Brexit Climate Deniers

There is a deep-rooted connection between UK climate science deniers and those campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union.

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On 23 June 2016 the UK will vote in the EU referendum on whether Britain should remain part of the European Union. The 'Brexit' vote comes after Prime Minister David Cameron promised in his 2015 Conservative Party election manifesto to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU before the end of 2017.

Since then, the link between climate science deniers and Eurosceptics has become more pronounced. In February 2016, it was revealed that Lord Lawson's climate denying Global Warming Policy Foundation had moved its headquarters into the same building as Brexit campaign groups 'Business for Britain' and 'Vote Leave', along with a slew of other right wing organisations including the TaxPayers' Alliance.  

The Brexit-climate denier overlap stems from a common neoliberal ideology that fears top-down state interventions and regulations which are perceived as threatening values of individual freedom, economic (market) freedom, or the sovereignty of national governments. Under this logic, we must reject both the European Union and most climate policy. 

And the influence of this small group extends beyond the walls of their 55 Tufton Street address - just a stone's throw from the Houses of Parliament - to include prominent politicians and traditional British media outlets. It begs the question: If the climate-euro sceptic bubble is successful on Brexit, what will then happen to British climate change policy? 

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By Guest • Friday, June 10, 2016 - 00:58
Drax power plant

By Paul Ekins, professor of resources and environmental policy at University College London.

The UK imports around 6% of its electricity through undersea cables linking it to the European mainland. These links help Britain deal with the ebbs and flows of renewable energy generation, and give the country a “safety net” in case things go wrong.

Europe’s electricity network shows just how interconnected nation states are these days, and energy offers many insights into wider issues raised by the EU referendum.

The first is that national sovereignty – if that means the ability of a nation state to promote its best interests – is not necessarily best achieved at a purely national level. The UK has had lots of influence on the EU’s energy policy over the years, on everything from liberalising EU energy markets to the more recent push to ditch fossil fuels for renewables.

By Victoria Seabrook • Friday, April 22, 2016 - 05:47

The United Kingdom will be “undoubtedly” better able to tackle climate change if it remains in the EU, leading environmentalists urged during a debate last night.
 
They were speaking at a talk on the EU’s influence on UK environment, organised by environmental charity Friends of the Earth (FoE) and ‘Remain’ campaigners Environmentalists for Europe.
 
Stanley Johnson, Co-chair of Environmentalists for Europe & former Conservative MEP (and father to pro-Brexit Boris Johnson) said Brexit poses a threat to environmental law in the UK.
 
“A whole lot of legislation will come unpicked,” he said.

By Kyla Mandel • Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 00:01

Climate science denier Lord Lawson’s appointment as chairman to the Vote Leave EU referendum campaign group has caused further division amongst Eurosceptics as the campaign’s leading Labour MP Kate Hoey and the Green Party’s Baroness Jenny Jones both withdraw support for the group.

Both Baroness Jones (pictured) and Hoey continue to support Britain leaving the EU but will not endorse Vote Leave to be the officially designated ‘Out’ campaign.

As Baroness Jones wrote on Twitter: “Will vote to leave #EU but can’t work with an organisation with so little judgement as to put Lawson at its head.”

By Kyla Mandel • Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 04:30
Climate science denier Lord Lawson continues to gain prominence in the Brexit debate as he is appointed as the temporary new chairman of Vote Leave.

At the same time, two so-called ‘controversial’ board members are dropped from the eurosceptic group.

Vote Leave’s chief executive Matthew Elliott and its campaign director Dominic Cummings were demoted, along with the group’s former chairman John Mills.

By Kyla Mandel • Friday, January 29, 2016 - 00:01

By Brendan Montague and Kyla Mandel

Climate science denier Lord Nigel Lawson will be leading the anti-EU campaign in the second major debate in March on the European Union referendum.

The debate, hosted by the Guardian, will see Lawson along with Nigel Farage square off against former Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

Last spring, Prime Minister David Cameron promised in his Conservative Party election manifesto to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU. It is expected that an in-out referendum will be held before the end of 2017.

By Kyla Mandel • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 00:01

Climate science deniers Lord Nigel Lawson and Nigel Farage will be leading the anti-EU campaign in the second major debate in March on the European Union referendum.

The debate, hosted by the Guardian, will see Lawson and Farage square off against former Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

Last spring, Prime Minister David Cameron promised in his Conservative Party election manifesto to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU. It is expected that an in-out referendum will be held before the end of 2017.

THE DEBATE WILL BE HELD ON 15 MARCH AT THE EMMANUEL CENTRE IN LONDON. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE.

As DeSmog UK reported earlier this month, climate change deniers are quickly becoming some of Britain’s most vocal Eurosceptics.

By Kyla Mandel • Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 00:00

Climate change deniers are quickly becoming some of Britain’s most vocal Eurosceptics.

Prominent climate deniers including Matt Ridley, Owen Paterson, Lord Lawson, and James Delingpole join the roughly 50 per cent of the British public who are in favour of the UK leaving the European Union.

Last spring, Prime Minister David Cameron promised in his Conservative Party election manifesto to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU. It is expected that an in-out referendum will be held before the end of 2017.

But what does this group of anti-greens stand to gain from a ‘Brexit’? Does the UK leaving the EU simply fall in line with their general politics, or is there a more specific ‘brown’ agenda at play?

By Kyla Mandel • Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 00:01

Matt Ridley and Owen Paterson are the latest climate deniers to come out in favour of the UK leaving the European Union.

The coal baron and former environment minister have both joined the group Business for Britain, which will launch a pro-Brexit campaign in the north east of England today.

The two join Lord Lawson, ex-chancellor and head of the climate denying Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), who announced in October that he would lead the Conservative campaign to leave the EU.

By Guest • Monday, January 4, 2016 - 00:01

This is a guest post by DeSmog UK contributor Victoria Seabrook.

The world was fired up about climate change following the historic Paris Agreement in December, but what does 2016 have in store for fossil fuel and environment discussions?

Here are some key events to keep an eye out for.

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