Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

Credentials

  • Dulwich College, 1975-1982. [1]

Background

Nigel Farage is a member of the European Parliament for the newly-formed Brexit Party, having led until July 2016 the UK Independence Party (UKIP), of which he was a founder member. Farage has cast doubt on climate science on a number of occasions. [2], [3], [23], [4]

UKIP’s party manifestos for the 2015 and 2017 elections both pledged to undo green initiatives, analysis by Carbon Brief showed. In 2015 it stated “the Climate Change Act is doing untold damage. UKIP will repeal it.” It also argued that “coal must be part of the solution” for cheap energy security and that it’s “time to get fracking.” These themes were repeated in 2017 when the party manifesto called again for the UK Climate Change Act to be repealed while pledging to “withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and the EU Emissions Trading scheme.” [5], [6]

UKIP’s primary goal was to seek the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, and Farage stepped down as party leader following the EU referendum in June 2016, saying his “political ambition [had] been achieved.” During the Brexit campaign, Farage was a leading member of the unofficial pro-Brexit groups Leave.EU and Grassroots Out. [7], [8]

Since then Farage has toured the US and Australia, visiting like-minded conservative groups and appearing as a commentator on Fox News. [9], [10], [11]

With the UK nearing its deadline for leaving the European Union, Farage has re-entered the political scene to advocate for a “hard” Brexit, leading a campaign group called Leave Means Leave with property investor, Richard Tice. Other members include Owen Paterson, Christopher Chope, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Peter Lilley. [12]

Farage left UKIP in December 2018, saying the party's leader Gerard Batten was “obsessed” with the issue of Islam and the ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson. [25]

In February 2019, it was announced that Farage would run in the upcoming European Parliament elections for a newly-registered Brexit Party, if Britain had not left the EU by this point. [13]

Stance on Climate Change

November 2015

In an interview with Spiked online: [14]

I haven’t got a clue whether climate change is being driven by carbon-dioxide emissions.” [14]

I think wind energy is the biggest collective economic insanity I’ve seen in my entire life. I’ve never seen anything more stupid, more illogical, or more irrational.” [14]

June 2013

In an interview with Edie: [15]

I am not saying that man is having no influence on the climate, although as the years go by it looks increasingly unlikely. To be told that the science is settled [on global warming] is hard to accept. Where I grew up, our back wall joined onto Down House where Charles Darwin wrote [On the Origin of Species] and 150 years on, the science isn't settled over Darwin and I can tell you science is never settled.” [15]

It's odd to focus on carbon dioxide. I'm an environmentalist; I'm against carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide and toxins in our rivers. Yes, I'm all for pollution controls but to obsess with carbon dioxide, which as I understand it, is a perfectly natural occurring phenomenon, strikes me as strange.” [15]

September 2013

Speaking in the European Parliament: [16]

We may have made one of the biggest and most stupid collective mistakes in history by getting so worried about global warming.” [16]

Key Quotes

February 2018

Farage said on Twitter: [17]

Large parts of central London have no salt on the roads. Perhaps they are all so convinced by global warming they never thought any would be needed.” [17]

November 2015

In an interview with Spiked online: [14]

I haven’t got a clue whether climate change is being driven by carbon-dioxide emissions.” [14]

I think wind energy is the biggest collective economic insanity I’ve seen in my entire life. I’ve never seen anything more stupid, more illogical, or more irrational.” [14]

June 2013

In an interview with Edie: [15]

I am not saying that man is having no influence on the climate, although as the years go by it looks increasingly unlikely. To be told that the science is settled [on global warming] is hard to accept. Where I grew up, our back wall joined onto Down House where Charles Darwin wrote [On the Origin of Species] and 150 years on, the science isn't settled over Darwin and I can tell you science is never settled.” [15]

It's odd to focus on carbon dioxide. I'm an environmentalist; I'm against carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide and toxins in our rivers. Yes, I'm all for pollution controls but to obsess with carbon dioxide, which as I understand it, is a perfectly natural occurring phenomenon, strikes me as strange.” [15]

September 2013

Speaking in the European Parliament: [16]

We may have made one of the biggest and most stupid collective mistakes in history by getting so worried about global warming.” [16]

Key Deeds

May 16, 2019

A Channel 4 News investigation revealed that Farage's close ally, Arron Banks, had spent approximately £450,000 funding a lavish lifestyle for Farage in the year following the 2016 EU referendum. [27]

April 12, 2019

Farage launched the Brexit Party ahead of the European Union elections in May. Among the 70 candidates selected to stand was Annunziata Rees-Mogg, sister of the pro-Brexit, climate science denying Conservative MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Farage said his former party, UKIP, had allowed “the far right to join it and take it over and I'm afraid the brand is now tarnished,” while claiming that there was “no difference” in terms of policy between the two parties. Three UKIP MEPs announced they had defected to the party four days later. [24], [26]

February 9, 2019

It was announced that Farage would run in the upcoming European Parliament elections for a newly-registered Brexit Party, if Britain had not left the EU by this point. [13]

November 2016

Farage claimed the distinction of being the first British politician to meet with Donald Trump after the US presidential election. A photo taken on November 12 shows the two men standing in front of Trump’s golden elevator in New York City alongside millionaire UKIP and Brexit-backer Arron Banks, Breitbart UK editor Raheem Kassam, unofficial Brexit campaign group Leave.EU pollster Gerry Gunster, and Andy Wigmore, communications director of Leave.EU. [18], [19], [20]

July 2016

Farage attended the Republican National Convention during the 2016 presidential race which led to the election of Donald Trump. His goal was to spread the “Brexit gospel,” as Politico reported at the time. “I think there are a lot of Republican strategists who are looking very closely at what we did and how we did it,” Farage told Politico, adding “All I can do is to come and tell my story.” [21]

July 2015

Farage delivered a speech to the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. where he made the case for the US to support Brexit. The Heritage Foundation is a conservative “free enterprise” group with a history of promoting climate science denial. [22]

Affiliations

Social Media

Publications

Resources

  1. Nigel Farage. “Nigel Farage: My public school had a real social mix, but now only the mega-rich can afford the fees,” The Telegraph, March 14, 2015. Archived February 13, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/rnPVG

  2. Nigel Farage profile,” European Parliament. Archived February 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/LAEUW

  3. Godfrey Bloom. “When we founded Ukip, Brexit was a lost cause. Nigel Farage changed all that,” The Telegraph, July 4, 2016. Archived February 13, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/mzYg6

  4. Karl Mathiesen. “How fast is Arctic sea ice melting?The Guardian, September 18, 2013. Archived February 25, 2019. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/x3Sqx

  5. Simon Evans. “Election 2015: What the manifestos say on climate and energy,” Carbon Brief, April 21, 2015. Archived February 13, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/dqwdj

  6. Simon Evans. “Election 2017: What the manifestos say on energy and climate change,” Carbon Brief, June 16, 2017. Archived February 13, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/oTNkW

  7. UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands down,” BBC News, July 4, 2016. Archived February 13, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/M5Iqq

  8. Jim Pickard. “EU vote: Brexit camps set to merge but rifts remain,” Financial Times, February 10, 2016. Archived February 13, 2019. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  9. Ben Jacobs. “Nigel Farage gets warm welcome at gathering of US right wing,” The Guardian, February 23, 2018. Archived February 13, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/Rf0Vl

  10. Naaman Zhou. “Nigel Farage tour: five arrested in protest outside Melbourne hotel,” The Guardian, September 7, 2018. Archived February 13, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/NfB9i

  11. Joe Concha. “Fox News signs Nigel Farage, backer of Trump and Brexit,” The Hill, 20 January, 2017. Archived February 13, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/VQyuf

  12. Who we are,” Leave Means Leave. Archived February 4, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/36OM4

  13. Shehab Khan. “Nigel Farage ‘will stand’ for new Brexit Party if Britain leaving the EU is delayed,” The Independent, February 9, 2019. Archived February 13, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/1zy9T

  14. Ed King. “Nigel Farage on climate change: in his own words,” Climate Home News, March 11, 2015. Archived February 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/EOSFd

  15. Leigh Stringer. “UKIP's Nigel Farage on wind farms, global warming and Charles Darwin,” Edie, June 4, 2013. Archived February 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/uPtqg

  16. What EC President Barroso really said in the European Parliament on 11 September,” European Commission, September 12, 2013. Archived February 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/U0I18

  17. Large parts of central London have no salt on the roads. Perhaps they are all so convinced by global warming they never thought any would be needed.” Tweet by @Nigel_Farage, February 28, 2018. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived .png on file at DeSmog.

  18. Farage: 'Real opportunity' for UK business with Donald Trump,” BBC News, November 13, 2016. Archived February 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/JMD2F

  19. Jon Stone. “Nigel Farage branded 'poppy-less popinjay' for skipping Remembrance Sunday to visit Donald Trump,” The Independent, November 14, 2016. Archived February 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/Tz2xN

  20. Andrew Pierce, James Tapsfield. “Your gold door's worth more than my house! The riotous inside story of Farage and his Ukip posse's astonishing coup as he became the first foreign politician to meet President-elect Trump,” Daily Mail, November 14, 2016. Archived February 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/rfVYl

  21. Benjamin Oreskes. “Nigel Farage preaches Brexit gospel in Cleveland,” Politico, July 19, 2016. Archived February 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/BdzKc

  22. FARAGE FOR BREITBART: A Letter to America, On How You May Lose Your Greatest Ally,” Breitbart, July 17, 2015. Archived February 28, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/E3Jfw

  23. Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader: 'I want my life back',” BBC News, July 4, 2016. Archived April 16, 2019. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/volVf

  24. Nigel Farage launches Brexit Party ahead of European elections,” BBC News, April 12, 2019. Archived April 16, 2019. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/K3G0T

  25. Former leader Nigel Farage quits UKIP,” BBC News, December 4, 2018. Archived April 16, 2019. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/1ygsa

  26. Samuel Osborne. “Ukip MEPs quit to join Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party,” The Independent, April 15, 2019. Archived April 16, 2019. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/te9pO

  27. Nigel Farage’s funding secrets revealed,” Channel 4 News, May 16, 2019. Archived June 20, 2019. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/3MJBa

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