Ep 68 / Climate Scientists Conquer a Lord

Diagram from the testimony of Dr. James Hurrell (click to enlarge)



This podcast was originally released on May 10, 2010.
Real climate scientists smack down a gecko-like climate denier operative named Lord Christopher Monckton.  Or to put it nicely, for purposes of educating the public about climate change, real climate scientists update us on climate science and correct climate denier operative named Lord Christopher Monckton at a May 6th global warming hearing.  Monckton is a poser and a favorite of the right-wingers in the climate denial movement. After you get past the frustration of being fed lies by Mr. Monckton about climate change, it’s highly entertaining — especially when a congressman decides he’s had it with the bull. This all took place on May 6th in a congressional hearing, but this so-called debate was just made for TV! But here you have it in podcast form, in nearly its entirety — and all of Mr. Monckton in his ridiculous glory. If you want to watch this presentation you can view the video by downloading it at this link. This Climate Files podcast contains only the audio.

The hearing was sponsored by Rep. Edward J. Markey and held by his Select Committee on Global Warming, a hearing he called  “The Foundation of Climate Science”.

Climate Scientists who testified last week:

  • Dr. Lisa Graumlich, Director at School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Chris Field, Director, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, and co-chair of “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” portion of new IPCC report due in 2014
  • Dr. James McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography, Harvard University, past President and Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, co-chair of “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” portion of IPCC report published in 2001
  • Dr. James Hurrell, Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, contributor to IPCC reports

And for some reason the guest (their “expert) of the GOP minority: Lord Christopher Monckton, a British consultant, writer and journalist — not a scientist.   He argued with the real scientists that were present, and basically made a fool of himself.  If you click on the names of the scientists at the hearing listed above, you can download their statements that contain loads of climate science facts and figures.  See more at the website for the hearing.  Lord Monckton and his charts have been thoroughly debunked by scientists, and one place with a good debunking is here on RealClimate.org.

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