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    17 WTF Facts About The UK’s Most Dangerous Climate Denier

    As activists shut down Matt Ridley's opencast coal mine in Northumberland we look into the Viscount's dodgy climate views.

    1. Viscount Matt Ridley owns two massive coal mines….


    3. He thinks ‘peer-reviewed science’ means he’s read it.

    4. He thinks hurricanes aren’t getting worse…

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    Hurricane Patricia, currently over Mexico, is the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, reaching wind speeds of 200 mph.

    5. His favourite antihero is Harry Potter’s uncle, Vernon Dursley. Of course.

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    7. He wants to hear the advantages of zero-hours contracts.

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    8. He used to be chairman of Northern Rock… it didn’t end well

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    As chairman he was responsible for a "high-risk, reckless business strategy”, ending in the first run on a UK bank for 150 years, and a £27 billion bail-out.


    10. This coal baron thinks “the threat of a dangerously large warming is so improbable as to be negligible" WCGW?

    11. Ridley is a smart guy, so let's just say...

    12. He is supplies 1% of the UK's carbon emissions.

    13. Bill Gates slapped him down because Ridley thinks we shouldn't give aid to Africa.

    14. Ridley loves fracking, but he forgot to mention his £50k+ investments in fracking companies when promoting it in Parliament.

    15. He doesn't think there is a scientific consensus that climate change is dangerous.

    16. His brother-in-law is Owen Paterson, who was called the "worst environment secretary the UK has ever had."

    17. He gets cash from the Heartland Institute; Exxon's own think tank.