domino

by Gareth on December 12, 2011

Being the first in an occasional series in which we monitor the wilder excesses of climate denial. Warning: reading and/or viewing the original material referenced herein may cause uncontrollable mirth. Hot Topic accepts no responsibility for any adverse effects that may result, but recommends a good micro fibre cleaning cloth for removing coffee/tea/wine from computer screens…

However gloomy I may be about the prospects for serious international action to reduce carbon emissions, I did find a few things to enjoy amongst the events in Durban, not the least of them being the fact that the only way Mark Morano and potty peer Christopher Monckton could draw attention to their CFACT-sponsored trip was by jumping out of an aeroplane in an attempt to attract the attention of the world’s press.

From the CFACT web site:

Multiple media outlets showed up to record the event, including the AP, BBC, and South Africa’s national news network. It was a huge success! Climategate 2.0 can not be ignored!

Shows, I suppose, just how desperate the denial campaign is to make mileage out of yesterday’s emails. But Monckton and Morano weren’t finished…

The vituperative viscount is well-known for his ability to misread and misrepresent UN negotiating drafts, but he outdid himself in an “analysis” that was met with glee at µWatts and Treadgold’s place. Here’s a sample of his wisdom, culled from Durban – the insanities the mainstream media conspire not to report:

Here – and, as always, you heard it here first, for the mainstream media have conspired to keep secret the Madness of King Rajendra and his entire coterie of governmental and bureaucratic lunatics worldwide – is what the dribbling, twitching thrones and dominions, principalities and powers of the world will be asked to agree to.

For the full gory details you’ll have to go and read it at the above link, but if you do, note how Monckton claims that the Central England Temperature record is “quite a good proxy for global temperatures”, and rediscovers an attempt at world government — all leavened with much Moncktonian rudery: “the mentally-challenged Durban droolers”, “the staring-eyed global-village idiots”1, and much, much more. Swallowed whole by the twitocracy he serves, of course.

[It seems unfair, at this point, to refer to (yet another) excellent Monckton debunk by potholer54 -- but I'll do it anyway.]

Meanwhile, CFACT communications director Mark Morano was issuing his own A-Z of climate denial Climate Reality Check2, which rather disappointingly turns out to be little more than an index to the many and various fevered distortions already featured at his Climate Depot blog.

Far more worthy of attention is a post-Durban press release from the International Climate Science Coalition, featuring the work of three New Zealanders — Bob Carter, Bryan Leyland and Terry Dunleavy. According to the ICSC:

International Climate Science Coalition Rejects Durban Agreement to set New Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets — No “Climate Debt” is owed to developing countries

Nobody is much interested in what the ICSC has to say, except perhaps Treadgold and the reader of the Rock River Times3, but you have to give them credit for trying. Here’s Carter, dissembling heroically as usual:

Science has yet to provide unambiguous evidence that problematic, or even measurable, human-caused global warming is occurring. Consequently, any agreements—Durban, Cancun, Copenhagen or Kyoto—to reduce humanity’s greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions are utterly futile.

And here’s Bryan Leyland getting things ass backwards, as usual:

Expensive and ineffective alternative energy projects such as wind turbines and solar cells are receiving massive government support, in the belief that they will reduce GHG emissions which are wrongly blamed as a cause of dangerous global warming. Meanwhile, the conventional power sources that we rely on for our very survival, let alone the economic progress we need to create a better world, are deliberately starved of support. This is a very dangerous situation.

Fossil fuels deliberately starved of support! Sorry Bryan, the International Energy Agency‘s latest report (press release) puts subsidies for fossil fuel consumption at $409 billion, and subsidies to renewable energy (all forms) at $66 billion. A positively Moncktonian effort at spin, I will admit4

And finally5, it will come as no surprise to aficionados of the denial choir that Christopher Booker is still bonkers. Complaining about the global warming episode in the latest BBC/Attenborough nature documentary6, he states:

Sir David’s dramatic shots of Greenland may have tried to convey that its huge ice cap is rapidly melting. But a detailed study five years ago estimated the proportion of its ice lost by melting around its periphery at only seven thousandths of 1 per cent of the total, suggesting that it could make little significant difference to sea levels for thousands of years.

Do try and keep up Chris. The latest Arctic Report Card puts last year’s Greenland melt at a loss of 430 Gigatonnes of ice mass, sufficient to increase global sea level by 1.1mm. But I suppose a five year old paper is more to your liking.

[Columnated ruins = falling peers/piers. Delphic, moi?]

  1. Which some might think involved pots being rude about kettles. []
  2. Exec summary here, full pdf if you really must, but I’ve done it so you don’t have to. []
  3. In which Bob Carter — in all seriousness — says the world would be better served by dropping the IPCC and instead using the NIPCC as the fount of all wisdom. []
  4. Though it was trivially easy to prove you wrong. Please try harder next time. []
  5. As Trevor McDonald used to say. []
  6. Anybody know when it will be broadcast in NZ? []

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

William S December 13, 2011 at 12:55 am

Gareth, if you feel so confident and convinced that humans emissions are causing dangerous global warming and Monckton and Morano are delluded misinformers who distort the science, why don’t you invite both to debate their ideas with you on your climate show or some other public venue ? If your analyses of the data available are robust, then you will undoubtedly win the arguments.

mustakissa December 13, 2011 at 4:08 am

Useless, as M&M’s argument isn’t with Gareth but with reality… a debate would only measure the debaters’ relative competences on bunk, and we know that ratio already.

Gareth December 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

Thanks m, as you suggest, facts are not decided by debate.

mustakissa December 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I was about to point out that you probably lack the required competences for such a “debate”, never having received any formal training as a clown, but that might have been too subtle ;-)

Gareth December 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

You should talk to my wife… ;-)

bill December 13, 2011 at 11:33 am

‘Columnated ruins Domino’ sounds like a protest incident at the Melbourne Cup!

As for the idea of Monckton calling others ‘staring-eyed global village idiots’ – sorry, I’ll just have to nip out for a soldering iron; my irony meter has just fused again…

bill December 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm

This seems an appropriate place to mention Plimer’s new book – aimed squarely at schoolchildren!

(I notice Graham Readfearn has a piece on it in the tweets thread, too. And since the link didn’t work I’ll add it here.)

Thomas December 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

well, you got the benefit of feed in tariffs, but the liability of Pilmer (and a few others, such as Carter etc.) Perhaps there is some carmactic justice in the way things are dealt to us… ;-)
Uh I made a new word ‘Carmactic’ and the abense of a spell checker on this low power android tablet I am trying allows all sorts of mischiev while the wicket keyboard is assisting…

Thomas December 14, 2011 at 7:36 am

Another Domino has fallen: Canada has quit the Kyoto treaty.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/13/world/americas/canada-kyoto-protocol-explainer/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

Confirming the move, Canadian environment minister Peter Kent said to meet its obligations under the accord Canada would have to take every single vehicle off its roads.

“Every car, truck, ATV, tractor, ambulance, police car,” he elaborated in a media briefing, before giving another equally unpalatable option of closing down the country’s entire farming and agricultural sector and cutting heat to every home, building and factory.”

One then wonders what they were driving in 1990? Horse carts?
And what have they been up to since 1990? Working on sustainable energy technologies? Or perhaps digging thousands and thousands of hectares of forest under to get at Tar sands and other scraps of the oil age? Have they developed sustainable bio-mass technologies perhaps or perhaps invested in deep rock geothermal or exploited the huge wind resources at their shores and over the Rocky Mountains?
Who sleeps at the wheel of the yellow bus will fly out at the next turn in the road. You learn this at driving school… and in regards to tricycles in Kindergarten….
Unfortunately this bus has passengers, among them you and me.
Hence we cannot afford to have drunken or narcoleptic egomaniacs at the helm of this thing called “Planet Earth” any longer, if indeed we would like to have our great grandchildren call it home, not hell!

CTG December 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

It’s pretty revolting that a govt minister can get away with such a blatant lie. Shame on Canada.

bill December 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

Harper is a John (Plimer’s Mate) Howard clone and a zealot to the core. It is indeed shameful when an ‘environment’ minister can spout such crap, but it’s not much of a surprise, sadly.

Expect to see more: a lot of these Rightists ideologues are only going to become more virulently hostile and irrational as the evidence becomes more and more overwhelming. Like that horrifying methane plume piece that’s currently in the tweet thread.

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