Global warming sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton, who will
speak in Dunedin next Tuesday, responds to claims made about
The article ''Kiwi scientists rally against climate change
sceptic'' (New Zealand Herald online edition 3.4.13) twice
describes me as a climate change ''denier'', a phrase also
used in a letter to the Otago Daily Times editor.
That hate speech is inaccurate. I do not deny we can change
the climate: I question how much we do.
The statement from the Herald article that ''New Zealand's
top climate change scientists have rallied together to slam''
me is inaccurate. The reporter incited several scientists to
comment. He did not let me reply.
The statement that I say ''New Zealanders ... shouldn't be
worried about rising temperatures or sea levels''
inaccurately implies they are rising worryingly. Yet the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC)
climate-science head says warming has paused for 17 years.
Sea level has risen for eight years at just 3.2 cm/century.
The statement that I oppose emissions trading because it is
''too expensive'' is inaccurate. I oppose it because it is
cost-ineffective. The statements also used in a letter from
one of your correspondents, to the effect that I have ''no
training'' and ''no scientific training'' and have
''studiously avoided learning anything about science'' are
inaccurate. I studied mathematics during my Cambridge degree
course, have published several scientific and economic papers
on climate change in learned journals, have lectured on
climate at faculty level, and was last year's Nerenberg
Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario.
The unevidenced statements that I say things scientists
''know are not true'' and ''pick data and statistics to suit
[my] argument'' are inaccurate.
The statement that I once argued for the quarantine of Aids
patients ''in internment camp-like facilities'' is
inaccurate. I argued that, though quarantine (with no mention
of internment camps) is the standard public-health response
to a new, incurable and fatal infection, Western
sensibilities would make it impossible. Tens of millions
would die. Sadly, they did.
The statement that ''the world's leading scientists'' predict
the world will ''heat up by 3% this century'' is inaccurate.
They predict 3degC warming, up 1%. Their predictions in all
four IPCC Assessment reports have proven exaggerated.
The implication that I deny any increase in greenhouse gases
is inaccurate. I do not deny it: I question whether it
The statement that I ''promote [my]self as an ''expert
reviewer'' for the IPCC's forthcoming Fifth Assessment
Report, implying I am not one, is inaccurate. I satisfied the
IPCC that my publication record justified my appointment.
Various letter writers' comments about me also require
correction. The numerous unevidenced statements that I am an
''unscientific fraud'' and ''charlatan and fraud'' and have
acted ''fraudulently'' and ''falsely'' are inaccurate.
The implication I was wrong to say the United Nations aimed
to form a world ''government'' is inaccurate. Annex 1,
paragraphs 36 and 38 of the draft Copenhagen climate treaty
of 2009 mentioned an unelected ''government'' with global
powers of taxation and enforcement, for which the 186-page
draft was a blueprint. When the draft was publicised it
The statement that I called Prof Garnaut ''a Nazi'' is
inaccurate. I told a small group of Californian Zionists that
his assertion that laymen should defer to the expertise of
climate scientists was a Fascist opinion, and apologised to
him when my remark was publicised.
The statement I attended Churchill College, Cambridge, on a
''choirboy scholarship'' is inaccurate. I attended the
College on my academic merits (and cannot sing).
The statement I falsely claim to be a sitting member of the
House of Lords is inaccurate. In reply to a journalist's
question ''Are you a member of the House of Lords'', I
replied, ''Yes, but without the right to sit or vote.'' A
written opinion from a barrister specialising in peerage law
says: ''The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is a member of the
House of Lords, albeit without the right to sit or vote, and
he was and remains fully entitled to say so.''
The statement I ''fraudulently'' claimed to represent Burma
at the 2012 UN climate conference in Doha is inaccurate. The
conference chairman who allowed me to speak, though I was
only an observer, told the conference he knew I was not from
The statement I ''falsely claimed to be a Nobel Laureate'' is
inaccurate. The professor of physics at Rochester University,
New York, presented me with a Nobel prize pin he had made
with gold recovered from a physics experiment after I had
corrected a serious error in the Fourth Assessment Report of
the UN's climate panel in 2007.
I am an expert reviewer for the Fifth Assessment Report, due
to be published this year. The statement that I ''falsely
claimed ... to be scientific adviser to Margaret Thatcher''
is inaccurate. I was one of six policy advisers to her as
prime minister at 10 Downing St from 1982 to 1986 and, in
that role, gave her advice on scientific as well as other
- Lord Monckton will speak in Christchurch and
Timaru next Monday, Dunedin on Tuesday, Gore on Wednesday and
Invercargill on April 26.