Throwing Elbows and (politely) Busting Chops, John Abraham shows how to defend Science

May 25, 2011

John Abraham contacted me shortly after I completed my videos lambasting “His Lordship” Christopher Monckton. He said he was a professor at a college in St Paul, and had been doing some research to find out how much of Monckton’s YouTube hit St Paul Lecture, which Abraham had attended, was actually true.

Well, of course, turns out almost none of it.  And when I finally got to listen to Abraham’s complete presentation, I knew he had done something special. By spending the hundreds of hours necessary to piece together the supposed sources of Monckton’s “science”, Abraham had gone much further than I had in completely deconstructing one of the vaunted heroes of climate denial.

Monckton has never recovered. Not long ago he was the republican party’s sole witness in hearings before congress on the subject. Now he is such an embarrassment, that his name is no longer mentioned by anyone who wishes to preserve even a thread of credibility.

John has gone on to become a co-founder of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team – one of the most effective and widely accessed resources for journalists needing clarification on climate issues and climate disinformation.

In the audio interview above, Abraham shows how to get the job done when faced with a hostile right wing interviewer – telling the truth, powering thru the harassment and making them like it.

18 Responses to “Throwing Elbows and (politely) Busting Chops, John Abraham shows how to defend Science”

  1. pendantry Says:

    “Now [the prevaricating peer] is such an embarrassment, that his name is no longer mentioned by anyone who wishes to preserve even a thread of credibility.”

    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! 🙂

  2. livinginabox Says:

    What a shame the interviewer in the video was too busy spouting his climate myths to allow Prof. Abraham to speak at length.

  3. livinginabox Says:

    I really hope that Lord Bunkum has been critically damaged. If true it may be a sign that we can systematically illuminate the BS emanating from each denier and destroy their influence.

  4. livinginabox Says:

    What a shame the interviewer in the video was too busy spouting his climate myths to allow Prof. Abraham to speak at length.

    Thanks to Prof. Abraham and of course to you, Peter, for bringing this and many other excellent and educational video exposés. The Denial Industry must hate you, but I believe they have very good reason to fear you.

  5. bridgers Says:

    Excellent interview shame he got cut off at the end.

  6. witsendnj Says:

    HA! That explains why TVMOB isn’t on this list:

    http://profmandia.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/heartland-institutes-non-experts-you-experts-are-all-wrong/

    Now I am very very disappointed because I was so looking forward to seeing him make an ass of himself and his rapt audience. I guess they have refudiated him.

  7. mrsircharles Says:

    As usual a very good article from Peter Sinclair. It has become overdue that the scientific community is fighting back that lousy denial. Well done John Abraham! You got the message out.

    => Planet Of The Apes

    🙂

  8. otter17 Says:

    I loved Dr. Abraham’s point-by-point debunking of Monckton’s presentation, as well as Monckton’s self-destructive responses.

    I haven’t heard anything from him since, so he has really been cast back into the shadows? Woohoo!

    The Rapid Response Team seems to have the right idea, cut the spread of myths off at the source as soon as possible.


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