What exactly is this ‘action on climate change’ supposed to look like?

Posted: December 1, 2019 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, Energy, ideology, Psychobabble
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Anyone can ‘demand action’ but what is being demanded? A quick look at some logistics: every wind turbine uses a lot of energy-intensive concrete and steel in its manufacture. Both turbines and solar panels require industrial-scale mining of rare earth materials, plus coal-burning for steel. Unthinkably vast quantities of both wind and solar at enormous expense would be needed to make even a modest dent in the dominance of coal, oil and gas in world energy consumption. The assumed benefit to the climate is debatable to say the least. Where is the sanity in all this?

For years, Black Friday has been sold as a holiday day for the consumer, says TIME (via Yahoo News).

In 2018, Black Friday resulted in $6.22 billion in online sales alone, per CNBC. This year, climate activists wants people to stop and reconsider such rampant consumption.

Climate protests are taking place around the world this Black Friday to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change. The protests are also timed to demand action during the U.N. climate negotiations, COP25, which will begin in Madrid, Spain on Dec. 2.

Climate activists say more than 80 strikes are happening in the U.S. alone. Protests have already happened in Asia and Europe. In Germany alone, activists say 630,000 turned out.

According to organizers, protesters plan to disrupt large shopping centers in Chicago and hold a march and a rally in Los Angeles called “Don’t Shop. Strike!” According to Reuters, organizers expect strikes to take place in 2,300 cities in 152 countries around the world.

Ritvik Janamsetty, a spokesman for climate coalition Earth Uprising, tells TIME he estimates around 2 million people took part in strikes Friday.

“We are striking because our leaders haven’t been listening to us. They think our voices are ones they can ignore and not take seriously,” 16-year-old American climate activist Maya Arengo said in a statement.

“They don’t understand that we, the youth, are terrified for our futures and we won’t stop fighting until our futures are secure.”

Full report here.

Comments
  1. Richard Bradford says:

    Each turbine magnet requires around a ton of neodymium. 99% of neodymium production is in China. So much for energy independence.

  2. Ron Clutz says:

    Anyone paying attention knows this the media has assaulted the public with many climate scares, both old and new. Each week we see new ones like “marine heat waves” added to threats that 2018 summer temperatures will be repeated and increased until 2022. All sorts of dire consequences are proclaimed, and for what purpose? It can only be the intent to recruit us to join the “fight against climate change.”

    Curious as to what jurisdictions might be doing, I went searching for news about actions to strike blows against the climate change nemesis. Media headlines frequently announce that this or that nation, province or city is stepping up to “Fight Climate Change.” The results are informative.

    Some of these actions are purely symbolic virtue signaling and will have no effect on either CO2 emissions or global warming. Divestment for example is a transfer of shares to other investors with no impact upon the value of the target companies. The virtue is not free, in that the portfolio loses diversity (energy being counter cyclical to other businesses), and other industries often generate lower returns. And if the reinvestment is into renewables, those companies’ performance depends on government subsidies that are presently being withdrawn. Another sham is purchasing carbon free electricity credits from a grid mostly supplied by coal and gas plants.

    In short there seem actually to be Three Lines of Attack
    1.Adaptation and Resilience
    2.Improving Energy Efficiencies
    3.Transition to Zero Carbon Energy

    https://rclutz.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/climate-change-battle-report/

  3. Gamecock says:

    “We won’t stop fighting until our futures are secure.”

    Honey bunches, your future will NEVER be secure. 150,000 people die every day. Many, perhaps most, are randomly selected.

    It takes a child to have a belief that their future could be secure. Time publishes childish dreams without disclaimer. Showing that Time is not impartial – they support the protests – and they’ll exploit children to achieve the agenda.

    To paraphrase Trump, “I didn’t know Time was still in business.”

  4. oldbrew says:

    DECEMBER 1, 2019
    US online Black Friday sales hit record $7.4 bn

    https://techxplore.com/news/2019-12-online-black-friday-sales-bn.html

    How dare they… 😎

  5. oldbrew says:

    Latest unrealistic plan…

    Global call for biogas to address climate change

    ‘By 2030 there needs to be at least 1 million large scale installations (each handling over 100,000 t/pa of feedstock) plus millions of smaller scale digesters, to achieve the emissions reductions targets. All of these units would enable the biogas industry to prevent 4 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent from being emitted annually – the equivalent of all the emissions of the EU28 in 2017.

    The sector will need to invest some $5 trillion to design, build and operate those plants, but all barriers to those investments existing today must be eliminated if the industry is to achieve its goal.’

    https://www.powerengineeringint.com/2019/12/01/global-call-for-biogas-to-address-climate-change/

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    If the child wants her future to be secure I suggest she stops trying to wreck the economy. Her future will be nasty brutish and short if we do what she wants.

  7. JB says:

    Yep, youth generally have big ideas about things that are in fact detrimental to their well-being. A ever larger heads to go with their big ideas. If these manage to have their way, the consequences will be far more devastating than were those for the drug and “free love” generation.

    It sometimes seems that the more savvy the parent, the more resistive the child.

  8. Gamecock says:

    ‘According to organizers, protesters plan to disrupt large shopping centers in Chicago and hold a march and a rally in Los Angeles called “Don’t Shop. Strike!” According to Reuters, organizers expect strikes to take place in 2,300 cities in 152 countries around the world.’

    Are they going to place snipers outside Walmart?

    ‘Anyone can ‘demand action’ but what is being demanded?’

    They are within a hair width of shooting people for not complying. These people are the Nazis that killed Jews, the Soviets who killed Kulaks. They have dangerous beliefs, and believe them strongly enough to go to dangerous lengths to implement them.

    I expect Leftard cities like LA and Chicago to be nice to them. “Children are our future.” These are not nice people, and don’t deserve to be treated nicely.

    I did an internet search for ‘Don’t shop strike,’ as these rallies/strikes should have already happened. It found virtually nothing. Why bother blockading a store when you can get the same effect by having Time announce that you are going to block a store? Did Time fabricate the whole deal? Cirrusly, this only appears in Time. Nowhere else.

    Just in from Emily Litella: Never mind!

  9. oldbrew says:

    Twitter videos here, it did happen so brainwashing does sometimes work 😎

    Millions Around The World Strike on Black Friday for Action on Climate Change
    Time•November 29, 2019

    In Germany alone, activists say 630,000 turned out. [bold added]

    https://news.yahoo.com/millions-around-world-strike-black-221638334.html

  10. Gamecock says:

    I don’t believe the number, oldbrew.

    The few press reports I can find today all have tight pictures, concealing the actual size of the crowd. Seriously, maybe 20 people at each site. The press is conspiring to make it seem to be a big deal.

  11. oldbrew says:

    It would be hard to imagine that many snivelling pea-brains exist in Germany, but you never know 😕

  12. Gamecock says:

    True, oldbrew. Soros’ money is good in Germany, too.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Those junior protesters demanding ‘action’ should know that the resulting massive costs and hardships would/will be borne by them in the end.

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