Sissy Willis has kindly brought to our attention the following invitation:
Climate Change Challenge
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley presents his compliments to Vice-President Albert Gore and by these presents challenges the said former Vice-President to a head-to-head, internationally-televised debate upon the question “That our effect on climate is not dangerous”, to be held in the Library of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History at a date of the Vice-President’s choosing.
Forasmuch as it is His Lordship who now flings down the gauntlet to the Vice-President, it shall be the Vice-President’s prerogative and right to choose his weapons by specifying the form of the Great Debate. May the Truth win! Magna est veritas, et praevalet.
Given at Carie, Rannoch, in the County of Perth, in the Kingdom of Scotland, this 14th Day of March in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand And Seven.
God Bless America! God Save The Queen!
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Carie, Rannoch, PH17 2QJ, Scotland
011 44 1882 632341
The article in Breitbart says that Monckton was a former policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher while she was Prime Minister. It quotes the Viscount:
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“A careful study of the substantial corpus of peer-reviewed science reveals that Mr. Gore’s film,An Inconvenient Truth, is a foofaraw of pseudo-science, exaggerations, and errors, now being peddled to innocent schoolchildren worldwide.”
Unfortunately, it’s being peddled by to these children by equally ignorant adults, led by an almost-president who himself came close to failing Earth Sciences in college.
Will Gore rise to the challenge? Or will he weenie out, just as he did for the proposed debate with Bjorn Lomborg when Gore visited Denmark in February?
Monckton’s mocking may be enough to drive Gore to address the issues, but he’s been breathing Hollywood’s fumes so long, it’s hard to predict what he’ll do with this dare for a face-to-face debate:
Monckton calls on the former Vice President to “step up to the plate and defend his advocacy of policies that could do grave harm to the welfare of the world’s poor. If Mr. Gore really believes global warming is the defining issue of our time, the greatest threat human civilization has ever faced, then he should welcome the opportunity to raise the profile of the issue before a worldwide audience of billions by defining and defending his claims against a serious, science-based challenge.”
For those of you who remember your Philosophy of Science classes, the proposed debate will echo the most famous of them all. It is a stroke of good fortune that Lord Monckton has the standing to command such a venue:
The arena of the glittering “Second Great Debate” will be the elegant, Victorian-Gothic Library of the Oxford Museum of Natural History, which was the setting for the “Great Debate” between the natural scientist T. H. Huxley and Bishop…Wilberforce on the theory of evolution, following the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species.
Lord Monckton says he chose this historic venue “not only because the magnificent, Gothic architecture will be a visually-stunning setting for the debate but also because I hope that in this lofty atmosphere the caution and scepticism of true science will once again prevail, this time over the shibboleths and nostrums of the false, new religion of climate alarmism.”
The Greenies definitely have created a new religion of Global
Freezing Warming. And the further you follow it down the dark trail, the more you begin to trip over its fundamentalist roots, its snake-handlers and hucksters and fire-breathing preachers predicting hell on earth for those who refuse to believe.
Monckton’s views, as they appear in this clip from a Wikipedia entry, are looked upon somewhat skeptically. No surprise there. However, he aims a good shot across the bow of two US senators:
Monckton has been in the news in recent months due to his skepticism of global warming. In November 2006, he published in the The Daily Telegraph a widely publicized article critical of the prevailing climate change opinions. After U.S. Senators Rockefeller and Snowe wrote a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil asking him to stop funding scientists who reject global warming, Lord Monckton wrote a letter to the senators reminding them of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and calling on them to reverse their position or resign.
Did you know that in his youth, Gore considered the possibility of a calling to Christian ministry? But he had been groomed by Père Gore for politics and presidential ambitions. The idea of ‘vocation’ is one that has been largely neglected in the modern world. Now we choose what we will do with our lives – or (as has always been the case) ambitious parents choose for us.
Gore is a sad example of what happens when we ignore a calling, that quiet voice within that beckons us to the potential of our best selves. Instead of listening to his heart, former vice-president Gore listened to Daddy. He carried “honor thy father” to a sad extreme.
Let us hope he finds the courage to stand in that historic place to which Viscount Monckton has summoned him. Win or lose, this is an appointment of karmic proportions.