- According to his biography, Lilley was educated at Hayes County Primary School, Dulwich College and Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied natural science and economics. 
Peter Lilley is a former British Conservative Party MP who sits on the Board of Trustees of the UK climate science denying thinktank the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). He represented the Hitchin and Harpenden constituency from 1997 to 2017, previously holding the seat for St Albans 1983. , 
He is a former member of the Government's Environmental Audit Committee and the UK Parliament’s Energy and Climate Change Committee, which examines the policies of the government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. , 
Since 2006, Lilley has also been a non-executive board member of Tethys Petroleum, a Cayman Islands-based oil and gas company with drilling operations in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. This was declared on the register of MPs’ financial interests. In 2012, for example, he earned £47,000. And according to a 2012 article at the Guardian, he received share options worth at least $400,000. , , 
Stance on Climate Change
November 5, 2009
“The Government and the alarmists have to concoct a lot of feedbacks that so far have not manifested themselves to predict that in future we will see far higher rises in temperature from a given increase in CO2 than we have in the past. I am neither a denier of the science nor an alarmist. I am a lukewarmist, if one likes […] I am a global lukewarmist, and I take seriously[…]”
Lilley continued, contending there is no scientific consensus on climate change: 
“A lot of fairy stories are attached to and latched on to a genuine scientific concern. The first fairy tale, which the Government foster, is the idea that there is total consensus in science at the alarmist end of the spectrum. […] The simple fact is that the science is not resolved. A lot of serious scientists think that although there is a measure of impact—I agree with that—the alarmist views are not upheld by the science. A majority may well disagree with the scientists to whom I have referred.”
December 17, 2009
“The tendency of those committed to the theory of catastrophic man-made global warming to unquestioningly adopt the assumptions, at every stage, that maximize the expectation of calamity should alert us that groupthink is driving the movement.”
November 23, 2009
“[Scientists] try to change the facts rather than trying to change their theory. […]”
“I feel certain from reading a lot of the emails and the documents that they were adjusting the data, manipulating the data, concealing the doubts they had internally and continuing to express certainty externally. There's even example of the computer codes that they've adjusted to cut off the evidence of the recent period of global cooling. For the last decade, the world hasn't heated up as their theories suggest it should have done. Indeed, it has cooled slightly.
[…] And likewise they've altered the data in the past, or they've selected data from the past which has wiped out the evidence of the so-called medieval warming period when the world was probably warmer than it is now, because after all if it was warmer then without us all burning lots of hydrocarbons, it's suggests that the hydrocarbons aren't the only things that cause the temperature and the climate to change.”
“I personally—I'm a physicist by training, long ago—accept that doubling the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will produce a modest warming in the climate, but nothing like the alarmist fears which these scientists have been trying to generate or that lie behind the Copenhagen conference.”
November 19, 2008
“My overall position on global warming is that, as a physicist — I studied physics at Cambridge — I am not one of those who deny that carbon dioxide emissions heat the planet. They do have that effect, although there is less certainty about how much the complex feedback effects that climate models seek to replicate may amplify the comparatively modest effect of increasing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. Nonetheless, in my view it is wise to take measures to prevent and to adapt to global warming, and it is sensible to try to assess the costs and benefits of action and inaction to ensure that we adopt the most cost-effective approach.”
“The simple fact is that, since the beginning of this century, the average global temperature has flatlined; indeed, over the past 18 months it has fallen back, and according to the satellite measurements of temperature, it is now basically back at the level it was in 1979, when such measurements started to be taken.”
November 5, 2009
“I hope that we will listen to those scientists, many of whom are in Government employ, who have warned against alarmist views, and that we will take a more consensual view of the basic minimum science that is agreed and open that up to debate and discussion, without trying to silence those who disagree by calling them “deniers” and equating them with holocaust deniers. As I said, I am not a denier-I am a lukewarmer-but even those who deny the existence of anthropological global warning deserve to be heard, just as the alarmists do, and it is sad that we have heard only one or two such views expressed in the House today,” Lilley declared in a Commons debate. 
November 22, 2018
Lilley attended an event organised by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) in the House of Commons to mark the 10 year anniversary of the UK's Climate Change Act. Both the GWPF and Lilley have repeatedly opposed the Act, claiming it “burdened consumers with extraordinary costs.” 
It claims that “rather than solving climate change, the only detectable effect of the Climate Change Act has been to sustain levels of energy poverty that politicians from all parties had promised to abolish.” The report was written by climate science denier Rupert Darwall. 
Speaking at the event, Lilley said: “I decided to vote against the Climate Change Act when I read the impact assessment which showed that the potential cost was twice the prospective benefit. Ten years later the costs are coming home to roost and the benefits remain illusory.” 
Lilley was one of two MPs to vote against the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s acceptance of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) conclusion that humans are the dominant cause of global warming. 
During this same month, Lilley attended a meeting in the House of Commons organised by climate science denier and Northern Ireland politician Sammy Wilson. The meeting was organised on behalf of “Repeal the Act,” a group that argues the “climate is always changing” and seeks to repeal the UK’s Climate Change Act. 
October 30, 2012
Peter Lilley wrote a report for the GWPF entitled “What is Wrong with Stern: The Failings of the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change.” Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science, described Lilley’s GWPF report as being based on “misrepresentations and bad economics.” , 
Lilley was one of only three MPs who voted against the Climate Change Act. He claimed one reason for doing so was because it was snowing in October which he argued showed winters weren’t warming. , 
- Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) — Member, Board of Trustees. 
- YiMei Capital — Member of the Advisory Board. 
- Tethys Petroleum — Deputy Chairman (2006 – 2012). 
- IDOX plc — Non-executive Director 
- UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee — Former Member. 
- UK Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee — Former Member. 
- JP Morgan Claverhouse Investment Trust PLC — Former Director (resigned April 2008). 
- Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs — Member of the Advisory Council. 
- E-Loft AG — Non-Executive Chairman (1999–2001). 
- Facor Energy Limited — Unpaid director. Describes it as a “shell company which is not yet trading, established by Ferro Alloys Corporation Limited.” 
- Do You Sincerely Want to Win? -Defeating Terrorism in Ulster, 1972
- Lessons for Power, 1974
- Delusions of Income Policy (co-written with Samuel Brittan), 1977
- End of the Keynesian Era (contributor), 1980
- Thatcherism, the Next Generation, 1989
- The Mais Lecture Benefits and Costs: Securing the Future of the Social Security, 1993
- Patient Power (published by Demos) 2000
- Commonsense on Cannabis (Social Market Foundation) 2001
- Taking Liberties (Adam Smith Institute) 2002
- Save Our Pensions (Social Market Foundation) 2003
- Identity Crisis - the case against ID Cards (Bow Group) 2005
- Immigration - too much of a good thing? (Centre for Policy Studies) 2005
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