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Boasting That Oil Funded Think Tank ‘Helped Us Draft’ Crackdown on Climate Protests

Rishi Sunak has confirmed that a fossil fuel-funded think tank helped to draft his government’s laws targeting climate protests. Speaking at Policy Exchange’s summer party on Wednesday (28 June), the prime minister boasted that the think tank’s work “helped us draft” the government’s crackdown on protests, according to Politico. Open Democracy reported last year that Policy Exchange’s US wing, American Friends of Policy Exchange, which provides funds to the UK branch, received $30,000 (roughly £23,700) from oil and gas giant ExxonMobil in 2017. Two years later, Policy Exchange published a report entitled “Extremism Rebellion”, in reference to the environmental protest group, calling for the police and the government to clamp down on eco protests. An Extinction Rebellion spokesperson told DeSmog that this story “exemplifies the stranglehold that private interests have on our democracy.” Ministers have been clear that new police powers are designed to stop climate protests. The former Home Secretary Priti Patel cited tactics used by Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain when arguing for what became the Police, Crime, Sentencing,
https://www.desmog.com/2023/06/29/rishi-sunak-boasts-that-oil-funded-think-tank-helped-us-draft-crackdown-on-climate-protests/


and Courts Act 2022. Sunak’s statement yesterday appears to confirm open Democracy's allegation that sections of the 2022 law were ‘directly inspired’ by Policy Exchange’s report.

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  • Grace Njeri

    53 w

    This is absurd!!

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    • We Don't Have Time

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      • Johannes Luiga

        53 w

        Really sad

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        • Munene Mugambi

          54 w

          Sunak has no good for the environment lined up

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