James Delingpole

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James Delingpole is a writer, blogger and broadcaster most prominently known for his Daily Telegraph blog. He describes himself as "libertarian conservative" and has referred to climate change as a "myth". He played a notable role in closely covering 'Climategate' in several publications. He has written for the Daily Mail, the Times and the Spectator. Delingpole was awarded the 2010 Bastiat Prize for online journalism by the free-market International Policy Network.

Delingpole refers to climate change as a "myth" that is promoted by a "conspiracy". He has attacked a wide range of institutions for their coverage of the issue including the Met Office, the BBC, the Royal Society and the Economist. He has repeatedly compared groups calling for action on climate change to Nazis and eco-fascists, arguing that the climate change movement "threatens our society, threatens our freedoms, threatens everything we believe in." He is highly critical of the academic field of climate science, having said on the BBC Politics Show that "climate science…is not about rigour, is not about empiricism, it's not about the pursuit of truth. It is about politics."

In an article praising the US Tea Party, Delingpole explained: "I've been devoting far more of my time… to exposing the great Global Warming scam… This is not because I've suddenly realised I'm a science manqué… It's because I understand that "Environmentalism" is but one strategically significant theatre in a much greater ideological war being waged across the world."

Delingpole is often at the forefront of elevating stories from climate sceptic blogs into the mainstream media. In November 2009 he was the first journalist to cover 'Climategate', which involved the theft of climate scientists' emails from the University of East Anglia, in a piece entitled "Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?", and crediting the blog Watts Up With That as his source. Delingpole claimed that "the conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed." He has also covered claims by sceptic blogger Richard North that the IPCC printed disinformation about the impact of climate change on the Amazon, dubbed 'Amazongate'. The Sunday Times article which pushed the issue into the mainstream was later retracted.

Delingpole uses his blog to launch ad hominem attacks against those he sees as promoting the climate change 'myth'. He has called the Archbishop of Canterbury the "celebrity Muppet-/Druid-/The-Master-Impersonator", journalist George Monbiot a "squirmy, weaselly get-out of a no-good, snivelling, yellow-bellied, milquetoast loser", Jeremy Paxman "one of Al Gore's useful idiots" and the entire staff of the BBC "tree-hugging pinkoes."Recent targets of his attention include Fiona Fox, Bob Ward, individual staff members at the campaign organisation 10:10 and Hugo Rifkind. In early 2010 he accused a man who emailed their prospective Conservative candidate about climate change of being a " stalking eco-bully", and reprinted the email which included the sender's name and address. Readers of the blog post photographed the man's house and telephoned his wife. Delingpole later apologised and the post was removed from the Telegraph website.

Delingpole was educated at an independent boarding school, Malvern College, before studying English at Christ Church College, Oxford. His first job as a journalist was writing a diary column for the Evening Standard, before moving to the Daily Telegraph website. Delingpole has published several novels and two political commentaries: How to be Right - The Essential Guide to Making Lefty Liberals History and Welcome to Obamaland - I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn't Work.

Delingpole has written about the "imbecilic liberal-leftist philosophy of "multiculturalism"" in a column which described the BNP as "not nearly so dangerous as the liberal commentators who write meaningless 'Thought For The Day' drivel". He has described his experience of suffering from manic depression in the Daily Mail.

In April 2011, Delingingpole used his Spectator column to announce he is "giving up blogging for a while". He cited long term health problems as well as the financial and emotional cost of blogging as reasons for giving up.