Lord Christopher Monckton was at Idea City last week, not to speak, as in the year before, but to observe.
I had a chance to catch up with him, and he's been visiting places like Australia to evangelize about climate science and to strike back at the cult that wants to define the open question of anthropogenic global warming as "settled science."
Ezra Levant also caught up with Lord Monckton and had this exchange:
A little side note - for the last two years, Moses Znaimer has been presenting talks at Idea City featuring "climate skeptics."
Last year, Lord Monckton's talk actually instigated a chorus of boos and hisses from a significant sector of the audience. This year, there were three "climate skeptics" speaking at the conference, including Nigel Lawson, who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in Margaret Thatcher's government. (Lord Nigel is an exquisitely polite man with whom I had a detailed conversation comparing American, Canadian, and Scottish whiskeys, but that's another story...).
There has been blowback against Moses for having the temerity of daring to present more than one point of view on a subject of international importance. That blowback comes from the cult of climate hysterics. Such people's ignorance combines with religious subservience to an idea most of them are incapable of explaining in terms other than that it must be true because Al Gore, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and a false and totally made-up figure claiming that 97% of scientists think man-made global warming is a dangerous problem. The idiotic fury of the climate hysterics is all the more incredible considering that Moses included far more speakers who do believe in the theory of man-made global warming.
These ignoramuses who denounce those who have come do different conclusions than they as "anti-science" are engaging in the most primitive, anti-scientific behaviour imaginable; trying to silence all research and information other than that which validates their opinions. Indeed, Lord Monckton's analogy of the Church's treatment of Galileo is apt.
One thing we do know is that all the models for Global Warming for the last fifteen years by proponents of anthropogenic climate change theory have demonstrably been proven wrong.
Personally, I am not as convinced as my friend Lord Christopher that humans are having no discernible effect on the climate. But his facts and analysis are compelling and his arguments are based on research and knowledge rather than emotion and groupthink. I'm not an expert on science, but in my day, they taught Newton's Laws of Motion and the Four Laws of Thermodynamics in high school physics, and they suggest that we are having some effect on our environment. While the extent of that effect is not something that anyone can credibly claim to definitively know, the climate change skeptics can lay a far greater claim to accuracy in their predictions.