1) Christopher Monckton is the leading climate "skeptic" and is held in extremely high regard by climate skeptics.
2) Monckton is singularly unreliable, dishonest, deceitful, preposterous and possibly some kind of compulsive liar or outright sociopath. If he were some kind of fringe figure in the climate skeptic movement, this might not matter, but given #1, it says a great deal about the credibility of the whole movement that they cannot seem to find anyone more credible and trustworthy to be their leading voice.
This started yesterday when a climate ostrich posted a link to "10 Killer Questions" that Monckton poses to what he calls "climate extremists." I googled the title of the post and found:
Who is this person who so-called climate skeptics find so enthralling that so many of them repost his every utterance? Here's the statements I make over twitter, and my sources:
Eg. In 2010, US House Republicans asked Monckton to testify to a congressional commitee as an expert witness. Their only witness. #cdnpoli
First up, Monckton has a BA in Classics and an MA in Journalism. No science formal education. #cdnpoli
Monckton repeatedly falsely claims to be a member of UK House of Lords. The Clerk of that body wrote an open letter denying this. #cdnpoli
Monckton claims to have been Margaret Thatcher's chief science advisor. Members of Thatcher's cabinet have mocked this. #cdnpoli
Monckton did advise Thatcher, but on domestic policy. His thing: privatizing housing, l8r called a failure by a Con party leader #cdnpoli
If Monckton did advise Thatcher on science, she ignored him because she accepted global warming was real and helped found IPCC. #cdnpoli
Thatcher's autobiography never mentions him. She had many advisors, Monckton was not inner circle. #cdnpoli
Monckton chickened out of a debate at Anthony Watts' site (skeptic central) on climate science with Peter Hadfield. #cdnpoli
Monckton claims repeatedly to have invented a drug that cures HIV, MS, Malaria, Grave's disease, the Flu and the Common cold. #cdnpoli
Re: Nobel prizes, Monckton claims to have one too. Called on it, says he was joking, but still claims it in skeptic venues. #cdnpoli
Monckton accused NASA of purposely crashing a climate satellite to suppress data undermining climate science #cdnpoli
Monckton says he advised Thatcher to use biological weapons against the Argintinians in the Falklands war. #cdnpoli
Monckton further claims, without evidence, that Thatcher actually did use biological weapons. #cdnpoli
Monckton infamously argued in 1987 that people with AIDS should be interned for life in camps. #cdnpoli
Monckton also argued that the governments should institute mandatory monthly tests for HIV/AIDS for everyone. #cdnpoli
Despite his own fascism and advocacy of WMDs, Monckton delights in calling climate realists things like "Hitler Youth." #cdnpoli
Monckton travels around with his bizarro skeptic version of Gore's slideshow. A climatologist tore it apart in detail: http://www.stthomas.edu/engineering/jpabraham/ #cdnpoli
I expect climate deniers would be inclined to reply with something about Al Gore, his big houses, plane flying or the money he makes from his green business interests. Ok. I have previously compared Gore and Monckton's relative credibility and even if you think Gore is an unworthy spokesperson for climate reality and action, he is nowhere near Monckton's league of duplicity and farce.