Whatever Happened To Debate?

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I am skeptical about the human effect on climate change and more specifically on the concept of global warming.  There are a lot of reasons for that, but one of them is the fact that the people who are totally hysterical about the concept of global warming are making very large amounts of money from people who believe them.  The cap and trade concept that President Obama wants to push through Congress will make most Americans considerably poorer (much higher energy bills) while making a few Americans much richer (Al Gore conveniently owns a company that sells carbon credits).  Last week Congress began a debate on global warming–but they only allowed one side of the debate!

According to Climate Depot and wattsupwiththat.com, UK’s Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has stated that the House Democrats refused to let him testify on Friday, April 24, when Al Gore was testifying on global warming.  He stated that Democrats rescinded his scheduled joint appearance at the House Energy and Commerce hearing on Friday.  This is Lord Monckton’s statement:

“Once again I’m most grateful to Anthony Watts and his hard-working team for their kindness in exposing the less than democratic tactics of the Obama Democrats. The story circulated by the indefatigable Marc Morano is – as one would expect – accurate in every particular.

Early this week the Democrats told the Republicans they would have a “celebrity witness” for this morning’s hearing on the Waxman/Markey Bill, but they would not say who. The Republicans immediately contacted me and asked if they could tell the Dems they too were putting forward an undisclosed celebrity witness – me.

When the Dems eventually revealed that their “celebrity” was Al Gore, the Republicans told them I was to testify at the same time. The Dems immediately refused to allow the Republicans their first choice of witness. By the time they had refused, my jet was already in the air from London and I did not get the message till I landed in the US.

At first the Dems tried to refuse the Republicans the chance to replace me with a witness more congenial to them, but eventually – after quite a shouting-match – they agreed to let Newt Gingrich testify. The former Speaker of the House gave one of his best performances.

I attended the session anyway, as a member of the public, and tried to shake hands with Gore when he arrived, but his cloud of staffers surrounded him and he visibly flinched when I called out a friendly “Hello” to him.

His testimony was as inaccurate as ever. He repeated many of the errors identified by the High Court in the UK. He appeared ill at ease and very tired – perhaps reflecting on the Rasmussen poll that shows a massive 13.5% swing against the bedwetters’ point of view in just one year.

My draft testimony will be posted at http://www.scienceandpublicpolicy.org shortly, together with a brief refutation of Gore’s latest errors.

Finally, I have never said what one of your less polite correspondents has said I said about HIV. However, in 1987, at the request of the earliest researchers into the disease, I wrote articles in journals on both sides of the Atlantic recommending that AIDS should be treated as a notifiable disease, just like any other fatal, incurable infection. Had that standard public-health measure been taken – immediate, compulsory, permanent, but humane isolation of the then rather few carriers – many of the 25 million (UNAIDS figures) who have died and the 40 million who are currently infected and heading for death would have been spared. Sometimes, unfashionable points of view are right, and sometimes ignoring them can be a matter of life and death.”

There is further information on this at scienceandpublicpolicy.org.  Please read the information and draw your own conclusions.