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Climate Hustle Is the Deniers' Last Desperate Gamble

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Surrealism reached a pitch this week in Paris that Salvador Dali could only dream about. The premier of the independent film Climate Hustle began in a maelstrom of the bizarre. But for me, a single moment seriously stress-tested my own sanity.

But first, the context. Delegates representing almost 200 countries are currently at the COP21 conference in Paris burning the midnight oil negotiating a new international agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions and preventing devastating climate change.

Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, is heading the UK team and also the European Union block. Barack Obama, the US president; David Cameron, the UK prime minister and Francois Hollande, the French president, will return to Paris at the end of the week to announce the final agreement.

Matt Ridley Caught up in Dollars-for-Denial Scandal

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Matt Ridley has become embroiled in the dollars-for-denial scandal currently engulfing a British climate denial think tank with his position on the advisory board of Sense About Science looking increasingly tenuous.

The Conservative member of the House of Lords and coal producer published articles in British and American publications ahead of the Paris climate negotiations aimed at challenging the science of climate change.

Viscount Ridley supported his arguments in at least one of these articles by referencing publications by Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

Lawson Stands By Academic William Happer Embroiled in Latest Oil Funded Denial Scandal

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Lord Lawson has taken the extraordinary decision to stand by a “distinguished” academic advisor to his charity who has become embroiled in a new scandal about climate denier groups being secretly funded by oil companies.

The former chancellor and chairman-for-life of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has dug in his heels after a member of his Academic Advisory Council agreed to secretly channel oil money to another anti-science front group.

Professor William Happer, of Princeton University, was contacted by an undercover Greenpeace UK investigator posing as a representative of a fictional Middle East oil company.

Obama's Secret Plot to Launch Communist World State at Paris Climate Conference*

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BY BRENDAN MONTAGUE AND KYLA MANDEL IN PARIS

Barack Obama is leading a clandestine international project to establish a Communist-fascist world government through the United Nations COP21 climate change conference in Paris. That's the reality that Viscount Monckton wakes up to every day.

The president of the United States is working alongside an international network of “totalitarians” who hope to impose their will on the people of the world by introducing international courts perportedly to enforce climate change regulations, he told DeSmog UK today. 

A “small group of malevolent scientists” had fraudulently falsified scientific data, while other researchers had become “useful idiots” or had been bullied into supporting the climate change “hoax” to provide a pretext to form the new communist and fascist global state, Monckton claimed. 

Cameron's Climate Call KO'd by Expert James Hansen

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BY BRENDAN MONTAGUE AND KYLA MANDEL IN PARIS

David Cameron flew into Paris to warn negotiators at the COP21 talks that politicians will be betraying future generations unless they deal with climate change.

But the prime minister’s emotional appeal was swiftly undermined when Dr James Hansen, the grandfather of climate science, said the UNFCCC was discussing measures that are “half arsed, half baked” and we are therefore “screwing the next generation.”

Hansen was as far back as 1988 the first to warn world leaders that global climate change was already taking place, and could soon result in catastrophic floods, drought, sea-level rise and extinctions.

Cameron Commits Complete Climate COP Out

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BY BRENDAN MONTAGUE AND KYLA MANDEL IN PARIS

David Cameron blustered through his three minute speech before 146 fellow world leaders in Paris tonight for the COP21 negotiations by imagining future generations asking “what was so difficult” about preventing catastrophic climate change.

The prime minister employed rhetorical dexterity to avoid any firm commitments on behalf of the UK - avoiding any mention of carbon capture and storage, solar and wind energy or the cuts to subsidies his government has inflicted over the coming months.

He said: “Let's just imagine for a moment: what we would have to say to our grand children if we failed? We’d have to say, 'it was all too difficult'. They’d reply, 'what was it that was so difficult when the world was in peril?'”

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