The Sky Is Falling! Climate Deniers Parachute Into COP17 In Durban

The Sky Is Falling! Climate Deniers Parachute Into COP17 In Durban
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What’s that falling from the sky?  A bird?  A plane?   No!  

It’s just crazy climate denier Christopher “Lord” Monckton! Apparently trying to one-up himself after the “Hitler Youth” debacle in Copenhagen in 2009.

Monckton and his compatriots from the climate-denying, pollution-loving Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) skydived onto the beaches of Durban yesterday in another failed attempt to flog the dead “Climategate 2.0” horse.  

The image of Monckton dropping from the sky, eyes closed, destined to decry his well-worn “U.N. world-domination conspiracy” is just priceless. Witness the great non-Lord‘s descent unto the masses, assisted by a hunky “paratrooper” to guide him to dry land since he couldn’t bear to watch himself: 

The Deniers of Durban sure picked a plucky way to drop in on the city hosting the UNFCCC negotiations, although their message is still stale and baseless – it’s really a shockingly desparate attempt to find a pulse for the completely lifeless and flailing “Climategate 2.0” corpse.
Demonstrating just how strained the effort was, Monckton couldn’t bear to open his enormous eyes on the way down, according to footage posted by CFACT to YouTube
Apparently undeterred by the amateurish antics of the CFACT contingent, U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Denial) supposedly arrived in Durban today to deliver some message of importance to the denier squad.   
CFACT said in its post-skydiving delerium:
“Secretary Figueras is telling the COP that she can obtain a new commitment period in Durban,”  said CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker.  “After she hears what Senator Inhofe has to say, she may want to re-evaluate her wishful thinking.”
No word on whether Senator Inhofe will also parachute into Durban to join his denier dudes in action. Stay tuned for the details.
Somehow, we’re guessing that he’ll phone it in via videoconference, since no other U.S. Congress members are headed to Durban this year. If he does show up in person, Oklahoma taxpayers and the rest of us have to wonder how much tax money Inhofe is using to support his earth-defying stunt in South Africa. [Update: Inhofe did indeed video message from D.C., the Washington Post reports]
Speaking of wasted resources, here’s Monckton just before the jump, doesn’t he look thrilled to be there??!! 
Prediction: Expect many of the same lies and distortions that have marked the last two years of the “Climategate” nonscandal, in which climate scientists are dragged through the mud because their personal emails were illegally published to the world wide web, while the climate denialosphere clings to the vapid conspiratorial “Climategate” meme.
Despite the complete debunking of the original edition AND the “two year old turkey” reprise they tried to dub “Climategate 2.0,” climate deniers will surely continue this charade as long as a gullible media will repeat it. Stay tuned for the next nonscandal, timed to pester the next attempt to deal with the ever-increasing climate disaster we face.

Thumbs up for flying blind and pretending climate change doesn’t exist! Way to go CFACT.
UPDATE: Maybe this is why Monckton had his eyes closed, check out this image of 2,000 Durban school children forming a lion’s roar for climate action this morning on the same beach CFACT landed on yesterday. H/T TckTckTck for the news, image courtesy of Shayne Robinson for Greenpeace and SpectralQ:
The Sky Is Falling! Climate Deniers Parachute Into COP17 In Durban
Brendan is Executive Director of DeSmog. He is also a freelance writer and researcher specializing in media, politics, climate change and energy. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, Grist, The Washington Times and other outlets.

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