David Rose has a new article in the Daily Mail exposing the shadowing network who fund green policy groups in the UK. This shadowy network apparently include the nefarious Dutch National Postcode Lottery and is shadowy because….actually, I don’t know why (something to do with saying who they fund, but not how much they give).
I actually find these type of articles somewhat amusing as they’re essentially a blatant attempt to label those with whom they disagree in some extremely negative way (“Green blob”, “Red Ed”) and are extremely conspiracy heavy. There’s not even an attempt to sound mature and thoughtful; it’s just whining from beginning to end. Pointing this out, however, tends to result in a massive sense of humour failure (I get the feeling that David Rose may have blocked me on Twitter, but am not quite sure why 😉 ).
The thing I found particularly funny, was the whining by the Director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation/Forum (Benny Peiser) who is quoted as saying
‘At the end of the day, someone will have to be held accountable for us committing economic suicide. We are the only organisation that does what we do – against hundreds on the other side, all saying the same thing.’
I don’t know if they are the only organisation in Europe, but they’re certainly prominent in the UK. They are also – as acknowledged by Benny Peiser – in a minority position with respect to their views on global warming; most credible people, including thousands of professional scientists, disagree with their views. Of course, it could be that they’re a remarkable organisation, that has managed to see through this massive conspiracy, and are doing their utmost to promote the most credible view with respect to global warming. On the other hand, they could simply be wrong. Given my understanding of the topic, what I’ve seen them say publicly, and the makeup of their Academic Advisory Council, I’d go for the latter. In fact, if I was a betting person, I’d be willing to bet a large sum of money that they’re wrong.
If I could give the Global Warming Policy Foundation/Forum some advice, it would be this : don’t promote the idea that those who drive us towards economic suicide should be held accountable – you may live to regret it!