Lord Christopher Monckton

Chief Policy Advisor, Science and Public Policy Institute

Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is chief policy advisor to the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI). He has held positions with the British press and in government, as a press officer at the Conservative Central Office and as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s policy advisor. 

Mr. Monckton was Special Advisor to Margaret Thatcher as U.K. Prime Minister from 1982 to 1986.  In 1986 he was among the first to advise the prime minister that “global warming” caused by carbon dioxide should be investigated. Two years later she set up the Hadley Centre for Forecasting: but she, like him, later changed her view.

On leaving 10 Downing Street, he established a successful specialist consultancy company, giving technical advice to corporations and governments. His two articles on global warming in The Sunday Telegraph in November 2006 crashed its website after attracting 127,000 hits within two hours of publication.

A speech by Mr. Monckton to 1,000 citizens of St. Paul, Minnesota in October 2009, in which he drew public attention to a then little-known draft plan by the U.N. to establish an unelected world government at the (now-failed) climate summit at Copenhagen in December 2009, received 1,000,000 YouTube hits in a week – thought to be the fastest-ever YouTube platinum for a political speech. Some five million have now seen the presentation on various websites.

Mr. Monckton’s 2010 speaking tour of Australia played to packed houses and generated some 650 reports in news media. It is credited with having achieved a 10% shift in public opinion away from climate alarmism in one month, particularly among opposition parties. He was invited to give a personal briefing to Tony Abbott, at the time leader of the Opposition and now prime minister.

Mr. Monckton returned to Australia for another successful tour in June/July 2011, during which he delivered the annual Hancock Free Enterprise Lecture at the University of Western Australia and addressed the nationally televised weekly meeting of the National Press Club in a debate against the head of the Australia Institute.

Mr. Monckton has been crisscrossing the globe giving speeches, lectures, and university seminars to people on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. He has testified four times before the U.S. Congress. He spoke at United Nations conferences in Bali, Bonn, Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban, Rio, and Qatar. His lecture to undergraduates at the Cambridge Union Society on climate change has been released by SPPI as Apocalypse? NO!  and he triumphed in debate at the Oxford Union.

Mr. Monckton has authored numerous papers on the climate issue for the layman, as well as for the scientific journals. His recent publications on the issue include:

“Naming and Shaming the Rent-a-Quote Scientists: A Reply to Critics of Why Models Run Hot," 2015.

“Why models run hot: results from an irreducibly simple climate model,” Science Bulletin, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2015.

“The temperature feedback problem,” Energy and Environment, 2015.

“Our influence on sea level is negligible,” Coordinates, Journal of the Marine Navigation Industry, 2014.

“Frauds, Serious Frauds and IPCC Assessment Reports,” Science and Public Policy Institute, September 18, 2013.

“But What Do We Mean by Consensus?” Science and Public Policy Institute, September 17, 2013.

“Response to the Scare-Mongering of the Financial Times,” Science and Public Policy Institute, September 3, 2013.

“Climate Consensus and ‘Misinformation’: a Rejoinder to ‘Agnotology, Scientific Consensus, and the Teaching and Learning of Climate Change,’” with David Legates, Willie Soon, and William M. Briggs, Science and Education, August 2013.

“The Logical Case Against Climate Panic,” Science and Public Policy Institute, July 25, 2013.

“Ten Years’ Accelerated Global Warming? No, Mr. President!” Science and Public Policy Institute, July 22, 2013.

“So Far, Climate Scepticism is Right,” Science and Public Policy Institute, May 30, 2013.

“Request for Correction of Serious Inaccuracy,” Science and Public Policy Institute, May 7, 2013.

“Cook The Books is Wrong to Slam Roy Spencer,” Science and Public Policy Institute, May 7, 2013.

“Is CO2 Mitigation Cost-Effective?” Science and Public Policy Institute, May 3, 2013.

“Political Science: the dangers of intergovernmental climatology,” Energy & Environment, 2013.

“No Global Warming for Almost Two Decades,” Science and Public Policy Institute, January 15 2013.

“Expert Reviewer Comments on Second-Order Draft of WGI’s Contribution to AR5,” Science and Public Policy Institute, January 3, 2013.

“Overcoming Chaotic Behavior in Climate Modes,” with S. Fred Singer, in International Seminar on Nuclear War: The Role of Science in the Third Millennium, ed. By Richard C. Raigani, World Scientific Publishing, Inc., 2012.

“Is CO2 mitigation cost-effective?” (Annual Proceedings, World Federation of Scientists' seminars on planetary emergencies., 2012).

“Sea Level Is Not Rising,” with Prof. Niklas Moerner, Centre for Democracy and Independence, London, 2011.

“Global Brightening and Climate Sensitivity,” with Rannoch Carie, International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, World Scientific Publishing, Inc., 2011.

“Clouds and climate sensitivity,” Annual Proceedings, World Federation of Scientists' seminars on planetary emergencies, 2010.

“Response to Arthur Smith’s Critique of Christopher Monckton’s ‘Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered,’” Science and Public Policy Institute, 2008.

“Climate Sensitivity,” UK Quarterly Economic Bulletin, 2007.

“Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered,” Physics and Society 37 (3), July 2008.

“Free Speech about Climate Change,” Society 44 (4): 14–17. May–June 2007.

“Climate Chaos? Don’t Believe It,” AIG News, November 2006.