New minister’s online dig at global warming ‘fanatics’: Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan sent tweets dismissing climate change campaigners and insisting it ‘isn’t actually happening’

  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan was accused of rejecting science behind climate change
  • It followed a series of old tweets, sent between 2010 and 2012, coming to light
  • One said: ‘[There is] clear evidence that the ice caps aren’t melting after all’
  • Yesterday Labour’s trade spokesman Emily Thornberry blasted the comments 

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.

Yesterday Labour’s trade spokesman Emily Thornberry blasted the comments. 

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.

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