David Cameron is surrounded by climate deniers

The Tory party is rife with climate change sceptics.

With the current flooding crisis heightening public debate over how best to combat climate change, the spotlight is being shone on David Cameron’s record on environmental issues, which has been looking worse in recent months, despite his previous promises to lead the “greenest government ever”.

At least Cameron still believes in the reality of climate change, however, and that it is caused by human actions.

This can’t be said for all of the members of his government.

There have also been reports that those Tories who do believe that action needs to be taken on climate change are being sidelined in their own party. Tim Yeo and Anne McIntosh have both been deselected by their local party organisations, with speculation that their environmentalist views were unpopular with the membership of their local parties.

Former Tory environment secretary Lord Deben has also claimed that climate change is diminishing in importance in party policy.

So which Tory members of the government have expressed scepticism toward man made climate science?

There are also several backbench Tory MPs who are climate sceptics:

Another prominent Tory climate sceptic is Lord Lawson, who has set up his own climate sceptic think tank called the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Last year the think tank was warned that it could be shut down after a formal complaint that it has misled the public.

Prominent Tory MEP Daniel Hannan has also flirted with climate scepticism, saying that “it ought to be possible to accept the case for global warming – and, indeed, for an anthropogenic component therein – while still believing that the Rio-Kyoto-Copenhagen agenda represents a misallocation of resources. If this makes me a ‘sceptic’, in the literal sense of wanting to question things, fine.”

Many of these Tories will no doubt idolise Margaret Thatcher, which is ironic, considering she was convinced of the reality of human-made climate change, and has even been celebrated by some as a green hero.

There are several other Tory members of the government who, while they might not be climate sceptics, do not exactly have a good record when it comes to climate change:

Overall, this situation suggests that the Conservatives have completely given up on their ambitions to take the lead on environmental issues. It also suggests that they perhaps never took this ambition seriously in the first place.

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