The Green Blob Unveiled: How UK Energy Policy is Bought With American Billionaires’ Cash

THE-BLOBWhen Owen Paterson was sacked from his position as Environment Secretary back in June, he blamed the ‘Green Blob’ – a conglomeration of “powerful, self-serving” environmental lobbyists. Now an investigation by the Mail on Sunday has given shape to that blob, identifying the foundations that give well over half a billion pounds a year to environmental lobby groups – who are targeting the UK as the country leading the way in green energy policies.

At the centre of the blob is just one organisation: the European Climate Foundation (ECF), which pulls in about £20million a year in funds donated mainly from America, Switzerland and Holland, and parcels it back out to green lobbyists such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Green Alliance and E3G (the elite lobby group which persuaded the government to set up the Green Investment Bank at a cost of £3billion) and others. Many more millions are donated to these groups directly.

“The projects we fund all fall within the overall mission of the Foundation to support the development of a prosperous low-carbon economy in Europe,” Tom Brooks, managing director of the ECF told the Mail.

He argued that the ECF merely provides “a fact base” to help politicians and policy makers make the “many complex decisions that are necessary to move towards a high-innovation, prosperous and low-carbon future,” adding “The UK is a leader in many of these fields.”

Indeed, so successful has the lobbying effort been in the UK, that their efforts have seen policies put in place that cost the British economy between £360 billion and £400 billion to implement by 2030, according to energy analyst Peter Atherton of Liberum Capital. He says that the cost will see household energy bills rise by a further third in real terms, on top of the rises already seen over the past decade.

The blob scored another victory this week when European Union leaders agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. The policy represents a drastic acceleration of climate change policy: the previous agreement was dubbed the 20:20 agreement as it consisted of cutting carbon emissions by 20 percent from a 1990 base level by 2020. T

his new policy aims to double the target in just one third of the time. To do so will mean massive investment in renewable and nuclear power, with a commensurate closing of carbon fuelled power stations. In its 2013 annual report, the ECF said that working towards the 2030 agreement was “a big focus area for ECF as a whole”.

  • a.c.hall

    the indonesian tropical rainforest is being cleared for palm oil plantations.Hardwood trees which take hundreds of years to grow are being chainsawed down for Diesel fuel Palm Oil which produce Carcenogenic Particles in exhausts. Wind Turbines produce minute energy are made from Steel from Furnaces producing huge amounts of Carbon Dioxide and excess heat. Climate Change is a David Cameron/ Barak Obama martyr political Fraud.

    • Amber

      It is far bigger than you suggest I’m afraid $80 Billion in revenue to the Green Blob in the last 5years is one very large industry.

      How many politicians and newspaper editors can’t be bought when that kind of cash is being waved under their noses ?

      The 1 % want to get a lot richer and fear around the fraud,global warming, was their ticket .
      When one of the founders of Green Peace says it’s a scam you know something is wrong .

  • Western civilization’s elite has settled on its central purpose: destroying western civilization and returning us all to the Dark Ages.

    I can see this New Age’s early days all now, disgruntled huddles of unwashed former SmartPhone Operators First Class dejectedly clustered for warmth around open oil drum fires. Dressed–if that’s the term–in dirty loin cloths and scraps of old drapery, they wait for the horse-drawn cart from the Government Food Agency to come by. Conversation is limited to grunts, shrugs and hand signals, most involving only a single digit. The Government wagon pulls into view; the group’s leader collects its tattered carbon credit slips . . . another grim and grimy day in Europe’s prosperous, low-carbon future

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