The new International Trade Secretary has become embroiled in a row on her first day after it emerged she once dismissed those who believe in global warming as ‘fanatics’.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who replaced Liz Truss in Wednesday’s reshuffle, was yesterday accused of rejecting the science behind climate change after a series of old tweets came to light.
The tweets, sent between 2010 and 2012, include one which says: ‘[There is] clear evidence that the ice caps aren’t melting after all, to counter those doom-mongers and global warming fanatics’.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan (above), who replaced Liz Truss in Wednesday’s reshuffle, was accused of rejecting the science behind climate change after a series of old tweets came to light
Another, sent in support of a campaign against windfarms, said: ‘We aren’t getting hotter, global warming isn’t actually happening.’
A third approvingly shared an article by Climate Realists, a Twitter group that rejects global warming.
And another from 2011 compared the views of a climate change denier with the ‘ideological obsession with human-made climate change’ of the then energy secretary Chris Huhne.
Labour’s trade spokesman Emily Thornberry (pictured in January last year) tweeted: ‘At least the last Trade Secretary only hired climate change deniers'
Referencing Miss Truss’s decision to appoint former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott as a trade envoy, she tweeted: ‘At least the last Trade Secretary only hired climate change deniers.’
Asked about Mrs Trevelyan’s tweets, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘Every single member of Cabinet is united in our approach to achieve our ambitious climate target goals.’
The Department for International Trade has been contacted for comment.