Char­i­ties could be pun­ished

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir,– The Global Warm­ing Pol­icy Fo­rum (GWPF) has lodged a for­mal com­plaint with the Ad­ver­tis­ing Stan­dards Author­ity (ASA) con­cern­ing the cur­rent poster cam­paign for off­shore wind at West­min­ster tube sta­tion, claim­ing it is a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to in­flu­ence MPS, peers and other de­ci­sion mak­ers.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions be­hind this ad­ver­tis­ing all have fi­nan­cial or an­tifos­sil fu­els in­ter­ests.

The posters claim “the price paid for elec­tric­ity from off­shore wind farms has fallen by 50% over the last five years”.

GWPF claim this is un­true.

Dr Benny Peiser, the di­rec­tor of GWPF, said: “The claims in this cam­paign are some of the most bla­tant dis­tor­tions of the truth that I have seen in prowind ad­ver­tis­ing.”

Those fund­ing the ad­ver­tis­ing in­clude Dong En­ergy, GE, Scot­tish Power Re­new­ables, Siemens Gamesa, SSE, Vat­ten­fall, Green­peace, Marine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety and WWF.

An impressive ar­ray against ASA, but they shocked Friends of the Earth ear­lier this year by heav­ily cen­sor­ing them over their scaremongering an­tifrack­ing leaflet.

If this GWPF com­plaint is up­held, the char­i­ties in­volved should lose their char­i­ta­ble sta­tus.

Clark Cross. Spring­field Road, Lin­lith­gow.

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