Climategate 2.0: How Phil Jones misleads journalists

Get a load of the load Phil Jones shovels to an inquiring journalist.

On the eve of Climategate 1.0, a journalist e-mails Phil Jones asking his thoughts about the 2009 Copenhagen climate conference. Jones responds (in #5303):

Ian,

I have too much on to think about this. This meeting isn’t really about my area – the science of climate change. It is more about doing something.

I know there are climate change deniers trying to malign some of the research going on. They do not write any of this in the scientific literature, only on right wing blog sites.

All the climate scientists I know though are fully behind the conclusions of the last IPCC Report in 2007. There is no doubt the world is warming and will continue to warm.

Cheers
Phil

About two months later in the wake of Climategate 1.0, Jones acknowledged in an interview that there hasn’t been any significant warming since 1995. Also, how can “climate change deniers… write any of this in the scientific literature” when their efforts to do so are blocked by the alarmists?

The full e-mail exchange is below.

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from: Phil Jones

subject: Re: 220 words on Copenhagen summit for commissioned article
to: Ian Sinclair

Ian,
I have too much on to think about this. This meeting isn’t really about my area – the
science of climate change. It is more about doing something.
I know there are climate change deniers trying to malign some of the research going on.
They do not write any of this in the scientific literature, only on right wing blog sites.
All the climate scientists I know though are fully behind the conclusions of the last IPCC
Report in 2007. There is no doubt the world is warming and will continue to warm.
Cheers
Phil
At 12:50 06/11/2009, you wrote:

Dear Professor Jones

My name is Ian Sinclair and I work as a freelance journalist, writing for a variety of
publications such as Tribune, the Big Issue, Peace News and the Eastern Daily Press.

With the Copenhagen climate change summit approaching, I have been commissioned by the
Morning Star newspaper to ask experts and environmentalists about their hopes and fears
for the summit. I will then collate the responses I receive in to an article to be
published in late November. By publishing this article I hope to raise awareness of the
summit and climate change among the newspaper’s readers. Would you be able to send me
220 words for this?

Once they have all been submitted I hope all of the opinions in total will answer the
following questions:

– How important is the summit in terms of combating climate change? / what is at stake?
– What are the central issues and sticking points at the summit?
– What type, and scale, of agreement is required for the summit to be successful in
combating climate change? / What is the most important issue that needs to be agreed
upon for the summit to be successful in compbating climate change?
– What are the chances of a robust agreement being agreed upon at the summit?

Of course, you may want to focus on just one of the points above, or talk about
something I haven’t mentioned that you think is important.

In case you are unsure of the format I am after, I hope the finished article to be a
smaller version of the following Guardian article that was published last year on the
Left’s response to the financial crisis:
[1]http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/sep/17/recession.labour
As well as yourself, I have asked the following people to contribute: Caroline Lucas of
the Green Party, the leader of Prospect union, the Director of Greenpeace, Leo Murray
from Plane Stupid and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

I am working to a Friday 13 November 2009 deadline for this article.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Ian Sinclair

Tel: 07837 921080
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One thought on “Climategate 2.0: How Phil Jones misleads journalists”

  1. Ian Sinclair is another fine example of the bias that is found in our MSM, and other popular publications. His list of other solicited contributors to his future article is a who’s who of leftist propogandists that can only offer one side of the argument. Not exactly fair & balanced.

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