California Governor Jerry Brown used the occasion of his fourth inaugural address to propose an ambitious new clean energy target for the state: 50% renewable energy by 2030.
“We are at a crossroads,” Brown said in announcing the proposal, according to Climate Progress. “The challenge is to build for the future, not steal from it, to live within our means and to keep California ever golden and creative.”
Already the leader in installed solar...
- International economist, Downing College, Cambridge, U.K.
McFarquhar has done work in the past with an organization called the “Adam Smith Institute.” This UK-based free market think-tank has been a source of climate change “skeptics” in the past.
According to the Institute's website, it “promotes free markets, limited government, and an open society.”
The Adam Smith Institute has had relations with Philip Morris in creating an international center to train journalists that would be “ideologically consistent with PM's issues and interests,” SourceWatch found.
Stance on Climate Change
McFarqehar is a signatory of the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change which states that “the IPCC’s conclusions are quite inadequate as justification for implementing policies that will markedly diminish future prosperity.” In summary, “attempts to prevent global climate change from occurring are ultimately futile, and constitute a tragic misallocation of resources that would be better spent on humanity’s real and pressing problems.” 
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March 4, 2008
McFarquhar signed the Manhattan Declaration on Climate change which was promoted by the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC). The ICSC lists McFarquhar as one of 206 “climate experts” who are signatories. 
The ICSC is a directed by prominent climate change skeptic Tom Harris and is affiliated with other high-profile climate skeptic organizations including the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI), Climate Audit (edited by Stephen McIntyre) and Friends of Science (FoS).
December 13, 2007
The open letter describes global warming as “a natural phenomenon that has affected humanity through the ages,” and describes CO2 as a “non-polluting gas that is essential to plant photosynthesis.”
McFarquhar signed a 2006 Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper recommending that the government stall any action on climate policy because the “climate changes all the time due to natural causes.”
The letter advocates a delay or cancelation of Kyto reductions, and states that “allocating funds to 'stopping climate change' would be irrational.”
Many prominent skeptics signed the letter, including Tim Ball, David Wojick, Chris de Freitas, Ian Clark and Paul Copper.
According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, has not published any research articles in peer-reviewed journals. According to Google Scholar, McFarquhar has published some studies on land use policy.
“20 of Inhofe's Global Warming Deniers Are Economists,” The Daily Green, January 10, 2008.
“THE MANHATTAN DECLARATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE,” International Climate Science Coalition. Accessed January, 2012.
“CLIMATE EXPERTS WHO SIGNED MANHATTAN DECLARATION,” International Climate Science Coalition. Accessed January, 2012.
“Open Letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations,” December 13, 2007. Republished by the Science and Public Policy Institute.
Alister McFarquehar. “Planning Rape: Land Use Policy and Local Government Finance in the UK” (PDF), Adam Smith Institute, 1999.