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Open Letter to Christopher Monckton

with 17 comments

Update (July 18, 2011): Monckton told he’s not member of House of Lords. Clerk of parliaments publishes letter on Lords’ site saying peer is not and has ‘never been a member of the House of Lords’.

Dear Mr. Monckton,

I fully support Dr. John Abraham’s presentation which I found to be a very thorough debunking of your many misrepresentations.  Contrary to your own libelous accusation, I could find no point at which Dr. Abraham “told lies, knowingly and willfully misrepresenting what (you) had said.”

On the other hand, there are documented instances where you have lied and knowingly and willfully misrepresented issues of science and details of your own resume.  In addition to viewing Dr. Abraham’s presentation, I invite you to peruse Dr. Barry Bickmore’s Lord Monckton’s Rap Sheet, Dr. Arthur Smith’s catalog of your errors in the July 2008 APS article, and’s Monckton’s deliberate manipulation.

Currently, the British House of Lords is investigating your false claim to have been a member and your continued use of a logo that closely resembles their Parliamentary emblem.  Please see Friends of Gin and Tonic’s The Empire Strikes back: Moncktongate – the End of a Jester?

I stand by my original blog post and I request that you immediately apologize to Dr. Abraham and to the University of St. Thomas for your shameful comments.


Scott A. Mandia

Written by Scott Mandia

August 6, 2010 at 6:03 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I openly support both Scott Mandia and John Abraham.
    I fear that what is occurring in this situation is nothing but an attempt at censorship of two hardworking and honest scientists (not to mention the others that Christopher has threatened with legal action previously – as Barry Bickmore highlights).
    Timothy C. Lubcke


    August 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

  2. […] Posted: August 6, 2010 by Neil in climate change, environment, weirdness 0 Worth noting: Open Letter to Christopher Monckton. I fully support Dr. John Abraham’s presentation which I found to be a very thorough debunking of […]

  3. Thank you, Scott Mandia, for speaking truth to Monckton, and for providing references.

    In case you want another specific evidence of Monckton’s mendacity, Monckton shows a slide about sea ice, without attribution, that Abraham discusses.

    Abraham’s slide 15/115 is from a Monckton lecture. Monckton fails to give a source, but it is Melling, Riedel, and Gedalof in GRL, 2005; available at .

    Monckton claims that it shows that Arctic sea ice is fine, but it is a crude cherry-pick by Monckton. It is one study (ending in 2003), of one area of the Arctic, that shows sea ice concentration increasing very slightly (due to local conditions), though the draft (thickness) declines. The authors themselves say, in the paper, that you can’t conclude that sea ice is increasing.

    Can we say that Monckton is “hiding the decline” in total Arctic sea ice? Yes, we can!

    Mark Shapiro

    August 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm

  4. What, no demand for large sums of money or threats of lawsuits? What sort of letter is that?


    August 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

  5. Keep up the good work Prof.

    (This letter however is just one page. I think you need to get in a bit more practice to match the monster questionnaire style that TVMOB is promoting.)

    Many, many people admire you and JA for staying the course. I am one of them.


    August 6, 2010 at 10:55 pm

  6. Please, keep pushing his buttons.


    August 7, 2010 at 1:49 am

  7. Good work and a nice reply.

    Byron Smith

    August 7, 2010 at 10:41 am

  8. A lovely reply, and one I wholly support. I see that the Facebook page in support of Abraham has been updated to support you too. You are fabulous.!/group.php?gid=135508543148017

    Cornelius Breadbasket

    August 8, 2010 at 11:02 am

  9. Barry Bickmore just posted a video where Monckton explains that his logo includes the portcullis, which is “the symbol of the House of Lords.” This is significant, since he is now claiming his logo is quite different from the parliamentary logo.

    The Monckton Files: Pink Portcullis Update

    Scott Mandia

    August 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm

  10. […] Open Letter to Christopher Monckton […]

  11. […] mentioned in a previous blog post, Monckton has been wrong about climate science many times and has been repeatedly shown the errors […]

  12. Monckton is right but should add the very latest scientific findings to his agenda. These findings explain the true cause of climate change, namely changes in potential energy due to variable gravitational forces from the major nearby planets. See my site
    Doug Cotton, Sydney

    Doug Cotton

    July 4, 2011 at 7:54 am

  13. This monckton clown is a disgrace. I would love to hear he died from asphyxiation through CO2


    July 20, 2011 at 7:18 am

  14. See this post on scientific form “The Conversation” under Carbon Tax item in Environment section ….…al-health-2924

    Gerald Thomas
    insightful +

    Talk of “unmitigated climate change” and “glimmer of hope” just adds to the increasingly obvious fact that the whole issue of climate change is shaping up as a worldwide debate between Climatologists (such as Trenberth) who are no doubt good at forecasting local weather, and Physicists (such as Prof. Nahle, Knox and Douglass and Cotton) who are now coming in on the act and pointing out in no uncertain terms (a) that there has been no climate change since 2003 and (b) that the physics of quantum mechanics does not support the “theory” that CO2 can have any significant effect, other than perhaps a slight extension (by a few minutes) of the warming of the day into the early evening. All heat from the day dissipates to space usually by the early hours before the next dawn, and, on a seasonal basis, by the next winter.

    Read about Prof Nahle’s experiment pointing out that heat transfer from the surface to the atmosphere is mostly by conduction then convection, and that it is warm air rising by convection that got trapped in the original laboratory experiments in the 19th century – not air that was heated by trapped radiation.

    Then read how Knox and Douglass rubished Trenberth’s figures and his “missing energy” which would be even worse if he had used correct data. They showed that ocean heat has not increased at all since 2003.

    There is a good review of the debate at

    Now, ocean heat is 90% of all heat, so NASA “sea surface” data is the best indication of trends. So, see for yourself how 2011 is shaping up as being cooler than 2003: (Select “sea surface” in the listbox and tick 2003 and 2011 in the checkboxes.)

    I suggest that NASA data confirms what Knox and Douglass are saying. There has been no net positive radiation since 2003 and consequently no accumulation of heat in the oceans.

    Yet CO2 levels have been the highest in modern history.

    At the very least, why is the world worrying so much now, when the rises last century have passed by and probably just had something to do with a build up to what was the biggest El Nino on record in 1999.. Such El Ninos can, at least to some extent, act as a safety valve releasing excess heat straight through the atmosphere and out to space. Certainly that seems to have been the effect once it all settled down by 2003.

    Mandia: Please see Modern Day Climate Change. It is clear that the planetary system (oceans, land, cryosphere, atmosphere) is warming.

    Doug Cotton

    August 22, 2011 at 12:06 am

  15. […]  Monckton has now threatened to extend the libel suit to include Scott Mandia.  Here is Scott’s reply.  UPDATE:  John Abraham tells me that Monckton has threatened lawsuits against him several more […]

  16. […]  Monckton has now threatened to extend the libel suit to include Scott Mandia.  Here is Scott’s reply.  UPDATE:  John Abraham tells me that Monckton has threatened lawsuits against him several more […]

  17. […]  Monckton has now threatened to extend the libel suit to include Scott Mandia.  Here is Scott’s reply.  UPDATE:  John Abraham tells me that Monckton has threatened lawsuits against him several more […]

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