Last year the TPA released a research note looking at the amount of taxpayers’ money going to environmentalist groups. The European Union is particularly generous, giving hundreds of thousands of pounds to groups like Friends of the Earth and the WWF specifically to lobby for policy changes. Now they’re running a consultation on the issue, if you have time before next Tuesday, you can register your opposition to this undemocratic waste.
As our Campaign Director Emma Boon set out in a video, families pay twice. First they pay for the grants, then they pay higher electricity bills and all the other costs of draconian regulations.
The EU is consulting on its programme, you can access the consultation here and give your comments as a “citizen”. We aren’t under any illusion that means the bureaucrats are listening, or listening to people who won’t tell them what they want to hear, but we should take opportunities like this to dissent and remind them that opposition is out there. If you answer “don’t know” to questions about how the programme is run, it won’t take long to tell them that spending in this area should clearly be cut and write in the comments boxes that it is undemocratic and unfair for taxpayers to be forced to subsidise political lobbying and campaigns many don’t agree with.