Matt 'King Coal' Ridley

About the Matt 'King Coal' Ridley Series

Matt Ridley is a powerhouse of climate science denial in Britain. The self-styled ‘Rational Optimist’ is an advisor to Lord Nigel Lawson’s secretly funded charity, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), and acts as a one-man think tank to his brother-in-law, the sacked environment secretary Owen Paterson. Ridley writes frequently in the Wall Street Journal and The Times promoting fossil fuels while at the same time earning considerable wealth from coal mining.

At the beginning of 2015, the landed aristocrat started work on two new profitable opencast coal mines. These are situated close to his Grade I listed stately home and acres of beautiful national park that make up a 8,500-acre estate which the White-Ridley family has owned in Northumbria since 1700. The peer’s Blagdon Estate, held by a family trust, today covers a significant part of the open mines at Shotton and Brenkley Lane, north of Newcastle, which together contain 8.3m tonnes of coal, worth an estimated £336m on the spot market.  This DeSmog UK investigative series exposes these vested interests.

In This Series

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Adam Ramsay, co-editor of openDemocracy, asks: Is the Times allowing a wealthy coal–baron to push them into misleading their readers about dodgy climate change denying science? The Times is perhaps...
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The coal mining company working on climate denier Matt Ridley's country estate tried and failed during a court case yesterday to impose £100,000 in costs on eight protesters who had successfully cl...
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Matt Ridley has become embroiled in the dollars-for-denial scandal currently engulfing a British climate denial think tank with his position on the advisory board of Sense About Science looking inc...
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A coal mining company with open-cast operations on climate denier Matt Ridley's land has just been announced as the sponsor for the ‘Green Business of the Year’ award at this year’s Newcastle Busin...
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Lord Lawson’s climate science denying Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has been forced to declared Matt Ridley’s financial interest in coal mining. Self-style climate ‘lukewarmist’ Matt Ridl...
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They slipped into place under the cover of darkness. With bicycle D-locks around their necks chained to diggers in the middle of the UK’s largest open-cast coal mine, and arms sealed inside concret...
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EXCLUSIVE Protesters locked themselves to a 500-tonne excavator and chained themselves together to blockade an open cast mine today on the family estate of Viscount Matt Ridley, a climate denier an...