Piers Corbyn

Piers Corbyn

Qualifications

BSc in Physics, Imperial College London

MSc in Astrophysics, Queen Mary College, University of London

Background

Piers Corbyn is an astrophysicist who regularly speaks at climate science denial events. He is managing director of the website Weather Action LongRange Forecasters.

Corbyn bases his forecasts on activity on the surface of the Sun. He claims the sun is the main driver behind changes in global temperature, not human activities and the burning of fossil fuels.

His younger brother is Jeremy Corbyn MP, the leader of the UK’s Labour party. There is no indication that Jeremy Corbyn shares Piers’ views on climate change, with Labour strongly committing to action on climate change in its latest party manifesto.

Corbyn often characterises climate science as a tool of the “globalists” and sees George Soros as a kingpin in a global movement of “globalist elites” who are using climate science as a cover for for a “deindustrialisation” agenda.

Stance on Climate Change

I was thinking of using the weather to discover what the sun had been doing in the past,” Corbyn told the Guardian. “But then I thought, that’s just stupid: why not use the sun to predict what the weather will do in the future?”

Key Quotes

February 2017

In an interview with fringe YouTube channel Windows on the World, Corbyn said:

“The warming that we are told about is 100 per cent fake.”

On climate change science and policy, Corbyn said:

“It's a massive idological tool by the globalists who are under massive pressure right now to justify the de-industrialisation agenda making super profits for the biggest corporations and more and more money for the super rich.”

January 2017

In one of his regular interviews with fringe YouTube channel Windows on the World, Corbyn said that President Barack Obama's climate change action plan was “part of a globalisation agenda to export jobs from the west and generally lower living standards worldwide to the benefit of this super elite.”

January 2016

Speaking to the Guardian, Corbyn said:

For one thing science doesn’t do settled opinions. And for another they are all wrong.”

He also told the Guardian that former prime minister Margaret Thatcher plotted to popularise and endorse the science of man-made climate change, as a way of converting Britain from coal to nuclear power, to defeat striking miners.

Indicating there is a network of climate science denying politicians that turn to him for advice, he told the Guardian:

Graham Stringer, of Labour, is sympathetic.” He continued, “Sammy Wilson DUP, a number of Tories, Boris is very sympathetic [Johnson tends to use Corbyn, in an unlikely alliance, as his climate guru]. Now I think we have George Galloway which is significant, because he can be very persuasive…”

Key Deeds

September, 2016

Corbyn was an invited speaker to the “New Dawn of Truth” conference organised by the climate science denying Independent Committee on Geoethics (ICG). The ICG initially advertised the conference as being associated with the University of London. The university was quick to remove its support once it became aware of the group’s climate science denial.

At the conference, Corbyn declared his support for Clexit – a climate change denial group formed shortly after the UK’s decision to leave the EU. According to Clexit's founding statement (PDF), “The world must abandon this suicidal Global Warming crusade. Man does not and cannot control the climate.”

March, 2016

Corbyn appeared on BBC 1 programme The Big Picture, discussing whether it was “time to take climate change seriously?”. His appearance was criticised by many mainstream scientists including the Met Office’s Michael Fish.

December, 2015

Corbyn Attended a meeting of climate science deniers in advance of the international climate change talks in Paris, in which the group agreed “the key messages they want to get across to the press”, Open Democracy reported.

Alongside Corbyn were UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew, prominent climate science denier Christopher Monckton, and Canadian Tom Harris, executive director of the “International Climate Science Coalition”  and former operations director of the “High Park Group”, a Canadian lobbying company, and Breitbart London reporter James Delingpole.

July, 2014

Corbyn spoke at an event in the Houses of Parliament organised by DUP MP Sammy Wilson on behalf of “Repeal the Act” a group that argues the “climate is always changing.”

At the event, Corbyn claimed the jet stream is to blame for all bad weather (without mentioning the melting Arctic), declared war on termites, and sent a hearty congratulatory message to the Heartland Institute’s annual climate denial conference in Las Vegas.

Also at the event were University of Sussex climate economist Richard Tol, fossil fuel funded former Conservative MP Peter Lilley, and Conservative MP for Monmouth David Davies.

October, 2010

Corbyn attended a meeting to celebrate “Climate Fools Day” – the anniversary of the day MPs passed the UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act. Corbyn is listed on the invite as an expert at “successfully predicting extreme weather events”.

The meeting was organised by DUP MP and environment minister at the time, Sammy Wilson, and was held in the Houses of Parliament. The event was supported by Labour MP and now Global Warming Policy Foundation member Graham Stringer. One of the event invites read: “The danger is not Climate Change but Climate Change Policy – for which there is no evidence in justification.”

October, 1995

Corbyn is present at what DeSmog UK has described as the UK’s “first major climate denial conference”. The conference was organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), and listed speakers including Fred Smith, the founder of the Koch-funded Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), who had flown over from the United States along with the coal-funded sceptic scientist Dr Patrick Michaels.

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