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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]skepticalscience.com 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.

Phil,

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 SkepticalScience.com 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 SkepticalScience.com.


 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. Dave Eater, Pennsylvania (USA)
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  2. Paul Goodfellow
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  3. Steve Brown, London
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  4. Kurt Persson, Sweden
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  5. Dr. Jones, someday the world will recognize the heroism of climate scientists such as yourself, sounding the alarm and retaining your intellectual and personal integrity in the face such scurrilous attacks. You may be certain that I, many years your senior, count you as a personal hero.

    Ron Taylor
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  6. Phil Clarke, UK

    No scientist should have to endure what you've been through. Your fortitude is an inspiration, your science speaks loudly for itself and for that we all owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
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  7. Paul Wigton, Colorado
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  8. Per Wikman-Svahn, Sweden.
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  9. Nick Rouse, UK
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  10. Stephan Jansen
    USA

    The emails you have received show amazing hatred based on shear ignorance. Keep
    up the good work.
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  11. Steve Jenkins, UK

    There are many of us in the Transition movement who already feel you are doing heroic work. We are deeply thankful for the work or you and your colleagues.
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  12. Al Rodger, Dorset, UK.
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  13. Having visited UEA several times from my base in Manchester, and talked with the excellent folk at the CRU, I'd like to add my voice to this letter of support for Phil Jones, the best of scientists traduced by the worst of our fellow men. My hat is doffed too to Michael mann and all the others who have had to endure these threats and insults.Mike Koefman, hydrogen advocate, Manchester UK
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  14. Michael Fabiankovits. Australia
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  15. Trevor Woodward, Australia: Mr Jones and colleagues, thank you for doing what you do, and for doing it undeterred in the face of the ignorance, spite and fear stirred up by Big Carbon propagandists. Know that these cowards can't debunk your work in the peer-review forums, so they remotely snipe at your person from behind keyboards.

    Thank you for your contribution to our growing understanding of the physical world, so that we can address the problems that beset it. Thank you on behalf of my children and those that will come after them. Keep the flame strong.
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  16. Jim Naylor, USA
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  17. You are a hero and vital to the continued security, if not the existence, of humankind and countless other species. Thank you.
    M.L., Canada
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  18. Happy to add my name:
    Philip Machanick, South Africa

    You may also want to sign my pro-scientist petition.
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  19. Another thought: why are the scumbags' emails "redacted"? They choose to make threatening statements using a non-secure channel. A fair number look to me to have potential for criminal prosecution. They deserve to be exposed.
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  20. Stephen Baines, USA
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  21. Giordano Hernandez

    I would have gone postal if all that vitriol were directed at me. Hang in there.
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  22. Jen MSc. FRAS
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  23. Kate Cell
    Shutesbury, MA
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  24. Excuse me, but how do we know these emails are legitimate? The site they come from is poorly written with no names attached....

    Why doesn't the FOI have a cover letter? Every FOI I've ever received has a cover letter showing where the information came from, and from whom....
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  25. david.apell @325, ask and you shall receive.
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  26. Mike Pope, Australia
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  27. German speaking user might be interested in an interview, given by Dr Michael E. Mann to the german newspaper "taz" (a paper loosely connected to the "alternative" scene in Germany), published this weekend:

    "...Ich bekam Morddrohungen, aber das ist auch Kollegen von mir in Großbritannien oder Australien passiert. ..." [taz.de]

    ('I got murder threads but that happened colleagues in GB and Australia, too')
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