‘Is that eco-friendly?’ Susanna Reid questions why Brian May has a gas fire in his Surrey home

Susanna Reid called out Brian May for having a gas fire despite being a climate change campaigner during Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain.

The presenter, 50, was interviewing the Queen icon, 74 about the upcoming Queen documentary, Freddie Mercury: The Final Act and global warming when she commented on his gas fire.

Susanna said: ‘Have you got a gas fire in the back of your room Brian?’ to which Brian – appearing from video link from home – responded: ‘I have indeed. It’s frosty here.’

Interview: Susanna Reid called out Brian May for having a gas fire despite being a climate change campaigner during Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain

Susanna retorted: ‘Is it an eco-friendly one?’ to which the rocker responded: ‘I’ve no idea, it’s been there a while so it probably needs updating. Everything needs updating these days.

As the group laughed, Brian added: ‘But it’s fine. I don’t think it’s a big carbon footprint here. Of course you can burn logs around here but we don’t at the moment.’   

Although flueless and high efficiency gas fires do use fossil fuels, they are more environmentally friendly than using wood-burning fires which release harmful smoke into the air.

The star also discussed protecting the planet and his animal rights activism.

Lol: The presenter, 50, was interviewing the Queen icon, 74 about the upcoming Queen documentary, Freddie Mercury: The Final Act and global warming when she commented on his gas fire

Lol: The presenter, 50, was interviewing the Queen icon, 74 about the upcoming Queen documentary, Freddie Mercury: The Final Act and global warming when she commented on his gas fire

Susanna said: 'Have you got a gas fire in the back of your room Brian?' to which Brian - appearing from video link from home - responded: 'I have indeed. It's frosty here'

Susanna said: ‘Have you got a gas fire in the back of your room Brian?’ to which Brian – appearing from video link from home – responded: ‘I have indeed. It’s frosty here’

HOW ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE ARE GAS FIRES?  

Although flueless and high efficiency gas fires do use fossil fuels, they are more environmentally friendly than using wood-burning fires.

They do however, release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Propane used to fuel gas fireplaces can also be expensive. 

Some scientists believe traditional woodburners are more harmful than traffic pollution. 

That’s because wood-burning produces particulates — tiny, toxic particles that get into the lungs, the blood and even the brain. 

He said: ‘I feel we have a terrible debt to pay back to the creatures of this planet.

‘Global warming is a huge issue, but to me it’s not the only issue. We are destroying the habitat of not only ourselves but all the other creatures and its going very fast. And terrifyingly dangerous.’

 He recently showed support for Will Young who chained himself to a gate at a beagle breeding facility in Huntingdon during a protest against medical experimentation on animals

He wrote on Instagram: ‘Thank you dear Will Young for standing up for the rights of these animals – and against the right of this terrible company to torture these poor creatures. God Bless you Will. We SHALL overcome. Bri.’

The rock icon is also known for his work campaigning against fox hunting and badger culling.

He found the animal welfare organisation, Save Me, in 2010 to ensure the Hunting Act is not repealed.  

May previously said badger culling is a ‘tragedy and unnecessary crime against wildlife’. 

This month he released Queen Hit Who Wants To Live Forever with stunning animation as he urged world leaders at COP26 to take action on climate change.   

In a statement, the guitarist said: ‘This incredible video created by students from all five continents shows the devastation our precious planet faces.

‘On a 24 hour clock humans arrived here at just two seconds to midnight yet we have unleashed immense damage and destruction on the natural world.’  

Brian continued: ‘Advancing our needs has pushed mother nature to the brink. Species reaching extinction at a thousand times faster than at any other time in our history.

‘World leaders are meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP26) and it is essential they take heed and take actions NOW.

‘No ifs, no buts, we are at a tipping point that we cannot ignore! The world is watching COP26 for immediate action and solutions today our government must deliver.’ 

‘I’d rather be remembered for saving animals. When I’m gone, people will no doubt remember me for Queen.

‘But I would much rather be remembered for attempting to change the way we treat our fellow creatures.’ 

Back in August Brian revealed that he and wife Anita Dobson were quitting London for good after flash floods wrecked their Kensington home.

The Queen guitarist and his EastEnders legend wife, 72, have decided to pack up and leave for pastures new, as he dubbed the capital too ‘brutal’ to bear.

Brian told how the floods were just the ‘catalyst’ for their departure, explaining how they grew to ‘hate’ living in the area and had struggled to live there for ‘such a long time.’

 The couple’s Kensington property was devastated on July 12th this year, with the carpets and rugs, his childhood photo albums and Anita’s treasured keepsakes ruined by a ‘stinking sludge’ following a period of extreme heavy rainfall.  

Speaking to The Mirror of their decision to leave, Brian explained: ‘The house is wrecked and it is heart-breaking. The funny thing is we actually hated living where we are for a long time.

Moment: Susanna retorted: 'Is it an eco-friendly one?' to which the rocker responded: 'I've no idea, it's been there a while so it probably needs updating. Everything needs updating these days'

Moment: Susanna retorted: ‘Is it an eco-friendly one?’ to which the rocker responded: ‘I’ve no idea, it’s been there a while so it probably needs updating. Everything needs updating these days’

 ‘We put a lot of love and care into building the house but the surroundings have been horrible for such a long time. They have been building basements now for about eight years all around and there is constant noise, traffic and dust and pollution and rudeness. London now is brutal.’  

The musician went on to say that the flood had been a ‘catalyst’ for their exit, adding that just ‘have to leave’.

Brian also reflected on coming back to his home on the day it was ruined, detailing how he discovered his basement floor ‘floating with black sewage’.

He said: ‘It’s really unpleasant and we are never going to feel the same about that house again. We are not going to get it back what it was. For us it is time to quit and I am OK about that now.’

The rocker concluded that he ‘never dreamed’ that his basement would flood and ‘did not sleep’ for four days while trying to rescue to treasure possessions, photos and memorabilia from the murky water.

Leaving:Back in August Brian revealed that he and wife Anita Dobson were quitting London for good after flash floods wrecked their Kensington home (pictured 2018)

Leaving:Back in August Brian revealed that he and wife Anita Dobson were quitting London for good after flash floods wrecked their Kensington home (pictured 2018)

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *