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Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says

June 29, 2020

By Paul Homewood



h/t Philip Bratby


Harrabin wants £14bn a year from taxpayers!



An extra £14bn is needed each year to help the UK meet its climate commitments, a new think tank report suggests.

Green Alliance says the cash is needed for clean transport, nature restoration, and low-carbon buildings.

Over the past three years, it says that £9bn has been spent on projects that actually increase CO2, like roads.

It comes as large UK firms make a promise to "kick-start a new approach" and "put the environment first".

The Green Alliance think tank insists though that the funding issue must be solved in the prime minister’s economic recovery speech expected on Tuesday.

Its calculations are based on the government’s own assessment of major projects in the pipeline released on 16 June.

The government said it is determined to meet carbon targets, but the report draws attention to ministers’ plans to spend £28bn on roads.

The authors cast doubt on whether the government should spend any more money at all on projects that increase CO2 emissions.

Chris Venables, head of politics at Green Alliance, said of Tuesday’s expected speech: "This is a once in a generation opportunity for the prime minister to create the foundations of a healthier, more resilient economy.

"For ‘Project Speed’ (the prime minister’s infrastructure review) to be successful, it must be the most ambitious climate infrastructure project ever, creating jobs in every corner of the UK.

"It can’t mean a bonfire of regulations locking in polluting activities for decades to come.”

The report supports analysis by the the Trades Union Congress defining the best value for money from job-creating schemes. Road-building was judged poorly.

The calculations judge projects based on jobs created per pound of public investment. 


Harrabin repeats the old canard about”jobs”, claiming that road building gives poor value for money because it does not create “as many jobs”. Perhaps he would like to do away with the bulldozers and give workers a shovel each.

On the wider issue though, £14 billion equates to £500 for every household in the country. Maybe a bill should be sent to each and every home for that amount. I suspect most people would soon tell Harrabin and his chums where they can stick their green nonsense.

After all, regardless of what opinion polls say, I doubt whether most people would be bothered at all about clean transport, nature restoration, and low-carbon buildings, if they actually had to pay the bill.


So who are the Green Alliance, who published this report which Harrabin is so keen to uncritically publicise?

According to their website:




According to their Annual Accounts, they received £1.6 million in funding last year, and we can see the usual suspects, particularly amongst the larger donors:



In particular, the European Climate Foundation appears as the biggest donor. Time and time again, we find the ECF at the heart of the left wing, green agenda being foisted on the British public, ably assisted of course by the likes of Harrabin.


David Rose exposed the role of the ECF and other green lobbyists a few years ago:


The Mail on Sunday today exposes how a ‘Green Blob’ financed by a shadowy group of hugely wealthy foreign donors is driving Britain towards economically ruinous eco targets.

The phrase the ‘Green Blob’ was coined by former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson after he was sacked from the Cabinet in July.

He was referring to a network of pro-green lobbyists working at every level of the British Establishment, who have helped shape the eco policies sending household energy bills soaring.

But investigations by this newspaper reveal the Blob is not just an abstract concept.

We have found that innocuous-sounding bodies such as the Dutch National Postcode Lottery, the American William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Swiss Oak Foundation are channelling tens of millions of pounds each year to climate change lobbyists in Britain, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth..…

At the heart of the Blob is a single institution – the European Climate Foundation (ECF) – which has offices in London, Brussels, The Hague, Berlin and Warsaw.

Every year it receives about £20 million from ‘philanthropic’ foundations in America, Holland and Switzerland, and channels most of it to green campaign and lobby groups.

It refuses to disclose how much it gives to each recipient, and does not publish its accounts. But it admits that the purpose of these grants is to influence British and EU climate and energy policy across a broad front.

Many more millions are fed directly to British and European lobby groups from the same overseas foundations which also fund ECF….

The most significant source for the ECF’s millions is a body called Climate Works – a private foundation which channels colossal sums to climate campaigners worldwide.

The Climate Works manifesto was set out in 2007 in a document entitled ‘Design to Win: Philanthropy’s Role in the Fight Against Global Warming’. It said that to be effective, a campaign to change government policies on energy and emissions would need at least $600 million from donors.

Climate Works soon achieved its ambitious fundraising target, with a grant in 2008 of $500 million from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which spends the fortune amassed by the co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard computer firm. This was followed by further grants of up to $100 million, and donations of $60 million from the sister Packard foundation. In July, a report by a US Senate committee named the Hewlett foundation as a key element in a ‘billionaires’ club’ which effectively controlled the environmental movement, pumping more than half a billion dollars a year into green groups around the world.

It claimed these ‘wealthy liberals fully exploit the benefits of a generous tax code meant to promote genuine philanthropy and charitable acts’, but instead were transferring money to ‘activists’ to ‘promote shared political goals’.

One of the US-based Climate Works’s first acts was to set up and fund ECF as its European regional office. All ECF’s main funders are represented on ECF’s board, including Charlotte Pera, who is also Climate Works’s CEO. Susan Bell, ECF’s vice-chairman, was formerly the Hewlett foundation’s vice-president.

It is hard to assess the ECF’s full impact for a simple reason – although it publishes the names of some of the organisations it funds, it does not state how much it gives, nor exactly how this money is used.

Nevertheless, it is clear from the information that is available that the list of ECF funding recipients is a Who’s Who of the green movement, including Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the WWF, Client Earth, Carbon Brief, the Green Alliance, and E3G, the elite lobby group that persuaded the Government to set up the £3 billion Green Investment Bank.

The 2013 ECF report sets out its priorities for Britain, praising its ‘leadership on the climate front’ – thanks to the Climate Change Act.

It also boasts that its grants had an impact on this year’s Energy Act: ‘ECF grantees such as Green Alliance, E3G, and Greenpeace helped secure important milestones such as an emissions performance standard for new power stations.’


As Rose noted, foundations who support the ECF, such as Esme Fairbairn and Tellus, also directly fund the Green Alliance, who also receive money from the likes of Greenpeace, FOE, Client Earth and WWF, who all also receive money from ECF. A money-go-round in other words!

Other supporters of the Green Alliance include Orsted (formerly DONG), who make a fortune in subsidies for wind power, and the murky Network for Social Change.

There is no doubt that this shadowy network is undermining UK democracy, in pursuit of its own objectives. It is shameful that the BBC should be facilitating this.

  1. jack broughton permalink
    June 29, 2020 11:24 am

    The oft-cited opinion polls ask “Would you like more environmental improvements”, they do not compare as in “Would you prefer to spend £14 b on climate taking money from health / education etc.” Clever social and media manipulation dominates all common sense, but there are virtually no investigative journalists in the UK to attack these monsters.

  2. JimW permalink
    June 29, 2020 11:26 am

    All this lovely lolly coming from an economy unable to recover because of city by city lockdowns because of outbreaks of flu. Yep, makes sense.

  3. Stewart Herring permalink
    June 29, 2020 11:31 am

    How can the National Trust afford to donate £140000 – £160000?

    • June 29, 2020 12:50 pm

      Good question, they are looking to make a lot of staff redundant. Like most charities the NT was taken over by the greenblob many years ago.

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      June 29, 2020 1:04 pm

      That National Trust amount caught my eye too. They can afford it because the NT annual income is about £600 million.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        June 29, 2020 2:24 pm

        I hope I am right but I assume that it is OK to visit NT properties as the income there is used to look after that property. However, if you become a member that money is taken by the central blob to waste as they please. Could be worth pointing that out at the inevitable point that they ask you about joining.

      • StephenP permalink
        June 29, 2020 2:35 pm

        If you are already a member then check in with your NT card at the reception and the place you are visiting does get a contribution back from head office. I think it is about £2.90 per visit.

      • Barbara permalink
        June 29, 2020 5:45 pm

        We have finally cancelled our subscription to the NT – we paid for 40+ years and I know you will be thinking what took you so long – me too. I wrote to the chairman but got a phone call from a young chap not at all interested in my motives for cancelling. I said I am sure there will be more like me but I could tell he was unconcerned.

  4. Graeme No.3 permalink
    June 29, 2020 11:32 am

    Will he change his name to Oliver? “Please Sir, I want more”.

  5. cajwbroomhill permalink
    June 29, 2020 11:55 am

    How coild the country’s political leaders and opinion formers be alerted to this mad example of “king’s new clothes”?

  6. Joe Public permalink
    June 29, 2020 11:57 am

    “It is shameful that the BBC should be facilitating this.”

    Did we ever learn how much Telly-tax the BeeB handed over to Greta Tintin Thunberg for granting its infamous interview that necessitated Auntie flying its interviewer to grovel at her feet; and, the value of the free publicity it gives her campaigns?

  7. DAVID permalink
    June 29, 2020 12:09 pm

    It’s amazing how so many of these firms and institutions, nearly all supported by OUR money can appear to contribute this cash without really investigating what it’s paying for.

  8. June 29, 2020 12:21 pm

    “An extra £14bn is needed each year to help the UK meet its climate commitments, a new think tank report suggests”

    The UK has “climate commitments”?

    What is it about “intended nationally determined contributions” that constitutes a commitment?

  9. Jackington permalink
    June 29, 2020 12:29 pm

    I’m worried sick now at what Boris might say tomorrow

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      June 29, 2020 4:14 pm

      I do hope he is not suckered into the Swansea tidal lagoon.

    • theguvnor permalink
      June 29, 2020 5:42 pm

      Here’s a bit bit of an insight I found on UK Column:

      Click to access Modernising-the-UK.pdf

      • Stuart Brown permalink
        June 29, 2020 9:30 pm

        Thank you.
        “It is time we unleashed the productive power not just of London and the South
        East but of every corner of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”
        Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
        Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

        Productive power… of London and the SE. Lord help us. Aside from ‘invisible exports’, (remember them?) can anyone point me to what London and the SE produce? Maybe I’m being too cynical, and I’ll grant you Heathrow, a bunch of ports and some hop farms on top…

    • June 30, 2020 9:01 am

      A tragicomedy.

  10. June 29, 2020 1:56 pm

    a healthier, more resilient economy

    Based on expensive, unreliable low energy wind and solar? Absurd.

    • A Man of No Rank permalink
      June 29, 2020 2:54 pm

      Yes, and I think they mean £14bn ON TOP OF the £10bn subsidies for ‘renewables’. (via Paul on June 13th NALOPKT)

  11. It doesn't add up... permalink
    June 29, 2020 1:58 pm

    So is this on top of the £50bn a year already planned? Still a big shortfall on the real bill though. It only takes us to £1.9 trillion by 2050, whereas we’re looking at at least £5 trillion..

  12. Richard Bell permalink
    June 29, 2020 2:29 pm

    SO ……. No money for polluting ( !!! ) infrastructure ??? ……. Soon we will just be left with a train system …… no roads, no petrol, no planes and a lot of people asking WHO IS JOHN GALT …….. ???

  13. It doesn't add up... permalink
    June 29, 2020 2:40 pm

    Amid the grande scandale over Penelopegate and the imprisonment of former French PM François Fillon, but perhaps more in response to the vague verte in the municipal elections (in reality a massive abstention letting greens in), Macron has apparently accepted 146 out of 149 recommendations of la convention citoyenne pour le climat, refusing a 4% extra dividend tax, a reduction of the autoroute speed limit from 130kph to 100 kph and no re-write of the preamble to the constitution (an Ed Miliband 2010 Energy Act equivalent of giving primacy to climate issues over humans).

    « 15 milliards d’euros supplémentaires sur deux ans seront injectés dans la transformation écologique de notre économique », annonce par ailleurs le chef de l’Etat.

    So that’s about the same as £14bn isn’t it?

    A moyen terme, Emmanuel Macron souhaite que soit engagée une « transformation profonde de notre fiscalité » pour aboutir à une taxation « juste » sur le carbone. Ce projet ne pourra aboutir d’ici à la fin de son quinquennat, prévient-il. Le président de la République se dit également favorable à un moratoire sur les nouvelles zones commerciales.

    So shutting down new industrialisation, and switching to carbon taxation. I suspect there will be even more abstentions and more gilets jaunes.

  14. jack broughton permalink
    June 29, 2020 3:03 pm

    This mixture of the rich and the poorly informed activists is frightening in its power and influence. The UK are now proposing to decommission Cottam Power Station which will leave us with virtually no coal capacity. This is worrying as the UK is almost completely dependent on imported fuel (gas) and electricity (intercons) to back up the unreliables that now form the basis of our generating fleet. If, as is not inconceivable, these were cut-off in winter (politics or economics) the UK’s storage would be less than 10 % of the daily demand.

    The only true storage is Pumped storage, coal stocks and oil stocks. This is recognised in Germany and Japan, but ostriches rule the UK.

  15. ianprsy permalink
    June 29, 2020 3:40 pm

    Is this on top of the increased council tax that will have to be paid to finance local virtue signalling?

  16. Keith permalink
    June 29, 2020 6:40 pm

    I wonder what the Government will now now about their stupid electric car policy now a UN report is saying the production of electric cars will cause irreparable environmental damage due to mining of resources needed.
    Dellingpole in Breibart has an article on this.

  17. Up2snuff permalink
    June 29, 2020 9:18 pm

    New roads – more correctly, modernised roads – can actually reduce CO2. The North Circular Road modernisation from the A10 running east to the M11 being a prime example. Potholes not only increase CO2 from vibration (ie. excessive throttle variations from pedal knock), they also deter people from cycling more, so a programme of road surface renewal is actually likely to benefit the environment by bringing about a CO2 reduction.

    • June 29, 2020 11:14 pm

      I find it difficult to see how reducing CO2 will benefit the environment. CO2 is innocent, climate is controlled by the oceans and water vapour. Ocean currents and the jet stream are controlled by the rotation of the earth. I don’t think we should try and stop that.

      • cajwbroomhill permalink
        June 29, 2020 11:36 pm

        Thank the Almighty, there is a filght back, not only by fans of these columns but by Michael Shellenberger, (USA) former rabid climate and CO2 ala
        rmist who now recants but Forbes magazine has deleted his statement.: censorship, as predictable.
        Alarmists follow the money, ours.

      • Up2snuff permalink
        June 30, 2020 8:25 pm

        Dennis, I agree about CO2. But I’m just getting back at the Horror Bin and the rest of the Greens and XR, who claim that money spent on roads is wasted money. I think it was the UK Green Party who came up with the lie that ‘if you build more roads, they just fill up with cars’. Not without creating more drivers, they don’t!

  18. June 29, 2020 11:49 pm

    Anglian Water is part of Veolia, of Lord Deben fame. He was chastised by the Energy and Climate Change Committee in 2013 for not being totally upfront about his involvement:

    Click to access 02a-Lord-Deben-RS-signed.pdf

    Client Earth is an offshoot of the US Natural Resources Defense Council with members in common on both boards.

    ECF has UK Environment Agency Chair, Emma Howard-Boyd, on its supervisory board, plus several more long time green-core people such as Connie Hedegarde and Kate Hampton,

    The advisory council has Nick Stern and Mary Robinson. The network is vast and they interchange constantly.

  19. July 1, 2020 11:33 am

    Time, surely, to bin Horridbin ?

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