By David Rose
PUBLISHED: 17:13 EST, 14 December 2013 | UPDATED: 17:16 EST, 14 December 2013
Tim Yeo, chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, has received well over £400,000 from green energy firms since 2009
The Mail on Sunday’s investigation shows how MPs, Lords and lobbyists who benefit from green policies also advise the Government on how those policies ought to operate.
The result is that the debate over measures of questionable value but enormous cost has been almost silenced.
Only three MPs voted against the 2008 Climate Change Act, whose legally binding emissions targets make it the most radical piece of economic legislation in recent history.
The present Energy Bill – which will increase renewable energy subsidies to new, eyewatering heights – is backed by all the main parties.
Behind this apparent unanimity lies an extraordinary blurring of the boundaries which normally exist between business, politics, academics and campaigners.
Top civil servants frequently work one year for the Government and the next for lobbyists, trying to influence their former colleagues.
MPs who play major role in energy debates - but are in the pay of green companies
Lord Oxburgh has directorships with Green Energy Options Ltd and clean energy firm 2OC - which he declared. But he failed to reveal his role with another green firm, the Real Asset Energy Fund
The conflicted House of Lords... where peers don't have to state how much they are paid
Lobbyists who bid for green funds - but advise ministers on green policyOne of most influential green lobby groups is E3G – Third Generation Environmentalists.
Its London branch and its offshoot Transform UK first conceived and then successfully lobbied for the Green Investment Bank, now spending £3.8 billion of taxpayers’ money, much of it to fund offshore wind – yet another subsidy on top of the levies on bills.
Its leadership is the Who’s Who of ecocrats. Chief executive Nick Mabey was responsible for energy in Tony Blair’s No 10 strategy unit; at E3G he replaced John Ashton, who left to become the UK’s chief climate negotiator, serving three successive Foreign Secretaries, Labour and Coalition. He is back at E3G as a ‘founding director’.
James Cameron, chairman of Climate Change Capital, advises the Treasury and was a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group until last year. He was a member of the commission which set up the Green Investment Bank
The specialist green private equity funds... that are very well connectedSpecialist green private equity funds also have a huge web of links.
For example, James Cameron, chairman of Climate Change Capital, advises the Treasury and was a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group until last year. He was a member of the commission which set up the Green Investment Bank.
Cameron is on the board of Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
There his former Climate Change Capital colleague Ben Caldecott directs the Stranded Assets Programme – an academic project aiming to prove that fossil fuel reserves will have to be left in the ground in order to save the planet, currently a growing demand from green campaigns.
Caldecott moonlights as head of government advisory – in other words lobbying – at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
While he was still at Climate Change Capital, he worked on secondment at DECC and as a climate policy adviser for the Conservative Party.
The scope of this green elite makes airing objections almost impossible.
Last week, questioned at the Commons Energy Select Committee, even Energy Secretary and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey admitted that Britain’s green policies had increased global CO2 emissions – because by increasing the price of energy, they have driven jobs to countries like China, which use coal heavily and have no binding emissions limits.
‘It is certainly arguable that our carbon footprint is bigger,’ he said.
Additional reporting: Stephanie Condron