Lady Baron Viscount queen, elephant monkey tangerine!November 15, 2007 at 4:30 am | Posted in Limited in Kentucky?! | Leave a comment
The first link today shows how Lawson is enjoying his role, flying here and there, as lecturer on climate change. He has this to say:
“Someone has to stand up and say, ‘Look, the emperor has got no clothes’,” said Lord Lawson, chancellor from 1983 to 1989 in Margaret Thatcher’s government. “It is difficult for any active politician with career aspirations to dare to strike out against this … It’s only old men like me, superannuated politicians whose career is behind them, who can tell the truth.”
Er, he’s got the wrong end of the stick, as usual.
Today’s second link includes this excerpt showing the ridiculous lengths these sceptics will go to, now that it is obvious they are getting desperate:
Monckton quoted the Bible and quickly recited math formulas as he accused Gore and IPCC scientists of lying to make warming seem worse than it is. The Earth admittedly has warmed a small amount during recent decades, Monckton said, but that’s unrelated to carbon dioxide — it might be due to especially strong solar rays — and it should end soon.
Similarly, Taylor said most scientists don’t believe in global warming. Not that warming is bad, he said. Hotter weather means more vegetation and crops and more diversity of wildlife, as in the tropical rain forests, he said. He distributed a report that urged Americans to burn more coal, oil and natural gas so “our children will therefore enjoy an Earth with far more plant and animal life than that with which we now are blessed.”
Followed by this absurdity:
Several committee members protested that it was unfair to hear only one side of the argument, so Gooch let two environmentalists in the audience talk about global warming — and the need to address it — for about five minutes each. One of them, Andy McDonald, solar energy co-coordinator for Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest, complained that hastily plucking two people for brief rebuttals of a two-hour presentation wasn’t fair or balanced.
“It really wasn’t my intention to get into so much science today,” Gooch replied.
Before the hearing, Gooch said he called the Heartland Institute once he decided to address global warming and asked for any skeptical experts it might send. Scientists weren’t necessary, he said.
“Well, I mean, where are we going to get scientists?” Gooch asked. “We’re limited here in Kentucky to what we can do. I don’t know how we’d necessarily get scientists to come here.”
A short drive to the east, at the University of Kentucky, geologist Brandon Nuttall said he wasn’t aware of yesterday’s hearing, but he disputed its premise.
“Actually, there is a worldwide, extremely strong consensus in favor of the fact that global warming is happening,” said Nuttall, who oversees research at the Kentucky Geological Survey into the potential of trapping carbon dioxide underground.
Where were the Punch cartoonists who captured such graphic exchanges in scenes for future consumption in dentists’ waiting rooms, decades hence?
Nil desperandum! One caricature was painted in words earlier this year:
Which just goes to show,
on top of a mountain
in cloud cuckoo land.
Provided, of course, your conscience and judgement capabilities have been invalidated 😉
My title? Oh, Lady Thatcher made Baron Lawson and Viscount Monckton the men they are, so it seems. In perpetuity. No wonder they champion a lost cause when it comes to climate change.
The rest is nonsense. (As are all good playground skipping rhymes, known Stateside as jump rope rhymes.)