Ignorant, a. Destitute of knowledge; uninstructed or uninformed; untaught; unenlightened. [1913 Webster]
Recall a group of ignorant kiddies skipped school a while back in order to shake their wee fists at the world and tell us how upset they were about global cooling. I mean global warming. I mean climate change. I mean the climate crisis. I mean climate catastrophe. I mean climate herpes. (Try and beat that one!)
Democracies, the rule of law under the majority of these ignorant tots live, are prone to these kinds of farcical demonstrations. They are encouraged because people are asked to vote on all matters of things, and to vote requires having an opinion. This is why people are told having an opinion is good, even on subjects about which they are ignorant.
And so everybody does have an opinion. This is ridiculous when the subject is quantifying the radiative effects of certain molecules on the fluid flow on a rotating sphere over a semi-aqueous, semi-solid but varyingly rough surface. Unless one’s training is in physics, chemistry, computer programming, and statistics, one’s opinion is likely to be worth less than a scoop of cow dung. Cow dung is at least a useful fertilizer.
It should be obvious to anybody of at least median intelligence that because the media, politicians, celebrities and other bottom dwellers use demonstrations of ignorant kids as evidence that “something should be done” is proof that climate herpes is a political power grab.
There is no other interpretation. Politicians high in the government certainly knew these kiddies were ignorant on the subject. The politicians knew, therefore, that whatever these kids said was of no value to the climate herpes debate. Yet they acted as if what the kids said was of value. Hence the politicians are liars.
Now this conclusion is on the order of dog-bites-man. It therefore has occurred to opponents of government intervention in the climate herpes crisis. Rather, this conclusion is what creates opponents. A reasonable man who knows little or no physics can figure that climate herpes probably is not a real threat because the politicians are obviously lying.
Indeed, that there has been so much obvious blatant transparent mendacity, grandstanding, pressure, hyperbole, agitation, breathlessness, and posturing from ignorant sources is precisely why opposition exists.
It’s also, though, why support exists. Propaganda works.
What will happen next, in September, is a climate herpes “strike“. Same groups of ignorant kids, now joined by ignorant adults and by….wait a moment for the big reveal. First this:
Millions of school strikers have shown they’re serious about climate action.
Will you join?
School strikers are calling on everyone: young people, parents, workers, and all concerned citizens to join massive climate strikes and a week of actions starting on September 20.
People all over the world will use their power to stop “business as usual” in the face of the climate emergency. We will join young people in the streets to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and emergency action to avoid climate breakdown….
The rest is standard social justice warrior boilerplate which we all know by heart.
Here’s where it gets interesting. The Financial Times ran an article about the strike called “Find out what your company thinks of climate change” (no link; only paywalls). In it they ask “Which company should you work for if you care a lot about climate change? Which should you avoid?”
People finding employers because those employers are sympathetic to a political cause. Where else have we seen that?
The paper says all good companies agree on the dangers of climate herpes. One such company is Patagonia, which said “it actively encourages its employees to take part in environmental protests”. The German bank GLS will close on 20 September. Even Shell will let its employees march.
Only a few companies will feel the sting once, or if, politicians leverage these strikes. Companies like Shell, which know they’re fighting a battle they’ll lose—in a way. The politicians, while lying about the causes of global herpes, also know fossil fuels aren’t going anywhere. But they have to make it appear they are. It’ll be the politician’s job to make a show of stinging Shell et alia such that it looks like a death blow, but which lets Shell continue business. That’s for them to figure out.
The remaining companies will be able to demonstrate their commitment to the cause. It’s all about control. Those at the top of the corporate world know the score as well as the politicians. They know they have to get behind global herpes if they want their share of control—or not to get stung by it.
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