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Climategate: George Monbiot, the Guardian and Big Oil

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James Delingpole
London Telegraph
Thursday, Dec 10th, 2009

For a brief moment I had a scintilla of respect for George Monbiot. His abject apology immediately after the Climategate scandal was noble, proper, honest – and fittingly grovelling.

First he implicitly acknowledged that newspaper environment correspondents these days do little more than write PR handouts for the climate fear promotion industry:

I apologise. I was too trusting of some of those who provided the evidence I championed. I would have been a better journalist if I had investigated their claims more closely.

Second, he admitted Climategate was a scandal which could “scarcely be more damaging” to the cause of AGW.

But that was three weeks ago.

Here he is in his latest column, back to his old tricks, accusing anyone who disagrees with him of being a shill in the pay of Big Oil.

“Think environmentalists are stooges? You’re the unwitting recruit of a hugely powerful oil lobby – I’ve got the proof.”

He invites us to note:

“The contrast between the global scandal [George can’t bring himself to use the word Climategate] these emails have provoked and the muted response to 20 years of revelations about the propaganda planted by fossil fuel companies.”

In a separate article, he presents us with four case studies of how fossil fuel companies have used their evil petrodollars to corrupt and suborn the debate on “Climate Change”. (And see the difference it has made! That’s why Copenhagen isn’t happening this year; why the world’s governments aren’t still hell bent on spending $45 trillion of our money to combat ManBearPig….)

Well he has chutzpah, I’ll give him that.

But who is it that sponsors the Guardian’s Environment pages and eco conferences? Why, only that famous non-fossil-fuel company Shell. (Though I notice their logo no longer appears on top of the Guardian’s eco pages: has the Guardian decided the relationship was just too embarrassing to be, er, sustainable?)

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