A new low in the intimidation of climate scientists that seems to have become fashionable since this year.
Lord ‘Potty Peer’ Monckton threatens a critic of his, Professor John Abraham, and tries to get a disciplinary inquiry into the Professor’s unprofessional conduct. Apparently a fact-based criticism of his viewpoints is suddenly deemed unprofessional, while Monckton uses language such as overcooked prawn and Hitler Jugend to describe people he disagrees with. He is not only spectacularly wrong in his views on climate change, he is also despicable in his tactics: Not only wrong, also evil.
As an example of his double standard, consider this quote:
so venomously ad hominem are Abraham’s artful puerilities, delivered in a nasal and irritatingly matey tone (at least we are spared his face ? he looks like an overcooked prawn)
The story is retold nicely over at Skeptical Science (as well as many other places):
A few months ago, John Abraham from St Thomas University produced an excellent rebuttal of Christopher Monckton’s arguments. Monckton’s initial response was extraordinary – as well as likening John’s presentation to Nazi propaganda, he accused Abraham of ad hominem attacks while mocking his accent and personal appearance (comparing him to an overcooked prawn). Abraham’s response to this personal attack was professional and commendably stuck to the science. Now Monckton is trying to censor Abraham – urging Watts Up With That readers to pressure St. Thomas University to take down Abraham’s presentation.
John Abraham’s presentation is vital and important as it explains in clear and accessible language the many falsehoods and misrepresentations in Monkton’s arguments. St. Thomas University needs to understand the importance of Abraham’s work. Hopefully they already do but if there is a flood of WUWT readers sending them angry emails, a reminder wouldn’t hurt. Rather than flood the University with even more emails, the New Zealand website Hot Topic has created a Support John Abraham page.
If you haven’t yet done so, please consider adding your name over there in support of John Abraham’s efforts.
Update: Brian Angliss has a good takedown of Monckton’s wild phantasy over at Scholars and Rogues:
Christopher Monckton, Viscount of Brenchley, is a climate disruption denier in multiple ways. He’s denied that climate change is happening. He’s denied that human beings are causing the (unchanging) climate to change by pinning the cause on the Sun. He’s denied that global polar ice extent is declining. He’s repeatedly misrepresented published papers and hasn’t retracted his statements even after some authors pointed out that he was misusing their work.
Update 2: Eli brings word of the University’s response, through the law firm representing them. The university fully backs Professor Abraham; they see no reason to comply with Monckton’s silly requests; and they demand Monckton stops the bullying. Good for them standing up for their personel.