The climate change denialist “movement” is led by many sinister, squalid and opportunistic creeps, but one of the sleaziest is Christopher Monckton. A business consultant and former Tory policy advisor with a political philosophy that seems to be equal parts Thatcher, Goebbels and the Pope, Monckton refers to himself as “Lord” although he’s never been a member of the British House of Lords — he is what’s known as a “hereditary peer” in one of those old aristocratic British families (rumours of inbreeding and insanity in the British aristocracy are just irresponsible speculation, I think?). He achieved notoriety in the 80s with his warped views on AIDS/HIV:
“…there is only one way to stop AIDS. That is to screen the entire population regularly and to quarantine all carriers of the disease for life. Every member of the population should be blood-tested every month … all those found to be infected with the virus, even if only as carriers, should be isolated compulsorily, immediately, and permanently.”
Monckton went on to become a vehement critic of climate change science and spokesman for the well-funded flat earth denialist movement. His attitude towards environmentalists is summed up in this slide from a speech he gave to the Minnesota Free Market Institute a couple of months ago:
A shout-out to the teabagger wing!
Naturally Monckton’s been among those denialists hanging around Copenhagen like a bad smell during the Climate Change summit. This week one of his speeches was interrupted by a group of young climate change activists, who he smeared as “Hitler youth”. Want to see some slime? Here’s a video of Monckton later justifying his remarks to the young activists, and repeatedly calling them Nazis — (and doesn’t apologize even to one kid who says he’s a Jew):
Ugh. I certainly admire the restraint of those young people in dealing with that sanctimonious asshole. And what’s up with denialists and “the last 15 years”? It’s no wonder serious people refuse to debate them — they should be dismissed out-of-hand, the same way scientists do to proponents of “creation science” when they clamor for debate.
UPDATE: Surprise — denialist claims have been Fact Checked and found wanting.
UPDATE II: Who are you people?