Drudge hypes article claiming Gore "chickened out" from confronting skeptic
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Matt Drudge highlighted the claim from global warming skeptic Marc Morano that "House Democrats have refused to allow [a global warming skeptic] to appear alongside former Vice President Al Gore at a high profile global warming hearing on Friday." But Newt Gingrich and others who disagree with Gore on climate change legislation the House is considering are also testifying at the hearing.
On April 24, Internet gossip Matt Drudge highlighted a claim from global warming skeptic Marc Morano with the headline: "Dems Refuse to Allow Skeptic to Testify Alongside Gore At Congressional Hearing..." The Drudge headline linked to a post on Morano's website, Climate Depot, in which Morano wrote that Lord Christopher Monckton, a former policy adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, told him that "House Democrats have refused to allow him to appear alongside former Vice President Al Gore at a high profile global warming hearing on Friday." Morano further wrote that on April 23, Monckton "was informed that the former Vice-President had 'chickened out' and there would be no joint appearance." Neither Drudge nor Morano noted that witnesses who disagree with Gore on the cap-and-trade legislation currently being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), are also testifying at the hearing.
According to Morano's post, Monckton argues that "there has been no 'global warming' for at least a decade" and that "there has been seven and a half years' global cooling." Media Matters for America has noted that climate experts reject the idea that the relatively cooler global average temperatures in several of the last 10 years are any indication that global warming is slowing or does not exist.
In a recent profile, The New York Times described Morano as "a crucial organizing force who has taken diffuse pieces of scientific research and fused them into a political battering ram" for global warming skeptics.
From the Drudge Report:
From Morano's April 23 piece, "House Democrats don't want Gore humiliated":
UK's Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, claimed House Democrats have refused to allow him to appear alongside former Vice President Al Gore at a high profile global warming hearing on Friday April 24, 2009 at 10am in Washington. Monckton told Climate Depot that the Democrats rescinded his scheduled joint appearance at the House Energy and Commerce hearing on Friday. Monckton said he was informed that he would not be allowed to testify alongside Gore when his plane landed from England Thursday afternoon.
"The House Democrats don't want Gore humiliated, so they slammed the door of the Capitol in my face," Monckton told Climate Depot in an exclusive interview. "They are cowards."
According to Monckton, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Ranking Member on the Energy & Commerce Committee, had invited him to go head to head with Gore and testify at the hearing on Capitol Hill Friday. But Monckton now says that when his airplane from London landed in the U.S. on Thursday, he was informed that the former Vice-President had "chickened out" and there would be no joint appearance. Gore is scheduled to testify on Friday to the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment's fourth day of hearings on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The hearing will be held in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
"[House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry] Waxman [D-CA] knows there has been no 'global warming' for at least a decade. Waxman knows there has been seven and a half years' global cooling. Waxman knows that, in the words of the UK High Court judge who condemned Gore's mawkish movie as materially, seriously, serially inaccurate, 'the Armageddon scenario that he depicts is not based on any scientific view,'" Monckton explained. Monckton has previously testified before the House Committee in March. (See: Monckton: Have the courage to do nothing...US Congress told climate change is not real ) Monckton has also publicly challenged Gore to a debate. (See: Al Gore Challenged to International TV Debate on Global Warming By Lord Monckton -- March 19, 2007 )