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Do we have a Climate Change thread?

Fox News sink to new lows

https://twitter.com/ndrew_lawrence/stat ... 6021940224

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:53 pm 
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Those lows aren't new.

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Those lows aren't new.


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“None of that matters because the climate hysteria movement is not about science,” said the conservative pundit and Daily Wire podcast host. “If it were about science, it would be led by scientists rather than by politicians and a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left.”


[Emphasis mine] Which is why the conservative lawmakers want to know why we should listen to the science? Fact is it is being lead by scientists, but the worlds' governments aren't paying attention to them, they're too busy worrying about their donors profits.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:49 pm 
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Exactly.

I'm afraid the climate change debate has become so terribly depressing that I've started avoiding articles about it. But this particular incident does indeed plumb new depths of willful ignorance; and hostility towards a very brave young girl. And Knowles is not the only one guilty of insulting Thunberg:

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Hours later on her show, Fox News host Laura Ingraham played a clip of Thunberg speaking at the climate summit and compared the teen to characters in the 1984 horror film “Children of the Corn,” based off a novel by Stephen King.

“I can’t wait for Stephen King’s sequel, ‘Children of the Climate,’” Ingraham said.


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It's worse than children bullies. Facts have ceased to matter in the presence of a sufficiently vicious 'burn'. It doesn't matter how factual or scientific the stance is if you can get that sarcastic, snarky response in it just automatically (in their base's minds, anyway) negates it all. The literal, real-world example of the "your argument is invalid" meme.

And it's sadly working.

Scientists: SCIENCE!
Fox: SNARK - your argument is invalid.
Fox audience: Haha, stupid scientists.

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It's not just Fox News that has reached a new low with regard to the remarkable Ms. Thunberg (I can honestly say that I have never seen or heard a more powerful speech than the one she made yesterday at the U.N.)

Trump Mocks Teenage Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

When the history books are written about our times, she will be remembered as one of the towering figures of all time, and he will be remembered as something that we wiped off the bottom of our collective shoes.

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As I understand it, the question of human-caused climate change is considered settled by the left and most of the scientific community, to the extent that 'climate deniers' are considered to be on a level with 'holocaust deniers' in the sense of denying something that is incontestable, and maybe even in the sense of being morally reprehensible. This censure of the view that humans don't significantly affect climate change (that it would be changing regardless of human activity) does not seem like a good thing to me. I think communication would be more useful than two-way derision, in that it would make the conversation (or perhaps one would say, respective monologues) less emotionally charged. I wonder what sorts of extremism people might be led to as they perceive that a morally deficient minority is robbing them of their future.

I feel sad for Miss Thunberg, carrying such a heavy burden.

These are a couple of articles looking at the scientific consensus question:

https://climatechange.procon.org/
https://skepticalscience.com/global-war ... ediate.htm

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In this day and age in which I am constantly seeing articles that I think must be from The Onion and aren't, here is one that is from The Onion, and shouldn't be.

Nation Perplexed By 16-Year-Old Who Doesn’t Want World To End

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Every Group Except Older Republicans Is Concerned About Climate Change

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Eighty-eight percent of Democrats now say they’re at least somewhat concerned and 65% that they’re very concerned. By contrast, 52% of Republicans say they are at least somewhat concerned, with just a quarter saying they’re very concerned.

But the poll also finds a significant generational divide within the GOP: 69% of Republicans under age 45 describe themselves as at least somewhat concerned about climate change, compared to just 38% of those age 45 and older. There’s not a similar difference based on age among Democrats.


Heartening in a way to hear that a majority of Reps are concerned, even if the core base seems intent on ignoring the issue. But sad that the younger generation is probably going to have to suffer the consequences of the older generation's indifference.

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What a wonderful young lady! I am copying and pasting from something she posted on Facebook on February 2nd. Apparently, the accusations that she's being managed/funded by adults isn't new!

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Recently I’ve seen many rumors circulating about me and enormous amounts of hate. This is no surprise to me. I know that since most people are not aware of the full meaning of the climate crisis (which is understandable since it has never been treated as a crisis) a school strike for the climate would seem very strange to people in general.
So let me make some things clear about my school strike.

In may 2018 I was one of the winners in a writing competition about the environment held by Svenska Dagbladet, a Swedish newspaper. I got my article published and some people contacted me, among others was Bo Thorén from Fossil Free Dalsland. He had some kind of group with people, especially youth, who wanted to do something about the climate crisis.
I had a few phone meetings with other activists. The purpose was to come up with ideas of new projects that would bring attention to the climate crisis. Bo had a few ideas of things we could do. Everything from marches to a loose idea of some kind of a school strike (that school children would do something on the schoolyards or in the classrooms). That idea was inspired by the Parkland Students, who had refused to go to school after the school shootings.
I liked the idea of a school strike. So I developed that idea and tried to get the other young people to join me, but no one was really interested. They thought that a Swedish version of the Zero Hour march was going to have a bigger impact. So I went on planning the school strike all by myself and after that I didn’t participate in any more meetings.

When I told my parents about my plans they weren’t very fond of it. They did not support the idea of school striking and they said that if I were to do this I would have to do it completely by myself and with no support from them.
On the 20 of august I sat down outside the Swedish Parliament. I handed out fliers with a long list of facts about the climate crisis and explanations on why I was striking. The first thing I did was to post on Twitter and Instagram what I was doing and it soon went viral. Then journalists and newspapers started to come. A Swedish entrepreneur and business man active in the climate movement, Ingmar Rentzhog, was among the first to arrive. He spoke with me and took pictures that he posted on Facebook. That was the first time I had ever met or spoken with him. I had not communicated or encountered with him ever before.

Many people love to spread rumors saying that I have people ”behind me” or that I’m being ”paid” or ”used” to do what I’m doing. But there is no one ”behind” me except for myself. My parents were as far from climate activists as possible before I made them aware of the situation.
I am not part of any organization. I sometimes support and cooperate with several NGOs that work with the climate and environment. But I am absolutely independent and I only represent myself. And I do what I do completely for free, I have not received any money or any promise of future payments in any form at all. And nor has anyone linked to me or my family done so.
And of course it will stay this way. I have not met one single climate activist who is fighting for the climate for money. That idea is completely absurd.
Furthermore I only travel with permission from my school and my parents pay for tickets and accommodations.

My family has written a book together about our family and how me and my sister Beata have influenced my parents way of thinking and seeing the world, especially when it comes to the climate. And about our diagnoses.
That book was due to be released in May. But since there was a major disagreement with the book company, we ended up changing to a new publisher and so the book was released in august instead.
Before the book was released my parents made it clear that their possible profits from the book ”Scener ur hjärtat” will be going to 8 different charities working with environment, children with diagnoses and animal rights.

And yes, I write my own speeches. But since I know that what I say is going to reach many, many people I often ask for input. I also have a few scientists that I frequently ask for help on how to express certain complicated matters. I want everything to be absolutely correct so that I don’t spread incorrect facts, or things that can be misunderstood.

Some people mock me for my diagnosis. But Asperger is not a disease, it’s a gift. People also say that since I have Asperger I couldn’t possibly have put myself in this position. But that’s exactly why I did this. Because if I would have been ”normal” and social I would have organized myself in an organisation, or started an organisation by myself. But since I am not that good at socializing I did this instead. I was so frustrated that nothing was being done about the climate crisis and I felt like I had to do something, anything. And sometimes NOT doing things - like just sitting down outside the parliament - speaks much louder than doing things. Just like a whisper sometimes is louder than shouting.

Also there is one complaint that I ”sound and write like an adult”. And to that I can only say; don’t you think that a 16-year old can speak for herself? There’s also some people who say that I oversimplify things. For example when I say that "the climate crisis is a black and white issue”, ”we need to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases” and ”I want you to panic”. But that I only say because it’s true. Yes, the climate crisis is the most complex issue that we have ever faced and it’s going to take everything from our part to ”stop it”. But the solution is black and white; we need to stop the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Because either we limit the warming to 1,5 degrees C over pre industrial levels, or we don’t. Either we reach a tipping point where we start a chain reaction with events way beyond human control, or we don’t. Either we go on as a civilization, or we don’t. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival.
And when I say that I want you to panic I mean that we need to treat the crisis as a crisis. When your house is on fire you don’t sit down and talk about how nice you can rebuild it once you put out the fire. If your house is on fire you run outside and make sure that everyone is out while you call the fire department. That requires some level of panic.

There is one other argument that I can’t do anything about. And that is the fact that I’m ”just a child and we shouldn’t be listening to children.” But that is easily fixed - just start to listen to the rock solid science instead. Because if everyone listened to the scientists and the facts that I constantly refer to - then no one would have to listen to me or any of the other hundreds of thousands of school children on strike for the climate across the world. Then we could all go back to school.
I am just a messenger, and yet I get all this hate. I am not saying anything new, I am just saying what scientists have repeatedly said for decades. And I agree with you, I’m too young to do this. We children shouldn’t have to do this. But since almost no one is doing anything, and our very future is at risk, we feel like we have to continue.


And if you have any other concern or doubt about me, then you can listen to my TED talk ( https://www.ted.com/…/greta_thunberg_the_disarming_…/up-next ), in which I talk about how my interest for the climate and environment began.

And thank you everyone for you kind support! It brings me hope.
/Greta
Ps I was briefly a youth advisor for the board of the non profit foundation “We don’t have time”. It turns out they used my name as part of another branch of their organisation that is a start up business. They have admitted clearly that they did so without the knowledge of me or my family. I no longer have any connection to “We don’t have time”. Nor has anyone in my family. They have deeply apologized and I have accepted their apology.

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yovargas wrote:
But sad that the younger generation is probably going to have to suffer the consequences of the older generation's indifference.

I'm not sure I'd call it indifference. More like willful blindness and active denial. I guess that's easier for some than thinking of ways to minimize emissions, invest in renewables (there are also some solid geopolitical reasons to do that, btw), invest in the environmental engineering required to hold back rising sea levels and the social engineering to deal with the migrations that will start as coastal areas drown and once fertile farmlands turn arid and places that were either to dry or too cold starting turning arable. It's already possible to grow peach trees in western WA. No one tried that when I was a kid.

Makes me glad I live on high ground.

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https://youtu.be/CLxpgRqxtEA

Greta's speech as Swedish Death Metal.

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I really, really, really wish I never clicked on that, or could unsee the five seconds or so that I watched and listened to. :( :( :(

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(I thought it was pretty, well, metal. As is she. To be clear, this is the artist John Mollusk who set Greta's speech to music and performed it)

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