Environmentalist Delivers an Epic Beat Down to Climate Change Skeptic

By Ben Cohen

This is one of the most entertaining verbal annihilations I’ve seen in a long time. In this video from 2005, environmentalist George Monbiot takes on climate change skeptic and fellow environmentalist David Bellamy on the issue of melting glaciers.

Bellamy had produced an article that claimed to counter the hard evidence that glaciers were melting, while Monbiot had discredited the piece as being completely fraudulent. The two met on Channel 4 to debate the issue, and what ensued was a one sided massacre where Bellamy was left stuttering and unable to counter any of Monbiot’s points. Bellamy’s pathetic performance and inability to produce any credible evidence led Monbiot to directly accuse him of scientific fraud. Here is a partial transcript of the debate:

George Monbiot: It’s just staggering. The latest figures by the world monitoring

service show that of the 88 glaciers they are monitoring, 82 are in

retreat, the other ones are in stasis. There are one or two which are

growing and it’s caused by local effects of global warming caused by

higher rainfall. But worldwide it’s a picture of massive retreatand all

the scientific evidence shows this.

When I tried to find out

where David obtained this he pointed me to a website run by a convicted

fraudster. I then followed these figures until I found one which they

came from a paper published in science 16 years ago.


checked that up, there is no such paper there are no such figures.

These are fraudulent figures and I’m afraid David you have found

yourself committing scientific fraud.

David Bellamy: Really well tell

me. I believe in climate change and it is a completely natural process.

You believe in carbon for climate change. Tell me where the evidence is?

George Monbiot: Well there is a staggering amount of evidence literally tens of

thousands scientific papers. Your attempt to produce some counter

evidence actually relied on false data on what appears to be fraudulent

data. If you are dismissing the great majority and I’m talking over

99.9 per cent of the world’s climate scientists you have to some pretty

strong data to dismiss that. But what you have dismissed that data with

is data which has no source and is false.

You can watch the entertaining debate here.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.