Jeremy Clarkson blames Greta Thunberg for killing motor shows by making youngsters hate cars
- Grand Tour host said Swede’s war against climate change is harming car shows
- Clarkson, 59, called the 16-year-old ‘an idiot’ for claiming ‘we’re all going to die’
- Even so, admitted global warming was ‘a thing’ and will now cover it on his show
Jeremy Clarkson today accused Greta Thunberg of ‘killing the car show’ as he identified her as one of the main reasons young people today ‘hate cars’.
The Grand Tour host, 59, suggested the climate campaigner’s war against climate change had put youngsters off gas-guzzling vehicles.
And he called the 16-year-old ‘an idiot’ for claiming ‘we’re all going to die’, suggesting the tactic wouldn’t help advance her cause.
Jeremy Clarkson, 59, (left) suggested Greta Thunberg’s (right) war against climate change had put youngsters off gas-guzzling vehicles
Mr Clarkson told The Sun: ‘Everyone I know under 25 isn’t the slightest bit interested in cars – Greta Thunberg has killed the car show.
‘They’re taught at school, before they say “Mummy and Daddy”, that cars are evil, and it’s in their heads.’
Even so, he admitted that Ms Thunberg’s concerns about global warming had finally filtered through to his show and he now accepted it was ‘very definitely a thing’.
The issue will feature in next month’s episode, The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen, which will see Mr Clarkson make a 500-mile trip from Cambodia to Vietnam, alongside Richard Hammond and James May.
The trio have been working together for more than 20 years and it was the first time they had been filmed taking climate change seriously rather than mocking it.
Writing in The Sunday Times about the programme, which will feature fishermen suffering due to water shortages, Mr Clarkson admitted: ‘It’s the first time that we’ve ever admitted to there being global warming.’
The issue will feature in next month’s episode, The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen, which will see Mr Clarkson make a 500-mile trip from Cambodia to Vietnam, alongside Richard Hammond and James May
The presenter has long been a critic of the green movement, and recently called Ms Thunberg as a ‘spoilt brat’ after she broke down in tears while furiously scolding UN delegates for not taking responsibility for fixing the planet’s warming climate.
‘I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us for hope. How dare you.
‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,’ the Swedish activist thundered in her speech at the Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York.
Clarkson called Ms Thunberg ‘an idiot’ for claiming ‘we’re all going to die’, suggesting the tactic wouldn’t help advance her cause
Mr Clarkson wrote in The Sun: ‘How dare you sail to America on a carbon fibre yacht that you didn’t build which cost £15million, that you didn’t earn, and which has a back-up diesel engine that you didn’t mention.’
‘We gave you mobile phones and laptops and the internet. We created the social media you use every day and we run the banks that pay for it all. So how dare you stand there and lecture us, you spoilt brat.’
In 2009, environmental campaigners dumped manure on Mr Clarkson’s front lawn in protest against his attitude on global warming.
Eco-campaigners said he has a ‘blase attitude to climate change’ because of his love of high-powered cars and 4×4 cars.
Activists from environmental group Climate Rush unloaded two bag-loads of horse manure at his home with a banner which read: ‘This is what you’re landing us in’.
The seven female protesters, dressed as suffragettes, made the stop outside Clarkson’s home as part of their month-long horse-and-cart road show around the south west of England to raise awareness of climate issues.
The Grand Tour presents: Seamen will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 13th December.