Fakenomics

How two young students took the climate denial bate

Brendan Montague
| 7th September 2018
FAKENOMICS: The Institute of Economic Affairs was the first think tank in the UK to promote climate denial. This is the story of how John Blunder, its then director general, recruited British students with a flair for free market economics to the US for internships at Koch-funded think tanks. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports

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Climate denier Lord Lawson and the art of nest feathering

Brendan Montague
| 27th August 2018
Lord Lawson is Britain's leading climate denier and claims warnings from scientists are alarmist. But Lawson as chancellor fundamentally failed to understand complex systems - and failed to raise the alarm. That didn't stop him making a personal fortune. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports

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How industry first went to war with climate science

Brendan Montague
| 23rd August 2018
Scientists had well understood for many decades that adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere could raise global temperatures and cause climate change. But when politicians finally took notice, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was formed, industry began a war with science itself. BRENDAN MONTAGUE investigates

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How traditionalist Hayek feared science would lead to Socialism

Brendan Montague
| 22nd August 2018
Thatcherism was the implementation of neoliberalism - the school of free market economics led by Friedrich von Hayek. This school claimed economics was a science that should direct society and social policy. But, strangely, Hayek felt science itself should be avoided - as it led to socialism. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports

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How Margaret Thatcher came to sound the climate alarm

Brendan Montague
| 21st August 2018
Margaret Thatcher was the first world leader to put climate change at the top of the agenda. Lord Lawson, her chancellor then, is now a mouthpiece for climate denial. So how does he explain her political support for the scientific consensus? BRENDAN MONTAGUE investigates

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Oil and tobacco explain funding of neoliberalism

Brendan Montague
| 16th August 2018
The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) helped Thatcher's rise to power and when she became prime minister she followed their programme. This success allowed the IEA to fundraise from industry giants—including oil and tobacco. BRENDAN MONTAGUE investigates

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