Stephen Tindale

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Stephen Tindale was a climate and energy consultant and associate fellow at the Centre for European Reform. He also runs the website Climate Answers and is a visiting research fellow at the King’s College London Policy Institute. In November 2016 he became a consultant to petrochemical giant Ineos, one of the key companies behind the push for fracking in the UK. He died in July 2017.


Tinsdale's previous roles have included being head of communications and public affairs for RWE npower renewables, executive director of Greenpeace UK and chairman of the Greenpeace European Unit, adviser to environment minister Michael Meacher, founder of IPPR Environment Group and adviser to shadow environment secretary Chris Smith.

Criticising anti-fracking campaigners

Tindale was a speaker at an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas event in July 2015, where he stated that he believed green groups were opposed to fracking because 'fundamentally, it is easier in terms of fundraising and campaigning to "oppose" rather than support an issue'.

The event, which also featured fracking firm Cuadrilla's head of commercial operations Tony Carruthers as a guest speaker, was held shortly after the decision by Lancashire County Council to reject Cuadrilla's two applications to explore for shale gas in the region.