Monckton wrapped up

Monckton wrapped up
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Here’s a great story by Gideon Rachman, fellow blogger and The Financial Times, Chief Foreign Affairs commentator, regarding the latest squabble in the UK press over recnet comments made by Viscount Christopher Monckton.

To quote: “Monckton is clearly an intelligent man. But he is not a scientist. And he has proved dangerously over-confident in his own intellectual judgement in the past. He once designed and sold a puzzle and offered a million-pound profit to anyone who could solve it, confidently predicting that he would rake in royalties for years. But unfortunately, somebody cracked the puzzle rather too quickly, reportedly forcing Monckton to sell his house.”

Here’s my favorite:

“As for me, like most other non-scientists I have contracted out my judgement on global warming to “the experts”. And the sort of people I’ve been trained to defer to seem to be increasingly in agreement that global warming is not only happening, but is closely linked to a rise in emissions of carbon dioxide. On the one side of the debate we have assorted professors from Harvard, MIT and NASA, as well as Britain’s Royal Society and the experts brought together by the UN. On the other side there is, well, Christopher Monckton, Michael Crichton and Senator James Inhofe. It looks like a pretty unequal fight to me.”

Monckton wrapped up

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He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

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Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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