At Hot Topic, Gareth has a post on Christopher Monckton (more commonly known as the “Potty Peer”) attempting to stifle the well-justified criticism of himself . As various authors here have pointed out before, the guy is an outright nutter with a vastly inflated ego and a penchant for exaggeration that frequently verges on outright lying.
For some reason he seems to think that it is ok for him to do his pathetic best to criticize actual working scientists including accusing them of lying. This is despite having little apparent knowledge of the subjects on which he speaks. However he seems to think they should not be able to criticize his level of stupid ineptitude.
George Monbiot points out the obvious irony in the Guardian today:
Reading these ravings, I’m struck by two thoughts. The first is how frequently climate change deniers resort to demands for censorship or threats of litigation to try to shut down criticism of their views. Martin Durkin has done it, Richard North has done it, Monckton has done it many times before. They claim to want a debate, but as soon as it turns against them they try to stifle it by intimidating their opponents. To me it suggests that these people can give it out, but they can’t take it.
Amongst the great dearth of scientific knowledge amongst many of the climate change skeptics and deniers, Monckton stands out as being the depth to which they haven’t yet descended. John Abraham does a pretty good dissection of the black hole of scientific ineptitude that is Monckton.
Gareth has a post up with the intent of supporting John Abraham, who has obviously managed to get under Monckton’s skin with an scientific analysis of one of his speeches. It appears that Monckton wants to get the criticism removed from the public eye, probably because it is too accurate, and probably interferes with his ability to make money off climate change denial.
As Gareth says
In my view, it’s time to stand up to the potty peer’s attempts at intimidation of Abraham and his University. Rather than flood them with email, I propose that anyone who supports the statement below leave a comment with their name, location and academic affiliation (if any).
I’d suggest heading over there and giving him a hand. The peer should do his crapping in a more appropriate manner – like this Japanese Edo era chamber potty.