Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)
The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) is a UK-based think tank founded by climate change denialist Nigel Lawson with the purpose of combating what the foundation describes as “extremely damaging and harmful policies” designed to mitigate climate change. The group was established on November 22, 2009, just three days after the first set of “Climategate” emails were released on the University of Tomsk's server. , 
Nigel Lawson described the GWPF as an “all-party and non-party think-tank and a registered educational charity which, while open-minded on the contested science of global warming, is deeply concerned about the costs and other implications of many of the policies currently being advocated.” Although Lawson claims to be “open minded” on global warming, the GWPF website has a banner depicting a short-term temperature graph that suggests the world is not warming. 
In an interview with The Register, Nigel Lawson said that the Global Warming Policy Foundation “will certainly be actively involved in monitoring what is being said, in correcting errors where there are errors. The only thing we will not be actively engaged in is what are the causes of the temperature changes on the planet: how much is CO2, how much is solar radiation, how much is cosmic rays. We won't be getting into all that.” The article also notes that the average age of the Trustees at the time of the group's formation was 74. 
Bob Ward, the policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics said that “Some of those names [on the GWPF's Academic Advisory Council] are straight from the Who's Who of current climate change sceptics … To me, this is pretty much indistinguishable from the websites that are run by rightwing, free-market think tanks in the US. It's just going to be a way of pumping material into the debate that hasn't been through scrutiny,” reports The Guardian. 
The Global Warming Policy Forum
The similarly-named Global Warming Policy Forum (thegwpf.com) describes itself as “a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Global Warming Policy Foundation” and a “London-based think tank which conducts campaigns and activities which do not fall squarely within the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s remit as an educational charity.” Its Director is Dr Benny Peiser, the same as the Global Warming Policy Foundation, and its Chairman is Neil Record, who also chairs the BP-funded pro-free market Institute of Economic Affairs. , , 
The reason for the formation of the Global Warming Policy Forum as a seperate entity can be traced to a report by the UK Charity Commission (PDF) that looked into the Global Warming Policy Foundation when “Concerns were raised with the commission that the charity was promoting views that were of a political rather than an educational nature.” 
The Commision examined the GWPF's website, blog, and publications, and came to the conclusion that the GWPF lacked its claimed neutrality, as it “promoted a particular position on global warming.” The Charity Commission also ruled that the GWPF did not constitute as an educational resource: “The [GWPF] website could not be regarded as a comprehensive and structured educational resource sufficient to demonstrate public benefit. In areas of controversy, education requires balance and neutrality with sufficient weight given to competing arguments. The promotion of a particular view or position would not equate to education.” (Emphasis added). 
As an impact of the Charity Commision's involvement, the Global Warming Policy Foundation split off the Global Warming Policy Forum in September, 2014, as a non-charitable entity that would act as a “campaigning body fully able to promote the opinions and policy change.” 
American Friends of the GWPF
DeSmogUK reports that the GWPF set up a new 501(c)(3) fundraising arm titled the American Friends of the GWPF in April 2015 so as to “enable supporters in the USA to enjoy tax relief on donations.” 
The new Friends of the GWPF was created after donations dropped significantly from £377,979 ($547,219) in 2014 to £207,019 ($299,711) in 2015. The GWPF's most recent Companies House filing shows that the average number of staff dropped from four to three, with membership fees down more than £3,500 ($5,067). 
Company details show that American Friends of the GWPF is represented by Los Angeles lawyer, Paul Tosetti, who has handled several mergers of large pharmaceutical companies. View related 990 tax filings below. , 
Stance on Climate Change
According to Benny Peiser, director of the GWPF, “We are certainly not taking a critical stance on the basic science of the greenhouse effect or the fact that CO2 emissions in the atmosphere are having an effect on the climate.” He said the foundation exists to help restore a less “hysterical” and “emotional” debate on the subject and promote what he calls a more “flexible and long-term approach” to the problem. 
The following are excerpts from a 2015 GWPF “Report” on Climate Change by Andrew Montford:
“Policies to ‘stop climate change’ are based on climate models that completely failed to predict the lack of warming for the past two decades. Observational data show clearly that the predictions of unacceptable warming caused by more carbon dioxide are wrong. Economic discount rates aside, policies designed to save the planet from more carbon dioxide are based on failed computer models.
[…] Human emissions of carbon dioxide, a transparent, odorless, non-toxic gas, essential for plant growth and contained at about 40,000 parts per million (ppm) in our own breaths. Carbon dioxide has been mercilessly demonized as ‘carbon pollution’, when in fact it is a benefit to the planet. Agricultural production has increased substantially and the Earth is greener today with the 400 ppm current levels of carbon dioxide than it was with preindustrial levels of about 280 ppm. And two or three times higher levels would be even better. 
Funding & Membership
According to Companies House disclosures, the Global Warming Policy Foundation generated only £5,409 in income from membership feeds for the year ending September 30, 2016. As the Independent reported, this number was the lowest annual total in the history of the foundation. With membership fees of roughly £100 per year, per member, this would also suggest that the group has fewer than 60 members, however this is speculative considering GWPF does not publish details on its membership. , 
The Global Warming Policy Foundation is registered as a charity in the UK (Number 1131448), which gives it certain tax advantages. Below are its financial details at the UK Charity Commision (charitycommission.gov.uk) as of June 2018: 
According to the GWPF, “We are funded entirely by voluntary donations from our Members and Supporters.” They describe their members as “part of a growing international community of like-minded people who are helping to restore balance and accuracy to the climate debates.” They suggest that by becoming a paying member, one can “actively help to inform and shape these debates.” 
According to SourceWatch, The Global Warming Policy Foundation will not reveal its funding sources. Lord Lawson, when interviewed by BBC Radio 4, said that he relied on his friends who “tend to be richer than the average person and much more intelligent than the average person.” , , 
The GWPF has rejected FoI (Freedom of Information) requests on at least four different occasions. Bob Ward of the Grantham Research Institute on climate Change and the Environment comments:
“These [FoI] documents expose once again the double standards promoted by…the GWPF, who demand absolute transparency from everybody except themselves…The GWPF was the most strident critic during the 'Climategate' row of the standards of transparency practised by the University of East Anglia, yet it simply refuses to disclose basic information about its own secretive operations, including the identity of its funders.” 
GWPF has defended their funding secrecy, claiming that “the soil we till is highly controversial, and anyone who puts their head above the parapet has to be prepared to endure a degree of public vilification. For that reason we offer all our donors the protection of anonymity.” According to a 2011 article in The Guardian, its total income for the period up to 31 July 2010 was £503,302, of which only £8,168 (or 1.6%) came from membership contributions. 
This leaves the question of who provides the rest of their funding. The foundation charges a minimum annual membership fee of £100. According to The Guardian, the foundation received £12,161 from membership fees in the year ending 31 July 2012. That would suggest a membership of 120 members at the most. The GWPF's main source of income remains donations, having received over £1m in the past three years. The Guardian investigated further, and found that one of the foundation's secret donors is Michael Hintze, a businessman who has also given large sums of money to the Conservative party. , 
In 2014, Neil Record, the founding chairman of his own specialist currency management company, and trustee of the free market Institute of Economic Affairs think tank, was named for the first time as a financial backer.
DeSmog UK also reported that Lord Vinson, who was instrumental in the rise to power of the late Margaret Thatcher, was also a backer of GWPF. He donated at least £15,000 to the Global Warming Policy Foundation in the first five years through his own charity, according to documents submitted to the Charity Commission. Between 2013 and 2017, the Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust donated a total of £45,000 to the GWPF. , 
Global Warming Policy Foundation Companies House & Research Docs
Global Warming Policy Forum Companies House Docs
- Terence Mordaunt — Chairman, as of December 2019. 
- Lord Bernard Donoughue — Chairman, as of January 2019. 
- Benny Peiser — Director. 
- Andrew Montford — Deputy Director, as of May 2017. 
- Neil Record — Chairman, Global Warming Policy Forum. 
Board of Trustees
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|Dr Jerome Booth||Y|
Academic Advisory Council
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55 Tufton Street
January 20, 2020
The Global Warming Policy Forum published polling on public attitudes to climate change in the UK, with questions pitting “stronger climate change targets” against “reducing energy bills”. The research, conducted by YouGov, highlighted divisions between poorer and wealthier respondents, as well as between pro-Remain and pro-Brexit voters, and supporters of different political parties. A press release about the polling claimed that “working class and Leave voters favour lower energy bills over climate action” and called on the government to “pay more attention to its voters’ concerns about energy prices”. 
The same day, the Foundation published an article on the El Nino climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean by its Science Editor, David Whitehouse, in which he claimed that the “last decade was the warmest mainly because of what happened in the latter part of it”. He argued that this was “driven by El Nino conditions” and that “El Nino effects are currently much stronger than long-term global warming”. 
November 27, 2019
“…this particular area has a knack of raising questions that get more and more complicated in the absence of an answer to the elementary ones. One of those elementary questions is about how man-made carbon dioxide can be a driver of climate change if the global temperature has not gone up by much over the last twenty years but the amount of man-made carbon dioxide has. If we go on to ask a supplementary question – say, how could carbon dioxide raise temperature when the evidence of the ice cores indicates that temperature has always raised carbon dioxide – we will be given complicated answers, but we still haven’t had an answer to the first question, except for the suggestion that the temperature, despite the observations, really has gone up, but that the extra heat is hiding in the ocean.”
The essay also featured in a series of essays called “Climate Change: The Facts 2017”, published by the Australian climate science denial think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs.
November 11, 2019
The GWPF's annual lecture in London, entitled “Energy Utopias and Engineering Realities”, was given by one of the group's newly-appointed trustees, former engineering professor Professor Michael Kelly. According to a press release about the event, Kelly argued the UK's commitment to reach “net zero” emissions by 2050 was “beset by superficial thinking that ignores engineering reality” and would be “unachievable without major social disruption”, calling the Committee on Climate Change's cost estimates “pie in the sky”. 
October 23, 2019
October 21, 2019
The GWPF hosted a presentation by zoologist Susan Crockford entitled “The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened” in which she argued that polar bears are not under threat as a result of climate change and can adapt sufficiently to Arctic sea ice loss. Crockford, a specialist on dog evolution who has never published a peer-reviewed paper on polar bears, has written for and given speeches to the GWPF multiple times in the past. 
October 15, 2019
The GWPF's Deputy Director Andrew Montford wrote an article for the right-wing blog site the Conservative Woman claiming that renewables subsidies were costing UK households an average of £340 each year. The article was based on a recent post by the GWPF's Energy Editor John Constable. , 
He ended by saying:
“It’s worth remembering why we are doing this. It’s certainly not going to make any difference to the Earth’s temperature: our carbon dioxide emissions are a tiny fraction of the global total, and smaller than annual increases in China and India. No, we are doing this as a gesture: a way to show our leadership on climate change, setting an example to the rest of the world.”
October 11, 2019
The GWPF wrote to the IPCC, asking it to correct “serious errors” in its recently published Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. GWPF director Benny Peiser said the IPCC's conclusion that ocean heat uptake had been increasing was based on a retracted academic paper, writing: 
“While the [IPCC’s] conclusion that the rate of ocean heat uptake has increased in recent years may probably be right, the evidence you cite for there being ‘high confidence’ and ‘high agreement’ is rather doubtful due to your inclusion of flawed evidence of the retracted paper by Resplandy et al. (2018).” 
September 27, 2019
The GWPF published a report by blogger and retired accountant Paul Homewood entitled “Plus ca change: The UK climate in 2018”. The report rejects findings by the Committee on Climate Change and the Environment Agency that extreme weather events are increasing. The introduction ends: 
“In short, although it is slightly warmer than it used to be, the UK climate has actually changed very little. In particular, there is no evidence that weather has become more extreme. Heat-waves have not become more severe, nor droughts. Rainfall data offers no evidence thatfloods have become worse either. Neither is there any evidence from past trends that theclimate will become significantly hotter, wetter or drier, or that sea-level rise will accelerate.” 
September 25, 2019
The GWPF posted a press release on its website from a newly-launched Dutch climate science denial group called the Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL), promoting a letter sent to UN leaders that claims “there is no climate emergency”. Several members of the GWPF's “Academic Advisory Council” are signatories to the letter, entitled the “European Climate Declaration”, which states: “There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent.” 
It also said: “CO2 is not a pollutant. It is essential to all life on Earth. Photosynthesis is a blessing. More CO2 is beneficial for nature, greening the Earth: additional CO2 in the air has promoted growth in global plant biomass.”
July 27, 2019
The GWPF published a report claiming that electricity prices in the UK could double to “bail out” new offshore wind farms. The report, entitled “Who’s the Patsy? Offshore wind’s high-stakes poker game”, was featured on the front page of The Telegraph. , 
The research was produced by Professor Gordon Hughes, a former Professor of Economics at Edinburgh University who has previously written reports for the GWPF, as well as for the anti-wind energy campaign group the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF). John Constable, Energy Editor of the Global Warming Policy Forum, was previously Director of Policy and Research at the REF. 
July 5, 2019
May 11, 2019
The Global Warming Policy Forum published an article by its energy editor John Constable entitled “Is the Long Renewables Honeymoon Over?” Constable argued that the renewables industry was suffering “deep-seated structuro-physical weakness,” outlining problems being experienced in the wind energy industry. He ended the article by saying: “One explanation, the sole necessary one in my view, is that the physics is against this industry, and that the physics is beginning to tell.” 
May 8, 2019
The US-based atmospheric scientist, Dr John Christy, who rejects the consensus on climate change, gave a presentation to the GWPF, a transcript of which was published on its website under the title “Putting Climate Change Claims to the Test”. In the talk, Christy said: 
“The weather we really care about isn’t changing, and Mother Nature has many ways on her own to cause her climate to experience considerable variations in cycles. If you think about how many degrees of freedom are in the climate system, what a chaotic nonlinear, dynamical system can do with all those degrees of freedom, you will always have record highs, record lows, tremendous storms and so on. That’s the way that system is.” 
April 3, 2019
The GWPF published a report by Professor Ole Humlum, a Norwegian geologist, called “State of the Climate 2018.” The report claims that the World Metereological Organisation is “misleading the public” and that “since 2016 global average temperature has continued to decline,” according to the GWPF's press release. 
An article based on the report was published the following day by Kathy Gyngell, editor of The Conservative Woman. In the article entitled “Global warming? Only in the BBC’s imagination,” Gyngell writes that “the BBC, whose mission was once to inform, educate and entertain, now has overriding goals – to blame and to frighten. Especially when it comes to climate.” The Conservative Woman has close ties to News-watch, an anti-BBC research group whose predecessor organisation Gyngell co-founded. 
March 19, 2019
The GWPF published a book called “The Polar Bear Catastrophe that Never Happened” by Dr Susan Crockford. Crockford discussed the book on the Glenn Beck Programme the same day and an official book launch is set to take place as part of an annual event on April 10 organised by the Canadian climate science denial group, the Friends of Science. , 
March 11, 2019
The GWPF published a report called “Force Majeure – The Sun’s Role In Climate Change” by Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark, who accepts that CO2 is affecting the climate but believes that “cosmic rays” have a more significant impact. Svensmark spoke at a Heartland Institute conference in November 2018. In a GWPF press release for the new report, he said: , 
“Galactic cosmic rays seem to be very important drivers of the Earth’s climate. But they are mostly being ignored at the moment because they are seen as distracting from conventional global warming research. Science needs to do better if we want to make progress in understanding the actual impact of natural factors of climate change.” 
February 27, 2019
The GWPF published a report by Dr Susan Crockford, a zoologist, claiming that polar bears are “continuing to thrive,” while acknowledging that sea ice levels have reduced, with summer sea ice in 2018 being “again at a low level not expected until mid-century.” 
February 14, 2019
The GWPF published a paper entitled “Transition to Reality: The Prospects For Rapid Global Decarbonization,” which calls rapid decarbonization a “delusion” and questions the feasibility of widespread renewable energy. In a press release for the report, the author Robert Lyman said: , 
“To show that rapid decarbonisation is possible, you have to show that the technologies work at scale, that they are reliable and affordable and don’t damage the environment, and that they can be deployed on the timescales envisaged. Advocates of renewables simply don’t even try to do this.” 
Robert Lyman runs an energy and transport consultancy called ENTRANS Policy Research Group, having held leading roles in Canadian government departments with an oil and gas remit earlier in his career. 
Lyman has written for and given speeches at the Alberta-based group Friends of Science in recent years. According to its website, the group believes that “The Sun causes climate change” and that “Violent weather isn't getting worse.” 
January 2, 2019
Anastasias Tsonis, GWPF advisory board member, wrote an article for the Washington Times entitled “The overblown and misleading issue of global warming,” in which he cast doubt on the extent to which human activity is responsible for climate change. Tsonis claimed that many other factors are at play, including “extraterrestrial forces” such as “solar activity and cosmic rays,” and argued that other global issues like overpopulation and poverty were “far more urgent problems.” He went on to ask: 
“Is [the use of fossil fuels and other pollution-producing agents] enough to ruin the planet by altering the climate system, a system that has undergone major changes throughout the ages?” 
Tsonis is emeritus distinguished professor of atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who has focused on the issue of “natural variability” in the climate. 
December 20, 2018
The GWPF published a paper by Ray Bates, co-founder of the Irish Climate Science Forum, criticising the UN IPCC's “SR1.5” report on the difference between 1.5 and 2°C of global warming. The paper claimed the IPCC's report was “deficient in scientific rigour” in a number of respects. 
A foreword to the paper was written by Dr Edward Walsh, founding president of the University of Limerick and former chairman of Ireland’s National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, warning that: “Policymakers should carefully reflect on the significant deficiencies identified in the report before considering implementing its recommendations.” 
November 21, 2018
For the occasion, the GWPF launched a report which blames the Climate Change Act “and other anti-fossil-fuel policies” for worsening fuel poverty in the UK and describes the Act as “history's most expensive virtue signal”. 
It claims that “rather than solving climate change, the only detectable effect of the Climate Change Act has been to sustain levels of energy poverty that politicians from all parties had promised to abolish”. The report was written by climate science denier Ruper Darwall. 
Professor Valentina Zharkova, based at Northumbria University, gave a lecture to the GWPF entitled “The Solar Magnetic Field And The Terrestrial Climate” in which she outlined her theory that climate change is caused by natural solar cycles. 
In June 2019, Zharkova published a study on the subject in Scientific Reports, an open access journal run by Nature Research, which also publishes the prestigious Nature journal, the New Scientist reported. The paper was criticised by scientists for containing “very basic errors” about how Earth moves around the sun and an investigation was launched by the journal into how it came to be published. 
Zharkova, along with her three co-authors, Professor Simon Shepherd, Dr Elena Popova and Dr Sergei Zharkov, published research in 2015 claiming that a “Little Ice Age” could hit Earth in 2020, based on analysis of solar activity. 
May 7, 2018
The Sierra Club released a set of over 24,000 pages of EPA documents via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. DeSmog UK reported one document was a GWPF invitation to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, requesting he speak at the group's annual lecture. Pruitt either rejected or ignored that invite. , 
The initial invitation was sent via the U.S. law firm Lantham & Watkins, which also runs the GWPF's US fundraising arm. That subsidiary is represented by Paul Tosetti, a Los Angeles lawyer who registered the GWPF at a PO Box in Delaware. Later, a representative from Midfirst, a U.S. bank, lobbied Pruitt on GWPF's behalf. 
According to the GWPF email, first revealed by New York Times journalist Lisa Freidmann on Twitter, Midfirst’s CEO is a “good friend” of Tosetti’s and while he said he did “not know the organization”, he agreed to try and “ensure Scott at least received and considered the invitation.” 
“While there's nothing controversial in the letter, please keep it in confidence” a Latham & Watkins writes, forwarding a signed invitation by Nigel Lawson for Scott Pruitt to address the U.K.'s premier climate skeptic group.— Lisa Friedman (@LFFriedman) May 7, 2018
via @SierraClub pic.twitter.com/jCqCRbOfpn
February 21, 2018
Booker wrote a GWPF report titled “Global Warming: A case study in groupthink,” which was subsequently promoted by a range of climate change denial blogs including JoNova, Watts Up With That?, and Climate Depot. Booker also wrote about his study at the Foundation for Economic Education. , , , 
The GWPF released a promotional video for Booker's paper:
Daily KOS reported that Booker's report “debunks itself,” pointing to “many self-contradictions Booker makes throughout the report that undercut his contention that climate science is groupthink.” 
When Booker introduced his report at the GWPF, he wrote: “Since we’ve now been living with the global warming story for 30 years, it might seem hard to believe that science could now come up with anything that would enable us to see that story in a wholly new light.” 
Booker's statement would suggest the “debate” started in 1987, Daily KOS noted. However, Booker later wrote that “the story began in obscurity in the late 1970s,” making it 40 years ago. He further modified this date when he suggested that Richard Revelle's measuring of CO2 in the 1950s was what “more than anything else that helped to set the great alarm over global warming on its way.” 
The key to Booker's argument is that a groupthink belief is accepted “without a proper appraisal of evidence.” 
“Curiously, the report notes how 'countless billions of dollars' have been spent testing the theory of climate change, including $2.8 billion appropriated for federal research by George H. W. Bush over four years. Billions of dollars of research sure sounds like an appraisal of evidence, but that’s just the first of many self-contradictions Booker makes throughout the report that undercut his contention that climate science is groupthink,” DailyKOS reported. 
November 23, 2017
GWPF published a book by Bernie Lewin titled “Searching for the Catastrophe Signal: The Origins of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.” 
“It was only when the IPCC was threatened with alienation from the climate treaty process that it suddenly concluded “a discernible human influence on global climate,” the GWPF press release reads. 
October 30, 2017
As reported at DeSmogUK and the Guardian, the BBC officially acknowledged that GWPF's Nigel Lawson “should have been challenged” over the statements he made in his August 2017 appearance on the Today program. , 
The BBC complaints units said that the interview had breached editorial guidelines and that Lawson's claims “were, at the least, contestable and should have been challenged,” The Guardian reported. 
Bob Ward, policy director of the Grantham Institute at the London School of Economics, told the Guardian: “There needs to be a shift in BBC policy so that these news programmes value due accuracy as much as due impartiality. 
“As well as taking account of the rights of marginal voices like Lord Lawson to be heard, the BBC should also take account of the harm that its audiences can experience from the broadcast of inaccurate information.” 
October 9, 2017
As reported by DeSmog, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave a speech to the GWPF in London. During his speech, Abbott suggested that an increase in carbon dioxide could be beneficial: , 
“Then there’s the evidence that higher concentrations of carbon dioxide (which is a plant food after all) are actually greening the planet and helping to lift agricultural yields,” Abbott said. He also claimed that “other factors such as sun spot cycles and oscillations in the Earth’s orbit are at least as important for climate change as this trace gas – which, far from being pollution, is actually essential for life to exist.” 
View the video below:
Professor Steven Sherwood of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales refuted Abbott’s claims regarding climate models: 
“In fact models are nearly dead-on in predicting overall global warming so far. They don’t predict every detail, but were never expected to,” Sherwood said. 
Professor Andrew Pitman, director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, also said many of Abbott’s claims were misleading or irrelevant. For example, regarding Abbott's claim that ancient climate change before humans could mean that more recent changes are natural, Pitman said: 
“This is misleading. The fact that climate changed in the past due to cause ‘A’ does not mean it can only change through cause ‘A.' 
“The fact is that it is changing now due to increasing CO2 on very rapid time scales. When climate changed in the past more slowly, it still caused mass extinctions. Not a happy thought!” 
The claim that increased CO2 concentrations would also be beneficial was also misleading, according to Pitman. While increased CO2 levels could result in bigger plants, ““the nutrients in the plant decline.” 
“So you do not actually get more food,” said Pitman, “you just get a bigger plant, so it’s a myth that higher CO2 helps lift yields, in the sense that those yields reflect food.” 
August 10, 2017
The GWPF's Nigel Lawson appeared on BBC Radio 4 in a five-minute-long interview, asked to respond to an earlier interview with Al Gore where Gore had introduced his new film. Carbon Brief reported that Lawson, who has appeared on the program before, made several inaccurate claims during the interview. 
Webb: What do you make of that point? That people like you, who have been saying the costs are too great, are now on the back foot, because the costs of doing what Al Gore wants us to do are fast reducing.
Lawson: Well, look, the point is not, just the costs – although we do have in this country, in England, one of the highest energy costs in the world, which is very hard on the poor and hard on business and industry, which is because of our absurd climate-driven energy policy. The energy in – renewable energy, so-called – is heavily subsidised, and, if they say it’s economic, well then, let’s get rid of the subsidies…[crosstalk]” 
Carbon Brief noted that England has some of the lowest gas prices in the EU, based on data from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), as well as below-average domestic electricity prices. 
Lawson disputed points on fossil fuel subsidies: 
Webb: But the point Al Gore makes is that we subsidise all energy, including fossil fuels…[crosstalk]
Lawson: No, we don’t. That’s not true. We tax fossil fuel energy. Anyway, we subsidise renewable energy. But the main point is that the conventional energy is reliable and cheaper, and that is important. What is the reason for Al Gore, I listened to the interview you had with him, and he was talking complete nonsense. I’m not surprised that his new film bombed completely, it’s a complete fiasco…” 
Lawson said that the section on Extreme weather in Al Gore's interview was “nonsense”: 
Webb: Which bit of [Gore’s interview] was nonsense?
Webb: Which bit…
Lawson: For example, he said that, er, there had been a growing increase, which had been continuing, in the extreme weather events. There hasn’t been. All the experts say there haven’t been. The IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is sort of the voice of the consensus, concedes that there has been no increase in extreme weather events. Extreme weather events have always happened. They come and go. And some kinds of extreme weather events of a particular time increase, whereas others, like tropical storms, diminish… 
Climate Feedback also analyzed Lawson's statements. With regards to his claims on extreme weather, they consulted Andreas Prein of the National Center for Atmospheric Research who said, “This is a false statement since the IPCC AR5 even states in its Summary for Policymakers that ‘Human influence has been detected [… ] in changes in some climate extremes’. […]” (View their full review of Lawson's claim here.) , 
On the global temperature record, Lawson had this to say:
“And as for the temperature itself, it is striking, [Gore] made his previous film 10 years ago and—according, again, to the official figures—during this past 10 years, if anything, mean global temperature, average world temperature, has slightly declined.” 
As DeSmog UK reported, the Global Warming Policy Foundation shared what it later admitted was an “erroneous” temperature dataset to support Lawson's claim. GWPF later Tweeted that it was “happy to correct the record” and since removed the tweet after a request by climate scientist Ed Hawkins. 
June 1, 2017
GWPF sent out a press release shortly after Donald Trump announced withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement in which it included the following statements by GWPF director Benny Peiser and chairman Lord Lawson. , 
Benny Peiser said:
“The Paris climate agreement was pushed through against the declared will of America’s elected representatives. US leaders and critics had warned international leaders repeatedly that the US Senate rejected Obama’s deal and that a Republican president would shred it to pieces. Now the Paris accord faces the same fate as the Kyoto Protocol which also ended in failure.” 
Lord Lawson said:
“US industry already enjoys a huge energy cost advantage over the UK and other EU countries, so the US move can only make things harder for us in Europe. The next government must take a long, hard, look at whether we can afford our own Climate Change Act any longer. It is clear that the costs imposed on British businesses and households are now entirely unsustainable.” 
December 11, 2016
“Britain has been gulled by false assurances that decarbonising our economy would be costless into signing up to a stupendous bill of over £300 billion up to 2030,” said Peter Lilley MP, the study’s author. Lilley had voted against the Act in 2008.
Lilley contends that the costs of the act have been concealed. ““A sensible debate,” Lilley writes, “has been averted by pretending that the Climate Change Act is virtually costless, that there are not more cost-effective ways of meeting these targets and that the climate risks averted are imminent, not centuries hence.” 
Carbon Brief outlined the path of the report, noting that it was first reported on by the Mail on Sunday's David Rose, who appeared the next day on GWPF TV to note he was “proud to be a friend” of GWPF. It was subsequently shared in a Telegraph editorial that claimed that the cost of meeting UK's climate goals was “not possibly sustainable.” It was also promoted by climate change denier Matt Ridley in his regular Times column, which did not note his position on the GWPF's academic advisory board. Carbon Brief writes that the connection had been edited out of a letter to the Times prior to publication. , , , , 
A final website to cite the paper was the right-wing Breitbart, where James Delingpole used it as support for climate policy being “Pointless.” Carbon Brief noted that Delingpole had sat down with Rose at the GWPF's annual lecture, which was given by Ridley. 
October 17, 2016
At the Annual GWPF Lecture at The Royal Society in London, Matt Ridley accused Professor Ranga Myneni of Boston University and his 31 co-authors of delaying publication of a paper in order to avoid it being taking into account by the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. , 
The Independent reported that climate scientist Michael Mann responded to the lecture by accusing Lord Ridley of buying “into the sort of conspiratorial thinking uttered by Donald Trump.” Mann also criticized the Royal Society for allowing the presentation: 
“The Royal Society’s decision to host the speech was 'presumably as a gesture of ‘open-mindedness’', Professor Mann told The Independent.
“The motto of the Royal Society is ‘Nullius in verba’, which translates to ‘take nobody's word for it’. It is an affirmation of legitimate scepticism, but not the sort of pseudo-sceptical, anti-scientific, bad-faith contrarianism displayed by the Matt Ridleys of the world,” he added. 
Mann also said that Matt Ridley's suggestion that scientists were deliberately exaggerating the danger of climate change was “classic projection”: 
“It is the technique of accusing your ‘opponent’ of doing the very same thing you are doing, in the hope of confusing honest observers and deflecting attention from the awful things you are doing,” he said.
“Matt Ridley is a coal baron who profits directly from the sale of fossil fuel reserves while the rest of us suffer the consequences. You couldn’t invent a better climate-change-denier villain.”
Video of Ridley's presentation below.
According to Ridley's lecture:
“Myneni’s results, however, remained unpublished. I was puzzled by this. Then I realized that one of the IPCC’s periodic assessment reports was in preparation, and that probably Dr Myneni and colleagues might delay the publication of their results until after that report was published, lest 'the skeptics have a field day' with it.
That last phrase, by the way, is from one of the Climategate emails, the one on 22 September 1999 in which Dr Michael Mann approves the deletion of inconvenient data.
Sure enough, Myneni’s results were eventually published three years later in April 2016 in a paper in Nature Climate Change, with 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries – when the IPCC report was safely in the public domain and the great Paris climate jamboree was over.”
Bob Ward of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science notes that this is a serious allegation against Professor Myneni and his co-authors. However, he also notes that “Viscount Ridley misrepresented Professor Myneni’s work in order to make this claim.” 
Ward notes that Matt Ridley had stated in his lecture that he had first heard of Professor Myneni's work in December, 2012, by someone who directed him to a video of a lecture that was delivered on 19 July 2012. 
The original video Ridley referred to showed that Myneni was reporting 20.5% of the Earth’s vegetated land had ‘greened’ — Something that Ridley himself had indicated in a January 4, 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal. 
Ridley claimed to have reproduced two slides from that July 2012 lecture showing the main results. Ridley claimed that Myneni had found that 31% of the Earth’s vegetated land had ‘greened’ between 1982 and 2011, and that there had been an increase in gross productivity by 14%, about half of which could be attributed to carbon dioxide fertilization.
Ward notes that, in Professor Myneni's video, this is not the case. The video clearly shows Myneni reporting 20.5% of the Earth’s vegetated land had ‘greened’ (As Ridley reported in the Wall Street Journal). In additionl, the slides Ridley reproduced were not from the July 2012 lecture, but rather from a different lecture delivered at a meeting on July 4 - 5, 2013 (PDF). 
In addition, Ridley does not make it clear that Myneni had suggested that 42% of the 14% increase in annual productivity “can be attributed to relaxation of climatic constraints to plant growth,” with “57% to other ‘anthropogenic factors',” whereas the paper published in the journal ‘Nature Climate Change’ in April 2016 did not present a figure for annual productivity, instead concluding that 25% to 50% of the Earth’s vegetated area had greened, with about 70% of this trend attributable to carbon dioxide fertilization. 
“Crucially Viscount Ridley also failed to mention that Professor Myneni states clearly at about 42 minutes during his recorded 2012 lecture that “The attribution to fertilisation is somewhat speculative and not on very solid ground and we have to further refine this before this paper goes out to publication”.
“Hence, despite Viscount Ridley’s false claims, it is clear that Professor Myneni presented only preliminary results in July 2012, and so there is no justification for the allegation that he and his co-authors delayed publication in order to avoid its inclusion in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Indeed, it appears that Viscount Ridley obscured the truth about Professor Myneni’s work by showing slides from his July 2013 lecture, but claiming they were part of his earlier 2012 lecture.” 
Ward also notes that, to be considered for contribution by the IPCC working group I to the Fifth Assessment Report, papers had to be submitted by no later than July 31, 2012 and accepted by March 15, 2015 (PDF). Professor Myneni's preliminary results were presented on July 19, 2012—just 12 days before the deadline for submission—and his July 2013 lecture was long past the cutoff date. 
Notably working group I's report, Published in September 2013, does explicitly address the issue of carbon fertilization (pages 501-2, Chapter 6 — PDF):
“Warming (and possibly the CO2 fertilisation effect) has also been correlated with global trends in satellite greenness observations, which resulted in an estimated 6% increase of global NPP, or the accumulation of 3.4 PgC on land over the period 1982–1999 (Nemani et al., 2003).” 
Despite this, Ridley chooses to ignore the contribution of IPCC working group I. According to Ward, It is apparent, therefore, that the allegations Viscount Ridley made against Professor Myneni and his co-authors, and against Professor Betts, are entirely untrue and based on misrepresentations of the facts.” Myneni himself published a statement directly refuting the allegations Ridley made against him. 
Despite this, Ridley since published another artilce in The Spectator titled “The world is getting greener. Why does no one want to know?” based on his original GWPF lecture:
“Global greening is the name given to a gradual, but large, increase in green vegetation on the planet over the past three decades. The climate change lobby is keen to ensure that if you hear about it at all, you hear that it is a minor thing, dwarfed by the dangers of global warming. Actually, it could be the other way round: greening is a bigger effect than warming,” Ridley writes. 
February 3, 2016
The Independent revealed that a number of inter-related groups, many with direct connections to the “Brexit” ovement, all share a 55 Tufton Street address with the Global Warming Policy Foundation: 
- Global Warming Policy Foundation
- Global Vision
- The European Foundation
- Taxpayers’ Alliance
- Business for Britain
- Big Brother Watch
DesmogUK tracked the connections between climate science deniers and those compaigning for Britain to leave the European Union, and created the interactive map below. 
(Zoom in and out to see the web of relationships between the residents of 55 Tufton Street and its neighbours. Hover over the lines to see the type of relationship between the two entities, and click on the person or organisation’s name to find out more (this will open up a new tab where you can find out more information about all of this entity’s various relationships and stance on climate change):
An undercover Greenpeace investigation revealed details on the Global Warming Policy Foundation's peer review process. Professor William Happer, who sits on the Academic Advisory Council of the GWPF, was asked by undercover reporters if he could put a (fictional) oil-industry-funded report through the same peer review process as previous GWPF foundation reports that had been called “thoroughly peer reviewed.” 
Happer said the GWPF's peer review process consisted of members of the Advisory Council and other selected scientists reviewing the work, rather than presenting it to an academic journal.
“I would be glad to ask for a similar review for the first drafts of anything I write for your client. Unless we decide to submit the piece to a regular journal, with all the complications of delay, possibly quixotic editors and reviewers that is the best we can do, and I think it would be fine to call it a peer review,” Happer wrote in an email to undercover reporters. 
“I know that the entire scientific advisory board of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) was asked to submit comments on the first draft. I am also sure that most were too busy to respond,” he said. 
“That might greatly delay publication and might require such major changes in response to referees and the journal editor that the article would no longer make the case that CO2 is a benefit, not a pollutant, as strongly as I would like, and presumably as strongly [as] your client would also like,” he said. 
Internal documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) may have been “wasting taxpayers' money through the inappropriate use of parliamentary questions,” DeSmog UK reports. 
Lord Donoughue, a member of the GWPF board of trustees, put forward a total of 25 questions over 15 months to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) relating to obscure climate models. 
June 30, 2015
The Global Warming Policy Foundation's Indur Goklany (member of their Academic Advisory Council) authored a GWPF paper titled “The Pontifical Academies' Broken Moral Compass” (PDF) in response to Pope Francis's Encyclical on the Environment. 
According to the GWPF's press release, the paper “finds the Vatican is being led astray by its advisors by statements on climate change that are scientifically lacking and ethically dubious.” They also conclude that using fossil fuels is beneficial to the environment “the beneficial impact of fossil fuels has not only been on human well-being but also on nature, because fossil fuel use has allowed more intensive use of land, thus reducing the amount of wilderness that has to be diverted to agricultural use. This means that the Vatican’s backing of reductions in fossil fuel use would actually reduce human well-being and increase the human impact on the planet” 
Goklany said, “The academies say that sustainability and resilience are being destroyed by over-consumption and that fossil fuels are to blame, yet almost every indicator of human well-being from life-expectancy to health to standard of living has improved beyond measure largely because of our use of fossil fuels.”“[…]Climate change is a moral and ethical issue, but it is a strange ethical calculus that would justify wiping out the gains we have made in human well-being over the last few centuries at the same time devastating the natural world. The Vatican’s advisors appear to have lost their way.”
June 15, 2015
According to her presentation notes (PDF), her main message was to emphasise the uncertainty in the climate change science: “The punch line is this,” she said in the House of Lords, “Any impact of human caused global warming is lost in the noise of climate variability.”
April 26, 2015
“Many people have found the extent of adjustments to the data surprising. While we believe that the 20th century warming is real, we are concerned by claims that the actual trend is different from – or less certain than – has been suggested. We hope to perform a valuable public service by getting everything out into the open.” 
- Terence Kealey (chairman)
- Petr Chylek
- Richard McNider
- Roman Mureika
- Roger A Pielke Sr
- William van Wijngaarden
March 1, 2015
The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) issued a briefing paper titled “The Small Print: What the Royal Society Left Out” (PDF) that accuses the Royal Society of “presenting a misleading picture of climate science.” 
“As an example, the Royal Society addresses the question of why Antarctic sea ice is growing,” says Prof Ross McKitrick, the chairman of the GWPF’s Academic Advisory Council, “but in doing so they present a recently proposed hypothesis as if it were settled science. Failing to admit when the answer to an important question is simply not known does a disservice to the public. We believe that this new paper does a much better job of presenting the whole picture to the public.” 
The paper was written/endorsed by the following “experts”:
- Prof Robert Carter
- Prof Vincent Courtillot
- Prof Freeman Dyson
- Prof Christopher Essex
- Dr Indur Goklany
- Prof Will Happer
- Prof Richard Lindzen
- Prof Ross McKitrick
- Prof Ian Plimer
- Dr Matt Ridley
- Sir Alan Rudge
- Prof Nir Shaviv
An analysis by DeSmog UK found that Peabody Energy had cited the March, 2015 report at least 16 times in an official submission to the White House addressing the company's concerns regarding new policies on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 
Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) Chairman Nigel Lawson accused the BBC of silencing the debate on global warming. He wrote his criticisms in an article in the Daily Mail titled “'I've been banned by the BBC!': Ex-Chancellor Lord Lawson, a passionate climate change sceptic, accuses BBC bosses of silencing debate on global warming.“ 
In his article, Lawson wrote: “If there is to be a ban on non-scientists discussing climate change issues (which I do not, of course, support), this should in the best BBC tradition be an even-handed one. That is to say, they should also ban non-scientists such as energy secretary Ed Davey, Ed Miliband, Lord Deben (chairman of the government’s climate advisory committee), Lord Stern (former adviser to the government on the economics of climate change and development) and all the others who are regularly invited to appear.” 
“Nigel Lawson has not been banned and nor is there a ban on non-scientists discussing climate change. We have also not apologised for putting him on air. The BBC is absolutely committed to impartial and balanced coverage, whatever the subject, and would not bow to pressure from any quarter whatever the story. This ruling found a false balance was created in that the item implied Lord Lawson’s views on climate science were on the same footing as those of Sir Brian Hoskins.“Our position continues to be that we accept that there is broad scientific agreement on climate change and we reflect this accordingly. We do however on occasion offer space to dissenting voices where appropriate as part of the BBC’s overall commitment to impartiality.”
May 14, 2014
The Global Warming Policy Foundation released a press release titled, “Lennart Bengtsson Resigns: GWPF voices shock and concern at the extent of intolerance within the climate science community.” Three weeks prior to this announcement, Bengtsson had just joined the GWPF, but due to what he wrote in his letter of resignation as “enormous group pressure,” and “no limit and end to what will happen,” he decided that there was “no other way out therefore than resigning from GWPF.” 
In response to Bengtsson's letter of resignation, Benny Peiser replied, “The Foundation, while of course respecting Professor Bengtsson’s decision, notes with deep concern the disgraceful intolerance within the climate science community which has prompted his resignation.” 
David Henderson echoed similar sentiments: “Your resignation is not only a sad event for us in the Foundation: it is also a matter of profound and much wider concern. The reactions that you speak of, and which have forced you to reconsider the decision to join us, reveal a degree of intolerance, and a rejection of the principle of open scientific inquiry, which are truly shocking. They are evidence of a situation which the Global Warming Policy Foundation was created to remedy.” 
May 7, 2014
John Howard, former prime minister of Australia, spoke at the GWPF's Annual Lecture, contending that those who believe that global warming could be catostrophic have adopted a “substitute religion.” 
The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a pamphlet critical of the Stern Review (PDF) — an influential report on the economics of climate change published in October 2006. The GWPF pamphlet, titled “What is wrong with Stern?” was written by Peter Lilley, the Conservative Party Member of Parliament. Peter Lilley was one of 5 MPs (out of 646) who voted against the UK Climate Change Bill in 2008 which would have set legal targets for reducing emissions. 
According to a critical review (PDF) by Bob Ward at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the GWPF pamphlet uses a “combination of misrepresentation, bad economics and fundamentally flawed science, and simply recycles erroneous allegations that were made, and debunked, six years ago.” A number of experts agree that Lilley's pamphlet makes a number of errors and assumptions in an attempt to make a case against the Stern report. 
The GWPF distributed a leaflet (PDF) written by their “Academic Advisor” Matt Ridley (with a forward written by AGW skeptic Freeman Dyson) promoting the supposed benefits of shale gas. According to the report's summary, the development of shale gas would be superior to the development of renewable resources.
Ridley writes that “A surge in gas production and use may prove to be both the cheapest and most effective way to hasten the decarbonisation of the world economy, given the cost and land requirements of most renewables.”
April 14, 2011
The blog Carbon Brief analyzed these papers and found that nine of the top ten authors had ties to ExxonMobil. They also discovered that prominent scientists featured on the list didn't agree that their work supported skepticism about anthropogenic global warming. 
Additionally, the most-cited journal on the list was Energy and Environment, a journal with a very low impact factor, and whose editors are AGW skeptics. 
December 2010 – February 2011
According to records of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PDF), the GWPF retained the lobbying services of Bell Pottinger, a group that gas generated controversy for its claims of influence over senior government members. It is unclear what these services were. 
Lord Nigel Lawson of the GWPF backed Price Philip after he branded wind farms as “absolutely useless”: 
“If you tried to devise the most costly and inefficient means of generating electricity imaginable, you would choose wind power,” Lawson said. He continues, stating that wind power is “an environmental monstrosity, desecrating ever more of our English landscape. And the cost of all this – to no benefit except to the wind power industry itself – is paid by all electricity consumers, including the poorest, and damages the British economy which is fragile enough as it is.”
When the three British Government enquiries into the CRU emails were completed, Dr Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation immediately announced that he wanted to investigate further. Independent reviews had already exonerated the CRU scientists from any misdeads, and found that climate scientists involved in the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit had not “manipulated and suppressed key climate data” as some climate change skeptics had claimed.
Even though the panel concluded that the allegations were unfounded, the GWPF would not accept the findings. Peiser stressed that “the issue would not go away with the report,” and that “We (the Global Warming Policy Foundation) have now commissioned our own inquiry into the way these three inquiries have been set up and run.” 
The GWPF commissioned Andrew Montford, author behind the Hockey Stick Illusion and the man behind the skeptic blog Bishop Hill, to write the “enquiry” into the Climategate emails. Montford was paid £3000 for his efforts. The results were released in September 2010 — See the GWPF's full report here (PDF). , , 
According to Sourcewatch, Montford criticized the official enquiries for not including known skeptics on their panels. This is not entirely true, however, as the Parliamentary Enquiry included Graham Stringer, a man who has consistently voted very strongly against laws to respond to climate change. , 
Montford knew this, as evidenced by a recorded conversation he had with Stringer on his blog, Bishop Hill, where he describes Stringer as a “dissenter from the majority opinion represented by the report.” 
May 12, 2010
After the UK general election in May 2010, the Global Warming Policy Foundation began lobbying the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government to stop subsidies for alternatives fuels and encouraged the government to abandon the UK's emissions reductions targets.
“At the very least, given the financial and economic state we are in, the new Government should phase out all energy subsidies of all kinds, and suspend unilateral targets until such time as all other major nations have signed up to the same course,” said GWPF Chairman Nigel Lawson. 
November 22, 2009
In an Op-Ed in The Times announcing the GWPF launch, Nigel Lawson called for “A high-level independent inquiry” into the e-mails stolen from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU). 
- The Heartland Institute — (For example, David Henderson has been both a Heartland Institute Fellow and chair of GWPF)
- Global Warming Policy Forum — “Wholly-owned subsidiary of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.” 
- Institute of Economic Affairs — Has a “long history of association” with the GWPF. 
- The Conservative Woman — Regularly publishes articles written by GWPF figures and/or based on GWPF reports. , 
- University of Buckingham — Director Benny Peiser is a Visiting Fellow; Energy Editor John Constable is due to be Head of the Buckingham Energy Institute. , 
- Irish Climate Science Forum — Published paper and spoke at ICSF event. 
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