Britain’s Greenest MPs

Congratulations to Alex Sobel, who won The Climate Coalition’s Green Heart Award for Greenest MP last night. Sobel’s reign doesn’t get off to a great start when his register of interest shows he took £9,700 from big pro-fracking union GMB during the election…

Not that the Leeds North West MP inherits the title from a saint. Minister Simon Clarke won the Climate Coalition’s 2019 award, and one month later took a £4,300 private helicopter flight from London to Teesside for a dinner to raise funds for the 2020 Tees Valley mayoral campaign. Google informs Guido helicopters use three times as much fuel as driving…

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Starbucks Bans Reusable Cups to Tackle Coronavirus

Starbucks has announced a conscious uncupling from its environmental policy by banning customers from using reusable cups in-store in their attempt to battle Coronavirus. Is COVID-19 really the only virus that can be passed on via reusable cups or should Starbucks have thought about this public health problem before?…

In ‘we are temporarily pausing the use of reusable cups’ signs spotted at their stores today, customers are told the US company’s commitment to sustainability remains unchanged (despite the change). If the virus gets worse, Starbucks may have to issue face masks to workers – or as they’d call them, coughy filters…

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Maldives Opening Four New Airports

While London yet again delays a decision on building a single runway due to environmentalist court action, the Maldives are pressing ahead with plans to open four new airports this year. Yes, despite the UN environment official’s warning that “entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000”, the Maldives are still here…

Two new airports opened in the famously low lying country in 2019. Far from losing land to rising sea levels, the islands of Fundadhoo, Hoarafushi, and Maafinolhu are reclaiming 37 hectares land from the Indian Ocean to construct airports and two 1.2 kilometre runways. By the end of 2020, the Maldives will have opened six new airports in the last two years. The UK will be continuing its half-century of indecision…

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£14,000 Raised to Repair Green Greta Destroyed

Greta Thunberg travelled hundreds of miles to stand in a field in Bristol on Friday alongside people playing truant. The crowd of children churned up the grass on Bristol’s College Green turning it into the kind of wasteland they were presumably protesting against. Perhaps they were taking tips from Extinction Rebellion’s bizarre anti-grass campaign

In response to the ecological vandalism, a crowdfunder has been set up in order to ‘Turn College Green Green Again’. It’s already raised over £14,000. This eco stuff doesn’t come cheap…

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Conservative Activists Don’t Believe There’s a Climate Emergency

ConservativeHome’s regular survey of activists asked them what they thought about the so-called “climate emergency“. By a margin of more than 2-to-1 (of those who expressed a preference) they said there is no climate emergency. The astonishing thing is that a third of Conservative activists have fallen for the hype…

The media-generated hyper-reality that we are experiencing resembles the period when fears of nuclear war in the late 80s peaked. A genuine fear of the cold war turning into a nuclear war became all-pervading in the media. Fictional depictions of nuclear Armageddon became common place on television and in Hollywood. Children became fearful and were deployed heavily in protests and propaganda. The prospect of nuclear annihilation was the fault of capitalism, the neutron bomb was a particularly “capitalist bomb”. Just as capitalism is blamed for the “climate emergency”. The difference with today is that a third of Conservatives didn’t fall for that hype…

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BBC Buys Into Extinction Rebellion’s Fake Miners

Earlier this week, BBC’s Politics Live passed off Extinction Rebellion protestors wearing fake miners helmets made of cardboard as being real miners. Viewers were repeatedly told that an Extinction Rebellion protest outside Bradley coal mine in County Durham contained “miners” and “former miners”. Guido can now reveal that the BBC has admitted there was no evidence of current or even former miners at the protest…

The programme portrayed the protest as an alliance of miners and Extinction Rebellion, however, in a letter to Banks Mining, who run the site, the BBC only claimed that one person who said he was the “son of a miner” was at the protest. Guido hears that initially, a spokesman for the actual miners had his invitation revoked at the last moment. Martin Raine, an actual miner, tells Guido:

“It is our jobs at stake here and instead of allowing us a voice the BBC showed fake miners with fake cardboard helmets and interviewed a student bussed in by XR who got the basic facts wrong.”

A reminder you can feed into the Government’s licence fee consultation here

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