Ex Blair secretary centre of climate change scepticism.


image: Durward, the businessman who financied the Gore film challenge.

Mark Adams, a former private secretary to Tony Blair, helped set up the Scientific Alliance, a not-for-profit body comprising scientists and non-scientists, which aims to challenge many of the claims about global warming. The alliance issued a press release welcoming last week’s court ruling that the Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, would have to be screened with guidance notes to balance its claims.

The court challenge by front man school councillor Stewart Dimmock, was funded by a Scottish quarrying magnate, Robert Durward who established a controversial lobbying group, the little-known New Party, to attack environmentalists’ claims about global warming. The obscure Scotland-based party calls itself ‘centre right’ and campaigns for lower taxes and expanding nuclear power.

It is Robert Durward and Mark Adams who jointly set up the Scientific Alliance. In 2004 the alliance co-authored a report with the George C Marshall Institute, a US body funded by Exxon Mobil, that attacked climate change claims.

The complex web these sceptics are weaving get even more bizarre with the same people involved with another lobbying group aimed at schools.

Read more here.

Note on Mark Adams: Foresight Communications was founded by Mark Adams in January 2001. Mark has extensive experience of Government and consultancy. From January 1992 until December 1997 he worked at the heart of Government, serving as Private Secretary to two Prime Ministers, John Major and Tony Blair. Since then, Mark has worked as a Director at two consultancies, with a wide range of client experience. From June 1984 until December 1991, Mark worked at the then Department of Employment. He graduated in Economics from Cambridge University and holds an MSc in Economics and Econometrics.

Mark is a Board Director at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry with responsibility for policy and a member of the Chamber’s Council. In addition, Mark is a member of the Management Committee of the industry’s self-regulatory body, the Association of Professional Political Consultants. He is the most senior former civil servant in public affairs consultancy.

Foresight’s client list includes the Scientific Alliance and the British Aggregates Association, set up by none other than Robert Durward.

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