James Delingpole is a British journalist for The Telegraph who was primarily responsible for the pseudo-controversy known by the unoriginal name “Climategate.” Last month, he wrote an opinion piece mocking claims by climate scientists that they’d received death threats — in particular, Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia.
Maybe it’s time someone did an FOI to see whether the UEA’s dodgy and discredited Phil Jones really did get any of those “death threats” he claims to have received after Climategate and which allegedly drove him to consider suicide. Speaking for myself, if Phil Jones released a report claiming that grass is green I’d feel compelled to go outside just to double check.
Simon Hopkinson did exactly that. Yesterday, the university responded.
Jones is a climatologist who has contributed an enormous amount of research to understanding of climate science. His work has been used by, among others, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
After Delingpole and others made him a target of attack, he received over two dozen threatening emails [PDF]. Here are a few: