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.
Lilley is also one of only three MPs who voted against the Climate Change Act in 2008 and remains a scathing critic of renewable energy.
Meanwhile, in 2010 Stringer was the only MP who adopted an openly climate sceptical line of questioning during the Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the hacked emails of climate scientists at the University of East Anglia.
The move comes as Lord Deben, head of the independent Climate Change Committee, explains that the influence of climate deniers such as Lord Lawson is “less and less”.
“The facts of science, life and measured views of people like Pope Francis are undermining them. They have become just rude instead of arguing and they are so touchy.”
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