James Delingpole

James Delingpole


  • Degree in English Literature. [1]


James Delingpole is an English columnist and anti-windfarm activist who formerly blogged forThe Daily Telegraph and now writes for The Spectator and Breitbart. Delingpole describes himself as a “libertarian conservative” and climate change skeptic. [2], [3][4], [5], [6]

According to Delingpole's website, www.jamesdelingpole.com, Delingpole's “dislikes” include “the 'global warming' myth” and “The European Socialist Superstate.” [7]

He was awarded the 2010 Bastiat Prize for online journalism by the free-market International Policy Network, a group that, according to public 990 forms, has received over $1 million from the secretive Donors Capital Fund, and $390,000 from oil giant ExxonMobil. [8]

Stance on Climate Change

March, 2016

“Climate change is the biggest scam in the history of the world – a $1.5 trillion-a-year conspiracy against the taxpayer, every cent, penny and centime of which ends in the pockets of the wrong kind of people, none of which goes towards a cause remotely worth funding, all of it a complete and utter waste.” [9]

July, 2011

“There has been no global warming since 1998.” [10]

Key Quotes

August, 2016

“Of all the climate 'science' scams I've helped expose, about the worst has got to be Ocean Acidification.” [11]

March, 2016

“[N]ow we have all those eco-friendly wind turbines. Or as I call them bird-slicing, bat-chomping eco-crucifixes.” [9]

“[I]t really doesn’t matter whether you believe in global warming or not because here’s the reality: All that money we’re being to spend on the global warming industry – that $1.5 trillion I mentioned earlier siphoned straight out of taxpayers’ pockets – it isn’t going to make the blindest bit of difference.” [9]

“I call climate change 'the gift that goes on giving' because day in day out I get an endless stream of stories to write about the corruption, incompetence, skullduggery of the climate alarmism industry.” [9]

April, 2016

“The left is cunning. Like the Taliban – 'you have the watches, we have the time' – it plays a very long game. The tactics it has been using in the environmental wars date at least back to Saul Alinsky and probably as far back as the Cultural Marxists of the 1930s Frankfurt School.

What’s certain is for several decades now – and most especially since the Fall of the Berlin Wall supposedly won the capitalist argument – the left has been using environmentalism as a cloak to disguise its usual controlling, misanthropic, puritanical, big government agenda with a kindly aura of bunny-hugging caringness.” [12]

June, 2015

“If he [the pope] really cares about the poor, the last thing he should be doing is endorsing this nonsense [encyclical on the environment].” [13]

“Catholics should know that there is probably more strong evidence for the existence of God than there is for catastrophic man-made global warming.” [13]

April, 2013

“The last thing I would want is for Monbiot, Mann, Flannery, Jones, Hansen and the rest of the Climate rogues’ gallery to be granted the mercy of quick release. Publicly humiliated? Yes please. Having all their crappy books remaindered? Definitely. Dragged away from their taxpayer funded troughs and their cushy sinecures, to be replaced by people who actually know what they’re talking about? For sure. But hanging? Hell no. Hanging is far too good for such ineffable toerags.” [14]

“I note that warmists are often banging on about the fact that sceptics like Christopher Booker and myself 'only' have arts degrees. But actually that's our strength, not our weakness. Our intellectual training qualifies us better than any scientist – social or natural sciences – for us to understand that this is, au fond, not a scientific debate but a cultural and rhetorical one.” [14]

June, 2011

“I feel a bit of an imposter talking about the science. I'm not a scientist, you may be aware. I read English Literature.” [15]

January, 2011

“It is not my job to sit down and read peer-reviewed papers because I simply haven't got the time … I am an interpreter of interpretations.” [16]

November, 2009

“The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (aka  CRU) and released 61 megabytes of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)” [17]

Key Deeds

May, 2016

Virgin Group invited James Delingpole to speak on its Virgin podcast, where he went on to describe climate change as a “bankrupt theory,” Desmog reports. [18], [19]

Delingpole also claimed that volcanoes “produce far more CO2” than humans. According to the US Geological Survey, humans actually produce about 100 times more carbon dioxide than volcanoes. Delingpole also claims that we are probably in a period of global cooling. [19], [20]

A Virgin Group spokesperson noted that “Featuring James Delingpole was neither an endorsement of nor an agreement with his positions. In fact, it was made clear that Virgin Group does not share his view on climate change.” [21]

March, 2016

James Delingpole gave a speech at the World Taxpayers' Associations in Berlin, he reports at Breitbart. In his speech, Delingpole describes wind farms, “my hobby horse,” as being worth “pretty close to zero” without subsidies. [9]

“They’re inefficient; they kill birds and bats; they spoil views; they’re environmentally unfriendly – rare earth minerals from China; they’re hazardous; they’re expensive; they’re ugly (well I think they are….),” Delingpole writes. “They cause real people real misery.” [9]

January 30, 2016

James Delingpole announced in The Spectator that he was going to “put his money where his mouth is” and invest in a fund named Cool Futures with the aim of short-selling renewable energy stocks. Delingpole describes climate change as an “outrageous scam” and says he will bet “on the Big Short principle” and call “this rigged market’s bluff.” [22]

“If, as the Cool Futures Fund’s in-house experts believe, we’re entering a period of low solar activity akin to the Little Ice Age, then we’re in all manner of trouble: it will affect everything from the latitudes at which wheat can be grown to the kind of places we’ll wish to live in or go on holiday. But there will, of course, be opportunities amid the gloom: farmland will become more valuable; land reclamation in temperate zones will become a lucrative prospect; agricultural technology will become more pressing; and so on,” Delingpole writes.  [22]

Daily Kos writes that Delingpole fails to mention that fellow climate change denier Joanne Nova and her husband, David Edwards, are also involved in the fund. However, Delingpole does mention them in a separate writeup at Breitbart. Both pieces fail to mention that Chris Dawson, CEO of the Lord Monckton Foundation, had launched the fund. [23], [24]

Daily Kos also notes that the Cool Futures Funds Management group offers a rather stange disclaimer, which states that “No one may link to this website, or frame it, without Cool Futures Funds Management’s express written permission.”

In June 2016, Joanne Nova finally published about the new fund on her own blog, asking readers to donate money to get the Cayman Island-based hedge fund started. The Cool Futures Fund Management needs at least $375,000 to get off the ground, of which it has already raised $42,530, reported Daily Kos. [25], [26]

December 1, 2015 

James Delingpole wrote a blog on Breitbart.com celebrating the death of Maurice Strong, a respected Canadian businessman, diplomat and high-ranking United Nations official. Delingpole's piece, titled “Ding Dong - The Godfather of Global Warming is Dead!”, described Maurice Strong: “he probably did more to make your world a more expensive, inconvenient, overregulated, hectored, bullied, lied-to, sclerotic, undemocratic place than anyone post Hitler, Stalin and (his personal friend) Mao.” [27]

(In sharp contrast, The New York Times obituary for Maurice Strong quoted UNEP executive director Achim Steiner crediting Strong with “making “history by launching a new era of international environmental diplomacy.”) [28]

June, 2015

James Delingpole went on the British news show Daily Politics to criticize Pope Francis's Encyclical on the Environment. According to Delingpole, “Catholics should know that there is probably more strong evidence for the existence of God than there is for catastrophic man-made global warming.” [13]

March, 2015

James Delingpole is one of several climate change skeptics cc'd on an email from S. Fred Singer in hopes of countering the documentary film “Merchants of Doubt,” which exposes the network of climate change skeptics and deniers trying to delay legislative action on climate change. [29]

The October, 2014 email was leaked to journalists before the documentary was released. “Can I sue for damages?” Singer asked in the email. “Can we get an injunction against the documentary?”

InsideClimate News reports in their article “Leaked Email Reveals Who's Who List of Climate Denialists,” how “Many of those copied on the email thread, such as Singer and communications specialist Steven Milloy, have financial ties to the tobacco, chemical, and oil and gas industries and have worked to defend them since the 1990s.” [29]

InsideClimate News also documented all those who were cc'd on the email, including the following skeptics and groups:

DeSmogBlog covered the emails here: “Merchants of Doubt Film Debuts, Textbook Denial Attack Campaign Led By Fred Singer Ensues” and DeSmogBlog also archived a full copy of the Singer email thread (PDF)

December, 2014

James Delingpole is a contributor to the book Climate Change: The Facts published by the Institute of Public Affairs and featuring “22 essays on the science, politics and economics of the climate change debate.” The Institute of Public Affairs, while not revealing most of its funders, is known to have received funding from mining magnate Gina Rinehart and at least one major tobacco company. [30]

The book includes essays and articles from a range of climate change skeptics, with contributors including the following:

According to Editor Alan Moran in a post at Catallaxy Files blog on Climate Change: the facts 2014, Ian Plimer, James Delingpole “notes how the climate believers so often accuse sceptics of lack of credentials” and “delves into the qualifications of the major promoters of the climate scare in the UK.” [31]

February 12, 2014 

James Delingpole announced the end of his days blogging for The Daily Telegraph. In his final post, Farewell, Knights of Delingpole — and thank you trolls, Delingpole thanks his readers “for your technical expertise and advice (it prevented anyone ever noticing that I'm an English graduate and know NOTHING about science apart from, maybe, how to grow copper sulphate crystals).” [3]

April 7, 2013

James Delingpole published an article in The Telegraph titled “An English class for trolls, professional offence-takers and climate activists.” The article opens with a photo of one of the Nuremberg trials with the caption “Not pictured: Monbiot, Flannery, Mann…” (as in George Monbiot, Tim Flannery, and Michael Mann) and a series of questions (emphasis added): [32]

Should Michael Mann be given the electric chair for having concocted arguably the most risibly inept, misleading, cherry-picking, worthless and mendacious graph – the Hockey Stick – in the history of junk science?

Should George Monbiot be hanged by the neck for his decade or so's hysterical promulgation of the great climate change scam and other idiocies too numerous to mention?

Should Tim Flannery be fed to the crocodiles for the role he has played in the fleecing of the Australian taxpayer and the diversion of scarce resources into pointless projects like all the eyewateringly expensive desalination plants built as a result of his doomy prognostications about water shortages caused by catastrophic anthropogenic global warming?”

While Delingpole writes that his answer to all of these questions is no, he also says that “Hanging is far too good for such ineffable toerags” and that “Indeed, it would be nice to think one day that there would be a Climate Nuremberg.” He defends his statements by claiming that he is using the phrases “metaphorically.” [14]

Joe Romm at Thinkprogress suggests that the Telegraph should retract and apologize for Delingpole's article as it may violate the paper's own terms and conditions against “obscene, threatening, menacing, offensive, defamatory, [or] abusive” material. [12]

According to Romm,

“If Delingpole’s piece doesn’t count as 'threatening, menacing, offensive, defamatory, abusive' then it is quite safe to say that nothing does. It should be retracted, the Telegraph should issue an apology and then fire him.”

March 8, 2013

James Delingpole published an article in the Daily Mail that describes the Met Office as a “menace” and also claims that the office has “finally conceded what other scientists have known for ages: there is no evidence that 'global warming' is happening.” [33]

Delingpole quotes the Global Warming Policy Foundation's “Academic Advisor,” David Whitehouse, who claims that the Met Office is “panicking” because “All the predictions they’ve been making about man-made global warming these past 20 years have started to come crashing about their ears.” [33]

The Met Office replied to Delingpole, and attempted to correct “a series of factual inaccuracies about the Met Office and its science” that Delingpole's article had included. According to the Met office, these inaccuracies include: [34]

  • Mr Delingpole then inaccurately states that the Met Office has conceded ‘there is no evidence that 'global warming’ is happening'. We have not said this at any point.
  • He also states that the Met Office was trying to defend a narrative that the “the past ten years have been the 'wettest decade ever'”. Again, this is not something the Met Office has ever said.
  • Also he quotes David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation saying that the Met Office 'thinks weather forecasting is beneath it' and that 'climate change… brings in more money'.
    A cursory glance at our annual report and accounts (pdf) would reveal weather forecasting represents the vast majority of the Met Office’s contractual work on behalf of the public.

December, 2012

The Australian Press Council (APCupheld a complaint on numerous grounds against The Australian newspaper, which had published an article by Delingpole about wind farms. In the article, Delingpole had quoted an anonymous sheep farmer as saying that the wind farm industry was “bloody well near a pedophile ring. They're f . . king our families and knowingly doing so.” [35], [2]

After the APC had published its findings, Delingpole wrote a response, also published in The Australian, where he said: “I stand by every word of the piece - especially the bit about pedophiles. I would concede that the analogy may be somewhat offensive to the pedophile community.” [36]

September, 2012

James Delingpole issued a public appeal for people to donate money to the Institute of Public Affairs, an Australian free-market “think tank” which refuses to disclose its funders. [37] 

Desmog reported how the IPA has been at the forefront of pushing climate science misinformation in Australia since the late 1980s. Accoridng to Delingpole, the IPA had paid for him to travel to Australia to promote his book. [38]

June, 2011

James Delingpole was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC6). [15]

January 25, 2011

James Delingpole was one of the subjects of a BBC Two presentation titled “Science Under Attack” where Nobel Prize winning Sir Paul Nurse examined why climate change and other scientific theories have had public trust eroded.  [39]

He interviewed scientists and campaigners from both sides of the climate change debate. Delingpole complained about the editing of his interview with Nurse because it focused on parts of the interview where, according to the Guardian, “he looks like an idiot.” [40]

This includes Delingpole's explanation of why he never reads peer-reviewed scientific literature because “It's not my job.” The program also focused on Delingpole's condemnation of the scientific consensus on global warming. [40]

May, 2010

James Delingpole was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC4). His speech was titled “Climategate and the War against Man, Bear, Pig.”  Video below. [41]

The Heartland Institute also provides a transcript of his speech here. [1]

June 22, 2010

James Delingpole described an article on expert credibility in climate change, written by William R.L. Anderegg and others and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, as being “based on a petty, spiteful, Stasi-like blacklist produced by an obscure Canadian warmist – outrageously aggrandised by being published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” [42]

Delingpole's article on the paper was titled “'Climate change sceptics have smaller members, uglier wives, dumber kids' says new study made up by warmists.” [43]

November 20, 2009

James Delingpole has been credited with coining the term “Climategate” to describe what climate skeptics have put forward as a scientific conspiracy where the alleged that climate scientists manipulated climate data to supress data. The event rose out of a series of hacked e-mails from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia. [44]

Climate scientists were since exonerated of any wrongdoing after a series of investigation into the subject, but climate change skeptics continue to describe the event as proof of a conspiracy. [45]



James Delingpole has written several books including:


  1. James Delingpole. “My Moment of Rock-Star Glory at a Climate Change Sceptics' Conference in America” (Policy Document), the Heartland Institute, May 27, 2010.

  2. James Delingpole. “Wind farm scam a huge cover-up,” The Australian, May 3, 2012.

  3. James Delingpole. “Farewell, Knights of Delingpole — and thank you trolls,” The Telegraph, February 12, 2014. Archived February 13, 2014.

  4. James Delingpole,” The Telegraph. Archived April 21, 2013.

  5. James Delingpole,” The Spectator. Accessed September 26, 2016.

  6. James Delingpole,” Breitbart. Accessed September 26, 2016.

  7. About,” JamesDelingpole.com. Archived September 25, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/YJHg0

  8. Damian Thompson. “Telegraph blogger James Delingpole wins Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism,” The Telegraph, November 12, 2010. Archived January 13, 2013.

  9. James Delingpole. “Climate Change: The Greatest-Ever Conspiracy Against The Taxpayer,” Breitbart, March 28, 2016. Archived September 26, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/LHmOH

  10. James Delingpole. “There has been no global warming since 1998,” The Telegraph, July 6, 2011.

  11. James Delingpole. “Ocean Acidification: Your Chance To Help Kill This Dodgy Scam Once And For All!Breitbart, August 29, 2016. Archived September 26, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/SADle

  12. Why Conservatives Will Always Lose The War On Climate Change,” Breitbart, April 9, 2016. Archived September 26, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/trClD


  14. “Joe Romm. “Denier Delingpole Wishes For 'Climate Nuremberg', Says 'Hanging Is Far Too Good' For Climate Scientists!”, ThinkProgress, April 7, 2013. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/2OOjV

  15. James Delingpole, ICCC6,” climateconference.heartland.org. Archived .mp4 on file at Desmog.

  16. Must-see Delingpole meltdown on BBC: 'It is not my job to sit down and read peer-reviewed papers because I simply haven’t got the time…. I am an interpreter of interpretations',” ThinkProgress, January 25, 2011. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/DbtUz

  17. Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?”, The Telegraph, November 20, 2009. Archived January 31, 2014.

  18. The Virgin Podcast - James Delingpole,” Virgin.com, May 10, 2016.

  19. Graham Readfearn. “Richard Branson's Virgin Group Gives Platform to Climate Science Denier James Delingpole on Official Podcast,” Desmog, May 12, 2016.

  20. Which produces more CO2, volcanic or human activity?USGS, February 15, 2007. Archived September 26, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/JGpW2

  21. Graham Readfearn. “Richard Branson's Virgin Group Gives Platform to Climate Science Denier James Delingpole on Official Podcast,” Desmog, May 12, 2016.

  22. James Delingpole. “I’m putting my money where my mouth is and betting against climate change,” The Spectator, January 30, 2016. Archived June 21, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/FgNVX

  23. Deniers Launch Cayman-Island Anti-Renewable Investment Scheme,” Daily Kos, January 29, 2016. Archived June 21, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/3RtkC

  24. World’s First Anti-Global-Warming Hedge Fund Sticks It To The Greenies,” Breitbart, January 28, 2016. Archived September 26, 2016. https://archive.is/9ww8c

  25. Time to pop some bubbles,” JoNova, June, 2016. Archived June 21, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/tuNJY

  26. Deniers Urge Readers to Crowdfund Their Hedge Fund,” Daily Kos, June 20, 2016. Archived June 21, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/4T8lj

  27. Ding, Dong – The Godfather Of Global Warming Is Dead!Breitbart, December 1, 2015. Archived September 26, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/9pCto

  28. Sam Roberts. “Maurice Strong, Environmental Champion, Dies at 86,” The New York Times, December 1, 2015. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/E0bSy

  29. Katherine Bagley. “Leaked Email Reveals Who's Who List of Climate Denialists,” InsideClimate News. March 12, 2015. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/CVOi5

  30. Institute of Public Affairs,” SourceWatch. Accessed May 27, 2015. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/RtEoe

  31. Alan Moran. “Climate Change: the facts 2014,” Catallaxy Files (blog), December 16, 2014. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/tCUVU

  32. James Delingpole. “An English class for trolls, professional offence-takers and climate activists,” The Telegraph, April 7, 2013. Archived January 11, 2014.

  33. James Delingpole. “The crazy climate change obsession that's made the Met Office a menace,” The Daily Mail, January 10, 2013. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/Ed8Vg

  34. Addressing the Daily Mail and James Delingpole's 'crazy climate change obsession' article,” Met Office News Blog, January 10, 2013. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/Q2N7W

  35. Graham Readfearn. “Australian Press Council Finds Against Climate Sceptic Columnists,” Desmog, December 21, 2012.

  36. James Delingpole. “Where free speech is dead as the dodo,” The Australian, December 12, 2012.

  37. A Personal Appeal from James Delingpole,” Carbontax.ipa.org.au. Archived September 26, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/0zPae

  38. Graham Readfearn. “James Delingpole Raising Cash for Australian Climate Sceptic Think Tank,” Desmog, September 12, 2012.

  39. Science Under Attack,” BBC, February 19, 2011.

  40. Tim Dowling. “TV review: Horizon: Science Under Attack and Tool Academy,” The Guardian, January 25, 2011. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/97roM

  41. James Delingpole, ICCC4,” International Conferences on Climate Change. Archived .mp4 on file at Desmog.

  42. Expert credibility in climate change,Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 107, No. 27 (April, 2010).

  43. James Delingpole. “'Climate change sceptics have smaller members, uglier wives, dumber kids' says new study made up by warmists,” The Telegraph, June 22, 2010. Archived August 13, 2014.

  44. Christopher Booker. “Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation,” The Telegraph, November 28, 2009. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/a96pt

  45. Justin Gillis. “Climate Scientist Cleared of Altering Data,” The New York Times, July 1, 2010. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/Mzq0O

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