UK’s leading climate sceptic admits he’s driven by “ideological war”


NASA has announced that this year is the hottest year so far, just as climate scientists predicted it would be. This has been accompanied by the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in satellite records, and other extreme weather events around the world, many of which were also predicted by climate scientists.

James-Delingpole-loonyIt is against this backdrop that one of Britain’s most prominent climate change ‘sceptics’ has admitted he’s driven by “ideological war”. Many of you will be familiar with James Delingpole, seen here with our prime minister in a former life. He now writes regularly for The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator.

Last week he was on the BBC advocating for the establishment of a British Tea Party Movement, but perhaps you’re more likely to remember him from his appearance in Channel 4’s “When Boris Met Davewhen he recalled his disappointment at not making it into “the Buller” (that’s the Bullingdon Club to you and me) like his old uni chums Boris and Dave.

Anyhow, this week Delingpole was given an award for his Telegraph blog posts about climate change by the Exxon-funded International Policy Network, a ‘free market think tank’ that is run by former Big Tobacco lobbyists. As the Telegraph’s comment editor described in a piece applauding him for winning, Delingpole’s blogs have:

“… made a huge international impact on the debate over global warming.”

They certainly have. But what’s interesting about Delingpole is that in a recent must-read blog post titled ‘Only the Tea Party can save us now’, he admits to his real motivation for homing in on the climate issue:

“As you all know, since Climategate I’ve been dedicating far more of my time than is healthy to exposing the great Global Warming scam. This is not because I’ve suddenly realised I’m a scientist manque who wants to spend the rest of his life obsessing about forcings, feedbacks and solar radiation.

“It’s because I understand that “Environmentalism” is but one strategically significant theatre in a much greater ideological war being waged across the world.

“It’s the same one Toby Young is fighting over education; the same one the likes of Rod Liddle, Andrew Gilligan, Nick Cohen and Mark Steyn are fighting over political Islam; the same one Melanie Phillips is fighting over Israel; the same one Douglas Murray is fighting on pretty much everything.

“And its ultimate outcome is at least as important as those of the ones we fought in 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.”

This is just the latest illustration of how the ‘climate change denial’ netroots is being motivated not by any real scientific questions but by right wing political ideology. Earlier this year Left Foot Forward exposed how the man who is perhaps the world’s most influential climate sceptic, Anthony Watts, was tweeting links to the neo-nazi British National Party.

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  • Anon E Mouse

    Chris – Public forum. People watching. You telling lies and smearing people. Sound familiar?

    Which bit about Joss Garman wasn’t true? He makes grandiose claims in public forums and should be open to scrutiny or shouldn’t make the claims. People died over the lies spread on GM by his cohorts – I don’t think that’s right. Why do you?

    Are you now saying freedom of speech is only free if you agree with it in a typical New Labour Lickspittle style smear?

    I’m ex armed forces and run a small electronics business with two director/employees (both middle aged ex-Labour voters) and work for WELL below the minimum wage. You?

    Quoting Tory party web pages – especially when they are telling the truth about Labour’s terrible results in government – is not a crime.

    Much as you’d like it to be Chris this is not North Korea…

  • Henry

    I thought Anon was a fan of the LibDems who are pretty strong on environmental matters. Or maybe I’m out of date on this & Clegg has flip flopped on this too.

  • karlhungus

    Delingpole’s quote doesn’t reveal his ideological fixation so much as his craving for celebrity.

    He’s oclearly noted that, while the likes of Melanie Phillips, Rod Liddle, Douglas Murray have got other issues sewn up, there is still a gap in the market for someone who can churn out buffoon-ish, fact abasing articles about climate change with the versatility and subtlety of a pneumatic drill.

    He’s obviously desperate for fame, witness the appearance on ‘when Boris met Dave’, drooling over all the more intelligent people he met at university. I suspect his failure to achieve the status of the wingnuts he laughably equates himself with above is at the root cause of his depression, another of his not particularly specialisms.

  • Henry

    Delingpole has probably watched how right-wingers in the US have earned fame & fortune by promoting ridiculous & outrageous ideas: you get the articles, the radio & TV appearances, the books. There are plenty of corporations & conservative zillionaires who’ll pay good money for this tosh – as long as it promotes their agenda.

  • Anon E Mouse

    Henry – I am now a supporter of the Lib Dems. Two things:

    1. That doesn’t mean to say I slavishly support everything:- they’re not Labour you know where justification for unfair policies is par.

    2. My complaint is with this self serving individual who excuses people being left to starve for effectively anti-American teenager politics.

    It’s not too late to join the Lib Dem’s though Henry. You should try it. Supporting the party than can affect change feels great…

  • Henry

    Anon: I was once an active Liberal Democrat. Never again, thank you, especially under the leadership of Flip Flop Clegg. And it seeems I’m not alone as – if you believe the opinion polls – over half their supporters in the general election have already abandoned them.

  • Chris

    @Walter Mitty

    “Which bit about Joss Garman wasn’t true?”

    The bit when you accused Joss of being a Labour stooge, don’t you remember? When he pointed out his record of opposing Labour policies, going so far as being arrested protesting against them.

    “Are you now saying freedom of speech is only free if you agree with it in a typical New Labour Lickspittle style smear?”

    No, I’m saying your constant puking of utter bullshit into the comment box whenever someone posts an article that is critical of the coalition is pathetic.

    “run a small electronics business with two director/employees (both middle aged ex-Labour voters) and work for WELL below the minimum wage.”

    Well below the min wage and your middle aged, f*** me that is pathetic. Maybe you should spend more time working and less trolling on the internet. Or perhaps you could email Lord Cashcroft and ask him for some money…

    “You?”

    Earning a lot more than the NMW.

    “Quoting Tory party web pages – especially when they are telling the truth about Labour’s terrible results in government – is not a crime.”

    Ermm, you denied that you’d quoted a tory press release before. Are you now admitting you lifted an entire paragraph from a tory press release?

    “Much as you’d like it to be Chris this is not North Korea…”

    Well for the money you claim to be earning the average North Korean probably has more disposal income than you.

    “Supporting the party than can affect change feels great…”

    So, basically mousey your a glory supporter. Pathetic.

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  • Anon E Mouse

    Chris – Public forum. People watching. You telling lies and smearing people. Sound familiar?

    Which bit about Joss Garman wasn’t true? He makes grandiose claims in public forums and should be open to scrutiny or shouldn’t make the claims. People died over the lies spread on GM by his cohorts – I don’t think that’s right. Why do you?

    Your tone and sneering shows exactly why Labour’s core vote has deserted it and it now represents the party of big business, city slickers and spivs.

    To mock someone who has never taken a penny in benefits (except for my kids) was made redundant, went self employed and got through a massive recession to (hopefully) employ two people in the new year is a disgusting attitude Chris.

    The Lib Dems are sorting the removal of tax on the first £10K earnings – Labour removed the 10p tax and wanted to increase NI. That’s why your core vote will never come back Chris.

    People like you with this attitude of dishonest lies to justify what is simply unfair have made Labour unelectable and you continue to do it.

    Anyway you forgot to say why you thought lies about GM resulting in thousands of people starving to death was acceptable.

    This is the forth time you’ve avoided answering it. Well?

  • jee_24

    Chris

    Because you don’t know the difference between your and you’re I’m tempted to dismiss your posts as the rantings of a teenager or a retard.

  • Geordieboi

    @chris – people like you have ruined the labour party come up to a working mens club in the north east with your attitude and youll get a real geordie welcome. wats wromg with anon e mouse doing a normal job you f***ing toff?

  • Anon E Mouse

    jee_24 – I’ve been saying this for weeks now about the your and you’re…

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  • Henry

    Mouse: have you not noticed that the City & big business largely support the Tories, not Labour? For example, since the election, 28% of Tory money came from individuals or companies in the financial sector & virtually nothing went to Labour.

  • Anon E Mouse

    Henry – Well let’s test your comment. Leaving aside the legalised theft of taxpayers money in the Union Modernisation scam to the Labour Party which cost the UK taxpayer around £10 million / year let’s start with the Non Doms.

    (I do this because as an ordinary working man Chris above said I should approach Lord Cashcroft for help)

    Labour Big Business Non Dom Donators

    Lord Paul – £69,250 in donations to Labour, including £45,000 to Gordon Brown’s leadership campaign
    Lakshmi Mittal – £4.125 million in donations to Labour
    Sir Ronald Cohen – £2.55 million in donations to Labour
    Sir Christopher Ondaatje – £1.7 million in donations to Labour
    Sir Gulam Noon – £532,826 in donations to Labour
    William Bollinger – £510,725 in donations to Labour
    Mahmoud Khayami – £985,000 in donations to Labour including £5,000 to Hazel Blears’ deputy leadership campaign
    Dr David Potter – £90,000 in a donation to Labour

    Big Business Supporters

    Paul Drayson – £10000 in two donations to Labour
    Alan Sugar – Not sure how much
    JK Rowling – At least £1 million
    Tony Gallagher – £5000 donation to Labour
    Euan Snowie – £5000 donation to Labour
    Hunter Esson – £5000 donation to Labour
    British Airways, British Midland and on and on

    Truth to tell it would be easier to just see who got a gong from Gordon Brown – Lord Myners for example – to see who’s been donating.

    The facts are no matter how you try and spin it, Labour has hammered the poor of this country and sucked up to big business – remember the tobacco advertising fiasco?

    The reason I hate these stupid unproven environmental stories is because I remember the Thatcher government inventing the whole Global Warming then Climate Change thing in part to crush the miners and if you live where I do the ramifications are still being felt.

    We have 400 years of coal in the hills not 10 miles from here yet keep importing coal from Germany – it’s madness and if these people who earn their living from perpetuating the Thatcher myths it can only get worse.

    Under Labour the poor always get poorer…

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  • Chris

    Yawn, Walter put your sock puppets away.

    “Which bit about Joss Garman wasn’t true? He makes grandiose claims in public forums and should be open to scrutiny or shouldn’t make the claims. People died over the lies spread on GM by his cohorts – I don’t think that’s right. Why do you?”

    Yawn, this is a blatant smear.

    “To mock someone who has never taken a penny in benefits (except for my kids) was made redundant, went self employed and got through a massive recession to (hopefully) employ two people in the new year is a disgusting attitude Chris.”

    LOL, where is my violin. You claimed to be working on LESS than the NMW yet now your about to employ two people? Are you going to be paying them less than the NMW? Get your story straight Walter.

    “The Lib Dems are sorting the removal of tax on the first £10K earnings – Labour removed the 10p tax and wanted to increase NI. That’s why your core vote will never come back Chris.”

    The removal of 10p band was a scandal and a total fuck up on Brown’s part. However, I don’t agree with the increase in threshold to £10k because it is mainly a tax cut for higher earners. Of the £18 billion it is expected to cost just £1 billion of that goes to removing low paid workers from tax altogether.

    “People like you with this attitude of dishonest lies to justify what is simply unfair have made Labour unelectable and you continue to do it.”

    You were caught red handed copy and pasting from tory press releases.

    “Anyway you forgot to say why you thought lies about GM resulting in thousands of people starving to death was acceptable.”

    This is an untrue smear, I’ve shown you the rebuttal.

    “This is the forth time you’ve avoided answering it. Well?”

    I told you the first time and even provided the link to the rebuttal.

    @sock puppet 1

    “Because you don’t know the difference between your and you’re I’m tempted to dismiss your posts as the rantings of a teenager or a retard.

    Ah, my fingers don’t always type what I’m thinking. Big deal.

    @sock puppet 2

    “people like you have ruined the labour party”

    That is interesting, I only joined in April.

    “come up to a working mens club in the north east”

    I’ve no wish to go cottaging.

    “with your attitude and youll get a real geordie welcome.”

    Yawn, your geordie sock puppet isn’t very good mousey, not believable in the at all.

    “wats wromg with anon e mouse doing a normal job you f***ing toff?””

    He didn’t claim to be doing a normal job, he claimed to be working for much LESS than the NMW. And I’m no toff.

    @Walter Mitty again

    Which tory press release did you copy the list of donors from?

    “Leaving aside the legalised theft of taxpayers money in the Union Modernisation scam to the Labour Party which cost the UK taxpayer around £10 million / year let’s start with the Non Doms.”

    Trade unions play an important role in promoting workers rights and providing assistance to workers in a wide variety of ways. Why shouldn’t the state recognise the role they play and help modernise unions so they can better represent their workers.

    “(I do this because as an ordinary working man Chris above said I should approach Lord Cashcroft for help)”

    Your no working man, mousey.

    “The facts are no matter how you try and spin it, Labour has hammered the poor of this country and sucked up to big business – remember the tobacco advertising fiasco?”

    Tax credits, massive improvements in the NHS, massive improvements in education, opening up of HE – the poor benefited massively from Labour’s time in office. The libdems, who you currently claim to support, are funded by Indian arms dealers.

    “The reason I hate these stupid unproven environmental stories is because I remember the Thatcher government inventing the whole Global Warming then Climate Change thing in part to crush the miners and if you live where I do the ramifications are still being felt.”

    Oh, your a climate change denier as well, should have guessed from your overt hatred of all things green.

    “We have 400 years of coal in the hills not 10 miles from here yet keep importing coal from Germany – it’s madness and if these people who earn their living from perpetuating the Thatcher myths it can only get worse.”

    IIRC, Walter, you claimed to be from South Wales, the truth is the coal fields of South Wales were never economically viable the coal seams too thin and too tricky to mine.

    “Under Labour the poor always get poorer…”

    This is totally untrue and a disgusting misrepresentation of the facts of the past 13 years.

  • inks

    ““It’s the same one Toby Young is fighting over education; the same one the likes of Rod Liddle, Andrew Gilligan, Nick Cohen and Mark Steyn are fighting over political Islam; the same one Melanie Phillips is fighting over Israel; the same one Douglas Murray is fighting on pretty much everything.”

    That list of people sounds like the dinner party from hell. It doesn’t sound like the winning side in any sort of fight, even an imaginary one.

    “And its ultimate outcome is at least as important as those of the ones we fought in ”

    Perhaps a tad self-aggrandising coming from someone who mostly cut ‘n’ pastes stuff off the Watts Up With That blog without bothering to read it.

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