Lord Nigel Lawson

Met Office Asks British Public to #NameOurStorms. Here's What They Came Up With

The Met Office asked and the public has answered: name our storms after climate deniers.

This week, the Met Office issued a call for people to help create a list of names for storms expected to affect the UK and Ireland this winter. Names can be suggested by tweeting directly to @metoffice using the twitter hashtag ‘#nameourstorms’ or on its Facebook page and via email.

And it turns out that quite a few people are calling for the names of UK climate deniers such as Lord Lawson, Lord Monckton and Matt Ridley to be used.

Here's Why MP Peter Lilley Voted Against the Climate Change Act

Environmentalists first promoted a climate change bill when Britain was enjoying an economic boom – albeit through an evidently unsustainable housing bubble and consumer credit.

When the economic crisis of 2008 unfolded, I was a journalist at the Sunday Times newspaper and was told by Nicholas Hellen, then deputy news editor, that any environment stories were, as a result, immediately off the agenda. Consumers could no longer afford to ‘go green’.

But the momentum of the climate change legislation then passing through Parliament was enough to see it through to royal assent, with almost universal support across the political and economic spectrum. A tiny rump of free market Tories were the only MPs to voice any opposition.

How Lord Lawson Used Climate Denial to Stage His Political Comeback

The global economy was in a death spiral and Britain was at the centre of the financial tornado. The legacy of Chancellor Nigel Lawson – reliance on the deregulated and seemingly craven denizens of the City of London – meant Britain, in particular, was in serious peril.

At the same time, environmental groups and campaigners had finally persuaded the Labour Government to address the serious risk that profit-seeking oil companies posed to the global ecology. The Climate Change Bill passing through Parliament in 2008 would introduce statutory reductions in carbon emissions.

It was at this moment that Lord Lawson, retired to a picturesque and sleepy French village, and conspicuous through his long absences from the House of Lords, decided to stage a remarkable political come back.

Man Who Broke Economy Says 'Trust Me Our Ecology Is Just Fine’

This DeSmog UK epic history post explains how neoliberalism almost broke capitalism (and what this might tell us about free markets and the environment).

Matt Ridley, as chairman of Northern Rock, was the canary in the coal mine when it came to the calamitous financial crisis of 2008 as he presided over the first run on the bank in Britain since the Victorian era.

He was made to answer for the 'reckless' policies of his bank and the roulette-wheel gambling of his less senior colleagues in Parliament. One man very clearly cannot be held responsible for an international economic collapse.

But, Ridley’s philosophy of ‘lukewarm’ neoliberalism was tested to absolute destruction in 2008 and the cost to millions of people around the entire world was both enormous and avoidable.

And yet, he retains his faith in neoliberal economics – and this remains the foundation of his climate ‘lukewarmism’. Where does this faith come from? And who was to blame for the 2008 crisis?

Revealed: The Inside Story of The Great Global Warming Swindle

This DeSmog UK epic history post details how a Channel 4 programme on climate change was edited to promote climate denial.

Lord Lawson began his public relations attack on climate science in earnest on 8 March 2007 when he appeared alongside the distinguished cast of oil-funded deniers on the Channel 4 programme, The Great Global Warming Swindle.

Climate Denier Lord Lawson 'Has No Influence' Says Head of UK Committee on Climate Change

Lord Lawson has no influence, fails to listen, and is touchy and rude – according to the Conservative peer leading Britain’s independent Committee on Climate Change.

But Lord Deben does not believe George Osborne, the chancellor, has fallen under the influence of Lord Lawson on the issue of climate change. He also described the failure of environmentalists to present a convincing case to government.

The thing we have to accept about this government is that there is not a place for woolly good-heartedness,” he said.

That Time When Lord Lawson Talked Climate Change in a US Senate Committee Hearing

This DeSmog UK epic history post follows climate denier Lord Lawson as he travels to the United States to brief a senate committee on the economics of climate change.

In his sunset years, Lord Nigel Lawson had managed to clamber back onto the world’s political stage.

Two months before the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee inquiry – into allegations that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) used poor statistics and economics – had been published, the former chancellor (who instigated the inquiry) flew out to the United States to present the report’s conclusions to the senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works.

UK Climate Deniers Invite American Sceptic Judith Curry to Speak in the House of Lords

Lord Lawson’s climate denial charity, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), invited climate sceptic Judith Curry, a professor of School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, to speak in the House of Lords on Monday.

The organisation, which DeSmog UK has revealed to be supported by several Conservative Party donors, invited Curry to talk about the “The state of the US climate debate”.

Curry, who has been invited several times by Republicans to testify at climate change hearings regarding alleged uncertainties on manmade climate change, focused on how the climate debate has been politicised and that science has been “caught in the crossfire” leading to “oversimplification” of the problem of and solutions to climate change.

Do You Know When Lord Lawson First Began Talking About Climate Change?

Our epic history series continues with a look at Lord Lawson’s muddled account of when he first came to talk about climate change.

The first time I broached the matter [of climate change] in public was in the course of a lecture I gave at the London School of Economics [LSE] in 2004,” the climate denier Lord Lawson recalls in the updated edition of his autobiography, Memoirs of A Radical Tory.

The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) founder writes: “The concern I expressed about climate change in my 2004 lecture was that the Treasury had, unaccountably, not been asked to make a dispassionate economic assessment of the issue before the hugely costly commitment to the rapid decarbonisation of the British economy had been made – not even the most elementary form of cost-benefit analysis. That would certainly not have been permitted in my day.”

Meet Benny Peiser: The Marxist Radical Turned Climate Change Denier

Our latest DeSmog UK epic history post recalls how Dr Benny Peiser transformed from Marxist radical to director of Lord Lawson’s climate denial charity, the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Dr Benny Peiser, a sports anthropologist whose PhD focused on the ancient Olympic games, was chosen by Julian Morris, founder and president of the International Policy Network, to submit a chapter to the think tank’s publication on climate change entitled Adapt or Die.

Peiser’s chapter was called “Climate Change and Civilisation Collapse” and in it he explained that humans had often panicked about the end of the world, and expressed his view that global warming was just the latest example.


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