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AEP, Carbon Brief & The European Climate Foundation

October 8, 2022

By Paul Homewood

As reader Brian RL Catt points out, AEP, along with many other media sources, relies on an outfit called Carbon Brief for his so-called information:


The impression we are fed with implies that Carbon Brief are some kind of reliable, scientific source.

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, Carbon Brief are no more than a political, climate lobby group, set up to promote the climate alarmist agenda.

Its director is Leo Hickman, one time editor at the Guardian, which alone should erase any suspicions about its objectivity. Other members of the team also put into question Carbon Brief’s reliability as an impartial, fact based resource. The team includes such impartial luminaries as Zeke Hausfather, Simon Evans, and former Independent “journalists” Daisy Dunne and Josh Gabbitas. Then there are the Contributing Editors, like Piers Forster, Richard Allen, Gabriele Hegerl, Simon Lewis, Tim Osborn, Camille Parmesan and Peter Stott.

The idea that any of this lot would give impartial advice on climate issues is an insult to the intelligence of anybody with an IQ above single figures.

But most of all, let’s see who funds this cornucopia of climate propaganda:



Yes, our old friends the European Climate Foundation, or ECF.

And just who are the ECF? This is what David Rose had to say about them a few years ago:

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.

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.

It was driven by the belief that without radical action, ‘we could lose the fight against global warming over the next ten years’.

It advocated the giving of generous grants to local campaigners in countries such as Britain who had detailed knowledge of the way their political systems operated.

As well as better energy efficiency, carbon taxes and emissions caps, they must ‘promote renewables and low emission alternatives’. Utility companies must be given ‘financial incentives’ – in other words, enormous subsidies from tax and bill payers – to make this happen.

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.

The ECF’s Tom Brookes said: ‘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.’

He would not explain why no amounts were stated, saying only that ECF’s annual report ‘describes the objectives of each ECF programme area and its significant grantees.

‘We are confident that this is a sufficient level of detail to provide insight into the work of the Foundation… Our policy on the information we publish reflects our responsibilities to our grantees and donors.’

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.

In short, far left political foundations, funded mainly by US billionaires, have been using their money to influence public policy for years, both here in the UK and in Europe.

Just why naive idiots like AEP are buying into what is quite obviously a propaganda exercise is up to them to explain.

  1. Broadlands permalink
    October 8, 2022 12:31 pm

    If one has questions for those at Carbon Brief you can write to them at

    But…do not expect an answer.

    • tomo permalink
      October 8, 2022 8:12 pm

      You can also visit Carbon Brief at Brandon House 180 Borough Street where they conveniently share an address not only with mothership European Climate Foundation but also with ECIU (founded by arch eco-nut Richard Black of BBC infamy)

      While you’re there you can also see UnMind who seem to be providers of “safe thinking” psychology services to a raft of familiar “woke” corporates (for fat fees).

      Birds of a feather ‘n all – I say this since the Greenies and assorted eco-nuts are fond of pointing and squealing at the Tufton Street “far right”

      • Cheshire Red permalink
        October 9, 2022 1:11 pm

        Carbon Brief was founded and is run by Leo Hickman, ex Guardian climate bedwetter. ‘Nuff said.

      • tomo permalink
        October 9, 2022 4:40 pm

        Cheshire Red,

        I knew that (it does bear repeating though!).

        The ECF don’t seem to like the limelight, preferring sock puppets.

        – iirc – the ECF Wikipedia entry is much reduced from a few years ago when there was quite a list of organisations in their orbit….

        Is the “European” part of the name a fig leaf for dead Yanqui philantropist funds that are being hijacked for political purposes?

  2. October 8, 2022 12:49 pm

    ‘buying into’ is the opposite of what happens. ‘selling your soul’ is a better description.

  3. Martin Brumby permalink
    October 8, 2022 1:05 pm

    Well, even these days, $600,000,000 isn’t chump change. It must provide for quite a few fat and juicy brown envelopes.

    And that’s not considering Gazprom / Vlad the Bad / RT and their generous contributions to the doughty “protests” against fracking.

    It would stretch credibility to the limit to assume Xi Jinping, Bill Gates, George Soros and Klaus Schwab are not also greasing wheels for this scam, yet again clearly designed to destroy the West.

    So, AEP, are you corrupt and are happy to cut and paste preposterous lies in exchange for ‘contributions’; or are you really just as thick as three bog seats screwed together?

    Enquiring minds want to know.

    • October 8, 2022 3:30 pm

      Bog seats gets my vote. Even on his supposed area of expertise, finance, he’s often away with the fairies. So, the chances of him knowing anything relevant about climate issues are a big fat zero.

    • Devoncamel permalink
      October 8, 2022 3:41 pm

      AEP is amongst the long list of useful idiots. What the DT sees in him is baffling and worrying.

      • October 9, 2022 8:32 am


        the DT also employ Ben Marlow as another financial writer who writes from time to time ethusiastically about renewables and how they are the answer.
        At least there is some balance as they have a lady journalist (who’s name escapes me at the moment) who writes sensibly about our power system from time to time.

      • Athelstan permalink
        October 12, 2022 10:45 am

        Juliet Samuel, albeit she still signs up to the green psychosis.

  4. HotScot permalink
    October 8, 2022 1:46 pm

    Excellent sleuthing Mr. Holmes.

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    October 8, 2022 2:28 pm

    I thought the name Camille Parmesan rang a bell. She was the one who claimed butterflies were heading north because of CC. An utterly nonsense piece.

  6. Vernon E permalink
    October 8, 2022 2:31 pm

    Brilliant sleuthing. Its starts to explain what has been obvious for years that the WEF and its collaborators are lavishly funded. But I wonder whether even our security services have worked out how all this dosh trickles down to the individual activists (polite word for anarchists) such as ER?

  7. ancientpopeye permalink
    October 8, 2022 3:20 pm

    Very Illuminating, not sure how I can use this information, but being by nature a suspicious cynic I will probably find a way. Thank you Paul.

  8. Captain Flint permalink
    October 8, 2022 3:29 pm

    Excellent work. I am very glad you are doing this.

  9. 3x2 permalink
    October 8, 2022 7:27 pm

    Our policy on the information we publish reflects our responsibilities to our grantees and donors.’

    Yep, kind of got that one …

  10. cookers52 permalink
    October 9, 2022 7:42 am

    Why do we pick on idiots like Ambrose, when the MP we voted for believes that we have a climate emergency.
    Ambrose didn’t demolish the Power stations your elected politicians did that, and inexplicably provided nothing to replace them.

    • mikewaite permalink
      October 9, 2022 8:28 am

      A good point cookers ,but the problem is that AEP is part of the media that influences MPs , and writes for a paper that is historically the one most supportive of Conservative MPs. The papers and the BBC/C4 are seen by MPs as being capable of destroying or enhancing a politician’s career , so they have an exaggerated influence on what MPs vote for. That is why the rubbish AEP writes filters through to policy unfortunately. AEP and others of his ilk have a lot to answer for , but never will, such is the power of the press .

      • Gerry, England permalink
        October 9, 2022 12:01 pm

        Well put mike. The legacy media and politicians are all part of a bubble of ignorance which outsiders are not able to pierce. They like to talk to ‘experts’ who have ‘prestige’ as opposed to somebody who knows what they are talking about.

      • cookers52 permalink
        October 9, 2022 6:11 pm

        MP’s just rely on Parliamentary briefings for their info, entirely lacking in any knowledge themselves.

  11. October 12, 2022 3:03 pm

    Always ask : Is it PR ? or is it news ?

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