By Mat Hope • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – 06:09
Two fringe British climate science deniers are heading to Maryland to see Donald Trump and his tea party pals this week, taking their Brexit-inflected anti-science agenda with them.
Trump’s golden elevator buddy and UKIP MEP, Nigel Farage, and far-right Breitbart London commentator, James Delingpole, are both due to appear at the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), starting today.
CPAC claims to be the “birthplace of modern conservatism”, and aims to “break through the resistance of Washington’s powerful elites” via four-days of talks and activist training. In recent years it has been seen as a breeding ground for Tea Party ideas and activism.
The conference will offer Farage and Delingpole an opportunity to network with other members of a US-UK climate science denial network linked to Brexit and Trump, previously mapped by DeSmog UK.
For the second year in a row, Farage will address the conference. He will be speaking on a panel titled ‘Brexit and What it Means for the World’, and will be hoping the auditorium is somewhat fuller than before.
In 2014, he said he has “no idea” whether global warming is real. He will be interviewed by Delingpole’s boss at Breitbart London, editor in chief Raheem Kassam. A former UKIP aide, Kassam was also pictured in the golden elevator alongside Farage and Trump last November.
Delingpole himself will take the stage to conduct two interviews.
The first is with Mark Mills, advisor to the CO2 Coalition. The CO2 Coalition is famous for disputing mainstream climate science. Its tagline is: “Carbon dioxide, a nutrient vital for life”.
Its director is Princeton professor William Happer, who was exposed in 2015 for agreeing to hide fossil fuel funding for his research by an Energydesk investigation. Happer is now reportedly being considered as a candidate to be Trump’s science advisor.
The center is one of three sponsors of the climate science denialist Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) reports, which published its latest iteration in 2015. Craig Idso and his father, Sherwood Idso, have been lead authors of the NIPCC report.