In order to address the issue of climate change, the Republicans in the United States Senate have recently called up as their—I suppose—rebuttal witness, a certain Lord Christopher Monckton. He is a British hereditary lord (meaning that he gets to call himself one) an almost-candidate for the fringe, ultra-right wing, UK Independence Party, the holder of journalist diploma, and a loudmouth, intemperate, not all that credible, climate change denier and “liberal conspiracy” theorist.
The links at the end of this article discuss Lord Monckton in much more depth than I intend to. This entry addresses only one point, the claim made often by Lord Monckton, and his followers and supporters, that he was a science advisor to former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
First of all, as one of my sources points out, it doesn’t make sense that Margaret Thatcher, scientifically trained, would have a classics scholar as a science advisor. But further, Margaret Thatcher is on record as opposing the very points of view that Monckton is espousing.
These are her words.
The danger of global warming is as yet unseen, but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices, so that we do not live at the expense of future generations.
That prospect is a new factor in human affairs. It’s comparable in its implication to the discovery of how to split the atom. Indeed, its results could be even more far-reaching.
No generation has a freehold on this earth.
All we have is a life-tenancy, with a full-repairing lease.
Sources and further materials:
Lord Monckton debunked.
Lord Monckton earns a “pants on fire” award.