Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Are global warming fears being driven more by political agendas than by science?

The Michael Coren Show on CTS gave us another treat last night when Coren had as his only guest Lord Christopher Monckton, former policy adviser to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Viscount Monckton of Brenchley—a well known critic of the mainstream scientific consensus on man-made or anthropogenic global warming—gave an entertaining and thought-provoking defence of his contention that global warming fears are being driven more by political agendas than by science.

“Al Gore has refused several times [to debate]. Here is a man who is paid $300,000 per speech and has his staff control all of the questions that are asked. People ask why he is so committed. Simple. He was a failed politician worth $2 million; he’s now a famous activist worth $200 million!”

- Christopher Monckton

I am sometimes critical of the guests Mr. Coren has on his show as I find panelists like Marilyn Churley (no longer on the show) and Andrea Calver lightweights who are in over their heads and not capable of offering much more than warmed over left-wing platitudes and talking points. But last night’s sole guest, Christopher Monckton, is no light-weight.

I remain agnostic on the whole global warming issue, although I’m more inclined to believe that the warming of the planet, such as there has been, is a natural climate change cycle that will not be slowed down or stopped by man’s prohibitively costly mitigation strategies as proposed by left-leaning journalists, politicians and false prophets like Al Gore and David Suzuki.

One thing Monckton made very clear: the debate is not over, or if it is, the dissenters have won. According to him, there are more than 700 major scientists who refute the notion that mankind is changing the climate by other than a minor degree. He points to the medieval warm period when Norsemen raised cattle in Greenland as proof there are climate change cycles that come and go regardless of man’s lifestyle.

One very interesting example Monckton gave of when the mainstream scientific community got it terribly wrong is as follows:

“Remember DDT, the pesticide used to kill mosquitoes that carried malaria. Jackie Kennedy read a book saying it was harmful, got her husband the president [John F. Kennedy] to bring pressure to have it banned and in 40 years 40 million people, mainly children, died. Now we’ve come to our senses and re-introduced it but only after the fashionable left did their damage.”

I hope I got his words right for this puts the current stifling of criticism of the mainstream view in perspective. Before governments waste billions in useless mitigation strategies and re-distribute billions of Western wealth to underdeveloped countries, we need sober second thought. And opposing views like Monckton’s are important. Hats off to CTS Television and Michael Coren for bringing those views to our attention.

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  1. It's science, sorry to say. I was a pretty hardcore skeptic of the whole thing but all my doubts are gone.

  2. "Al Gore a failed politician". Now there is an understatement. From what I understand he barely made it through University. With Al Gore it is a case of Bullshit Baffles brains.
    Rob C

  3. The upcoming Munk debates on December 1st will be on climate change and policy response. I think it could be a really interesting debate that may draw out the actual science and differentiate it from political agendas. I wish I could go.

  4. Debates? Surely there must be some mistake. A year or two ago David Suzuki pronounced the debate closed--at least among serious folk.

    Well, well… so sanity prevails.

    Thanks for the link, Darcy.