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Baroness Brown’s Conflict of Interest

November 16, 2022
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

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Baroness Brown has been a leading member of the supposedly independent Committee on Climate Change, and is currently Chair of the Adaptation Committee.

Worryingly though she is also a senior member of Klaus Schwab’s Global Agenda Council:

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https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/fellows/julia-king/

Indeed she seems to have had a long involvement with the WEF. In 2012 she wrote article for their website, which listed her as a member of the WEF Council even then.

 

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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2012/05/the-sustainable-future-of-the-automobile/ 

 

The CCC claims to be “independent”. If this is the case, her position with the CCC is not compatible with her membership of an avowedly political organisation which in particular campaigns for an extreme climate agenda.

She should resign or be fired.

72 Comments
  1. November 16, 2022 5:38 pm

    Resign – that would mean that Baroness Brown knew the meaning of the word ‘integrity’
    Be Fired – that would mean the CCC understood the meaning of the word ‘integrity’
    So it will be neither of the above.

    • sensescaper permalink
      November 16, 2022 6:06 pm

      Hmm – sadly you have that right..

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      November 17, 2022 5:46 pm

      Yep. They also lack honesty, consistency and logic.

  2. GeoffB permalink
    November 16, 2022 5:51 pm

    Nobody ever gets fired in the climate change emergency fantasy world. Look at the head of OFGEM, Jonathan Brearley who has totally screwed up and been criticised by numerous parliamentary committees. He will probably get a knighthood.

    • sensescaper permalink
      November 16, 2022 6:07 pm

      Yes – you have that right too..

  3. Jim Wright permalink
    November 16, 2022 5:58 pm

    It’s not so many years ago that Baroness Brown was calling for wind turbines to be located along the length of UK motorways – dangerous in winter because the blades can throw off ice.

    Below is an extract from the Kindle e-book: A Fault to Nature – Birds, Migration and The Problem with Windfarms:

    Baroness Brown of Cambridge is one of the UK’s most powerful advocates for a proliferation of wind turbines both onshore and offshore.

    In 2016, she called for Britain’s 2,300-mile motorway network to be lined with turbines, and, early in 2018, she was named by the Offshore Wind Industry Council as its “sector champion” for offshore wind.

    As a parliamentarian – sitting as a crossbencher in the House of Lords – she carries special influence.

    Says she: “The challenge for the offshore wind industry and Government is to ensure that we capitalise on our world-leading position in a highly competitive, global market and deliver on the huge potential for jobs, new infrastructure, exports and economic growth.

    “This will also allow us to continue to achieve significant cost reductions, helping energy consumers.

    “We have the opportunity to take the next transformative steps together, enabling the offshore wind industry to help Government to achieve its clean growth ambitions in a way that boosts productivity and growth throughout the UK.”

    Baroness Brown’s directorships have included non-executive positions on the board of the UK Green Investment Bank and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (which promotes offshore wind, wave and tidal energy).

    She is also the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador and, vice-chairman of the Committee on Climate Change and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Decarbonising Energy.

    Baroness Brown is a significant shareholder in BP which gifted her with a ticket for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on July 11, 2017.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      November 16, 2022 7:37 pm

      I am truly sick of grandees tell us we are ‘world-leading in (whatever)’!
      As it happens, when it comes to ruinables, we are World-Leaders in wasting money and skills on producing the most intermittent, unreliable, rarely available, bird-mincing, costly, ugly, inefficient, expensive to maintain, illogical, over-rated power system that costs a fortune to integrate to the the grid and another fortune to remove.
      Other than that…..nah….I just don’t like them anyway.

    • Curious George permalink
      November 16, 2022 11:45 pm

      Is Professor King the Queen of Wind?

      • catweazle666 permalink
        November 17, 2022 12:21 am

        More like the Queen of flatulence!

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      November 17, 2022 8:04 am

      An engineer pontificating about economics. And getting it completely wrong. Why do so few of these institutions have economists at senior levels? Can they not find any to agree ith perhaps?

      • Nial permalink
        November 17, 2022 11:29 am

        “An engineer pontificating about economics”

        Is she an Engineer?

        As one, I don’t believe any real Engineer would have been sucked in and accepted the climate cult narrative.

        The IET’s approach is very disappointing.

      • Nigel Sherratt permalink
        November 17, 2022 1:34 pm

        Natural Sciences and then PhD in Fracture Mechanics (of steel), Cambridge, so she really has no excuse. Neither has Alok Sharma (Applied Physics with Electronics, Salford) but that seems to be no problem to him either.

  4. 186no permalink
    November 16, 2022 6:17 pm

    I propose: ANY Committee, established by statute or SI, funded directly or indirectly by the UK taxpayer or any organisation not “resident” in the UK – eg EU, or other non UK jurisdiction, not for profit to otherwise, – or one, being similarly funded by the taxpayer as above, which itself receives any funds from individuals or charitable organisations established or funded by such individuals, who/which are neither resident, ordinarily resident or domiciled in the UK and thereby not wholly subject to UK Common Law, cannot appoint or co-opt any member who has current declared direct and indirect financial interests in, current appointments to such organisations and individuals or within the last 10 years. Any infringement will mean UK taxpayer funding will cease, Committee disbanded and the putative member will be prevented from accepting any future post in the UK Public or Charity sector….for life, and will be put on a Register of Offenders to and Abusers of the Public Purse.

    Then I woke up.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      November 16, 2022 7:39 pm

      Good one!

  5. Ian Wilson permalink
    November 16, 2022 6:34 pm

    What about chairman Lord Deben and the six-figure sums received by business interests he owns from the wind and electric car interests? If the government is serious about cutting costs, winding up the CCC would be a start.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      November 16, 2022 7:46 pm

      What about Deben, indeed. His term as Chair of the CCC was supposed to have been up at the start of October. Following two extensions from July, applications for his replacement finally closed 2nd October. The rest of the month was supposed to be spent on a panel sift, prior to final interviews being conducted this month. There is no report that the panel sift has been completed, and no date set for interviews and appointment. Perhaps the Baroness is hoping it’s in the bag for her.

      https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/urn503-climate-change-committee-chair/

    • Rowland P permalink
      November 17, 2022 7:51 am

      Repeal of the Climate Change Act would automatically make the CCC redundant. Fat chance of that but I keep prompting my MP with this suggestion. In fact, I am sensing a definite change in his attitude from being a total believer in human caused global warming to a sceptical one. At least he does communicate. I live north of the Salisbury Plain…..

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        November 17, 2022 8:07 am

        There’s believing that there might be something in the science and then there’s believing that “the science” says we must throw away our health, wealth and security. I suggest you remind him that one is science and the other is politics, and that’s his job.

  6. Mark Hodgson permalink
    November 16, 2022 7:17 pm

    The CCC and conflicts of interest seem to go together. Apparently it’s OK because they’re all fully and transparently declared. Which is nonsense of course – a conflict of interest is a conflict of interest, and doesn’t cease to be so simply because we know about it.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      November 17, 2022 8:13 am

      There’s conflicts of interest and then there’s being entirely conflicted. Conflicts of interest should be indirect and only impact the occasional decision in a business or institution. These people are entirely conflicted.

      But the real problem is that their conflicts show they are utterly biased and have already made up their minds. The CCC is full of people who think renewables , EVs, changes in behaviour are the answer. They believed that before they joined. So there’s no debate, honest analysis, proper economics. Its all decided already.

      • Chaswarnertoo permalink
        November 17, 2022 5:48 pm

        AKA groupthink.

  7. catweazle666 permalink
    November 16, 2022 7:18 pm

    “She should resign or be fired.”

    Out of a cannon, along with that troughsnouter Gummer?

    • lordelate permalink
      November 16, 2022 9:32 pm

      You beat me to it,I was trying to think of a sentence with the words trough and snout in it!

  8. johnbillscott permalink
    November 16, 2022 7:24 pm

    The plot thickens. We all know the CCC, under Gummer, is corrupt and looking after the interests of the eco carpetbagger parasites whose interests are contrary to the interests of ordinary citizens of the UK.

    I read recently that the WEF is drawing into the fold the corrupt socialist UN, which is still pushing its climate DOOM agenda despite admitting all along that their objective was destruction of Capitalism. As a side issue WEF are also working with China controlled WHO so maybe population growth or control is on the agenda. Since the1970’s the Club of Rome, now the WEF, had views on both Climate and population. It looks like most of the West’s political class have ties to the WEF so one must ask who is pushing policy?

    We seem to have a witch’s brew in the making when opposites collude against the common people. Just maybe, the WEF super elites will control wealth of the World and the UN control the Post National States based on the dream model of the EU.

    The most viable bulwark against the sinister Master Plan or Final Solution will be strong USA under a strong President
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    • Martin Brumby permalink
      November 16, 2022 8:01 pm

      So long as he / she is strong enough to not be drowned by the UN / WEF sponsored swamp.
      Like Abbot, Trump, Bolsonaro.

  9. Chris Speke permalink
    November 16, 2022 8:09 pm

    I have heard her on World at One and she came across as a clone. One must always be wary of scientists/ engineers who seek out Positions .

    • Nigel Sherratt permalink
      November 17, 2022 1:40 pm

      Indeed, a colleague dubbed them ‘meetings engineers’ which I like. Same applies to medics. Current Master of Trinity is a good example unfortunately.

  10. Martin Brumby permalink
    November 16, 2022 8:26 pm

    King / Brown has a list of appointments/ honours that must be the envy of His Majesty. No doubt a few are deserved.

    But Feynman long ago pointed out, no matter who you are, or how beautiful your theory, if there is no factual, properly tested, basis for the theory, IT IS WRONG.

    She is thus a charlatan.

    And it is interesting to ask the question, how come so many Institutions were so keen to heap so many honours on a charlatan?

    Has she even read the fax that the IPCC has had, at last, to let RCP8.5 go?

    I accept that our Beloved Leaders have excellent form on appointing charlatans to positions of power and influence. Professor Pantsdown being merely the most risible example. Anyone reading on here could likely name another dozen before drawing breath.

    But, besides being curious how she sleeps at night, it would be interesting to see details of her many bank accounts.

    • Nial permalink
      November 17, 2022 11:30 am

      “But Feynman long ago pointed out, no matter who you are, or how beautiful your theory, if there is no factual, properly tested, basis for the theory, IT IS WRONG.
      She is thus a charlatan.”

      As above, she’s no Engineer.

      What was the last thing she designed?

      • November 17, 2022 12:10 pm

        A machine that allowed her to do press ups under snakes? All the better to ensure she kept her snout in the trough

  11. Joe Public permalink
    November 16, 2022 8:43 pm

    Good digging, Paul.

  12. November 16, 2022 9:11 pm

    She is a favourite of the BBC, often spreading her propaganda on Radio 4. I need say no more.

  13. Martin Brumby permalink
    November 16, 2022 9:23 pm

    Interesting to speculate if King’s expertise in the “Fracture Mechanisms in Embrittled Alloy Steels” was the justification for all the appointments, all the honours. The fact the she is now, allegedly, a great Pundit on the Climate. (Apparently her fan base.)

    Could she talk intelligently for three minutes, about Michael Mann’s hokey stick? Has a worry about Climategate ever furrowed her noble brow?

    Because she seems to me about as credible as Bob Fastfingers Ward with his PhD in paleopiezometry (failed).

    • mikewaite permalink
      November 16, 2022 9:45 pm

      Knowledge of fracture mechanisms in embrittled alloy steels may be very relevant when we , as she no doubt proposes, start pumping 100% hydrogen, derived at considerable cost and risible efficiency, from her beloved windfarms at pressure through our existing gas pipelines.

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      November 17, 2022 11:00 am

      “Bob Fastfingers Ward with his PhD in paleopiezometry (failed)!”

      To be fair to Bob Ward, strictly never completed or submitted.

      I have multiple “unsubmitted” PhD’s….

      • Martin Brumby permalink
        November 17, 2022 11:27 am

        Whilst i see your point, Thinking Scientist, the concept of being “fair to Bob Ward” requires a level of saintliness way beyond my ability to even imagine.

  14. dearieme permalink
    November 16, 2022 9:45 pm

    There is a cliche that government would be much better if all the humanities graduates were expelled and sciencey people brought in. But the evidence is surely that governments hire all the wrong sciencey people. Remember “Sir” David King? Remember Chris Whitty? And on and on and on.

    A science background could be invaluable but only if combined with a sturdy independence of character, a basic honesty, and a critical mind.

    • November 17, 2022 9:52 am

      “If all else fails, try honesty”, a quotation from a chap called Robert Townsend, the CEO of Avis Car Rentals back in the 1960s. I used this throughout my business career and it served me well; along with Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Six honest serving men’ of course!

  15. CheshireRed permalink
    November 16, 2022 10:09 pm

    When they say ‘independent’ I suspect that means independent of scrutiny or accountability.

  16. Gamecock permalink
    November 16, 2022 10:26 pm

    The baroness conspires to kill 7,500,000,000 people.

    She should be drawn and quartered. Her head on a pike on the Tower Bridge for a month. Take it down for Christmas.

    UK used to know how to deal with evil people.

  17. November 16, 2022 10:26 pm

    La Brown is just one of the many members of the political classes that have direct connections with the WEF, & yet the BBC seem strangely uninterested in asking why.

  18. Ray Sanders permalink
    November 16, 2022 10:35 pm

    “Baroness Brown……is an engineer” No she is not by any definition I am familiar with. She has worked in academia and then management.

    • Martin Brumby permalink
      November 17, 2022 4:44 am

      Interesting, again, that her hubby is President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering.

      The march through the Institutions…

      I’m sure everyone here will enjoy reading the Westminster Hall “debate” on the Parliamentary Petition (signed by 18,000 people) that Fracking be permitted.

      An hours worth of GangGreen balderdash, managing to avoid even one sensible comment.

      I particularly enjoyed the point that every Party in the 2019 General Election had a manifesto commitment not to allow fracking. Followed in the next breath that this proved that 90% of the British Electorate were opposed to fracking.

      Then suggesting that 75% of voters wanted more onshore windfarms.

      Curiously, they didn’t reveal the percentage of voters who didn’t care about the cost, nor the reliability of their electricity supply, how many were keen to pay much more tax, have their pensions eviscerated by inflation and would love to be vegan.

      I think I could contain my grief if all these brain dead twerps lost their deposits in the next election.

      • bobn permalink
        November 17, 2022 5:53 pm

        What percent of the eligible electorate actually cast a legitimate vote? I believe more than 10% refuse to vote because they believe the system and the parties all stink. My neighbour is one of them. An intelligent engineer (who actually makes things!) refuses to be listed on the electoral register or fill in census or any other statist device. So 90% (because they had no decent choices!) of ? 65% who bother to partake in the voting farce.
        Note: Just having studied engineering at Uni doesnt make you an ‘engineer’ in my book. My first test is to examine the quality of their welding. If you cant weld then you dont qualify as an engineer. You’ve got to serve a ‘practical’ apprenticeship as well. You can study aviation and not be called a pilot. I want to see the quality of your landings, which more important than school grades. An RAF pilot doesnt qualify for his ‘wings’ badge for over a year and 100’s of flying hours after flying his first solo flight and passing his aviation theory courses.

      • Martin Brumby permalink
        November 17, 2022 9:13 pm

        Whilst I agree with much of what you say, your comments on welding are not only incorrect but potentially dangerous.
        As a Chartered Civil Engineer, I had to know how to design welds, how to recognise defective welding, how to understand the poroblems that lead to defective welding and how to rectify.

        Would I have undertaken to weld vital parts of a structure or lengths of a gas pipeline myself? Not a chance. Every respect for expert welders, with many of whom I had a positive, even friendly relationship. But none of whom were Engineers.

        The Aberfan Disaster wasn’t caused by lack of people entirely proficient in driving a bulldozer. Ultimately it was caused by the National Coal Board in 1966 having no-one on their books who knew anything much about Geotechnical Engineering, how to design, test, analyse, and monitor some of the largest structures of broken mudsones and shales ever constructed. You presumably know the outcome, around 120 children buried alive.

  19. November 17, 2022 6:19 am

    Lizard No1…..at the G20…… Now please tell me again that all the talk about the influence and control that the WEF has, is all tin foil hat conspiracy theory nonsense: https://twitter.com/i/status/1592554592583442433 

  20. November 17, 2022 10:46 am

    Watching Abandoned Engineering last night there was a piece about a ski resort in Bolivia that now has no glacier, no snow and no skiing due to climate change. As you would expect I am skeptical that that is the true reason. Anyone know anything?

    • Martin Brumby permalink
      November 17, 2022 9:28 pm

      I know nothing very useful about Bolivian Ski Resorts.

      I do know that no sensible person doubts that the Climate has been changing for 4.5 Billion years and won’t cease to do so.

      I also know much about the climate, how and why it changes. But it is an enormously complex system and I must point out that so far NO-ONE has fully understood it all and I’m not convinced we ever will fully understand.

      More to the point, I do understand and argue very strongly that the effect of burning fossil fuels has had a tiny and likely entirely beneficial effect on all life on Earth and is very likely to continue being beneficial for the next hundred years.

      The idea that burning fossil fuels is a “Catastrophe” or even a major problem doesn’t even deserve to be called a logical hypothesis. Every ‘forecast’ or ‘projection’ made by GangGreen has crashed and burned on the inconvenient facts that their incompetent computer models have invariably not matched actual measured temperatures.

      • catweazle666 permalink
        November 17, 2022 9:38 pm

        Correct.
        https://extinctionclock.org/

      • I don't believe it! permalink
        November 18, 2022 12:07 am

        Be fair: burning fossil fuels does give off particulates so there are negatives however in most cases these are outweighed by the benefits!

      • November 18, 2022 8:37 am

        I couldn’t agree with you more. All the evidence is there. So why do all the green loons and their useful idiots keep pursuing the ‘sky is falling’ stategy and why do so many accept it?

      • catweazle666 permalink
        November 18, 2022 9:06 pm

        “burning fossil fuels does give off particulates”
        Which are very easy to filter out, as is done in most power plants and modern ICE for the last decade or more.

    • November 18, 2022 11:33 am

      Thanks for all the comments and you inspired me to dig around. Yes, you have to ignore all the propaganda that comes up first even using duckduckgo, but there a paper on glacial melt in the Andes. The Institut de Recherche pour le Developement link the changes to an increase in atmospheric temperatures resulting from the warming of the Pacific, itself a response to a rise in insolation in the tropics. There is a models mention but they did actually go and look at a retreating glacier and using Beryllium-10 isotopes in the moraines they could estimate how the glacier front advanced and retreated. A model did suggest that with the rise in temperature there had been no change in precipitation.

      They specifically looked at the Telata glacier and noted that it waxed and waned over geological time in close correlation with the tropical Pacific, and in a warning that future predictions of warming would lead to strong retreat they suggest that tropical glaciers are vulnerable. Yes, how many of us would go looking for glaciers in the Tropics? So it looks like global warming is not the cause.

    • Dave Andrews permalink
      November 18, 2022 5:54 pm

      It’s the Chacaltaya ski resort in Bolivia. It’s glacier was only 0.22km long in 1940, 0.14km in 1982, 0.08km in 1996 and 0.1km in 2005

      https://www.snow-forecast.com/whiteroom/chacaltaya-bolivia-worlds-highest-ski-resort/

  21. tomo permalink
    November 17, 2022 11:18 am

    OT but

    Damian Carrington (yeah… I know…)

    Nigerian floods 80x worse coz climate change

    – deserving of a dismantling

    The begging popup at the bottom of the article was quite extraordinary shrill bedwetting stuff.

  22. Penda100 permalink
    November 17, 2022 5:14 pm

    OT but from the DT
    “ The reality has proved far harsher: rates of child slavery are going up in Ghana for the first time in decades, a phenomenon being driven in part by climate change. ”
    is there nothing that cannot be blamed on those pesky CO2 molecules?

    • catweazle666 permalink
      November 19, 2022 7:43 pm

      A few weeks ago I stubbed my toe and the nail went black and dropped off, can I blame CO2 for that too?

      • Penda100 permalink
        November 19, 2022 8:08 pm

        You can blame CO2 for ANYTHING. It’s the ultimate doom gas. War in Ukraine, CO2! Liz Truss, CO2! ANYTHING.

  23. It doesn't add up... permalink
    November 17, 2022 7:21 pm

    Climate catastrophism projected

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11438473/Flooded-Earth-global-map-countries-coastlines-change-2100.html

    What is amusing is to see how much of the land they threaten with inundation is already below sea level and yet not inundated. Most of the Netherlands for instance.

    https://coastal.climatecentral.org/map/6/4.9467/52.5363/?theme=water_level&map_type=water_level_above_mhhw&basemap=roadmap&contiguous=true&elevation_model=best_available&refresh=true&water_level=0.0&water_unit=m

  24. BLACK PEARL permalink
    November 17, 2022 8:15 pm

    This stinks
    Hail Hydra
    “Hail, Hydra! Immortal Hydra! We shall never be destroyed! Cut off a limb and two more shall take its place! We serve none but the Master—as the world shall soon serve us!

    Makes you wonder does it not !
    Can we get a full list of members, does Klaus have a white cat ?

  25. November 18, 2022 5:23 pm

    Houdini and Scarne were impressed by how easy it is to gull scientists with flim-flammery. Since 1998 I’ve circulated petitionproject.org petitions that blocked ratification of Kyoto and other fraudulent protocols. It would take genuine honesty on the part of Econazi scientist-impersonators to surprise me.

  26. roseldabtinternetcom permalink
    November 19, 2022 7:00 pm

    Has anyone else noticed the huge decline in flying insects this year ie wasps, flies, horse flies etc? I know it will be put down to farming practices and climate change but has anyone thought it might just be solar panels and wind turbines disrupting the air?

    • catweazle666 permalink
      November 19, 2022 7:24 pm

      There appear to be plenty up here in the Yorkshire Dales.
      They are very cyclic, some years you can hardly see our buddleias for various types of butterflies, this year there have been less than other years but they’ll be back, it seems to depend on what sort of spring we’ve had.
      Plus, we had a nest of honeybees in one of the gaps in the house wall, I can’t remember having one before.

  27. November 22, 2022 2:19 am

    Reblogged this on Calculus of Decay .

  28. Thaipixie permalink
    November 22, 2022 2:37 pm

    If she was a real scientist she would know that there is no climate crisis and only natural variability… she is a charlatan… the is supported by Greenland ice core data, which unequivocally shows that the warming trend we see is still the temperature rebound from the medieval mini ice age and remains within the normal range for natural variation over the last 120,000 years, including several deep ice ages and interglacial warming such as now. The data clearly shows that there is no signature from humans and CO2 and bot have nothing to do with climate change. The current decade of pause and cooling has not been modeled and predicted by anyone who claims to be a climate scientist!!

    • catweazle666 permalink
      November 22, 2022 4:35 pm

      Sorry TP, REAL “climate science” isn’t based on data.

      “The data doesn’t matter. We’re not basing our recommendations on the data. We’re basing them on the climate models.”
      – Prof. Chris Folland, Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research.

      Oh, and “natural variation” has been cancelled.

  29. Thaipixie permalink
    November 22, 2022 7:15 pm

    I apologise for being truthful… I see the error of my ways…. I shall pay homage to the Bishops of the climate cult and purchase indulgences for my carbon footprint with large donations of acetone glue remover to the Holy Church of Climate Alarmism… but you better cancel me anyway just in case I was fibbing!!

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