Nigel Lawson

Where Are the Ring-Leaders of the Manufactured Climategate Scandal Now?

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Ten years ago, leading climate scientists at the University of East Anglia had a mass of email correspondence stolen from their computers and broadcast around the world, in what became known as ‘Climategate’.

Climate science deniers pounced on the leaked emails as supposed proof that scientists were manipulating data and creating panic about climate change out of nothing.

How the Climategate Email Hack Laid the Foundations for the Fake News Era

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DeSmog UK’s first editor, Brendan Montague, shares his personal experience of investigating climate science deniers at the time of Climategate.

Lord Lawson stepped to the curb hailing a taxi. We had both been at an event in a swish Fleet Street hotel discussing illegal phone hacking by journalists. I had followed him out onto the pavement and asked whether the hacking of scientists' emails from the servers of the British university had been unethical — as well as criminal. “It was a whistleblower,” he scowled. The black taxi took off, leaving me in a cloud of diesel.

Comment: Why Aggressive Media Attacks on Extinction Rebellion Should Concern Everyone

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Extinction Rebellion protester and police van

Like in so much of public debate, the Prime Minister sets the tone. As a fortnight of peaceful protest started in London, Boris Johnson called the Extinction Rebellion protestors “importunate nose-ringed crusties in hemp-smelling bivouacs” at an event at Banqueting House for the launch of the third volume of an official biography of Margaret Thatcher.

The Prime Minister's tone was echoed throughout the media as the full force of the state prepared to come down on people peacefully protesting in defence of our future.

Anglia Ruskin University Chairman and Tory Donor Jerome Booth Becomes Trustee of Climate Science Denial Group

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The UK’s principal climate science denial campaign group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), has appointed one of its donors, Dr Jerome Booth, as a trustee. 

Booth is chairman of Anglia Ruskin University’s board of governors, and an economist and investor with a focus on emerging markets and international development. He is also currently a visiting professor at Cass Business School in London, having previously worked as a Lecturer in Economics at Oxford University’s Christ Church college and as an executive officer for the former Department of Trade and Industry.

From London to Madrid: How Former Prime Minister José María Aznar Promoted Nigel Lawson’s Climate Science Denial in Spain

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How did Nigel Lawson become big in Spain? With a little help from his powerful friends, of course.

Spain’s former Prime Minister José María Aznar has actively promoted the work of climate science deniers including former UK chancellor Lawson through a thinktank based just behind Madrid’s Ritz hotel, an investigation by La Marea’s Climatica, DeSmog’s Spanish-language partner, reveals.

Mapped: A Who's Who of Brexit and Climate Science Denial

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A network of lobbyists, politicians and campaign groups is pushing the UK towards a hard-Brexit, with the aim of axing environmental protection in the name of free-market ideology.

Powerful vested interests are at play, with a network of decision-makers and companies that profit from climate inaction overlapping with a cabal of climate science deniers eager to limit global action to cut emissions.

Over the past four years, DeSmog has been tracking this network. We’ve now mapped over 2,000 connections between its actors operating at the highest levels of political and corporate life in the UK, US and Europe.

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe

Credentials

  • B.A. Latin, University of Birmingham. [1]
  • B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), University of Oxford. [2]

Background

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Meet The Brexit Party's Climate Science Deniers

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Brexit Party and Nigel Farage

It’s just over a fortnight since Nigel Farage was back in the headlines, launching his new Brexit Party to contest the upcoming European Parliament elections, in what he describes as a “democratic revolution.”

The former UKIP leader, who left his old party in December after deciding it had become too right-wing even for him, vowed he would return to frontline politics if Britain’s departure from the EU was delayed any longer.

While it might seem like a single-issue party, there’s something striking about the list of candidates we’ve been gradually drip-fed since its formal launch on 12 April: the sheer number who still can’t accept the science on climate change or just don’t think it’s worth the effort of doing anything about.

Comment: Climate Deniers are Threatened by Extinction Rebellion Because It Challenges the Ideology on Which Their Luxurious Lifestyles are Built

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Extinction Rebellion London protest

The Extinction Rebellion protest movement has grown in scale and impact in recent weeks, bringing energy and chaos to the streets as people wake up to grim climate realities. Alongside the School Strikes, the new movement has been a massive, joyful, peaceful wake-up call to conservative environmentalists and compromised politicians alike. 

But not everyone is taking it well. Several prominent climate science deniers are not pleased at this mass show of concern, and they're using the platform the UK’s mainstream press continues to give them to express their ire.

Comment: Climate Science Deniers Throw Stones at Climate Chief from Their Greenhouse

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Lord Deben John Gummer

A row has broken out over the apparent lack of disclosure of a conflict of interest by Tory politician John Gummer, also known as Lord Deben, who heads government scientific advisory body, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The Mail on Sunday fulminates: “Tory peer John Selwyn Gummer's private company has been paid more than £600,000 from 'green' businesses that stand to make millions from his advice to Ministers.” It then lists a number of alleged payments received by Gummer’s consultancy, Sancroft, by green-tinged companies. This is a huge conflict of interest, the article roars.

The issue will no doubt be investigated – and it's not up to anyone other than Gummer (who denies the allegations) to defend himself – but what’s behind this story is a climate science denial media network in action, and that’s the bigger story not being told.

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