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GWPF donor outed

So says the Guardian.

But he has nothing to do with big oil.

Ho hum.


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Hopefully now they have got that out of their system, they can move on, and concentrate on what the GWPF are actually saying... Yet, I imagine, tory donor equals bad, must be wrong,evil, etc will pervail..

Interestingly GWPF donor is a bilionaire with a hedge fund

Who has gives rather LESS (tens of thousands?) to the GWPF than the Grantham Institute for climate change funder (Jeremy Grantham), another billionaire with a hedge fund... who has given ten of MILLIONS)

the GWPF funder studied Physics and Engineering
the Grantham Inst. funder studied Economics

#justsaying ;) ;-) !

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

And how did the Graun obtain this world-shattering scoop? The donor told them.
“In an email to an approach by a climate change project for funding”, Hintze declined the request, writing that he was "fully committed at this time. Furthermore we are supporting Nigel Lawson's initiative."

The story here is that a rich man who supports the V&A, the Tory Party, and Prince Charles’ projects, among other things, also supports the GWPF.
The story appears on the Guardian Environment Climate Change page.

Whatever makes the earth move for you...

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM | Unregistered Commentergeoffchambers

Unfortunately this is a prime example of what passes for "news" in the Grauniad.

No mention, of course, of the $millions that the likes of George Soros (the evil capitalist who forced the £ out of the ERM) gives to organisations supporting/producing propaganda for climate change.

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterKon Dealer

Interesting to know that Hintze has dined with the Camerons. I wonder if they talked about windmills?

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

They seem to have typing issues still, where as £1.4Bn fortune is translated into £880M? At least they rightly identify the GWPF as an Educational Charity!

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan the Brit

And comments turned off at the Guardian's article...

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterSnotrocket

some fun to be had on twitter (courtesy of @clim8resistance)

Guardian quotes man [Hunhe] facing trial for perjury in article accusing GW think-tank' of lying.

Guardian quotes man who talks to plants [Prince Charles] and advocates homoeopathy in bad-science think tank funding expose.

Evil GW think-tank funder also funds public arts projects, the bastard, reports Guardian.

Newspaper funded by used car sales runs story about think tank not funded by oil wealth.

Me: (@barryjwoods)

Evil GW think tank funder given Medal by Prince Charles.. for generous philanthropy. Will Charlie ask him to give it back?

Point is? @dpcarrington Billionaire hedgy gives small amount to GWPF, another billionaire hedgy gives(millions, owns exxon shares)to Grantham

@aDissentient Leo hoped it was Nigella a while back.. Have to say - That would have been more fun.. @leohickman

and he [Hintze] studied physics and engineering ! @aDissentient Grantham studied economics.


after all the excitement, hopefully the Guardain, will stop the innuendo and realise normal people (public) will be underwhelmed.. billionaire funds thinktank. other billionaires fund thinktanks/institutions with different ideas..

Forget who they are, what are merits of what is said...

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

And Prince Charles, while gabbling about alternative medicine and railing against GM food, complains about climate sceptics peddling "pseudo-science" in a quote dug up from 2010.

Oh irony, you cruel mistress.

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM | Unregistered CommenterSpence_UK

So I read this and load of "facts" are strewn through the piece about cash and lolly and so on (they love itemising this the Graun) but really there is not much there. More of the pseudo-scoop that is so prevalent in climate reporting.

To sum up - some climate charity - on the "right" side - asked this guy Hintze for money, he said no and volunteered that he was already "supporting Nigel Lawson's initiative." gotta mean GWPF right?, but we still don't know how much he gives GWPF, or even if certainly does. No doubt this lovely "right" side charity came running to the Guardian and let them know that it "appears to indicate he is financially supporting the [GWPF]" I wonder what that charity is?

Anyway sweet. The world is a better place yet again thanks to the Graun and Cameron has been embarassed because of his green stance. Good, I'm all for Cameron being embarassed. I'm sure Cameron will return the £1.5 Million that Hintze gave him now.

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterThe Leopard In The Basement

Barry, the respective backgrounds of the two donors is a *great* contrast, as is the amount donated.

Bob is on it like a tramp on chips, but slim pickings, eh Bob?

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM | Unregistered Commentermrsean2k

Wealthy man provides funds to lobby group that supports his views shocker!

This is one of those outrages I have heard so much about. Of course the real 'crime'; is explained in the article header

"Michael Hintze financially supporting organisation that regularly casts doubt on the science and cost of tackling climate change"

In the liberal echo chamber the Guardian plays to, thats one of the biggest 'hate' crimes there is.

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterHenry Brubaker

Prince Charles complains about 'pseudo-science'.

Yeah right.

Clearly the article is written tongue-in-cheek. Copy writers do avenge their paymasters' diktats.

Mar 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterShub

Well that pulls the rug from under the cAGWists. They were completely wrong in their assertions about BIG OIL. Why am I not surprised?

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterMac

"In 2009, Hintze received The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy from Prince Charles, who has been a vocal critic of climate sceptics.....In 2010 during a speech at St James' Palace, the prince said climate sceptics were peddling "pseudo science..."

The prince has his finger on the pulse then.

"Last November, Chris Huhne, the then energy secretary, described the GWPF as 'misinformed, wrong and perverse.'"

If ever a more supportive quote and source could ever be found.

"Last week, the GWPF filed its latest set of accounts with Companies House. It revealed that the charity's income in the year up to July 2011 was £158,008, compared to £503,302 in its first year. Income from membership fees suggest that it now has 143 members compared to 88 in its first year."

That negative publicity is working well there, well done.

"Lawson and the GWPF were approached by the Guardian but have yet to comment."

How very dare they refuse to answer the Graun...

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterMorph

Why not all join the GWPF as a sign of support, in protest and on principle..

Lets hope he gives MORE money, and other people give MORE money, again on principle..

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

Michael Hintze is a professional market gambler. I would not be surprised if he is backing both sides of the arguement to minimise his risk. Now that is what I call hedging your bets.

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterMac

Mac - isn't that what Jeremy Grantham does - ie hedge fund has 1.5 billion exxon shares...

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

"Bob is on it like a tramp on chips"

Nice image, mrsean! :-)

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Wow. I am underwhelmed by the earthshattering nature of this story.

A man I - and seemingly nobody else has either - have ever heard of, but who may have dined with David Cameron, has given some money to the GWPF.

Did I miss the exciting bit? Where he is a Russian spy or a mafioso or a mass murderer or a shadowy well-funded Big Oil Denier or some other hate figure? Are scary 'Dark Forces' in play? Perhaps Icke is right and it really is the Giant Lizards running the place..........??

Or can I contemplate my usual post-prandial snoozette with equanimity?

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Had missed the Huhne bit about the "perverse" GWPF. So...have I missed the invite to the kinky parties as well?

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM | Registered Commenteromnologos

Can we take your post title as a confirmation of Mr. Hintze' involvement, then?

[BH adds: I don't know anything about GWPF's funding.]

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM | Unregistered Commenterbigcitylib

We write to protest in the strongest possible terms about disobliging remarks published here about our protector and sponsor..Prince Charles.

Each and every one of us know his thoughtfulness and kindness intimately well, and (if protocol permitted) we could each tell you of some very interesting conversations Chuck (as we call him when out of earshot) has had with all three of us.

And Lizzie the Azalea has some very racy stories of what he gets up to with Camilla in the Shrubbery!

Be nice to Charles...he is very good to us.


There may be potential here for a bust up with the Lib-Dims. Also if Cameron is sufficiently embarrassed by the Flatgate scandal there could be some tectonic plate movements in the 'not the conservative' party- even a leadership bid? Boris in the wings, maybe David Davis...

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM | Unregistered Commenterphilip foster

I dare say that the harassment of Hintz by the Mann Made Global Warming (tm) creationists is just about to begin. Given the penchant for acts of violence by tge creationists I'd be very careful where I'd go if I was him.


Mar 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

The thing that should worry Bob ward and leo Hickman and their ilk is that the GWPF has support from very influential corners - establishment if you like. Wheras Jeremy Grantham........

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterSirHumphry

I recall a wonderful Private Eye cover with HRH using a phone made of daffodils.

I've also heard it suggested that plants like to be talked to because we exhale CO2. Occam's Razor and all that...

Mar 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

@ Philip Foster,

Oh I hope so! In my humble opinion we could do with a proper tory leader of a proper tory governement to put right what labour and their fellow quislings have put wrong.

Surely now would be a graet time for an election: The Limp dems are about as popular as a plate of cold sick, Labour...well... the have Ed Milliand in charge and his dream team of Ed Balls and Harperson joining him on the front front bench.

Get some proper tories in, repeal the Human rights Act, The Climate Change Act, a referendum on europe and a slashing of the welfare state.

It will be an uphill battle against the axis of evil that is the Guardian/ BBC (oh, lets kill the telly tax as well) but victory could see us prosper again.

The current course the good ship britain is heading is like that of the 'Crimson Permanent Assurance'. Off the edge of the known world.....

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterHenry Brubaker

Bigcitylib- Why not read some of the comments in this thread?

You might actually learn something.

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterKon Dealer

Thank you, Michael Hintze. The GWPF has achieved a great deal on a very limited budget. Good call.

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Drake

I've just made a comment on the Happer thread about Ward and Pavlov and his dogs.
Same applies here, I would say. Will these people never learn the connection between 'hole', 'dig', and 'stop'? <{:¬(

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

You could deal with the bbc and their print version (guardian) in two simple steps. One, force the bbc to advertise all of its vacancies on its own website instead of nearly exclusively in the guardian and two, defund the bbc and force it to compete on level terms with the proper commercial channels like sky etc.

Two birds killed without a windmill in sight!


Mar 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

If WIki is to be believed, he sounds like a dastardly evil villain:

With his wife Dorothy, Hintze set up the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation, which has given significant and wide-ranging philanthropic support to around 150 different causes, focusing mainly on health, education, religion and the arts.[1]

Among major donations, he has established the chair of International Security at the University of Sydney, enabled the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican and sponsored two major galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He also came to the aid of Wandsworth Museum, which was facing imminent closure by offering a £2,000,000 rescue package while co-chairing Clapham's Trinity Hospice campaign for a new in-patient centre which has now been completed. Through CQS and the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation he provided funding to create a 'theatre in the round' at the Old Vic in London. Most recent projects have included sponsorship of an iconic exhibition of Raphael's Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel at the V&A and a £2,000,000 donation to the National Gallery.

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterGeckko

Bill and Ben and Little Weed
It’s nice to see a comment from such highly respected members of the Green Movement. Maybe dialogue and harmony is possible after all.
Professor Mann says that plants can detect things happening on the other side of the planet telepathically. I wonder, has Little Weed been in touch with him at all?

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM | Unregistered Commentergeoffchambers


None of that matters when you commit the crime of 'Climate change denial' which is essentially the gist of the article given the header.

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterHenry Brubaker

As to the attacks on those with Economics degrees, may I remind this august company that some of the most serious analysis of the temperature data series has come from those with a background in econometrics, whilst many of the chicken littles have degrees in physics.
OK, my degree is in Economics.

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterBernie

Jamesp: "Bob is on it like a tramp on chips"

In our family the saying goes (think Hansen): "He's always on - like a tramp's overcoat"

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM | Registered CommenterHarry Passfield

Thu 29th - BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast's energy summit with new Energy Secretary, Ed Davey (& you in the audience in Salford)
...Maybe readers might want to point him in the right direction

"5 live Breakfast are hosting a special energy summit on Thursday, 29 March.
This will be your chance to talk face-to-face with the new Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, and some of the energy firms, at 5 live's new home at MediaCityUK in Salford.
We will be talking about pricing, how to switch your gas and electricity supplier and what you want from the companies that power your home and your business.
- If you want to get involved in 5 live Breakfast's energy summit, please fill in the form below"

- Nicky Campbell and Eleanor Oldroyd take your calls. Call 0500 909 693, text 85058... outraged callers seem to get priority. Twitter!/bbc5live

Mar 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterStew Green

You forgot to add

"and would you like fries with that?"


Mar 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM | Unregistered Commenterac1

html for the links
Twitter : @bbc5live

Mar 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterStew Green

[BH adds: I don't know anything about GWPF's funding.]

I see nothing...NOTHING!

[BH adds: Don't be a silly billy. I'm not a member or employee of GWPF. Why should I be able to comment on their funding?]

Mar 27, 2012 at 1:17 PM | Unregistered Commenterbigcitylib

@jamesp @snotrocket

Ta, but credit where it's due, I pinched it from Nick Hewer on The Apprentice.

Mar 27, 2012 at 1:21 PM | Unregistered Commentermrsean2k

Re: bigcitylib

> Can we take your post title as a confirmation of Mr. Hintze' involvement, then?

Lets see... From the article itself:

Hintze's backing for the GWPF was made apparent in an email sent last September following an approach by a climate change project for funding. He declined the request, writing that he was "fully committed at this time. Furthermore we are supporting Nigel Lawson's initiative."

He is so secretive about his his donation he told a climate change project about it.

I can understand you wanting confirmation from commentators here since the source of the information was from a climate change project, but it's unlikely Peter Gleick has anything to do with this climate change project. Although you never know...

Mar 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterTerryS

sorry those links again
Twitter : @BBC5Live

Mar 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterStew Green

We could do with a proper Labour leader as well...just for balance don't you know

Mar 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

A link to the Vatican has been made. I understand bigcitylib has already started scrutinizing GWPF-related photographs in case he can spot albino monks in the crowds.

Mar 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos

Guardian refuses to reveal identity of organisation that asked Heintz for money. We should be told. What are they trying to cover up? Come on Guardian - transparency.

Mar 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterSirHumphry

I think, looking at the character of this person, it goes to prove that real people who care a bit about the world and thier fellows, are not CAGW believers. Those who do push this alarmist BS though border on the zealot/fascist side of human nature. Or have their snouts in the trough. Joe Public can see it quite clearly. And thats why the Guardian sells next to no papers....peaple can see hypocrisy a mile away.

Mar 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM | Unregistered Commentermikef2

"Last November, Chris Huhne, the then energy secretary, described the GWPF as 'misinformed, wrong and perverse.'"

Perverse, eh? That's from Buffhuhne, who after standing for election on a "Family Values" ticket, ditched his family for his lesbo lover. And whose Minister for Climate Change Greg Barker ditched his family for his gay lover. I guess the GWPF must be into some REALLY kinky stuff.

Meanwhile, Milipede & Buffhuhne's successor, little DeadWood DaveyJones'sLocker is planning to throw more of your good money after the bad:-

Interesting that the GWPF's income is around £150K p.a.

Compared to the World Wild Lies Fund's $¾ BILLION. p.a.

Check out Donna's investigation in two parts:-

Mar 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin Brumby

Martin - I'm sure after Gleick's Fakegate everybody is aware that 1$ spent to reason about climate science is equivalent (wrt its practical results) to around 3,000$ spent to create undue alarmism about climate science.

So the GWPF is on-par with the WWF.

Mar 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos

another good laugh from the guardian, bish. here's one in return:

26 March: NYT Dot Earth Blog: Andrew C. Revkin: Managing a Planet Under Pressure
I’m heading to London overnight to engage in panel discussions on the roles of communication and governance in sustaining a thriving planet in this century. (To my mind, there’s enormous potential for progress testing new ways to share and shape ideas, and far slimmer prospects for using environmental treaty-making and other tools of global governance.)

there's a lovely little box at the top of the thread now, headed:

"Planet Under Pressure Tweets
A conference in London is exploring ways to fit infinite human aspirations on a finite planet"

the Tweets are pretty funny an awful kind of way.

Mar 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM | Unregistered Commenterpat
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