A Tory MP has been urged to quit his second job as a £325-an-hour adviser to a US fossil fuel firm after the company was accused of using “classic climate denial” tactics to delay action on the climate crisis.
Mark Pritchard, 55, Conservative MP for the Wrekin in Shropshire, took on a role providing “strategic communications advice” to Linden Energy Holdings in May, official records show. He will be paid £46,800 a year for working 12 hours a month through his consulting company, Map Advisory.
Documents obtained by the Observer suggest Texas-based Linden Energy – founded by a former lobbyist for George Bush – pushed for the increased use of fossil fuels while downplaying the role of carbon emissions in the climate crisis.
The world works through political lobbying now. That’s just the way it is when politics decides. So, in order to make sure that the other lot don’t gain any advantage it’s necessary to stop them being allowed to take part in the political lobbying.
That’s what’s going on here. Nothing else either. Anti-fossil types can have all the influence they can grasp, pro- must be locked out of the system.