Matt 'King Coal' Ridley

Matt Ridley is a powerhouse of climate denial in Britain. The self-styled 'Rational Optimist' is an advisor to Lord Nigel Lawson’s secretly funded charity, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), and acts as a one-man think tank to his brother-in-law, the sacked environment secretary Owen Paterson. Ridley writes frequently in the Wall Street Journal and The Times promoting fossil fuels while at the same time earning considerable wealth from coal mining.

At the beginning of 2015, the landed aristocrat started work on two new profitable opencast coal mines. These are situated close to his Grade I listed stately home and acres of beautiful national park that make up his 8,500-acre estate which the White-Ridley family has owned in Northumbria since 1700. The peer’s Blagdon Estate, held by a family trust, today covers a significant part of the open mines at Shotton and Brenkley Lane, north of Newcastle, which together contain 8.3m tonnes of coal, worth an estimated £336m on the spot market.  This DeSmog UK investigative series exposes these vested interests.

In this series

Adam Ramsay, co-editor of openDemocracy, asks: Is the Times allowing a wealthy coal–baron to push...
By Guest, 4 Jan, 2016
The coal mining company working on climate denier Matt Ridley's country estate tried and failed ...
By Brendan Montague, 17 Dec, 2015
Matt Ridley has become embroiled in the dollars-for-denial scandal currently engulfing a British...
By Brendan Montague, 11 Dec, 2015
A coal mining company with open-cast operations on climate denier Matt Ridley's land has just been...
By Kyla Mandel, 18 Nov, 2015
Lord Lawson’s climate science denying Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has been forced to...
By Kyla Mandel, 7 Nov, 2015
They slipped into place under the cover of darkness. With bicycle D-locks around their necks...
By Kyla Mandel, 28 Oct, 2015
EXCLUSIVE Protesters locked themselves to a 500-tonne excavator and chained themselves together to...
By Brendan Montague, 26 Oct, 2015
Matt ‘King Coal’ Ridley was seriously concerned that his vested interests in open cast mining would...
By Brendan Montague, 10 Aug, 2015
British climate denier and coal baron Matt Ridley is the most cited individual in coal giant...
By Kyla Mandel, 20 Jul, 2015
This article has been cross-posted from HotWhopper. Was it Pope Francis who pushed deniers over the...
By Guest, 23 Jun, 2015
Aristocrat and self-styled climate ‘contrarian’ Matt Ridley has steadfastly refused to disclose how...
By Brendan Montague, 11 May, 2015
This is a guest post by US-based environmental communications group, Climate Nexus. Longtime...
By Guest, 16 Mar, 2015
The ‘Lady of the North’, Northumberlandia, has been hailed by her supporters as an iconic gateway...
By Guest, 2 Mar, 2015
It has only been one month into the New Year and already so much has happened. We’ve scored some...
By Kyla Mandel, 2 Feb, 2015
The latest exclusive from our #MattKingCoal investigation shows how climate denier Matt Ridley has...
By Brendan Montague, 26 Jan, 2015
BY BRENDAN MONTAGUE, KYLA MANDEL AND RICHARD HEASMAN Lord Ridley, a landed aristocrat and prominent...
By Brendan Montague, 20 Jan, 2015
Lord Ridley, Owen Paterson and miner Harry Banks
Lord Matt Ridley, a card carrying member of Britain’s one percent, is responsible for one per cent...
By Brendan Montague, 12 Jan, 2015
Lord Ridley, the landed aristocrat and prominent climate denier, will start work this year on two...
By Brendan Montague, 5 Jan, 2015
“I have declared my interest in the coal mining on my family’s land whenever and wherever relevant...
By Guest, 4 Jan, 2015
Christmas lore is that children who are good get candy, and children who are bad get a lump of coal...
By Brendan Montague, 22 Dec, 2014