The aerospace engineer working at the the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics was caught out telling his fossil fuel industry funders his research papers and U.S. Senate evidence were “deliverables”. The controversy made the front page of the New York Times and now his employer has launched an investigation into the ethics of his secret funding.
Free market zealot Matt Ridley may well dismiss the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as a powerful “economic quirk” which has retarded Britain’s rural economy and kept farming “artificially buoyant”. But that has not stopped the landed aristocrat from claiming his share.
The DeSmog UK epic history series continues with a look at how oil-funded lobbyists increased their attacks on climate science as Bill Clinton's new policy era began.
Scientists had well understood for many decades that adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere could raise global temperatures and cause climate change. But when politicians finally took notice, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was formed, industry began a war with science itself.
“We have procrastinated for so long and allowed carbon emissions to rise year after year so there are no non-radical options left on the table. We cannot do this without radical changes to our political and economic system. This was not always so.”
Friedrich von Hayek could best be described as the father of modern neoliberalist economics – the slash and burn policies that have cut taxes, maximized corporate profits, and widened inequality to levels not seen since The Gilded Age.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron faces a major party rebellion over climate change, with Conservative funders giving money to climate denialists and calling for a party rethink on its policy of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.