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Debunked: Julia Hartley-Doodah’s wild climate change denials

In denial: Julia Hartley-Brewer denies the science on BBC Question Time. David Lammy (left) facepalms.

Broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer has made a few claims about climate change on the BBC’s Question Time on October 27 and, being a denier, you can guess that she wasn’t talking about time running out for us all.

Novara Media explains in this video clip:

Here’s some more information, courtesy of DeSmog on Twitter:

Who’s convincing you? Julia Hartley-Doodah, or the science?

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It’s okay for Tories to change their minds about the PM. Why can’t we do the same with Brexit?

This arises from the BBC’s Question Time on November 3, when a member of the public pointed out that Tory MPs can change their minds on any subject including their choice of prime minister, but the same MPs absolutely refuse to allow the people of the UK to change their minds about the most harmful decision ever made here: Brexit.

The economic harm caused by Brexit is already enormous and growing all the time – but the Tories insist on keeping it in place and perpetuating the damage it causes. Why?

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Sunak u-turns: he’s going to the COP 27 climate change summit after all

Rishi Sunak: he’s attending COP 27 for “political management” reasons, not because he wants to be there.

Rishi Sunak has u-turned on his decision not to attend the COP 27 climate change summit.

After saying he was too busy preparing for the November 17 budget to attend the event that starts in Egypt on Sunday, he has caved in to criticism by climate campaigners, opposition parties and his own climate adviser, Alok Sharma.

It is also possible that he’s going after learning that former prime minister Boris Johnson said he would be attending the summit, yesterday (November 1).

So he’s being dragged to the table when he should have leapt at the opportunity. This is not leadership. This is, as Keir Starmer (of all people) pointed out: “political management”.

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If tackling climate change means tackling the fossil fuel giants, where’s the will to do it?

Do you think this might have something to do with climate change?

The cat is out of the bag.

Professor Simon Lewis of University College London has told us that the way to tackle climate change is not to work with the giant fossil fuel corporations but to “do everything we can to defeat the fossil fuel industry”.

If the richest industrialised nations stood together against them, this would be a cinch.

But they are disunited, disorganised and dysfunctional. UK prime minister Rishi Sunak can’t even be bothered to attend the COP 27 summit in Egypt; he’s so weak on this.

Here’s Damo:

If it’s time to fight the fossil fuel corps, is it also time to get in touch with our MPs and remind them of their duty – not just to their constituents and the country, but to the world?

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New Environment Secretary addresses climate change by having re-usable cups

Therese Coffey: it’s good to know the environment is safe in her hands. Right?


Therese ‘Clueless’ Coffee strikes again.

Here she explains to the nation, via BBC Breakfast News, that the way to address climate change is by having re-usable cups.

Some of us have always had re-usable cups – at home and in the workplace.

That’s us saved, then. Are you enjoying the warm October weather?

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Will Truss and Kwarteng change direction now their economic plan is in tatters?

We’ve all had a laugh at the expense of Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng but now it’s time to get serious.

Their ideological dogma is in tatters and the Bank of England has told them they are causing a material risk of financial harm to the UK. They need to change.

But will they?

As the blurb for the following clip states, “The government haven’t really done anything to boost confidence in the market. They are still defending an uncosted budget, they are still refusing to publicise the economic forecast. Unless they change direction, the economic damage will continue.”

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This critique of James Cleverly praising Liz Truss has to be viewed [VIDEOS]

James Cleverly: he was once described as “the Tories’ go-to eejit when they need someone to tweet absolute nonsense or defend the indefensible” – and he’s been at it again.

Here’s a video from James O’Brien’s – yes, I know he’s controversial – LBC radio show in which he takes aim at James Cleverly for saying Liz Truss is the potential prime minister who can “turn this ship around” – the “ship” Cleverly has been helping to crew for many years.

O’Brien makes the point that we’ve had a Tory government for 12 years and everywhere you look in government, “there’s a skip fire, or a clown car, or a combination of both… from health to hospitality, from energy to water”.

And Cleverly is saying we need more of the same – a prime minister who wants less regulation (the only thing keeping England’s private water companies – the only private water firms in the world, by the way – from pumping faeces that are probably full of disease directly into our waterways, to be sucked up and used as a substitute water supply in the coming drought) and lower taxes.

Oh, and to top it all, neither Truss nor Rishi Sunak seem to understand that the entire world – not just the UK – is facing a climate change catastrophe created by the greed of the Conservative Party’s natural constituency of supporters:

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Truss vows to clamp down on free speech after climate activists interrupt her

In Liz we DON’T Truss (it’s a play on her campaign slogan, which is itself a play on words): she’ll end your right to free speech, and to campaign for fair pay and decent working conditions.

Tory leadership contender Liz Truss vowed to clamp down on free speech and protest after being interrupted by critics of her police on climate change.

Her speech at a hustings in the Winter Gardens at Eastbourne was halted when six activists from Green New Deal Rising loudly criticised her:

In response, Truss said: “Can I just say a few words on the militant people who try and disrupt our country, and who try and disrupt our democratic process, and who try and disrupt our essential services?

“I would legislate immediately to make sure that we are standing up to militant trade unions who stop ordinary commuters getting into work, and I would legislate to protect our essential services.

“And I will make sure that militant activists such as Extinction Rebellion are not able to disrupt ordinary people who work hard and do the right thing and go into work.”

If you think that sounds good, think again.

Truss was saying she would remove your right to free speech and rescind your right to demand acceptable pay and benefits at work.

You may be happy that other people will be stopped from disrupting your day, but will you be as happy when you have a serious issue of your own and get arrested for trying to raise it?

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Fed up of This Site banging on about climate change? Here’s Stephen Fry

This is partly for all those “I’m all right” Jacks whose only concern about climate change protest is that they don’t end up being delayed on their way to work.

But it’s mostly for those government ministers who put their heads in the sand whenever a fat fossil fuel firm flings money at them to continue letting greenhouse gases stink up – and heat up – our air, without a single thought for the future.

And its for those corporate chiefs who don’t realise that, after we hit the tipping-point, their money won’t save them and it certainly won’t save their children.

So… I don’t know… why not try putting this clip in front of those people?

Go on. It isn’t very long:

Oh yeah – the video was made in support of Extinction Rebellion, those hand-glueing hippies who the Tory government wants to hide away from the rest of us.

Makes you wonder whether your leaders really have your best interests at heart, doesn’t it?

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Was Tory crackdown on protest really prompted by this oil-funded think tank?

Targeted: Extinction Rebellion members – here protesting at a Murdoch print works – were briefly defined as an extremist group. Although they have now been removed from the list, Home Secretary Priti Patel has continued to refer to climate protesters as “criminals”.

A Tory crackdown on legal political protest was devised by a right-wing think tank that is funded by the US fossil fuel corporation ExxonMobil, it has been alleged.

And it is easy to see the reason: it removes the right of ordinary citizens to protest against the climate-wrecking policies followed by the oil industry.

According to Open Democracy,

Policy Exchange explicitly said the government should pass legislation to target Extinction Rebellion (XR) in a 2019 report that got the attention of Tory MPs and peers.

The report called for protest laws to be “urgently reformed in order to strengthen the ability of police to place restrictions on planned protest and deal more effectively with mass law-breaking tactics”.

Sections of Priti Patel’s controversial policing bill, which became the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, appear directly inspired by the Policy Exchange report.

The Policy Exchange report that appears to have contained the seeds of the policing bill was later cited in the House of Commons by Tory MP Steve Baker, who urged ministers to read it, and in the Lords by Tory peer Matt Ridley. Baker is a trustee of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a climate sceptic group that has received money from groups with oil interests in the US. Ridley is a member of the group’s academic advisory council.

Patel said openly that the legislation was intended to stop tactics used by Extinction Rebellion. The home secretary first pledged to introduce the bill just over a year after the Policy Exchange report was published.

Policy Exchange does not disclose its donors, but openDemocracy has uncovered that ExxonMobil Corporation donated $30,000 to its American fundraising arm in 2017.

There is much more information on the Open Democracy site (link below).

Circumstantial evidence?

Maybe – but then it isn’t likely that the Conservative Party, Policy Exchange and ExxonMobil are ever going to admit conspiring to silence legitimate political protest.

Source: Policy Exchange: Was oil-funded think tank behind anti-XR policing bill? | openDemocracy

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