Neil Record is chairman and trustee of the UK neoliberal think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). Record, a City currency manager, is also a known donor to the UK climate science denying Global Warming Policy Foundation and board member of the think tank’s campaign arm the Global Warming Policy Forum.
Stance on Climate Change
Record is a funder fof the UK climate science denial group the Global Warming Policy Foundation and is involved in that organisation’s campaign wing as a board member. He does not view the science on climate change as “settled”.
Record told the Guardian:
“I personally regard the continuing contribution of the GWPF to the climate change debate as very positive in assisting balance and rationality in this contentious area.”
Record told UnEarthed:
“I believe that the important scientific enquiry required for us to understand man’s effect on the climate is being hampered by a monolithic ‘establishment’ view that the science is settled.”
“It is also clear that some of the current popular political choices for carbon reduction (wind; solar in high latitudes) are woefully inefficient and unsustainable,” Record said. “Advances in technology will undoubtedly continue to allow us to improve our carbon/GDP efficiency, but only if the current climate obsessions and fashions are subjected to proper scrutiny.”
The Herald revealed that Record had donated £2,000 to Scottish Conservative MP John Lamont’s local party in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk earlier in 2017. The news prompted SNP MSP Graeme Dey to call the Scottish Tories “shameless hypocrites” when it comes to the environment.
Matthew Hancock, received a donation of £4,000 from Neil Record a few months after Hancock was appointed as the Conservative Party’s energy and climate change minister. Since 2011, Hancock has accepted £18,000 from Record.
Hancock authored a Conservative Free Enterprise Group report calling for the government to cut wind and solar subsidies and push ahead with shale gas exploration and extraction.
During his race to become MP for West Suffolk, Hancock helped to campaign against onshore wind developments in his region.
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