A House of Lords committee has been criticized for inviting a “fringe” group that campaigns against climate action to testify on carbon policy.
The Global Warming Policy Foundation was invited by peers to provide evidence for an investigation when Net Zero was reached and appeared before them on Tuesday.
But environmental groups questioned why the committee would “waste its valuable time” from the organization, which they said was “so pervasive and repeatedly found to be wrong”.
GWPF has previously been warned by the charity committee for breaking rules on fairness and has been cited as the most prominent source of climate change denial in the country.
The organization falsely claims that there is no scientific consensus on climate change, describing the facts as “elections”. It campaigns against renewable energy and says it is “deeply concerned about the cost” of climate action.
It says it does not officially take a stand on climate science and that its members “cover a wide range of different views from the IPCC position through agnosticism to outright skepticism”.
The House of Lords Industry and Regulatory Committee invited the organization’s energy editor John Constable to testify on net zero and the energy market in a session on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Constable, who has claimed that environmentalism is “in a state of material and moral collapse”, argues against wind power because he says it is not “affordable and proportional to the risk” from climate change.
GWPF does not disclose its funding, but says it is “heavy by voluntary donations from several private individuals and charitable trusts”. It says it rejects donations from the energy industry, although it has not been possible to verify.
Mr Constable told peers on Tuesday: “In our view climate policies do not pass any of these tests … as far as we understand it, the cost of reduction in relation to the threat is enormous, and They are ineffective in themselves and are therefore unlikely to be sustainable in the long term.”
Rebecca Newsom, head of politics at Greenpeace UK, said: “From the declining costs of renewable energy to the science behind the climate crisis, the views of the Global Warming Policy Foundation have been so widely and repeatedly found to be wrong that you really have to question Why would the Lord waste his precious time on them?
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