31 January 2012 – Prominent climate change author and philosopher Clive Hamilton has called for funding sources of Institute of Public Affairs, a major source of climate disinformation, to be revealed.
“Environment groups are upfront about their funding, yet denialists claim privacy, ” professor Hamilton told The Brisbane Times this week, after a UK journalist’s court bid for similar revelations in relation to leading climate change sceptics.
Professor Hamilton backed the freelance journalist Brendan Montague’s appeal to the UK’s Information Rights Tribunal on 27 January,2012 for the release of a bank statement. The document is claimed to show the start-up funders of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, chaired by former UK chancellor Lord Nigel Lawson, the article said.
Mr Montague believes it will identify the source of a $50,000 seed donation.
Launched in November 2009, the foundation has consistently challenged the mainstream scientific view that human emissions of greenhouse gases represent a significant risk to the planet and societies.
Tribunal judge Alison McKenna is expected to reach a decision within four weeks.
Professor Hamilton, who is professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University and was a Greens candidate in 2009 for a by-election in the federal seat of Higgins, is a long-time critic of think-tanks promoting outlying views on the risks of human-caused climate change, including the Melbourne-based Institute of Public Affairs.