Feb 4, 2010

Monckton’s Melbourne meeting: a gathering of men in Richie Benaud blazers

What's it like to attend a Lord Monckton meeting? For the cheering crowd of Old-Australia-RSL-club climate change deniers who flocked to see him, it was like a rock concert.

Jeff Sparrow

Writer, editor, broadcaster, and an Honorary Fellow at Victoria University.

Outside Lord Monckton’s meeting at the Sofitel Hotel in Collins Street, the young men from Lyndon LaRouche’s Citizen Electoral Council handed out newspapers warning against “Hitler-style genocide”.

“Carbon trading is the British Empire trying to wipe out the nation state,” a LaRouchie explained.

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265 thoughts on “Monckton’s Melbourne meeting: a gathering of men in Richie Benaud blazers

  1. Ian

    More old pyjams. Perhaps Crikey should change its name to the “AGW Deaf Old Farts Club”. Getting worried that you really may have been hoodwinked? For goodness’ sake, even The Guardian is expressing doubts. Give the propaganda a rest Crikey, and get back to what you used to do well – investigative journalism.

    Here’s a challenge – publish nothing from either side on AGW for a week. Bet you can’t help your self.

  2. Mark Duffett

    “If we have abdicated our birthright to scientific progress,” he writes, “we have done so by moving empirical debate into the realms of political, cultural and religious argument…

    Hmmm. To me, this sounds more like the chickens of trendy post-modernism coming home to roost.

  3. Elan

    Wee Chris was on Adelaide’s 5AA this am. Leon Byner. I haven’t listened to Byner for several months, but this was interesting……..

    It was a deniers (God! that spelling reminds me of stockings!),-love-in. Including Byner.
    He would have been happy to take calls from believers I’m quite sure,-but they would have been hung out to dry!

    I’ve managed just under 30 seconds before the dump switch was used. It was pointless to phone in…., I would have broken my record.

    (He IS rather childish-wee Chris. He refers to Wong as Wrong. I would never distort names……).

  4. Aron Paul

    Thank you for reporting this. The more daylight let in on this the better.

    Though by the way, I always thought the CEC blamed THE QUEEN for the drug trade and everything else – have they moved on to Philip now? What about Prince William? Where is he in all of this? They’re going to have a ball when Charles is king with all his organic farming and forest preservation etc.

  5. harrybelbarry

    ” a fool is easily parted with his money ” How many oldies have said this ? bet a few were there at the Snakeoil salesman show. want a laugh- go to AGMATES website, their friends paid chris and wife $100,000 to come to Australia and talk bull [email protected] A family of Flat earthers.

  6. Andrew

    It is a worrying sign when large parts of society fall prey to professional fraud, the raison d’etre to be found in a combination of a vested interests-driven disinformation campaign, dumbing down populism by large segments of the media, widespread ignorance and the fear of change, even change which will save the atmpshere from extreme pollution.

    Charlatans reign supreme, the media being only too happy to give them a dream run, increasing its ratings. That a coalition of “man over nature” ideologues will enjoy propaganda “success” reflects the inclination by many to deny environmental realities they may need to confront.

    Deniers seek uncertainties in future climate projections, cf. dates of Himalayan glacier melt or Amazon deforestation, ignoring the inherent uncertainty of any future predictions. Most of all they ignore the fact that, to date, the IPCC has UNDERESTIMATED ice melt rates, sea level rise, feedback effects and the proximity of tipping points, not least looming release of hundreds of GtC as methane from permafrost, lake sediments and bogs.

    Combing thousands of stolen e-mails, deniers extract single words out of context, placed on hundreds of phoney websites whose writers appear hardly familiar with the basic laws of physics, a weakness for which they over-compensate using toxic ad-hominem against environmentalists.

    The spectre of Australia’s two major parties, the one professing, the other hardly pretending, to accept the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change, battling over alternative strategies for 5 percent emission reduction relative to 2000, would have been funny had the implications not been so serious.

  7. Aron

    Seriously, I LOVE reading this sh*t. How great is it? Nothing entertains like the insanity of others.

  8. Perry Gretton

    For the record, the Guardian hasn’t started to turn. Quite rightly, it’s taken issue with certain lazy or over-zealous or duplicitous scientists. They need to be taken to task because they undermine the credibility of all climate scientists.

    As to the issue of global warming, the science is in and it’s time we did something about it.

    Good article, by the way.

  9. glazedham

    Mmmmm was i dreaming, or did the world get together and ban aerosols a few years back..and styrofoam..and put those star stickers to reduce fluro-carbon fueled fridges. Was this all a folly and actually a ruse? Did aerosol fluro-carbons cause the hole in the ozone layer. Or was this an elaborate photoshop scam cooked up by Steve Irwin?

  10. Most Peculiar Mama

    “…It was a crowd who saw nothing strange in a priest kicking off proceedings with the Lord’s Prayer…”

    As opposed to an even more bizarre “Welcome to Country” ceremony?

    “…why does the scientific community go along with the charade?…”

    After badly failing at trying to silence dissent, the “scientific community” now finds itself in damage control, desperately trying to salvage what little credibility it has left.

    The peer-review process lies in tatters, almost beyond redemption.

    As IPCC High Priest, Pachauri is a global embarassment and an affront to decent scientists everywhere. The pro-AGW crowd should be thoroughly ashamed to have him as their spokesperson.

    “…What about the media and the political mainstream? Why aren’t they embracing the truth?…”

    They are. Everywhere. Although you appear to be in denial.

    Even the normally rapturous George Monbiot says Phil Jones should go.


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