It has been more than a month after the popular vote of Brexit in the United Kingdom (UK) moved to detach the country from the European Union (EU). Brexit affects many aspects, including climate change. Theresa May, New UK Prime Minister decided to abolish the UK’s climate change department, funding for some combined heat and power schemes is cut with just three weeks' notice, causing outrage among the renewable energy industry and farmers. The decision is potentially a major downgrade for climate as a government priority. In long-term period, it will be a disaster for the climate, both physical and political, on both sides of the Atlantic.
The climate movement is expected to slow markedly. Most obvious are all of the direct impacts will have on environmental policies outright. Brexiteers don't care much for the caps on carbon and free markets, and they are eager to cut through the EU "red tape" of environmental regulations. Worst, many Brexiteers also happen to deny temperatures are rising at all, setting them apart even from Tory comrades. One recent study found that Brexit voters are nearly twice as likely as their "Remain" counterparts to deny the existence of man-made climate change -- with two out of three thinking the media are guilty of exaggerating scientific consensus on the matter. One of them even called wind energy as the biggest collective economic insanity.