Philip Foster is a retired reverend, writer and a supporter of the UK Independence Party (Ukip).
He is a vice chairman of the cross-party Eurosceptic group Campaign for an Independent Britain.
Foster completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Science at the University of Cambridge before teaching secondary and sixth-form schoolchildren in Nigeria. He trained as a Christian minister and served for 30 years before retiring.
Foster is the author of While the Earth Endures: Creation Cosmology and Climate Change in which he argues that there is no scientific evidence for “anthropogenic climate change”.
He was an active member of the campaign to repeal the UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act.
Foster told local newspaper The Hunts Post that he started to form his opinions on climate change after reading The Sceptical Environmentalist by Bjorn Lomborg, which downplays the role of global warming.
Foster has previously been involved with the Principia Scientific International, which has claimed that carbon dioxide “could actually cool the planet” and claimed that childhood vaccines are “one of the largest most evil lies in history”.
Stance on Climate Change
In a foreword to a lecture by Australian climate skeptic professor Murry Salby titled “Climate Change: What we know and what we don’t know” to the Bruges Group, Foster argued for environmental deregulation and slammed the EU’s climate policy as “economic suicide” and a pretext to enforce trade regulation.
He wrote: “How could EU regulation, which was now failing to prevent goods from outside the EU from flooding in, be in some way extended and strengthened? It is this answer to this problem that is the key to understanding why the EU has embraced the idea of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC).
“Through the ‘moral’ imperative of ‘saving the planet’ from the dire consequences of burning of fossil fuels, the EU hoped it could hobble the burgeoning industries of Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRICs). Making the world’s energy extremely expensive by requiring the use of renewables and by insisting on heavy carbon taxes, you are a long way towards crushing the competition of the BRICs.
“Faced as we are with just about every supranational body, the EU and the UN with its IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change], a host of Green NGOs, such as WWF, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace and other hugely wealthy lobby groups, along with a supposed global consensus of scientific opinion that the burning of fossil fuels is catastrophically changing the climate, we might indeed feel intimidated and fearful to challenge this awesome multi-headed giant.
“Here Prof Murry Salby comes to our rescue. With one deadly piece of precision science he has slain the giant phantom of CACC [Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change]”.
Foster told local newspaper The Hunts Post: “Our climate is quite beyond human influence. The main influences are the sun’s variability and activity, the lunar orbit, planetary orbits and our varying position in the solar system and in the galaxy. On the earth, the clouds and ocean currents control the overall temperature (not the other way round) and they respond primarily to these extra-terrestrial influences.”
In a YouTube video called “Global warming con is a tool of control”, Foster said: “I am, in one sense, no important person but, equally, I have taken time to study quite carefully the whole issue of global warming, climate change, and its connection to so-called sustainable development.”
Foster appeared on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to debate whether the heatwave which gripped the UK over the past few weeks meant climate change is real.
Foster’s appearance on the Chris Mann show sparked outrage after University of East Anglia academic and former Green party candidate for Cambridge Rupert Read tweeted that he had been asked to go on the show but refused the invitation after finding out about the programme’s format.
In the carol, an environment reporter called Scrooge is visited by a charitable trust called Fuel for Africa which tells him Africa’s oil and coal should be used for electricity generation.
Scrooge accuses Fuel for Africa of being “climate deniers” and “humbug” before being visited by the spirits of climate change past, present and future which all push messages of climate science denial.
In a blog post addressed to the BBC’s environment and energy analyst Roger Harrabin, Foster criticised Harrabin’s use of climate models as evidence during a BBC programme about climate change.
He criticised Harrabin for saying that global warming is “a science based risk” and added: “Sorry but this is not true. It is a model based risk.”
Foster argued that “climate models are currently a waste of time and money” and that it would take “100,000,000,000,000,000,000 years to really model our climate with current computing power” and that “anyways no ones knows all the physics in the first place”.