“Connecting with ordinary people as opposed to the chattering classes, and standing up to the Goebbels-like persistent noise from the liberal media on global warming is imperative for Republicans. If they can do this and make the case that environmental regulation dealing with this issue will hurt the middle-class and the poor, then they can win [in 2010].”
That was the message Lord Chrisopher Monckton — the man who was science adviser to Great Britain’s Margaret Thatcher — delivered last week to Republican Members of Congress and several prominent U.S. conservatives last week.
Lord Monckton made his case that global warming is grossly exaggerated by liberal academics and politicians. Moreover, the forthcoming Treaty of Copenhagen — successor to the Kyoto Protocols Al Gore made famous — will mean dramatic losses of sovereignty and jobs for nations like Britain and the U.S..
Known primarily for his academic credentials and encyclopedic knowledge of the climate change issue, Monckton also knows something about politics. In 1979, he was a press officer at the Conservative Party headquarters under then-party chairman and much-respected conservative Lord Peter Thorneycroft. That was the year Conservatives won a smashing general election win for the first time under Margaret Thatcher.
In discussing the impact of the global warming issue on U.S. politics, Monckton cited a just-completed Gallup Poll showing that 41% of Americans no longer believe that global warming is a danger to humankind. In addition, Monckton told me, “The number of Americans who believe that the economy is more important than global warming as an issue continues to rise, according to Gallup. So this is the time for Republicans to stand up, draw a line in the sand, and say no to what Barack Obama and the Democrats are sure to push.”
Monckton noted that, like his own country’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown, President Obama has made it clear he supports international solutions to environmental problems and believes that global warming is a danger. And the position of Obama, he added, “comes even after seven years in which the earth has grown cooler and nothing exceptional has happened. Why do you think the environmentalists now call it ‘climate change’ and not ‘global warming? ”
Stop the Treaty of Copenhagen
The Treaty of Copenhagen, a United Nations-sculpted agreement for countries throughout the world to agree on regulations with which to deal with carbon dioxide emissions, “has been drafted and will be unveiled by the UN in December. They never would try to get the U.S. to ratify it under the Bush Administration. But [UN Secretary General] Ban Ki Moon and other supporters of Copenhagen will surely move on it now that Obama is President.”
Although the draft is unavailable at this time, Monckton and others believe that the Copenhagen document will contain new internationally-imposed taxes and environmental constraints that will severely harm the manufacturing industry worldwide. The resulting loss of jobs, he believes, “is where Republicans can make gains by opposing Obama and the Democrats in Congress and saying ‘no to Copenhagen’ and ‘no to global warming.” Monckton added that labor unions and blue-collar workers in general could easily come over to the GOP on this issue.
If Republicans take the stand he encourages, Monckton added, they will be responding in a far different way that most of the center-right parties in Europe. He noted that British Conservative Party leader David Cameron and most of his “shadow Cabinet” accept the environmental line and want action on global warming. While there are some in the Conservative “shadow Cabinet” who undoubtedly disagree with this in private, Monckton noted, “They won’t say anything because Mr. Cameron has ordered them, ‘Don’t think’.”
Also weighing in for action on global warming are French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, although Monckton believes "is probably the center-right leader in Europe who most understands capitalism and the market and has taken some stands that disappoint conservatives because she is in this ‘grand coalition’ with the Socialists.” If Merkel’s ruling CDU-CSU (conservative) party is elected by a large margin this fall and forms a new alliance with the small pro-free market Free Democrats, Monckton believes, “she will come around on most conservative issues.
For now, Monckton is focused on the Republicans and conservatives he has met in this country. His advice to them: “Just try to be the first to say ‘derail Copenhagen.’ And to do that, just tell the truth.”