Support John Abraham

by Gareth on July 15, 2010

Potty peer Christopher Monckton has stepped up his campaign to shut down John Abraham’s debunking of one of his talks last year, by asking supporters to flood Abraham’s university with emails demanding it start a disciplinary inquiry. George Monbiot points out the obvious irony in the Guardian today:

Reading these ravings, I’m struck by two thoughts. The first is how frequently climate change deniers resort to demands for censorship or threats of litigation to try to shut down criticism of their views. Martin Durkin has done it, Richard North has done it, Monckton has done it many times before. They claim to want a debate, but as soon as it turns against them they try to stifle it by intimidating their opponents. To me it suggests that these people can give it out, but they can’t take it.

Monckton has since posted at Watts Up WIth That, including this appeal for support:

May I ask your kind readers once more for their help? Would as many of you as possible do what some of you have already been good enough to do? Please contact Father Dennis J. Dease, President of St. Thomas University, and invite him “even at this eleventh hour” to take down Abraham’s talk altogether from the University’s servers, and to instigate a disciplinary inquiry into the Professor’s unprofessional conduct, particularly in the matter of his lies to third parties about what I had said in my talk at Bethel University eight months ago? That would be a real help. [My emphasis, Dease email removed]

In other words, please help me to bully Abraham and the University into caving in to my absurd demands, and take Abraham’s presentation off the web.

In my view, it’s time to stand up to the potty peer’s attempts at intimidation of Abraham and his University. Rather than flood them with email, I propose that anyone who supports the statement below leave a comment with their name, location and academic affiliation (if any). You will need to leave an email, but that will not be published. I will enforce strict moderation. If you want to support Monckton, go elsewhere. I will ensure that Abraham and the university are aware of the thread. Please leave a comment and encourage as many people as possible to join in.

We the undersigned offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton. Professor Abraham provided an important public service by showing in detail Monckton’s misrepresentation of the science of climate, and we applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world.

[Update 17/7: Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far -- keep them coming! And thanks to all the bloggers and tweeters who have spread the word -- Hot Topic's been seeing record traffic, and this post has been speeding up the chart of our popular posts to number two (with a bullet). John has been reading your comments, and I know appreciates the tremendous support you've given him. Dan Moutal of Mind Of Dan has started a Facebook group: Prawngate: Support John Abraham against Monckton's bullying, so if you're active on Facebook join and get the word out.]

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Gareth July 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Gareth Renowden,
Waipara, New Zealand

Johnmacmot July 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

John McFadgen, Motueka, New Zealand

Ray Ladbury July 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

If one is to be judged by the enemies one keeps, then Dr. Abraham has done very well indeed. Monckton is one of the most arrogant and unpleasant voices on the side of anti-science. Every morning, I thank God he is not on our side.

Dr. Abraham’s debunking of Monckton’s rubbish is grounded quite firmly in science. No wonder Monckton doesn’t understand it.

Esther Haines July 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Dunedin, New Zealand

George Morrison July 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

George Morrison
Toronto, ON
Canada

Dave Riley July 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Thank you Dr. Abraham for standing up for science. I hope St. Thomas University is not going to be intimidated by Monckton and his fellow conspiracy nuts.

David July 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

David Cassatt
Frederick, MD

Michael Tobis July 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Abraham’s rebuttal of Monckton is based in science and on scientific argument. For Monckton to appeal to the university as if misconduct is involved is grotesquely misguided, and continues the process of degrading the scientific search for truth. Any institution with any regard for science should and will reject it soundly.

Ken Perrott July 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

This is basically a Stalinist-style attack on science. This sort of bullying, and organising the troops to attack, should not be succumbed to.

Even for the sake of an ego like Mocktons. Surely Abraham’s calm and objective science has to be defended

Ken Perrott
Hamilton, New Zealand.

Gavin July 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Gavin Schmidt
NASA GISS
unreservedly support

himThere July 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I offer my support to Dr Abraham and St Thomas University and encourage them to stand firm against the aggressive and intimidating anti-science voices that would turn us from the age of enlightenment and reason back return us to the dark ages of dogma and superstition.

Sean July 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Sean Hartzell
McAlisterville, PA

Jake Roos July 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Jake Roos
Masters Applied Science, Energy Management
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand

Andrew Murphie July 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Thank you Dr. Abraham, and St Thomas University, for standing up for science. The attempt to force Dr. Abraham’s careful, and entirely accurate work, offline, is nothing but bullying in the absence of reasoned argument by Monckton, who has form in this respect.

John E Pearson July 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Monckton is a complete twit who knows no physics nor climate science whatsoever. I support John Abraham without reservations.

Doug Clover July 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Doug Clover
PhD student
Victoria University of Wellington

Zeke Hausfather July 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I second what MT said; responding to a criticism on substantive matters with legal threats and letters to ones employer is abhorrent.

Zeke Hausfather
New York, NY

Karl Anderson July 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Monckton seems to be increasingly unhinged. I’m betting he’ll publicly destroy himself like Ross Perot did.

SK July 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

They both have my full support.

SK
Australia

Tim July 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Without a doubt, I offer my support of John Abraham.
Monckton does nothing but provide a case for anti-science when he takes these steps in light of his arguments being unable stand up to the rigour of proper scientific reasoning.
Timothy Lubcke
Technical Scientific Officer, Ozflux

Sean Wright July 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Sean Wright
Adelaide
South Australia

Arthur Smith July 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

John Abrahams has my complete support – if this actually goes to court, I will donate to help pay expenses – Monckton has no case here whatsoever. Best wishes John!

Alison George July 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Alison George
Adelaide South Australia

Eileen Kinley July 15, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Dr. Abraham provided a critical public service by debunking Monckton’s claims.

Eileen Kinley
Ottawa, Canada

Robert Test July 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Thank you Professor for standing up for science against Christopher Monckton. The administrators at your university should be extremely proud of you.

Rodney Brown July 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Richmond, Victoria
Australia

Brian Angliss July 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Broomfield, CO, USA

Andy Skuce July 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

A big thank you to John Abraham for putting together such an effective and professional debunking of Christopher Monckton. His college should be proud to have him as a staff member.

Should Monckton sue, I will provide some financial support for his defence.

Andy Skuce, BC, Canada

cindy July 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

cindy baxter
Piha, Auckland
New Zealand

wholehearted support. nice one gareth.

Jennie Louise July 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm

In my opinion, universities have a moral duty to support the efforts of their staff in countering misinformation and distortion. Institutions of higher learning and research, more than any other group or organisation, must stand up to attempts at intimidation and bullying from those who are systematically working against the good of society.

Jennie Louise
University of Adelaide, South Australia

Matt Hilton July 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Unreservedly supported.

Gold July 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Gold, Christchurch, New Zealand

Tony July 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I consider this a “No” vote against bullies, and wholeheartedly support Prof Abraham.

Tony Lee
Wellington
New Zealand

Thomas Fairman July 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Wholehearted support.

Thomas Fairman
Melbourne, Victoria
Australia

Ian Forrester July 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

For far too long academics have sat on their hands and let the deniers have their way. Thank goodness that people like Dr. John Abraham has the courage to offer valid and accurate rebuttal to their nonsense. I trust that his University will give their full support to him for his actions.

Ian Forrester
Calgary
Alberta
Canada

Lats July 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Fully support John Abraham. Keep up the good work.

Andrew Latimer,
Former microbiologist, current IT geek,
Christchurch,
New Zealand

Victor Eijkhout July 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Austin, TX
USA

Matthew Dentith July 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Matthew Dentith
University of Auckland
Auckland
New Zealand

Steve Bloom July 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

What Michael Tobis said in #8.

FYI for those unfamilar with the distinctions, the type of legal action Monckton threatens is a near-impossibility in the U.S. His only hope is if Abraham’s University president decides he would rather not endure email harrassment over such an issue.

Steve Bloom
Oakland, California

Jim July 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Jim

Fresno, CA, USA

Bryan Walker July 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Bryan Walker
Hamilton, New Zealand.
Firm support for a notable exposure of baseless attacks on honest science.

Steve Bloom July 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Gareth, if possible you should try to get this exercise repeated on higher-traffic blogs, e.g. Climate Progress, Deltoid and Pharyngula.

Kevin Judd July 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Kevin Judd
University of Western Australia

I learnt as school boy that when bullies are loosing an argument they resort to threats of violence. I don’t see this as being very different.

Ian Smith July 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Ian Smith
The University Of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Climate science should be done by climate scientists, not those with the biggest mouths.

John Sully July 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I fully support the decision of Temple University to leave both versions of the Abraham critique available. Professor Abraham’s criticism on the Monckton talk was through and took a large amount of research to prepare and as such is one of the best take-downs of this well known prevaricator I have seen. As such he and your University have performed a necessary public service. Keep up the good work.

James Haughton July 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm

James Haughton
Canberra, Australia

Lou Grinzo July 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Monckton’s latest actions amount to nothing more than intellectual thuggery and should be challenged by everyone who values science and the quest to understand the Earth System.

I support John Abraham enthusiastically and without reservation.

Lou Grinzo
Rochester, NY

Hank July 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Thanks to Temple for leaving this material available. It’s instructive.
Thanks for doing it right.
Hank Roberts

Andrew Brown July 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I also would like offer my thanks and support to John Abraham for creating his presentation, and his University for making it available. This attempted intimidation by Christopher Monckton shows that he is not only anti-science, but anti free speech.

Andrew Brown
Melbourne, Australia

Alex Suen July 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

There is nothing behind Monckton’s position. John Abraham is doing excellent work, and we support him 100%. Any respectable university would do likewise.

Alexander Suen
Mississauga, ON
Canada

Mark Byrne July 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Mark Byrne

Adelaide, South Australia

Brian D July 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Monckton has an almost pathological pattern of harrassing those who criticize him, rather than engaging in intellectual discussion. This solicitation of, for lack of a better word, thugs is typical of his attempts at bullying his betters an can be likened to censorship.

I unconditionally support John Abraham.

Brian Dupuis
University of Alberta, Canada

Daniel Bailey July 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Marquette, Michigan, USA

Monckton’s on a par with the 3 Stooges, Benny Hill and the worst of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Suitable only for comic relief. The real travesty is that our Congress considered him an authority on things climate. But all in all, considering our Congress, par for their course.

I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed Professor Abraham’s rigorous demolition of Monckton. Devastation this thorough usually requires a device in the megaton range. :) The good Professor’s toils and labors will not soon be forgotten by this Yooper.

For a final wish, let Monckton skulk back to the dark recesses whence he came, ne’er to be seen again…so the climate guys can get back to their business of research and educating the public (I have learned much from them over the years)!

One denialista zombie down. Let’s get the rest.

Daniel Bailey
AKA the Yooper

Dr David Horton July 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Fully support John Abraham, Bravo John. Exactly what a university scientist should be doing – tackling and exposing anti-science.

Dr David Horton
NSW, Australia

John Stowers July 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm

John Stowers
PhD Student
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Ken Spagnolo July 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Wellington
New Zealand

Fully support John Abraham.

Tatiana Rehbein July 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Please accept my wholehearted support.

Barry Brook July 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Barry Brook, Professor of Climate Change, University of Adelaide

M. Corey Watts July 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Melbourne, Australia

Up with this malarkey I will not put. Good on you John Abraham.

Neal J. King July 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Neal J. King
Munich, GERMANY

I support Pf. Abraham, scientific accuracy and academic freedom

Megan Evans July 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm

John Abraham has always displayed outstanding professionalism, and has my full support. Christopher Moncton’s attempts to remove Prof. Abraham’s presentation are completely unfounded.

Megan Evans
University of Queensland, Australia

Paul Grace July 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Paul Grace,
Manchester, California.

Tenney Naumer July 15, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Monckton is the liar! John Abraham is an honorable and much needed participant in the effort to bring the truth to the world about Monckton and the fossil-fuel industry that pays Monckton to spread his lies and nonsense.

John Abraham’s slide presentation is so needed right now.

Please do not censor John Abraham.

Tenney Naumer, MBA, MAcc. (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), ex-CPa

rmp July 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Unqualified support for John Abraham.

JohnCook July 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

John Abraham’s work is a vital rebuttal of the misinformation present in Monckton’s arguments. When Monckton responded with personal attacks, Abraham was respectful and professional in his response, devoting his arguments to purely scientific topics. His conduct has been exemplary.

John Cook
Brisbane, Australia
skepticalscience.com

Shirley J. Pulawski July 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I’ve witnessed Monckton in person, and interacted with him. Reason seems to escape him in favor of his ego. He has no serious education in science, he has consistently corrupted science in all of his arguments, he consistently manipulates graphs and charts to make them look like they represent things that they don’t, yet there are people who still take him seriously. As of the last year, he’s made the most inflammatory statements publicly ever, calling students Nazis. He still insists that lead and DDT and lots of other things are safe for human ingestion, despite scientific findings. He needs to just disappear from people’s radar, because nothing he says is based in fact.

Phil Scadden July 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Phil Scadden
Dunedin New Zealand,
GNS Science

lelnguye July 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

just leaving a comment to support Mr. Abraham. I don’t really have anything substantial to add to the conversation but it does trouble me that the “global warming dissidents” resort to tactics like this, which just affirms my belief that many of them do not really care about freedom of speech, they just want to talk louder than everyone else (even when they complain that their speech is being “repressed” because no one takes them seriously)…

Cameron Peters July 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Cameron Peters
Poulsbo, WA
USA

Peggy Lopipero-Langmo July 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Thank you John Abraham for your excellent rebuttal of a disgraceful mischaracterization of climate change science. Thank you for the presentation. I only wish you could give it on the prime time news worldwide to expose the denial and deceit of Moncton and company. How is it that such persons do not go to jail for their subversion of science and can continue to disparage the scientific community?!?!

Bary Weeber July 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Wellington, New Zealand

Fully support

Geoff Rait July 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Geoff Rait
Ph.D. (Geology)
Calgary, AB, Canada

The more publicity this generates for *both* Abraham and Monckton the better. The contrasts between the writings of the two couldn’t be more stark, and it takes no scientific expertise to appreciate that Monckton has none.

Alais de Hoogh July 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Alais de Hoogh, Carbondale, IL

Bryson Brown July 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I’m a philosopher of science and Past President of the Canadian Philosophical Association. Dr. Abraham has produced a patient, professional and fair critique of Christopher Monckton’s claims regarding climate science and global climate change– a great public service and a significant contribution to public discussion of global warming. I recently cited Dr. Abraham’s presentation in my Presidential address to our annual meetings on the topic of denialism. It would be a terrible shame if pressure from allies of Monckton were to persuade the University of St. Thomas to remove Dr. Abraham’s presentation from its web site, and it would be a complete disgrace were University to bow to pressure and ‘investigate’ Dr. Abraham’s completely impeccable behaviour in this matter: I hope and presume that neither of these actions will be seriously considered by the University.

Dean Povey July 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Dean Povey,
Brisbane, Australia.

Dan Satterfield July 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm

The attempts to silence Abraham are the best indicator of how completely Abraham blew apart Monckton’s pseudoscience silliness.

Science – 1 Return to Dark Ages – nil.

Dan

Mark Tough July 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Unreserved support. We can’t burn books anymore, even Monckton has a right to his myopic views but they must be allowed to be rebutted.

As a Business Analyst I look at numbers all the time and to extend a phrase there are lies, damn lies, statistics and Monckton.

Good luck and thanks for your work John.

Graham Wayne July 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I fully support the statement urging St. Thomas University not to suppress the excellent work by John Abraham. When academics can no longer publish meaningful discussion of scientific subjects, they are then the victims of exactly the kind of suppression of free speech that climate change deniers claim they are themselves victim.

This attempt to frighten a scientist and the institution he works for is absolutely disgraceful, and a clear measure of the type of person making such threats.

Graham Wayne

Peter Flynn July 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I am a science teacher.

I fully support the University and Professor Abraham in holding the ground against scientific misinformation and wilful distortion.

Peter Flynn
South Australia

Fabian Astore July 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Fabian Astore
Sydney, Australia

Robert Davies July 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Well done, John!
Robert Davies
Logan, Utah

Peter Main July 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Abraham and the University stand for enlightening others to enable all people to understand our planet and how to continue to live with it. Monckton stands for self aggrandisement and self promotion to earn money by being confrontationist and “news”worthy. His attack on Abraham and his attempt to coerce the President of the University only confirm his lack of ethics and morals. Abraham is to be congratulated on being an exemplar of scientific rigor and probity.

Andy Russell July 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Andy Russell, University of Manchester, UK.

One of Monkton’s first points in his document aimed at Abraham was to question his understanding of the traditions of academe (or some similar nonsense) – to then go on to try and bully Abraham and imply legal action is hypocrital and misguided.

Dana July 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Great presentation by Dr. Abraham. Monckton is on the run!

Andrew Lawrence July 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Andrew Lawrence
Software Developer
Melbourne, Australia

1077 July 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Whoever does not realize that this is a POLITICAL dispute and NOT a scientific one is either stupid or crooked. The exchanges are slowly but surely becoming disgusting.

Can anyone disclose who is financing this “skeptical” website?

Cam July 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Cameron Tampion
Melbourne, Australia

Ari Jokimäki July 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Ari Jokimäki
Espoo, Finland

Scott Elaurant July 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Well done John Abraham. Lies persist when intelligent men say nothing.

May St Thomas University continue to host this important source of facts in the charade that now passes for Climate Change debate.

Rick Baartman July 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I fully support the St. Thomas University and Professor Abraham

Surrey, BC, Canada

Otto L July 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

M.Sc. (Biochem.)
Turku, Finland

Anna Haynes July 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Freedom isn’t free; we do have to stand up to attacks by barbarians.

Thank you John Abraham; you’ve done your university proud.

James Annan July 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm

James Annan, RIGC, Japan

(TBH I’m confident enough that the university would act appropriately without this. But I’m still more than happy to offer support.)

Ian Fisk July 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Ian Fisk, Wellington, New Zealand (graduate of Victoria University).

Rick McIntire July 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I wholeheartedly support Professor Abraham’s work and his presentation debunking Mr. Monckton’s diatribes against real science.

Lennert Veerman July 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Lennert Veerman MD MPH PhD (public health)
The University of Queensland

Monckton cannot be taken seriously, but regrettably too many people do. Antivenom such as that by Dr Abraham is essential if science and reason are to prevail in the debate on climate change.

Phil Tate July 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Phil Tate
Wellington, New Zealand

Peter Griffin July 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Peter Griffin,
Wellington, New Zealand

Russell Brown July 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Russell Brown
Journalist
Auckland, New Zealand

Joseph Shea July 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Joseph Shea, Post-doctoral Researcher
UBC/UNBC, British Columbia, Canada

Full support for Dr. Abraham and St. Thomas University.

Rod Burgoyne July 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm

speechless

Peter King July 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm

It would be a travesty if the “media tart”, “Lord” Christopher Monckton were to affect the shutdown of a serious, scientific based dismemberment of Monckton’s flawed arguments…we need more John Abrahams in this critical global debate that is so skewed by emotive rubbish from the “anti science” brigade.

Sadly the general public are more likely to respond positively to Monckton’s ravings as it is less scary and far less challenging than understanding the nuances of the issue.

david winter July 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

David Winter
PhD Student
University of Otago

Timothy Reichle July 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I support John Abraham .

Glenn Tamblyn July 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I fully support Profesor Abraham. This type of bullying by Monckton is contemptable

Glenn Tamblyn, Batchelor of Mech Engineering
Victoria, Australia

Martin Vermeer July 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Martin Vermeer
Professor of Geodesy
Aalto University School of Science and Technology
Espoo, Finland

Richard July 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Richard Hockey
Brisbane
Australia

This is an assault on the very foundations of good science.

Bill Asher July 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Prof. Abraham:

Well played.

Bill Asher
University of Washington

Phil Irvine July 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I fully support the St. Thomas University and Professor Abraham.
The University should take no notice of those people who are trying to censor Prof Abraham.
His response to a quite insulting diatribe from Monckton was very professional and reflected well on him and the University.

Brendan Hutching July 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Brendan Hutching
Wellington
New Zealand

Full support for Professor Abraham. No need to dignify Monckton’s Gish gallop with a response.

Karen Nelson July 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Let the scientists talk science. Banish the pretenders.

Karen Nelson,
Phoenix, Arizona

Stephen Latham July 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Stephen Latham, MSc. Zoology, UBC, 2002.
I would like to acknowledge the good work that John Abraham has done in exposing the disingenuous efforts of Monckton; I would also like to suggest that a university being bullied by a liar should publicly stand against the bully in support of academic freedom and freedom of speech of its faculty.

John Samuel July 15, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I support John Abraham, St Thomas University and science without censorship.

Chris L July 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Chris Longson (PhD, Ecology)
Auckland
New Zealand

John Brookes July 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm

John Brookes, BSc (Hons) Physics, UWA 1980.

I just watched John Abraham’s presentation. It was well balanced, and limited itself to addressing Monckton’s arguments. If it made Monckton look stupid or disingenuous, that is a reflection on Monckton. I know you will ignore any pressure from followers of Monckton.

Tom Butlin July 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Tom Butlin, B Sc
Thinker

Facts versus fiction. Great work

Michael Ashley July 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm

The fact that anyone can take Monckton seriously is a mystery. He would be purely an object of amusement if it wasn’t for the deeply malicious streak that is evident in his bizarre attacks on John Abraham.

Michael Ashley (Professor, School of Physics, University of New South Wales)

Dorothy Bishop July 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I watched Dr Abrahams ppt presentation; he is to be congratulated on taking such a scholarly approach to the subject and avoiding personal invective (note to Hot Topic – I don’t think references to the ‘potty peer’ are helpful here, whatever you may think of Monckton).

Prof Dorothy Bishop
Dept Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford, UK.

bill July 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Bill Doyle
Adelaide
South Australia

David Briggs July 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm

David Briggs, University of Manchester, UK

Christopher Sauvarin July 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I wholehearted support Professor John Abraham and his defence of the science.

As John Abraham and others have demonstrated repeatedly, Monckton has everything to fear from close scrutiny of his claims.

It’s obvious why Monckton is attempting to censor the truth.

Christopher Sauvarin
Walton-on-Thames
United Kingdom

Dan Moutal July 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I support John Abraham

Dan Moutal B Sc
http://www.irregularclimate.com

Adam July 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

We need the science to be leading the climate change discussions. Well done Abraham for the science based rebuttal of Monckton; well done to the university for having the courage and the conviction to leave the presentation up.

Willem-Jan van Zeist July 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Willem-Jan van Zeist – PhD-student, Theoretical Chemistry
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

KerrieAnne Christian July 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I support John Abraham, St Thomas University and science without censorship and free of “confirmation bias”

KerrieAnne Christian
Australia

Stuart Hargreaves July 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I wholeheartedly endorse this statement of support for Prof. Abraham. The issue of climate change and the need to debunk Monckton’s nonsense are of great importance.

I urge St. Thomas University not to cave in to efforts to suppress academic freedom by Monckton and his canvassed puppets from the fringes of denialism.

Greg Staib July 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Gregory Staib
Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

William Nyden July 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm

If you can’t argue, try to intimidate and shout out.
I support Science as represented by Dr Abraham.

William Nyden
Volunteer, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Mountain View, California

My opinions are my own, and do not necessarily represent those of the MBA.

Tom Geauvreau July 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Professor Abraham is trying to make the stupid stop.
He needs support.
My name is here.

Bryan Lawrence July 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Unreservedly support John Abrahams.
Bryan Lawrence
Head, British Atmospheric Data Centre

Arjen Costerus July 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Arjen Costerus
Rotterdam
the Netherlands

Justin Wood July 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Monckton is a fraud and a charlatan, and his pathetic attempts to silence those would carefully and correctly expose him should be rejected with the contempt they (and he) deserves.

J Wood, PhD candidate, Murdoch University, Western Australia

Adrian Cockcroft July 15, 2010 at 6:51 pm

John Abraham is performing a valuable service by exposing Monckton’s lies distortions and cherry picking in a clear and scientific manner. The bluster and personal attacks from Monckton in response are in character, and further expose Monckton to ridicule.

Adrian Cockcroft
California USA
(BSc Applied Physics, London)

Andrew Mitchell July 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I support Professor Abraham’s criticism of Monckton.

Richard M. Arnold July 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I wish to add my support to the impressive effort of John Abraham to add rationality and integrity to the climate change debate. Voices such as Lord Monckton’s are loud and influential. When the loud voices misrepresent science, it is entirely appropriate to identify the misrepresentation. John Abraham’s presentation was a clear and balanced critique of Lord Monckton’s arguments. I commend the courage and integrity of both Professor Abraham and St. Thomas University for posting Abraham’s presentation.
Richard M. Arnold, Littleton, Colorado

Phil Clarke July 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Sunshine is the best disinfectant. Monckton’s bizarre bafflegab reveals a complete lack of substantive response. Keep Digging your Lordship, and thanks to Abraham for providing the shovel.

One effect of this affair had been – it caused me to watch Abraham’s presentation in full, there is nothing there remotely libellous.

I have coined the term WattSpam for the deluge of mail that the University will now be receiving, however Abraham’s presentation MUST remain available to the general public, as an extraordinarily good educational resource.

Xavier Mayes July 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I am in full support of Professor Abraham and hope the University stands behind his transparent and professional rebuttal of Christopher Monckton.

Curtin University,
Perth, Australia.

Toby Joyce July 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I support Professor John Abraham’s courageous stand for science and free speech. Efforts to censor Professor Abraham by threats and intimidation must be firmly resisted.

Toby Joyce
Navan, Ireland

(PhD candidate, Trinity College, Dublin)

Nancy E M Bailey July 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Prof Abraham’s rebuttal to the Monckton lecture was base on the science and devastatingly thorough. More presentations like John Abraham’s are vital if the non-scientific community is to understand the issues at stake. Professionalism like this reflects well not only on an excellent teacher, but on his employer, St Thomas University. I trust they will not be intimidated by Monckton’s bluster.

Nancy E M Bailey, BA, MLitt
Scotland

Norm Hoffmann July 15, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Norm Hoffmann
Vancouver, Canada

Sailesh Rao July 15, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Prof. John Abraham did his duty as an academic researcher to search for the truth. His work is commendable and should be highlighted as a shining example for all students to follow – be open to receive the truth from anyone, but always, cut, scrape and examine every fact presented to you and search for the truth yourselves. Dr. Abraham showed how anyone can do that with the application of a brain that we are all endowed with, by sifting through the evidence that is all around us and where necessary, by seeking clarifications from the authors who were cited in the original work. Far from being taken down from the St. Thomas University web site, I would recommend that his presentation be prominently highlighted.

Sailesh Rao, Ph. D., Stanford University, California.

PS: Please remove all derogatory references to Chris Monckton in the text above. It does a disservice to Prof. Abraham’s exemplary professionalism.

Ian Hopkinson July 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Ian Hopkinson, Chester, UK (PhD. Physical Chemistry, Durham University)

Nancy E M Bailey July 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Prof Abraham’s rebuttal to the Monckton lecture was based on the science and devastatingly thorough. More presentations like John Abraham’s are vital if the non-scientific community is to understand the issues at stake. This professionalism reflects well not only on an excellent teacher, but on his employer, St Thomas University. I trust they will not be intimidated by Monckton’s bluster.

Nancy E M Bailey, BA, MLitt
Scotland

Kevin Meaney July 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Kevin Meaney
Oxford, United Kingdom.
No affiliation.
Support Unreservedly.

Adam Crow July 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Adam Crow
Heatherton VIC
Australia

Resist Ignorance.

Philippe Chantreau July 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Many thanks and unreserved support to Dr Abraham.

Ville Koskinen July 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I commend and applaud Prof. Abraham’s efforts!

Ville Koskinen, bioinformatics software developer
London, UK

Henry Hudson July 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

John Abraham is spot on.

Tim Jones July 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Monckton misleads his fellow man with arguments from the most selfish side of’ human endeavor. Exposed to the light he can’t outshine his opponent’s debunking his nonsense but only seeks to endarken us all by suppressing the truth. Dr. Abraham should be supported by the University for exposing Monckton for the duplicitous tool he is.

Bob Ashworth July 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Thank you John Abraham, I unreservedly support your debunking of Monckton’s presentation.

A real service to science.

Mark Bigland-Pritchard July 15, 2010 at 7:27 pm

MA Chemical Engineering
MSc Energy Conservation
PhD Architectural Physics

John Abraham is to be congratulated on his careful, rigorous and respectful critique of the unscientific hotchpotch presented by Mr Monckton. Mr Monckton’s present attempt to force censorship of it is merely a sign of his real attitude to academic freedom. If Monckton had a real case he would welcome open debate – instead he demands to be the only voice to be heard. Under no circumstances should you allow this hectoring bully to prevail. Please stand firm in your support for John Abraham.

Tim Lambert July 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Tim Lambert, School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of News South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Wim Prange July 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Wim Prange, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Prof. Abrahams, keep up the good work. Your rebuttal was excellent, factual, and to the point.
And Father Dennis J. Dease, I hope you recognize what a bully Christopher Monckton has become.

Silencing scientists? Really?

Nick Barnes July 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Nick Barnes
Clear Climate Code project and Open Climate Code project
London, UK

Abraham’s rebuttals of Monckton’s presentation are good work, and are not libellous. In the interests of academic freedom, freedom of speech, public information, and – maybe not least – standing up to bullies, St Thomas University should continue to support his work and to host his rebuttals on its website.

Adrian Gibbs July 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

In support of John Abraham.

Adrian Gibbs
London, UK

Graham Coghill July 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Professor Abrahams has done a magnificent job. His meticulous work should not be silenced by the efforts of misinformers.

Mark Pearce July 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Monckton deserves to be clearly shown for what he is – and it is not a pretty sight. Thanks for taking the time to rebut his deceptions and misrepresentations. The guy is outrageous.

The more that science stands up to these guys and takes them on in public the better. I would love to see him step out of line enough to be taken on in a libel court and for it to be a very public case.

Barry July 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

John Abraham is to be commended for taking on such a task. Well done him, and the university for resisting such bullying.

Barry Phease
Wellington, NZ

Erik Svensson July 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Erik Svensson
Göteborg
Sweden

Shuning Bian July 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Shuning Bian
Sydney
Australia

David Hewitt July 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

David Hewitt
Manchester
England

David Penington July 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Wholehearted support

David A Penington
Melbourne Australia

JMurphy July 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I have every confidence that any educational institute would base their decisions on the facts so, in this case, I am confident that St. Thomas University (having regard to the scientific facts and rational arguments laid out by Professor Abraham) will ignore the calls for censorship from lynch-mob campaigns initiated by those who are more interested in propaganda and pseudo-science.

Macro July 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Malcolm Croft
Coatesville
Auckland
New Zealand.

Chris S. July 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Professor Abraham has done a steling job in confronting the claims of Monkton. The vociferousness of the attacks on Abraham & his University stand as testament to this fact. I urge tham both to stand firm against these groundless accusations.

Shaun Williams July 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Brisbane
Australia

Thomas Corcoran July 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Cologne, Germany.

It is unconscionable how much harm Lard Mockton is doing to science and specifically climate science studies. His role as a darling of the denialist movement clearly has financial gains for him, so he has every incentive to fog the issue by any means. Let us not forget that this fine fellow once advocated for all HIV infected persons, these undesirables be forcibly removed from society and quarantined on an island. Not all that different from a certain groups Madagascar plan

joni July 15, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Jon Harris
Sydney
Australia

Paul Codd MacDonald July 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

The more he pushes, the more resistance he creates.

Paul Codd MacDonald
Lecturer of Strategy
ESERP Business School Barcelona

William M. Connolley July 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Support.

William Connolley, Coton, Cambridge.

Patrik Lindenfors July 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Patrik Lindenfors
Associate Professor in Zoological Ecology
Stockholm
Sweden

Philip Drake, London July 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Mr Monckton’s unerstanding of libel law appears to be almost as weak as his grasp of science. If you author a piece that represents something as other than what it is, then you have misrepresented it. If you make something up, then you can be said to have fabricated it. Nothing in John Abraham’s piece would be regarded as libellous in any Anglo-Saxon court, even if it were scientifically incorrect. It would all be regarded as fair comment. That includes the expression ‘sleight of hand’.
Mr Monckton’s threats are a blatant attempt to intimidate

Margaret Morgan July 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Macquarie University
Sydney

Paul Ashton July 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm

In support of John Abraham and St Thomas University, and in defence of true scientific scepticism.

London, UK

Lee Russell July 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Lee Russell
Worcester, UK

It is vitally important that this rebuttal remain in place. I now have a source of information to show the Monckton Massive what a lot of A***wash he spouts!

Dr Mat July 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I fully support Prof John Abraham, and urge the Congress of the United States to conduct an inquiry into the funding, sponsors, methods, lies, libelous allegations and threats, veiled or otherwise, by these so-called skeptics.

Bernard Walsh July 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

No academic affiliation, just an environmental consultant concerned about climate change.

Personally, I found John Abraham’s video to be quite illuminating, with well-documented evidence as to why the story expounded by Mr Monckton was factually incorrect.

Bob Turner July 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Bob Turner
Antwerp
Belgium

… supporting and admiring John Abrahams’ excelent work.

Ian Orchard July 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm

It’s troubling that so often blatant lies and distortions are accepted by the Main Stream Media without any hint of challenge or remorse. Hopefully the Climategate nonsense will galvanise the scientific community to fight back. John Abraham is a hero.

Ian O
Christchurch, NZ

Thomas Huld July 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Professor Abraham did an excellent job in detailing the errors in Monckton’s presentations. It is preposterous to think that correcting scientific errors should be libelous.

Thomas Huld
M.Eng., electrical engineering
Ph.D., plasma physics
Ispra, Italy

Peter Patonai July 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Well done John – great stuff. Keep up the good work and don’t let yourself be bullied!

Paul Diaper July 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I think most have said it all ready. You don’t have scientific debate via lawyers. I think Johns presentation is appropriate given that Monckton has failed to produce any formal research.

UK

J Crabb July 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Monkton is a bum

Stuart Nock July 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I concur.

Chris Hawkshaw July 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Sydney, Australia

The contrarians asked for a scientific debate. Now they have one, and they’re clamouring to shut it down (in the most ignorant and pompous manner possible if the copied emails at WUWT are any guide). I congratulate St Thomas University and Professor Abraham for standing up to the anti-science brigade. Please ride out this orchestrated email storm in the name of good sense and good science.

John Prytherch July 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
United Kingdom

Michael Webster July 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Monbiot has called it correctly, not only is Monckton delusional and a tallented conman, but he is paranoid and nasty.

Australia

Claire James July 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

St. Thomas University, please keep Prof. John Abraham’s excellent presentation on your website. Its popularity is an encouraging sign that science can fight back against disinformation.

London, UK

Anders Emretsson July 15, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Gustavsberg, Sweden

Richard Lawrence July 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I agree wholeheartedly. Bravo A/Prof Abraham.
Richard Lawrence MBBS (Syd), PhD (Syd) FRACP
Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Newcastle University
Newcastle
Australia

Albie Sharpe July 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Kyoto, Japan

I fully support you and what you are doing!

Mario Tamboer July 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I support John Abraham

Helge Drange July 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Full support to John Abraham for pointing out and displaying errors, misinterpretations, misleading and non-balanced information in Monckton’s presentation.

Helge Drange
Prof in oceanography
University of Bergen
Norway

Adam July 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

A Wellings, Sheffield, UK

Tony Castley July 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm

IT Systems Architect, Science interested and literate.

Full support to John Abraham not only should his presentation be retained it should be advertised and distributed widely.

Sveinn Atli Gunnarsson July 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Reykjavík, Iceland
Editor

We have to defend science from delusional people like Monckton.

Thanks to John Abraham for his good work.

Jack Kelly July 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I offer my support for Professor John Abraham

Jack Kelly
London, UK

Randy Ross July 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Randy Ross, Canandaigua, NY

Monckton is a fool and a liar. He makes up facts as he goes and he argues science by intimidation.

I completely support John Abraham, and urge St. Thomas Univ. to completely ignore Monckton.

Mike Allen July 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Broomfield Victoria, Australia

Andrew Plant July 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

John Abraham has my complete support in his quest to unmask deceit and outright lies in the climate change debate. Science needs to be defended against the threat of litigation – truth cannot be silenced.

Thomas Woodruff July 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm

PhD Candidate
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
USA

Bringing threats of libel into a scientific discussion – Monckton is the antithesis of science. Prof. Abraham’s presentation is well within the bounds of normal academic discourse. If it sometimes seems overly strident or even personal, one need not look far for the reason, the inflammatory, accusatory, and conspiracy-minded agitprop to which it is a reply.

Douglas Ian Campbell July 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm

St. Thomas University, please keep Professor John Abraham’s invaluable presentation on your website.

Doug Campbell
Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Canterbury

Mark Johnson July 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I support John Abraham and his right to freely express scientific fact.

Luke Silburn July 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Professor Abraham has done sterling service by placing Christopher Monckton’s assertions under careful scrutiny. I fully support his efforts in this matter and condemn any attempt to supress an examination of Lord Monckton’s claims.

Luke Silburn
London, UK

Alexander Johannesen July 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Alexander Johannesen
NSW, Australia

Monckton is scared senseless of science. He’s a talker that prefer evidence to stay away from his delusions, thank you very much. He’s part of the scum of the human species, an embarrassment to thinkers everywhere. The only way to battle stupidity is with science, and I’d like to thank John Abraham and St. Thomas University for doing the exactly right thing!

Jeremy Cavanagh July 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Jeremy Cavanagh
Electrical Engineer
London, UK.

I completely support Dr Abraham’s professional use of academic enquiry in regard to what Christopher Monckton has been saying in public about climate science. I expect that St Thomas University will ignore Monckton’s bullying tactics in trying to stop Dr Abraham doing what he is paid for.

Anja July 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Anja van Leeuwen, biologist
The Netherlands

What a ridiculous situation, that this show of support should even be necessary!

I’ve seen the presentations of John Abraham and Christopher Monckton, followed the ensuing responses and the request by Monckton to flood the university with emails demanding censorship and sanctions. I can only hope the university will not accede to such bully tactics.

My heartfelt thanks to John Abraham for putting in so much time and effort into rebutting Monckton’s presentation.

Sebastián Tyrrell July 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Fair play to John Abraham for his patient and considered responses to what can only be described as the ravings of Christopher Monckton.

Charles Knell July 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I offer my full support to Professor John Abraham and St. Thomas in standing up to cheap demagogues like Christopher Monckton and Anthony Watts.

Adam Corner July 15, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I’d like to support this

Adam Corner
School of Psychology
Cardiff University, UK

Greg Benvenuti July 15, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Professor Abraham has not defamed Mr Monckton at all. He has every right to pick apart Monckton’s false assertions.

Keep it up!

Neilious July 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Neil Gaskell
Engineering Student
Australia

James Dixon July 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I unreservedly and wholeheartedly support the work of John Abraham in this matter.

James Dixon
UK

Ian Angus July 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Ian Angus
Ottawa Canada

Mark Brandon July 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm

It is cheap and nasty to attempt to suppress Prof Abraham’s excellent work. There was a similar case at UCL, with Prof David Colquhoun, FRS. I hope that St. Thomas University is as robust as UCL was in their defence of a member of their academic community.

Ken Hendrickson July 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm

John Abraham should be applauded for his significant efforts in exposing the numerous falsehoods in Monckton’s presentation. Since Monckton has no factual basis on which to rebut Abraham’s points it is perhaps not surprising that he has attempted to get them censored, yet it is a despicable, reprehensible and disingenuous act that must not be allowed to succeed.

Ken Hendrickson, Dorset, UK

Tom Bennion July 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Please pass on my support for John Abraham’s important work

Tom Bennion
Lawyer
NZ

wb July 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm

support !

Matt Williams July 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I support John Abraham’s work. Highlighting the flaws and inaccuracies in Monckton’s arguments is an absolutely vital service.

Matt Williams
DClinPsych candidate
Massey University
New Zealand

Stewart Love July 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Stewart Love
UK

Rob Taylor July 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I wholeheartedly support John Abraham’s diligent and measured critique of the “science” behind Monckton’s bizarre claims.

The hysterical response from Monckton and his denialist supporters clearly demonstrates that the Viscount is not wearing any clothes…

Sime July 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Lord Monckton is a charlatan and a fraudster with no scientific credibility, capability or qualifications in any way shape or forum.

Professor John Abraham however is, has been, and continues to be a consummate scientific professional despite the appalling antics and behavior of Lord Monckton and his followers.

Professor Abraham is a credit to St Thomas University. It is vitally important that in academia and in a democratic society at large that his rebuttal to the appallingly “Bad Science” produced by Lord Monckton remain in public view for the benefit of all who believe that there should be truth and integrity in science, something that is sadly lacking both in what is produced by Lord Monckton and in his current childish behavior.

Miles Gould July 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Dr Miles Gould
Research Associate, University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK.

David du Toit July 15, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Pretoria
South Africa

John McManus July 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Congratulations to Dr. Abraham for understanding the true purpose of educational institutions.

John McManus
Oxford, Nova Scotia,
Canada

Kieran July 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I looked at this debunking talk by John Abraham’s it was well laid out, well backed up with peer reviewed literature and is exactly the kind of critique we need when dealing with such obvious charlatans promoting their pseudoscience.

Charles Scott July 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I support John Abraham and his right to express scientific understanding openly.

Charles Scott
Ph.D. Candidate
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Doug Mackie July 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Didja see that Owen McShane, Don Brash, Roger Douglas, Alan Gibbs et al. in their ETS submission to Parliament included a
supplement written by Monckton?

Craig Thomson July 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I support John Abrahams.

Geoffrey Rowe July 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm

The highly personal nature of Monkton’s attack alone should convince the University authorities to let Abrams effort remain. Not to mention his superb logic and communication skills.

Geoff Rowe
BA DipEd (retired teacher), enthusiastic follower of all things science.
Australia

JB July 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Jason Borawski
Boston, MA

Oliver Marchand July 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

My full support for John Abraham.
Oliver Marchand
Ph.D. in Computer Science
(former researcher at german and swiss weather service)

Phil M July 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

John Abraham, you rock, we need more scientists like yourself to stand up to the massive disinformation campaign be waged by the denialist industry, at the expense of our planet & its inhabitants. Good luck.

SWK July 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm

John Abraham’s presentation is good work and I applaud his actions.
St Thomas University also carries out a very important function in the support of his work.

Stephen Kittel
Adelaide
South Australia

Otto Nikolaus July 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm

It is vital that the charlatans and fraudsters promoting pseudoscience are not allowed to shut down sceptical examination of their claims by genuine scientists.

Otto Nikolaus
Northampton
UK

Tim July 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Tim Renowden
Wellington, New Zealand

Mikael Andersson July 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm

100% support!

Mikael Andersson
Angelholm, Sweden

Chris Chapman July 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Christopher Chapman
Canberra, Australia

Riccardo Reitano July 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I’m sure that the St. Thomas University Academic Community and President Father Dennis Dease are proud of Prof. Abraham and will just ignore Mr. Monkton’s ignorant intimidation. It’s a duty for any Academic and Scientific Institution to defend and protect science and scientists from any threat to the freedom of research and education.

Prof. Riccardo Reitano,
University of Catania, Italy

Martin Mathers July 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Free speech and good science please.

I support the work of John Abraham

Paul Tonita July 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm

John Abraham used the apparently underhanded methods that one learns in a career of scientific investigation. Monckton wants him disciplined for that. It’s Monckton who needs to learn what the scientific discipline entails. Kudos to John Abraham.

Paul Tonita
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Sheila Crosby July 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Thank you Dr. Abraham for publicising scientific facts. Thank you for showing us where we can check these facts. And thank you for sticking to facts.

And thank you to the University of St. Thomas for providing the website.

You both rock!

Mark Ryan July 15, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Mark Ryan
LaTrobe University Honours
Melbourne Australia

Søren Rosdahl Jensen July 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Unreserved support to Dr John Abraham.

David Jones July 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I support the statement.

Abraham is doing nothing more than following his moral duty to promote honest science.

David Jones
Clear Climate Code, and Open Climate Code.

pd July 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Piotr Djaków

Wrocław, Poland

Mauri Pelto July 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I support the above statement regarding Professor Abraham.
Mauri Pelto
Professor Environmental Science
Director North Cascade Glacier Climate Project
Nichols College
Dudley, MA 01571

Andy Casely July 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I unreservedly support Dr Abraham’s work. His presentation is entirely polite, and a model of scientific integrity and a great teaching resource on some of the methods to combat fallacious arguments. Monckton’s responses have been the opposite – unscientific, personal attacks. Such attacks need to be stopped wherever they occur in science – if the science is wrong, show it is wrong with science, don’t vindictively attack the person. It is imperative that St Thomas University stand up for the freedom of scientific enquiry.

Robert Murphy July 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm

A free market of ideas is a prerequisite of liberty. Monckton joins a long line of ideologues and petty tyrants who fear the unfettered flow of knowledge and therefore resort to the suppression of those who would oppose them with words. Enough is enough. Cockroaches flee from the light; shine it brightly enough on Monckton and he’ll do the same. Let Abraham speak.

Robert Murphy
North Carolina
USA

Andrew W July 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I support Dr John Abraham.

Monckton’s hubris knows no bounds.

Andrew Worth
Rotorua
New Zealand.

Richard Burnham July 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I have been appalled at the very obvious misrepresentations of climate science by Christopher Monckton. Monckton responds to reasoned criticism, such as that by John Abraham, with vicious personal attacks, and is currently clearly making an attack on academic freedom for a political end.

Richard Burnham
(MA, MSc Oxford, PhD Queen’s University of Belfast)
Shrewsbury, UK

Mike Clark July 15, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Mike Clark
PhD Student
University of Queensland, Australia

Proud to stand up for science and support John Abraham

Tym King July 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Congratulations to John Abraham and his university on this much-needed work.

Tym King
Barcelona
Spain

Blair Rogers July 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I support John Abraham and the use of science to expose the flaws in Monckton’s assertions.

John Abraham is a credit to St. Thomas University.

Blair Rogers BA (Geog.), M. Phil. (REP)
Energy Researcher
Havelock North, New Zealand

Rolf Schmidt July 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Rolf Schmidt
Melbourne
Australia

Byron Smith July 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I support the work of John Abraham and heartily endorse the above statement.

Byron Smith
PhD candidate
University of Edinburgh

Roger Wesson July 15, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I commend Professor Abraham’s efforts to combat anti-science, and condemn Monckton’s efforts to organise and encourage harassment of Professor Abraham and his university.

Charlotte Clark July 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Charlotte Clark
PhD Student
University of Queensland, Australia

Larry Hayles July 15, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Monckton knows he cannot win on a continued scientific debate. This attempt to silence Prof Abraham is his only recourse to keep people from finding out how ridiculously fraudulent Monckton really is. As a lay person trying to understand the science, I find Prof Abrahams rebuttal a wonderful resource. I hope that you stand against Moncktons misguided mob and keep the presentation available.

Barton Paul Levenson July 15, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I fully support Dr. Abraham. And, for about the third or fourth time, I challenge Monckton to just the kind of stage debate he wants. I have yet to hear a reply.

Stephen Pare July 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Dr. Abraham should be applauded, not censured, for his signal service to a rational use of science in the public sphere.

Richard Marks July 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Richard Marks (B App Sci – Comp)
Brisbane, Australia

Rolf Schmidt July 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Rolf Schmidt
Melbourne
Australia

Abraham attacked message, Monckton only knows how to attack the man. Keep up the good work John!

Steve Brown July 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I give my full support to Prof Abraham for his tremendous effort in challenging pseudo-science and condemn the harassment he is currently facing. He is a credit to science and to St Thomas University.

Steve Brown,
London, UK

Steve Shope July 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I would like to add my support to Dr. Abraham. In an area as contentious as global warming it is essential to determine what is accurate and what is not. He has gone to great lengths using reason and evidence to show how one prominent global warming “skeptic” has systematically misrepresented the science. This is no small contribution considering the importance of global climate change.

Ken Harwood July 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Ken Harwood
Perth
Australia
I too commend Professor Abraham’s efforts to combat anti-science, and condemn Monckton’s efforts to organise and encourage harassment of Professor Abraham and his university.

Fraser Murdoch July 15, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Glasgow, UK

frankbi July 15, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Name: frankbi (pseudonym)

Location: Planet Earth

Blog: Decoding SwiftHack

I also urge the university to show to the whole world that they will take a firm stand against such intimidation by Viscount Monckton, and against any death threats or other hate speech which may be directed at Prof. Abraham or his defenders, as a result of Monckton’s call-to-arms. This is no time to simply keep quiet.

Michael Hubble-Marriott July 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I offer my full support and condone actions that seek to stiffle debate

Jeroen aka DarkSkywise July 15, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Supporting John Abraham!

Jeroen aka DarkSkywise
BSc Biochemistry (University of Amsterdam)
Alkmaar, Netherlands

Scott A Mandia July 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I support Dr. Abraham. Monckton is knowingly fooling the people of the world about what is likely the greatest threat to humanity in the 21st century and beyond. Monckton’s actions are criminal in my opinion and he should have legal action taken against him.

Scott A. Mandia, Professor – Physical Sciences
Selden, NY

Nathan Tetlaw July 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I would like to indicate my support for John Abraham

Declan Allison July 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Best wishes to Professor Abraham. Monckton’s legal threats and intimidation expose his complete lack of credibility. If climate change deniers had any sense they would dump him.

Mark Abell July 16, 2010 at 12:00 am

Mark Abell
Hornsby, NSW Australia

I also add my support to John Abraham.

Harold Brooks July 16, 2010 at 12:02 am

I wholeheartedly endorse Dr. Abraham’s efforts and applaud St. Thomas fort their support in hosting his presentation.

Harold Brooks
Norman, Oklahoma

Bob Hinrichs July 16, 2010 at 12:03 am

I offer my full support to Dr. Abraham and to the University of St. Thomas for their efforts to educate the public and their resistance to intimidation tactics.

Robert Hinrichs, PhD
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Tim Austin July 16, 2010 at 12:03 am

I hearby give my support for John Abraham. His rebuttal is, in all major instances, correct and concise. Monkton draws the wrong conclusions from questionable sources and dresses it up as science and “proof”. You can see the difference.

Paul H. July 16, 2010 at 12:04 am

May your tribe increase.

I’m a longtime text handler, reader, and editor in the science field, working alongside researchers, and know how this work is done. Do please keep up the good work, and may the university stand beside you 100 percent. I and like-minded people everywhere certainly do.

Craig Curnow July 16, 2010 at 12:09 am

Thanks to John Abraham for sticking up for science. If Monckton had a leg to stand on he would refute the science rather than resort to bullying.

Richard Christie July 16, 2010 at 12:09 am

Richard Christie
Musician

Hamilton
New Zealand.

Bob Brand July 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

I would like to commend Professor Abraham for his in-depth, polite and professional rebuttal of any and all points brought forward by Christopher Monckton.

The scientific community needs to step up to the plate to maintain standards of integrity, honesty and carefully argued scientific examination in the field of climate science. Rather than give in to a heavily politicized and polarized debate, scientists ought to be allowed to offer the facts and give their very best professional insights.

Prof. Abraham and St. Thomas University can be proud of this careful and factual presentation, offered to scientists and the general public alike.

Of course, different values and different political choices will come into play when determining a policy response, but open and objective discourse about scientific facts and theory should be unencumbered by these value judgements.

Bob Brand – The Netherlands
Physics Ph. D., University of Amsterdam

Jason Ahrns July 16, 2010 at 12:15 am

John Abraham is doing exactly what we want our academics to do, clarifying complex topics and distinguishing the wheat from the chaff on an important social issue. Monbiot’s campaign is a transparent attempt to silence someone who has exposed his chaff for what it is. Support John Abraham!

Jason Ahrns
Space Physics PhD Student
University of Alaska – Fairbanks

Susan L D Shamblin July 16, 2010 at 12:21 am

Professor John Abraham has my support and thanks for his excellent presentation of scientific facts.

Wade Gieni July 16, 2010 at 12:22 am

Wade B. Gieni, B.Sc.
Masters of Environmental Management (M.Sc.) Student
Royal Roads University
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Keep up the good work. The only way that this mis-information can be stopped is by educating the people on what the science is indicating, and how the concepts used in science differ from those used in the everyday world.

Donald Broatch July 16, 2010 at 12:22 am

I endorse the above statement wholeheartedly.

In addition, I would like to thank John Abraham for taking the time to debunk Monkcton’s Gish Gallop in the first place.

Donald Broatch (Bsc)

Ugo Bardi July 16, 2010 at 12:27 am

Ugo Bardi
Department of Chemistry
University of Firenze – Italy

Eachran Gilmour July 16, 2010 at 12:29 am

Paris, France

Doug Marmion July 16, 2010 at 12:29 am

Doug Marmion
Canberra, Australia

Gary Strand July 16, 2010 at 12:30 am

Monckton is little more than a bully. I fully support Dr. Abraham.

Gary Strand
NCAR
Boulder, CO, USA

David Jolmes July 16, 2010 at 12:32 am

David Holmes
B.NatRes (Hons) LLB (Hons)
Newcastle, Australia.

I support John Abraham’s strong rebuttal of Monckton.

Killian O'Brien July 16, 2010 at 12:34 am

It is well past the time when the bullying and outright lies of the climate denialists be dealt with directly. I characterize their actions as sui-genocide: Do they delude themselves they can survive 6C+ with the corporate chum they get, or are they really that lacking in basic reading skills?

Not since the Inquisition have we seen an entire group of people and an entire area of human knowledge and endeavor systematically attacked in this way. It is time to turn the tables. While the hypocritical and clownish Monckton tells lies and half-truths, let us tell full truths to reveal these unethical, immoral people for what they are.

My 2 year-old son’s future is in doubt, along with almost 7 billion others, because of their lies. This is a crime against humanity, and nature itself.

Magnus Westerstrand July 16, 2010 at 12:36 am

Magnus Westerstrand
Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Sweden

Stefano Caporali July 16, 2010 at 12:37 am

I also add my support to John Abraham.

Katri Lehtinen July 16, 2010 at 12:38 am

It’s wonderful to see so many supporting John Abraham and his methodological, scientific and astonishingly civil debunking of Monckton’s illusions and rantings.

Keep up the great work!

Katri Lehtinen (MA Eng Phil, Adv Dipl EDM (Open))
Bonn, Germany

michael sweet July 16, 2010 at 12:38 am

I teach High School Chemistry in Tampa, Florida. I storngly support scientists like Dr. Abrahams efforts to teach the public about Climate change. Why should a journalist be able to censor scientists?

Noelle July 16, 2010 at 12:41 am

I support the motion.

Bill Butler July 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

Professor Abraham has done a thorough job of exposing Monckton and St. Thomas University should be proud that they have John Abraham as one of their professors.

It is important to recognize what Christopher Monkton is. We have had previous experience with people who have “mental aberrations” and have manage to gain control of a country. For example: Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Christopher Monckton would seem to fit the “Hare Psychopathy Checklist” for “aggressive narcissism”. I have more on this on my webpage at: http://www.durangobill.com/GwdLiars/GwdLiarsChristopherMonckton.html

Bill Butler
B. Sc. Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brown University

stewart longman July 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

R. Stewart Longman, Ph.D.,
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
Calgary, Canada

Susan Anderson July 16, 2010 at 12:45 am

It is sad that the pseudo-skeptic community is so ready to cry censorship when they attack the facts, but when the shoe is on the other foot, they want the truth muzzled.

Dr. Abraham’s presentation is excessively polite and PACKED with facts. We need more, not less, like him. If Lord Monckton wants to peddle disinformation, it should at least be possible to get the kind of background Dr. Abraham’s hard work provides. If the truth hurts, that’s no reason to muzzle it.

Chad LaMontagne July 16, 2010 at 12:45 am

Fairview Heights, IL USA

Donald Oats July 16, 2010 at 12:46 am

John Abraham has demonstrated in no uncertain terms the power of critical thinking and reason, employed as they are to systematically demolish so many of the claims made in Christopher Monckton’s presentation. It is an incredible effort that should be appIauded.

I sincerely hope that St. Thomas University will leave Abraham’s detailed rebuttal on their website, for it is of great public benefit to see the contrast presented: on the one hand, Abraham does a forensic investigation of the claims made in Monckton’s presentation, and on the basis of the evidence is led to conclude that the claims are unwarranted; on the other hand, the original claims in Monckton’s presentation are examples of rhetoric and a magician’s tool of mis-direction, superficially appealing and yet without adequate basis in fact – as Abraham clearly establishes.

Donald Oats,
Murray Bridge,
South Australia.

James Hrynyshyn July 16, 2010 at 12:46 am

James Hrynyshyn
Saluda, NC, USA

Without the likes the Prof. Abraham and others like him who are dedicated to the scientific method and the integrity of science, the world would be a poorer place.

David Foskey July 16, 2010 at 12:48 am

I support John Abraham.

David Foskey, Melbourne, Australia

Nick D July 16, 2010 at 12:53 am

My full support for John Abraham.

Nick Dearth
Cincinnati, OH

Ian Musgrave July 16, 2010 at 12:54 am

I would like to register my support for John Abraham

Daniel Fox July 16, 2010 at 12:54 am

I strongly support John Abraham and do not want to see his work taken down. It is important that people like him are allowed to point out in detail what is wrong in the deceptive presentations of people like Monckton.

Daniel Fox
Bloomington, IN

Jason Pettitt July 16, 2010 at 12:58 am

Dr Abrahams’ response to The Viscount Monkton of Brenchley’s ridiculous traveling show is fair and long-overdue; he’s a credit to academia and his university. It would be very welcome if more academics would take the time to communicate their craft with the public.

Jason Pettitt,
Science fan and Open University student
East Anglia, UK.

John Cartmill July 16, 2010 at 1:00 am

I found Professor Abraham’s presentation to be credible, fair and polite.
I especailly appreciate the fact that he personally contacted many of tthe authors and presented their opinions directly, rather than his own interpretation.

John Cartmill
Herndon, VA USA

Cristiania Panseri July 16, 2010 at 1:01 am

Cristiania Panseri
Criminologist

Igor Samoylenko July 16, 2010 at 1:08 am

I fully support the petition.

Igor Samoylenko, PhD, Reading, UK

John Grant July 16, 2010 at 1:09 am

John Grant, writer

Cedric Katesby July 16, 2010 at 1:09 am

Thank you Professor Abraham for exposing deciet and defending science.
May other outraged scientists swell your ranks and actively confront the disinformation campaign that is poisoning the public’s understanding of scientific issues.
Keep up the good fight.

Cedric Katesby.
Seoul, South Korea

Michelle Coffey July 16, 2010 at 1:14 am

Professor Abraham’s presentation was an excellent piece of work, going direct to the source. This intimidation should not be allowed to occur, this shows that this isn’t a scientific debate at all but ideology. Don’t let anti-science win!

Wellington, New Zealand

Robert July 16, 2010 at 1:15 am

Thank you, professor. Keep up the good work.

Dante July 16, 2010 at 1:18 am

Dante Silvio Lucco, Latina, Italy

Michelle Coffey July 16, 2010 at 1:20 am

Professor Abraham’s presentation was an excellent piece of work, going direct to the source. This intimidation should not be allowed to occur. Don’t let anti-science win!

Wellington, New Zealand

Alice Suttie July 16, 2010 at 1:26 am

Good science should be recognised always – as should healthy – and I mean healthy – debate and enquiry. This excludes mocking and attacking a professional. Let Professor Abraham’s presentation stand.

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Steven Holtzleiter July 16, 2010 at 1:27 am

Steven Holtzleiter
Burnsville, Minnesota, USA

David Kidd July 16, 2010 at 1:28 am

We must all support Dr. John Abraham and his university against the bullying pomposity that is Viscount Monckton. There is so much to do especially in the field of agricultural adaption to a difficult future. We must push-back against and identify the interests that pay this creatures expenses and move the debate on. This is really serious! In my field of agriculture we have so much work to do and it wont get financed while the whole field of climate change is regarded as “Controversial”

GAVIN BROWN July 16, 2010 at 1:32 am

Gavin Brown
Cape Town, South Africa

Maurizio Tron July 16, 2010 at 1:35 am

Maurizio Tron, Turin, Italy

Italian Meteorological Society (SMI)

Thank you for your work, professor Abraham. Don’t give up

Daniel Alink July 16, 2010 at 1:38 am

I totally support John Abraham.

Daniel Alink
PhD student
University of Amsterdam

Daniel Friedman July 16, 2010 at 1:41 am

In support of Dr. Abraham. Freedom of Speech applies here; how dare anyone pressure a university to become a censor.

Daniel Friedman
Houston, TX USA

Albert Carilli July 16, 2010 at 1:42 am

Albert Carilli,

Rome, Italy

Kate July 16, 2010 at 1:47 am

This would be amusing if we didn’t know people that actually take Monckton seriously.

Email me if you need my full name and location, I prefer to stay anonymous in public online conversations.

Kate
B.Sc. student
Manitoba, Canada
http://climatesight.org

Wm F Blank MD July 16, 2010 at 1:47 am

St. Louis, MO, USA

Joshua Halpern July 16, 2010 at 1:49 am

I fully support John Abraham

Joshua Halpern
Professor of Chemistry
Howard University
Washington, DC
USA

antonio zecca July 16, 2010 at 1:51 am

Thank you for your work, professor Abraham. Don’t give up.
Do not mind exhibitionists.
Dr. Antonio Zecca
Department of Physics
University of Trento

jeffrey tarvin July 16, 2010 at 1:55 am

Christopher Monckton’s attempt to silence John Abraham is reprehensible. Do not give in to this bully.

Pontus Westmalm July 16, 2010 at 1:57 am

Showing my full support of Abraham’s work and presentation.

Pontus Westmalm
Vaasa, Finland

Paolo Marani July 16, 2010 at 1:58 am

Mr.Abraham, keep going casting light into the darkness of climate change negationists…

Paolo Marani
Software Engineer
Cesena, Italy

Brian Schmidt July 16, 2010 at 1:58 am

I support Professor Abraham and his right to present his accurate debunking of the liar, Christopher Monckton.

Brian Schmidt
Mountain View California

Robert Ryan July 16, 2010 at 1:59 am

I fully support Professor Abraham in his careful analysis of Monckton’s misrepresentation of climate science and of the scientific papers Monckton uses misleadingly to support his anti-science views. I also support and applaud St. Thomas University in their efforts to provide a venue for the debunking of Monckton’s falsehoods. I strongly urge St. Thomas University and Professor Abraham to stand firm in the face of Monckton’s and his gang’s attempts at intimidation.

fabio1979 July 16, 2010 at 1:59 am

Thank you for your work.
Don’t give up
Fabio

Craig Hepworthh July 16, 2010 at 1:59 am

John Abraham’s rebuttal of Lord Moncton is one of the best take-downs of the climate misinformation campaign I’ve seen. Many other misinformers are using the same arguments as Lord Moncton. It is vital to the future of humanity that we spread the truth about the climate dangers facing us. Please don’t let WUWT and Lord Moncton bully the University into taking down Abraham’s presentation.

John Mason July 16, 2010 at 2:00 am

Abraham’s work is a useful example of how science seeks the truth rather than attempting to shore up preconceived prejudices.

The lesson is that if you want to question anything said in the media about a scientific paper, the best thing to do is to contact the authors! Abraham has demonstrated the merit of this approach effectively.

Mark Zifchock July 16, 2010 at 2:00 am

Mark Zifchock
Ithaca, NY, USA

Lorenzo Picchi July 16, 2010 at 2:00 am

Lorenzo Picchi
Livorno, Italy

Stephen Murphy July 16, 2010 at 2:05 am

A well conceived rebuttal by John

Steve Murphy (Professor U Waterloo, Dept Env Resource Studies)

John Phillips July 16, 2010 at 2:05 am

Real scientists like John Abraham need our support not our censure as the forces of anti-science are, sadly, only getting stronger.

John Phillips
Bristol
UK

Brian Thomas July 16, 2010 at 2:06 am

Brian Thomas
Cornwall, Connecticut
publisher of Carbon Based, a blog about climate change adaptation

Peter Hearnden July 16, 2010 at 2:10 am

I fully support Professor Abraham and I abhor the methods Christopher Monckton is using to try and silence him.

Peter Hearnden
Devon
England.

Andrew Rowe July 16, 2010 at 2:11 am

Evanston, Illinois, USA

Rev Matt July 16, 2010 at 2:13 am

I concur and affirm the statement supporting Professor Abraham.

Reverend Matthew Yarbrough
St Louis, MO
USA

hengist July 16, 2010 at 2:19 am

All right thinking people should support Professor John Abraham for the work he has done. Contrasted with the scurrilous behaviour of Christopher Monckton; the powers that be at St. Thomas University should have no difficulty in dismissing Monckton’s appeal.

Timo July 16, 2010 at 2:25 am

I have the highest regard for Prof John Abraham and think his presentation is a thoroughly fair and accurate rebuttal of Monktons assertions.

Tim Wilcox
Semur en Auxois
France

Per Edman July 16, 2010 at 2:27 am

I’m Per Edman of Stockholm, Sweden and I support professor John Abraham.

Dave Hudson July 16, 2010 at 2:30 am

It’s high time for the world to wake up to the misinformation Monckton has been spreading.

Dave Hudson
Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia.

Todd Flach July 16, 2010 at 2:32 am

John Abraham: Well done and keep up the good work!

Don Fontaine July 16, 2010 at 2:33 am

Abraham’s rebuttal of Monckton is civil, dispassionate and technically robust. He has provided a necessary counter point to the Monckton presentation. He deserves credit for putting in the effort required. The university should be thanked for providing the environment where such free academic inquiry can take place.

Don Fontaine PhD Mich State U 1983.

Laurence Jewett July 16, 2010 at 2:39 am

I am not a climate scientist, but after viewing John Abraham’s presentation, it is clear that he has presented a careful debunking of the “science” in Monckton’s talk by going back to the actual source of the relevant information (that Monckton has misrepresented) in every case (ie, the scientific paper and/or the author(s) of the paper).

I commend Dr. Abraham for taking the time and effort to address what can only be characterized as “fringe” views on climate science (that Monckton is propagating)

It is very telling that Monckton is now using the threat of legal action to squelch the debate. It is, in fact, a tacit admission that he simply can not win by arguing the science.

Monckton knows he can not win the scientific argument — because that would mean disproving, not Abraham, but all the climate scientists that Abraham has referenced and quoted in his presentation.

As a matter of fact, to “win” the argument in this case, Monckton would have to disprove what the vast majority of the world’s climate scientists have been saying for some time now (in scientific journals, IPCC reports, testimony before Congress, etc) : that global warming is real, that humans are largely responsible for it and that it represents a significant threat to future (and possibly even current) generations.

No surprise that Monckton would attempt, therefore, to put an end to the debate by “disappearing” the debate entirely through threats of legal action.

Monckton’s legal threats are just the latest example of the disgusting, anti-democratic intimidation of scientists that we have witnessed over the past few years and if it is allowed to succeed, it will set a very bad precedent indeed.

Laurence Jewett
Connecticut
(BS Physics)

PS It may seem a small thing, but it’s actually “University of St. Thomas (MN)”, NOT “St. Thomas University (MN)” as Monckton incorrectly refers to it . That would seem to be a perfect example of just how careless Monckton is with his “facts”.

marina vitullo July 16, 2010 at 2:39 am

marina vitullo
Italy

Mark Swanson July 16, 2010 at 2:45 am

I saw the article at WUWT and emailed Father Dease a letter of support for Dr. Abraham. Hopefully it doesn’t get lost in the noise of mindless WUWT clones.

Mark Swanson
Superior, Colorado

Ray Weymann July 16, 2010 at 2:47 am

ALL scientists, and especially climate scientists, need to strongly
and unequivocally support Abraham. This is by no means the only personal
attack and harassment that Monckton has launched against responsible scientific discourse and it should not be tolerated.
Dr. Ray Weymann
Carnegie Observatories Staff Member Emeritus

Roger Dittus, PG July 16, 2010 at 2:49 am

John Abraham’s presentation of some of Christopher Monckton’s misrepresentations was very fair. Abraham took care to avoid both character assasination and insult and it would be a travesty if his University censored him by removing his presentation due to pressure from Monckton. Interested parties should be allowed to here both Abraham’s and Monckton’s arguments, and then judge for themselves.

Stefano Caserini July 16, 2010 at 2:50 am

Thank you for your useful work, John.

Stefano Caserini
DIIAR, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Wojciech Setlak July 16, 2010 at 2:51 am

I am grateful to Professor Abraham for having the patience to go through Mr. Monckton’s talk and for carefully pointing out what’s wrong with it. Attacking him for it is unbecoming even of a fake peer.
Wojciech Setlak
Warsaw, Poland

Neil Erickson July 16, 2010 at 2:53 am

Neil Erickson
Victoria, BC, Canada

_Flin_ July 16, 2010 at 2:53 am

_Flin_, Germany, It-Professional

booferama July 16, 2010 at 2:55 am

I wholeheartedly support John Abraham.

Charlie Green
Ithaca, NY

Michele Mattioni July 16, 2010 at 2:57 am

Fully support John Abraham.

Michele Mattioni, PhD student
EMBL-EBI and University of Cambridge.
Cambridge, UK.

Adam James, PhD July 16, 2010 at 3:00 am

British Columbia, Canada

james rousseau July 16, 2010 at 3:01 am

Resist intellectual tyranny and censorship at all costs. I fully support John Abraham.

Diego Tavazzi July 16, 2010 at 3:03 am

Everybody need people like John Abraham, and his work will help everybody.
Don’t give up.

Diego Tavazzi
Edizioni Ambiente

Kristofer Larsen July 16, 2010 at 3:04 am

Salt Lake City, UT

Anton Gijsen July 16, 2010 at 3:05 am

Campaign against Climate Change
London, UK

Michel F July 16, 2010 at 3:08 am

Michel Fiallo-Perez
University of Toronto alumni, Class of 2008 (Toronto, Canada)

R. G. McKenzie July 16, 2010 at 3:09 am

I support John Abraham.

R. G. McKenzie
Schopfheim, Germany

Albert Hartley July 16, 2010 at 3:13 am

Kensington, Maryland, USA

Leif Knutsen July 16, 2010 at 3:13 am

John Abraham, you are the man. Keep up the good work.
Two Palms Up, Leif

Giordano Hernandez July 16, 2010 at 3:14 am

Dear Sirs,

Not only do I support Professor Abraham but wish to suggest that you take a most aggressive stand against Lord Monckton and company.

There is furthermore no reason to have Professor Abraham alter or water down his presentation. IN FACT I WOULD URGE HIM TO RE-POST THE VIDEOS HE HAD POSTED ON YOU TUBE.

I would further suggest that your university considers forming alliances with other institutions to prepare for, defend themselves from and counterattack the Oil Companies and their front groups who are responsible for initiating these attacks against Science and Humanity itself vis a vis Shills like Lord Monckton.

While these counterattacks would incorporate reasoned rebuttals they would have to consist of exposes, condemnations of Oil Companies and boycott of their products, etc..

Please take a favorite saying of mine to heart. You don’t dance with Psychopaths nor do you reason with Psychotics. Lord Monckton is, in my opinion both, but of much more importance, those who support him in high places are of the first variety. In my personal experience, you never, ever underestimate psychopaths.

In summation, I give my support for John Abraham and cannot overstress the need for taking an aggressive stand against Lord Monckton’s deep pockets.

Giordano Hernandez
Los Angeles, CA

Brian Fahlman July 16, 2010 at 3:16 am

Real science is conducted by vigorus debate between informed people. This attempt at censorship clearly shows Monckton has no science on his side, only threats and inuendo.

Brian Fahlman
Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Stephen W. Hackney July 16, 2010 at 3:16 am

Grangeville Idaho

Peter Lindqvist July 16, 2010 at 3:17 am

I fully support John Abraham.

Peter Lindqvist, Stockholm, Sweden

Ana Unruh Cohen July 16, 2010 at 3:18 am

Dr. Abraham has provided a valuable public service.

Ana Unruh Cohen
Washington, DC

James Long July 16, 2010 at 3:18 am

When I grew up, they disbelieved continental drift. Of course now it’s accepted. CO2 is the Earth’s thermostat. Monckton’s misrepresentations are bunk. Please support Prof. Abraham and allow his presentation to stay put.

James Long
US Patent and Trademark Attorney

Robert Parson July 16, 2010 at 3:18 am

I enthusiastically support Professor Abraham’s excellent work.

Robert Parson
University of Colorado at Boulder

David Fox July 16, 2010 at 3:20 am

Dr. Abraham has my full support. His presentation is not libelous, it’s a careful debunking of the lies and disinformation Lord Monckton has promulgated on this pressing issue. Do not allow Lord Monckton or others to pressure or intimidate your university to limit academic freedoms.

Raindog July 16, 2010 at 3:22 am

I thought Abraham’s rebuttal was awesome! A win for science. I fully support his efforts and the University should too,

Matt Reed July 16, 2010 at 3:22 am

Attempted censorship by Monckton is despicable.

Alex Veloria July 16, 2010 at 3:23 am

Full support for Prof. Abraham

Massachusetts, USA

Nathan Johnson July 16, 2010 at 3:23 am

Supporter of academic freedom.

Nathan Johnson
Dept. of Atmo. Sci.
University of Arizona

Peter Bellin July 16, 2010 at 3:23 am

I would like to add my name in support of Dr. Abraham.

Francois de La Bruere July 16, 2010 at 3:23 am

I fully support John Abraham.

Will G. July 16, 2010 at 3:25 am

William Greene
Tempe, Arizona 85281

Alexandre July 16, 2010 at 3:25 am

It’s not a matter of balanced debate. Monckton is deliberatly spreading misinformation, and Prof. Abraham is competently showing what the science says.

In no way this public service should concede to Monckton’s bullying.

Alexandre Lacerda
Serra Negra, SP
Brazil

John Puma July 16, 2010 at 3:30 am

I fully support and thank John Abraham for his effort to produce a much needed, and appreciated, comprehensive debunking of Mr Mockton’s anti-science campaign.

I would urge the University of St Thomas to strenuously resist and vigorously defuse Mr M’s chronic propensity for terrorist tactics against free speech itself.

Daniel Kirk-Davidoff July 16, 2010 at 3:32 am

Hoping Prof. Abraham gets credit for public services…

Dan Kirk-Davidoff
Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at University of Maryland.

D. Seifert July 16, 2010 at 3:33 am

New York, NY
Support J. Abraham

Robert Nagle July 16, 2010 at 3:35 am

I’ve followed Monckton’s antics for a while. Professor Alexander has performed a valuable service by thoroughly investigating Monckton’s charges and revealing their weaknesses and inconsistencies.

Brian Phillips July 16, 2010 at 3:38 am

I absolutely support John Abraham and his research.
Monckton is just upset because this rightfully destroys any credibility he had.

There’s a sea change happening and I’m happy to say it’s even becoming evident in southern USA.

Steve Adams July 16, 2010 at 3:40 am

For the sake of academic integrity and discourse, please resist any attempts by Monckton and Watts to suppress Prof Abraham’s thoughtful presentation.

Paul Hutch July 16, 2010 at 3:40 am

I support Professor Abraham.

Paul Hutchinson
Massachusetts, USA

t_p_hamilton July 16, 2010 at 3:41 am

Dr Abraham’s public service in science education on an important issue is a credit to your University.

Tracy P. Hamilton
Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

Lionel A Smith July 16, 2010 at 3:41 am

John Abraham provided a calmly delivered rebuttal of Christopher Monckton’s peculiar brand of pseudo-science which is built on the premise that bullshit baffles brains.

The tone of Monckton’s latest response is nothing short of bullying of the type normally seen in the school playground. Monckton’s amazing diatribe of questions is, to use an expression with which Monckton will be familiar, ‘all stuff’.

I write in support of John Abraham and sincerely hope that St. Thomas University resist this particularly odious example of bullying an example which makes me ashamed of having the same country of origin as Monckton.

Paul Comita July 16, 2010 at 3:42 am

Fully support John Abraham.

Stuart Nock July 16, 2010 at 3:44 am

Stuart Nock

Reading, UK
MMet (Master of Meteorology).

Paul magnus July 16, 2010 at 3:48 am

I suport this statment.

Christine July 16, 2010 at 3:48 am

I’d like to thank Professor Abraham for his rebuttal of Christopher Monckton’s public presentation about the lack of scientific proof of climate change. Professor Abraham maintains a professional and respectful tone throughout it. It is clear that it isn’t a personal attack on Monckton as a person. Rather Abraham, as a scientist, is responding to the scientific assertions that Monckton makes in his public presentations. What comes through in Professor Abraham’s presentation is that the assertions that Monckton makes do not meet the widely accepted standards of science. Thank you, Mr. Abraham!

Max Carey July 16, 2010 at 3:49 am

I fully support John Abraham and the University of Saint Thomas in resisting Christopher Monckton’s attack on academic freedom.

Raul July 16, 2010 at 3:50 am

Glad to see the debunking of the potty peer.
Nice work.

Jim Eager July 16, 2010 at 3:51 am

Professor John Abraham is to be commended for his refuting of the many errors and instances of misinformation and misrepresentation in Christopher Monckton’s presentations on climate change. St. Thomas University must not allow Monckton to stifle academic freedom.

Jim Eager
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

paul morrison July 16, 2010 at 3:52 am

I thought the whole point of debating the controversy was to erm….debate it.

Now Monckton was to censor the opposing view? Shameful hypocrite.

Bruce Bell July 16, 2010 at 3:53 am

Christopher Monckton is a liar who constently confuses the facts on many subjects, most especially Climate Change.

I fully support Abraham’s fine work.

Arne Perschel July 16, 2010 at 3:54 am

Too few people are aware of the acute and severe danger of climate and fewer are aware of the anti-scientific propaganda machine that tries to keep the public inactive.
Since global greenhouse gas emissions are nowhere near dropping, one can only conclude that the disinformation campaign has been very succesful during the past twenty years.
Lord Mockton continues to lend his voice to those who want to see no action to stop climate change and he does it brilliantly. He is a very good speaker and is obviously well-informed of the science. It seems therefore very unlikely that he doesn’t know what is really going on. In other words: he very likely knows that climate change is the greatest disaster human kind has ever faced and he works relentlessly to STOP governments and citizens from trying to avert its worst consequences.
Anyone who cynically engages in the denialist movement commits the gravest of crimes against humanity and against life. As a young person, I am convinced that members of my generation, as soon as they come to understand what these people have knowingly caused, will not forgive them.
I give my full support to anyone who works to combat the forces of disinformation that have now launched an unprecented, desperate, below-the-belt attack on scientists, the academic world and civil society.
No University should ever give in to public pressure to suppress any information that holds up to certain academic standards and especially not when it’s related to human-caused global climate change.

Arne Perschel
Otura, Spain

Sy Taffel July 16, 2010 at 3:55 am

I fully support John Abraham and the University of Saint Thomas in resisting Christopher Monckton’s attack on academic freedom

Daniel July 16, 2010 at 3:55 am

Daniel Ives
Colorado, USA

Abraham has my complete support

Rikkert Kooy July 16, 2010 at 3:58 am

Rikkert Kooy
Delft, The Netherlands

lgcarey July 16, 2010 at 4:00 am

Monkton’s bullying attack on reasoned academic speech and freedom of speech is deplorable.

Lynn Carey
St. Louis, Missouri

David Smart July 16, 2010 at 4:01 am

David Smart
Christchurch, New Zealand

David Peabody July 16, 2010 at 4:01 am

I fully support John Abraham and the University of Saint Thomas in resisting Christopher Monckton’s attack on academic freedom.

David Peabody, BEng
Calgary, Canada

Phil Marshall July 16, 2010 at 4:02 am

Stanford University

Prasanth Manthena July 16, 2010 at 4:04 am

I support John Abraham

Kevin Tempest July 16, 2010 at 4:05 am

Seattle, WA

Brian Gosciminski July 16, 2010 at 4:05 am

Baltimore, Maryland

Matt July 16, 2010 at 4:05 am

Matt McCrory
Chicago, IL
USA

Rob Honeycutt July 16, 2010 at 4:06 am

I hope that Monckton actually does try to get this taken to court. Any judge would read both sides of the story and laugh Monckton out on his ear.

My support stands behind Dr. Abraham 100%.

Andy Gunther July 16, 2010 at 4:07 am

I urge St. Thomas University to stand strongly behind Professor Abraham in this controversy. In the greatest tradition of academics and teaching, Professor Abraham has given a large amount of his time to using his knowledge and skills to the service of public education and understanding of a very important issue. It is essential that his institution stand behind him as he comes under attack from those who would like his thoughtful and cogent critiques removed from public discourse.

Your strong support for Dr. Abraham will reflect very well on St. Thomas University and will help emphasize the vital concept that in the public debate that there those who should be considered more credible than others in understanding climate science.

Ted Kirkpatrick July 16, 2010 at 4:07 am

Complete support.

Ted Kirkpatrick
Simon Fraser University
British Columbia, Canada

Gary Herstein July 16, 2010 at 4:08 am

Lord Monckton’s cheap bullying tactics have no place in either academia or science. John Abraham has presented a carefully reasoned and thoroughly researched debunking of Monckton’s rhetorical excesses and fact-free declarations that deserves the widest possible audience. I encourage St. Thomas to keep these presentations up and available.

Dr. Gary L. Herstein
Ellis University.

Dr. Gary Witt July 16, 2010 at 4:09 am

I strongly support John Abraham. His presentation is an extremely valuable public service. At this juncture in history, the education of the American public on the facts of climate change, especially debunking this type of misinformation, is the most important service we in academia can provide to our nation and our world.
-Dr. Gary Witt
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Temple University

Andrew Ferguson July 16, 2010 at 4:09 am

Thank God we have people like Abraham standing for the the science on this topic! Monkton and other deniers should be prosecuted for the disinformation they spread. Climate Change unchecked could very well be the end of humanity and the continued disinformation and interference in addressing it should be prosecutable.

GaryB July 16, 2010 at 4:10 am

Gary Bohn
Regina, Saskatchewan
Canada

Pete Wirfs July 16, 2010 at 4:10 am

Thank you John Abraham. Keep up the good work.

James Flynn July 16, 2010 at 4:11 am

GA, USA

John Randall July 16, 2010 at 4:12 am

I support John Abraham and condemn Christopher Monckton’s attempted intimidation.

Hampshire
UK.

Vicki July 16, 2010 at 4:12 am

Please stand behind Professor Abraham. Truth can prevail, if you stop liars from censoring it.

Vicki Rosenzweig, New York, NY

Thomas Jacks July 16, 2010 at 4:15 am

Nice one John. You did a fantastic job and this clown hasn’t got a leg to stand on.

Good luck.

Øystein Lemvik July 16, 2010 at 4:16 am

Oslo, Norway

Dana Nuccitelli July 16, 2010 at 4:18 am

West Sacramento, CA

Dr. Robert Pasken July 16, 2010 at 4:18 am

As member of the Dept of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Saint Louis University I support Professor Abraham and his analysis of Monckton’s talk

hveerten July 16, 2010 at 4:19 am

I hereby declare my support for prof. Abraham. The public debate on global warming is too important to allow it to be hijacked by thugs and con men.

dr. H.J. van Eerten
Center for Cosmology & Particle Physics, New York University
– Master degree, theoretical physics
– PhD, astrophysics

its yourself July 16, 2010 at 4:21 am

Mr R S Johnston Scotland

Daniel Hunt July 16, 2010 at 4:21 am

Brooklyn, New York

Dr Terrier July 16, 2010 at 4:22 am

A french-speaking support :)

Tout mon soutien au Pr Abraham ! Son intervention était pafaitement documentée et facile à suivre.

J’espère que vous ne vous laisserez pas intimider par “Monseigneur” ! :)

Dr Philippe Terrier, PhD
Senior scientist
CRR
Switzerland

Mike Collins-Dowden July 16, 2010 at 4:25 am

Chicago, IL

Giovanni Maria Boffi July 16, 2010 at 4:25 am

Abraham has my complete support

The House of the italia navy
Rome

Ryan Ripstra July 16, 2010 at 4:25 am

I support Dr. Abraham.

Austin, Texas
USA

Jon Facemire July 16, 2010 at 4:26 am

I have gone through both presentations and the professionalism and accuracy of John Abraham is far superior to Christopher Monckton. I encourage watching and fact checking both presentations personally to show the truth in Abrahams points. I’m a Mechanical Engineer studying Energy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

Tomasyn Berkowitz July 16, 2010 at 4:30 am

Monckton sure is in a panic!

Jeanne Richardson July 16, 2010 at 4:31 am

I fully support John Abraham.

Jeanne Richardson

Cedar Creek, Texas

mark huss July 16, 2010 at 4:35 am

Monckton is an idiot, he has to resort to spamming from his denier buddies vs. any sort of scientific or logical recourse.

I support Dr. Abraham and his posting 100%

Phila, PA, USA

Bill Walker July 16, 2010 at 4:37 am

I support John Abraham.

Bill Walker
San Marcos, CA

Charles Hixson July 16, 2010 at 4:39 am

Nobody, I don’t care who, should be allowed to suppress legitimate research on the basis of unreviewed data. Not at a legitimate university.

Sean Simmons July 16, 2010 at 4:40 am

I support Dr. Abraham and his excellent reply to Lord Monckton’s claims. His attack demonstrates the weakness of his viewpoint.

Julian Brimelow July 16, 2010 at 4:44 am

Dr. Abraham and the University of St. Thomas have my full support.

Shame on Mr. Watts and Mr. Monckton for their disgraceful behavior.

Julian Brimelow, Canada

Dave Petley July 16, 2010 at 4:50 am

Dave Petley
Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk
University of Durham

Lawrence Tan July 16, 2010 at 4:52 am

Brooklyn, NY

Darrell Clarke July 16, 2010 at 4:53 am

Los Angeles, California

Elizabeth Cullington July 16, 2010 at 4:54 am

I and many others support Dr. Abraham and are shocked at bully tactics. If it weren’t for Dr. Abraham I myself would never have known to what extent Christopher Monckton had just flat out lied about what reputable scientific studies show about the dire direction of earth’s climate. It’s rare for an academic to take the time to do the tedious work to set the record straight, so Dr. Abraham’s work needs to be disseminated and available for all.

Brooks Bridges July 16, 2010 at 5:00 am

Thank you Professor Abraham for your painstaking efforts to document the anti-science fiction of this fraud. Bravo!

Steve Groenewold July 16, 2010 at 5:00 am

Steve Groenewold
Iowa City, Iowa
USA

Brad Hudson July 16, 2010 at 5:01 am

I fully support Dr. Abraham. Don’t give in to cyber bullying and censorship.

David Fox July 16, 2010 at 5:04 am

I’d like to add my support Prof. Abraham

Mike Sav July 16, 2010 at 5:09 am

I support Dr. Abraham. Do not allow Lord Monockton and Mr. Watts to censor a well done presentation on objective science, as it is our best way to sort out the truth.

Don Nelson July 16, 2010 at 5:09 am

I’ll confess I have no formal academic association. However, I have at least been exposed to the requisites of scientific presentation and of scientific rigor. I applaud Professor Abraham’s presentation (and his subsequent responses to the ad hominem attacks on him) as excellent examples of both.

Plus they bring a clarity and comprehensibility to those of out out of the main flood of the scientific discourse.

Maintaining integrity of scientific information is vital. Pointing out (with appropriate and detailed examples) failure of such integrity is laudable.

If anything, rather than take down Professor Abraham’s presentation, I think it should be heavily promoted. It reflects well on the University and on the professor.

David Hopkins July 16, 2010 at 5:12 am

I support Pro. Abraham and science.

Canterbury, UK

William R. Demott July 16, 2010 at 5:12 am

I found Dr. Abraham’s presentation very professional and helpful and much appreciate his efforts.

William R. DeMott
Professor of Biology
Indiana-Purdue University

George Almond July 16, 2010 at 5:12 am

Stay strong, John Abraham. Illegitimi non carborundum! ;)

Indulis Bernsteins July 16, 2010 at 5:15 am

Lord Monckton has often asked for those who disagree to debate him. John Abraham chose to do this in writing rather than in front of an audience. Prof Abrahams is to be congratulated on a professional and well researched rebuttal to the swagger, bluster, and misleading pseudoscientific claims and distortions in Lord Monckton’s presentations. Kudos to the University for supporting science over rhetoric!

Indulis Bernsteins July 16, 2010 at 5:15 am

Lord Monckton has often asked for those who disagree to debate him. John Abraham chose to do this in writing rather than in front of an audience. Prof Abraham is to be congratulated on a professional and well researched rebuttal to the swagger, bluster, and misleading pseudoscientific claims and distortions in Lord Monckton’s presentations. Kudos to the University for supporting science over rhetoric!

Milt Garrett July 16, 2010 at 5:22 am

Go get em, John Abraham. Out here in the Russian Ural Mountains, Ekaterinburg, I have shared the professor’s presentation here and back to my newspaper, family in Australia and Oregon, and friends in Estes Park, Colorado. And, told Abraham what I have done

My only hope for Monckton is he has good health care so he can eventually see how wrong he has been.

Dr. Milt Garrett, CEO Garrett Group International, Emeritus Professor

Bill Jacobson July 16, 2010 at 5:25 am

Support without reservation.

Frank Sargent July 16, 2010 at 5:26 am

I fully support John Abraham and and St. Thomas University in speakiing the truth about climate science.

David Cruz-Uribe, SFO July 16, 2010 at 5:27 am

David Cruz-Uribe, SFO
Professor of Mathematics
Trinity College
Hartford, CT, USA

Milt Garrett July 16, 2010 at 5:28 am

Let’s also not forget Aldus Huxley’s famous quote in all this Monckton-Abraham controversy: “Facts ignored do not cease to exist.” (Addressing this quote to you, “Lord” Monckton.)

Milt Garrett; CEO, Garrett Group International, Emeritus Professor

Jim Brunner July 16, 2010 at 5:28 am

Dr. Abraham’s work is well known, and respected throughout the world. Monckton is known as either quite unknowledgable on the subject of climate change, or as having a “hidden agenda”, or both. We have the same mentality going on right now in the Unites States, casting doubts on flouridation of water and children receiving immunizations against childhood diseases. I fully support the work of Dr. Abraham and St. Thomas University. Education MUST win against ignorance!

Andrew Bryant July 16, 2010 at 5:29 am

Full marks to Professor Abrahams, and to the University. The detailed analysis of Mr. Monckton’s mis-representations of published literature was marvellous to watch. In particular I greatly appreciated your very dignified and civil tone. Bravo.

PhD (conservation biology)
Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Mark Ellison July 16, 2010 at 5:30 am

Professor Abraham has done an immense service to the scientific community and to all those interested in climate science. His work should be proudly displayed for all to see, not censored as Monckton would like to do. Please stand by Professor Abraham and do not cave in to Monckton’s outrageous demands.

Mark Ellison
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA

Mats Almgren July 16, 2010 at 5:35 am

Dr. Abraham’s balanced and detailed debunking of Lord Monckton’s stories are worthy of praise.

Andy Phillips July 16, 2010 at 5:37 am

Support

Birgitte Mehta July 16, 2010 at 5:38 am

Birgitte Natvig Mehta
Oslo, Norway

Joerg July 16, 2010 at 5:39 am

Joerg Rings
Germany

John Commerford July 16, 2010 at 5:41 am

Science over censorship. Thank you John Abraham.

Arizona, USA

John Guillaume July 16, 2010 at 5:43 am

A brief expression of Sympathy is in order, for the plight of the climate deniers. Deception and lying are unavoidable, because the facts are against them.
Christopher Monckton’s practice of such blogosphere ethics in academe has been effectively challenged, by John Abraham.
Monckton’s weird and wild escalation warrants continued attention and debunking elsewhere.

William Fickas July 16, 2010 at 5:43 am

I support this.

Irina Krier July 16, 2010 at 5:44 am

Irina Krier
Renens
Switzerland

Nick K July 16, 2010 at 5:45 am

I fully support John Abraham and St. Thomas University’s efforts to keep climate commentators honest.

Guy Dauncey July 16, 2010 at 5:48 am

Guy Dauncey
President, BC Sustainable Energy Association, Canada
Author of The Climate Challenge, 101 Solutions to GLobal Warming (2009)

bjedwards July 16, 2010 at 5:48 am

I fully support John Abraham and the integrity of the scientific method against the intellectual dishonestly and denialism of Christopher Monckton.

B.J. Edwards
Somerville, MA, USA

Perry Godwin July 16, 2010 at 5:49 am

I support Dr. Abraham and his essay, and I ask his university to not succumb to the bullying and demand for censure-ship from Mr. Monckton.

Art Shervs July 16, 2010 at 5:50 am

Kudos to Mr Abraham for standing his ground and standing up for true science. It’s funny in a way how Monckton and his type flock to ‘freedom of speech’ to defend their attacks, but when things turn against them, they want censorship. I guess that is what happens when you have no true solid ground to stand on for defense.

Gregory Norris July 16, 2010 at 5:50 am

I support John Abraham.

Kathryn Westra July 16, 2010 at 5:54 am

I support John Abraham, and deplore Christopher Monckton’s absurd demand that Dr. Abraham’s presentation be suppressed by the St. Thomas University. I believe it is the duty of this and any other University to foster open inquiry and debate. If Lord Monckton can’t withstand the bright light of scrutiny, he should keep his ill-mannered and uninformed mouth shut.

Dave E July 16, 2010 at 5:54 am

I completely support John Abraham
Dave Erickson
Ma, USA

Mike Armstrong July 16, 2010 at 5:54 am

My full support for Professor Abraham, who thoroughly debunked Monckton, and for freedom of speech.

Oakland, California

Mats Almgren July 16, 2010 at 5:55 am

Dr. Abraham’s detailed and balanced debunking of Lord Monckton’s proposiitions has my full support
Mats Almgren
Professor of Physical Chemistry
Uppsala University
Sweden

Harry Applin July 16, 2010 at 5:56 am

John Abraham is correct in his observations on Mockton’s presentation. Any person with any knowledge of climate change will easily see the flaws in Mockton’s premise. If anyone should remove their presentation and be called in front of a review board it is Mockton.

Anne C. Hanna July 16, 2010 at 5:56 am

We need science, not denialism. I fully support John Abraham against Christopher Monckton’s distortions and lies.

Anne C. Hanna
Philadelphia, PA, USA

John Magner, Ph.D. July 16, 2010 at 5:57 am

Professor of Chemistry, Lone Star College – Montgomery, Conroe, Texas

I was extremely impressed by Dr. Abraham’s presentation, a scientific dissection of Monckton’s anti-science. The University of St. Thomas has a tremendous asset in Dr. Abraham.

Ronald Taylor July 16, 2010 at 5:57 am

It is astounding that Christopher Monckton would attempt to bring pressure in this manner. Monckton’s work is a farce, which John Abraham has demonstrated with admirable logic and scientific rigor.

I am trained in engineering and physics (master’s level) and have followed climate science closely for more than five years.

Jörg Zimmermann July 16, 2010 at 6:02 am

Dr. Jörg Zimmermann
Quality manager
Deutscher Wetterdienst
Offenbach, Germany
I personally support Prof. John Abraham. This is a private statement, which may not represent the position of the Deutscher Wetterdienst. However, the Deutscher Wetterdienst has a clear position that climate change is happening, that its effects are observable, that it is mainly anthropogenic and that during this century it will lead to strong effects with possible damages to agricultural productivity and public and private property: http://www.dwd.de/klimawandel

Axel Edgren July 16, 2010 at 6:03 am

I wholeheartedly support Abraham. Monckton’s complaints are weak and irrelevant – the university has no standing, credibility or respect to gain from caving in to Monckton. It would be intellectual and academic suicide to give in to such bullying.

Sincerely

Axel Kaspar Edgren, Stockholm.

John Garrett July 16, 2010 at 6:03 am

I fully support John Abraham

California, USA

Peter Green July 16, 2010 at 6:03 am

Peter Green
Dunedin
PhD student at the University of Otago

disdaniel July 16, 2010 at 6:04 am

I fully support John Abraham’s debunking of Monckton’s presentation. Professor Abraham was both respectful and accurate in his carefully researched presentation. Yes, I watched it from start to finish.
We need more people like Abraham.

Daniel Simon
Chicago, IL (USA)

Linda July 16, 2010 at 6:17 am

The more this idiot Monkton rants, the more he promotes Dr Abrahams presentation. Monkton: Keep ranting, it only supports the good work Dr Abrahams does

karl knox July 16, 2010 at 6:17 am

John Abraham’s presentation was remarkably informative and succinct and offered a stark contrast to lord Moncton’s invective, bullying and outright fabrications. It is our good fortune to have such men and he deserves our thanks.

knoxkp – Montreal – DJ @ CJLO

Pierce R. Butler July 16, 2010 at 6:18 am

Regardless of the topic, this sort of attempted bullying should be rejected by all respectable institutions. That the issue is one of vital global importance makes such asininity even more unworthy.

Pierce Butler
Gainesville, Florida, USA

Baerbel Winkler July 16, 2010 at 6:18 am

Adding my support for Prof. Abraham’s painstaking work to counter Monckton’s ridiculous presentation.

Baerbel Winkler, Germany
Moderator Manpollo-forums and translator for Skeptical Science

David K July 16, 2010 at 6:20 am

Abraham’s critique of Monckton’s rubbish was a breath of fresh air.

Anthony O'Brien July 16, 2010 at 6:21 am

Anthony O’Brien B Business, Curtin University.

Well done John Abraham.

Joseph Paris July 16, 2010 at 6:22 am

Joseph Paris
Northwestern University

Jeffery Green July 16, 2010 at 6:24 am

Mr . Monckton which should be his official title has not earned his stripes in science. Thank you to professor Abraham who earned his stripes in his analysis of Mr Monckton’s presentation.

David K July 16, 2010 at 6:27 am

forgot my location:
Saint Louis, MO, USA

Conor Jeory July 16, 2010 at 6:31 am

Monckton, Lord of what? The Flies?
The flies circling the rotting carcass of his own appalling campaign of lies and scientific illiteracy.
Nice work and very generous too, John Abraham.
I can’t believe we still need to debate this.

Conor Jeory
New Zealand
Artist, Musician, Chef.

Herwig July 16, 2010 at 6:36 am

In full support of Prof. Abraham.
Well done, keep up the good work.

Herwig Regelbrugge
Eeklo Belgium

Jim Moore July 16, 2010 at 6:36 am

I wholeheartedly support John Abraham in this matter.

Ed Darrell July 16, 2010 at 6:41 am

Prof. Abraham is a scholar. Christopher Monckton libels him. I support the scholar.

Ed Darrell
Dallas, Texas

sylvie coyaud July 16, 2010 at 6:42 am

Tks Prof Abraham and his University for educating us as well
journalist – Milan, Italy

Roberto Galimberti July 16, 2010 at 6:42 am

Roberto Galimberti, Milano – ITALY

owl905 July 16, 2010 at 6:43 am

Prof. John Abraham has has leveraged the slides of Lord Monckton, not only to illustrate weakness in the Lord’s claims, but also to lay out the points of conflict where the science is attacked.

In the process he has contributed something special to the process. He has my support.

Lord Monckton has contributed nothing to the process. You can do the logic.

Simon Birnstingl July 16, 2010 at 6:45 am

I support John Abraham

Richard Chandler July 16, 2010 at 6:49 am

I fully support Professor Abraham.

Richard Chandler
Kent, England

Alexandrea Flynn July 16, 2010 at 6:50 am

Edmonton, Alberta.
In full support of Prof. Abraham.
Well done, keep up the good work.

Samuel Silvers July 16, 2010 at 6:54 am

I fully support John Abraham’s well-researched rebuttal of Lord Monckton’s continuing mis-use of research in his cynical attempt to delay much-needed action on global warming.

Samuel Silvers
New York, NY

Andrew Buddery July 16, 2010 at 6:58 am

Andrew Buddery
Sheffield, UK

Emanuele Agus July 16, 2010 at 6:59 am

I’m an Italian teacher and i support the jhon’s work.

Agus Emanuele.

Greets

LB Woodgate July 16, 2010 at 7:01 am

I sincerely hope that Father Dease and others at the University of St. Thomas ignore the pleas of right wing extremists, egged on by The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, to censor John Abraham’s rebuttal of Benchley’s absurd comments regarding climate change. Freedom of speech should not be abridged because those who attack others (Benchley) are offended when solid counterarguments are offered, as did John Abraham. I fully support Mr. Abraham’s right to refute the non-scientific and belligerent comments made by the misguided Viscount and encourage the University to do the same.

Sincerely
Larry Beck
Denton, Tx

Jack DeBaun July 16, 2010 at 7:01 am

I commend Dr. Abraham for his thorough and systematic refutation of Mockton’s denialist pap. Diehard anti-warmers are quite obviously a lost cause. Nonetheless, critical-thinking climate change skeptics have now been presented with persuasive evidence for the deceit inherent in Mockton’s line of argumentation. Once planted, this seed of doubt (about the veracity of denialist claims in general) will hopefully continue to flourish in the abundance of bovine fecal matter that his Lordship and his cronies will desperately spread in his defense.

Claire July 16, 2010 at 7:02 am

I appreciate so much the courage with which John Abraham is fighting against ignorance in the debate about global climate change. Whether we call it ‘warming’ or not, even average people around the globe can find articles showing the truth of the matter; that the sea is rising and the ice is melting.

William O'Hearn July 16, 2010 at 7:02 am

I support John Abraham. Down with the Climate Deniers!

Mat McDermott July 16, 2010 at 7:02 am

Lord Mockton’s attempts to stymie free speech and public discourse about climate change science are utterly repugnant, amounting to little more than frivolous publicity seeking. Prof Abraham has my full support.

Brian Drayton July 16, 2010 at 7:03 am

I am very grateful for Prof. Abraham’s presentation, which I have found very helpful, and also encouraging, in engaging with skeptics. In any case, it was carefully done, and an entirely defensible act of scholarship, for which he should NOT be censured, but rather thanked.

Jeffrey J. Smith July 16, 2010 at 7:04 am

Full Support of Prof. John Abraham in this matter.

Wayne Dickson July 16, 2010 at 7:08 am

Dr. Wayne Dickson
Belfast
UK

Well done Prof. Abraham.

Francisco Matiella July 16, 2010 at 7:11 am

Francisco Matiella
Washington, DC

Scott Waugh July 16, 2010 at 7:11 am

Writing here to support Prof. Abraham and his thorough eviscerating of Mockton’s psuedo science talk.

He has done the world a favor and I ask the University to stand firm against the calls from Mockton and his supporters to take it down through intimidation.

Adam Cornford July 16, 2010 at 7:15 am

I support John Abraham and his exposure of the vicious lies of Lord Monckton. Under no circumstances should Prof. Abraham’s page be censored.

Derek Schweinsgruber July 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

Monckton is a charlatan, a notorious liar who projects his own flaws into his opponents while pretending to be flawless himself. The classic ‘means to an end’ attitude. Hypocrisy!

Rob Spiller July 16, 2010 at 7:17 am

I support John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton. I applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world.

Rob Spiller
UK

Gregory Runt July 16, 2010 at 7:17 am

My name is Gregory Runt of Fresno, CA and i agree with Mr. Abraham.

Bruce Wisentaner July 16, 2010 at 7:17 am

I support truth and sanity.

Jim Chatham July 16, 2010 at 7:18 am

James Chatham
Gaithersburg, MD
USA

Thank you for supporting science.

Damon Hart-Davis July 16, 2010 at 7:19 am

Abraham has my full support.

I don’t know what motivates Mockton, but I’m glad I’m not him.

Rgds

Damon Hart-Davis, UK

Granny Magda July 16, 2010 at 7:20 am

Monckton is turning his back on the normal process of scientific enquiry in seeking to gag his critics. This is not how responsible scientists behave. It is eerily similar though, to the way that hucksters and charlatans behave. This whole business bears close resemblance to the Simon Singh libel case in the UK. In that case, quacks seeking to silence dissent were routed; I hope that will be repeated here.

I fully support Prof. Abraham and I encourage St. Thomas University to support open enquiry by resisting this attack upon free-speech.

Roland Beinert July 16, 2010 at 7:22 am

Roland Beinert
USA

Brian Merchant July 16, 2010 at 7:25 am

Monckton’s nonsense has gone on long enough — few men are as stunningly and consistently wrong as he.

George O. Goodman July 16, 2010 at 7:25 am

George Goodman
Portland, Oregon USA

Tony R July 16, 2010 at 7:26 am

Tony Robalik, Lancaster, PA, USA

I’ve seen Abraham’s presentation. Well done!

Mark Shapiro July 16, 2010 at 7:26 am

I appreciate and support what Professor Abraham has done.

Over the years I have found that Monckton is a liar, a fraud, and a bully. Monckton should be ignored; failing that he should be confronted and challenged.

David Burch July 16, 2010 at 7:31 am

I support John Abraham. Although i feel strongly that all voices on subjects should be heard and that even Prince Monckton does have a right to his opinion, regardless how painfully wrong and out of touch it is. The use of gagging techniques such as the threat of litigation, Censorship and variety of suppression threats do not progress the interests of scientific knowledge or our position on this earth.

Erik Hammerstad July 16, 2010 at 7:31 am

Prof. Abraham has given an excellent analysis of the Monckton errors.

Erik Hammerstad
Norway

Stefano Calzetti July 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

I support John Abraham.

Stefano Calzetti

Perugia, Italy

CTG July 16, 2010 at 7:35 am

Monckton’s bullying tactics are deplorable. Science should not be censored, however uncomfortable its findings are.

Colin Sharples, PhD UEA 1996
Wellington, NZ.

Jennifer Ronk July 16, 2010 at 7:37 am

I support the truth.

Joe Galliani July 16, 2010 at 7:38 am

I support the truth and the science behind it. So I cannot abide the FUD and carbon collaborator Moncton and I will hold him personally responsible for the damage to our younger generations his shilling results in.

I encourage Christopher Monckton to keep talking and keep exposing himself in public. I also encourage him to breathe deeply.

Amy Jackson July 16, 2010 at 7:38 am

I support John Abraham.
Amy Jackson
Philadelphia, Pa, USA

Stewart Argo July 16, 2010 at 7:41 am

Unqualified support.

Stewart Argo
Physics student
Scotland

Kim F. July 16, 2010 at 7:42 am

I support John Abraham

Glenn Johansson July 16, 2010 at 7:43 am

I too support John Abraham.
Glenn Johansson
Gothenburg, Sweden.

Zorana Kojic July 16, 2010 at 7:48 am

I support the general set of ideas proposed and expressed by Dr. John Abraham. I strongly disapprove of the comments, ideas, and any other form of information spoken, written, or expressed by Mr. Monckton.

Zorana Kojic
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

David Curtis July 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

I support John Abraham for his sound science and good critique of Monckton’s phony claims.

-David Curtis
Rhode Island

John Ramming July 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

John Ramming

I offer full support for Prof. Abraham and the important work he’s produced.

President,
JR3, Inc
Woodland, Ca. USA

Dan Brockman July 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

We the undersigned offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton. Professor Abraham provided an important public service by showing in detail Monckton’s misrepresentation of the science of climate, and we applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world.

Christian Hudson July 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

Christian Hudson
Chester County, Pa

maurizio daniello July 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

Maurizio DAniello
Milano Italy

Bart Verheggen July 16, 2010 at 7:56 am

Full support. These intimidation tactics are abhorrent.

Dr. Bart Verheggen
Scientist, Air Quality and Climate Change
Energy research Centre of the Netherlands

Brian Dong July 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

Bravo to Abraham. Monkton asked for a debate, why chicken out of it? He’s trying to go around it because he knows that he can’t win.

I support Abraham and his willingness to question and seek truth.

Brian Dong
Civil Engineer
Silicon Valley, CA

Lisa Moore July 16, 2010 at 7:59 am

I fully support Dr. Abraham. His excellent presentation should remain online.

Lisa A. Moore, PhD
San Francisco, CA

Chris Bialkowski July 16, 2010 at 8:01 am

I support John Abraham.

Christian Gray July 16, 2010 at 8:01 am

Anchorage, AK
USA

Mike Scherer July 16, 2010 at 8:02 am

Bravo John Abraham!

John L. Clark July 16, 2010 at 8:02 am

I fully support John Abraham’s work in getting the facts out on Global Warming. We need to know about Global Warming and other consequences of our abuse of the planet so that we can quickly reverse the destructive course that we have set for ourselves.

John L. Clark
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Mark Ferguson July 16, 2010 at 8:02 am

I have taken the time to watch the entire Abraham presentation and support his research sourcing, scientific arguments, and approach to the debate with Lord Monkton.

Stephen Brandon July 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

Stephen Brandon, supporting SCIENCE!

Walter Meier July 16, 2010 at 8:05 am

In full support,

Walter Meier
Portland, OR
US

Eric Ferguson July 16, 2010 at 8:09 am

It would be a travesty and a blot on St. Thomas to participate in letting science deniers bully scientists. If action is taken against Prof. Abraham, it is St. Thomas’ reputation that will be blackened.

Eric Ferguson
Minneapolis, MN

Tony Wildish July 16, 2010 at 8:11 am

Thank you, Prof. Abraham, for maintaining the standards of academic integrity needed when dealing with such drivel as Monckton dishes out. It’s not easy to play by the rules when others are changing them by the minute, well done.

Tony Wildish (PhD. Physics)

Innes Reid July 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

Lord Monkton should be ashamed of himself for his ridiculous behaviour.

Fr. Peter Doodes July 16, 2010 at 8:16 am

I fully support for Dr. Abraham, but even without his research the evidence of my own eyes tell me that Monckton’s comments are 100% flawed!!

Martin Allen July 16, 2010 at 8:18 am

Martin Allen,
Asst. Professor of Computer Science,
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse,
La Crosse, WI, USA.

Dr Lee Hulbert-Williams July 16, 2010 at 8:19 am

Scientific debate relies entirely on free debate between academics and those interested in the academic project. Respectable intellectuals do not run to a judge to have their opponents silenced. Lord Monckton risks joining other big names who have recently made themselves look foolish by resorting to the libel laws.

Chris Crawford July 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

I have watched Dr. Abraham’s presentation and I find it a model of professional restraint combined with intellectual assiduousness. Given Mr. Monkton’s scurrilous personal attacks on others, the fact that he would attack so strictly correct a presentation is deeply troubling.

Tom Watts July 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

Incredible work John Abraham! It is an arduous war against scientific ignorance that you are so boldly waging.

Steve Hunsberger July 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

I congatulate Dr. Abraham and fully support his rebuttal of Monckton’s flawed and misleading presentations. St. Thomas U. should be proud of its stance and its faculty.

Rene Mai July 16, 2010 at 8:27 am

I say we don’t just sign petitions – let’s make sure each and every one of these scientists knows they and their work is supported and appreciated. Write to universities and scientists to voice your support!

Rene Mai
Student, University of Texas School of Law

Mike Tuppen July 16, 2010 at 8:28 am

I offer my support to John Abraham.

Monkton cannot win using science.

Mike Tuppen
Gloucestershire
UK.

Joe Duddy July 16, 2010 at 8:28 am

Hertfordshire, England

Gilbert Smith July 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

In full support of John Abraham and his University, why should the truth be hidden because one person can’t stand it?

Kristen Coracini July 16, 2010 at 8:30 am

Dr. Abraham’s presentation shows exactly how science and the scientific method SHOULD work

Delia Barrack July 16, 2010 at 8:31 am

Go Dr. Abraham, go!!

Scott Yorke July 16, 2010 at 8:31 am

I wish to offer my full support to John Abraham in his rebuttal of Monckton.

Scott Yorke
Auckland, NZ

Kaustubh Thirumalai July 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

Full support for Dr. Abraham.

Kaustubh Thirumalai,
Student, National Institute of Technology Karnataka
Bangalore, India

Jason Voskuil July 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

Excellent work John Abraham! Nobody should have to stand by and be attacked in such a senseless way by a man with no knowledge in this realm.

andrew adams July 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

Professor Abraham has my full support.

Andrew Adams
London
UK

Joe Clark July 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

100% agree, free speak for all. Lying is lying and facts are facts, and A$$holes are, apparently crybabies.

Keith Bessette July 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

I firmly support Dr. Abraham.

Keith Bessette
Belchertown, MA USA

Tom Scheel July 16, 2010 at 8:41 am

I appreciate Dr. Abraham making the scientific case.
Tom Scheel
Flagstaff, AZ USA

Frank July 16, 2010 at 8:47 am

John Abraham did a great service in providing a fact based rebuttal to Monckton. He has my thanks.

yours
Frank Johnston
B.Sc. , M.Sc. , Ph. D.

Peter Beck July 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

Terrific work by John Abraham.
Peter Beck
Brooklyn, NY USA

Stephen Hill July 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

Massey University, NZ

Sam Tobin July 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

Full support for John’s critique. If Lord Monckton can’t answer the substance of the review (and so far it appears not) then he should withdraw his previous assertions.

University of Auckland, NZ

Lachlan Keown July 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

Lachlan Keown, MSc.

Hamish Mack July 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

I fully support John Abraham’s work in exposing the dishonesty of Christopher Monkton.
Hamish Mack,
New Zealand

Chelsea Pestana July 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

I fully support Professor Abraham’s work combating climate change denial.
Chelsea Pestana
Honolulu, HI

Andrew Geddis July 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

Yeah for Abraham. Boo for Monckton.

Faculty of Law, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Anthony Hallam July 16, 2010 at 8:56 am

Ridiculous. Monckton is nothing but a bully who can’t stand to see his lies exposed.

Taylen Peterson July 16, 2010 at 8:56 am

Originally from MN and have many friends at St. Thomas who support Abraham and love the work he does as their professor. Using facts and research is what science is all about, not hearsay, half-truths, and mis-represented data.

San Francisco, CA

Gianni Comoretto July 16, 2010 at 8:59 am

I support dr. Abraham

Giovanni Comoretto
Astronomer Associate
Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) – Osservatorio di Arcetri – Florence – Italy

David Houghton July 16, 2010 at 9:01 am

Brattleboro, VT, USA

Huw Peach, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK July 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

I fully support John Abraham, congratulate him on his painstaking, exhaustive and highly revealing work, and hope he continues to publicly deconstruct the more far-fetched-but-influential statements of some so-called ‘sceptics’.

John Abraham has done us all a tremendous service and I am very grateful to him.

Gregory Ehrendreich July 16, 2010 at 9:05 am

I support Dr. Abraham and his work in combating the inanity of climate change denial.

Gregory Ehrendreich
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Chicago, IL USA

Erin O'Sullivan July 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

I don’t know why Monckton continually tries to shout down real scientists with real science degrees. I am a communicator – like Monckton- but I don’t pretend to be anything more. We can’t all be experts in everything- so I educate myself as much as I can and learn from real experts.

If you want to learn how to write a press release, swing by my office- or Monckton’s- but if you want to learn about climate science talk to a climate scientist.

Michael Blanco July 16, 2010 at 9:17 am

I support John Abraham and St. Thomas University is promoting open debate on climate issues.

Michael Blanco
Linfield College
McMinnville, OR USA

Charles Juhn July 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

Arcadia, CA

Susanna Schultz July 16, 2010 at 9:20 am

Thank you John Abraham from Seattle, Washington.

Art Blundell July 16, 2010 at 9:20 am

Please do not censor scientists.

Chris Winter July 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

I support Professor Anderson and his thorough debunking of Monckton’s disinformation. This material should remain in publication.

Furthermore, the methods used by Monckton show forth the fact that he is in the wrong and deserves no consideration.

Bo Norrman July 16, 2010 at 9:26 am

I fully support the good work of professor Abraham and reject the attacks by Cristopher Monckton.

Bo Norrman
Dr Med Sci

Rick O'Leary July 16, 2010 at 9:26 am

Consider me onboard with your reply.

Abraham is spot on.

Rick O’Leary

Charles Miller July 16, 2010 at 9:27 am

I support John Abraham and others fighting the pseudoscience of Lord Monkton.

Charles Miller
Ellicott City, MD

G. Thomas Farmer, Ph.D. July 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

Monckton is a fraud and a liar and a kook. He calls himself lord but is not and never has been a member of the House of Lords. He says he was an advisor to Margaret Thatcher but there is no record of his service. He is supported by ExxonMobile and the Koch Brothers. He is a disgrace to scientists and Britishers everywhere.

Chris Winter July 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

Forgot to give my location. It’s San Jose, California, USA.

jo abbess July 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

There once was a fella called Monckton,
Who claimed he’d been litigiously dumped on;
Twas patent absurd,
But steam could be heard
Escaping clenched teeth as Abr’am debunked him.

David L. Rowney July 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

I have reviewed the excellent web site of John Abraham, and support him in his efforts to clarify climate issues and promote open debate.

David Rowney
Biostatistician (retired), UC Berkeley
MS Mechanical Engineering

Alessandro Casoli July 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

This is unbelievable. And they dare call themselves “skeptics”, when all they are is an unabashed lynch mob. They pretend to be asking for open debate, yet all their arguments are lies and misinterpretations, and when called out on it, they resort to intimidation. Disgusting.

Mark Polle July 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

I thank Dr. Abraham for putting in the huge effort of showing Monkton’s misleading claims for what they are. Hopefully, his university will honour him for his scientific excellence and not be intimidated by Monkton’s bullying.

Mark Polle, M.D.
Ontario,Canada

Daniel Kolle July 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

Kick some ass, Dr. Abraham.

Daniel Kolle
UAHuntsville

GeoFlynx July 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

Dr. Abraham – I have placed photos of yourself besides that of Lord Monckton and nine out of ten crustaceans agreed that you look least like a prawn. Everyone here found your presentation debating the viscount both informative and polite – Thank You!

Ronald Broberg July 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

The desire of His Excellency, The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, to blunt criticism of his Lordship and his Lordship’s public statements through legal intimidation and public bullying is a despicable action of an aristocrat more comfortable before a legal bar than in the halls of academic debate and he should be resisted by all men who honor scientific freedom and free speech.

I proudly add my name to this statement.

Nuno Cardoso July 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

In full support of John Abraham and his University

Nuno Cardoso
Lisboa, Portugal

Cameron Lewis July 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

I support John Abraham.

Kristjan Wager July 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

I’ll add my name to the statement.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Theis Gjedsted July 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

Copenhagen, Denmark

Crystal Miron July 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

I fully support Abraham and the University in their efforts to shine light on “Lord” Monckton’s manipulations of the available science and the cases of fabricating of his own science to support his claims.

As a former student at the University of St. Thomas, I am proud to know the University has the courage and integrity to stand up for the truth.

Monckton clearly has no one but himself to blame for his poor reputation.

jeremy - Brisbane Australia July 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

John Abraham has done a truly great job he has taken the argument, which are sometimes so difficult to understand because of their technical language and distilled it down to common sense so that pretty much anybody can understand it. He, by providing supporting documentation, has allowed for the debate to move from the emotive to the factual and shown CM to be what he really is.

Keep up the good work

Tobias Barkley July 16, 2010 at 10:07 am

I fully support John Abraham and St Thomas University in this matter.

Tobias Barkley
Dunedin
New Zealand

Hari Black July 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

I am delighted to add my name as a show of support for John Abraham. All the best for he and the University of St Thomas to prevail against Monkton’s shallow and vindictive attempt to stifle Abraham’s legitimate critique of his quackery.

Hari Black
London, United Kingdom

John Randall July 16, 2010 at 10:12 am

I fully support John Abraham’s efforts to get out the truth about climate change and to refute claims that unprecedentedly rapid climate change is not happening.

Miguel de Salas Gorospe July 16, 2010 at 10:16 am

Great job John,
Keep it up.

From Hobart, Tasmania

Mark Hamilton July 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

I support John Abraham. He has shown class whereas Monkton has just shown his incompetence.

Mark Hamilton
New Zealand

Trevor Murdock July 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

John Abraham provides excellent and credible information about the science of climate change.

Victoria, BC, Canada (Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium)

Richard P. Muller July 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Brian Collier July 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

I support John Abraham without reservation in this dispute with Lord Monckton. I have exchanged some correspondence with John Abraham, and believe that his review of earlier work by Lord Monckton adheres to the best practices of peer review. I believe that the allegations of Lord Monckton on this matter are without merit.

Jean-Yves Landry July 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

I fully support John Abraham, congratulate him on his painstaking, exhaustive and highly revealing work.

Jean-Yves Landry

Pete McGregor (Pohanginapete) July 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

I offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton. Professor Abraham provided an important public service by showing in detail Monckton’s misrepresentation of the science of climate, and I applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world.

Ted Nation July 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

Monckton is so obviously speaking nonsense that anyone with the lease bit of knowledge of climate science should recognize it. Nevertheless, I was excited when I first encountered Dr. Abraham’s thorough debunking of one of Monckton’s spiels and immediately linked it to a discussion site I participate in. Thank you Dr. Abraham and thank you St. Thomas University for forcefully protecting the principle of academic freedom!

Keith Deaney July 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

Prof Abraham and the university should never give in to bully-tactics from this unscientific attack by Mr Monckton. This attempted censoring of science goes against everything real scientists stand for. Way to go John, and keep up the great work.

Keith Deaney, PhD Student, Earth Sciences.

Matthew Campbell July 16, 2010 at 10:42 am

Matthew Campbell, University of Auckland

Lloyd Canham July 16, 2010 at 10:51 am

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Tomas L. Martin July 16, 2010 at 10:51 am

I support Dr. Abraham in his valiant effort to detail just how little truth there is in Monckton’s words. The smearing of an opponent and the claim of libel is the last resort of the desperate, and in this debate Monckton has turned to them first, without any attempt at contrition for his misrepresentation of scientific endeavour. Monckton and others are doing immense damage by distorting the public perception of climate science and individuals like Dr. Abraham should be applauded and supported every step of the way, not persecuted in the manner that Monckton is forced to resort to in his lack of a compelling retort.

Tomas L. Martin
University of Bristol

Luke July 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

I support Prof Abraham and his work on debunking Lord Monkton. We need more truth and evidence rather than disinformation

Tim Burrows July 16, 2010 at 10:54 am

Christopher Monckton’s claims are frivolous and without basis. Full support to John Abraham.

Raoul De Guchteneere July 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

PhD, Physics, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Currently, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Dr Tim Stephens July 16, 2010 at 11:06 am

Great initiative. Please add me to the petition to support Abraham.

Dr Tim Stephens
Faculty of Law, University of Sydney
MPhil in Geography (Cambridge) PhD in Law (Sydney)

Connor July 16, 2010 at 11:06 am

Keep up the good work, John.

Rob Darvall July 16, 2010 at 11:10 am

Proffessor Abraham’s presentation was clear, and to the point. A marked contrast to the work he was critiquing.

Rob Darvall
Stockyard
Qld Australia

Alastair Breingan July 16, 2010 at 11:23 am

I fully support John Abraham and his excellent work in exposing the PP.

I notice that the PP does not seem to have any official web residence which could have complaining emails directed at it (unless I’m missing something)?

Kevin R Coleman July 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

I am a mature student taking a BSc Honours degree part time in the UK with the Open University in Environmental Studies. I have been doing so since 2000 and have learned to distinguish between good science and the brown sticky stuff quite early on in my education.
Professor John Abraham is one of those stalwarts who brings more credibility to his university through telling the truth and demonstrating the true skills of teaching that are needed by the few to educate the many. If we are to really do what is right with regards climate change then we need to have people like John who are generous with their time and knowledge.
What is more John treats everyone as equal and by doing so has earned my respect.
If I was the head of teaching staff at St Thomas University I would highly commend John for his professionalism and make sure the leading papers knew as well.
Well done John. Monckton is a fool who resorts to cheap shots to drum up support where he can gain none through legitimate means and real science.

Rowan Holmes July 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

For the University to surrender to Monckton’s attempted bullying would be to endorse the approach to ‘research’ of a non-climate-scientist whose deep learning in this matter can be fittingly epitomised by his claim that in medieval times “[t]here was little ice at the North Pole: a Chinese naval squadron sailed right round the Arctic in 1421 and found none.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1533290/Climate-chaos-Dont-believe-it.html

Monckton seems to be among an increasing number of self-appointed reactionary pundits who confuse what they sanctify in stentorian tones as their ‘freedom of speech’ with what their actions show they really want: immunity from the consequences of that speech.

If a person sets themselves up as a commentator on climate change by peddling this kind of delirious, febrile gibberish, then they are laying themselves open to a thorough investigation of their claims.

This is precisely what Prof Abraham has done, and he has done it superbly, If only his scrupulously detailed refutation had the same kind of publicity as Monckton’s dreams of non-existent Chinese naval expeditions to supposedly ice-free North Poles. Apparently Monckton believes that freedom of speech should only apply to himself rather than to Prof Abraham.

Prof Abraham has done the public and his institution a great service by doing it. I call on the university to show its public support for Prof Abraham in every way it can.

TrueSceptic July 16, 2010 at 11:32 am

Gareth,

In case you haven’t noticed, a few denialist trolls have posted comments in this thread in obvious disregard of its clearly stated intention.

Can I suggest that you flush the comments of these cockroaches (!) away? If you don’t, they will breed like, well, cockroaches.

[I'm doing my best to keep up, and to work out how to get the comments to number properly - I have had to use paginated comments to cut server load, and my WP theme doesn't number them properly...]

Nick Palmer July 16, 2010 at 11:36 am

I totally support Abraham. I thought he was far too polite to Monckton! This pseudo Lord is potentially a severe health risk to our future.

Nick Palmer
Sustainability and climate change blogger

Tom Semmens July 16, 2010 at 11:49 am

I offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton.

Kevin R Coleman July 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

Also in my haste I forgot to add my location.
Banbury, Oxfordshire, England.

Charles Zeller July 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

John Abraham’s respectful, thoroughly researched, clear rebuttal must be defended and promoted. Universities are a bastion of peer reviewed science, which Christopher Monckton chooses to ignore. Lord Monckton’s verbal gymnastics reveal an impressive intellect applied to demagoguery and ideology rather than a genuine effort to understand the methods scientist use to refine and explain their unbiased understanding of the physical world. Although the effectiveness of fact checking is debatable in an increasingly unreasonable political environment, but we must all keep working at it and stand with people like Professor Abraham.

Charles Zeller, Retired, Austin, TX

squirrell July 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

I fully support John Abraham and his University.

Ontario,Canada.

Jace Iversen July 16, 2010 at 11:56 am

Loonies like Monckton keep loading up this handbasket to hell with great boulders, so we will only fall faster. If they’d look around they’d see we’re all in it together. Then might they ask themselves what if they’re wrong and we’re right? That the ‘we’ I speak of includes the finest climate scientists on the planet cannot, it seems, dent their pride and absolute conviction of superior intelligence. With the kind of hubris that makes for perfect tragedy they pursue their course, dragging us with them. So, even if only the most powerful few of the species are maladaptive, all must suffer the consequences equally. For what? To protect their bloated egos and vested interest? We must staunchly support Prof. Abraham and all who have sought the truth and follow their conviction that it must be shared and acted upon.

John Hollenberg July 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Please continue to support John Abraham. Do not succumb to political pressure to hide the truth.

Sami Grover July 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I offer my unreserved support of John Abraham, and I urge St Thomas University to do the same.

Those spouting pseudo-science have the complete right to do so, but they do not have the right to try to shut down the freedom of speech of those who expose their nonsense for what it is.

Sami Grover

Les Southwell July 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Congratulations to John Abraham and the university for revealing Monckton’s farrago of misinformation and lies. Seems the denialistas can dish it out but can’t take.

Barry Jelbert July 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Monckton cannot be allowed to bully academia into submission.

Wellington, NZ

Robert R. Holt July 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I fully support Prof. Abraham’s right to speak his mind and correct ignorant attacks on his views.

Rob Jones July 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I am appalled that Monckton, who’s views on global warming cannot bear scrutiny, would attempt to silence a real scientist who has obviously spent real time and effort to validate his list of the litany of errors contained in Moncktons ramblings.

Further, I urge that Prof. Abraham be rewarded and all complaints against him be consigned to the rubbish bin.

Rob Jones
University of New England, Armidale, Australia

Gary youngren July 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Sometimes the burdens of simply being a good citizen can be overwhelming. All I can do is to tell you I support you 100%.

Leslie Fitzgerald July 16, 2010 at 1:08 pm

The University must not allow Monckton’s illegitimate crusade to prevail.. Continue to support John Abraham’s careful research and allow his presentation to remain on university servers as a fine example of academic freedom.

Maureen Redwine July 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I fully support Prof. Abraham and St. Thomas University.

Oklahoma City, OK

KeenOn350 July 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Having reviewed a number of these comments, I find there is little to add, except to add my name to those who fully support Professor Abraham’s superb rebuttal of the Potty Peer’s inanities. I trust Dr. Abraham will have the full support of St. Thomas U.

Thank you Dr. Abraham and thank you St. Thomas University.

Dave Willis Hudson QC Canada

Garry Hemming July 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I fully support Prof. Abraham and applaud St. Thomas University for its continued support of him despite the unwarranted threats of legal action.

Philip Machanick July 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

This contrasts with my attempts at getting Ian Plimer disciplined for lying on national television in Australian. Melbourne University could do nothing because he’s emeritus, while Adelaide was unwilling to take action because they regarded his activities as normal.

I don’t know if I was entirely fair trying to shut him up this way. But it seems to me there is a massive asymmetry in all this. The stolen CRU emails have ultimately revealed at most trivial wrong-doing and there have been at least FOUR investigations of the major players. When are we going to see ONE investigation of what’s behind the obviously dishonest denial campaign?

You can support the CRU scientists by signing my petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/clim4tr/petition.html

Tom Schueneman July 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I fully support Professor Abraham and urge St. Thomas University to continue the support of his work. Monckton is a simple bully, I’ve seen it repeatedly and in person.

Michael Searcy July 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I offer Dr. Abraham and the University of St. Thomas my complete and unreserved support in the hosting of his rebuttal to Christopher Monckton’s presentation.

Florida, U.S.
B.S,, Electrical Engineering, Cum Laude, ’93

lucien locke July 16, 2010 at 1:34 pm

There is very detailed discussions of all of the science relative to Dr. Abraham’s rebuttal of Monckton. I fully support Dr. Abraham and all other scientists and their efforts to clarify false premises regarding research into climate change.

Respectfully submitted,
Lucien P. Locke Jr.

Donald C. Lewis July 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

John Abraham’s piece was accurate, professionally executed, and without slander. John Abraham is a credit to St. Thomas University. I hope St. Thomas will continue to post his expose and support his efforts to clarify the popular “debate” about climate science.

Bell Buckle, TN
(Ph.D., 1985, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University)

Daniel Hutchins July 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I too support John Abraham and all scientists who are attacked in the spirit of adversarial politics with little rergard for evidence based science.

Cameron MacLeod July 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I fully support Mr. Abraham, and am disappointed by Monckton’s attempt to silence those who he disagrees with.

Cameron MacLeod, B.CompSci
Toronto, Canada

Christophe Danheux July 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Please count me in. I want to express my appreciation and support for Professor John Abraham and his excellent work, which reflects positively on St Thomas University.

Kennett Square, USA

Jane Hilton July 16, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I support John Abraham. Let him speak.
Climate scientists need a right of reply.
This issue it too important to be misconstrued and abused.

Perth
Western Australia

Anne Murphy July 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Please count me in as a supporter of Professor John Abraham.

I stand behind good science, reason, and legitimate debate of the issues – NOT bullying and intimidation!

Anne Murphy July 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Please count me in as a supporter of Professor John Abraham.

I stand behind good science, reason, and legitimate debate of the issues – NOT bullying and intimidation!

Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

Michael Heath July 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I support science and therefore support Dr. John Abraham revealing Mr. Monckton’s fraudulent misrepresentation of the state of climate science.

Helge Heinrich July 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Dr. Abrahams and St. Thomas University have presented clear facts rebutting the lies presented by Mr. Monckton. The public has a right to know what Dr. Abrahams and St. Thomas University have to say. The attempts by the GW denialist community to distort facts and to defame and silence scientists should be rejected.

bob buhr July 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Monckton is a fruitcake, and the fact that he still is given credibility anywhere at all is a farce. Good for Abraham.

Luke Stewart July 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Wow, major effort there. Thanks for devoting a lot of time to someone who does not appear to be worth the effort.

Luke Stewart
University of Otago Graduate

Luke Stewart July 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Wow, major effort there. Thanks for devoting a lot of time to someone who does not appear to be worth the effort.

Luke Stewart
BSc (Hons) Physics
University of Otago

Alden Griffith July 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I wholly support Dr. Abraham’s conclusions regarding Christopher Monckton’s claims. The scale of Lord Monckton’s response to this matter is entirely unwarranted and demonstrates his inability to respond on scientific grounds. He consistently distorts science, spreads misinformation, and vehemently attacks anyone who criticizes his statements. As an educator and a scientist, I find this reprehensible.

It is very important that the public be able to see Dr. Abraham’s presentation. It is a service to their intelligence.

Dr. Alden B Griffith
Wellesley College

Luke Stewart July 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm

So your edit and deletion functions don’t appear to be working as advertised….

Neil Levy July 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

It would be a gross violation of academic freedom and also a great disservice to truth for a university to give any credence to Monckton’s claims.

Neil Levy
University of Oxford

Matthew Wilson July 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton.

Matthew Wilson
Perth, Western Australia.

Raymond T. Pierrehumbert July 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I offer my unreserved support for Prof. Abraham. The man deserves a medal for his sober and scientifically sound approach to exposing the numerous fallacies in Moncton’s claims regarding climate change.

Raymond T. Pierrehumbert
Department of the Geophysical Sciences
The University of Chicago

Donald A. Johnson July 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I also support John Abraham, and all scientists who are attacked in the spirit of polemical, adversarial politics, with such little regard for evidence based science.

Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Mahidol University
Salaya, Thailand

Nadine Rankin July 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I support Dr. Abraham and science. I encourage St. Thomas University to resist the bullying of Mr. Monckton by standing behind Dr. Abraham and his work.

Fredrick Capp July 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I may just be a lowly artist with an AA degree in engineering, but I’ve been following this topic for years & I support John Abraham.

Also, I think that Viscount Monckton is exactly the kind of upper crust twit Monty Python was so good at lampooning & am waiting for John Cleese’s impersonation of him.

Kevin McKinney July 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I have watched and listened to Prof. Abraham’s presentation, and am frankly shocked that Lord Monckton would misrepresent it as in any way unprofessional. It eschewed empty rhetoric, hewed closely to the scientific matter in question using careful and objective language, and cited the literature extensively in support of the points made.

In my view, it was an admirable production in the best traditions of academic discourse intended for a popular audience–albeit in a distinctly modern format.

I urge the authorities at St. Thomas to uncategorically reject Monckton’s attempt to intimidate Prof. Abraham as a gross attack on academic freedom–and one, moreover, not founded on fact.

Keith Pickering July 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I’m happy to add my name to the growing list of those supporting John Abraham’s perfectly appropriate takedown of Christopher Monckton.

Watertown, MN

Marcus July 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I’m Marcus from Adelaide, South Australia, & I wholeheartedly support Professor John Abraham-& am utterly appalled at the gutter tactics used by Monckton & his camp followers to try & shut down reasonable debate on this topic.

Steven Sullivan July 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Ph.D,. Bioinformatics Analyst at New York University, hereby registering my support of Dr. Abraham against the cynical nonsense promulgated by Viscount Monckton.

John MacFarlane July 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Sydney, Australia

Pieter B July 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I support science and academic freedom, and strongly urge the University to not only support Professor Abraham, but to make it clear to one and all that Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is the sad but inevitable result of inbreeding amongst the upper classes.

Rob Sutherland July 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Congrats to Prof Abraham for his detailed take-down of Monkton’s inane blather. This buffoon has made many similar threats in the past with nothing to show fro them. St Thomas need to come out and unreservedly support Prof Abraham for his fine piece of work.

D. Robert Sutherland
Professor of Medicine
University of Toronto

Stephen Gloor July 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I support John Abraham.

Geoff B. July 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I support Professor Abraham.

Marion Delgado July 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I “support” John Abraham (the very idea is a farce though -truly, we live in Inquisitorial times more reminiscent of Lysenkoism than of McCarthyism when a small, accurate powerpoint is being made a legal issue by an insane reactionary royalist and anyone has to concern themselves with it).

Marion D late of UO and before that, UAF, including the West Ridge from whence sprang denialists like Akasofu and Kramm.

Joe Ortner July 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Thank you John Abraham for taking the time to investigate the claims made by climate denier C. Monckton and putting together a point by point analysis of his talk. Mr. Abraham’s clear headed science based techniques are really appreciated.

Don Ross July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I support John Abraham. Please do not cave in to this ridiculous pressure.

Dave McRae July 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Thank you John Abraham.

Your presentation used science with calmness. It’s sad that the retaliation uses vitriol and no science but that’s probably the only course they had available to these frauds. The manner of their retaliation is also very illustrative.

Thanks again

Dan Moutal July 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I already put my name down in support for John Abraham, but I though I would let everyone know that there is now a facebook group to support John Abraham:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=135508543148017&v=info

Mark Schaffer July 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I support reason, intelligence, wisdom, and facts and therefore completely support this important rebuttal by John Abraham of Monckton.

Stephen Rowe July 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I support John Abraham

Stephen Rowe
Auckland.

Jelle Kastelein July 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I support John Abraham.

Alan Walker July 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Bravo, John Abraham! Your exposition is important, accurate and useful.

Peter Harbison July 16, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Please continue your efforts to explain things clearly and accurately.
Thank you Peter Harbison Darwin Australia

John Statler July 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I support John Abraham.

Anne Young July 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I appreciate John Abraham’s efforts to expose the falsehoods and inaccuracies presented by Monckton. The science must be heard.

Anthony David July 16, 2010 at 7:01 pm

John Abraham took the time and effort to discover the facts of Climate Change and the mendaciousness of Monckton. Let the science stand and the polemical sideshow fall.

Paul Klemencic July 16, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I found John Abraham’s analysis of science that was mis-interpreted and mis-represented by The Visount Monckton of Brenchley in his public presentations and internet publications to be very helpful. I support the decision and the resolve to continue making this analysis available to help counteract further mis-representations of the science.

John McConnaughy July 16, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I support John Abraham.
John McConnaughy
Anchorage, Alaska

Franco Noce July 16, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I support John Abraham

Gareth Dixon July 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I support John Abraham. We need more scientists like him.
Auckland, New Zealand

Rufus Polson July 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I support John Abraham. I also agree with him, but even if I did not Monckton’s actions would remain outrageous. The decision to block opposing views by censorship and witch-hunt is ethically and philosophically bankrupt; the need to do so suggests intellectual bankruptcy as well.
How ironic that these people go around claiming that their opponents are indulging in coverups, but need to cover it up when their claims are debunked.

Eamon Watters July 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I fully support John Abraham and his detailed and insightful work.

Pierluigi Di Pietro July 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I support John Abram.
Let’s see how Monckton could further support the climate change consiousness: therefore these are the final results of his pitiful actions ;)

Pierluigi Di Pietro July 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I support John Abram.
Let’s see how Monckton could further support the climate change consciousness: therefore these are the final results of his pitiful actions ;)

Milena July 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I support John Abraham. We need more scientists like him.

Adrian Grimes July 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I offer my unreserved support for Professor Abraham and St. Thomas University. His insightful demonstration of how ludicrous are Christopher Monckton and his supposed expertise on the topic of climate change was a masterpiece. That he and the University should find themselves under attack from a hoard of bullies, hell-bent on stifling the true science is utterly unacceptable. Monckton’s tactics would be laughable if they were not so spiteful and designed to wreak as much inconvenience for the University as possible.
Adrian Grimes PhD

Jason Warren July 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I fully support Professor John Abraham and the St. Thomas University. Professor Abraham’s presentation debunking Chritopher Moncktons many distortions and misrepresentations of science was, in this layperson’s mind, clear, succint and sober. Please do not give in to the reprehensible bullying, harassment and intimidation initiated by the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley.

Jason Warren
Mannheim, Germany

Gavin Webber July 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I support John Abraham. He is a sane voice in an insane world of denial.

Jason July 16, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I support John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton.
Jason / Auckland, New Zealand

Marko Germani July 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I support John Abraham. Marko Germani, Trieste, Italy

Dean Morrison July 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I support John Abraham.

Mike Davis July 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I support Professor Abraham and generally DO NOT support or condone the idea of threatening law suits during an academic debate.

Stefano Marocco July 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I support John Abraham

Jon Dancy July 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Monckton does no research, he publishes no peer reviewed material. He is in short, an embarrassment. John Abraham deserves every thinking person’s support.

Susanne Oates July 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I support St Thomas University and Professor Abraham in their resistance to Christopher Monckton’s attempted bullying. I also support Professor Abraham’s actions in testing public statements made by Christopher Monckton, especially those which purport to summarise the findings of peer reviewed scientific papers. Professor Abraham’s presentation (both versions) is a public service. Keeping it available to the interested public does credit to the professor and to the university.

Susanne Oates
Moss Vale, Australia

Lawrie Rikus July 16, 2010 at 8:43 pm

John Abraham’s rebuttal is an important part of the debate and must not be stiffled.

Quentin Wallace July 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I support John Abraham

Antonio Caputo July 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

I support Professor Abraham. Antonio Caputo, Rome, Italy

Jim McLeod July 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I support John Abraham

Cihangir Buyukataman July 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I support John Abraham. Cihangir Buyukataman from Ankara, Turkey.

Max July 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I support John Abraham and his valid critique of the many errors and untruths in the claims made by Lord Monckton.

Max Lensvelt
London, United Kingdom

Douglas Lowe July 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I support John Abraham.

Douglas Lowe
University of Manchester
UK

William Thorpe July 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I also applaud John Abraham’s efforts in highlighting the distortions of Christopher Monkton, and support him and St Thomas’ University as they defend themselves against these scandalous attacks.

Seb Junemann July 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I fully support John Abraham

Edward Stern July 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I support John Abraham. Monkton’s attempt to intimidate him and St Thomas’ University is pathetic.

David Hutton-Squire July 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Yes, of course I support John Abraham’s careful work.

Craig Rotherham July 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I urge the University to support John Abraham against this absurd effort to stifle academic liberty and freedom of speech.

Mike Nudds July 16, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Professor John Abraham has has my unqualified support for his presentation rebutting Monckton’s many mistakes.

Richard Louis July 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I am grateful for the work John Abraham has performed/posted. I support the petition requesting that the University to keep this presentation available online.

Lorenzo Montini July 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I support John Abram.

David Green July 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Thanks to John Abraham for his work in unmasking Christopher Monkton. thank you for the time you put in to debunk him . good work !!!!! .

roshan July 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I support John Abraham and would like him to commend him on his efforts to bring facts of climate change and global warming to the general public.

Stephen Trinder July 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I support John Abraham, totally. Good science will save us – if our minds are not clouded by spite and stupidity – not the courts. Censorship is the last resort of the wrong. And wrongness ignored can lead to disaster.

John Cole July 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I support Professor Abraham.

Carol Cowan July 16, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I wholeheartedly support John Abraham and approve of his thorough debunking of Christopher Monckton’s lecture.
Carol Cowan BSc (Geology)

David Soto July 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I wholeheartedly support John Abraham and approve of his thorough debunking of Christopher Monckton’s lecture.

Giorgio Antonello July 16, 2010 at 11:28 pm

all my support

Terry Tremwel July 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I support Dr. John Abraham and open discussion on University-owned resources. I can think of no better place to exercise this kind of discussion than in an academic setting. Lawsuits aimed to squelch dissemination of Dr. Abraham’s presentation would be a frivolous waste of court resources and should be subject to sanction.

Terry Tremwel, PhD

Christoffer Bugge Harder July 16, 2010 at 11:42 pm

I fully support Dr. Abraham. Never give in to bullies or dictators – stand by your words and tell this useless British 19th century relic to bring it on or to shut up.

Christoffer Bugge Harder, PhD student, Dept. of Biology, University of Copenhagen

Stewart Hunter July 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I wholeheartedly support John Abraham and approve of his thorough debunking of Christopher Monckton’s lecture. The boorish, anti-democratic and anti-intellectual behaviour of Monckton and the denialist echo chamber must be resisted.

Carol Cowan July 17, 2010 at 12:07 am

Sorry, forgot to give my location – Southland, New Zealand

daniel July 17, 2010 at 12:14 am

Dr. Abraham has my full support as he has made his conclusions based upon facts, rather than a solution suitable to placating the status quo. Monckton is a liar and a disgrace.

Heath Eddy July 17, 2010 at 12:19 am

I wholeheartedly support this statement affirming support for John Abraham’s work in debunking Lord Monckton in the interest of science.

Dave Kahn July 17, 2010 at 12:20 am

I fully support John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton.

Jim Thomson July 17, 2010 at 12:31 am

To whom it may concern, I recommend that Dr John Abraham be fully supported by the university in the face of these attacks by the Climate Sceptic movement, at this critical junction it is vitally important that the truth be paramount

Sarah A. Green July 17, 2010 at 12:45 am

Thank you St. Thomas for supporting true fact-based debate on the most critical issue facing humanity today.
Sarah A. Green
Profesor and Chair of Chemistry
Michigan Technological University

Derrick Pfeifer July 17, 2010 at 12:57 am

I fully support John Abraham and his brilliant presentation. It is clear that Christopher Monckton is desperate and has to resort to bullying and intimidation. I’m glad people are finally seeing Mr. Monckton for what he really is, a charlatan peddling pseudo-science.

Bravo Dr. Abraham!

Derrick Pfeifer Burlington,IA

Tobe Carey July 17, 2010 at 1:05 am

I fully support John Abraham and urge St. Thomas University to ignore the unfounded rants of climate change denier Monckton. Dr Abraham has done a great service to the world by going to the source of Monckton’s claims to show how he mistakenly or purposefully misread the scientific record in an attempt to score a political point. I support the inquiry of Dr Abraham and urge you to not be cowed by this attack by Monckton.

Scott Reid, RPF July 17, 2010 at 1:09 am

I completely support John Abraham and approve of his thorough debunking of Christopher Monckton’s lecture.

Scott Reid, RPF
Port Sydney, Ontario

David Pujdak July 17, 2010 at 1:27 am

I fully support John Abraham and am glad he is standing up to the climate change deniers out there who can’t support their arguments with actual facts.

Daniel J. Andrews July 17, 2010 at 1:29 am

Dr. Abraham’s work critiques the presentation made by Christopher Monckton. Both are readily available for viewing, and I encourage the folks at St. Thomas to view both for themselves to see who is misrepresenting the facts. Dr. Abraham’s should be commended and fully supported for his work in exposing the bald-faced inaccuracies and misrepresentations in Monckton’s presentation.

Dan J. Andrews, Canada
Boreal Forest Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist, OMNR (contract basis)

asha ten broeke July 17, 2010 at 2:00 am

I support John Abraham.
Asha ten Broeke (science writer, the Netherlands)

Matt Merritt July 17, 2010 at 2:00 am

I fully support John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton.

Brian Cantrall July 17, 2010 at 2:07 am

I fully support John Abraham. Cleveland Ohio

clarencegirl July 17, 2010 at 2:18 am

Have emailed Prof Abraham in support of his effort to clarify the science misused or misquoted by climate change deniers.

Petering Time July 17, 2010 at 2:21 am

Fully support the University of St. Thomas and Abraham.

Jeff July 17, 2010 at 2:30 am

I fully support John Abraham’s actions. Criticism and fact-checking should never be punished, especially in the scientific community. Global warming is a highly politicized issue-as such, it has been inundated with a loud minority, quoting lies as if they were facts. Dr. Abraham is a force for good, differentiating the truth from the lies.

Jeffrey Santner
PhD student in Mechanical engineering, Princeton

Lionel Badal July 17, 2010 at 2:36 am

I offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton.

Lionel Badal
Postgraduate Student (MA Disasters Adaptation and Development)
Department of Geography
King’s College London

Joel Rein July 17, 2010 at 2:58 am

I would like to voice my full support of Professor Abraham. The freedom to check the validity of claims being made should not be impeded by bullying and legal threats.

Canberra, Australia.

Mike Bauer July 17, 2010 at 3:09 am

First, in the sprit of disclosure; I must admit to being a professional climate scientist and a recipient of NASA funding for work in the field.

The presentation by John Abraham, irregardless of how one judges its correctness, meets all the standards of fair and open scholarship and is in fact very well done.

That one of your faculty has provokes such interest should be seen as a sign of meaningful scholarship being done. I applaud Dr. Abraham for his curiosity and effort.

Mike Bauer
Columbia University
New York, NY USA

Antonio July 17, 2010 at 3:17 am

All my support!!!!

Adrian de Montfort July 17, 2010 at 3:28 am

I wish to add my support to John Abraham and urge St Thomas University to resist the bully and liar Christopher Moncktons craven attempts to intimidate and litigate away the truth..

suomynona July 17, 2010 at 3:33 am

I support John Abraham and the St. Thomas University in the essence of free speech and promoting healthy discourse. Unfortunately facts are seemingly fluid these days. But here in lies the difference between ‘warmers’ and ‘skeptics’, one side can stand critical scrutiny and encourages rational debate of the facts, the other pretends it does then sues.

Dave Boyce July 17, 2010 at 4:01 am

I fully support John Abraham, and deplore the misinformation and bullying from Monckton.

Nick Zigler July 17, 2010 at 4:05 am

I fully support John Abraham and his debunking of Lord Monckton’s speech. The attacks on real science must stop.
Nick Zigler
Masters Student, Environmental Science
University of California, Santa Barbara

Höski Búi July 17, 2010 at 4:06 am

Full support goes to John Abraham and the St. Thomas University.

Codeblue July 17, 2010 at 4:08 am

I fully support John Abraham and his professional, evidence-based response to Monckton’s presentation.

Nick Davis
Seattle, Washington

Daniel Bengtsson July 17, 2010 at 4:14 am

M.Sc Engineering Physics.

Nonsense, Monckton.

Ryan Sweeney July 17, 2010 at 4:27 am

Unable to offer a meaningful rebuttal, Monckton is forced to resort to the unfortunately all too common calls for censorship, this “attack the messenger” mentality, we’ve seen repeatedly from denialists and cranks. St. Thomas University would be doing a great disservice to John Abraham, his work, and evidence-based research itself if they reward such egregious bullying (and poor research) with anything more than a moments consideration before immediately dismissing it as nonsense. I fully support John Abraham and his professional, evidence-based response to Monckton’s presentation.

Joel McVey July 17, 2010 at 4:28 am

I support John Abraham and the St. Thomas University and deplore Lord Monckton on this issue.

Jeanne Masanz July 17, 2010 at 4:42 am

I fully support John Abraham and the University of St. Thomas (in my lovely hometown of St. Paul, MN) and fully do not support Christopher Monckton.

Donald Thieme July 17, 2010 at 4:51 am

John Abraham has provided an excellent slide-by-slide analysis of the presentation by Lord Christopher Monckton in which Monckton casts doubt upon current scientific explanations of global climate change. I plan to make use of Dr. Abraham’s analysis in my own teaching and research not only for his demonstration of our current understanding of the climate but also for his analysis of the proper use of scientific information for public policy.
Donald Thieme, Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, Valdosta State University

Justin Bastow July 17, 2010 at 4:58 am

I appreciate John Abraham’s presentation, which is a valuable public service, and am grateful that St. Thomas gives him the academic and intellectual freedom to pursue his work.

Justin Bastow, PhD
Eastern Washington Unviersity

Jassmine Wolfe July 17, 2010 at 5:04 am

I wholeheartedly support this statement affirming support for John Abraham’s work in debunking Lord Monckton in the interest of science.

Irving, TX

Joel Quamme July 17, 2010 at 5:07 am

I fully support Prof. Abraham and his wonderful, fact-based presentation debunking Christopher Monckton’s distortions of climate science. St. Thomas University provides an important service by hosting Prof. Arbraham’s presentation, as it sheds important light on how climate denialists deceive their audiences with sleight of hand, selective omission of key facts, and repetition of untruths about the professional literature most audience members would find difficult or impossible to verify on their own.

Joel Quamme (PhD, Psychology)
Grand Valley State University

Richard Smith July 17, 2010 at 5:14 am

Mockton needs to be debunked. Keep up the good work.

Mike Ramos July 17, 2010 at 5:14 am

I fully support and thank John Abraham for debunking Lord Monckton’s misleading presentations on climate science.

Seattle, Washington

Zak Accuardi July 17, 2010 at 5:16 am

I fully support and applaud Professor Abraham for his efforts to hold writers and journalists accountable for accurate reporting in general, as well as specifically in the case of climate science where disinformation has proven to be especially harmful.

Zak Accuardi
BS, Earth and Environmental Engineering
Columbia University

Nigel Franks July 17, 2010 at 5:18 am

I fully support John Abraham and hope that the University of St. Thomas gives him its full support too.

Jason Colby July 17, 2010 at 5:40 am

I fully support Dr. John Abraham and his response to Monckton’s distortion of truth. It would be a shame to see truth, as science has proven, silenced by personal beliefs which have been proven false.

Christian Morgan July 17, 2010 at 5:41 am

Prof. Abraham has my full support.

Memphis, TN

Stuart Box July 17, 2010 at 5:47 am

I support John Abraham. His presentation is a great critique of the unsubstantiated points contained within Christopher Monckton’s lecture.

Stuart Box, MSci student, Dept. of Physics, University of Bristol, UK

Gwen Olson Rn July 17, 2010 at 5:49 am

Professor Abraham provided an important public service by showing in detail Monckton’s misrepresentation of the science of climate, and I applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world. I fully support John Abraham and hope that the University of St. Thomas gives him its full support too.

Myriam Turcotte July 17, 2010 at 6:07 am

I totally support John Abraham and deplore the misinformation coming from Monckton.

Myriam Turcotte, Montreal, Canada

Timothy Chase July 17, 2010 at 6:11 am

John Abraham accurately and systematically assesses the publicly expressed views of “Lord” Monckton who regularly misrepresents the science.

Monckton denies that global warming is taking place, the heat content of the ocean is rising, that human emissions of carbon dioxide are responsible for it, or for that matter that global warming will be bad for us. And he slanders the vast majority of scientists who publish in the peer reviewed journals on climatology for saying otherwise, and even promotes the idea of some sort of grand conspiracy on the part of climate scientific community.

With Monckton’s claims to be developing a drug to cure multiple sclerosis, Grave’s disease, HIV and influenza, given the that he has no background in medicine, in an earlier age he would simply be considered a dangerous quack. But in our age the climate change denial movement has made Monckton something of a celebrity, applauding him for the very same statements that earn him Abraham’s criticism.

If anything John Abraham deserves several medals for valor and service.

Tim McCormley July 17, 2010 at 6:12 am

100% support for John Abraham.

His presentation focuses on the claims made by Monckton, and are a valuable resource for those interested in the factual basis of Monckton’s claims.

Keep up the good work John.

Tim

Howard Yuh July 17, 2010 at 6:19 am

John Abraham’s scientific approach to a scientific question is commendable. Monckton’s belittlement and intimidation tactics will not be allowed to silence the voice of rational logic.

Rob Savoie July 17, 2010 at 6:22 am

Abraham’s presentation is clear, careful, and objective. It should continue to be available to the public.

Stephan Pomp, PhD, Uppsala University July 17, 2010 at 6:53 am

I fully support John Abraham.
Scientific matters should be settled with scientific methods
and not by bullying or drawing to court.

Stephan Pomp, Uppsala

Ben Dreidel July 17, 2010 at 6:58 am

Add me to the list supporting honesty by supporting John Abhraham.

David Grocott July 17, 2010 at 7:03 am

I support John Abraham, and thank him for his hard work exposing these frauds.

J A Tower July 17, 2010 at 7:05 am

J A Tower
Decatur, GA, USA

Brian Fox July 17, 2010 at 7:06 am

Whilst John’s original rebuttal was excellent, the tone of responses to Monckton’s pathetic attempt at bluster and bullying is simply glorious. I’m no academic, but you have my wholehearted support in showing up this rather sad and pathetic but nevertheless sadly influential fantasist.

Thank you.

Reed Young July 17, 2010 at 7:12 am

Monckton is an idiot who has done nothing right in his entire life but inherit privilege. Sensenbrenner is a TRAITOR for inviting such a known propagandist liar to the House Committee on Global Warming to testify as an “expert” — on climate science or anything else. Monckton’s only motive in the public debate on climate science is to preserve the inherited privilege he never earned. His arrogant, dishonest buffoonery exemplifies the very worst of what the United States defeated and supposedly rejected in the War For Independence, but modern Republicans revealingly make common cause with that farcical embodiment of the utter failure of caste systems. Given the opportunity to address the U.S. Congress, he repeats the debunked work of cherry-picking, Lindzen-Choi 2009.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/293366-1

“Lord” Christopher Monckton is good for a laugh, and absolutely nothing else.

Jamie Friedand July 17, 2010 at 7:17 am

I support John Abraham. Monckton’s antics deserve more than just a thorough debunking.

frank July 17, 2010 at 7:36 am

There’s an “Alexander K” above trying to slip a denialist comment into this petition.

Alexander K, the post already makes it clear: “If you want to support Monckton, go elsewhere.”

Richard Turner July 17, 2010 at 8:27 am

I support John Abraham’s counterpoint to Monckton’s presentation and his right to not have this censored through intimidation and threats of legal action.

Fabien Kenig July 17, 2010 at 9:08 am

I support professor Abraham and the University of St.Thomas.

Fabien Kenig
Professor of geochemistry

Allen Gathman July 17, 2010 at 9:17 am

I viewed Abraham’s talk with interest. He has done a very measured and objective job of debunking Monckton’s nonsense. He should be rewarded for this pro bono service to the public, rather than threatened with censure.

Derek Browne July 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

I support John Abraham and the right of all scientists to be protected by their employers from ideologically-driven harrassment.

Scott Reil July 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

Lord Ha Ha has lied to Congress about being a member of the British Government, pretends to be a member of British Parliment, and spreads even more penicious and dangerous lies about the state of the planet’s atmosphere.

John Abraham has offered the best and soundest rebuttal of Monckton’s nonsense, doing a favor to the world of education and the world in general. His actions are worthy of reward, not punishment…

Mitch Golden July 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

Ditto what Derek Brown said!

dko July 17, 2010 at 10:14 am

I fully support John Abraham and his right to criticize Monckton — or whomever.

Ronald L. Shimek July 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

I fully support John Abraham and his right to criticize the idiot Monckton.

Alan Campbell July 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

I am in full support of the above statement regarding John Abraham. Monckton and those like him are a threat to rational discourse, the promotion of science [the benefits of which he might hypocritically enjoy] and properly informing the public.

Alan
An interested layperson.

Andrew Taylor July 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

I congratulate St. Thomas University for supporting John Abraham – who has made an important contribution to public understanding of an important issue.

Fredrik Hansson July 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

I support this message. Monckton is an idiot and Abraham does a good job showing this fact to the world.

Signed

Fredrik Hansson,
Gothenburg, Sweden

David Graves July 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

St. Thomas University deserves our support for doing exactly what a university should–promoting scholarly debate. Kudos to Dr. Abraham for his work and to Father Dease for providing a forum for the work to appear.

Stuart Johnson July 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I support John Abraham.

Stuart Johnson
University of Adelaide, South Australia

Gary Weymouth July 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm

John Abraham has provided a great community service by professionally and scientifically reviewing Christopher Monckton’s presentation, and remaining professional and science-focussed in the face of personal attacks and intimidation by Lord Monckton. It is vital that scientifically robust reviews on climate topics like that of Abraham are seen against the misinformation and unscientific nonsense of those such as Monckton. I applaud St Thomas University for supporting John Abraham, and standing up for real science and appropriate scientific discourse.

Stephen Spencer July 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm

John Abraham is to be admired for his rigour in following up Christopher Monckton’s misrepresentations and for his calmness in withstanding Monckton’s abusive and content free reply.

John Fruhwirth July 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I whole heartedly support Professor Abraham. He has demonstrated the true way of conducting science. He examined the claims and tested them. He looked for the evidence and found that Lord Monckton was playing fast and loose with the facts and often mischaracterized those few sources that he did site. It is high time that Lord Monckton’s motives/agenda are exposed.

John Fruhwirth, B.Math, Toronto, Ontario, canada

Lucy Stewart July 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I fully support John Abraham and am extremely disappointed (though, at this point, hardly surprised) at Christopher Monckton’s continued attempts to silence those who oppose his views rather than engaging with them.

Lucy Stewart, graduate student in microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Peter Clemerson July 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

This is just another comment in support of John Abraham. We need people like John A. to combat the Monckton nonsense.

Peter Clemerson, B.Sc. M.A.
Doctoral student at Massey University

jyyh July 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Off Topic, but the measured variation in solar output during a solar cycle is 0.1%, that is 1,6 W/m2 on the surface of the planet, and the magnetic anomalies of Earth measured from igneous rocks from the ocean bottom do not correlate with the ice core record used to determine the climate of the glacial periods. Observed variation in summer temperatures exceeds this solar effect and is best explained by El Ninos and GHGs. Support for the university for keeping the tested and tried, scientifically best explanation of the observed rise in global temperatures in public and in curriculum, unlike Maonkton would obviously want.

Richard Mercer July 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Monckton is clearly a charlaton. One minute he claims the earth is cooling. Then, he claims something other than greenhouse gases is causing the warming. He also wants us to believe that global warming will be beneficial. Or is it cooling? He can’t seem to make up his mind. He’s a discrace. I support Professor John Abraham.

Bryan Bannister July 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Let’s not give in to intimidation and irrationality but listen to reason and facts.

Bryan Bannister
University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

samv July 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Monckton’s only contribution to the climate debate is as a laughing stock. He thinks in a page of math he can derive a figure for the effect of a doubling of COâ‚‚ in the atmosphere. If it were that easy to prove then there wouldn’t be the argument in the first place. And his comparison of young greens to the “Hitler Youth” is particularly vile – as shown during the not one, but two episodes dedicated to him on Crock of the Week

Sam Vilain
Amateur
Wellington, NZ

Gianni Brianese July 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I support John Abraham
Thanks

Don July 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm

“I say chaps, the aristocracy needs to have a wee chat to Monckton. He really could bring discredit on them, and on the British Empire. Simply not cricket chaps – all this tomfoolery he talks. What? There isn’t much of an empire anymore? Oh – so he is as important as…. as… Bishop Rock? One of you chaps really should tell him that. He’s making such a frightful ass of himself.”

Pat July 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I support John Abraham. Dont let this anti science blowhard Monckton stiffle his freedom of speech.

Jon Clark July 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Thank you John Abraham for exposing Monckton and his disinformation campaign.

Alan Edwards July 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I support John Abraham in his attempts to examine the detail of Monckton’s presentations. It is vital that interpretations of published science are reliable … and this is the thrust of Abraham’s critique. The next step should be for a “point-by-point” examination in order to determine whether the published science has been correctly presented by Monckton.

In my view, Monckton’s response to Abraham’s critique fails to focus on the points raised by Abraham in any effective manner … rather it appears to obsufscate and disparage.

Collin Maessen July 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I support John Abraham. Dont let Monckton silence you because he can’t defend himself in any other way.

lili July 17, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Be Veg, Go Green 2 save the planet.

James Ross July 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Thanks to John Abraham for this very-well done examination of Christopher Monckton’s statements on global warming. And thanks for St. Thomas University for supporting the exchange of ideas.

Oliver Quantrill July 18, 2010 at 12:27 am

I vote for sanity and rationalism.

Oliver Quantrill
Wiltshire, UK.

Paul Mapp July 18, 2010 at 12:52 am

John Abrahams (and St. Thomas University) has my full support – we need more people like John who are prepared to expose the highly organised disinformation campaign against the science of climate change that is being led by people like Monckton.

Bryan Seigneur July 18, 2010 at 3:26 am

Monckton is misleads his audiences into believing he is a British peer and a scientist. He is neither. It is then unsurprising that he intentionally or psychotically misleads his audiences as to the current state of climate science. If someone at St. Thomas can give Monckton’s trusting audiences an opportunity to see through this smokescreen, that someone should be rewarded.

Montgomery, AL

Henric Lassesson, PhD Student July 18, 2010 at 5:01 am

I fully support (and admire) Prof. John Abraham for illustrating to the public how Monckton have misrepresented the science of climate. I also support St. Thomas University for making Abraham’s presentation available to the world.

Henric Lassesson
M.Sc. in Engineering Physics
PhD Student at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

daedalus2u July 18, 2010 at 6:04 am

I support John Abraham and St Thomas University.

I am glad that someone with a scientific understanding of the issues is standing up to the evil that Monckton’s bullying and lies are causing.

Global warming is the most serious problem that humans have ever faced.

As Edmund Burke said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Humanity needs people like John Abraham to stand up to the evil of climate change denialism.

Marc Anderson July 18, 2010 at 6:10 am

I too offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton.

Raymond Johnson July 18, 2010 at 7:34 am

I fully support Prof. John Abraham for his scientific approach in debunking Mr. Monckton misleading speech.

Keith Thomson July 18, 2010 at 8:06 am

I fully support Professor John Abraham’s comments on the recent statements made by Christopher Monckton and would ask his university to respect his work and to ignore the irrelevant interference in the academic role.

Jody Aberdein July 18, 2010 at 8:21 am

I have just finished John Abraham’s presentation and find it a well reasoned piece, which seemed not ‘calculated to cause damage’, rather to present facts as they stand. Surely the truth is best served by open public discourse, and if one’s argument is found wanting then to concede such is more noble than to obfuscate, threaten or attempt to censor. I would like to extend my humble support to Prof Abraham’s sterling efforts against disinformation.

Lucas Vereline July 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

I support John Abraham and his fact based approach to climate science.

Erik J Smith July 18, 2010 at 9:02 am

I wish to register my support for John Abraham, and thank him for his masterly takedown of Monckton’s insanity.

Olof Stroh July 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

I find prof.Abrahams restrained and polite but very clear and devastating treatment of Moncktons un-scientific ramblings to be in the very best of scholarly traditions and extremely useful for a balanced view on these serious matters. Thanks and keep up the good work!

Lex van der Sluijs MSc July 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

I offer my support for the great work of John Abraham!

Tim Maher July 18, 2010 at 9:10 am

I support John Abraham as a pillar of scientific accuracy on Climate Change and I personally see climate deniers (Monckton) as an insult to intelligence.

Adam Rope July 18, 2010 at 10:09 am

I wish to add my name to the list of people writing in support of John Abraham, and St. Thomas University, in light of the complaints made against the professor and his institution by Christopher Monckton.

I found John Abraham’s original piece to be calmly and factually presented, and that it clearly showed many of the misrepresentations and distortions of data that were represented by Monckton’s work.

I did not note any ‘personal’ attacks upon Christopher Monckton in the piece, nor did I note anything that could be remotely construed as libelous, malicious or malevolent.

Please note that as far as I can determine Christopher Monckton is not a scientist, has no scientific qualification, and is not a member of any recognised faculty, scientific or otherwise. Thus his claims about ‘unprofessional’ conduct and appeals to ‘academe’ are spurious to say the least.

Steve Tuckner July 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I fully support John Abraham’s critique of Christopher Monckton.

Ludwig Heinrich July 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I thoroughly approve of Professor Abraham’s demolition of Monckton’s presentation. There should be more responses like this to the nonsense that the foil-hat brigade promulgate.

Lisa Geoffrion July 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I fully support Professor John Abraham and his very well presented and professional critique of Christopher Monckton’s claims about climate change. I hope that St. Thomas University understands that the work of dedicated scientists such as John Abraham is vitally important to not only every single person on this planet, but to the countless generations to come.

Darla White July 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

John Abraham should be commended for taking the time and initiative to address Monckton’s cherry-picking and misrepresentation of data. Monckton’s misinformation campaign is outrageously unethical and deleterious to the planet. Confusing the public is just wrong. Dr Abraham composed a very professional rebuttal. I wholeheartedly approve.

Joel Dignam July 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I fully support Professor Abraham’s stand and academic independence.

Dr Michael Edmonds July 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Professor John Abraham has provided a well reasoned, rational critique of what I consider to be Christopher Monckton’s poorly reasoned and manipulative talk on climate change. I fully support Professor Abraham and commend him for the extensive research he has done. I would see any attempt to censure him as irrational, unscientific and an ill conceived response to political pressure.

Dan Eastwood July 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Another supporter of the cause.

Alex Johnson July 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I offer my full support and thanks to John Abraham and St. Thomas University for their efforts to present the public with the truth about this important issue.

Ted Jamieson July 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Ted Jamieson
Wellington NZ
Thanks to Prof Abraham for his thorough debunking.

Andy B July 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I wish to apologize to all the American people for sending this idiot (Monckton) over the pond from my country and fully support John Abraham in his work. Please don’t send Mr Monckton back-you can have him for free!

Ian Enting July 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Prof Abrahams’ analysis is a valuable public service and a credit to him and his university.

Prof Ian Enting, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Gar Lipow July 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Count me among those offering support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University against Christopher Monckton.’s idiocy.

Ewan Briggs July 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Hi,
I fully support John Abraham’s work. I enjoyed his presentation, and applaud his professionalism and ability to stick to the science, and the facts, and to use the scientific approach to this subject.
I’m also slightly horrified at the level of criticism that has been directed towards John Abraham and his work. I’d like to think that this is symptomatic of the last death throes of the denialist movement.
Regards,
Ewan Briggs
(MEng)

Jemima Hardman July 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I fully support Prof John Abraham and would like to thank him for all his time and effort to help with the vital fight against Monkton’s madness. It saddens me that it is necessary in this day and age to defend against Monkton’s ridiculous claims but without people like Prof Abraham he would get away with even more!

Thanks again,
Jemima Hardman
MChem (Oxon)

Nathan Rive July 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I support John Abraham’s work.

Nathan Rive
Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO)
Oslo, Norway

Don Miller July 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm

A very clear debunking that deserves to be heard widely. Total support for John Abraham. One must have some sympathy for Monckton as his acknowledged illness has the potential to affect his judgment, as explained by another affected person:
http://gravesdiseasetimbennie.com/

M.Ag.Sci.(Ag. Eng.)

Ian Enting July 18, 2010 at 10:54 pm

“One must have some sympathy for Monckton as his acknowledged illness has the potential to affect his judgment, ”

Maybe. The real world is poorly matched by the legal view that either a person is responsible for their actions of they are not (and thus subject to
guardianship, incarceration etc). The real culpability lies with those
who encourage Monckton and his ilk by funding their message and media that treat his crackpot ideas as a meaningful contribution to understanding climate change.

Ian Enting.

Ben McMillan July 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I fully support John Abraham’s work, and reject the spurious criticism leveled against him by Christopher Monckton. Abraham’s evisceration of Monckton’s incorrect arguments are in the finest tradition of academia. If civilly pointing out these egregious errors has damaged Monckton’s scientific reputation, such as it is, that is part of the natural process of science. It is indeed only by robust and open debate that science can proceed. At every point, John Abraham has acted to promote an open and professional scientific dialogue.

Mark Leggett July 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I cannot express my support for Prof Abraham better than in these words of a previous poster:
“I fully support Professor John Abraham and his very well presented and professional critique of Christopher Monckton’s claims about climate change. I hope that St. Thomas University understands that the work of dedicated scientists such as John Abraham is vitally important to not only every single person on this planet, but to the countless generations to come.”

Mark Leggett July 18, 2010 at 11:09 pm

I cannot express my support for Prof Abraham better than in these words of previous poster Lisa Geoffrion:
“I fully support Professor John Abraham and his very well presented and professional critique of Christopher Monckton’s claims about climate change. I hope that St. Thomas University understands that the work of dedicated scientists such as John Abraham is vitally important to not only every single person on this planet, but to the countless generations to come.”

Andrew Grimmke July 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I Support John Abraham.

Andrew Grimmke
Registered Professional Geologist, Georgia, Florida, USA

Chapman family July 19, 2010 at 12:17 am

We need more people like John Abraham! Well done for his thorough investigations and professional approach. We fully support him and appreciate the time he spent preparing his presentation.

mary peters July 19, 2010 at 12:53 am

I fully support John Abraham and St. Thomas University.

Pat Kelly July 19, 2010 at 12:58 am

I write in support of John Abraham, and in support of reason and open debate generally. I find Mr. Monckton’s attempt to bully both Dr. Abraham and the university horrifying, and his harassment needs to be faced down. Good for St. Thomas for its strong stand against this.

Mrs. Malinda Sommers July 19, 2010 at 1:01 am

Please continue to support John Abraham. He has modeled the logical thought processes of science.

Ohio Science Teacher

Cheryl July 19, 2010 at 1:09 am

Isn’t this how academia is supposed to work?????

Vote me in complete support of Dr. Abraham.

Curt July 19, 2010 at 1:26 am

I support Dr Abraham. Monckton is no lord of mine–he has that authoritarian mindset where facts don’t matter.

Tom Coward July 19, 2010 at 1:53 am

I wholeheartedly support this petition.

Nicole Michel July 19, 2010 at 1:55 am

I too support Dr. Abraham.
Nicole Michel
PhD candidate, Ecology

Robert M. Girard July 19, 2010 at 1:58 am

John Abraham has my full and complete support. Good science means civl discussion and debate. Abraham’s work is appreaciated, and must NOT be silenced.

Richard Weller July 19, 2010 at 2:05 am

My thanks to John Abraham. We should not let the voices of ignorance get us down. Great to see this page set up as it pains me to see climate scientists under such personal criticism when they are only trying to be objective.
I have been whtching the science for some years now and am thoroughly convinced of AGW by the quality of the work and by the corroboration from many different branchs of endeavour. It is critical that we respond to this callenge and do so without delay. Once again, great work John Abraham.

Christopher Harvey July 19, 2010 at 2:26 am

I fully support Professor Abraham and strongly object to any attempts at censoring academic debate.

Chris Harvey
Dilpom Biologe/PhD candidate in Ecology

Barry Kingsbury July 19, 2010 at 2:38 am

I fully support Prof. John Abraham for his scientific approach in debunking Mr. Monckton misleading speech.

Michael Neville July 19, 2010 at 2:52 am

I too support Professor John Abraham and his clear, concise rebuttal of Christopher Monckton’s claims against global warming. I appreciate the University of St Thomas not caving in to Monckton’s attempted bullying.

Incidentally, another trackback is from PZ Myer’s Pharyngula blog: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/07/moncktons_knickers_twisted.php

J. R. Hodel July 19, 2010 at 3:17 am

Hi:

I just want to add my support for real science and express my opposition to unreal science that debunkers represent. The past months of summer in the northern hemisphere represent a record setting heat-wave, just as the past few years represent a scary trend towards hotter weather.

Even if this trend wasn’t directly caused by human action, and I believe it is, we may be able to lessen the trend by changing human activity, and we had better start post haste.

Sincerely,
J R Hodel

George Andrews July 19, 2010 at 3:21 am

Thank you Professor Abraham for your fine presentation illustrating the duplicitous nature of Moncktons activities regarding global warning. It is heartening to witness your firm stand in the face of intimidation from an odious bully. Thanks also St Thomas university for your solid support.

Pete Lindsay July 19, 2010 at 4:13 am

Prof. Adams is very clear and reasoned in his presentation; a credit to his university and his discipline.

Steven L Miller July 19, 2010 at 4:32 am

I fully support this petition. Munckton is whining only because he knows he has no other recourse. He’s been exposed as a fraud.

Jason M Gutierrez July 19, 2010 at 4:45 am

I support John Abraham and his fact based approach to debunking the statements previously made by Mr. Monckton.

Rodney J. Dyer July 19, 2010 at 5:04 am

As a scientist, I am very excited that John Abraham has taken time out of his busy research career and exposed the charlatan Monckton. It is a difficult thing to balance our teaching and research activities while simultaneously finding enough time to both sleep and publicly denounce ignorance. Keep it up Dr. Abraham.

Graham July 19, 2010 at 6:08 am

Probably unnecessary by now, but you need to not only ignore Monckton, but be seen to ignore him.

Greg Valcourt July 19, 2010 at 6:41 am

I fully support John Abraham in his effort to clear up misunderstandings of anthropic climate change. The deniers need to be thoroughly challenged in public view.

Mark MacIntyre July 19, 2010 at 7:01 am

It would be a disgrace if the St. Thomas University did not back John Abraham fully as it is their duty as an institution to enlighten, not endorse ignorance.

Dave Pooser July 19, 2010 at 7:18 am

I fully support John Abraham’s response to Monckton’s work (using the term extremely loosely) and suggest that if Monckton has a problem with Professor Abraham’s response, he should attempt to rebut it with facts instead of trying to intimidate a university. But then, facts aren’t really Monckton’s thing, are they?

Richard Moore July 19, 2010 at 7:48 am

The response to the presentation that Christopher Monckton gave at Bethel University should be a reasoned, science-based analysis of Monckton’s sources and his use/interpretation of them. This Professor Abraham has provided. With the ball in his court, Mr. Monckton has decided against replying in kind and has instead has resorted to accusations of libel and calls for censorship. By doing this he has not only failed to make his factual case, he has also destroyed any credibility he may have had. I applaud and support the approach taken by Professor Abraham and am convinced by his factual and fully attributed arguments.

Jay Goldfarb July 19, 2010 at 7:52 am

Another case of a thug (Monckton) trying to intimidate an honest scientist (Abraham).

david mcrobert July 19, 2010 at 8:20 am

Whats not to support. Idont recall Bertrand Russell waving titles in debates.

Kenneth Camargo July 19, 2010 at 9:30 am

As a fellow University professor, I can just echo Lisa Geoffrion’s statement:
“I fully support Professor John Abraham and his very well presented and professional critique of Christopher Monckton’s claims about climate change. I hope that St. Thomas University understands that the work of dedicated scientists such as John Abraham is vitally important to not only every single person on this planet, but to the countless generations to come.”
I would like to add that mr. Moncton’s actions to pressure professor Abramson and STU (both through threat of legal action and e-mail campaigns) are nothing but bullying and an indirect admission of defeat in an intellectual debate.

Raymond Freeman-Lynde July 19, 2010 at 9:32 am

I too fully support Prof. John Abraham for his scientific approach in debunking Mr. Monckton’s misleading speech.

Raymond Freeman-Lynde
Department of Geology
University of Georgia

Dave July 19, 2010 at 10:03 am

Standing with John Abraham. Science can only do so much.

Scott Rybarczyk July 19, 2010 at 10:05 am

3 cheers for good science!

Jean Elliott July 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

Thank you to John Abraham and St. Thomas University for revealing the misstatements made by Christopher Monckton. Please don’t let him intimidate you. The world needs the truth you are giving us.

Erik Maes July 19, 2010 at 10:26 am

John Abraham thoroughly and logically debunked Monckton on a point by point basis. I support him and his approach.
Rather than rebutting Abraham with facts, Monckton is now flailing, which is telling.

Erik Maes, Arnhem, Netherlands

Andrew McRae July 19, 2010 at 11:49 am

I’ve watched John Abraham’s video, and was impressed with how reasonable and persuasive it is in concentrating on the arguments and avoiding personal attacks on Lord Monckton. St. Thomas University is to be commended, and supported in its resistance to intimidation.

Terence Wood July 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Very late to this, but I fully support John Abraham in this matter too.

Terence

Charles Owen July 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I wish to express complete support for Dr. Abraham, and I urge St. Thomas University to do the same.

Isaac Peterson July 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Please add my name to the ranks of those interested in supporting the facts, critical thinking, free inquiry, honesty, and standing up to bullies like Chris Monckton who stand for the opposite values.

Rob Mackay-Wood July 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I attended the Monckton Circus event in Brisbane earlier this year and believe me his presentation is very convincing, especially to the scientific illiterati, but this is mainly because monckton cherry-picks the scientific data. I was staggered when he received a standing ovation from the industry and business executives who then queued up to have their photo taken with him. (sigh) I think they were perhaps more besotted with his peerage than his scientific credentials.
John Abraham is to be commended for his efforts in refuting Monckton’s arguments. I can only marvel at his tenacity.

Scott Mooney July 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I fully support John Abraham. It is long past the time that the professionals be properly appriciated for the debunking of idiocy and lunacy. Such praise is not given often enough and far too much attention is given to the denialists and lunatics.

Monckton plainly is incapable to taking criticism of any kind, and his only response to it is to demand discipline…for the crime of disagreeing apparently. Like so many of his fellows…moon landing deniers, Young Earth Creationists, and so on…their first reponse to strong resistance is to cry foul and try to smear their critics. He and his ilk need to be given a (metaphorical) public bating more often.

Chuck Goecke July 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I fully support John Abraham, St Thomas University, in his very fair and scientifically scholarly refutation of the climate denying presentation given by Christopher Monckton in Minnesota in the Fall of 2009. I urge the administration of St. Thomas not to cave under the assault of protesters to this refutation, or Monckton, and his financial and legal helpers, who have unleashed them.

Charles Snyder July 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Once again, the climate deniers would run from debate rather than rebut the substance of the argument. If Monckton succeeds in purging a University website of legitimate criticism it will be a tremendous blow against free academic inquiry and rational discussion.

Rafael Gomez-Sjoberg July 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I fully support John Abraham in his efforts to expose and correct all the misleading drivel being spouted by Monckton and his acolytes. I urge St. Thomas University to stand behind Prof. Abraham and defend his academic freedom and the integrity of the scientific process. Science cannot be derailed by pundits and self-appointed experts with zero understanding of complex scientific issues.

Apostolos Georgakis July 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Dr. Abraham has my full support for his efforts. Exposing lies is not a crime and his university should also stand next to him in this science vs. faith (faith in the notion that all is good with the environment) battle.

Apostolos Georgakis, PhD
Ericsson Research,
Sweden

Nick Kotarski July 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Monckton is attempting to stiffle debate by bullying John Abraham.

Monckton should put his money where his mouth is and move to Tuvalu with the other deniers.

Nick

Graeme Henderson July 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton. Professor Abraham provided an important public service by showing in detail Monckton’s misrepresentation of the science of climate, and I applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world.
Graeme Henderson

Professor Thom Baguley July 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I hope and trust that St. Thomas University ignore the bullying tactics employed by Lord Monckton. Such attacks on academic freedom should not just be ignored: I would argue that St. Thomas University should issue a public statement of rebuke to Lord Monckton for attempting to stifle academic debate in this underhand way.

Anelie Crighton July 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Far from instigating a disciplinary inquiry into John Abraham’s presentation, the University of St Thomas should be proud to host such an excellent example of reasoned scientific thinking and argument. The information is presented with clarity, is well-supported by sources, and treats Lord Monckton with respect, three qualities notably absent from the rhetoric of climate change denial.

Mike Hawkes July 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I fully support John Abraham and the St Thomas University.It is vitally important that the tactics employed by charlatans like Monckton and others are exposed and challenged.

Rod Gibson July 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm

As a fellow University academic, I would like to echo Lisa Geoffrion’s and Kennneth Camargo’s statements of support for Professor John Abraham and his very well presented and professional critique of Christopher Monckton’s claims about climate change.
I also unreservedly commend St. Thomas University for its courageous and robust support of Professor Thomas and academic freedom. In so clearly refusing to submit to blatant attempts to use academic bullying to stifle scientific debate STU has set an example many larger institutions would do well to follow.

Rod Gibson
School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
University of Dundee
Scotland

Andrew Hurley July 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I too would like to offer my support for John Abraham and St Thomas University.

Chris Vaughan July 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Please add my support for John Abraham and St Thomas University.

Richard Brooksby July 19, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Signed.

M Rule July 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

Submitted in continued support of Dr. John Abraham, St Thomas University, and the continued debunking of false/poor science.

Michael Rule
University of Florida

Mark Chopping July 20, 2010 at 12:38 am

I unreservedly support John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Mr. Christopher Walter Monckton (since he is an hereditary peer, his title does not derive from merit so I opt to ignore it).

Professor Abraham provided an important public service by showing in detail Monckton’s misrepresentation of numerous aspects of the science of climate and climate change, and I applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world.

Christopher Monckton, on the other hand, deserves nothing more than disdain, or perhaps pity, for his failed attempt to intimidate Professor Abraham and St. Thomas University.

Jon Gurr July 20, 2010 at 12:41 am

I add my support to Professor Abraham against the bullying tactics of Lord Monckton and his supporters.

My personal comments on the debate: Various of Monckton’s supporters have objected to the term “climate change denier” which they equate to “holocaust denier” and claim that this therefore trivialises the crimes of Hitler against humanity (not that this has the slightest bearing on the vaildity of the science, of course.)
As it happens, I am not convinced about AGW. However, if the concerns of the majority of climate scientists are even moderately “true”, then to await the sort of proof that would satisfy Monckton and other deniers (though I doubt that Any degree of proof would convince many of them) before taking action would be catastrophic, and the deaths that would result would indeed make the number of deaths in the horror that was the holocaust appear trivial in comparison.
I say this not to trivialise the holocaust, but to remind of the stakes involved. But I could stretch the analogy further by suggesting that most of the perpetrators of the holocaust were not intrinsically evil, but were taking the easy course in difficult times. Only a few had the courage of Albert Speer to admit their culpability for events which were not of their direct bidding.
I genuinely am undecided over the “truth” of AGW, I do not believe that sufficient evidence yet exists to make that choice for certain. Yet, in assessing who suggests the most appropriate action based on current knowledge, it is certainly not Monckton and his “Gag and Bully” brigade.

Grant McDermott July 20, 2010 at 12:45 am

Lord Monckton is at once the most absurd and frustrating of characters.

It is virtually impossible to argue against – let alone reason with – someone as tenaciously dishonest as Monckton. The mind-numbing falsities and shameless hypocrisy of his endless tirade are truly astounding. Of course, he has invested far too much of himself in this matter to back down now. Better to cling defiantly to a burning ship, than to acknowledge the humiliation of defeat.

I absolutely support John Abraham and St Thomas University in this matter.

Tom Chivers July 20, 2010 at 12:56 am

I fully support John Abraham, and utterly deplore Lord Monckton’s (wearyingly regular) attempts to shut down scientific debate using legal threats.

Vikki Donnelly July 20, 2010 at 2:05 am

I support John Abraham and his rational, fact-based refutation of Monckton’s sideshow antics.

Also bravo to The University of St Thomas for responding to Monckton’s blustering threats of legal action with polite dismissal.

Meade Pimsler July 20, 2010 at 3:08 am

I am not a climatologist, but I am a working microbiologist (Ph.D.) and so understand the importance of open and informed debate on scientific matters. I fully support John Abraham and his university in their effort to establish the discussion on firm and validated technical data. I have nothing but disdain for the bullying tactics of Mr. Monckton and his supporters who demand to be heard but then try to stifle those to seek the same right. Finally, to use the well worn phrase, Mr. Monckton has a right to his own opinions, but not to his own facts.

John July 20, 2010 at 3:19 am

I offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton. Professor Abraham provided an important public service by showing in detail Monckton’s misrepresentation of the science of climate, and I applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world.
John

J. Fairchild Williams July 20, 2010 at 3:39 am

I support John Abraham and his work against the Era of Stupid that seems to be overwhelming our culture today.

andrew July 20, 2010 at 4:12 am

clearly the argument has been won. going up against the fossil fuel industry takes more than intelect and bravery unfortunately. now we enter the realm of psycology of the masses. leveraging moncktons spectactlar failure will not happen via the mass media if not little by little, blog by blog at person to person level. people, get spreading the word!

abrahams – youre a real hero
i thank you on behalf of my baby son

K F W July 20, 2010 at 5:01 am

I fully support John Abraham.

I’m a layman (another kind of engineer, acutally), but I do know that good ideas do not need to be lied about to be persuasive, and that supportable ideas are seldom defended by the types of attacks that Christopher Monckton has launched.

The only response to bad science is more science. One of the parties in this dust-up understands this.

Kia Jackson July 20, 2010 at 6:04 am

I heartily second K F W’s stance and add that the truth doesn’t need to silence its competition to be right, and fully support John Abraham.

andrew July 20, 2010 at 7:26 am

lao tseo once said elegant words are not sincere, sincere words are not elegant, another wise old chinaman once said you can only piss with the cock that youve got. credit where its due, lord monckton spins a good yarn!

Russell Seitz July 20, 2010 at 8:11 am

Viscount Monckton should be ashamed of himself.

Tony Borgerding July 20, 2010 at 9:24 am

As a UST colleague, I am proud of the work John Abraham has done, and of the University for standing behind him, if only quietly.

Archie Wade July 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

I fully support John Abraham and applaud his efforts to engage the public in rational debate.

B Fenwick July 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

Monckton’s lunacy causes untold damage. This is just some of it. We desparately need people like John Abraham to help us save ourselves.

Didi Western Australia July 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm

My family and I fully support Professor John Abraham and all his magnificent work he does….he really IS a HERO!!!! ..
HEARTFELT THANKS to Prof Abraham for caring so much about saving this wonderful planet of ours from our own stupidity!!…
As far as Monckton is concerned……who exactly IS he again???????Blah!!!!
BRAVO St Thomas University for standing by your man, and what a man he is!!!

Ken Fabos July 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I fully support what Dr Abrahams has been doing.

Much as I would prefer that we could ignore Monckton and those like him, failing to challenge them tends to lend support to their dangerously irresponsible campaign to discredit good science and honest scientists. It’s Mainstream news services that should be the ones doing the ignoring; their favoring of controversy over truth is far more irresponsible than Monckton. Given what’s at stake, giving airtime and space to his absurd and scientifically unsupportable opinions and presenting them as factual and relevant is not much better than supporting a form of terrorism against our most important institutions.

Watson July 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I attended a presentation by Monckton in Noosa, Queensland at the end of January this year and was stunned by the shear audacity and viciousness of his lies and the uncritical acceptance with which they were received by his audience, largely made up of self-funded retirees. He played shamelessly to their understandable resentment at the prospect of environmental belt tightening in their twilight years – no matter that their baby boomer lifestyles of profligate consumerism had helped to create the problem in the first place.
I resolved to devote some of my free time in retirement to an investigation of the deniers, including Monkcton and his travelling companion in Australia, Professor Ian Plimer (Heaven and Earth). I am booked to begin a series of rebuttal lectures commencing next month. With any luck I’ll be hearing from Monckton myself. Bring it on!

Greg Wellman July 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm

It’s a thankless and dull task, but somebody has to do it every once in a while. Thank you John Abraham.

Jim Prall July 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm

John Abraham provided a real public service with his rebuttal of some of Monckton’s wooly thinking and spin. His University also did their part in standing up to the silly intimidation tactics from cranky blog fans incited by Monckton against them. Good on John and U of St. T.

Chris van de Molen July 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I fully support John Abraham in his efforts to counter dangerous, self-appointed ‘geniuses’ like Chris Monckton.
It’s frustrating that precious time is being lost in the effort to limit climate change by having to debunk quasi-scientific rubbish, but unless it is done we run the risk of lazy, unthinking people being swayed by this deliberately misleading, cherry-picked ‘evidence’. As Monckton is obviously aware, the best lies are those with a speck of truth in them; we need people like Dr Abraham to show them that it’s only the whole truth that matters.
Keep up the good work!

Tamarron July 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I support Abraham, as far as I’ve been able to personally verify his slide shoe, 42 slides so far, he is honest and accurate 100% of the time.

Chris July 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm

@Please Get Real:
No one wants to censor that evidence… if you were genuinely interested in knowing the whole story, as opposed to the flashy bits that suit your already-made-up mind, then you’d actually listen to John Abraham’s lecture.
In it he shows that the very same graph you link to is only a tiny bit of the story… as you can see from the graph, it only covers the last eight years or so. When you use the rest of the existing data set, there is a very clear trend over a much, much longer time period showing that there is indeed a steady decline in ice levels.
You people need to stop thinking that there is some sort of conspiracy to censor your ‘brilliant’ viewpoint and realize that the people who are disagreeing with you are the ones who have actually bothered to take the time to study the relevant sciences… just having an interest in the area doesn’t make you a champion for the ‘normal’ guy against the hordes of ‘arrogant’ scientists that make you feel insecure.
You can’t delete the facts either, but it appears you’re pretty good at ignoring them when it suits you.

David Bimler July 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Thank you Dr Abraham for engaging in the public debate about climate change, and St Thomas University for supporting him in this engagement.

If you’re still noting academic affiliation, mine is with Massey University.

Graeme Greenup July 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Kudos to Abraham and St Thomas University!

John Fowler July 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I support anyone debunking ‘Lord’ Monckton.

Ian Enting July 21, 2010 at 12:05 am

A few of the posts here seem a bit confused and seem to be saying that Monckton is trying to shut down scientific debate about climate change. This is not true. Apart from the time that people like John and myself put into this, climate science debates are unaffected by the antics of Monckton or Plimer. As just a sample of current debates: (a) is the airborne fraction of CO2 decreasing? (and decreasing more than expected)?, (b) is the southern ocean taking up less CO2?; (c) is Jim Hansen’s 0.5 degree range around a climate sensitivity of 3 degrees more precise than is justified?; (d) are the 1400 to 1500 year Dansgaard Oeschger cycle in glacial times really periodic? In my view all these are debates in current scientific literature (although some on each side may claim they are pretty much settled).

What Monckton is trying to do is shut down communication to the public of the science that is well established. It is part of an anti-intellectual exercise to discredit science as a whole. The recent book, Merchants of Doubt, by Oreskes and Conway spells out how the same tactics have been used (often by the same people) over tobacco, ozone and starwars. My own analysis of Plimer’s book:
http://www.complex.org.au/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=91
shows the degree of fabrication involved in these efforts to mislead the public.

For anyone who wants to see what an overall debate on climate science looks like, try the book “Pole Apart by Gareth Morgan and John McCrystal. They pulled together panels for both sides, hit them with questions over 18 months and then wrote the book. Unsurprisingly I don’t agree with everything they say, but it’s an important book for anyone who cares about the truth.

Ernestine Gross July 21, 2010 at 1:23 am

I fully concur with Garath. I watched the debate between Christopher Monckten (Lord) and Dr Tim Lambert (UNSW) in Sydney. The moderator decided not to take a call on who won the debate. It was clear to me that Tim Lambert won on the grounds of logic and data. Professor Quiggin (UQL) debunked Monckton’s conspiracy theory in a few lines. I viewed Professor Abraham’s presentation. The patience shown by Professor Abraham is impressive. Academics are more or less forced to debunk Monckton’s verbal output again and again. This is very wasteful of resources.

Dania July 21, 2010 at 2:49 am

‘Lord’ Monckton = the Pied Piper of the dim-witted, leading brain-washed rats into the rising ocean since the late 90’s…Can someone buy this guy a flight to Malawi to speak to the farmers, who left their farms because of drought and flooding, who are now working in the city, and whose wives have turned to prostitution in the rural areas.

Duncan Mortimer July 21, 2010 at 7:26 am

I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to Prof. Abraham for performing this important public service. I’d also like to emphasise that it really is a public service: Prof. Abraham is unlikely to gain anything personally (aside from gratitude) by taking on this task, must dedicate his own personal time to the project, and simultaneously risks being targeted by people (such as Monckton) who are both influential and as far as I can tell, immoral. He has my respect and admiration.

Duncan Mortimer

Lorraine July 21, 2010 at 7:49 am

in support of John Abraham and St. Thomas University

watson July 21, 2010 at 8:57 am

Mark asserts that Abraham’s rebuttal is riddled with errors, and that he has mis-represented Monckton. This might well be true, Abraham does make a few mistakes that I’ve detected.(I wonder if Mark was clever enough to detect real errors, not those funny red fish that Monckton spread across the path). Were that claim legitimate we could simply say “One all draw”. However Mark does not balance his remarks by admitting to his hero’s own mistakes, like when he deliberately misrepresents the facts in relation to Al Gore’s condominium purchase in San Francisco. This is absurdly easy to check – Google Earth it, the St Regis is 1.2km from the water, and 7 m above mean sea level! There is no chance that it will get wet this century, even on the most ambitious global warming timetable. Indeed it will become a waterfront property worth many more millions! But by the time that happens, poor old Al will be 150 years old and unlikely to see the benefit of it. Monckton, Mark is a joke, thank God we have the wit to know it.

Eki Halkka July 21, 2010 at 10:08 am

I appreciate John Abraham’s work in debunking Monckton’s claims. I’ve attempted similar things to a lesser extent in online discussions, and it takes a surprisingly big amount of effort: it’s easy to spew lies, much harder to go to the original sources and debunk them with proper references.

Hats off.

Chris Dodds July 21, 2010 at 10:25 am

I wish to register my support of debate and to strongly protest this rabid attempt at censorship

Betsy Woodhouse July 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

Please add my name to Abraham supporters and Monckton refuters.

dylwah July 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

Go hard Hot topic, Go hard John Abraham. suck it up potty peer.

Ian Enting July 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

Mark’s post claims that John Abraham’s rebuttal is riddled with errors. Let’s see the list. There are plenty of denialist sites to ready to host such a list. Mark, post your claims and send us the link.

Put up or shut up.

Sue Halligan July 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Hurrah for John Abraham! We need more like him speaking up.

Andrew Davison July 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton. Professor Abraham provided an important public service by showing in detail Monckton’s misrepresentation of the science of climate, and I applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world.
Andrew Davison CEng MIChemE

Tim Makinson July 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

“Magnificently bonkers” polemicists may be fun to watch, but genuine, solid science is far more useful to the human race. And censoring serious scientific critiques of said bonkers polemics is a really bad idea.

S.R. Nee July 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm

You have my full support John.

Ian Milliss July 22, 2010 at 1:15 am

It’s boring work rebutting loony science deniers. We all thank John Abraham and support him for doing it. It is extraordinary that anyone could even dream of censoring science, this is like a nightmare return to the superstitions of the middle ages.

J M Palin July 22, 2010 at 3:38 am

I strongly support the work of John Abraham in revealing the misinformation spread by Christopher Monckton.

I took an opportunity to attend a presentation by Monckton earlier this year in Canberra, Australia. What a snake oil salesman. At one point, after he had just espoused lower food prices, the farmers who had paid for him to speak all gave him a standing ovation. Amazing!

J M Palin, PhD
University of Otago

mark stokesberry July 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

Dr. Abraham provided a great service to science by his detailed and careful rebuttal to the misinformation which Lord Monckton continually disseminates. To allow Monckton to continue to bully those who have the courage to challenge his corruption of scientific process would be a travesty. Dr. Abraham has my unreserved support in his endeavors to improve public information regarding climate change.

Robert Grumbine July 22, 2010 at 11:46 am

By all means add me to the list. I’ve been off-net or I’d have signed up much earlier. In a few minutes, my own post on the ludicrousity will appear.

John Lonergan July 22, 2010 at 11:54 am

I wish to add my full support for Prof. Abraham.

Chris O'Neill July 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I support Dr. Abraham in his fight against liars and the people who want to believe those lies.

John Nicholas July 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I appreciate the open and honest communication on climate issues by John Abraham. I think this is in the highest standard of academic scholarship.

If one has an issue with any of the scientific analysis; they should post their scientific differences.

Attempts quiet thoughtful and reasoned science are juvenile and not helpful to serious discussion of important issues.

Dappledwater July 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Another supporter of John Abraham.

Peter Dodson July 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm

“Lord” Monckton is a plausible fraud with considerable talent as a presenter of pseudoscience. He has no relevant scientific qualifications. He is a right wing journalist who appears to obtain his income substantially from US corporations with financial and political interests in the suppression of climate science. He has falsely asserted that he is a Nobel Laureate.

Dr Abraham’s painstaking and meticulous work in exposing Monckton’s deceitful presentations is in the best traditions of science.

And in the unlikely event that Dr Abrahams ever requires any legal assistance in this part of the world in connection with Monckton’s disingenuous threats of litigation, he will find that there are experienced litigators who relish the exposure of scientific fraudsters like Monckton and who are willing and able to provide pro bono services.

Kit Stolz July 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Think you have to be a touch British to get the phrase “potty peer” at a glance but this American did eventually figure it out, and I’m happy to be able to put in a word for the sanity expressed by John Abraham and this site.

Derek Schweinsgruber July 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm

We started a counterattack in support of John Abraham, an argumentum ad moncktonem:
http://friendsofginandtonic.org/

Elk Lake July 23, 2010 at 2:31 am

I support John and the University of St Thomas.

James Russell July 23, 2010 at 2:36 am

I would like to add my name in support of John Abrahams, both for the work he does and against the bullying actions of those who would rather see that work silenced.

Colin July 23, 2010 at 3:33 am

Keep it up John!!! See you next semester!!!

sherparick July 23, 2010 at 4:24 am

I hope John Abaraham and the University of St. Thomas resist and defy the bullying tactics of Viscount Monckton, who apparently believes that free speech is something only conservatives have.