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Climate Misinformation by Source: Christopher Monckton

Christopher Monckton is a British consultant, policy adviser, writer, columnist, and hereditary peer. While not formally trained in science, Monckton is one of the most cited and widely published climate skeptics, having even been invited to testify to the U.S. Senate and Congress on several occasions.

For a comprehensive rebuttal of many of Christopher Monckton's arguments, check out this presentation by Professor John Abraham. Abraham has compiled many examples where Monckton misrepresents the very scientists whose work he cites. Check out this PDF of Monckton quotes versus the scientists who in their own words explain how Monckton misrepresents their research.

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Testimony of the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley before Congress

URL: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/reprint/viscou...
Date: 6 May 2010

Arguments by Monckton vs What the Science Says
"Climate sensitivity is low" Net positive feedback is confirmed by many different lines of evidence.
"Climate's changed before" Climate reacts to whatever forces it to change at the time; humans are now the dominant forcing.
"CO2 is plant food"

The effects of enhanced CO2 on terrestrial plants are variable and complex and dependent on numerous factors

"CO2 limits will harm the economy"

The benefits of a price on carbon outweigh the costs several times over.

"CO2 limits will make little difference"

If every nation agrees to limit CO2 emissions, we can achieve significant cuts on a global scale.

"CO2 was higher in the past"

When CO2 was higher in the past, the sun was cooler.

"It warmed just as fast in 1860-1880 and 1910-1940" The warming trend over 1970 to 2001 is greater than warming from both 1860 to 1880 and 1910 to 1940.
"It's cooling" The last decade 2000-2009 was the hottest on record.
"It's global brightening" This is a complex aerosol effect with unclear temperature significance.
"It's not bad" Negative impacts of global warming on agriculture, health & environment far outweigh any positives.
"It's not urgent"

A large amount of warming is delayed, and if we don’t act now we could pass tipping points.

"Lindzen and Choi find low climate sensitivity" Lindzen and Choi’s paper is viewed as unacceptably flawed by other climate scientists.
"Most of the last 10,000 years were warmer"

This argument uses regional temperature data that ends in 1855, long before modern global warming began.

"Ocean acidification isn't serious" Ocean acidification threatens entire marine food chains.
"We're coming out of the Little Ice Age"

Scientists have determined that the factors which caused the Little Ice Age cooling are not currently causing global warming.

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