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New U.K. Transport Secretary Was Road Campaign Chief, Denied Climate Change

New U.K. Transport Secretary Was Road Campaign Chief, Denied Climate Change

Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed as the U.K.’s transport secretary in the first cabinet reshuffle of Prime Minister Liz Truss’s new administration. The former Secretary of…

Wednesday, Sep 07

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed as the U.K.’s transport secretary in the first cabinet reshuffle of Prime Minister Liz Truss’s new administration. The former Secretary of State for International Trade tweeted that she was “thrilled” to have been appointed to her new role, adding that “transport is crucial to our lives.”

Among the emojis on her tweet , there was a train, a bicycle, and a spaceship but no pedestrian or bus.

Before entering parliament in 2015 as the MP for Berwick, Trevelyan was the campaign director for “Dual the A1 Campaign,” a lobbying group she founded in 2007.

In 2014, then Prime Minister David Cameron pledged $330m to widen parts of the A1 road between England and Scotland. However, earlier this year the plan for the road was halted subject to a new decision expected in December.

“Having campaigned and stressed to Government on the importance of this scheme for over a decade, I have no intention of stopping now,” Trevelyan said in March.

A petition to parliament set up by Trevelyan in 2012 attracted just 624 signatures over six months. In the same year, Trevelyan posted a series of tweets denying the existence of anthropogenic climate change. She claimed in June 2012 that a magazine article provided “clear evidence that the ice caps aren’t melting after all,” decrying climate scientists as “doom-mongers and global warming fanatics.”

Earlier in 2012, Trevelyan objected to building a wind farm, tweeting that “we aren’t getting hotter, global warming isn’t actually happening.”According to the U.K. government, transport produced 27% […]

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