Ruth Lea

Ruth Lea

Background

Ruth Lea is a political economist and former civil servant. A commentator on economic and political affairs, Ruth Lea has criticised the “big state” economic ideas of Gordon Brown.

Between 2004 and 2007, Ruth was director of Centre for Policy Studies, an organisation with links to climate science denial groups in the US.

Lea founded Eurosceptic and market fundamentalist campaign group Global Vision, which shares an address with the Centre for Policy Studies and other connected groups involved in Brexit lobbying and climate science denial at 55 Tufton Street. She now acts as Director of Global Vision, of which Lord Norman Blackwell is Chair. Blackwell has strong links to multiple 55 Tufton Street organisations.

Lea is on the advisory board for Taxpayers’ Alliance, an organisation at the heart of the network of pro-Brexit lobby interests and climate science denial at 55 Tufton Street. Lea is also a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), which is closely linked to the 55 Tufton Street organisations and is located next door at 57 Tufton Street.

Stance on Climate Change

Ruth Lea has expressed her belief that climate change is nothing more than natural variability in the Earth’s climate system, and described the IPCC’s work as “deeply flawed”.

Key Quotes

In an article for The Telegraph:

there seems to be little scientific agreement that mankind's fossil-fuel burning is the major reason for climate change

At a fringe event run by the Freedom Association, a right wing pressure group in the UK, Lea outlined previous variations in global temperature as a means of dismissing current climate change, and said:

In the 1990s, things warmed up a little bit, and now of course since the late 1990s, as I understand it, temperatures have not risen at all, if anything they’re now slightly cooling”.

In the same talk, Lea said of the idea that cutting back on carbon dioxide emissions would reduce global temperature increases:

I am not a climate scientist, I do not pretend to be. But I do make sure that I have friends who are, and my friends who are climate scientists tell me that this is just ridiculous.

Key Deeds

March, 2018

Lea was among a series of hardline Brexit lobbyists from organisations linked to climate science denial made economic advisors on an expert committee for Liam Fox, as revealed by a freedom of information request.

Other lobbyists mentioned include Shanker Singham, who worked for a year at the Legatum Institute before leaving for a role at 55 Tufton Street organisation Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). Singham also has links to US-based climate science denial organisations, being originally a policy expert for the US-based Heartland Institute, which has received at least $676,500 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

October, 2011

In a Perspectives column entitled “Britain’s high energy prices: the folly of wind-power”, Lea questioned climate science and criticised the UK’s climate policy for rising energy prices.

March, 2007

Lea founded the organisation Global Vision, a Eurosceptic and pro-free market organisation operating out of 55 Tufton Street, the same address as other pro-Brexit and climate science denial groups such as the Taxpayers’ Alliance and the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

Among the economic advisors for Global Vision is Neil Record. Record is a donor to climate science denial organisation the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a 55 Tufton Street organisation, and is the Chair of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), which is located next door at 57 Tufton Street.