Richard Black: How Cop26 has triggered a new assault by climate sceptics. The populist attack on net-zero economics is a threat to all those who want a greener planet. Lawson’s GWPF is again at the centre of things – sending FoI requests to government departments and the Climate Change Committee; producing its own cost estimates, which unsurprisingly turn out to be much higher than anyone else’s; and finding journalists happy to create stories of an obfuscating establishment. A supporting cast is mustered in Westminster and among the elite media commentariat. For Peter Lilley in 2009, read Steve Baker and Craig Mackinlay in 2021; for Neil Hamilton and Conrad Black then, read any number of columnists attempting to pin the gas price crisis on renewable energy, or claiming that the public doesn’t want the net zero transition despite a mound of evidence showing that it does. It’s a different year and a different angle – but there is the same elite access, the same twisting of reality, the same playbook.
New Statesman 22nd Oct 2021 read more »
The Conservative party and its MPs have registered £1.3m in gifts and donations from climate sceptics and fossil fuel interests since the 2019 general election, an investigation by the Guardian can reveal. Oil companies, petrostates, airports and businesses linked with Russian energy tycoons are among this set of donors, who have either made money from fossil fuels or stand to lose economically or politically from cutting emissions. Their donations, all legally given and declared to the Electoral Commission or in the House of Commons register of interests, are overwhelmingly to the ruling party. In the past two years combined, they have given about £812,000 to the Conservative party, compared with £18,400 registered by the Labour party.
Guardian 25th Oct 2021 read more »
Politicians who complain cutting carbon emissions will cost too much money are stuck in one of the five stages of climate denial, according to a leading climate scientist. Backbench MPs are railing against the government’s plan to cut UK emissions to net zero by 2050, warning the policy will leave British citizens “poorer and colder”. Most insist they do not deny the science of climate change and are merely questioning the policy costs and wisdom of targeting ‘net zero’ in the UK. But renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe suspects otherwise. Professor Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist, professor of political science at Texas Tech University, and chief scientist at the US NGO Nature Conservancy. She is also one of the world’s leading communicators of climate science and has experienced her fair share of climate sceptics.
iNews 25th Oct 2021 read more »