Global Warming Policy Foundation

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The Global Warming Policy Foundation is an all-party and non-party think tank and a registered educational charity which, while open-minded on the contested science of global warming, is deeply concerned about the costs and other implications of many of the policies currently being advocated.

...Included in this network of organisations pushing for a hard Brexit is the UK’s premier climate science denial campaign group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). Founded by prominent climate science denier Nigel Lawson, the group aims to fight back against what it describes as “extremely damaging and harmful policies” designed to mitigate climate change. Despite disputing the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate science, the GWPF still has a voice in Parliament. Both Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton Graham Stringer and Tory MP for North Shropshire Owen Paterson have strong ties with the GWPF as well as 3 Tory members of the House of Lords including Peter Lilley, Matt Ridley and Nigel Vinson. Lilley’s also sits on “a committee of experts” closely advising international trade secretary Liam Fox, DeSmog UK previously revealed. Lilley is a supporter of the European Research Group (ERG). Led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG is lobbying for a hard Brexit and has been described by Buzzfeed as “an aggressive, disciplined, and highly organised parliamentary and media operation”. Former Brexit minister, Steve Baker, is a past chair of the group. ref See also https://www.desmog.co.uk/global-warming-policy-foundation

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  • Arp.13.2015: Exposed: Two Funders of Lord Lawson's Climate Denial Charity Linked to Energy Industry. Lord Lawson’s climate denial charity has accepted secret donations from a consultant who worked for the nuclear industry and a wealthy Tory peer who claims to have been the first person in Britain to have built subsidised wind farms. Lord Lawson, chairman-for-life of the GWPF, has steadfastly refused to name his funders despite appeals from senior MPs for greater transparency. Despite this, DeSmog UK has managed to name several of his donors. ref Bryan Bateman, a consultant with the Confederation of Paper Industries and a former engineer working on nuclear power stations, confirmed on Friday that he was a GWPF funder. Lord Cavendish, a former energy minister also confirmed during an interview that he had contributed to the foundation. Bateman said that he had been working within a small group, including his friends in Parliament, attacking mainstream climate science which later became the GWPF. This was before Lawson became involved. ... some stuff of Cavendish here. Several of the GWPF donors were also financial supporters of the Conservative party. This includes Lord Vinson, who assisted Thatcher to power and has recently threatened to donate to UKIP as a supporter. Tory party donors Lord Leach, Michael Hintze, Edward Atkin, and Neil Record have also been identified as benefactors, both to the climate denial charity GWPF Foundation, and also to David Cameron’s ‘Vote Blue, Go Green’ Conservatives. Brendan Montague, DeSmog UK.

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  • May.2011: The Really Inconvenient Truth Or “It ain’t necessarily so” The GWPF is proud to publish this dispassionate but devastating critique of UK climate change policies, and of the alleged basis on which those policies rest, by one of our trustees, Andrew Turnbull. Although there is agreement among scientists that global temperatures have been rising, ... there is little agreement beyond that. Virtually every step in the chain of causation is disputed and even the basic data on measurements is challenged. There is huge controversy about the relative contribution of man-made CO2 versus natural forces such as the sun, cosmic rays, clouds and the oceans. The Really Inconvenient Truth is that the propositions of the IPCC do not bear the weight of certainty with which they are expressed. Even if the IPCC scenarios were correct, the impacts are frequently selective and exaggerated. Holding various govt position does not make Turnbull a scientist. Andrew Turnbull, Carbon Brief. Original archived