For years, Lord Monckton, a discredited remnant of Margaret Thatcher’s extreme right wing government, has been impeding the efforts of scientists to save the world from the impending disaster of climate change. By his own admission, Lord Monckton is not even a scientist, let alone a climate scientist – his background is in the privileged field of the classics, which is at the epicenter of racist Eurocentric history, brushing aside the achievements of people of color and focusing almost exclusively on the accomplishments of the Greeks and the Romans.
When Lord Monckton came onto the scene a couple of years ago, people were shocked that a supposedly prominent lord would have the gall to question the settled science of climate change, which at the time was only denied by the most mentally deranged conspiracy theorists. Most people thought he would simply fade away after a couple of months, as most climate change deniers do, but instead, Monckton has steadily promoted his quackery to the point at which millions of people now believe that there are issues with science behind climate change. Monckton has shown an extraordinary commitment to promoting his fake science, going so far as to write his own fake scientific papers, which he has somehow negotiated through the peer review process.
One can only explain this uncanny level of dedication to fake science by assuming that he is working for powerful interests who stand to lose millions of dollars as a result of measures to tackle climate change. We all know that many powerful lobbyists such as oil and coal companies and the Koch Brothers lurk behind almost every individual and group who questions the science of climate change, and experts suspect that Monckton is personally on their payroll. It’s sad that some people in positions of power such as Monckton choose to use their influence for personal gain instead of doing good in the world, as others like Al Gore and Obama have done.
Through the efforts of shills like Monckton, immeasurable damage has been done to climate science, which will take years to undo. At this point, we really have to put the environment before the luxury of ‘free speech’, and start prosecuting people for denying settled science, as the truth is, these people are contributing to the destruction of the very planet that we inhabit, and are destroying the futures of millions of children around the world. Climate change denial simple has to stop, and if stopping it means new laws and speedy trials for deniers, then so be it.