Five of the Best

The best five comment pieces from today's papers.

The Guardian's Jackie Ashley argues that Labour should be open about the need for spending cuts before winning the argument over where they fall and over progressive taxation.

Donald Macintyre assesses what Benjamin Netanyahu's use of the phrase "Palestinian state" means for the chances of peace.

In the Financial Times, Wolfgang Münchau warns that the supposed 'green shoots' of recovery are already withering.

The Times's Libby Purves argues that new peers should be limited to a four or eight-year term and selected from professional bodies.

Ali Ansari says that "disaffected members of the revolutionary elite" pose the greatest threat to Ahmadinejad and Khamenei's rule.

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The section on climate change has already disappeared from the White House website

As soon as Trump was president, the page on climate change started showing an error message.

Melting sea ice, sad photographs of polar bears, scientists' warnings on the Guardian homepage. . . these days, it's hard to avoid the question of climate change. This mole's anxiety levels are rising faster than the sea (and that, unfortunately, is saying something).

But there is one place you can go for a bit of respite: the White House website.

Now that Donald Trump is president of the United States, we can all scroll through the online home of the highest office in the land without any niggling worries about that troublesome old man-made existential threat. That's because the minute that Trump finished his inauguration speech, the White House website's page about climate change went offline.

Here's what the page looked like on January 1st:

And here's what it looks like now that Donald Trump is president:

The perfect summary of Trump's attitude to global warming.

Now, the only references to climate on the website is Trump's promise to repeal "burdensome regulations on our energy industry", such as, er. . . the Climate Action Plan.

This mole tries to avoid dramatics, but really: are we all doomed?

I'm a mole, innit.