Climate Sceptic Think-Tank’s Mystery Backer
Michael Hintze, a billionaire hedge fund owner, is purported to be a financier of Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a think-tank that questions climate science.
It is claimed that he donated over £1.2m to the Conservative party and that the prime minister laid out an expensive spread for Hintze and others as a symbol of gratitude.
And correspondence obtained by The Guardian “appears to indicate [Hintze] is financially supporting” the GWPF.
Lawson and co. denied Montague access to this information, and after elevating the issue to an information rights tribunal, a judge deemed the GWPF as not “influential” enough to be forced to disclose the requested details.
In a blog post on the Request Initiative’s website, Montague said, “Lord Lawson must now recognise there is a public interest in him being transparent about the funding of the GWPF.
“The Charity Commission should investigate the political nature of his climate sceptic think tank, which campaigns for a change in government policy while being part funded by Tory party donors.
“How can the public take Lawson’s demand for transparency [among climate scientists] seriously when he has been so secretive about his own funding?”
The news that Hintze is financially supporting Lord Lawson’s climate sceptic think-tank and the Conservative party at the same time delivers another blow to Cameron and the now doubtful statement that this is the “greenest government ever” – as if it wasn’t proven enough by the unsustainable and not-so-green budget statement last week.
Even the remotest possibility that climate change scepticism could infiltrate governmental policy is a scary prospect, especially on top of the seemingly indifferent attitudes of late.
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