The Monckton challenge

Fans of Potholer54 ( on YouTube ) will be well aware of the problems Lord Monckton has with telling the truth and his regularly being caught out with his facts.

For those who don’t know of this dodgy character, Lord Monckton is a favourite of climate change deniers and he is about to visit Australia soon for those champions for the environment, the Mining company lobby. I think it’s time to prewarn Aussies before the media do their usual trick and fall for the PR instead of checking his facts.

Luckily Potholer54 has done the heavy lifting on the fact checking and has regularly pursued Monckton in a series of programs and these are all viewable on his YouTube site.

Some folk have been trying to deny the Lord gets things wrong or that it is only one or two instances so the last clip mentions 20 major errors one after the other and ends with the challenge of asking folk to offer up examples of Monckton data that he gets right.

I have no doubt that Monckton makes an excellent warm up comedy act with his irreverent style but now that even the climate sceptics are trying to step away from him, it will be interesting to see if he gets many gigs in Oz this time around. Of course there are the die hard conspiracy theorists still in his camp but they are struggling to get the funds up.

I was amused to see one blog site complaining that Big Oil wasn’t stumping up funds yet (check the comments). I guess it has a lot to do with how low Monckton’s credibility has sunk but he shouldn’t slash his wrists just yet. Tony Abbott is not a man given to careful study so he will probably wander along and there is always Twiggy Forrest and Gina Rinehart to fall back on.

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4 Replies to “The Monckton challenge”

  1. Thanks for that, Pete. I wonder when the Abbott Broadcasting Commission will ever get around to screening potholder’s debunking videos.

    1. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Australia to catch up.

      I actually found several scientific groups debunking Monckton but none as easy to understand as potholer54.

    1. It’s a bit of hard yakka though GOF.

      A necessary evil if we want to maintain some control over our environment as opposed to letting big companies call the shots all the time.

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