The Weekend Wonk: Monckton Humiliated by Potholer (again)

December 11, 2011

What level of humiliation will Christopher Monckton subject himself to in order to preserve his self delusion?

Monckton’s name came up a few times at this week’s AGU gathering –  in conversation with the indefatigable John Abraham – who totally destroyed his supreme Lordship’s cred with all but the wackest of denialist wack jobs.  Monckton of course threatened to sue, (still waiting) – huffed and puffed – called Abraham an “overcooked prawn”, and withdrew to invent a cure for AIDS.

As far as the “prawn” accusation. See  Abraham, Prawn, and Monckton below. You decide.

Part 2 below.

9 Responses to “The Weekend Wonk: Monckton Humiliated by Potholer (again)”

  1. Mahn England Says:

    Did some one mention prawns?

    Here in the antipodes we have an expression:

    “Don’t come the raw prawn with me”

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=raw+prawn

    Moncktron’s prawns are off!

  2. mrsircharles Says:

    Fair play to potholer54.

    Christopher Monckton (and Anthony Watts who is still giving Monckton a platform) should be totally discredited now.

    Here the whole story at YouTube:

    Lord Monckton Bunkum Part 1 – Global cooling and melting ice

    Monckton Bunkum Part 2 – Sensitivity

    Monckton Bunkum Part 3 – Correlations and Himalayan glaciers

    Monckton Bunkum Part 4 — Quotes and misquotes

    Monckton bunkum Part 5 — What, MORE errors, my lord?

    #5 with an interesting challenge:

    “This will have to be the last video in the Monckton Bunkum series, because he’s made so many mistakes in his presentations it will take at least three more videos to debunk them all, and I’m getting tired of having to correct him. So I’ve issued a challenge to Monckton fans in this video — instead of finding things Monckton got wrong (which is easy), find something he actually managed to get right. It has to be something that contradicts the conclusion that CO2 is largely responsible for recent global warming. Now here’s the scary part: You won’t be able to simply repeat a Monckton claim and tell me it must be true, you have to check Monckton’s source and verify it.”

    As we can see in Peter’s article now. fortunately, it was not the last video on Monckton from potholer54

    😉

  3. Martin_Lack Says:

    I would love to have joined-in the argument on WUWT but, unfortunately, I got myself banned or blocked as a result of showing Anthony Watts to be a complete imbecile – when he cold not differentiate a real book cover from a spoof I used to illustrate my summary of a book’s message:
    http://lackofenvironment.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/the-tough-guide-to-climate-denial/ and
    http://lackofenvironment.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/unstoppable-global-warming-by-singer-and-avery/

  4. MorinMoss Says:

    One important point about the WUWT “discussion” about Potholer54 vs Monckton is that Monckton never actually replied to the videos but to a text summary by a 3rd party poster.
    Potholer54 (Peter Hadfield) hasn’t , up to now, been permitted to make an official submission to WUWT because of the ludicrous claim that his material isn’t properly documented!!!

    On his YouTube channel, he mentions that he’s negotiating with Anthony Watts in order to post a rebuttal. I doubt this will happen as, once they review his work, they’ll realize what a threat he is and will find some pretext to permanently deny (hehe – WUWT readers will understand this) or impose ridiculous conditions.

    • otter17 Says:

      There is a particularly vehement variety of denial that is set aside for those folks that can so successfully address and document with evidence how wrong a good amount of these denier talking points happen to be.

      Just look at the response to John Abraham, and look at how Skeptical Science is treated.

      Skeptical Science is certainly viewed as a threat just as you mention. Look at the right hand side of the WUWT main page and scroll down to the blog roll. Skeptical Science is filed under “unreliable” for some incredibly silly reasons. I recall the hooplah when it all went down.

      I agree that a threat like potholer will either be ridiculed or ignored.

      • MorinMoss Says:

        There’s a weird sort of mental compartmentalization ( I know there’s a better term but I can’t think of it right now ) among many of the posters there.
        Similar to the rightwing / Republicans there are quick to denigrate those they perceive to be the “elite” – when those are on the opposing side
        But, they lionize the credentials of their compatriots, even when those as is the case for Monckton, demonstrably false.

        I lurked with great amusement where they bashed John Cook for having the audacity to challenge the conclusions of one of their favorite pundits ( possible Pielke Sr but I may be wrong ) because Cook doesn’t possess a PhD and the frenzy of bashing ensued.

        After dozens of posts, someone finally pointed out that while Cook has a post-grad, their beloved Master Puppeteer Anthony Watts has only a high-school diploma ( and I believe is a univ. dropout

        Watts himself doesn’t rile easily UNLESS you paint him or his site with the “denier” brush – that stirs him up, to the point where he tried to cut a deal with Cook that WUWT would make certain concessions if the hated word was banned from SkS. I think the negotiations are either ongoing or have fallen through


  5. […] [It seems unfair, at this point, to refer to (yet another) excellent Monckton debunk by potholer54 — but I'll do it anyway.] […]


  6. […] appears that after a series of Potholer’s videos tore Monckton nonsense to shreds, His Serene Magnificence took to replying on the […]


  7. […] to respond appropriately and/or effectively to such a devastating critique. Much more recently, he has been taken to task by Potholer54 (a.k.a Peter Hatfield) and – having been quite content at first to debate online – has gone remarkably quiet […]


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