Throughout a searing heatwave in Britain in August, the ex-cabinet minister criticised the federal government’s drive to chop emissions as a “completely unrealistic strategy,” described wind power as “medieval” know-how, and mentioned that local weather change was simply “one of many many” issues we face. He urged Johnson’s successor to cease “hectoring” Britons about going inexperienced.
This week, the staunch Brexiteer and Tory heavyweight introduced he had joined the World Warming Coverage Basis (GWPF). Defending his determination on GB Information, Frost mentioned: “In my opinion we’re not in a local weather emergency or a local weather disaster within the very hysterical means some individuals need to recommend.
“However we do have an issue. And the way in which to deal with that’s to adapt and to be critical in regards to the type of power provides we try to develop.
“However my fear is that we’re dashing this, making an attempt to do an excessive amount of too rapidly, the applied sciences aren’t but out there and we’re operating into issues.”
GWPF was based by former Tory chancellor Nigel Lawson. The controversial think-tank denies international warming is a disaster, stating: “We’re not in a local weather emergency.”
In Could, it was revealed that the Tory-linked foyer group has acquired a whole lot of hundreds of kilos from an oil-rich basis with giant investments in power corporations.
Resulting from its coverage stance, the GWPF has faced calls to have its charitable standing revoked. In October, a cross-party group of MPs urged the Charity Commission to analyze potential misuse of funds by the GWPF.
55 Tufton Avenue resident
The group resides at 55 Tufton Avenue, dwelling to plenty of ‘free-market’ think-tanks which are related to Liz Truss’s disastrous 45-day stint as prime minister.
In response to Lord Frost, who was the lead Brexit negotiator beneath Boris Johnson, the think-tank provides an “goal view” of local weather change.
Nigel Lawson shared his assist of Frost’s arrival on the group, saying: “I warmly welcome David Frost to the GWPF board. He’s a person of nice expertise and achievement who will additional strengthen our already robust workforce.”
Not everybody shared related adulation. Information that Frost, who sits firmly to the suitable of the occasion, has joined the local weather sceptic group sparked condemnation.
Labour MP Clive Lewis, who was one the MPs that submitted the criticism in regards to the monetary actions of GWPF to the Charity Fee, said: “In some methods I welcome” Lord Frost’s declaration as “it clears the air and provides voters a transparent voice between these politicians who’re going to do what’s required and people who aren’t.”
“Most individuals can see the truth already – we are able to see the impression of the local weather disaster in meals costs. The price of residing disaster is the local weather disaster,” Lewis continued.
Sharing Frost’s announcement, Adam Bienkov, political editor and correspondent at BylineTimes tweeted:
“Main Brexiteer and former Boris Johnson advisor, Lord David Frost, has now gone to work for the Tufton Avenue, climate-change denying, so-called think-tank, the World Warming Coverage Basis.”
The tweet sparked a thread of criticism in regards to the former Brexit chief.
“I’m certain Frost will work his jinxing magic at his fossil-fuel cult headquarters, simply as he did on the Brexit negotiating desk… contributing a load of stale, smug and irresponsible prejudice as an alternative of doing something remotely sensible or accountable,” posted Twitter consumer Sarah Murphy.
Mirror readers shared their ideas on the information, with one reader writing:
“He received the Brexit name mistaken and now local weather change mistaken… who’s using this idiot?”
The identical week noticed Lord David Frost hit out at Rishi Sunak for his fracking U-turn, telling GB News:
“There’s a level of hypocrisy on the a part of those that received’t do fracking within the UK however are completely completely satisfied to import giant portions of fracked gasoline from the US.”
Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead is a contributing editor to Left Foot Ahead
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