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Climate Hustle

Nil Illegitimi Carborundum

Posted on 1 July 2012 by Glenn Tamblyn

We have probably all heard reports of the abuse climate scientists have been subjected to for just doing their job and reporting what they find; the climate blogosphere has generated a very dark underbelly.

Few people have received more vitriol and unjustified abuse than Dr. Phil Jones at the University of East Anglia, but until recently few of us knew just how vile the threats and malice had been.  Recently the content of some of these emails was released by the UEA as a .pdf file here (warning, the content contains very crude language, and the sentiments are far, far worse).

Phil Jones: don't let the bastards grind you down

Nobody should have to endure such abuse just because they go to work and do their job! And such extremely personal abuse would take an emotional toll on any of us.

So the Author Team at Skeptical Science would like to offer Phil Jones all the moral and emotional support we can (and all his colleagues who may have experienced similar abuse).  To this end we will shortly be sending Phil a letter of support from all of us here at SkS.

An Invitation to Our Readership

If you want to add your name to this letter, please do so by indicating your willingness by a simple entry in the comments section of this post (your name and country will suffice).  We will send this letter one week after we put this post up; all reader additions up to then will be included.

If you wish to comment under an online pseudonym, we fully understand why you may prefer to do so.  However a real name is more personal.

If you wish to use your real name but maintain online anonymity (reading the contents of the emails to Dr. Jones clearly shows why one might wish to do so) then simply send us an email at info[at] indicating your willingness to add your personal name and country. We will add you personal details to the email then delete from our system any further reference to who you are.

The letter will be sent privately to Dr. Jones and  your email will not be made public.

The text of the letter will be as follows:

Dear Prof. Jones.


Recently the content of some of the abusive and threatening emails you have received over recent times were made available online. They are utterly appalling!

We here among the author and reader community at would like to offer to you, your family and colleagues our whole-hearted, unconditional and sympathetic support.

The language of the emails was very offensive but the intent of them was far, far worse. It is very telling how limited the vocabulary of cowards can be.

It has been reported previously what the emotional toll upon you may have been. Never doubt for a moment that a supportive and protective community of friends who hold you and your colleagues in the highest esteem surrounds you.

Many disciplines in science advance human knowledge; few disciplines of science are trying to make such a profound contribution to actual human wellbeing at this moment in history as climate science.

The threat of climate change is arousing some very primal and often very dark emotional forces. Never doubt that what you and your colleagues are engaged in is valued, deeply and profoundly, today and into the future.  The words of the cowards who have threatened you will vanish into history's dustbin where they belong.

We at Skeptical Science are trying, as best we are able, to bring reasoned analysis to this discussion. We cannot be there when the next hateful letter appears.  But as far as is possible, you have our support - if there is anything we can do, just ask.

Warmth, happiness and gratitude to you, your family and colleagues.

- The team and readership at

 If you have the stomach for it, go back and read what Phil has had to endure. Then add your support with your name.

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  1. Martin Vermeer, Finland
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  2. Registered to post message of support.

    David Rice, Belfast, UK.
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  3. Mahn England, Australia
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  4. John Hartz
    Columbia, South Carolina USA
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  5. Simon Edmonds
    New Zealand
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  6. Hang in there, we are counting on you!

    Steve, Northern California, USA
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  7. David Kirtley
    St. Louis, MO, USA
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  8. Thanks to Phil Jones and other climate scientists for all their many years of dedicated hard work, and for having the courage to stand up to all the abusive denialists out there!

    Andrew McLaren Canada
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  9. Mark White, PA, USA
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  10. Ron Spross, TX USA
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  11. Jan Hollan, Czechia
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  12. Peter Bergs Brisbane Australia
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  13. James Dunlap
    Virginia, USA
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  14. John Rilett
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  15. John E. Pearson
    Los Alamos, NM
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  16. Charles Scott, Canada
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  17. My heartfelt thanks
    Malcolm Griffin, Canada
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  18. Colin Sharples, New Zealand
    (Ph.D. UEA, 1996)
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  19. Tony Clifford-Winters, France
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  20. Lyndon While, Australia
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  21. Andy Skuce, British Columbia, Canada
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  22. We appreciate your efforts.
    Paul Magnus
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  23. In less than a generation your detractors will look, at the very least, bloody silly; at worst willfully and criminally negligent – to *everyone*. To those who have done any proper reading on the subject they look a combination of the two *now*

    Keep up the essential work. many thanks.

    Joe Cushley, London
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  24. In support of science in public policy, and those like Phil Jones who (in spite of those who dislike the implications) make that science accessible to the public and to policymakers. Steve Latham, Canada
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  25. Bryson Brown, Canada
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  26. Philippe Chantreau, United States.
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  27. Anthony Enrione, UK.
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  28. Connor Jolley
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  29. David Huber, USA
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  30. Thanks to Skeptical Science for this initiative, and every good wish to Phil Jones and colleagues.
    Noel Barton
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  31. Ray Mainsbridge
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  32. Brian Dodge, Hillsborough, North Carolina - where they're commanding the sea not to rise nonlinearly.
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  33. Peter Miesler
    Colorado, USA

    hang in there Dr. Jones
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  34. Bob Warneke, Austin, TX, USA
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  35. Lloyd Flack, East Ryde NSW, Australia
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  36. Was at UEA in early 1990s - Nice town Norwich.

    Duncan Farrow, Perth Western Australia
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  37. The truth wil eventually win out..

    Peter Dyson, Victoria, Australia
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  38. Good luck,
    Larry Johnson
    Illinois, USA
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  39. Christina West, Hampshire, England.

    Oh, brave new world!
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  40. Thank you for your courage.

    Teresa Baker, USA
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  41. Chris Hawkshaw, Sydney, Australia
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  42. I recently sent a personal email to Mike Mann to thank him for all his efforts, both in climate studies, and in combating the "denialist" crowd. Just did the same for Phil Jones.

    Pleased to add my name to this list also.

    Thanks for the good work, Phil!

    Dave Willis, Quebec, Canada
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  43. John Garrett
    California, USA
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  44. Richard Mercer
    California, USA
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  45. Neal J. King
    Munich, GERMANY
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  46. We should all endeavour to keep up with the Phil Joneses of this world.

    Tristan Gall
    Brisbane, AU
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  47. BJ Chippindale, NZ

    Dr Jones, you have done well, and the future will know you gave us the best science you could give.
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  48. Jim Java, NY, USA
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  49. June 26, 2012: 109ºF in Austin, TX, the highest temperature ever recorded for the month of June. On the same day, I attended a hearing of the Energy Commitee of the Texas State Legislature where oil, gas, and coal extraction were discussed, along with fracking techniques and pipeline construction. These wealthy men (and a smattering of women) egged each other on in an air-conditioned room, while most in attendance were wearing wool suits. NO ONE mentioned anthropogenic climate change. As I stepped out into the heat, I realized that I had never seen anything more absurd and at the same time more dangerous in all my life. Dr. Jones, we need your voice now more than ever.

    Craig Nazor, Austin, Texas
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