You may have heard the Greens trumpeting their principled decision not to debate global warming sceptic Lord Monckton.
You may not have heard that they discovered their principles only after seeing this video of Monckton debating scientist Tim Lambert in a more tolerant land called Australia:
Before they saw this video, they were happy for their climate spokesman, Kennedy Graham, to accept Monckton’s challenge.
After they saw it, they were not. They pulled out.
Not because they didn’t want to dignify him. (Ever heard of a politician turning down a chance to humiliate a high-value opponent – especially one so supposedly inept?)
No. They pulled out because they knew they weren’t going to win. They were either going to lose or — just as damaging to their claim that the science is settled — draw.
It wasn’t his showmanship they were afraid of. It was his facts.
And what was the fact they were most scared of exposing to the light? What was the truth they were terrified of the public finding out?
That Monckton is clearly not the nutter they’ve been pretending he is.
When you see the debate, you’ll see that his grasp of the science is every bit as credible as that of the scientist he’s debating. You might even think moreso.
But the point is, to make his point he doesn’t have to be more credible. Only as credible.
The proposition before us is that the science is settled.
Settled in favour of global warming being a huge crisis that we need to rectify immediately by diverting trillions of dollars from otherwise productive activities.
That’s the line we’ve been fed. That’s what the Greens would have us believe. That’s why we’re saddled with an ETS.
And that’s why the poor are struggling to cope with higher food prices and higher petrol prices and higher most other prices.
That’s the sacred gospel of the Church of Climate Scientology that gets non-believers branded deniers or denialists — modern-day heretics.
And that, I think you’ll agree after watching this debate, is a myth. One that Monckton, among others, has busted.
I suggest you watch it from start to finish. It’s 1 hour 53 minutes — 15 You Tube videos — but worth it.
The moderator is sceptic and former Wallaby coach Alan Jones. He occasionally makes his bias clear, but is otherwise fair.
I think it’s a good scrap. Lambert is less polished than Monckton. (Aren’t we all?). But after a nervous start, he makes his points well.
Monckton, when challenged, is assured in his rebuttals, and both men answer each others’ probing questions pretty well.
It’s a debate everyone should see. It’s just a shame that New Zealand’s red-green-yellow politicians, scientists and journalists do not possess the courage of their convictions to allow the public to examine both sides of this supposedly crucial issue.
How disgraceful that a government would steal people’s money to avert what they claim is a crisis, then refuse to debate its reasons in public.
Not only that, but it empowers its employees to brand anyone who asks it to do so as the modern equivalent of a witch.
(Thank Gaia for the blogosphere!)