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Apr232011

Digging into the GLOBE

Jason Lewis, the Telegraph's investigations guy, has been researching GLOBE International - most famous member, Lord Oxburgh.

The little-known not-for-profit company works behind the scenes at international conferences to further its aims.

Another scientific expert linked to the group came forward to praise a second independent investigation into the Climategate affair which also exonerated researchers.

One of its key supporters headed the official investigation into the so-called "Climategate emails", producing a report which cleared experts of deliberately attempting to skew scientific results to confirm that global warming was a real threat.

(H/T DR)

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It would seem that Globe International operates as a secretive lobbying group on behalf its members, and by playing cozy with the politicians, it even manages to obtain some taxpayer funding.to further its aims. Obviously it is a very influencial organization. Since some of its member stand to profit handsomely from climate legislation, is there any question how Lord Oxburgh came into prominence following Climategate? This smells worse than a skunk .....

Apr 23, 2011 at 11:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterDrcrinum

We have to remember of course that there is no concerted, shadowy conspiracy to push CAGW. /sarc

I look forward to ZDB opining on this thread.

Apr 23, 2011 at 11:37 PM | Unregistered Commenterwoodentop

About time. On my side of the Atlantic, John McCain and my very own Senator Joe Lieberman have been attendees at GLOBE conferences as well and have been ardent supporters of CAGW and cap-and-trade legislation. You may recall that there was some speculation that Lieberman, a liberal by almost anyone's definition (except by some Connecticut Democrats who think "liberal" really means ultra-left-wing kook) would be McCain's VP choice. I think THAT decision was razor thin and that Joe would have provided the margin of victory. I supported McCain for other reasons but am pretty much convinced today that we dodged a bullet. McCain and Lieberman could have gotten a cap-and-trade bill through where Obama and Reid and Pelosi failed. Anyone wanna bet that some GLOBE funding can't be traced back to Soros? GLOBE is a cancer in world politics, not just the UK.

Apr 23, 2011 at 11:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert E. Phelan

The article states:

Lord Oxburgh, the organisation's director, was called in to head an internal inquiry into the leaked emails which included one infamous message referring to a "trick" to "hide the decline" in global temperatures.

It's rather unfortunate that they still don't get the "Hide the Decline" issue, which as we know has nothing to do with a decline in temperatures and everything to do with the tree ring data.

Apr 24, 2011 at 12:42 AM | Unregistered Commenterandyscrase

On the bright side, one of the implications of Globe's funding sources is that the organisation is subject to FOI requests :o)

Apr 24, 2011 at 1:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterSimon Hopkinson

This is Cargo Cult politics (with apologies to Richard Feynman) . I am struggling to find the adjectives that would fully convey the contempt that I feel for these freeloaders. I just do not know how they can live with themselvess. Unfortunately, there is nothing that I can do about it other than let them know how I feel but it is not enough. It does not satisfy me.
To whom it may concern...............I think that you are detestable.

Apr 24, 2011 at 1:19 AM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

but when will the idealistic young people who have fallen for this nonsense realise they've been had?

Apr 24, 2011 at 6:26 AM | Unregistered Commenterpat

Isn't it about time that when we see the assertions that: "One of its key supporters headed the official investigation into the so-called "Climategate emails", producing a report which cleared experts of deliberately attempting to skew scientific results to confirm that global warming was a real threat."

we inform the author that the report that "cleared"the scientists used papers selected by those self-same scientists, none of which, were disputed, and moreover no one who had criticised the papers was interviewed by the so-called "inquiry".

Apr 24, 2011 at 6:38 AM | Unregistered Commentergeronimo

every journo in the UK should be sending warnings:

23 April: UK Telegraph: New figures show the lights may go out sooner than we thought
Our coal-fired power stations are closer to extinction than predicted, and wind power stubbornly refuses to fill the gap, says Christopher Booker.
Figures published last week reveal that the moment when Britain’s lights start going out may be much closer than previously predicted. Thanks in part to the hammering they took in the abnormal cold of last winter, six large coal-fired power stations which supply a fifth of Britain’s average electricity needs have now used up more than half of the 20,000 running hours they are each allowed under the EU’s Large Combustion Plants directive. When they reach that limit they will have to shut down...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/8470256/New-figures-show-the-lights-may-go-out-sooner-than-we-thought.html

Apr 24, 2011 at 6:50 AM | Unregistered Commenterpat

Snapshot from the gravy train, a revolving door system for parasitic elites.

Apr 24, 2011 at 7:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterFrosty

This is not some minor outfit it is a major political influence, the current President of Globe is John Gummer, former Conservative Party Chairman, now Lord Deben. Co-Chairman is Ed Markey, (Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill). The headquarters of Globe International are in Westminster. Previous presidents have included former Labour MP Stephen Byers, notorious for offering parliamentary influence for £5000 a time and Elliot Morley, former Labour Environment Minister, currently sewing mail bags. Globe is closely affiliated with the Club of Rome.

This is their mission:
“Without the burden of formal governmental negotiating positions, legislators have the freedom to push the boundaries of what can be politically achieved. GLOBE’s vision is to create a critical mass of legislators within each of the parliaments of the major economies that can agree common legislative responses to the major global environmental challenges and demonstrate to leaders that there is cross-party support for more ambitious action. All major government policy decisions should be consistent with climate change goals.”

They are also into UN bio-diversity:
At the invitation of the International Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) GLOBE hosted the ‘Parliamentarians and Biodiversity Forum’ at the Conference of the Parties held in Nagoya, Japan, from the 25th – 26th October 2010.”

“The Forum received the conclusions of GLOBE’s International Commission on Land Use Change & Ecosystems and focussed on identifying the practical steps that parliamentarians could take to integrate the true value of natural capital into policy making"

In November last they were in China, “The National People’s Congress of China Committee on Environment Protection & Resources Conservation and the Global Legislators Organisation, GLOBE International, will jointly host the Climate Change Legislators Forum to take place on the weekend of the 6th-8th November 2010 in Tianjin, China. Preliminary results will be available from a detailed study being undertaken by a team of GLOBE researchers at the London School of Economics comparing legislation across 16 of the major economies.”

The London School of Economics is where Lord Stern is Chairman of its Grantham Institute, founded by US billionaire Jeremy Grantham, with WWF-US and Environmental Defense on its management board. Stern is involved in carbon trading via IDEAcarbon along with his colleague Dr. Sam Fankhauser, a member of the UK Climate Change Committee, which advises government on emissions policy. Fankhauser is Chief Economist to Globe International. Also a carbon trading colleague is Nitin Desai, a colleague of Rajendra Pachauri.

You can find a lot more in depth information about Globe International here:
http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/originals/ambler_un_governance.pdf

Apr 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterDennisA

It seems to me that politicians shouldn't be allowed to be part of a for-profit company that they then push policies for. 

Globe is funded by government and run by politicians who I assume then get paid by Globe! It smells like a massive fraud.

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/latest-news/?view=PressR&id=21461887


http://copenhagen.globeinternational.org/news/gordon_brown_calls_for_global_climate_change_fund.aspx

Apr 24, 2011 at 9:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterJace

Since when did legitimate science require so much political schmoozing?

Apr 24, 2011 at 10:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterTime Traveller

What a tale of disgusting sleaze. And why is John Gummer not Lord Gummer but instead called Lord Deben - noting to do with the mess he made of agriculture when minister, shuereley ?

This whole thing STINKS.

Apr 24, 2011 at 10:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterPFM

pesadia:
How about Orwellian and Kafkaesque?

Apr 24, 2011 at 12:13 PM | Unregistered Commenterbernie

Last year I also did a little bit of digging into GLOBE, in particular into the UK All Party Parliamentary Group which "...is the UK Chapter of GLOBE whose aim is to provide legislators with informal and formal policy processes to support ambitious political leadership on environmental and sustainable development issues...It works...to advance policy outcomes with the heads of government particularly G20 leaders, the UN and relevant financial institutions."

Among those who declared expenses received from GLOBE were Stephen Byers £2.1k, Barry Gardiner £7.3k, Gregory Barker £12.2k, Tim Yeo £4.2k. Others listed as involved included Lord Hunt, Lord Oxburgh, Eric Joyce, Ken Purchase, Kenneth Clarke, Lord Fowler, Charles Hendry, Nick Hurd, Malcolm bruce, Chris Huhne and Simon Hughes but they did not declare GLOBE related expenses.

Barker clocked up his £12.2k visiting:
1 the GLOBE Copenhagen Legislators Forum in October 2009 (£1.0);
2 New Delhi in November 2009 to relaunch GLOBE India and to advance climate legislation in the Parliament of India (£2.9k);
3 Beijing in February 2010 for meetings with the Chair of the Environmental Protection and Resources Group (£5.3k);
4 Washington in March 2010 to meet US Senate and Congress members (£3.0).

This information was sourced from the declaration of expenses incurred by MPs. I believe that GLOBE receives money from the UK government, ie the taxpayer is responsible for part funding this organisation. We also know that the last Labour government dispensed many millions of pounds to many organisations from the Trades Unions to the National Trust to promote its green/global warming agenda. It did this via grants and programmes through ministries such as DEFRA and others. The present Secretary of Stae for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, continues to look with favout on the 10:10 charity (producer of the notorious video featuring sceptic children being blown up by their teacher). I have not looked to see what the current government is up to to subsidise such propaganda but if The Daily Telegraph wishes to burnish its investigative credentials, this would appear to be a subject worthy of in depth investigation.

Apr 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM | Unregistered Commenteroldtimer

Do our political servants REALLY not realise that we find these things out, eventually..?

Apr 24, 2011 at 2:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Robert E. Phelan

Anyone wanna bet that some GLOBE funding can't be traced back to Soros?

I am surprised that someone has not done an in-depth look into the left wing financial octopus that Soros appears to be directing. And indeed, how a man with such power stays so completely in the shadows is of interest.

Apr 24, 2011 at 3:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

From Yaosxx at the Telegraph

You forgot to mention David Chaytor - also convicted of expenses fraud:
"He was the Secretary of Globe UK, the British branch of the international network of environmentalist parliamentarians."

Apr 24, 2011 at 4:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterShub

A month or so ago I discovered that the "Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future" which is the charity front for The Oil Drum was started up with a 100,000$ cash donation. None of the principles who were commenting here could explain it (or so they said).

I found out about the donation because charities have to fill in Form 990's and there are numerous websites where you can take a look at the filed Form 990.

http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990s/990search/esearch.php

http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/261/261233189/261233189_200712_990.pdf

Are their similar requirements in the UK. Can we find out who funds them?

Apr 24, 2011 at 4:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterBruce

Addendum. It is quite interesting to check out the interlinks.

Nathan John Hagens is on the Form 990 for The Oil Drum. He is a fellow at Gund.

http://www.uvm.edu/giee/?Page=about/students/Nathan_Hagens.html&SM=about/about_menu.html

He used to be a VP for Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. Wanna bet how which side of the green investments he was on?

Is The Oil Drum funded by big investment firms to try and demonize the wests "fossil fuel economy"?

Or just to make sure investments in "green" payoff big no matter the damage to the economies?

George Soros is known to have gone long on "green investments".

Apr 24, 2011 at 4:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterBruce

Small wonder they're papping themselves, there is nothing behind the science and the high priests of Alchemy and AGW at the CRU have been found out. Therefore, everybody and his dog now knows: there is no scientific consensus. Thus, many investments are looking so 'long' they'll not be realised even in the 3rd millennium.

Unfortunately that hasn't stopped the British government to continue to pour tax money into the pockets of these bent shills, probably on orders from their superiors in Brussels.

The dealings with the Chinese are interesting, they certainly do not give a rats arse about AGW or saving the bloody planet but do have an interest in selling as much useless infrastructure as they are able to [so yes they're gung-ho on AGW I suppose].

What an incredibly tangled web, they should also be sponsored by a fragrant grease Co........I'll bet Goldman Sackfuls/Deutsche Bank.............. have a finger in.

Follow the money..... .

Wow but it's nice to have all these very important men so concerned about our welfare, I now know what it must have felt like - to be in Britain when Mr. Hitler was so interested in the welfare of the British in 1939.

Apr 24, 2011 at 5:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan

It's significant that the BBC has chosen to be silent on this story. It's hard to imagine a similar lack of interest had the Telegraph's Louise Gray unearthed something for the eco-loons to wave their hands about concerning Exxon.

Apr 24, 2011 at 8:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterGCooper

Richard North points out that this story was covered quite a long time ago in several blogs, including his.

Apr 24, 2011 at 10:12 PM | Unregistered Commenterandyscrase

I wouldn't like to be in the firing line when today and tomorrow's unemployed youth find out just how badly they've been suckered by the "Great and the Good" of the establishment,
Hell has no fury than a youngster pwned.
Fool me once...

Apr 25, 2011 at 12:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoyFOMR

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