As the smoke from the Amazon’s 72,000th fire in 2019 drifts gently towards us across the Atlantic, perhaps it is time to bite the bullet and say something fairly controversial: I’m starting to doubt if cynical, science-proof, fact-resistant politicians are the right people to tackle the climate crisis.

I know, I know. Only 97% of scientists agree that humans are changing the climate. There is still that 3% that could blow the whole thing wide open. After all, that 97% (we are regularly told by the right) is not nearly as convincing a majority as the 51.9% of Britons who voted in favour of Brexit – a result proclaimed as so convincing as to be permanently beyond dispute.

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