Ever laughed at the deniers who claim that climate scientists are in it for the money? Why not ask this: to what extent are the climate change deniers profiting from pedaling their anti-science spin? Just ask Lord Monckton, when his industry disinformation campaign hits the Australian shores this month:
Mr Smit said getting Lord Monckton to Australia came at a substantial cost and he was appealing to supporters for donations. “We have to fly Lord Monkton to Australia, cover all his domestic travel and accommodation and provide a stipend of $20,000 [£11,500],” he said. “Our aim is to cover these costs from donations from individuals, appropriate associations and corporations. We expect the required total to be about $100,000. We would like to keep the cost of admission to Monckton’s lectures to around $20 to maximise the number of people that will come to hear him. We have already had a number of offers of $1,000 and would prefer donations to be of that order, but of course any amount is very welcome. Should there be a surplus, this, depending on the amount, will be given to Lord Monckton and/or the Climate Sceptics Party which is assisting with this project.” (Read more from the Noosa Journal)
A stipend of $20k? For 14 days work? Profitable! Not bad for a man according to Crikey proclaims to:
… be a member of the House of Lords (well, he once tried to become one), to be a Nobel Laureate (he wrote a letter to the IPCC which won a Nobel Prize, a connection close enough for him to commission his own gold Nobel prize pin), to have single-handedly won the Falklands War (he persuaded the British Army to use germ warfare on the Argies), and to have invented a cure for Graves’ disease, multiple sclerosis, influenza, food poisoning, and HIV.
Here’s betting that Andrew Bolt will pen a column proclaiming Monckton as Australia’s saviour by the end of January! See Tim Lambert’s blog for a skillful deconstruction of Monckton’s previous climate nonsense.