Al Gore Challenged to International TV Debate on Global Warming

Mar 19, 2007, 01:00 ET from Center for Science and Public Policy

    PERTH, Scotland, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a formal
 invitation sent to former Vice-President Al Gore's Tennessee address and
 released to the public, Lord Monckton has thrown down the gauntlet to
 challenge Gore to what he terms "the Second Great Debate," an
 internationally televised, head-to-head, nation-unto-nation confrontation
 on the question, "That our effect on climate is not dangerous."
     Monckton, a former policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher during her years
 as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said, "A careful study of the
 substantial corpus of peer-reviewed science reveals that Mr. Gore's film,
 An Inconvenient Truth, is a foofaraw of pseudo-science, exaggerations, and
 errors, now being peddled to innocent schoolchildren worldwide."
     Monckton and Gore have once before clashed head to head on the science,
 politics, and religion of global warming in the usually-decorous pages of
 the London Sunday Telegraph last November.
     Monckton calls on the former Vice President to "step up to the plate
 and defend his advocacy of policies that could do grave harm to the welfare
 of the world's poor. If Mr. Gore really believes global warming is the
 defining issue of our time, the greatest threat human civilization has ever
 faced, then he should welcome the opportunity to raise the profile of the
 issue before a worldwide audience of billions by defining and defending his
 claims against a serious, science-based challenge."
     The arena of the glittering "Second Great Debate" will be the elegant,
 Victorian-Gothic Library of the Oxford Museum of Natural History, which was
 the setting for the "Great Debate" between the natural scientist T. H.
 Huxley and Bishop "Soapy Sam" Wilberforce on the theory of evolution,
 following the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species. Lord Monckton says
 he chose this historic venue "not only because the magnificent, Gothic
 architecture will be a visually-stunning setting for the debate but also
 because I hope that in this lofty atmosphere the caution and scepticism of
 true science will once again prevail, this time over the shibboleths and
 nostrums of the false, new religion of climate alarmism."
     Lord Monckton's resounding challenge to Al Gore reads as follows --
     "The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley presents his compliments to Vice-
     President Albert Gore and by these presents challenges the said former
     Vice-President to a head-to-head, internationally-televised debate upon
     the question, 'That our effect on climate is not dangerous,' to be held in
     the Library of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History at a date
     of the Vice-President's choosing.
     "Forasmuch as it is His Lordship who now flings down the gauntlet to the
     Vice-President, it shall be the Vice-President's prerogative and right to
     choose his weapons by specifying the form of the Great Debate.  May the
     Truth win!  Magna est veritas, et praevalet. God Bless America! God Save
     the Queen!"

SOURCE Center for Science and Public Policy