LETTER: ‘Allegations or implications false, unfounded’

A Mr White (The Daily Advertiser, November 9) alleges that the cost of my forthcoming speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand “will come from a mining magnate”; implies that I have no university qualifications and that I have made no contributions to climate science first hand; and alleges that what he calls my “only research paper” was rejected for publication.

All of these allegations or implications are false and unfounded.

My speaking tour, organised by the Lord Monckton Foundation, will be paid for by the kind contributions of the people who attend my talks. 

I do not speak because vested interests pay me to speak but because after due research I consider what I say to be true.

I am a master of arts in the University of Cambridge. My degree course included instruction in higher mathematics. 

I have several successful math-based inventions to my name, and was this year’s Nerenberg Lecturer in Mathematics in the University of Western Ontario. 

I am an appointed review editor for the forthcoming Fifth Assessment Report of the UN’s climate panel. 

As far as I know, only those with a relevant publication record are appointed. 

My publications on climate include Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered, in Physics and Society (2008); Let Cool Heads Prevail, in Journal of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London (2009); Global brightening and climate sensitivity, in the Annual Proceedings of the Seminars on Planetary Emergencies, World Federation of Scientists (2010); Chaos and the Climate (with Fred Singer: ibid., 2011); and Is CO2 mitigation cost-effective? (ibid., 2012).

Some 100 papers by me on various aspects of climate science and economics are published by the Science and Public Policy Foundation.

My further direct contributions to the academic discussion on climate include invited lectures at faculty or undergraduate level at many universities, including Princeton, Hartford, Western Australia, Western Ontario, Prague School of Economics, etc, etc.

Over the past 60 years the world has warmed at a rate equivalent to 1.2 degrees celsius per century, and there has been no global warming for 16 years. 

Yet the models predict that warming in the next 90 years will occur at 3 degrees celsius per century, two and a half times faster than what has been observed, even though each additional molecule of CO2 has less warming effect than its predecessors and the rate at which CO2 is accumulating in the air is slower than predicted.

It would be 10 times cheaper to pay the cost of adapting where needed to any adverse consequences of any warming the day after tomorrow than to spend a single cent today on measures to forestall it today. 

I shall explain these points in my talk in Wagga early in the new year. Be there or be square.

Monckton of Brenchley

United Kingdom

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