Climate change denial
The prime minister is currently in New York for climate change talks with the UN.
The singer also said she believed “certain American leaders” were acting unconsciously to climate change.
As I write, many parts of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico are still reeling from one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in decades. Meanwhile, across the Indian subcontinent more than 1000 people have been killed and more than 40 million have been affected by intense monsoon rains and floods. And closer to home, of course, Peru is still counting the costs of some of the worst floods in living memory.
Not only will the process of leaving and redefining our relationship with the EU consume our political discourse for the foreseeable future, it will also clog up the machineries of government. Little else will get a look in as whoever wins on June 8 attempts to unscramble an omelette decades in the making. Yet climate change doesn't give a damn about Brexit.
Trump cannot carry out his sweeping 'America first' promise and make trade deals work. May visiting now, before we understand the degree to which he plans on seeing this promise through, is very poor judgement.
Mid-way through the two-week negotiation sessions at the UN climate talks in Morocco in November, results of the US presidential election landed with a thud. An oil and gas-funded climate sceptic was elected president of the richest country in the world, the very same country leading climate change efforts over the past eight years.
What is it with this government and fracking? They seem to be obsessed with drilling; the proven safe and truly renewable wind and solar energies are not for them. They want the earth penetrated by drilling and the injection of high pressure water, laced with a cocktail of nasty chemicals and sand, to frack the hell out of the rocks beneath our beautiful countryside.
With British voters heading to the ballot box on 23 June to decide on a referendum about whether the UK should remain within the European Union or not, it is striking that the Vote Leave campaign has used the same tactics to deny the economic dangers of Brexit as lobbyists who refute the risks of climate change.
It is time for the editors of The Times and other newspapers that champion the views of climate change 'sceptics' to start putting the interests of their readers first.
Popular conspiracy theories such as 9/11 was an inside job, climate change is a hoax or the moon landings were faked, would