Apparently Phil Jones appears in the Times top 100 people in British science (not online).
In July, Phil Jones was reinstated as Director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia after every report into the “Climategate” e-mail scandal exonerated him from any wrongdoing.
The saga of the hacked e-mails took a considerable toll on the climatologist, who has spoken of his thoughts of suicide during the outcry. Jones is renowned in the science community for his work on hemispheric and global surface temperatures. He has spent his entire career at the CRU and, as one of the most cited researchers in geosciences, he will be welcomed back to the fold.
According to Fraser Nelson in the Spectator, the list of the top 100 scientists was preceded by a Ben Webster article outlining a list of the five top bad people (i.e. global warming sceptics). The list was apparently as follows:
- Sarah Palin
As Fraser Nelson notes, Ben Webster, the author of the piece in question, is normally better than this:
Even journalists, whose job is normally to probe and question, have become cheerleaders for a cause. There is a mood of hysteria - and before CoffeeHousers go the other way and attack Webster, I'd like to say that he is not one of those journalists. His reporting in Copenhagen and afterwards fully reflected both sides of the debate - which is why it's so strange to see this piece from him today.
I agree with Nelson's assessment of Webster. I sometimes wonder if what is coming out of the Times these days are the collected thoughts of the greener members of the Murdoch family rather than the expensive journalists they employ.