Kapakapanui Lions Club is pleased to sponsor the Paraparaumu visit by the controversial Lord Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount of Brenchley, on April 16. Lord Monckton will speak at Southwards Car Museum as part of an extensive speaking tour of New Zealand.
Lord Monckton is a legend within the global warming skeptic community. In recent years, he has been one of the most eloquent and vocal critics of Al Gore and those who echo Gore’s climate change theories.
The former adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former Deputy Leader of UKIP (UK Independence Party) and bastion of climate skepticism was last year kicked out of the Doha climate talks and stripped of his UN credentials after dressing up as “Monckton of Arabia”, procuring a series of camels, and attempting to speak out of turn. A video of this can be seen here:
In a world hungry for understandable, reasoned explanations of climate science, Monckton’s greatest gift is his skill as a communicator. Though he is not a climatologist, he is well versed in both the basics and the nuances of the issues surrounding climate change. Typical of his style is this video of Monckton politely explaining the realities of global warming theory to a member of Greenpeace.
Monckton is one of the few to address one of the tragic, unintended consequences of the world wide rush to produce biofuels as means of combating global warming: mass starvation in some of the world’s poorest nations. Between 2002 and 2008, world food prices more than doubled, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. With the United States leading the way in turning cropland previously used to grow foodstuffs to support energy crops, world food supplies have dropped, both raising food costs and leading to an unprecedented number of food riots throughout the third world. Long before an earthquake ravaged Haiti, Monckton witnessed firsthand the turmoil that the world food crisis had caused in that impoverished nation.
Many Haitians, Monckton found, regularly consume mud pies – literally dirt and water pies that are sometimes (but not always) sprinkled with a modicum of something that might be actually nutritional.
“It’s quite extraordinary that this should happen in the 21st century,” he says. “This [global warming alarmism] is causing mass starvation, but nobody seems to care. They’re too busy worrying about every icicle purportedly melting in Greenland.”
Lord Monckton’s tour is bound to excite some heated debate and stimulated discussions.
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