Who’s Watching Who?


Greta Thunberg, the current poster child for the Climate Change Requires Socialism movement, made a speech at the UN. Here’s an except, presented with fisking.

My message is that we’ll be watching you.

<fisking>I’ll get back to this later.</fisking>

This is all wrong, I shouldn’t be up here, I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.

<fisking>This is the one sensible thing she says. Of course, if the school she attended in Sweden actually teaches the distorted worldview she believes, it has done more harm than good.</fisking>

Yet, you all come to us young people for hope, how dare you.

<fisking>She’s addressing this question to the wrong people. AFAIK, the only people who look too Ms. Thunberg and her children’s crusade colleagues are leftist warmmongers (not misspelled) who are exploiting her. How dare they? Well, exploiting her is simple one of the whatever-means-necessary to advance their cause.</fisking>

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet I’m one of the lucky ones.

<fisking>Again, she address the wrong audience. The Real World isn’t the source of the empty words that have been poured into her head.<fisking>

People are suffering, people are dying.

<fisking>Where? Why do Central Americans come north rather than go south to the socialist paradise in Venezuela? Why is there no mass migration from Africa to Russia? Why aren’t people fleeing from Hong Kong to the mainland?</fisking>

Entire ecosystems are collapsing.

<fisking>Which ones? The ecosystem that supported malaria, which was on the point of collapse, is flourishing again.</fisking>

We are in the beginning of a mass extinction …

<fisking>Not every mass extinction is a bad thing. Consider, the smallpox virus …</fisking>

… and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.

<fisking>It’s economic growth over the past centuries that has enabled the world’s poor to stop cutting down trees to stay warm in the winter. It’s economic growth over the past few decades that funded the reductions in childhood mortality. It’s the fairytale of socialist top-down planning that caused the ecological devastation of the Aral Sea.</fisking>

Now, to get back to who’s watching who … Ms. Thunberg would do well to carefully watch all of us. She should carefully note who is flying about in private jets and who has more modest carbon footprints. She should carefully watch which nations are making actual progress in cleaning up and maintain the environment and which are the major polluters. Of course, that doesn’t seem likely unless she can break away from her handlers and exploiters.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


Watt’s Up With That? reports that Los Angeles is spending $40,000 per mile to paint streets white in order to fight global warming.

Two points—

First, tires are abrasive. How long do they think the paint will last?

Two, most highway-grade paint is petrochemical-based. Did they consider the carbon footprint of the project from manufacturing the paint all the way through to application and maintenance?

Oh, one more thing … there are 6,700 miles of roadways in LA. Doing the whole network would cost something north of a quarter-of-a-billion bucks. What if that money were spent on something like schools or housing for the homeless?

UPDATE—The Daily Mail reports that the product being smeared on LA’s streets is CoolSeal. (H/T, Stephen Green). According to the manufacturer’s website, it is a water-based asphalt sealant designed “for lightly trafficked areas,” so it’s not exactly highway-grade. They may need to find something else to use on roads such as Century Boulevard.

UPDATE 2—Won’t this make the white lines between lanes and defining crosswalks hard to see?

A Canadian and a Hockey Stick


Infamous climate “scientist” Michael Mann has sued various people who have challenged the credibility of his global  warming claims as backed up by his “hockey stick” temperature graph. (H/T, Artisan Craft BlogPrincipia Scientific International reports that Mann now appears to be on the verge of losing a suit he filed in British Columbia against Canadian scientist Tim Ball. Mann has refused to hand over the data set which backs up his research.

Michael Mann, who chose to file what many consider to be a cynical SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) libel suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Vancouver six long years ago, has astonished legal experts by refusing to comply with the court direction to hand over all his disputed graph’s data.

A finding that Mann is in contempt of court could result a quick end to the lawsuit in the defendant’s favor.

Maybe he should have kept his hockey stick on ice.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


Voting for Donald Trump will cause global warming. Mother Jones says so. It has a post up titled Why a Donald Trump Victory Could Make Climate Catastrophe Inevitable.

Global geopolitics and the possible rightward lurch of many countries (including a potential deal-breaking election in the United States that could put a climate denier in the White House) spell bad news for the fate of the Earth.

Read the whole thing. It’s an interesting analysis. Wrong. But interesting.

Opaque Transparency


Remember Obama’s promise to run the most transparent administration ever? Obama White House showed ‘bad faith’ in global-warming case, judge rules.

Mr. Holdren’s [Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology] staffers first said they couldn’t find many documents. They then tried to hide their release by saying the documents were all internal or were similar to what was already public.

Each of those claims turned out not to be true.

Read the whole thing.

Suing to Shut People Up


Lawfare is not limited to pro se thugs with personal grudges. Several U. S. states and a territory may be about to try to chill free speech about an important scientific question. What’s Up With That? takes a look at a proposal to use RICO laws to go after people who do not believe the “settled science” concerning climate change.