Charities could be punished
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.
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