Global Warming Policy Foundation

Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)

Background

The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) is a UK-based think tank founded by former Conservative Chancellor Nigel Lawson with the purpose of combating what it 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.1Ed Miliband clashes with Lord Lawson on global warming,” BBC News, December 6, 2009. Archived August 17, 2015. 2COPENHAGEN WILL FAIL – AND QUITE RIGHT TOO,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, November 22, 2009. Archived August 17, 2015.

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.3GWPF Launched Today!The Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 23, 2009. Archived January 4, 2012.

In an interview with The RegisterNigel 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 74.4Nigel Lawson: Climate science has turned into religion,” The Register, November 25, 2009. Archived August 17, 2015.

Bob Ward, 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.5Caroline Davies and Suzanne Goldenberg. “The voices of climate change sceptics,” The Guardian, November 24, 2009. Archived August 17, 2015.

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.6Who We Are,” The Global Warming Policy Forum. Archived August 17, 2015. 7Who we are,” The Global Warming Policy Forum. Archived October 30, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.md/lwIeF 8People,” Institute of Economic Affairs. Archived November 17, 2015.

On October 11, 2021, the Global Warming Policy Forum rebranded as Net Zero Watch, a campaign that claims to “scrutinise” the UK government’s net zero emissions plans and provide a “clear view of the reality of climate and energy policies”.9Benny Peiser. “Welcome to Net Zero Watch,” Net Zero Watch. Archived October 11, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/waLwc​​ The former URL for the Global Warming Policy Forum (thegwpf.com) now re-directs to the Net Zero Watch site. The group’s Twitter and Facebook accounts have also been rebranded as Net Zero Watch.10Who We Are,” Net Zero Watch. Archived October 11, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/JIFzv

The reason for the formation of the Global Warming Policy Forum as a separate 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.”11Operational Case Report: The Global Warming Policy Foundation (1131448). The Charity Commission, September 30, 2014.

The Commission 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 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).12Operational Case Report: The Global Warming Policy Foundation (1131448). The Charity Commission, September 30, 2014.

As an impact of the Charity Commission’s involvement, the Global Warming Policy Foundation split off from 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”.13Operational Case Report: The Global Warming Policy Foundation (1131448), The Charity Commission, September 30, 2014.

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.”14Kyla Mandel. “UK Climate Denial Think Tank Global Warming Policy Foundation Sets Up US Fundraising Arm,” DeSmog UK, May 6, 2016.

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).15THE GLOBAL WARMING POLICY FOUNDATION: Company number 06962749,” Companies House. Archived May 10, 2016. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6hP9HskvU

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.16THE AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE GWPF INC in GILLETTE, NJ 07933,” NonProfitStorm. Archived May 10, 2016. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6hP6ycitt 17“Paul D. Tosetti,” Latham & Watkins LLP. Accessed May 10, 2016. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6hP8oXKYg

American Friends of the GWPF 990 Forms

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.18James Randerson. “Climate sceptics: are they gaining any credence?” The Guardian, December 4, 2009. Archived August 17, 2015.

The following are excerpts from a 2015 GWPF “Report” on Climate Change by Andrew Montford:19Andrew Montford. “Unintended Consequences of Climate Change Policy” (PDF), Global Warming Policy Foundation, January 2015. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

“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, 2016.20THE GLOBAL WARMING POLICY FOUNDATION: Company number 06962749,” Companies House. Accessed October 19, 2017. Documents on file at DeSmog. As the Independent reported, this number was the lowest annual total in the history of the foundation.21Bob Ward. “The UK‘s main climate sceptic club’s membership is dwindling – yet they still hold power in certain arenas,” The Independent, January 30, 2017. Archived October 19, 2017. Archive URL: https://archive.is/DQG2F 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.22THE GLOBAL WARMING POLICY FOUNDATION: Company number 06962749,” Companies House. Accessed October 19, 2017. Documents on file at DeSmog.

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 2018:231131448 – THE GLOBAL WARMING POLICY FOUNDATION,” Profile at charitycommision.gov.uk. Accessed August 17, 2015.

GWPF Financials 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.”24Membership – Global Warming Policy Foundation,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived December 27, 2011.

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.”25Global Warming Policy Foundation,” SourceWatch Profile. 26Lawson still won’t come clean about sceptic foundation’s funding,” Left Foot Forward, June 10, 2010. Archived August 17, 2015. 27Climategate Revisited,” BBC Radio 4, October 21, 2012.

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:28Damian Carrington. “Chris Huhne blasts Lord Lawson’s climate sceptic thinktank,” The Guardian, November 22, 2011. Archived August 17, 2015.

“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.29Leo Hickman. “Global Warming Policy Foundation donor funding levels revealed,” The Guardian, January 20, 2011. Archived August 17, 2015.

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.30Bob Ward. “Secret funding of climate sceptics is not restricted to the US,” The Guardian, February 15, 2013. Archived August 17, 2015. 31Graham Readfearn, Leo Hickman and Rupert Neate. “Michael Hintze revealed as funder of Lord Lawson’s climate thinktank,” The Guardian, March 27, 2012. Archived August 17, 2015.

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.32Brendan Montague. “Exposed: Lawson’s Climate Denial Donors’ Links to Tobacco and Oil Backed Think Tank,” DeSmog UK, September 2, 2014.

Asked how much he gave to Lawson’s charity, he replied this was “a private matter on which I am not prepared to comment further.” DeSmog UK estimates the donations to be higher than £100,000.33Brendan Montague. “Exposed: Lawson’s Climate Denial Donors’ Links to Tobacco and Oil Backed Think Tank,” DeSmog UK, September 2, 2014.

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.34Brendan Montague. “Exposed: Lawson’s Climate Denial Donors’ Links to Tobacco and Oil Backed Think Tank,” DeSmog UK, September 2, 2014. 35NIGEL VINSON CHARITABLE TRUST,” Charity Commission. Archived March 20, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/9Gr5u

Global Warming Policy Foundation Companies House & Research Docs

Global Warming Policy Forum Companies House Docs

Key People

Board of Trustees

Name20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023Description
Andrew TurnbullYYYYYYYYYYY
Bernard DonoughueYYYYYYYYYYChairman (2019)
David Frost (Rt Hon Lord Frost)Y
Charles MooreYYYYYYY
Chris Gibson-SmithYYY
Emma NicholsonYYYYYYYYYYY
Fritz VahrenholtYY
Graham Stringer*YYYYYYYY
Henri LepageYYY
Jerome BoothYYYYChairman (2022)
Kathy GyngellY
Peter EdwardsYYYY
Kathy GyngellYYY
Martin JacombYYYYYYYYY
Michael J KellyYYY
Nigel LawsonYYYYYYYYChairman (2011–2018)
Peter EdwardsY
Peter ForsterYYYYYYYYYY
Peter Lilley YYYYY
Robert FellowesYYYYYYYYYY
Ruth LeaYY
Steve Baker**YY
Terence MordauntYYYChairman (2020–2021)
Michael John ColeY
Tony AbbottY

*Stringer is the only currently-elected MP to be listed as a GWPF trustee.41Kyla Mandel. “Labour and Tory MPs Join Lord Lawson’s Climate Denial Global Warming Policy Foundation,” DeSmog UK, July 17, 2015. 

**Baker was a sitting MP during his time as a GWPF trustee. Baker stepped down from the GWPF Board of Trustees on September 8, 2022, a day after being appointed the Minister of State in the Northern Ireland office.42Rich Collett-White. “Steve Baker Leaves Climate Denial Group for Ministerial Post,” DeSmog, September 8, 2022.

Academic Advisory Council

Name20102011201220132014201543Academic Advisory Council,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived August 17, 2015.201620172018201920202021Description
Adrian Berry (1937-2016)YYYYYY
Alan Peacock (1922-2014)YYYY
Alan RudgeYYYYYYYYYYY
Anastasios TsonisYYYYY
Anthony Kelly (1929-2014)YYYY
B P Radhakrishna (1918-2012)YY
Bryan LeylandY
Christian GerondeauYYYYYYYYYYYY
Christopher EssexYYYYYYYYChairman (2016–)
David Henderson (1927-2018)YYYYYYYYYChairman (2010–2014)
David WhitehouseYYYYYYYYYY
Deepak Lal (1940-2020)44Obituary: Economist and BS Columnist Deepak Lal passes away at 80,” Business Standard, May 1, 2020. Archived May 5, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/oA3BAYYYYYYYYYY
Freeman Dyson (1923-2020)YYYYYYYYYYY
Fritz VahrenholtYYYYYY
Garth PaltridgeYYYYY
Gautam KalghatgiYY
Gwythian PrinsYYYYYY
Hal LewisY
Henrik SvensmarkYYYYYYYY
Ian ByattYYYYYYYYYYYY
Ian PlimerYYYYYYYYYYY
Indur GoklanyYYYYYYY
John ConstableYYYYY
Laurence GouldYYYY
Matt RidleyYYYYYYYYYYY
Nir ShavivYYYYYYYY
Ole HumlumYYYY
Paul ReiterYYYYYYYYYYY
Peter DobsonY
Peter RiddY
Philip StottYYYYYYY
Richard LindzenYYYYYYYYYYY
Richard TolYYYYYYY
Robert Carter (1941-2016)YYYYY
Robert MendelsohnYYYYYYYYYYY
Ross McKitrickYYYYYYYYYYYChairman (2015)
Samuel Brittan (1933-2020)YYYYYYYYYYY
Terence KealeyYYYYYYYYYYYY
Vincent CourtillotYYYYYYYYYYYY
William HapperYYYYYYYYY
William KininmonthYYYY

Location

The GWPF was previously located at 10 Upper Bank Street, London, and before this at 1 Carlton House Terrace, London, in a room rented from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.  According to Companies House, the organisation is currently based at 55 Tufton Street, Westminster, an address it shares with several right-wing, pro free-market thinktanks:45Contact: The Global Warming Policy Foundation,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived May 3, 2012. 46Caroline Davies and Suzanne Goldenberg. “The voices of climate change sceptics,” The Guardian, August 17, 2015. 47Contact,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived August 17, 2015. 48Contact,” The Global Warming Policy Forum. Archived August 17, 2015. 49THE GLOBAL WARMING POLICY FOUNDATION,” Companies House. Archived February 27, 2019. Archive URL:http://archive.fo/K9Omw

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Actions

July 3, 2023

A press release announced that the GWPF is moving to an anonymous peer review process in its major publications because “GWPF publications are sometimes the subject of assertive or careless criticism.”50GWPF moves to open peer review,” GWPF, July 3, 2023. Archived July 4, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/XjDfl The announcement also said that the process would be anonymous to encourage scientists, who would otherwise fear being associated with the GWPF, to contribute.

Benny Peiser, director of the GWPF said:

“Adopting this form of pre-publication review allows for more transparency, and for the development of new ideas and perspectives through constructive criticism amongst a wider group of interested parties than is possible in traditional peer review.”

June 27, 2023

A GWPF published by Paul Homewood entitled “The UK’s weather in 2022: A warm year, but unalarming,” which suggested that the UK’s average surface temperature has not risen significantly since the early 2000, in contradiction to the scientific consensus on climate change.51Paul Homewood. “The UK’s weather in 2022: A warm year, but unalarming,” GWPF, June 27, 2023. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog

Homewood said:

“The UK climate remains absolutely benign. The changes we have seen have been small, and mostly thoroughly welcome.”

Benny Peiser, director of GWPF also said about the findings:

“It’s extraordinary that we are ruining our economy in an utopian attempt to achieve Net Zero at any cost, when the UK’s long-term climate trends have remained relatively stable and pleasant.”

February 24, 2023

GWPF published a report by author Paul Homewood in which he argues that scientific claims that hurricanes are false, and can instead be attributed to more advances in hurricane observation techniques. The report concludes that the findings are in line with scientific consensus from leading bodies such as the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).52Paul Homewood. “The 2022 Hurricane Season,” GWPF, February 24, 2023. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog

The report states that: “Globally there are also no trends in hurricanes since reliable records began in the 1970s.”

February 6, 2023

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott joined the GWPF’s board of trustees.53(Press release). “Tony Abbott, former Australian prime minister, joins the GWPF,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, February 6, 2023. Archived February 6, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/XEeRH

February 1, 2023

A report from ThirdSector revealed that the GWPF filed a serious incident report to the charity commission after three MPs, Caroline Lucas, Clive Lewis and Layla Moran, complained to the commission about the trustees’ “apparent misconduct or mismanagement.”54Alina Martin. “Climate-sceptic charity reports itself to regulator over ‘dark money’ claims,” ThirdSector, February 1, 2023. Archived February 1, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/4Sxfu

In an open letter written by the MPs in collaboration with the Good Law Project, the authors accused the GWPF on the grounds of funding “politically motivated research” using money designated for charitable, educational purposes. 

In response Benny Peiser, director of GWPF said:

“The Charity Commission has not opened any official investigation into the foundation. It has, as is customary on receipt of a complaint from a third party, asked us some questions about the concerns raised by the Good Law Project. We have responded in full and look forward to hearing the commission’s conclusions.”

January 16, 2023

In a press release, the GWPF criticised a fact-check published by Agence France-Presse that said Bjorn Lomborg had shared “unreliable data” aiming to demonstrate that polar bear populations had risen over the past five decades.55(Press release). “Polar bear expert: Activist fact-checkers are misleading the public,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, January 16, 2023. Archived January 27, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/8wKyt

Lomborg regularly criticises climate policy and claims that proposed climate policies are too expensive and will harm the global economy.

The GWPF cited zoologist Susan Crockford to refute AFP’s fact-check. According to the GWPF, Crockford believes that “​​some polar bear specialists are attempting to cast a smoke-screen over the relevant facts of the matter”.56(Press release). “Polar bear expert: Activist fact-checkers are misleading the public,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, January 16, 2023. Archived January 27, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/8wKyt

Crockford runs a blog titled “Polar Bear Science”, where she has questioned assertions that polar bear numbers have been affected by climate change and written that children should be allowed to “leaern about the Arctic without terrifying them with fantasies of climate catastophe”.57Susan Crockford. “Allow children to learn about the Arctic without terrifying them with fantasies of climate catastrophe,” Polar Bear Science, October 31, 2022. Archived December 8, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/qYadv

Writing about climate models, which are generated by computers and used to predict the effects of climate change, the GWPF concluded: “​​Empirical evidence like this explains why computer models predicting a dire future for polar bears are worthless: much less summer sea ice does not inevitably lead to a decline in polar bear numbers as these models assume.”

November 9, 2022

Rt Hon Lord Frost (David Frost), former chief Brexit negotiator and Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, joined the GWPF as a Trustee.58MPs and Lords: Lord Frost,” UK Parliament. Archived May 28, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/6aFA7 59Lord Frost joins the GWPF,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 9, 2022. Archived December 18, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/Gsokk

October 4, 2022

Net Zero Watch published a press release titled “In a bad situation there are no good moves: What the UK should (but will not) do to address the energy crisis”, in which it argued that the “renewable energy obsession of climate policies in the last thirty years are to blame for the current over-exposure to natural gas”.60(Press release). “In a bad situation there are no good moves: What the UK should (but will not) do to address the energy crisis,” Net Zero Watch, October 4, 2022. Archived January 5, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/VfHVN 

In outlining a roadmap for what the UK “must do”, the release suggested that the government “must admit that the 2050 Net Zero target is now not only unattainable but a positive danger to national well-being” and “should recommit to fossil fuels, giving a clear signal to the UK’s energy companies and to fossil fuel suppliers globally”.

The release also called for “a new fleet of coal fired power stations”, before adding that “public opinion is so confused and poorly informed by low quality journalism in the print and broadcast media, and parliament so ignorant and unrealistic, that we do not expect any foreseeable UK government to have the courage to undertake such actions”.61(Press release). “In a bad situation there are no good moves: What the UK should (but will not) do to address the energy crisis,” Net Zero Watch, October 4, 2022. Archived January 5, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/VfHVN  

September 23, 2022

The GWPF published a press release titled “IPCC’s greenhouse narrative is becoming implausible, eminent climate scientist says”, announcing a briefing paper by Richard Lindzen called “An assessment of the conventional global warming narrative”.62(Press release). “IPCC’s greenhouse narrative is becoming implausible, eminent climate scientist says”, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, September 23, 2022. Archived November 9, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/CJeXw 

Lindzen’s paper argued that “CO2 is a particularly ridiculous choice for a ‘pollutant’”, that “it’s primary role is as a fertilizer for plant life” and that “unless we wake up to the absurdity of the motivating narrative, this is likely only to be the beginning of the disasters that will follow from the current irrational demonization of CO2”.

Decarbonisation, according to Lindzen’s paper, is “largely irrelevant to climate change, while imposing great and pointless pain”. 

After summing up what he interprets as multiple misunderstandings around the greenhouse effect, Lindzen claimed: “this all leaves us with a quasi-religious movement predicated on an absurd ‘scientific’ narrative”.

September 16, 2022

The GWPF published a press release titled “Rethinking the Greenhouse Effect”, which linked to a report by retired Australian meteorologist William Kininmonth that argued the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has “adopted an overly simplistic approach to global warming and has ended up exaggerating the human contribution to recent climate change”.63(Press release.) “Rethinking the Greenhouse Effect”, Global Warming Policy Foundation, September 16, 2022. Archived September 16, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/5Qzjs

The report concluded that “changing atmospheric carbon dioxide has minimal impact on Earth’s temperature and climate”, meaning that “efforts to decarbonise in the hope of affecting global temperatures will be in vain”.

September 8, 2022

Steve Baker, Conservative MP for Wycombe, stepped down from the GWPF Board of Trustees on September 8, 2022, a day after being appointed the Minister of State in the Northern Ireland office.64Rich Collett-White. “Steve Baker Leaves Climate Denial Group for Ministerial Post,” DeSmog, September 8, 2022.

July 26, 2022

The Global Warming Policy Forum published a press release following Boris Johnson’s decision to delay a rumoured gas boiler ban by 5 years, shifting it to 2040.65(Press Release). “Boris Johnson kicks gas boiler ban into the long grass after mounting backlash,” Global Warming Policy Forum, July 26, 2021. Archived January 28, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/5VWNB The GWPF release argued that “kicking the detested plan into the long grass” was “a victory for common sense and will be widely welcomed”.

The GWPF also called on the prime minister to “reconsider the poorly designed and extremely costly green home heating plans.”

Global Warming Policy Foundation Director, Benny Peiser, said that the decision marks “the first significant success in the campaign against Net Zero’s astronomical cost burden”. “It is almost certain that it won’t be the last costly Net Zero plan that will have to be delayed, watered down or scrapped as public concern and anger grows.”

July 12, 2022

The Global Warming Policy Forum published a press release arguing that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to use the UK’s overseas aid budget to meet a pledge on supporting developing countries with climate adaptation funding “will almost certainly make the chances of a successful UN climate summit in November (COP26) even less likely”. The press release also called the provision of climate funds from Western governments an “annual wealth transfer”.66(Press Release). “COP26 in trouble as Boris Johnson reneges on climate funds”, Global Warming Policy Forum, July 12, 2022. Archived August 18, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/DcFWk

June 5, 2022

The right-wing Conservative Woman blog published a letter written by Professor Peter Edwards, a GWPF trustee and emeritus professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Oxford, in rebuttal to a Guardian story on the organisation’s funding from U.S. sources.67Peter Edwards. “Letters to the Editor,” The Conservative Woman, June 5, 2022. Archived August 24, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/90vaL 68Helena Horton. “Climate sceptic thinktank reported to charity commission over fossil fuel interest funding,” The Guardian, May 23, 2022. Archived August 23, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/J1giI

Edwards wrote: “I have become increasingly concerned about the developing costs – not only financial but also environmental – of Net-Zero plans and the pressing need for public scrutiny, serious enquiry and honest debate about this policy. The GWPF and Net Zero Watch are the only bodies carrying out such an analysis, rooted in sound engineering–led principles and assessments.”

May 4, 2022

A Guardian article revealed that the GWPF received funding from the Sarah Scaife Foundation, which has $30m worth of shares in energy companies including Exxon and Chevron, and the DonorsTrust, which has been used to channel funding from the Koch family.69Helena Horton and Adam Bychawski. “Climate sceptic thinktank received funding from fossil fuel interests,” The Guardian, May 4, 2022. Archived May 4, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/Zr8wr 

In response, a spokesperson for the GWPF said: “We do not accept donations from anyone with an interest in an energy company. We turn down many offers of funding from people with vested interests. I am not sure this is true of any group on the other side of the debate.

“Donor’s Trust [sic] is a middleman, matching donors to those seeking funding. Disbursements are not made from a homogenous pool of money – recipients of funds know the identity of the original donors. We are therefore able to vet them in line with our funding policy.

“I suggest you also consider what constitutes an ‘interest’. Money that is inherited does not create an ‘interest’, let alone a vested one. The wealth that ultimately created the Scaife Foundation was created at the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th. It would be ludicrous to suggest that three generations on, it represents an oil company interest.”

April 14, 2022

The GWPF published a press release titled, “Empirical observations show no sign of ‘climate crisis’”. The press release cited the annual State of the Climate 2021 report written by “eminent climate scientist” Ole Humlum, emeritus professor of physical geography at the University of Oslo, which found “very gentle warming and no evidence of a climate crisis.”70(Press Release). “Empirical observations show no sign of ‘climate crisis’,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, April 14, 2022. Archived April 14, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/qw1b3 Humlum added: “A year ago, I warned that there was great risk in using computer modelling and immature science to make extraordinary claims.”

The press release also quotes GWPF Director, Benny Peiser, who says “it’s extraordinary that anyone should think there is a climate crisis”, stating: “The habitual climate alarmism is mainly driven by scientists’ computer modelling rather than observational evidence.” 

November 18, 2021

Steve Koonin, Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy under President Barack Obama, delivered the 2021 Annual GWPF Lecture titled “Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters”.712021 Annual GWPF Lecture | Steven E Koonin | Unsettled,” YouTube video uploaded by user The Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 18, 2021. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. Koonin criticised accepted climate science on the basis that: “I don’t think the science says what most people think it says […] we see alarming predictions that never come to pass and everybody forgets about them”.

Later on, Koonin claimed that a UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment report was “entirely disingenuous and obscures the whole issue”.

He also said: “There is no climate crisis. This is an issue, we can deal with it in due course, but let’s all relax a little” before adding “precipitous climate action can be much more dangerous than any climate change we can imagine”. 

October 13, 2021

The GWPF published a press release announcing a briefing paper titled “Eco-Fundamentalism as Grist for China’s Mill” in the run-up to the COP26 UN climate summit.72(Press Release). “Eco-Fundamentalism as Grist for China’s Mill,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, October 13, 2022. Archived October 13, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/vQRs8 73Jun Arima. “Eco-Fundamentalism as Grist for China’s Mill”, Global Warming Policy Foundation, Briefing 54, October 13, 2022. Archived August 24, 2022. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

The GWPF release stated that “dogmatic green policies are a gift to the Chinese Communist Party”. The paper’s author, Professor Jun Arima of the University of Tokyo, argues that “Net Zero climate policies are creating a divided and acrimonious international environment” by “setting the West against the developing world, with the only beneficiary being the Chinese Communist Party”.

The press release quoted GWPF’s Director, Benny Peiser, who said: “The astronomical costs of Net Zero are crippling Western economies at a crucial and alarming time in our relations with China”. 

October 11, 2021

In October 2021, the Global Warming Policy Forum, the campaigning wing of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, rebranded as Net Zero Watch, a campaign claiming to “scrutinise” the UK government’s net zero emissions plans and provide a “clear view of the reality of climate and energy policies”.74Benny Peiser. “Welcome to Net Zero Watch,” Net Zero Watch. Archived October 11, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/waLwc​​

In a post announcing the launch of Net Zero Watch, Director Benny Peiser wrote that one of the central concerns of NZW was the 2021 energy crisis in the UK, writing that gas prices were “going through the roof” while “our domestic shale gas resources [sit] untapped under an absurd government ban”.

Peiser added that Net Zero Watch will “challenge the wild claims of green activists and policy advisers about this venerable and benign technology, which has brought US gas prices down to a small fraction of those here”.

September 7, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Forum published a press release titled “Net Zero Wind: Britain saved by coal – at huge cost”.75(Press Release). “Net Zero Wind: Britain saved by coal – at huge cost,” Global Warming Policy Forum, September 7, 2022. Archived August 13, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/nr2ro The press release calls Britain’s electricity system “a national embarrassment and a warning to the world”, after conventional gas- and coal-fired generators were used to balance low levels of wind energy production.

It concludes: “Power system engineers and other analysts have known for decades that wind and solar power would make the UK electricity grid increasingly fragile and extremely costly”.76(Press Release). “Net Zero Wind: Britain saved by coal – at huge cost,” Global Warming Policy Forum, September 7, 2022. Archived August 13, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/nr2ro 

The press release also links to a report by GWPF Energy Editor, John Constable, which argues that: “the electricity system of the United Kingdom is becoming weaker as progressively larger volumes of electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar are forced into the system by regulation”.77John Constable. “The Brink of Darkness: Britain’s fragile power grid,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, 2020. Archived March 8, 2022. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

August 6, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Forum published a press release titled “GWPF calls for pause and rethink of unaffordable Net Zero plans”, citing “the astronomical costs” of Boris Johnson’s “Net Zero agenda” as “the main driver of Britain’s energy cost crisis”.78(Press Release). “GWPF calls for pause and rethink of unaffordable Net Zero plans”, Global Warming Policy Forum, August 6, 2021. Archived January 31, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/pfMcB

The press release quoted Craig Mackinlay MP, who said: “I would recommend the government pause for breath before running further and faster to a net-zero electoral disaster based upon uncosted fairytales.”

The press release also quoted Steve Baker MP, a GWPF trustee, who said: “The awful cost of Net Zero is becoming ever clearer […] The PM should now pause all Net Zero plans until COP26 so that we know whether the rest of the world will sign up to similar Net Zero targets.”

July 26, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Forum published a press release criticising “government plans to force households to subsidise the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) by raising electricity bills”, which it called “the latest plank of the government’s Net Zero agenda”.79(Press Release). “GWPF condemns Boris Johnson’s plan for new “subsidies for the rich,” Global Warming Policy Forum, July 26, 2021. Archived February 7, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/jbxRT

The press release quoted Global Warming Policy Foundation Director, Benny Peiser, who said: “It’s quickly becoming clear that the public has been subject to a campaign of deception about the cost of wind power and the entire Net Zero project. Eventually the political establishment is going to pay a terrible price for burdening households with astronomical costs.”

May 21, 2021

Conservative MP for Wycombe, Steve Baker, joined the GWPF as a Trustee.80Concerned about astronomical cost of Net Zero, Steve Baker MP joins Global Warming Policy Foundation,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 21, 2021. Archived July 5, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.is/lmRbR 81Rachel Sherrington. “‘Brexit Hardman’ Steve Baker MP Joins Climate Denial Group,” DeSmog, May 21, 2021.

April 23, 2021

An article in the Global Warming Policy Forum written by research scientist Roy Spencer disputed the veracity of computer models predicting rising global temperatures. Arguing that: “Just about every climate claim made by politicians, and even many vocal scientists, has been either an exaggeration or a lie,” Spencer claimed that official climate models had been “promoted for the purposes of implementing expensive, economically-damaging, and poverty-worsening energy policies.”82Roy Spencer. “Global warming trend is only half of what climate modellers have predicted,” Global Warming Policy Forum, April 23, 2021. Archived April 26, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/uTU9r 

Elsewhere in the article, Spencer wrote: “It matters because there is no Climate Crisis. There is no Climate Emergency.”

April 19, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release criticising government spending on wind farm subsidies as part of its strategy to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.83(Press Release). “‘Obscene’ wind farm subsidies revealed,” Global Warming Policy Forum, April 16, 2021. Archived April 19, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/rkUEq The press release quoted the Foundation’s former Chairman Lord Lawson, who said: “These multi-billion subsidies are not only a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich, but are damaging the UK economy as a whole. This madness has to stop.”

The press release also quoted the Foundation’s Director, Benny Peiser, who described the subsidies as an “obscenity,” stating: “Every time a new wind farm comes on stream, the consumer is hit with a double whammy – a relentless increase in annual subsidy payments to wind farm operators and an annual bill for fixing the damage that is done to grid stability.”

April 13, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a paper written by Heartland Institute policy analyst and climate science denier William M. Briggs, which argued that existing models attributing incidents of extreme weather to human causes were inaccurate.84William M. Briggs. “The Climate Blame Game: Are We Really Causing Extreme Weather?,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, April 13, 2021. Archived April 13, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/Xj1N9 He stated: “Models have too much mean prediction error, and unknown but presumably large prediction error of extreme events. They are thus not trustworthy.”

Briggs also disputed the accuracy of observational studies intended to gauge the severity of extreme weather incidents by placing them within a historical context, stating: “The difficulty is that measurements of the past come with more uncertainty than measurements of the present, and often substantially more. This uncertainty must be carried through all levels of an attribution analysis, but isn’t.”85William M. Briggs. “The Climate Blame Game: Are We Really Causing Extreme Weather?,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, April 13, 2021. Archived April 13, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/Xj1N9

The press release accompanying the paper stated: “Attribution studies assume that the weather has been getting worse, yet empirical observations do not support this generic assumption.”86(Press Release). “New paper: The Climate Blame Game, Global Warming Policy Foundation, April 13, 2021. Archived April 13, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/fgl69 

April 1, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Forum published a press release showing the results of a poll commissioned by the GWPF and carried out by market research consultancy Savanta ComRes, which measured public concern about climate change.87Perceptions of climate impacts at odds with scientific data,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, April 1, 2021. Archived April 6, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/5qrRH The poll “revealed low levels of public awareness of key trends relating to climate change and international development,” and found that “there is also a significant minority of the public who say they are ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ concerned by climate change.”

March 16, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release which called for scientific advisory policy to be reformed by including a plurality of perspectives, arguing that COVID-19 had undermined public trust in established scientific consensus.88(Press Release). “GWPF welcomes Government plans to reform scientific advisory policy,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 16, 2021. Archived March 16, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/V5UWL It stated: “Scientific modelling, warnings and predictions based on widely differing assumptions are now exposed as contradictory and flawed as never before. As a result, institutional science advice is haemorrhaging trust while facing the biggest crisis in modern history.”

The press release quoted the Foundation’s Director, Benny Peiser, who said: “The introduction of institutional red teams into the way science is organised and funded in open societies should be the top priority of a scientific reformation after the end of the Covid-19 crisis.”89(Press Release). “GWPF welcomes Government plans to reform scientific advisory policy,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 16, 2021. Archived March 16, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/V5UWL In another article for the Global Warming Policy Forum, cited by the press release, Peiser explained that this would entail a “scientific paradigm shift” intended to “help to ensure that free nations can avoid repeating similar catastrophic mistakes and disastrous policy decisions based on fallacious modelling and flawed predictions”.90Benny Peiser. “It Is Time To Adopt A ‘Red Team’ Approach In Science,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, May 13, 2020. Archived March 16, 2021. Archive URL:https://archive.ph/MQrD9

March 15, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release criticising BBC programme ‘A Perfect Planet’ which it said “contains multiple factual inaccuracies and gives an unchallenged platform to political activists”.91(Press Release). “BBC’s ‘A Perfect Planet’ Contradicts Mainstream Scientific Findings,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 15, 2021. Archived March 15, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/IuGN0

The press release quoted the Foundation’s Head of Policy, Harry Wilkinson, who said: “The impression created by the documentary is of ‘radical…out of control’ increases in extreme weather, and this is clearly not supported by the scientific evidence.” He added: “That the BBC are using activists to try and frighten people is deeply concerning.”92(Press Release). “BBC’s ‘A Perfect Planet’ Contradicts Mainstream Scientific Findings,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 15, 2021. Archived March 15, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/IuGN0

The release also linked to a complaint made by the GWPF against the BBC, written by Wilkinson, which stated that the programme’s fifth episode, entitled ‘Humans,’ featured “a consistent bias towards exaggerating the negative impacts of climate change and overstating extreme weather trends”.93Harry Wilkinson. “Re. A Perfect Planet – Episode 5, Humans,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 10, 2021. Archived March 15, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/NxKAK Wilkinson also disputed the effectiveness of renewable energy sources, writing: “Wind and solar are not particularly energy dense sources of energy and have particular costs associated with their intermittency and impact on grid frequency.” He added: “If they represented ‘free’ energy sources then we would already be using them to meet all of our energy needs.”

March 12, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release criticising the government’s decision to block a plan for a new coking coal mine in Cumbria.94(Press Release). “Cumbria mining debacle just a foretaste of Net Zero crisis, GWPF warns,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 12, 2021. Archived March 15, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/mFKqS It stated that the controversy over the mine “is just a taster of the public backlash the government and MPs can expect once voters feel the pain of the planned bans on petrol cars and gas boilers while millions of homes become unsellable due to Net Zero regulations”.

The press release also quoted the Foundation’s Director, Benny Peiser, who stated: “The irony of caving in to the green mob is that CO2 emissions are likely to rise as the production of coal and steel are increasingly off-shored to countries with less environmental standards.” Peiser also criticised the “self-destructive and largely futile effects of Britain’s unilateral climate policies”.95(Press Release). “Cumbria mining debacle just a foretaste of Net Zero crisis, GWPF warns,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 12, 2021. Archived March 15, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/mFKqS

March 10, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Forum published a press release which criticised the impact of net zero decarbonisation policies on the British steel industry, stating: “the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) has warned that the steel industry and other energy-intensive industries have no future in the UK, as the Net Zero agenda continues to drive electricity prices upwards.”96(Press Release). “Rising energy prices are killing British industry: UK steel collapse ‘inevitable’ due to Net Zero,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 10, 2021. Archived March 10, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/kgmfv

The press release quoted the Foundation’s energy editor, John Constable, who said: “The security of jobs in the steel industry has been sacrificed on the altar of a utopian and incompetent climate policy.”

March 5, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release which claimed that Theresa May’s government had misled the public about the cost of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.97(Press Release). “REVEALED: The £1.3 trillion Net Zero cost estimate called ‘more realistic’ by Treasury, suppressed by government,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 5, 2021. Archived March 9, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/6m4oh An email from the Treasury to then-Chancellor Phillip Hammond, published after a two year freedom of information dispute, said it considered an estimate for the annual cost of decarbonisation by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as “more realistic” than the government-backed estimate published by the Climate Change Committee: £70 billion, as opposed to £50 billion. However, it said the cost of transition was “highly uncertain”.

An article in The Sun reporting on the disclosure implied this demonstrated the government’s hypocrisy, stating: “It comes after Boris Johnson promised Sun readers earlier this week that he wouldn’t whack them with extra taxes to pay for the promise to reach a clean planet.”98Natasha Clark. “Brits were misled about ‘true £70bn cost’ of Theresa May’s net zero carbon target,” The Sun, March 5, 2021. Archived March 9, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/oeNnH The article quoted the GWPF’s Deputy Director, Andrew Montford, who stated that the controversy following the email “shows that despite being aware of a more credible higher estimate for the cost of Net Zero, government ministers and officials chose to conceal vital information.”

February 23, 2021

A report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation written by its energy editor John Constable criticised a Statutory Regulation which had come into force in April 2019, making it illegal for businesses to misreport their carbon dioxide emissions.99John Constable. “A Little Nudge With A Big Stick,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived February 23, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/xeMod  Constable stated: “Criminalisation is disproportionate to the magnitude of the breach of regulations, discourages entrepreneurial activity, increases business overheads, and creates a legal pressure point for vexatious ‘lawfare.’”

The press release accompanying the report quoted the GWPF’s Director, Benny Peiser, who criticised the Conservative Party for implementing this legislation.100(Press Release). “Thousands of UK businesses are at risk of becoming “carbon criminals,The Global Warming Policy Foundation, February 23, 2021. Archived February 23, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/JrZsb He stated: “The Conservatives are still widely seen as supporters of entrepreneurial private ownership. In reality they have often pursued a quasi-socialist agenda that puts climate activists first. This legislation is deeply illiberal and a threat to future investment, innovation and economic growth in the UK.”

February 19, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation’s Deputy Director, Andrew Montford, published a paper which criticised the government’s plans to expand offshore wind power to 40 gigawatts by 2030 as part of a “Green Industrial Revolution”.101Andrew Montford. “Offshore Wind: Cost Predictions and Cost Outcomes,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived February 22, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/HLX8z The paper disputed that the costs of wind energy were falling, stating: “there is no hard evidence that any change in the cost structure of the industry is under way.” It also stated that: “The country’s future is therefore being wagered on the basis that offshore wind farms are going to produce cheap electricity in the very near future.”

A press release accompanying the paper quoted Montford as saying: “The man in the street believes that wind power is cheap, because that’s what the media reports and it’s what the government tells him, too. But hard data, from audited financial accounts, shows that it’s not true. Environment correspondents and ministers need to come clean with the public.”102(Press Release). “‘Cheap’ offshore wind power claims are false, data shows,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, February 19, 2021. Archived February 22, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/6Hvmm

February 16, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release requesting that fact-checking website Climate Feedback withdraw criticisms of an article written for Breitbart by columnist James Delingpole, which had cited a report published in the GWPF by science policy researcher Dr. Indur Goklany, after the report was criticised for making false claims about the impact of climate change.103(Press Release). “GWPF calls for Climate Feedback to withdraw untrue and misleading claims,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, February 16, 2021. Archived February 22, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/RDXXh 

Climate Feedback had stated: “It is also misleading to call the GWPF post published by Dr. Indur Goklany a ‘study,’ as it does not include any original research nor was it peer-reviewed or published by a reputable scientific organisation.”104Breitbart article makes numerous false claims about the impacts of climate change, based on Global Warming Policy Foundation post,” Climate Feedback, February 12, 2021. Archived February 22, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/1LQZR 

The press release quoted the Foundation’s Director, Dr. Benny Peiser, who stated: “Throughout the so-called fact-check, they deceive their readers about the nature of our work and Dr Goklany’s report, building up strawman arguments to knock down. It’s a remarkably unprofessional document in many ways.”

February 15, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Forum published a press release claiming that the government’s decarbonisation policies had driven up electricity prices for low-income families, criticising “the rising burden of the rising cost of green energy policies on electricity bills”.105Indur Gokhlani. “Impacts of Climate Change: Perception and Reality,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived February 8, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/vOZKB 

The press release quoted the Foundation’s energy editor, John Constable, who criticised Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng’s measures intended to offer relief to those experiencing energy poverty, which included the provision of £140 rebates on energy bills for low-income households. Constable stated: “Mr Kwarteng’s measures are wholly inadequate, barely scratching the surface of the electricity bill issue, and leaving the cost of living problem caused by his climate policies quite untouched,” adding: “As the UK shifts towards electric heating to reduce emissions this problem, already serious, will only get worse.”106Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,” UK Parliament, December 18, 2020. Archived February 17, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/Xrgqy

February 12, 2021

An article in the Global Warming Policy Forum written by Vijay Jayaraj, a researcher for evangelical Christian group The Cornwall Alliance, argued that hypocritical Western nations, having industrialised using fossil fuels, now sought to deny that same opportunity to developing nations such as India. Jayaraj wrote: “The developing countries must not allow their domestic energy policies be dictated by carbon imperialists from the West, especially those from the Biden administration,” also stating: “To ask India to forgo fossil fuels is suicidal.”107Vijay Jayaraj. “Vijay Jayaraj: Wary of the new green wave, India continues to increase its coal capacity,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, February 12, 2021. Archived February 15, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/BGokn 

Jayaraj also questioned the viability of renewable energy, stating: “India understands the unreliability of wind and solar, and is leaving no stones unturned when it comes to securing fossil fuel reserves for the present and the future. For example, in 2020, the wind sector could not operate to its potential even in the months that are traditionally considered to be best for operations.”

February 5, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Forum released a statement criticising Jonathan Brearley, CEO of energy regulator Ofgem, for failing to warn the public about rising energy prices that Brearley stated would come into force in April, when energy usage had declined. The article quoted the Foundation’s Director, Benny Peiser, who referred to the rising energy bills as “effectively a manifest failure of ever more expensive Net Zero policies,” adding: “Boris Johnson and his government are risking their political survival if they continue to push up the cost of energy, driving millions of British households into energy poverty.”108Ofgem condemned for misleading the public about energy price rises,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, February 5, 2021. Archived February 8, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/E7ZZp 109Finlay Grieg. “Energy price increase: why gas and electricity bills are set to rise in 2021 – and Ofgem price cap explained,” The Scotsman, February 5, 2021. Archived February 8, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/4sBkp

February 4, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Forum published a report by policy advisor Dr Indur Gokhlany, a press release for which claimed that: “Contrary to popular belief there is little evidence of harmful trends from the impact of global warming.”110(Press Release). “New Report. Climate ‘Emergency’ claims falsified by real-world data,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, February 4, 2021. Archived February 8, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/vOZKB 111Indur Gokhlani. “Impacts of Climate Change: Perception and Reality,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived February 8, 2021. Archive URL:https://archive.vn/vOZKB

The report, entitled “Impacts of Climate Change: Perception and Reality”, disputed that the impacts of climate change were negative overall, stating: “The detrimental effects of carbon dioxide and fossil fuels are overwhelmed by other concurrent changes that are beneficial.” Gokhlany also wrote: “Most extreme weather phenomena have not become more extreme, more deadly, or more destructive.”

February 3, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published an article by the organisation’s Science Editor David Whitehouse, which disputed the accuracy of headlines claiming that climate change had caused autumn leaves to fall earlier.112David Whitehouse. “Accurate reporting falls like leaves in autumn,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, February 3, 2021. Archived February 8, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/mLxbO

Whitehouse stated: “Now excuse me for being a little pedantic, as scientists and journalists should be, but autumn advancing by 3-6 days over the next 80 years seems to me to be something that would be rather swamped by seasonal variations,” adding: “Can we tell if autumn starts a day earlier after more than a quarter of a century? Could we tell if it started two or three days earlier?”

February 1, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a report by “independent researcher and writer” Ben Pile criticising the UK’s Climate Assembly, a focus group aiming to understand public preferences on how to combat climate change. The report characterised the assembly as “hastily arranged” and “shambolic,” stating: “the public is broadly, but only weakly supportive of climate policies. There is no appetite for costly policies that require significant expense and draconian regulation of lifestyle.”113Ben Pile. “The UK Climate Assembly: Manufacturing Mandates,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived February 1, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/vyN4F

January 28, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release calling for the government to “suspend immediately the green levies on energy bills,” stating that: “Lockdown has exposed the UK’s electricity system as both technically and economically weak, due to over-dependence on renewables.”114(Press Release). “GWPF calls on Government to suspend £10 billion green levy on suffering households,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, January 28, 2021. Archived February 1, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/mETGT

The press release quoted the Foundation’s energy editor John Constable, who criticised renewable technologies, stating that: “taking the necessary emergency action in the short run, and adopting a longer-term cost-minimisation strategy will mean admitting that the green policies are failing.”

January 19, 2021

In an article for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, the organisation’s energy editor John Constable criticised the government’s plans to build an offshore wind farm off the Norfolk and Yorkshire coasts, claiming that it would lead to the extinction of the Kittiwake bird. Constable stated that environmentalism was “in a state of physical and moral collapse,” and that environmentalists had created an “irrational fear of climate change.”115John Constable. “Kittiwake extinction risk and the death of environmentalism,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, January 19, 2021. Archived January 19, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/ZpGrb 

The Foundation’s Director, Benny Peiser, also wrote a letter to Sir David Attenborough calling for him to intervene to reverse the government’s decision, claiming that the government had “set aside the protection afforded by Natura 2000 to the resting and nesting sites of Kittiwake on the East Coast,” and that the decision “sets a distorting and irrational precedent.116Benny Peiser. “Dangerous precedent of consent for Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm & Kittiwake extinction risk,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, January 19, 2021. Archived January 19, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/QsWcV 

January 14, 2021

Vijay Raj, a researcher for the anti-environmentalist evangelical Christian group the Cornwall Alliance, wrote an article for the Global Warming Policy Foundation criticising the EU’s proposed CBAM (Climate Border Adjustment Mechanism) which would impose carbon taxes on countries exporting to the EU, and then President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to achieve a carbon-free power sector by 2035.117Vijay Raj. “EU’s Carbon Border Taxes and Joe Biden’s Clean Energy plans: A double threat for developing countries,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, January 14, 2021. Archived January 18, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/8CRd4 Raj stated that these proposals would “alienate developing countries like India and make them increase their trade relationships with global fossil fuel giants like China,” adding: 

the CBAM will likely cause industry-level adjustments in major fossil fuel countries like India, which may eventually lead to compromised growth and prolongation of the deadlines to achieve developmental targets. It will eventually impact the consumers and the economy which is already reeling under the impact of COVID-19 lockdown.”

January 1, 2021

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release claiming that the Treasury had initially refused to release calculations of the estimated £1 trillion cost of decarbonising the economy in 2019. The release quoted the Foundation’s Deputy Director Andrew Montford, who described the Treasury’s actions as a “major embarrassment,” and “misgovernance on a historic scale.”118(Press Release). “Government ordered to release Net Zero cost calculations,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, January 1, 2021. Archived January 25, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/AXqMf

December 29, 2020

The Global Warming Policy Foundation’s Energy Editor John Constable published a paper criticising the cost implications of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to decarbonise the economy by 2050.119(Press Release). “GWPF calls on Government to publish hidden Net Zero cost data,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, December 29, 2020. Archived January 5, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/98Wjh

Constable criticised the government’s plans to expand offshore wind energy, stating: “Even assuming, as the government wrongly does, that offshore wind is already inexpensive and will become still cheaper in coming decades, the abatement costs per tonne of carbon dioxide are many times higher than mainstream estimates of the harms of climate change.” Constable also claimed the government’s policies would cause “terrible socio-economic harm.”

In the press release accompanying the paper, the Foundation’s Director Benny Peiser stated:  “The failure to be transparent and honest about the actual costs of its Net Zero plans undermines public confidence in the government’s climate policy.120John Constable. “Who are they fooling? The UK Energy White Paper 2020,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived January 5, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/Opilr

December 20, 2020

The Global Warming Policy Foundation announced that power systems engineer Bryan Leyland had joined the organisation’s Academic Advisory Council.121GWPF/ AEF Webinar: Reforming Environmental Science,” YouTube video uploaded by user GWPF on December 3, 2020. Archived.mp4 on file at DeSmog.

December 11, 2020

The GWPF published a paper by ‘China Watcher’ Patricia Adams entitled “The Red and the Green: China’s Useful Idiots,” which claimed that Western environmentalist groups had been co-opted by the Chinese state, arguing that: “these environmentalists are the Chinese ‘Communist’ Party’s ‘useful idiots’. The Communist government not only monitors their activities in China to ensure their compliance with government policy, it also exercises the ability to direct the agenda that the environmentalists will carry out via the Communist government’s de facto control over the use of funds.”122Patricia Adams. “The Red and the Green: China’s Useful Idiots,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, December 11, 2020. Archived December 14, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/HjjOS 

A press release accompanying the paper stated that “western greens have effectively become mouthpieces for President Xi,” and that environmental groups were “controlled and used” by the CCP.123(Press Release). “Green groups are China’s ‘useful idiots’,”  The Global Warming Policy Foundation, December 11, 2020. Archived December 14, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/114e7

December 10, 2020

Launching a report on the cost of the UK’s net zero target, GWPF director Benny Peiser characterised the Committee on Climate Change (CCC)’s advice to the Government on achieving net zero decarbonisation as “a political suicide note,” stating that their claims were “based on fallacious assumptions and magical thinking that is simply not credible.”124Committee on Climate Change’s Net Zero advice to government is “a political suicide note,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, December 10, 2020. Archived December 14, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/dS1ix

He said the target “will ruin lives across society, with truly terrible effects on low income households.”

The GWPF’s energy editor, John Constable, described the CCC as “nothing more than a passive and uncritical sock puppet repeating government nonsense.” 

December 3, 2020

The GWPF hosted a webinar alongside the Australian Environment Foundation (AEF), focussing on how to reform the quality of environmental research in Australia, which featured climate science sceptics Dr. Peter Ridd, Joanne Nova and Institute of Public Affairs researcher Alan Moran.125Bryan Leyland joins GWPF’s Academic Advisory Council,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, December 20, 2020. Archived January 4, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/zc6HN

November 27, 2020

The GWPF’s Deputy Director Andrew Montford wrote a report questioning the cost implications of decarbonising public transport, which stated that: “politicians seem to agree that battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are the way forward, although without apparently having considered the challenges involved.”126Andrew Montford. “Cost of decarbonising cars,” The Global Warming Policy Forum. Archived November 30, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/US8CE 

An article accompanying the report quoted Montford disputing the costs associated with electric vehicles.127Motorists face £700 billion bill for going electric,”The Global Warming Policy Forum, November 27, 2020. Archived November 30, 2020. Archive.vn URL:https://archive.vn/pizdu Montford stated: “Several aspects of EVs make them more costly than petrol cars – the need to renew batteries, the time wasted at charging points, the need to find alternative transport when their range is inadequate. That’s only going to get worse as electricity prices soar in future. We could easily see the cost of motoring double. The working classes are going to be driven off the roads.”

November 20, 2020

The GWPF published a press release calling for the withdrawal of a Red Cross report which claimed that climate and weather related disasters were increasing. The GWPF’s Director, Dr. Benny Peiser, referred to the report as “an intercontinental shambles”, stating: “The Red Cross should withdraw its report or face accusations of using unethical practices to mislead the public.”128(Press Release). “Red Cross claims of increasing climate disasters is ‘grossly misleading,’” The Global Warming Policy Forum, November 20, 2020. Archived November 23, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/PH0lU 

The press release cited another GWPF press release criticising a UN report on climate-related disasters, which Peiser had described as “an embarrassment” and “a catalogue of errors.”129(Press Release). “UN Disasters Report Is A Huge Blunder and Embarrassment,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, October 12, 2020. Archived November 23, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/BGej9

November 19, 2020

A GWPF video narrated by zoologist Susan Crockford claimed to provide evidence that David Attenborough’s 2019 Netflix Documentary film ‘Our Planet’ erroneously depicted climate change, rather than polar bear attacks, as the cause of the deaths of walruses.130New footage reveals Netflix faked walrus climate deaths,” YouTube video uploaded by user GWPF on November 19, 2020. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. The accompanying press release characterised the film as “a manipulative sham with no resemblance to reality”, and “a false narrative constructed to elicit an emotional response from the public.”131(Press Release). “New footage revealed Netflix faked walrus deaths,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, November 19, 2020. Archived November 23, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/QUMCc

November 19, 2020

GWPF Science Editor David Whitehouse wrote an article disputing research which found that warmer winters were linked to greater risks of drowning. Whitehouse referred to stories reporting this research as “another example of specialist reporters of climate change only reading top lines, and not looking at the data of the stories they are reporting.”132David Whitehouse. “Climate change claim on thin ice,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 19, 2020. Archived November 23, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/XM1VU 

November 18, 2020

Former GWPF Chairman Nigel Lawson criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030, stating: “If the Government were trying to damage the economy they couldn’t be doing it better. Moreover, the job creation mantra is economically illiterate. A programme to erect statues of Boris in every town and village in the land would also ‘create jobs’ but that doesn’t make it a sensible thing to do.”133Lord Lawson criticises Prime Minister Johnson for being ‘economically illiterate,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, November 18, 2020. Archived November 23, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/yWORe 

November 18, 2020

A GWPF article entitled: “Boris’ Green Industrial Revolution is economic lockdown, for ever,” referred to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan for a “Green Industrial Revolution” as “shallow gesture politics, but a gesture with severely negative economic implications from day one into the foreseeable future”, also claiming that “all previous attempts to create a viable green economy have failed.”134Boris’s “Green Industrial Revolution” is Economic Lockdown, for ever…,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, November 18, 2020. Archived November 23, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/y5EcI

The article also quoted the GWPF’s energy editor John Constable, who stated: “These over-reaching proposals are technically absurd, economically deluded and politically disastrous. Does the Prime Minister have any competent advisors? One wonders?”135Boris’s “Green Industrial Revolution” is Economic Lockdown, for ever…,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, November 18, 2020. Archived November 23, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/y5EcI

October 29, 2020

The GWPF wrote a letter to the UK Treasury Committee, questioning the economic benefits of decarbonising the economy by 2050. The blog post accompanying the letter stated that, “the scale of the task, in terms of money and of other resources, made it clear that the Net Zero project was unachievable even before Covid. Now, with the economy severely weakened, it would be foolish to even set out on such a course. To do so would risk setting the country on course to decades of economic stagnation.”136Evidence submitted by the GWPF to the UK Treasury Committee“, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, October 29, 2020. Archived November 2, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/PaYep 

October 29, 2020

GWPF Science Editor David Whitehouse wrote a blog post disputing research concluding that September 2020 was the hottest September on record, stating that, “recently there were many headlines proclaiming that this September was the warmest on record. It was from a report uncritically relayed by many. The reasoning behind the conclusion is worth taking a little time to digest as it demonstrates that temperature statistics are often open to interpretation”.137David Whitehouse. “Was September 2020 the warmest September on record?,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, October 29, 2020. Archived November 2, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/nhQCm

October 12, 2020

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release criticising a UN report entitled “The Human Cost of Disasters,” which commented on “the staggering rise in climate-related disasters over the last twenty years”.138(Press Release). “UN Disasters Report Is a Huge Blunder And Embarrassment,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, October 12, 2020. Archived February 1, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/BGej9 The Foundation’s Director, Benny Peiser, described the report as a “shambles” and a “catalogue of errors,” citing a tweet by climate policy analyst Roger Pielke Jr, who claimed that the report had misused the source data.139Debarati Guha-Sapir, Mami Mizutori. “The Human Cost of Disasters,” UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Archived February 1, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/shPut 140It will be interesting to watch the up-is-down reporting on the new UN report on disasters.The graph below is from data in the report (Figure 5, p. 10). It shows that “climate-related” disasters have declined by ~15% over the past 20 years (2000-2019),” Tweet by @RogerPielkeJr, October 12, 2020. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived.png on file at DeSmog.

October 12, 2020

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published an article announcing the death of Sir Samuel Brittan, one of the organisation’s founding members.141Sir Samuel Brittan (1933-2020),” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, October 12, 2020. Archived February 3, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/6JWUb It cited an article by Brittan in The Spectator which claimed that “enthusiasts for climate action” were intent on stifling free speech, stating that: “Words such as ‘denial’ are intentionally brought into the debate and recall those who deny the reality of the Nazi Holocaust.”142Samuel Brittan. “Why we must dare to debate,” The Spectator, December 5, 2009. Archived February 3, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/bbsmD

October 8, 2020

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release announcing the publication of How Dare You,” a satirical series of articles also available in book format, by Peter Foster of The National Post which mocked climate activist Greta Thunberg’s speech in front of the UN Climate Summit in 2019.143(Press Release). “How Dare You!The Global Warming Policy Foundation, October 8, 2020. Archived February 1, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/QclrF

September 29, 2020

The GWPF published a paper entitled, “How Green are Electric Cars?,” which featured a debate between frequent GWPF contributor Professor Gautam Kalghatgi of Oxford University and Auke Hoekstra of the Technical University of Eindhoven.144Gautum Kalghatgi, Auke Hoekstra. “How Green are Electric Cars?The Global Warming Policy Foundation, September 29, 2020. Archived December 14, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/8azjF The paper criticised the environmental impacts of electric cars, stating: “the production of electric cars generates significant CO2 emissions due to the production of the batteries. These use materials such as lithium, nickel, cobalt or graphite, the mining and extraction of which can be energy-intensive and highly polluting.”145Gautum Kalghatgi. “Banning The Sale Of Petrol Cars Would Be ‘A Colossal Error,’” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, July 29, 2020. Archived December 14, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/Wjl1A

The press release accompanying the paper stated that, according to Professor Kalghatgi, “since much of the world’s electricity comes from fossil fuels, carbon dioxide emissions are simply being moved from driving electric cars to charging their batteries.”146(Press Release). “How Green are Electric Cars? The Global Warming Policy Foundation, September 29, 2020. Archived December 14, 2020. Archive URL:https://archive.vn/YeqMf

September 23, 2020

In a commentary on the GWPF’s website, Science Editor David Whitehouse discussed a paper published in the Journal of Earth Science, which claims to “provide new evidence for the recent global warming hiatus”. The paper “cast light on the much debated recent hiatus in global temperature”, the post said.147David Whitehouse. “Global Warming Hiatus Was Real, Chinese Study Finds,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, September 23 2020. Archived September 28, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/ky2FJ

September 13, 2020

The GWPF published a report entitled ‘The Hidden Cost of Net Zero: Rewiring the UK’, which claimed that, “Under pressure from a powerful environmental lobby, politicians pay lip service to the need for drastic decarbonisation of developed-world economies and commit to increasingly unrealistic targets”.148Martin Livermore. “Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The global picture,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, September 2020. Archived September 15, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/QnCCd The report advocated for eschewing government intervention in favour of market – based solutions to climate change, arguing that: “it is far better to focus resources on developing energy generation and storage technologies (plus, potentially, carbon capture technologies) that industry and domestic consumers would choose without compulsion or subsidies.”

September 8, 2020

The GWPF published a press release entitled, “Britain’s net zero utopia is a futile exercise”, which claimed that, “there is no realistic chance that the developing world will be following this costly approach in the next 20 years or so.”149(Press Release). “Britain’s Net Zero Utopia Is A ‘Futile’ Exercise,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, September 8, 2020. Archived June 9, 2021. It linked to a report by Martin Livermore which claimed that politicians were under the influence of a “powerful environmental lobby”.150Martin Livermore. “GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS: THE GLOBAL PICTURE,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 2020. Archived January 28, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/QnCCd

July 31, 2020

The GWPF published a comment article critical of the government’s approach to wind power by  by Gordon Hughes and other authors which stated that, “the UK Government is being pressed by lobbyists to adopt low-carbon policies, justified by reference to CfD auction prices that are patently unsustainable on the terms presented, but which are really a one-way option on higher market prices in future”, taking a sceptical approach to the efficacy of wind power.151Professor Gordon Hughes, Dr Capell Aris, and Dr John Constable. “Offshore Wind Costs and Auction Price Bids: A Comment,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, July 31, 2020. Archived September 14, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/JF58d

July 29th, 2020

The GWPF published a press release entitled, “Banning the sale of Petrol Cars would be a colossal error”, in which it was stated that: “Banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars simply means abandoning the possibility of future emissions reductions in this sector by freezing the technology of a vast majority of vehicles running U.K. transport for decades to come”, also claiming that EVs are not capable of achieving considerably lower levels of CO2 emissions than petrol cars.152Gautam Kalghatgi. “Banning the sale of Petrol Cars would be a colossal error,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, July 29, 2020. Archived September 14, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/1VQBh

July 16th, 2020

The GWPF published a report claiming that, “the UK faces a £200 billion bill to rewire the country if the government follows through on plans to electrify the country’s homes and transport systems. That’s because installation of electric car chargers and heat pumps will push up demand for power beyond the capacity of the existing wiring.”153Mike Travers. “Net Zero: Every Urban Street And Front Drive Will Be Dug Up,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, July 16, 2020. Archived September 14, 2020. 

June 30th, 2020

GWPF published a press release welcoming what it described as “Newfound Realism Among Prominent Green Campaigners”, in which it commended former Extinction Rebellion campaigner Zion Lights for her embrace of nuclear energy. GWPF Director Benny Peiser stated, “It’s great to see these prominent green campaigners disavowing the eco-extremism that has done such damage to the world.”154(Press Release). “GWPF Welcomes Newfound Realism Among Prominent Green Campaigners,”  The Global Warming Policy Foundation, June 30, 2020. Archived September 14, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/nmLuL  

Peiser also aligned the GWPF with the views of US commentator Michael Shellenberger, saying that when he says “that climate change isn’t even the biggest environmental problem the world faces, he’s echoing a view that the GWPF has highlighted since our inception.”

June 29, 2020

The GWPF launched Energy Justice, a website that seeks to “highlight how reliable energy access is central to the problems of people and businesses in the developing world”.155Projects,” GWPF Energy Justice. Archived July 3, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.vn/Yd6yr 156GWPF Launch “Energy for Africa” Week,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, June 29, 2020. Archived July 3, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/QLecR

The organisation also published a new report, titled “Heart of Darkness: Why energy poverty is a security issue” (PDF), arguing that fossil fuels are the solution to energy poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report’s author, Geoff Hill, cited various academics who have a vested interest in clean coal technology and the continued use of fossil fuels.157Geoff Hill. “Heart of Darkness: Why energy poverty is a security issue,” (PDF), The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived July 3, 2020. Archived URL: http://archive.fo/iCmre

Hill is a Zimbabwean journalist who spent a large portion of his early career working for Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian and doesn’t appear to have an academic background in climate science or energy policy.158Geoff Hill. “Heart of Darkness: Why energy poverty is a security issue,” (PDF), The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived July 3, 2020. Archived URL: http://archive.fo/iCmre

Subsequently the report was dismissed by climate and energy experts working in the region.159Zak Derler, Maina Waruru. “African Energy Experts Dismiss UK Climate Science Denial Group’s ‘Misleading’ Report,” DeSmog UK, July 1, 2020.

June 20th, 2020

The GWPF published a press release criticising the Environment Agency for saying climate change may drive future water shortages.  The GWPF said, “there are undoubtedly good reasons why water shortages may occur in future, such as population growth and increased demands. Spurious claims about climate change will simply serve to draw attention away from these very real issues and the failure to expand storage and deal with water leaks”.160(Press Release). “Environment Agency Accused Of Making False Claims About UK Weather,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, June 10, 2020. Archived September 14, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/x6rVM

June 19th 2020

The GWPF published a press release entitled: “Green Haste Will Trash The Promise Of Hydrogen”, citing a study by its Energy Editor John Constable which claimed that “Hydrogen has genuine long term potential as a universal energy carrier to supplement electricity, but current methods of production are hugely expensive and will stress fresh water supplies. Target-driven haste is already resulting in accidents. Counterproductive and naive policies are compromising the hydrogen future.”161(Press Release). “Dangers Of Nuclear Energy ‘Much Less Than Previously Thought’,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, June 17, 2020. Archived September 7, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.is/jG7bG

June 17th, 2020

The GWPF published a press release entitled: ‘Dangers Of Nuclear Energy ‘Much Less Than Previously Thought’, which stated that “nuclear radiation seems to be relatively harmless at low levels. If correct, it means that the nuclear energy industry is being grossly over-regulated for no reason at all”, aiming to discredit scientific studies that had emerged in the aftermath of WWII claiming that nuclear radiation was dangerous, even at low levels.”  

Benny Peiser, Director of the GWPF, argued that an “environmental bureaucracy” was attempting to dissuade the government from adopting nuclear energy.162(Press Release). “Green Haste Will Trash The Promise Of Hydrogen.” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, June 19, 2020. Archived September 14, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/m2gXj

June 11, 2020

The Global Warming Policy Foundation tweeted that the government’s goal of achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 would mean “Net zero emissions, net zero growth, net zero recovery.”

June 10, 2020

The Global Warming Policy Foundation published a press release quoting the organisation’s energy editor, John Constable, who disputed the effectiveness of renewable energy sources in decarbonising the economy. Constable stated:163(Press Release). “UK Consumers Face £2-3 Billion Annual Bill To Prevent Green Energy Blackouts,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, June 10, 2021. Archived February 2, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/bPA8h

Renewables have been undermining the UK electricity system for years, with National Grid propping up a tottering system with vast piles of consumer cash. The Covid-19 lockdown has caused a balancing cost surge and revealed this green appeasement policy as unsustainable. The UK’s fragile renewables-based system can barely deal with the expected; a surprise causes a crisis.”

Constable also stated that: “the national interest demands a cost minimisation strategy for electricity, based on gas and nuclear”.

The press release linked to a report written by Constable which contended that: “the electricity system of the United Kingdom is becoming weaker as progressively larger volumes of electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar are forced into the system by regulation,” a process which Constable described as “systemic enfeeblement”.164John Constable. “The Brink of Darkness: Britain’s Fragile Power Grid,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation. Archived February 2, 2021. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/45QHW

June 9, 2020

The GWPF published a press release commenting on the results of a YouGov poll on public concerns about coronavirus and climate change, which it had commissioned.165Public Now More Concerned About Coronavirus Than Climate Change,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, June 9, 2020. Archived July 7, 2020. Archive URL:http://archive.fo/KMk46 166YouGov/GWPF Survey Results,” YouGov/GWPF. Archived July 7, 2020. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

The press release focused particularly on the results of the question, “Regarding the overall impact on humanity, are you more concerned about the impact of coronavirus or climate change?” – in which “coronavirus” had the highest number of votes.167Public Now More Concerned About Coronavirus Than Climate Change,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, June 9, 2020. Archived July 7, 2020. Archive URL:http://archive.fo/KMk46 168YouGov/GWPF Survey Results,” YouGov/GWPF. Archived July 7, 2020. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

The organisation claimed that the public had “yet to form a strong view about what the implications of Net Zero” were, even though the highest number of votes favoured the opinion that achieving net-zero emissions would have a “total positive effect” on the economy. The press release wrote:169Public Now More Concerned About Coronavirus Than Climate Change,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, June 9, 2020. Archived July 7, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/KMk46

For a Conservative government that has committed the objective of Net Zero emissions to legislation, and which is now touting a ‘green recovery’, these results could be interpreted as a warning that voters will be reluctant to tolerate decarbonisation policies that hit growth.”

May 5, 2020

The Global Warming Policy Forum hosted a webinar discussing the role of science in public policy, featuring climate science sceptics Toby Young, Harry Wilkinson, Matt Ridley and writer and campaigner Inaya Folarin Amin.170GWPF Webinar: Coronavirus, Climate Change and the Role of Science in Public Policy,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, May 5, 2020. Archived December 15, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/0XqUA

April 20, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, the GWPF reshared a news story, originally published by Reuters, about how participants from Climate Assembly UK had said that lockdown measures, put in place to prevent the spread of the virus, were a “test run” for ways to address climate change.171UK Climate Assembly Calls Lockdown A ‘Test Run’ For Greener Lifestyles,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, April 20, 2020. Archived April 20, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/fLvtf 172Laurie Goering. “UK citizens’ assembly calls coronavirus a ‘test run’ for greener lifestyles,” Reuters, April 19, 2020. Archived April 20, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/KjpRI

In the repost, the GWPF included an original graphic, with the text “Net Zero Like lockdown but PERMANENT” on what appeared to be an image of a crying woman.173UK Climate Assembly Calls Lockdown A ‘Test Run’ For Greener Lifestyles,” The Global Warming Policy Forum, April 20, 2020. Archived April 20, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/fLvtf

April 14, 2020

The GWPF reposted an article published on the Koch-funded online magazine Spiked which claimed that scientific forecasting had “never been less credible”, giving examples about COVID-19, health, and climate change.174James Woudhuysen. “An epidemic of Doomsday Forecasts,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation (crossposted), April 14, 2020. Archived July 6, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/qoynr

February 24, 2020

The GWPF posted a press release on their website claiming there could be “astronomical” costs of reaching the government’s net-zero target for the UK economy. Drawing on four papers published on the same day by the GWPF, the post claimed that the final sum for reaching the 2050 target would “surpass £3 trillion, or £100,000 per household”. These estimates have been strongly disputed by policy analysts at Carbon Brief.175Cost of ‘Net Zero’ Will Be Astronomical, New Reports Warn,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, February 24, 2020. Archived February 25, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/ocScu 176Simon Evans. “The UK is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050 Because climate change is “the greatest and most pressing challenge facing the modern world” (UK govt Jan20) But what will it cost to get there? Let’s take an “honest” look at the evidence, shall we? (sources at the end) THREAD,” Tweet by @DrSimonEvans, February 25, 2020. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived .png on file at DeSmog.

Introducing the reports, a briefing paper titled “£3 Trillion and Counting” (PDF) was published and authored by Andrew Montford, deputy director of GWPF. The report claimed that attempting to meet the 2050 net-zero target in the way the Committee on Climate Change and National Grid envisaged will “do more harm than good” and concluded by suggesting that renewables “represent a monumentally expensive dead end”.177Andrew Montford. “£3 Trillion and Counting” (PDF), The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 2020. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

A number of media outlets and other well-known climate science deniers cited the reports, including James Delingpole who, in a Breitbart article, said that Boris Johnson’s net-zero targets were an “uncosted, ill-considered, virtue-signalling disaster” and that the British economy will commit “energy suicide” to reach the target.178James Delingpole. “Eco-loon Boris’s £3 trillion net-zero scheme will bankrupt Britain, reports warn,” Breitbart, February 24, 2020. Archived February 25, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/suezN

Charles Moore, a former editor of The Spectator who once said “people obsessed with climate change have a sort of project fear”, referred to the GWPF reports in a piece for the Telegraph, suggesting that it was “time to come clean about the cost of going green”. Other individuals who shared the report included Steve Baker, conservative MP for Wycombe and former chairman of the hard-Brexit lobby group the European Research Group, and political blogger Guido Fawkes, (Baker’s tweet and Fawkes tweet) as well as the Canada-based climate science denial campaign group, Friends of Science, who shared the reports in a Facebook post.179Alex Richardson. “Charles said some Moore words on #bbcqt. Charles Moore: it’s very very hard to work out what’s true… people obsessed with climate change have a sort of project fear,” Tweet by @alexjrich, December 7, 2018. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived .png and .mp4 on file at DeSmog. 180Charles Moore. “Why become a landlord if you can never evict your tenants,” Telegraph, February 25, 2020. Archived February 25, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/vrYk9 181Chloe Farand. “How the Voices of Tufton Street Brexit Lobbyists and Climate Science Deniers Become Embedded in the Mainstream Press,” DeSmog, September 11, 2018. 182Steve Baker. “We still don’t know the cost of getting to net zero. In the @CommonsTreasury inquiry on the opportunities of net zero, I began asking the questions. When the committee is formed, I’ll ask for an inquiry on the economic consequences of net zero,” Tweet by @SteveBakerHW, February 24, 2020. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived .png on file at DeSmog. 183Guido Fawkes. “Net Zero Emissions to Cost Over £100,000 per Household,” Tweet by @GuidoFawkes, February 24, 2020. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived .png on file at DeSmog. 184Link to GWPF Cost of Net Zero Will Be Astronomical New Reports Warn,” Facebook post by Friends of Science, February 24, 2020. Archived February 25, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/CEBU0

On the same day, the GWPF’s Harry Wilkinson and Benny Peiser made an appearance on Julia Hartley-Brewer’s talkRADIO show to discuss the reports and promote the claim that going net-zero would cost £3 trillion, a situation Peiser said was “bonkers”.185talkRADIO. “Government target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 will cost £3 trillion, says new report from Global Warming Policy Foundation. Listen live,” Tweet by @talkRADIO, February 24, 2020. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived .png and .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

January 27, 2020

The GWPF released a video claiming nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough had been misleading the public about the state of the Arctic and the impact of climate change on wildlife populations, in particular polar bears. The video, entitled “Attenborough’s Arctic Betrayal”, is narrated by prominent climate science denier Susan Crockford, a zoologist who has not published any peer-reviewed papers on polar bears. During the video, Crockford accuses Attenborough and his producers of advancing a “message of escalating doom about the Arctic”, claiming that “polar bears and walrus are currently thriving, despite recent sea ice declines”. According to a press release posted by the group, she argues that Attenborough “bears the brunt of responsibility for the recent epidemic of ‘eco-anxiety’ among children and young adults”.186Attenborough’s Arctic Betrayal,” YouTube video uploaded by user GWPF on January 27, 2020. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. 187David Attenborough Blamed For Epidemic Of Eco Anxiety Among Young People,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, January 27, 2020. Archived January 27, 2020. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

The GWPF also announced it would be sending the video to all headteachers in the UK, along with a letter “telling them that they are responsible for the mental health of their pupils and that they have a responsibility to provide their pupils with accurate information about the state of wildlife in the Arctic”.

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”.188Working Class and Leave Voters Favour Lower Energy Bills Over Climate Action,” Global Warming Policy Forum, January 20, 2020. Archived January 22, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.md/tvK99

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”.189Down And Up: 2019 Global Temperature,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, January 20, 2020. Archive January 22, 2020. Archive URL: http://archive.md/X6vo6

November 27, 2019

The GWPF paid tribute to the writer and journalist Clive James, republishing an essay James wrote for the group in 2017 entitled “Mass Death Dies Hard”. James argued in the essay:190Clive James, Legendary Author, Poet, Humorist & Climate Sceptic Has Died,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 27, 2019. Archived December 2, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.md/7a2J5

“…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”.191Prof. Michael Kelly: Energy Policy Needs ‘Herds Of Unicorns’,” Global Warming Policy Forum, November 12, 2019. Archived November 13, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.md/Xyaqk

October 23, 2019

The GWPF shared a poll on Twitter showing a majority of respondents felt more sympathy with commuters who dragged Extinction Rebellion protesters off a commuter train during two weeks of protests in London than the protesters themselves. The tweet suggested the commuters’ actions demonstrated “people power”.192People power! Over 60% of the public support the commuters who dragged the Extinction Rebellion protestors off the train.,” Tweet by @thegwpfcom, October 23, 2019. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived .png on file at DeSmog. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/i0NvK

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.193Susan Crockford | The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened,” YouTube video uploaded by user GWPF on October 24, 2019. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

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.194Andrew Montford. “On your utility bill, the soaring price of green gesture politics,” The Conservative Woman, October 15, 2019. Archived October 15, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/TCPXx The article was based on a recent post by the GWPF‘s Energy Editor John Constable.195John Constable. “Current Costs of British Renewables Subsidies per Household,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, October 14, 2019. Archived October 15, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/et4bp

Montford 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.”

In August, the GWPF announced one of the editors of the Conservative Woman, Kathy Gyngell, had joined its board of trustees.196Richard Collett-White. “Cambridge Professor and Anti-BBC Campaigner Join Board of Climate Science Denial Campaign Group,” DeSmog, August 9, 2019.

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:197Serious Errors In IPCC Ocean Report Revealed,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, October 11, 2019. Archived October 14, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/8lNBH

“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:198Plus ca change: The UK climate in 2018,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, September 2019. Archived September 27, 2019. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

“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.”199European Climate Declaration: There Is No Climate Emergency,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, September 24, 2019. Archived September 25, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/YLAHu

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.”

The campaign’s “ambassadors” include long-running climate science deniers, such as Richard Lindzen, Viv Forbes, Christopher Monckton and Fritz Vahrenholt.200Brief CLINTEL aan VN-baas Guterres,” CLINTEL, September 23, 2019. Archived September 25, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/MpTPT

A draft of the letter was leaked to DeSmog at the beginning of the month.201Richard Collett-White. “Climate Science Deniers Planning European Misinformation Campaign, Leaked Documents Reveal,” DeSmog, September 6, 2019.

July 27, 2019

The GWPF published a report claiming that electricity prices in the UK could double to “bail out” new offshore wind farms.202British Public Faces Huge Electricity Price Rises To Bail Out Wind Farms,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, July 27, 2019. Archived August 6, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/cS9TW The report, entitled “Who’s the Patsy? Offshore wind’s high-stakes poker game”, was featured on the front page of the Telegraph.203Victoria Ward. “Electricity bills could double to bail out new wind farms, report claims,” The Telegraph, July 27, 2019. Archived August 6, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/MEnlS

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.204Prof Gordon A. Hughes,” University of EdinburghArchived August 6, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/pQiUf

July 5, 2019

The GWPF appointed Dr Jerome Booth, an economist, investor and chairman of Anglia Ruskin University, as a trustee.205Richard Collett-White. “Anglia Ruskin University Chairman and Tory Donor Jerome Booth Becomes Trustee of Climate Science Denial Group,” DeSmog, 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.”206John Constable. “Is the Long Renewables Honeymoon Over?” Global Warming Policy Foundation, May 11, 2019. Archived June 20, 2019. Archive URL: https://archive.fo/KbWAU

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:207Dr John Christy. “Putting Climate Change Claims to the Test,” Global Warming Policy Forum, June 18, 2019. Archived June 20, 2019. Archive URL: https://archive.fo/s2pOy

“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.208State of the Climate 2018: Global Warming Is Not Accelerating,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, April 3, 2019. Archived April 18, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/xxBel

An article based on the report was published the following day by Kathy Gyngell, editor of The Conservative Woman.209Kathy Gyngell. “Global warming? Only in the BBC’s imagination,” The Conservative Woman, April 4, 2019. Archived April 18, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/wcc9i 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.210Kathy Gyngell. “Global warming? Only in the BBC’s imagination,” The Conservative Woman, April 4, 2019. Archived April 18, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/wcc9i

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.211Polar Bear Numbers Could Have Quadrupled,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 19, 2019. Archived March 20, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/78maU 212“Polar Bears and Solar Flares” – Friends of Science Society Announces their 16th Annual Climate Change Event in Calgary, April 10, 2019,” Cision, February 28, 2019. Archived March 20, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/kt22v

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.213Henrik Svensmark. “Force Majeure – The Sun’s Role In Climate Change,The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 2019. Archived March 11, 2019. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. Svensmark spoke at a Heartland Institute conference in November 2018. In a GWPF press release for the new report, he said:214New Paper: Solar Impact On Climate Greater Than Thought,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, March 11, 2019. Archived March 11, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/jLpYo

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.”215New Report: Polar Bears Continue To Thrive,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, February 27, 2019. Archived March 20, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/ZOPys

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.216Robert Lyman. “Transition to Reality: The Prospects For Rapid Global Decarbonization,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, February 14 2019. Archived February 27, 2019. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. In a press release for the report, the author Robert Lyman said:217(Press release). “New Paper: Energy Policy Needs To Transition To Reality,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, February 14 2019. Archived February 27, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/JdjGC

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.218Robert Lyman Biography,” ProCon. Archived February 27, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/B3apo

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.”219Home,” Friends of Science. Archived February 27, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/SJKAu

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:220Anastasios Tsonis. “The overblown and misleading issue of global warming,” Washington Times, January 2, 2019. Archived February 27, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/fJud5

“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.221Jessica Orwig. “7 global warming ‘skeptics’ who are massively missing the point,” Business Insider, October 23, 2015. Archived February 27, 2019. Archive URL:  http://archive.fo/zzOUm

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.222New Paper Documents Main Reasons For International Controversy About The IPCC’s SR1.5 Report,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, December 20, 2018. Archived April 24, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/gbZWo

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.”223New Paper Documents Main Reasons For International Controversy About The IPCC’s SR1.5 Report,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, December 20, 2018. Archived April 24, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/gbZWo

November 23, 2018

DeSmog revealed that the GWPF‘s US fundraising arm, the American Friends of the GWPF, had received $177,001 from donors during the previous year, a significant increase on the year before. Republican donor David Herro, who has also financially supported the Heartland Institute and Cato Institute, was listed as the group’s Treasurer at the time, with Lord Lawson as Chairman.224Mat Hope. “US Donors Gave $177k to UK Climate Science Denying Global Warming Policy Foundation,” DeSmog, November 23, 2018.

November 21, 2018 

The GWPF organised an event in the House of Commons to mark the 10 year anniversary of the UK‘s Climate Change Act, which it claims ”burdens consumers with extraordinary costs”.225Ten Years On, UK Climate Change Act Is Harming The Poor,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 22, 2018. Archived March 11, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/GIjLv

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”.226The Climate Change Act at 10: History’s most expensive virtue signal,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 2018. Archived March 11, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/TYbQa

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.227The Climate Change Act at 10: History’s most expensive virtue signal,” The Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 2018. Archived March 11, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/TYbQa

Former Conservative MP Peter Lilley and current Tory MPs Christopher Chope and Philip Davies — three of the five MPs who voted against the Climate Change Act in 2008 — attended the event.228Harry Wilkinson. “The Climate Change Act: Ten Years of Punishing the Poor,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 30, 2018. Archived January 18, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/o7Yib

October 8, 2018

GWPF advisor and retired meterology professor Richard Lindzen gave the group’s annual lecture at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. During his speech, Lindzen described climate change as “an implausible conjecture backed by false evidence and repeated incessantly” and said the use of renewable energy would lead to a bleak future with “a landscape degraded by rusting wind farms and decaying solar panel arrays.”229Great Barrier Reef is ‘not at risk from climate change’ says professor – as he claims global warming ENDED 20 years ago,” Daily Mail, October 12, 2018. Archived October 18, 2018. Archive URL: https://archive.fo/wdhNQ

October, 2018

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.230Professor Valentina Zharkova: The Solar Magnetic Field And The Terrestrial Climate,” Global Warming Policy Foundation, November 5, 2018. Archived July 17, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/k7Wew

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.231Adam Vaughan. “Journal criticised for study claiming sun is causing global warming,” New Scientist, July 16, 2019. Archived July 17, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/k7Wew

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.232Northumbria academic says ‘Little Ice Age’ could hit Earth in 2020,” Northumbria University, July 21, 2015. Archived July 17, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/TlKRA

May 7, 2018

Environemntal NGO the Sierra Club released a set of over 24,000 pages of EPA documents via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.233(Press Release). “PRUITT EXPOSED: Sierra Club Secures 24,000 Pages of EPA Emails, Call Logs and Documents