I’m just giving up now. There was no way I was going to get anything done today and tomorrow I get to go on a quick 2-night trip home! Woohoo!

So for today’s post, as all you ninmates are doubtless aware, Lord Monckton is on tour in Australia and Aussie Brett McS was on the scene:

I went to the Christopher Monckton talk in the Newcastle Town Hall today, just making it back to my car before a thunderstorm hit. LM gave a wonderful talk to a packed town hall – I was in the top deck of this nice, old-style hall, looking down. Unfortunately Ian Plimer had to drop out at the last minute, but the organizers managed to get hold of the Professor of Hydrology from the local University to do the introduction – in a thick Liverpudlian accent. LM repeated the word “Viscount” in an Australian accent (as he gets from Plimer), a Liverpudlian one (today) and said that at least it wasn’t as bad as in Scotland where he’s introduced as the Vacant Christopher Monckton.

Anyway, the talk was over an hour long, had quite a large amount of technical detail, and yet was riveting from start to finish. In my next life I want to be able to give public presentations of that quality. He started and finished emphasizing the moral dimension – the real consequences of lies and fashionable myths about climate catastrophes, which are already being seen in poor parts of the world due to the doubling of food prices caused by the ethanol scam – just one result of the AGW scare. As a regular reader of WattsUpWithThat.com there wasn’t much in the technical part of the talk that was new to me but seeing it all put together so well was very worthwhile.

Lord Monkton doesn’t pretend to be a scientist, and he doesn’t need to be one to take on the IPCC. The IPCC’s deceptions may be hidden behind scientific language, but they are basically issues of manipulation and fraud that are not themselves sophisticated science. Although Monckton clearly does understand a lot of the science, and is very good at mathematics, he only uses that aspect to cut through the croft and show where the deceptions in the AGW scam are. Acting solely in his capacity as a journalist – with some knowledge of the subject, as journalists usually gain anyway – he has taken on the work of investigating and exposing these scientific frauds in the IPCC. He is doing a bang-up job.

I think we all wish we could give presentations like that in a next life. I wish I could remember vital facts and figures in regular conversation in a next life.