We aren't the only ones facing a heatwave. Record high temperatures have been recorded around the world so far this year. People like Nigel Lawson will no doubt see this as evidence that climate change is not happening. But for one moment I thought there might be some good news on the horizon, in the form of the resignation of Scott Pruitt, Trump's director of the US Environmental Protection Agency, someone who like Lawson thinks climate change is a myth. Pruitt set about defenestrating the EPA with a vengeance but was dogged by allegations of his personal extravagance at the taxpayer's expense. The allegations were legion, and Pruitt with his head firmly clamped between his buttocks has chosen to 'protect his family' from the pressure his behaviour exposed them to. His letter of resignation is a pious apology to God, whose representative on earth is one Donald J. Trump. Here's a sample: "My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence. I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to." (emphasis added)
I expect another nutter to be appointed to the role of rolling back environmental protection in the US. This could be important for us, post-Brexit, since the Trump administration's destructive domestic environmental policies are bound to seep through into any trade agreements they might sign up to with the UK. And all we'll be able to say is 'In Gove we trust.'
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