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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.

Peers Attack Government Climate Scientists at Taxpayers' Expense - Official Memo

Lord Lawson’s climate denying Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has been accused of wasting taxpayers’ money through the inappropriate use of parliamentary questions, internal government documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show.

Lord Donoughue (pictured), a Labour peer and member of the GWPF board of trustees, bombarded the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) with a total of 25 questions over 15 months relating to obscure climate models.

The climate denying member of the House of Lords was relying on statistical analysis from a statistician named Doug Keenan, who claims to have worked on Wall Street and the City of London, even though it appears he can only boast of “studying independently” since 1995.

Can You Guess How Climate Deniers Reacted to the Stern Review on Climate Change Economics?

In this DeSmog UK epic history post, we recall the climate denial backlash to the influential Stern Review, which called climate change the greatest market failure ever seen.

Tony Blair heeded an appeal made by Lord Lawson and the climate sceptic economist David Henderson that the Treasury in Britain and finance ministries around the world should take an active interest in the economic implications of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings.

And so Gordon Brown, as chancellor, commissioned Nicholas Stern, then a permanent secretary at the Treasury and head of the Government Economic Service, to conduct an exhaustive study into the economics of climate change.

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.

Coal Baron Matt Ridley is Top Source in Peabody Climate Report to the White House

British climate denier and coal baron Matt Ridley is the most cited individual in coal giant Peabody Energy’s official submission to the White House addressing the company’s concerns regarding new policies proposed by the US Government around greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

The 71-page document on the government’s National Environmental Policy Act, uncovered by DeSmogBlog, declares that greenhouse gases are a “non-existent harm”. Ridley’s opinion articles, such as one professing “fossil fuels will save the world” published in the Wall Street Journal, form much of the basis for the coal company’s arguments submitted in March.

Ridley writes frequently in the Wall Street Journal and the Times promoting fossil fuels, while at the same time earning considerable wealth from coal mining. The peer’s Blagdon Estate, north of Newcastle, covers a significant part of two opencast mines.

Labour and Tory MPs Join Lord Lawson's Climate Denial Global Warming Policy Foundation

Two climate change sceptic MPs have just joined Lord Lawson’s climate denial charity, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), in its efforts to oppose policies to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

It was announced today that Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton, and Peter Lilley, Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, will join the GWPF’s Board of Trustees. They are the only currently-elected MPs to be listed as members.

Both Lilley and Stringer are well-known for their climate scepticism. Last July, they were the only two MPs to vote against the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s acceptance of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) conclusion that humans are the dominant cause of global warming.

Remember When Lord Lawson Brought Climate Denial to the House of Lords?

Lord Lawson would command the admiration and gratitude of the sceptic cause when he raised the economics of climate change in the House of Lords. DeSmog UK’s epic history series continues.

Lord Nigel Lawson delivered the coup de grâce in June 2005 when he persuaded his fellow peers on the economic affairs committee of the House of Lords to examine the economics of climate change.

As a committee member, Lawson persuaded the House of Lords to launch a powerful and high profile Parliamentary inquiry examining allegations that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had based its analysis on poor statistics and economics.

Lord Lawson’s French Neighbours Struggle with Climate Change, Yet He Continues to Deny It

This DeSmog UK epic history post details the 2003 heatwave in Europe and the pivotal moment it played for climate denier Lord Lawson.

Lord Nigel Lawson and his second wife, Thérese, made £1 million from selling their idyllic six-bedroom mansion and its surrounding ten acres of land in Northamptonshire during the housing boom.

The retired couple then bought and renovated, at great cost, a serenely picturesque neo-classical Armagnac house just outside Vic-Fezensac in the heart of the grape-growing region of Gascony in the south of France.

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.

An investigation by DeSmog UK has identified two funders of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) who have both during their careers had vested interests in the energy industry.

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.

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