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A new International Development
Secretary with the same Brexit
views as the old one.
A Brexiteer Foreign Secretary
safe despite careless,
dangerous talk that might have
doubled a British woman's
prison sentence in Iran.
Is Theresa May's grip on government
seen too much through a Brexit lens?
We'll hear the view of Britain
from Paris and ask the former
Deputy Chairman of the Tory Party
where they go from here.
It was one of the most toxic
relationships ever in politics.
But in an interview
to mark his memoirs,
Gordon Brown insists their rows
were all about policy
and had nothing to do
with personal ambition.
I agreed that I would take
control of economic policy,
and he said he would step down
in the second term.
It's as simple as that,
and that of course didn't happen.
Tilting at Donald Trump.
As the President keeps his promise
to blow away environmental
restraint, the US states
which are fighting back.
The outcome of this contest
will determine what the world's
going to look like over the next 10,
20 and 30 years.
And the set awaits Russia Today's
new television star,
the former First Minister
of Scotland, Alex Salmond.
I'll be asking him if Vladimir Putin
will be calling the shots.
The Prime Minister may
have her game face on
and a new waxwork projecting resolve
at Madame Tussauds.
But is she in danger of having
to take literally every decision
while looking through the foggy
lens of Brexit?
In Brussels today, where Brexit
the view was yes -
everything in Britain
is about Brexit.
The fact that Theresa May has made
a simple reshuffle and parachuted
Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt
into the space left by Brexiteer
Priti Patel is not apparently
being seen as "firm or decisive"
or any of the adjectives associated
with command of government.
So is everything being seen
through the lens of Brexit?
Is the Foreign Secretary,
Boris Johnson, whose foot in mouth
remarks and equally stumbling
retraction over Nazanin
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, which may
lengthen her jail sentence,
safer than he would be otherwise?
To lose another big Brexiteer
and three Cabinet ministers
in the space of a week might haul
Theresa May's government
below the waterline.
Here's Nick Watt.
A great partnership...
Whichever way you look
in British politics today,
Brexit looks back at
you from every angle.
A Brexit-supporting cabinet minister
resigns, and so a Brexit-supporting
replacement is called up.
Theresa May has been
adopting a cautious
approach in her many and
ensuring that she does not upset
the delicate balance
between Brexiteers and
Remainers around the Cabinet
table because overall,
she is performing a delicate
balancing act in holding
her divided party together.
Friends of Priti Patel
told me, for example,
that the Prime Minister took her
time in firing the former cabinet
minister because she did not want
to upset such a prominent Brexit
So Theresa May knows that
from the handling of her ministers
to almost every policy
decision she makes,
Brexit hangs over everything.
And add in a dose of bad luck.
Who could have seen the butterfly
effect from the other side
of the Atlantic
of the Harvey Weinstein allegations
here in Westminster?
And this fundamental
question arises -
is Theresa May a member of that
select group of prime ministers
themselves controlled by events
rather than actually shaping events?
Top of the list is Anthony Eden,
who was broken by the Suez crisis.
Like me or loathe me,
don't bind my hands.
Four decades later, John Major
was paralysed by Europe.
Nothing has changed.
Nothing has changed.
And then there is Theresa May,
who commanded the political
landscape until that election.
A critic of Theresa
May believes there
is scope for her to
set her own agenda.
I don't think it needs to be quite
as paralysed as it appears to be.
I think there are things
that need to be done.
I think there is an
opportunity in the housing field
which requires action.
I think the question
of an industrial strategy,
on which I have just
produced a pamphlet,
gives very considerable
opportunities to meet urgent demands
of self interest for this country,
and it is particularly important
in the Brexit context to have an
Ultimately, Lord Heseltine fears
the Prime Minister may be
unable to secure a Brexit
deal acceptable to his wing of
And the man who made his name
The red flag has never
flown throughout these
islands yet, nor for
a thousand years...
..Believes his supporters may face
a painful dilemma about how to
vote at the next general election.
I don't have a vote,
which is a copout I accepted once,
but I know friends of mine
who certainly are Conservative
voters who are agonising over
exactly that dilemma.
And it is an irony.
You made your name in the 1970s
campaigning against everything
Jeremy Corbyn believes in,
and yet he may, on this
of Britain's future,
embody your views more
than your party.
That's a pretty horrific thought.
A horrific thought,
but an accurate, sensible thought?
There is no doubt at all that
a scenario that if, as I think,
the public opinion will move
and the Labour Party moves,
there could be a situation
where the only people left in favour
of Brexit are the right wing
of the Conservative Party.
And that will produce very
challenges for voters
in a general election.
One loyalist says, don't write off
this Prime Minister.
I would say the government
are holding together well.
No votes have been lost in the House
of Commons on primary legislation.
Nobody thought that was possible.
Jeremy Corbyn was scampering around
back in June and July
and August, preparing
for an autumn general election.
Well, it's very clear there's not
going to be a general
election this autumn,
there's not going to be
a general election until 2022.
So the Prime Minister has done
a great job steadying the ship
in difficult circumstances,
rising to meet the challenge
of the times and dealing
with it all in a very calm,
Europe, the ever-dominant issue
in our national life, will define
Theresa May's premiership.
She will be hoping she
is not drowned by it.
Nick Watt is with me.
You have more news on Brexit?
there is an interesting intervention
tomorrow by Lord Coe, the former
head of the Foreign Office who is
the official who wrote Article 50,
the process to take is outside the
EU. He says this can be revoked by
the UK at any point within the
two-year time frame. He is saying it
was a voluntary agreement to give
member states the confidence that
they could leave. Therefore, if we
want to revoke it, we could. He is
going to say we are not required to
withdraw just because Mrs May sent a
letter. We can change our mind at
any stage during the process. He is
effectively saying the government is
misleading people by saying that we
can't revoke it. He says that is a
political decision, not a legal
decision. And interestingly, this
comes as the Prime Minister writes a
piece in tomorrow's Daily Telegraph
saying she will write onto the face
of the Brexit build the date of
withdrawal, the 29th of March, 2019,
and in a message to the likes of
Lord Kerr, she says, we will not
tolerate any attempts to slow down
or stop our departure from the EU.
How are negotiations going?
told there will be a chilly
atmosphere tomorrow when David Davis
meets Michel Barnier for the latest
round of negotiations in Brussels.
Essentially, the Brexit secretary
will say that the Prime Minister
made a big gesture in Florence on
the money and citizens' rights. You
haven't moved, and unless you show
some sort of gesture, it is going to
be difficult, because he will say
the UK ain't keeling over.
Joining me from Paris is writer
and commentator Christine Ockrent.
From where you sit, how do European
politicians view Theresa May's
Well, frankly, with a
mix of compassion and surprise,
because this is a very weak Prime
Minister and it's not new. It seems
that she has a very hard time with
her own government, not only because
two government members had to quit.
It seems she is very secretive too
in her way of handling her own
Cabinet, and that has shown since
the start of the negotiations on
Brexit. So there is a great deal of
surprise at the weakness of this
Prime Minister and her team.
Watt was saying, when Theresa May
went to Florence, she made the
gesture on money and the gesture on
people. Do you think that following
that, there are just some EU
politicians who are intent on
No, I don't think
there is an intention to humiliate
her. Mind you, Florence was just a
speech. If politics were made only
of speeches, I think the French
would be the kings of the world.
It's not only a matter of making a
speech. In that speech, the content
was deemed insufficient by the
European negotiators. As you have
said, the discussions will resume
tomorrow. There are rumours that
will be progress on the figures at
the British government would be
willing to pay for the divorce car
but I think there is always that
extraordinary misunderstanding, in
London at any rate. There is
confusion between, let's get the
horse, but let's think of the house
we will build together afterwards.
Let's not even talk about the
divorce, because we have just heard
that Lord Kerr, who drafted Article
50, is now saying that that is
revoke a ball -- revocable and that
is until you are divorced, you are
still together and it is not a legal
document, it is a political
document. Do you think there will be
some European leaders heartened to
hear that and indeed banking on it?
Well, I believe Lord Kerr has long
proved he is one of the finest minds
on European affairs and I think many
of his friends on the continent will
not be surprised to hear of his
latest declaration. He knows what
he's talking about, because he wrote
Article 50. Remember, President
Macron, who has made Europe one of
his main arguments for his mandate,
about a month ago he made an
important speech on Europe at the
Sorbonne. And I was interested to
hear him say that the door was still
Christine Ockrent, thank you.
I'm now joined by the former
of the Conservative Party,
Robert Halfon, - now the Chair
of the Education Select Committee.
As you look at your government, what
do you make of the mess it appears
to be in?
Well, government is like a
supertanker travelling down the
ocean. Sometimes you get buffeted by
storms. Yes, we have been buffeted
by storm is pretty hard over the
past couple of weeks. But the
important thing is, can we set the
direction of travel and is very
destination? That is what we need to
be clearer about.
You are suggesting
that the destination is not about
Brexit, it is about the position of
the party, about policy and a
different kind of party.
always have Brexit, there is nothing
we can do about that. But we need to
focus on the issues that matter to
the British people.
But there is no
question of that at the moment cos
Theresa May is not in a strong
enough position to do that.
Prime Minister can focus on the
things that matter.
Do you think she
has the bandwidth?
Yes. One of the
most important thing is facing our
nation is skills. We are way behind
other countries. Housing, the cost
of living, the role of the National
Health Service. We have to show that
we are the real party of the
Maybe you have to go into
opposition to regroup and do that.
That would be a disaster given what
the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn
represent. This is the Labour Party
of the far left.
But it might be one
that Michael Heseltine have to make
common cause with.
He said he had to
make calls with some of those people
who want to stop Brexit, but Jeremy
Corbyn at one time was a Brexiteer.
Let's look at the travails of the
Cabinet, first Michael Palin and
then Priti Patel, and a situation
where she had to make a
like-for-like replacement Brexit --
Michael Fallon. And you see how
Iranian news reports are discussing
Boris Johnson's remarks and indeed
careless talk could cost lives,
about opening Dario Ragna Debats --
about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's
politician, what do you make of
I like Boris but he has made a
mistake and is acknowledged and
apologised. He apologised in the
housing cons he made a mistake. I
think Boris provide something very
important for our party, some sunny
optimism and he needs to work
alongside the seriousness,
no-nonsense Prime Minister character
and offer us something but he also
has to have his Henry V moment, he
has to showed he has a serious side
It's a bit late, he has
been kicking around government for a
long time and been the Mayor of
London and the point was that it was
arrogance, he just kind of tossed
off that remark and he did not care
He has made a mistake and
He hasn't actually
I think he has
and we are in danger of forgetting
that the Iranian regime is not a
benign regime but pretty nasty and
it promotes terror around the world.
We can't allow... OK computer was a
Hang on, saying
erroneously that she was not on
holiday and was teaching journalism,
you would have thought actually that
alarm bells would go and I would
suggest that in any other time
rather than these fraught times,
that might be enough to move Boris
He made a mistake and
apologised and has a lot to offer
the Tory party. At the same time we
did not excuse a regime that locks
up British citizens for no reason.
You talk about rebuilding, but
before that, what do you make of
Lord Kerr's intervention tomorrow
which said that Article 50 is a
political document and not a legal
one and it can be revoked?
Remain because I thought Britain
should be part of analyte of
democracies but the British people
voted to leave, my constituency did
by 68%. It is an interesting
intellectual argument but if we
reverse is leaving the EU, don't
forget that Parliament has voted for
Article 50, you seriously undermine
faith in our democracy and that
would be a terrible thing. The
public voted for it, either we have
a democracy or not. We believe in
His view is expressed
tomorrow is that once people are
more in tune with the facts because
a lot of people felt we did not know
the facts beforehand, they are
entitled to change their minds.
might as will say that about any
political position, you can change
an election result because people
would vote for another party. Either
we believe in our democracy and the
decisions made by the British people
or we don't and we would undermine
faith in our democracy if we went
back on what has been voted for and
buy a big majority in parliament.
Thank you for joining us.
The First Minister of Wales today
responded to criticisms
of the handling of misconduct
allegations against Carl Sargeant,
the Welsh Labour Assembly
Communities Minister who,
after he was suspended,
is believed to have taken his
own life on Tuesday.
Mr Sargeant was facing allegations
of "unwanted attention,
inappropriate touching and groping,"
and Carwyn James said he had acted
by the book and had no alternative
but to sack his minister.
Whatever the truth of
the allegations, Carl Sargeant's
death has created shockwaves
in the Labour Party and the country.
David Grossman spent
the day in Cardiff.
Today was the first chance
for Labour Assembly members
to gather and reflect on the death
of their colleague and sign
a book of condolence.
Since devolution, this assembly has
been subject to its share
of intrigue and crisis but there has
never been anything like this.
Just down this corridor
on the right-hand side,
Carwyn Jones, the Welsh First
Minister, is having,
I think it's safe to say,
the most difficult political meeting
of his career.
He's having to explain
to his colleagues and answer
questions from them about this
matter, why he took
the decisions that he did.
The immediate timeline
of this tragedy begins
last Friday at 12.50pm.
Carl Sargeant tweeted
that he was standing
down as a minister.
But 40 minutes later
the Welsh First Minister,
Carwyn Jones, began a reshuffle
of his team and a spokesman
for Mr Jones told the BBC that
Mr Sargeant had not resigned but had
in fact been sacked.
Ten minutes later Mr Sargeant
received an e-mail from
Louise Magee, general secretary
of the Welsh Labour Party,
informing him that he had been
suspended from the party.
According to a spokesman,
there was to be an investigation
into allegations received.
On Monday, Mr Sargeant's
solicitor, Hugh Bowden,
wrote to the Labour Party requesting
details of the allegations
made against him.
The letter makes it clear that
Mr Sargeant was aware
of the broad nature of these.
They concerned "unwanted attention,
inappropriate touching or grouping."
The letter also expressed
"the anxiety and distress
caused to our client,
particularly since he is yet
to receive any details
of the allegations."
Carwyn Jones then did
a series of interviews
discussing these allegations,
saying that a number had been made
against Mr Sargeant.
Mr Sargeant's solicitor then e-mails
the party again, complaining,
these comments were "clearly
prejudicing what is
allegedly an independent
inquiry by your office."
The next day, Carl
Sargeant was found dead.
It was a pale and visibly
upset First Minister
who arrived at a press
conference this afternoon.
Carl was my friend.
In all the years that I knew him,
I never had a cross word with him,
never argued with him.
For 14 years we worked together.
He was a great Chief Whip
and a minister who served his
country with distinction.
Here was the emotion and the tribute
that friends of Mr Sargeant say has
been so lacking in the official
response to his death
but Mr Jones was also firm
that he had acted correctly.
I properly did all that
I could to make sure that everything
was being done by the book.
I had no alternative but to take
the action that I did and I hope
that people will understand that.
Reporters present weren't given
the opportunity to ask any questions
and plenty of those remain.
One of Carl Sargeant's friends
and former ministerial colleagues
told me that Carwyn Jones knew that
Mr Sargeant was mentally fragile
before he sacked and suspended him.
I think it's fair to say
that the First Minister knew
how fragile Carl was.
There were occasions when I was
a minister in the government
when the First Minister said to me
he was worried about
Carl, how was he doing?
What did you take him
to mean by that?
Well, I think he was worried
about Carl's frame of mind.
He said that on a number
of times when Carl and I
were ministers together.
I'm assuming he was making
judgments about what he
was hearing about Carl.
You know, there was no question
that Carl's resilience
was undermined during the previous
period of government.
And so was it incumbent
on the First Minister then to handle
any change in Carl's circumstances -
leaving ministerial office, being
suspended from the Labour Party -
particularly carefully do you think?
Of course it was.
The top floor of this building next
to the Welsh Assembly is where
the ministerial offices are.
Was the atmosphere as poison
is there as some suggest?
The questions about this
tragedy are now far wider
than one man's death.
The former Prime Minister Gordon
Brown has published his memoirs this
week and they do nothing to dispel
the Robert Burns line that he spent
much of his time as Chancellor
"nursing his wrath to keep it warm."
He'd like to be known as the hero
of the financial crash,
but long before that, his toxic
relationship with Tony Blair
and his view that he reneged
on their deal induced a simmering
rage that some say coloured his
behaviour in office.
By the time he finally moved one
door along to Number Ten,
he realised that he was a man out
of kilter with the times,
a leader who could not
get his head round the need
for communicating his feelings
as well as his policies
to the electorate.
For Newsnight, he sat down
with the BBC's political
editor, Laura Kuennsberg.
First, she asked him
about his current take
on the Brexit negotiations.
What will happen is that we will
come to a crisis point next summer.
I can't tell you exactly how it
will work itself out,
but this is what will happen.
By next summer, the public
will have made up their mind
that the four red lines
that the government had
set in place are not
going to be achieved.
There are going to be crossed.
So we will not have proper control
borders or our money.
We will pay loads of money
to the European Union.
We will not have control
of our courts and law
because we will still be governed
by the European Court of Justice and
we will not have control of trade
because we will not have
agreements for years.
So all of the propositions that
were made by the Leave camp
including 350 million
a week for the National
Health Service, they
are not being achieved.
So next summer, we have
to assess the position.
In my view, you cannot
go back to the
electorate and say, you were wrong.
People made the decision
which was right for them to see
In a democracy, once a decision
is made, as it was made in
Scotland, you have to respect it.
But what you can say is,
is there a game changer?
Is there something we didn't get
right last time that
would persuade millions of Leave
voters to think it was worth going
To be clear, it sounds
like you are suggesting that the
Labour Party should be holding out
the possibility of people revisiting
the decision if things
change in the EU.
At this point, I don't think
you should be saying, let's
because that is saying to people,
you made the wrong decision.
We should say, is there
any new evidence?
Is there something that is
different from what we have
learned about what is
happening in Europe
or what we are learning
what is happening in Britain
that we have to look at?
The right time to assess
that is when we have on the
table what I think will be
an inadequate agreement that
breaches the red lines
and doesn't give the Leave camp
the satisfaction it had.
Jeremy Corbyn is a phenomenon. But I
respect the fact that Andy is
expressing peoples anger about
Universal Credit, what happened at
Grenfell Tower, affordable housing,
inequality in the country and
tuition fees and he is articulating
Some people in the Labour
Party who are not fans of his plane,
to an extent, you and Tony Blair for
turning the success of new Labour
I worked with Tony
for 24 years, we worked together on
all the difficult issues. We
refinanced the health service
massively and doubled its budget,
introduced tax credits that took 2
million pensioners out of poverty.
Of course there were also policy
disagreement and that is inevitable
But your disagreements
were about much more than policy.
They were mainly about policy.
also about when he was going to
leave number ten and you write about
it in the book and the promises you
felt he made to you.
I think the
section is about five pages of 500.
I tell the truth because if I did
not visit I would seem to be
What did he say?
to be leader, I did not want there
to be a division between us. I
agreed that I would take control of
economic policy and he said he would
step down in the second term, it's
as simple as that. And that of
course didn't happen. To be honest,
the issues in politics cannot be
reduced to personalities.
not about reducing it, this is a
question of when you would take over
as Prime Minister, the defining
relationship inside the government.
It is not just tittle tattle or five
pages in a book, this was a huge
conflict between the two of you that
dominated Labour politics for a long
I don't think it did actually.
I think the issues were more
important. Some people said to me
agree with what Tony wants on the
euro and he will lead and I would
not do that because I said the euro
was about the national interest and
we had to make the right decision. I
doubt that it was about
personalities and I think my book is
actually about the forces that have
driven British politics.
finally, you had a big role in
persuading people in the Scottish
independence referendum. There is a
sense now after the general election
that the SNP moved backwards,
somehow the Scottish independence
debate is sealed and over. Do you
think that is true or is it
complacent -- complacent four
Scotland is not stable
for the long-term. What we have got
is two groups caught in quite
extreme positions. We have the
Nationalists who want all out
independents and they are going for
the referendum whenever they can get
it and we now have a Tory party
which is the Leader of the
Opposition in Scotland and they want
absolute status quo. The status quo
cannot survive, nor is independent
of good viable option for Scotland.
There has to be a middle way. The
sadness is we have these two
extremes that almost enjoy the fact
they are on the extreme and they
don't talk to each other, they can't
communicate with each other, there
is no common ground. There has to be
a better base is building the
relationship between Scotland and
the UK and we never want to get into
a Catalonia situation where people
are at daggers drawn and it becomes
is usually bitter constitutional
Can you see something
I see Scotland stuck in a
but if we don't watch.
Many former politicians have turned
themselves into broadcasters,
but the new role for the former
First Minister of Scotland
trumps them all.
Alex Salmond is to host his own chat
show on Russia Today.
The Kremlin-backed TV
station is seen by many
as Russian propaganda.
It's nothing if not controversial -
when Putin sent troops into Crimea,
it broadcast the assertion that no
occupation had occurred
and pro-Russian locals had
got their hands on Russian uniforms.
It was also censured by Ofcom
for claiming that the BBC staged
a chemical weapons attack
for a news report.
Well, the star of the show,
Alex Salmond, is here now.
So you are doing a chat show on
Russia Today. Do you feel that you
will be free to criticise Russian
I know I will be, because
the show was produced by my company
and we give it to RT on a Wednesday
evening, and all they decide is
whether to broadcast it or not.
are you sure that if you are
critical and they have a 24 hours
beforehand, they will broadcast it?
If they choose not to broadcast it,
that is up to them. I am certainly
hoping they will. In terms of
criticising their policy, I was on
an RT show a year ago and I made him
vigorous attack on Russian
intervention in Syria. They
broadcast that on one of their own
shows, so I think there were hardly
not broadcast a show that I produce
where I am free to say what I like.
And it is an interview show and as
you know, in interviews you let your
guests express anything.
think you will be free to bring on
people like Pussy Riot?
I can bring
on whoever I like. One of the early
topics I will be looking at is
homosexuality and the apology that
has been made in Scotland, where the
same bill was proposed by an SNP MP
last year and was talked out by the
government here to apologise to
homosexuals. That will be an
interesting early subject to
Would you have any qualms,
take that censure of RT when they
broadcast the wrong assertion that
the BBC had staged its own chemical
weapons attack. Would you have any
worry about the juxtaposition of
some kind of assertion like that?
Over the last year or two, 50 Labour
MPs including the current Labour
Party leader, 37 Conservative MPs,
including some who were at the
launch tonight and 17 SNP MPs have
appeared on RT programmes. I
appeared on RT programmes when I was
still a member of Parliament. It
would be strange if I said that now
I am no longer a member of
Parliament, I am refusing to make my
own show with my own production
company over which I have total
Do you lend
credibility to RT?
The idea is that
people watch the show, and if it is
a good show with high production
values and interesting guests, they
should say it is a good show. If it
turns out to be Kremlin propaganda,
people can slate me, but why not
watch the show first?
So who are you
confident of having on?
I have done
some of the first interviews
already. The inspiration for this
show came from the festival show I
did in Edinburgh and the chat
component of that. Another
television company suggested that we
should turn it into a TV show.
not suggesting that you are some
kind of Mogul in the Rupert Murdoch
mould, but there is a suggestion
that you might be joining the board
which runs the Scotsman.
become chair of the board if the
You would have
no problem with taking on that role
as well as broadcasting on RT?
mustn't count your chickens with
these things. That will be a matter
for the shareholders. One of your
BBC colleagues, Andrew Neil, was
tweaking tonight and attacking me
for wanting to be the chair of
Johnson press and having my show on
RT, oblivious to the fact that he
used to be editorial director of the
Scotsman and want to dictate to
journalists. I have no such
ambitions, I just want to produce a
good television show.
thank you very much.
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from international treaties and put
jobs - especially in coal -
before the environment.
He is living up to his promise,
saying he will leave the Paris
climate accord as soon
as the UN allows.
And in the USA itself, he's been
rolling back environmental laws.
On this, the week when nations
are meeting in Bonn for the annual
UN climate conference,
the BBC's environment analyst,
Roger Harrabin, has been to the USA
to hear how some states are right
behind him, but others have
begun a green fightback.
The San Gorgonio pass.
A route through the mountains
and a funnel for the wind that
rushes from desert to coast.
Look at this land.
Stone, brick, a bit of scrub,
useless for agriculture.
Stone, grit, a bit of scrub,
useless for agriculture.
But there is one very
lucrative crop here,
and that is the clean energy
from the desert wind.
Renewables boomed under
President Obama, but President Trump
says they threaten the economy
because their output is variable.
He wants to subsidise coal
and nuclear instead.
He's trying to scrap 50
He wants to protect coal by relaxing
pollution standards for power plant.
15 states, led by California
Governor Jerry Brown,
are fighting back with plans
for their own emissions cuts
from housing, industry and cars.
We're in a contest of ideas,
a contest of government
actions and policies.
The outcome of this contest
will determine what the world
is going to look like over the next
10, 20 and 30 years.
I hope Trump will not be, I hope,
a permanent phenomenon,
so we're holding the torch,
as it were, in this
interim of rather sorry
But what to do about variable
energy from sun and wind?
Here's part of a solution
These containers make up the biggest
lithium battery in the world so far.
Near San Diego, this giant battery
farm can power 200,000
homes for four hours.
It was built in just six months.
This type of energy storage system
can move energy throughout time,
so it can take energy that's
generated when wind and solar
are abundant and move it to the peak
times when the grid might eat it
when the grid might need
and those energy sources might not
be available at the level needed.
Along with other technologies,
batteries can buffer temporary
shortfalls in power.
Whether 100% renewables can work
is still under debate.
The roads are another
The president wants to relax
pollution standards for vehicles.
The California Air Resources Board
has led the way on car standards.
Its head says the President's team
will be held back by court cases
brought by their opponents.
I expect that they will lose a lot
of those cases because the people
trying to carry out these programmes
of deconstruction, if you will,
the rollback, don't actually know
much about how to do what they're
trying to do.
Some of what they've
promised can't happen.
In California, the climate
may already be a matter
of life and death.
Scientists say climate change
did not cause the wildfires that
killed at least 40 people,
but it did make them worse.
They can't believe President Trump's
administration has banned mention
of climate change from some
key government documents.
I'm appalled by what is happening
in the Trump administration.
He has appointed a climate
change denier to run
the Environmental Protection Agency.
He has appointed a climate change
denier, or at least a contrarian,
to run the Department of Energy,
a climate change denier to run
the Office of Management and Budget,
and it's consistent with the view
which I call the
These are people who don't know
anything, they're proud of not
knowing anything they don't want
anyone else to know anything.
But President Trump promised voters
that he would bring back coal,
and 26 states supported his plan
to scrap President Obama's clampdown
on pollution from coal power.
The Trump administration declined
to be interviewed on the issue,
but the President's spokesmen say
elements of climate science
is still up for debate.
are still up for debate.
I think President Trump is doing
a wonderful job not only
in reviving the coal industry,
but in reviving the
United States of America.
I do not believe that the American
coal industry will ever come
back to where it was,
but I believe it will stay
there and come back slightly
as Mr Trump create jobs in America,
which he is doing.
The US will go to the climate
conference in Bonn facing
all the other countries
in the world.
That COP 21 climate
accord was a fraud.
It was nothing more than an attempt
by developing countries of the world
to get American dollars.
It will have no environmental
benefit at all.
But away from coal states like Ohio,
the world is moving
to a different beat.
This is the Tesla electric
car, dancing for fun.
California's governor warns
that the President's plans
to protect jobs by backing petrol
cars will backfire.
China is investing billions both
in investment in battery technology
and electric cars and the regulatory
regime that will produce,
for their market, a percentage
of electric cars that,
to my knowledge, no American auto
executive can even imagine.
The Chinese have taken over on wind
production, wind technology and also
So they're going to take
over the American car
industry, and the people
in Detroit are half-asleep.
They have to wake up,
and I'm hoping they will.
But the president is set
on his fossil fuel course.
To the UN climate conference
in Bonn, he's chosen to send two
respected diplomats who say climate
change is a serious problem.
But representatives from the US coal
industry are on the delegation too,
promoting coal as part
of a climate change solution.
That has outraged some
other climate delegates,
but pulling back from climate
agreements and promoting
American coal are exactly
what President Trump promised
the American people a year ago.
That's all from us, but before
we go, today we celebrated
the 20th birthday of
the BBC News Channel.
Since 1997, it has been
covering the stories
that matter round the
intelligence and panache.
Well, most of the time.
Under the proposals,
drunk troublemakers would be taken
to cells run by private firms
and have to pay for it
once they've sobered up.
Guy Cooney is the editor of the
technology website News Wireless.
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