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Election 2019: Here Are All the Brexit Party's Climate Science Deniers

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Nigel Farage

Climate science denial and opposition to climate-friendly policies are widespread among Brexit Party general election candidates, analysis by DeSmog shows.

Of prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) standing for Nigel Farage’s party who have expressed views on climate change publicly, the majority appear to reject mainstream science on the issue.

Brexit Party Backtracks on Climate Action Statement, Blaming 'Keen Young Staffer'

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Nigel Farage

The Brexit Party is tying itself in knots over its position on climate change, after a mailout from the party appeared to suggest it was set to acknowledge the climate emergency – a move that would put it at odds with many high-profile climate science deniers in Nigel Farage’s organisation.

How the Rise of Populism is Fuelling Climate Science Denial Across Europe

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In Europe, populism points one way, climate science the other

By Mat Hope, DeSmog, and Eduardo Robaina, La Marea/Climática. Lee en español en Climática.

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.  

In December 2015, European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker stood at a podium to hail the world’s first comprehensive agreement to take action on climate change, and told the world, “the Paris Agreement now reflects our ambition worldwide.” While the European Union’s leaders stand by that sentiment, a lot has changed since then.

The Union is facing a credibility crisis, threatened by Brexit and the rise of populism across the continent. Its leadership is facing calls to simultaneously increase its ambition to tackle climate change and cut the very regulations that would deliver reductions in globe-warming pollution.

Climate policy — a seemingly unlikely candidate for controversy back in 2015 — is suddenly at the heart of a European power struggle.

Attacks on Greta Thunberg Are About More Than Anti-Environmentalism

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Greta Thunberg mural

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.  

Freak yachting accidents do happen…”

That was how British businessman, Trump ally, and Brexit bankroller Arron Banks responded to the news that Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen who inspired the school climate strikes movement, was sailing to America to attend the UN Climate Action Summit. His scorn was not unique. 

Many people have already spilled thousands of words of commentary explaining how personal attacks on Greta — often lobbed by old white men, sometimes mocking her Aspergers — are unacceptable. But understanding where those attackers come from, ideologically and professionally, casts an important light on some of their dark statements.

EU Elections 2019: These Climate Science Deniers are now Members of the European Parliament

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Brexit party candidates

The Brexit Party has swept to victory in the UK’s European Parliament elections, meaning a new large group of climate science deniers will soon be walking the corridors of Brussels and Strasbourg.

Richard Tice

Richard Tice

Credentials

  • Uppingham School. [1]
  • Quantity surveying and construction economics, Salford University. [1]

Background

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Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe

Credentials

  • B.A. Latin, University of Birmingham. [1]
  • B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), University of Oxford. [2]

Background

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Denial and Dampening Ambition: Where do Europe's Right-Wing Populist Parties Stand on Climate Change?

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With the European elections around the corner, populists and right-wing parties are gathering momentum and teaming-up into a pan-European alliance.

The alliance is being established around a common anti-immigration and eurosceptic ideology but nationalist parties have something else in common: opposition to climate action.

Research shows that dozens of candidates standing in the election are using climate science denial and anti-climate action rhetoric as a campaign strategy.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg

Annunziata Rees-Mogg

Credentials

  • Annunziata Rees-Mogg attended Godolphin and Latymer, a private girls’ school in Hammersmith, London. [1]

Background

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