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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Joseph Romm: Must-see James Delingpole meltdown on BBC's Horizon while questioned by Sir Paul Nurse: “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"

The TV interview that tied James Delingpole’s tongue

The bellicose Telegraph climate sceptic [denier] has complained to the BBC of being ‘intellectually raped’ on Horizon during an interview with Nobel prize-winner Sir Paul Nurse
by Joseph Romm, Climate Progress, January 25, 2011

That’s the UK Guardian’s headline for an amazing BBC show on climate.  The full thing is currently available only to Brits, but you can see the entire Delingpole interview below, starting with the most amazing excerpts:
No, Delingpole hasn’t got the time or the expertise to actually read the science, only the time to make up stuff — see “Sunday Times retracts and apologizes for shameful and bogus Amazon story smearing IPCC” — and smear climate scientists (see DelingpoleGate: Monbiot slams anti-science columnist for leading “Telegraph into vicious climate over email”).

You can see the full interview here, where Delingpole repeats the nonsense about how wrong it is to “hide the decline using Mike’s Nature trick” — which nobody did.  That’s a long-debunked myth pushed by anti-science extremists like Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli (see the UCS debunking post, “Ken Cuccinelli Makes Basic Factual Errors About Mike Mann’s Research, Stolen Emails in Response to UVA”).

The Guardian notes:
Nurse told me that he simply presented Delingpole with a hypothetical question: if a dear relative was suffering from a fatal disease, would he opt for the “consensus” treatment recommended by doctors, or advice to drink more orange juice offered by a fringe maverick quack? In terms of the science of climate change, that fringe maverick is analogous, of course, to Delingpole’s own position. 
Delingpole apparently found the line of questioning too much to handle and was purportedly lost for words. He at one point, according to Nurse, asked for the film crew to stop filming. 
Delingpole told the Guardian he denied asking the crew to stop filming. “The interview went on for about three hours – there were various points where I said ‘I’ve had enough, I want a tea break.’ There was no point where I felt that the interview had to be stopped because I was in any way uncomfortable with what Nurse was saying.” Asked if he had called the BBC to say he had been “intellectually raped” afterwards, he said: “I don’t think I would have said that, because he is incapable of intellectually raping me.”
This is all pretty incredible stuff from a guy who routinely smears climate scientists, as the Guardian explains:
In a recent post, for example, he referred to the people who run London zoo as having “eco-fascist leanings” for daring to suggest that climate change might be connected with the extinction of corals. 
To Delingpole, Roger Harrabin is the “the BBC’s High Priest of Gaian Worship and Climate Alarmism”. And in an outburst worthy of Sarah Palin, Delingpole reaches for his metaphorical semi-automatic:
“…the Warmist faith so fervently held and promulgated by the Met Office is exactly the same faith so passionately, unswervingly followed by David Cameron, Chris Huhne, Greg Barker, the Coalition’s energy spokesman in the Lords Lord Marland, and all but five members of the last parliament. And also by the BBC, the Prince of Wales, almost every national newspaper, the European Union, the Royal Society, the New York Times, CNBC, the Obama administration, the Australian and New Zealand governments, your children’s schools, our major universities, our minor universities, the University of East Anglia, your local council…  
Truly there just aren’t enough bullets!
But he lacks the time and expertise to actually examine the science.

Kudos to “the new president of the Royal Society, the distinguished geneticist and Nobel prize-winner Sir Paul Nurse” for this evisceration.

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