Many of you have probably heard the name Greta Thunberg. The 16-year-old that took sail across the Atlantic to take a stand against carbon emissions. She has become the new face of the far left’s propagandizing of climate change.
On Monday, September 23, Greta addressed the UN Climate Summit in an angry tirade aimed to instill fear and blame on the generations she claims stole her dreams and childhood. The young teen continually berated the attendees for standing idle while we are in the beginning of “mass extinction,” yet offered up zero solutions of her own.
Her alarmism towards climate change isn’t what is concerning. We could go back and forth on whether or not “the science is settled.” I’ve had this argument countless times with many that disagree with me. I maintain the stance that of course the climate is changing. The climate has been changing since the beginning of time. However, the science is mixed at best on the extent to which man is contributing to the changing climate. Even NASA came out and stated that climate change is due to the earth’s orbit, not fossil fuel emissions.
The last 50 years we’ve seen countless failed climate change apocalyptic predictions, the IPCC report estimates are routinely erroneous, and for every study that exacerbates the level of human effect on the climate, I can show you one that refutes it. Like I said, the scientific community is mixed at best.
However, the false claims and fear mongering is not the issue with Greta Thunberg. It’s the fact that her parents trotted out their adolescent, autistic daughter and the progressive left put her on a radical pedestal to further a political agenda. This poor girl truly believes her life will end because of climate change, as evident in her many alarmist speeches. What kind of adults instill that kind of irrational fear into a vulnerable child? The kind that want irrational change.
Climate change activists aren’t hiding the ball anymore. Signs with slogans such as “Capitalism kills” were donned at a climate change “protest” that shut down an intersection in Washington D.C. Monday morning. I put the word protest in scare quotes because videos of the debacle show music playing with gay pride flags flying while people suggestively dance in the street. The protestors were littering the streets of the nation that leads the world in reducing carbon emissions.
My idea of spreading awareness of a global environmental cause may include planting some trees, picking up trash, or even focusing my attention on the most egregious environmental violators on the planet – China and India. I wouldn’t be blocking traffic, thus causing cars to idle and creating even more car emissions. But I digress.
It seems all too convenient that the only way to solve climate change, in the eyes of the left, is a complete economic overhaul and centralization of federal power. I’m not against being environmentally conscious. I think we should absolutely be looking into alternative sources of energy and attempting to limit carbon emissions. For instance, fracking and nuclear energy are both the cleanest and most efficient alternatives we have. Carbon capture is a technology we should utilize heavily to prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere. These are actual solutions.
Climate alarmists don’t want actual solutions. The avoidance is clear through their nonsensical demonization of fracking and nuclear energy, and the dismissal of carbon capture. When socialism is the only answer, you know it’s not about the environment.
Those wary of the motives behind climate change activists are not “science deniers” or ignorant. We are realists with the acknowledgment that the science is in fact not settled, and we aren’t willing to bankrupt the United States or the world economy in the pursuit of false virtue.
Greta Thunberg is merely a helpless cog in a giant anti-capitalist, zero carbon emission machine. Adults are hiding behind an adolescent as a political shield, claiming any criticism of the young activist is a disgusting attack on a child. Exploiting a minor, with a mental disability no less, to promote a radical agenda is a good indicator that the movement cannot stand on its own two feet; it cannot stand on reality.
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Alyssa has her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and currently works as an analyst in corporate finance. She grew up in northern Wisconsin and is a former collegiate hockey player. Alyssa is pursuing her passion for current events and politics through writing and being an advocate for the conservative movement.