Thursday, July 15, 2010

And now for something completely different

Support John Abraham,

Some months ago, professor John Abraham of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, released a detailed critique of a Monckton presentation given on October 14th, 2009 at a climate skeptic event sponsored by the Minnesota Free Market Institute.

Monckton is not used to such exchanges and has climbed out of his tree, he has authored a 99 page “rejection” of Abraham’s talk and sent threatening letters to both Abraham and his employers (University of St Thomas, Minnesota) asking for the presentation to be removed form the web site with a demand for money (in this case $110,000 to be paid to a charity of Monckton's choice),

In his attempts at intimidation of Abraham and his University he is now organising his minions via climate change denier blogs to send similar letters to the University of St Thomas. Monckton can’t be allowed to succeed in this campaign so it is important that supporters of science make the university aware that this sort of bullying is just not acceptable.

Gareth Renowden at Hot Topic is organising a way for you to make your support for Abraham known. Rather than flood St Thomas with supporting emails, he is collecting signatures for this statement:

We the undersigned offer unreserved support for John Abraham and St. Thomas University in the matter of complaints made to them by Christopher Monckton. Professor Abraham provided an important public service by showing in detail Monckton's misrepresentation of the science of climate, and we applaud him for that effort, and St. Thomas University for making his presentation available to the world.
If you agree, nip over and sign up.


nevyn July 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

Hi Jonesy,

Lord Monkton is a pomposs ass. I'll have to watch the vidoes later, I'm using battery power at the moment. Mind you I think it's going to be a real effort to watch his lordship.

Is all this another way of saying 'It's ok for me to have an opinion and nay say everyone but it's not ok for you to do the same to me."?

I believe there's a word for that. Hypocrisy.

Gavin July 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

Nice one Jonesy,

I did nip on over and added my name to the list. Monkton is a fool on a fools errand.


jonesy July 16, 2010 at 10:04 PM  

I think “Hypocrisy” about nails it Nevyn.

Good to hear that Gav, hopefully plenty more will follow. It is important to ensure that scientists and scientific institutions under such attack get as much support as possible. Any attempt to censor or suppress legitimate scientific debate needs to be jumped on quick-smart If Monckton does succeed in this attempt to censor Abraham it will be a very black day indeed for science.

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