James Delingpole

James Delingpole

 Credentials

  • Degree in English Literature. [1]

 Background

James Delingpole is an English columnist and anti-windfarm activist who formerly blogged for The Daily Telegraph, and occasionally writes for The Spectator. Delingpole describes himself as a “libertarian conservative” and climate change skeptic.

Delingpole has written several books including Watermelons: How the Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future. He has his own website at www.jamesdelingpole.com.

He was awarded the 2010 Bastiat Prize for online journalism by the free-market International Policy Network.

Stance on Climate Change

“There has been no global warming since 1998.” [2]

Key Quotes

“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)” [3]

“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.” [4]

“I feel a bit of an imposter talking about the science. I'm not a scientist, you may be aware. I read English Literature.” [5]

“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.” [11]

“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.” [11]

Key Deeds

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).” 


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):

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.” [11]

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.”

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.” [13]

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: [14]

  • 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 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.”

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.” 

September, 2012

Delingpole issues a public appeal for people to donate money to the Institute of Public Affairs, an Australian right-wing free-market “think tank” which refuses to disclose its funders. The IPA has been at the forefront of pushing climate science misinformation in Australia since the late 1980s. Delingpole wrote how the IPA had paid for him to travel to Australia to promote his book.

June, 2011

Delingpole was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC6). [5]

January 25, 2011

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.  [6]

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.”

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. [7]

May, 2010

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

June 22, 2010

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.”

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.” [8]

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. [9]

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. [10]

 Affiliations

 Publications

Delingpole has published four political books, including: How to be Right: The Essential Guide to Making Lefty Liberals History, Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn't Work, and 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy.

Delingpole is also the author of several novels including Fin and Thinly Disguised Autobiography.

 Resources

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

  3. Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?”, The Telegraph, November 20, 2009.

  4. Climate change denier James Delingpole doesn't do science,” YouTube Video uploaded by user “sciencenotvoodo0” on January 25, 2011. Adapted from BBC one's “Science Under Attack.”

  5. James Delingpole, ICCC6,” Viddler video retrieved from climateconference.heartland.org. Uploaded July 21, 2011.

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

  7. Tim Dowling. “TV review: Horizon: Science Under Attack and Tool Academy,” The Guardian, January 25, 2011.

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

  9. Christopher Booker. “Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation,” The Telegraph, November 28, 2009.

  10. Justin Gillis. “Climate Scientist Cleared of Altering Data,” The New York Times, July 1, 2010.

  11. An English class for trolls, professional offence-takers and climate activists,” The Telegraph, April 7, 2013.

  12. Joe Romm. “Denier Delingpole Wishes For 'Climate Nuremberg', Says 'Hanging Is Far Too Good' For Climate Scientists!”, ThinkProgress, April 7, 2013.

  13. James Delingpole. “The crazy climate change obsession that's made the Met Office a menace,” The Daily Mail, January 10, 2013.

  14. Addressing the Daily Mail and James Delingpole's 'crazy climate change obsession' article,” Met Office News Blog, January 10, 2013.

  15. James Delingpole,” Wikipedia.

  16. James Delingpole,” SourceWatch.

  17. James Delingpole” (Profile), The Carbon Brief.

  18. Andrew Neil. “Global warming: Andrew Pendleton and James Delingpole,” BBC News, July 3, 2012.

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