by JAMES DELINGPOLE
One of the reasons is religious. If you are a conservative, you are more likely to cleave to the old Christian religion. If you’re on the left, you’re more likely to believe in the new one – environmentalism or Gaia-worship.
Many facets of the new religion are merely substitutes for aspects of the old religion.
The crucifix has been replaced by the wind turbine; priests have been replaced by climate scientists; false prophets by the likes of Al Gore and Prince Charles; hair shirt penance and daily ritual by recycling; pilgrimages and purgatory by IPCC conferences; and so on.
Conservatives naturally feel towards environmentalism as they do towards Scientology or pastafarianism or Jedi: why subscribe to a silly, made-up new religion when you’ve got a much preferable one sanctified by 2000 years of history?
But even conservatives who aren’t remotely religious are instinctively sceptical of environmentalism for several other sound reasons.
One is that conservation is built into most conservatives’ DNA – indeed, it’s actually in the name of their political philosophy. Conservatism is about conserving what is best, whether it’s traditions, institutions or nature. (I go into a bit more detail about this in my speech,which you should watch because it’s very short and there’s a funny bit in the middle where I’m interrupted on the phone by the former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson).…
Until now, Sir David Attenborough was one of the few individuals in the public eye not to have broached the ever-present, all-pervasive topic of Donald Trump. However, the naturalist and beloved broadcaster has now given his assessment of the situation and suggested a way to counter the Republican’s ascent to power which, believe it or not, involves a gun.
In an interview with the Radio Times, the nonagenarian was probed about how we solve a problem like Mr Trump and quipped: “We could shoot him”.
Sir David, who returns to screens for Planet Earth II this weekend, said the British public had no way of influencing the outcome of the US presidential elections so proposed an altogether more extreme solution.
“Well, we lived through that with earlier presidents – they’ve been equally guilty… But what alternative do we have? Do we have any control or influence over the American elections? Of course we don’t,” he said.
Adopting a hushed tone, he said: “We could shoot him, it’s not a bad idea” before chuckling.…
‘We could shoot him’ – Sir David Attenborough proposes shooting Trump to save climate – ‘It’s not a bad idea’
When Attenborough was reminded of Trump’s 2012 tweet that said “climate change was created by and for the Chinese,” he said he was aware of that and reminded listeners that we’ve lived through previous presidents who were equally guilty. When asked if there were any other options and whether they had any power or sway over the U.S. election, he replied: “Of course we don’t.”
‘We could shoot him’
Then he giggled, lowered his distinctive voice, and said, “We could shoot him. It’s not a bad idea.” He then attacked voters who supported Brexit. He then questioned whether former Prime Minister David Cameron had the right to hold an EU referendum over Brexit in the first place.
Renowned naturalistAttenborough is a renowned naturalist, environmentalist, and public figure both publically and privately. He previously narrated the series “Planet Earth,” which aired on the National Geographic channel. The Rupert Murdoch-owned channel also aired the new climate change documentary “Before the Flood” over the weekend, which was produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. The Oscar-winning actor has come under heavy criticism for allegedly taking embezzled funds to enrich his foundation and living a “carbon-heavy lifestyle.”
When the Paris Climate Agreement passed, it allowed heavy carbon dioxide (CO2) emitter China to avoid participating in the accord until 2030. China is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, giving it a clear advantage in manufacturing. Other countries like the U.S. are required to cut CO2 emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, which most experts say will avert global warming by 0.01 degrees.
Not the first time
Whether the U.S. Secret Service investigates this very public threat against Trump is unlikely as Attenborough lives in the U.K. and not likely to carry out any shooting. But suggesting violence against