She says the antics of the British classics scholar and hereditary peer would be amusing if his views were not so dangerous.
Lord Monckton acknowledges climate change and that it is serious; but the line he is selling is that our industrial pollution and carbon emissions play no role. The reality is that there are 7 billion people on the planet and growing, and the staggering increases in carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane we have generated as by-products of the industrial revolution can be well illustrated from 1850 onwards. These gases are proven to create the greenhouse effect on our climate. Telling people carbon pollution is no problem is like selling snake oil but unfortunately there is no placebo effect in buying his argument. He is merely delaying people from acting to ensure a better future for their children, says Tracey Carpenter.
His strategy is not unlike the old tobacco lobby’s – which in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence continued to sow seeds of doubt in the public mind. “They couldn’t refute the evidence, but they could create the illusion of scientific controversy. That’s exactly what Monckton is doing for the fossil fuel industry.”
Monckton’s activities are funded by organisations with direct links to the fossil fuel industry, said Ms Carpenter. “By deliberately obscuring the science in the public mind and denying the impact of carbon pollution they further endanger our planet to protect their own investment and profits,” Ms Carpenter said.