Monckton talks climate change in Ballarat

By Brendan Gullifer
Updated November 2 2012 - 5:59am, first published July 18 2011 - 4:56am
Christopher Monckton in Ballarat last night.

THE high priest of scepticism and controversy, Christopher Monckton, addressed a mostly supportive crowd in Ballarat last night, criticising environmental and green “propaganda”, the carbon tax and political bed-wetters.Flicking rapidly through possibly more than 100 PowerPoint slides, Mr Monckton reeled off a detailed and at times bewildering list of statistics and made references to religion, philosophy, history and science.He hit out frequently at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, former US vice-president Al Gore and the “profound corruption” of the pro-climate change scientific community.He accused the media of bigotry and mimicked Prime Minister Julia Gillard weeping. “There has been no global warming for a decade and we can’t explain why,” he told the 270-plus crowd.He said money spent on initiating the carbon tax and emissions trading schemes could be better deployed alleviating world poverty and sickness.“Global warming is not killing anyone,” he said.Frequently, Mr Monckton’s address was interrupted by applause from the audience and he called the introduction of the carbon tax in Australia the “most relentless propaganda program since Goebbels”.“Ninety per cent of people do not want this tax because they can smell b---t,” he said.Mr Monckton spoke for more than 90 minutes, then answered questions for almost as long.The only voice of dissent came from Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions group representative Andrew Bray, who accused Mr Monckton of being an autodidact, someone who has learnt a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education.“I have sat at the feet of some of the world’s greatest climate scientists,” Mr Monckton said, adding he was a mathematician and had written a peer-reviewed paper on the subject.