The new international trade secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has been accused of rejecting the science behind the climate emergency after a series of tweets emerged to show her rejecting those who believe in global warming as “fanatics”.
Labor has condemned the appointment of Trevelyan, who was ousted from junior business minister who took to card to promote clean growth, to replace Liz Truss, the new foreign minister, as part of Boris Johnson’s reshuffle on Wednesday.
The opposition came up with a series of tweets sent by Trevelyan between 2010 and 2012 that explicitly reject the science of global warming. “Clear proof that the ice caps, after all, are not melting to counter the doomers and fanatics of global warming,” one read.
Another, who was sent in support of a campaign against wind farms, said: “We are not getting warmer, global warming is not actually happening.” One-third approved an article by an explicit climate-emergency Twitter account, Climate Realists.
Another, from 2011, contradicted longtime climate change denier Nigel Lawson’s views on what Trevelyan called the “then energy secretary for man-made climate change” for the then energy secretary, Chris Huhne.
In a tweet by summing up Trevelyan’s announcements, International Trade Secretary Emily Thornberry’s shadow said: “At least the last trade secretary only hired climate change …”
She referred to a decision by Truss to appoint former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a trade envoy who has questioned policies to mitigate the climate crisis.
This month, the campaigns criticized the government for apparently removing references to the temperature targets in the Paris Climate Agreement from a potential trade agreement with Australia that Truss had negotiated.
According to Sky News in the UK, the trade agreement, agreed in principle in June, should include references to the Paris goals of limiting global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels with a desire for a lower limit of 1.5C. Instead, the references to the temperature limits were omitted, but the obligation to meet the conditions of the agreement was retained.
Boris Johnson, who will host the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in November, has committed Britain to achieving a net greenhouse gas emission by 2050.
Asked about Trevelyan’s tweets, the prime minister’s official spokesman said: “Every single cabinet member is united in our approach to achieving our ambitious climate goals.”
The Department of International Trade has been contacted for comment.