• A new Taxpayers' Alliance report exposes the true depth to which the EU and Green lobbyists exist on taxpayer subsidies.
The report, 'EU Taxpayer Funded Environmentalism' [PDF] has shown that environmental NGOs and lobbying organisations are being funded by the EU to the tune of tens of millions.
UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom, said today, "It doesn't matter who you vote for; environmentalism is the European Union's official political doctrine.
"With this free money, green political activists such as Friends of the Earth have been able to lobby MEPs and political representatives throughout Europe and the rest of the world, and launch expensive PR campaigns, and legal actions against governments, and against the public interest.
"The European Union has settled on a political agenda of environmentalism without consent from the people of Europe," said Mr Bloom, Euro-MP for Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire.
"The state funding of fake charities and pressure groups circumvents democratic politics, and weakens the role of organisations which enjoy genuine public support rather than simply public money.
"Democracies are supposed to be a 'marketplace of ideas'. But the privilege given to certain organisations allows the agenda preferred by technocratic elites to dominate the political landscape, pushing out alternative perspectives.
"Activists from Friends of the Earth were involved in lobbying for and drafting the UK's Climate Change Act -- the most expensive piece of UK legislation ever created, which will cost the UK tax payer hundreds of billions of pounds.
"This undue influence is in part made possible by the EU's funding of radical environmental activism. There must be a full, independent review of the relationship between EU and state-funded organisations and environmental policy," he said.