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Backlash Against Petrol and Diesel Vehicle Ban Led by Anti-Clean Air Zone Groups

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Groups with a record of opposing clean air measures in the UK have been leading a backlash against the government’s plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, announced in November.

The policy move is seen as key to achieving the government’s 2050 net zero emissions target, having been recommended by the government’s Committee on Climate Change and environmental organisations, as well as oil giants BP and Shell.

Our 2020 Highlights: COVIDenial, Polluter Backlash, and Big Oil's 'Forest Fever'

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Climate change took a bit of a backseat this year, there’s no denying it. The Greta Thunberg-inspired school strikers and Extinction Rebellion protesters stepped out of the limelight, for the most part, as all eyes turned to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe.

Revealed: Lobby Groups Backed by Big Brands Resisting Clean Air Measures Across the UK

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Air pollution lobbying investigation

Dramatic violin music starts up as the viewer is invited to marvel at Earth, spinning on its axis, from some unknown point in outer space. The camera zooms down to ground level to show the buzz of modern civilisation, and a breathy voice tells us: “we understand how important it is to look after our planet”.

So begins a video released last year by DHL in a bid to promote its new “GoGreen” initiative – the latest effort by the logistics giant, whose operations emitted 41,000 tonnes of nitrogen oxide emissions in 2019, to highlight its engagement with environmental issues.

Former Green Party Spokesperson Arrested at ‘Home of Climate Denying Thinktanks’

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Four Extinction Rebellion activists were arrested on Wednesday night at the end of a demonstration in Westminster against the influence of “right-wing climate sceptic thinktanks” on the UK’s political system.

The arrestees included former Green Party spokesperson and philosophy professor Rupert Read, who was removed by police after pouring fake blood over the entrance to 55 Tufton Street.

Zadie Smith Joins Protest Against ‘Right-wing Climate Sceptic Thinktanks’

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Prominent writers and actors gathered outside the offices at 55 Tufton Street on Wednesday evening to highlight the role they say organisations based in and around the Westminster address play in spreading misinformation about climate change and lobbying against government action.

They were joined by several hundred protestors opposing “climate science denial and the influence of right-wing climate sceptic thinktanks in UK politics,” according to a statement released by Writers Rebel, an offshoot of the environmental activist movement Extinction Rebellion (XR).

More Climate Science Deniers Appointed to House of Lords

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Charles Moore

Public figures with a history of climate science denial and opposition to environmental measures are set to become members of the House of Lords, after the latest round of peerages was announced at the end of last week.

They include a trustee of the UK’s principal climate science denial group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), who will join fellow GWPF affiliates and supporters Nigel Lawson, Bernard Donoughue, Matt Ridley, Peter Lilley, Andrew Turnbull, Emma Nicholson, Nigel Vinson and Richard Cavendish.

UK Offered £760m of Support to Overseas Fossil Fuel Projects Last Year

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Liz Truss, International Trade Secretary

The UK has provided up to £760 million worth of financial support for “climate-wrecking” fossil fuel projects around the world in the past year, compared with six schemes related to renewable energy, according to analysis by the campaign group Global Witness.

Data published by the government’s export credit agency at the end of June show the Department for International Trade, under which the agency is housed, helped to finance a total of 51 oil and gas projects.

Ineos-Owned Grangemouth Oil Refinery Should Be Refused £500m Bailout, Say Green Groups

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The petrochemical company that runs Scotland’s Grangemouth oil refinery should not be given state support to help it weather the coronavirus pandemic, according to a coalition of environmental organisations.

Petroineos, a joint venture between the multinational chemicals giant Ineos and the Chinese state-owned oil and gas company PetroChina, is seeking an emergency government loan worth up to £500 million, as the petrochemicals complex struggles with a collapse in fuel demand.

FairFuel UK: Industry-funded Campaign Group Seeks to Pressure Treasury into Fuel Duty U-turn

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FairFuel UK

Rumours began swirling in February that the upcoming budget could bring the UK’s 10-year freeze on fuel duty to an end. Since then, an industry-funded pressure group has been furiously campaigning for the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to abandon the planned change.

FairFuel claims to enjoy the support of 146 MPs and 1.7 million British drivers but has been accused by campaigners of having “no credible solutions” to the twin problems of localised air pollution and climate change.

Analysis | Labour Leadership Candidates' Record on Climate Change

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With MP nominations now closed for the Labour leadership contest, the race is on for the five chosen candidates to win enough support from local parties, unions and other affiliated “socialist societies” to go through to the next round.

Public concern on climate change is at an all-time high, so how do the MPs hoping to replace Jeremy Corbyn stack up on the issue?