If the UK enters a trade deal with Donald Trump, won’t it be joining an ‘axis of doom’ with one of the world’s principle climate crisis deniers?
That’s the message from his speech at Davos, where the US president made clear that he was not planning to change his country’s high-carbon economy.
The man who has absolute power to dominate, transform and control the lives of most people in the world decried climate protesters for demanding “absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives.”
That’s a bit hypocritical, isn’t it?
Oh, he said he’d sign up to an initiative to plant, restore and conserve a trillion trees – but hasn’t he noticed how all the trees seem to be catching fire, in the Amazon and Australia?
Climate crisis icon Greta Thunberg has – and she was at Davos where Mr Trump’s speech failed to impress her.
“Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fuelling the flames by the hour, and we are telling you to act as if you loved your children above all else,” she said.
“You say: ‘We won’t let you down. Don’t be so pessimistic.’ And then, silence.”
And she asked: “What will you tell your children was the reason to fail and leave them facing… climate chaos that you knowingly brought upon them? That it seemed so bad for the economy that we decided to resign the idea of securing future living conditions without even trying?”
The trouble is, she has been saying this for more than a year and those in power haven’t lifted a finger; in other words, she’s right about them.
And history may view such people with extreme prejudice – as UK TV presenter Chris Packham made clear in a speech to TV executives at the annual Bafta television lecture.
He wasn’t afraid to name names, either. He said future generations may come to regard Mr Trump, Vladimir Putin, Jair Bolsonaro and Scott Morrison in a similar way as current generations see Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot, because by then they could have caused the deaths of millions of people.
But while the leaders pay nothing more than lip-service to action on climate change, UK prime minister Boris Johnson is inching closer to a trade deal with Mr Trump – one that, we’re told, will bind him into policies that deny the danger.
Already he has failed to seize opportunities to make a real difference.
Will he bottle it again – and sell us all down the river just so he can have a few American dollars?
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