Part 1 has been extended to Part 2. Part 1 grew larger than WordPress can accommodate in a single post, as I discovered on the original Covid hypocrites list.
Climate Activists Argue for Property Destruction and Acts of Violence
Malm argues that while the majority of climate action should remain non-violent, no social sea change — from the suffragettes to the Civil Rights Movement — has succeeded through completely peaceful activism. “We shouldn’t engage in assassinations or terrorism, or use arms and things like that,” he says. “But until that line or boundary, we need virtually everything … all the way up to sabotage and property destruction.”Should the Climate Movement Embrace Property Destruction? – Bloomberg
To this end, they go around slashing SUV tires. Sounds productive. This means more oil will be consumed to manufacture new tires, the old tires will go to a landfill – and time, expense and more oil will be consumed towing the vehicles off to repair. Yes, that makes sense because you care about the climate.
They oppose democracy and the use of conventional facts and logic arguments to persuade others to adopt their agenda. Instead (see Part 1 for their own words on this) they believe they need only 3% of the population behind them to force change and mandates on the other 97%. They favor authoritarian dictatorships ruled by the technocratic elite – who are clearly smarter than you and I. If you disagree you must be banished, canceled, and be labeled a Nazi white supremacist climate denier. That’s the sum of their intellectual firepower argument on this.
The climate elite believe destroying others’ property and ending democracy are appropriate measures. This screen capture is from the Bloomberg News main page, taken on January 1, 2023:
Elite stay in “ecofriendly” Luxury Hotels Throughout the World
Because they can fly everywhere and spend $500 to $1000/night and you cannot. As long as the new luxury hotels brand themselves as eco-friendly, you’re all good! And aren’t they so virtuous?
This is not even a parody:
Surrounding myself with nature in a secluded spot, away from life’s stressors but with creature comforts, sits high on my travel wish list, which is entirely the point of this “landscape hotel” in Alaska. Borealis Basecamp was a trendsetter with its glass-ceiling igloos, but the latest glass cube additions take it up a notch. Lie in your queen-size bed and watch an epic aurora borealis light show through 10-feet-high floor-to-ceiling windows in tiny homes tucked in Alaska’s wild forests. The cubes are spaced out so you’ll feel like you’re the only guest around. Add a hot shower with heated towels, flushable toilet and a steaming cup of cocoa and it’s easy to imagine not wanting to be anywhere but here. Two-night packages start at $1,793 per person.
German Climate Activists Skip Their Court Trial … and Fly 7,000 miles to Vacation in Bali
Yannick and Luisa S. skipped attending their trial where they are accused of past crimes – and instead flew 7,000 miles to Bali for a “vacation”. (They have since claimed they did not go to Bali – but to Thailand – because Luisa long dreamed of going there – want to bet she has traveled all over the world? They then blame “everyone else” and say we should not blame climate activitists for their hypocrisy.)
Many in Germany pointed to their hypocrisy of demanding others make sacrifices while they fly about the world. Indeed, these hypocrites have shut down air transport because, they say, air transport is evil.
The Letzte Generation children stamp their feet like six-year-olds and glue themselves to streets to shut down traffic. In November 2022, the group prevented an emergency vehicle responding to an injured cyclist that was involved in a collision with a truck. The cyclist died in a hospital, after the delay.
Like all activists, they are self-centered, arrogant narcissists opposed to democracy, who demand everyone agree with them – or else. Whiny little brats that block roadways to prevent people from getting to work – such as scientists and engineers working on climate solutions, and health care workers saving lives. They are funded by Getty (see part 1).
Like all these activists, they are self-centered hypocrites – do as I say but not as I do, they tell us. Because they are more righteous than you, you stupid peon. It’s ok for them to fly 7,000 miles on vacation to avoid going to trial – but if you fly, shame on you. Their two faced double standard has enraged the people of Germany, say reports.
These people are imbeciles and morons.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
It’s totally wrong when other people do it – he’s criticized others for traveling on private jets but it’s fine for him to do it: Sec. Buttigieg insists use of private planes more efficient, saves money, for some DOT travel. But it’s okay because he worries about climate change a lot and vowed to fight for NetZero emissions.
His staff argues he uses commercial flights and only uses private jets when it is a more efficient use of his time. Because his time is important and yours is not. Know your place plebian!
Update: Except when he and family member flew to the Netherlands for a sports event honoring injured military members – on what is basically a private military jet. Because he can and you can’t.
Gosia Wozniaka, The Oregonian
She is the “environmental justice reporter” for The Oregonian newspaper. One recent story tells us Oregon lacks sufficient electricity generation currently, but we should
- replace our wood stoves with electric furnaces
- buy an electric vehicle to replace gas vehicles
- replace your home’s gas furnace with a heat pump
- replace your gas stove/oven with an electric one
- install solar panels (which are not very efficient west of the Cascades due to frequent cloud cover all year) – I have solar PV on my home but I live east of the Cascades where the weather is far more favorable to electricity generation
Curious – what distinguishes reporting from evangelism? This is not a report on events – this an opinion column telling us how to live our lives in 2023.
- Cost of a new electric furnace installation varies widely: $1,500 to $9,500; may require installation of 220v line, may require electric panel upgrade which can add low thousands of $s in cost.
- Cost of replacing a gas furnace with a heat pump: $4,000 to $12,000. If using fuel oil, decommissioning the fuel tank can cost thousands of $s.
- Cost of replacing a gas stove with an electric stove: $400 to $2,000. Cost of running a new 220v line for our kitchen cost just over $1,000, where we had to do that several years ago, which is in addition to the cost of the new electric stove and installation.
- She did not mention it, but presumably one should replace a gas water heater with an electric water heater.
- Cost of solar PV: Our small system, half the size of most of our neighbors’ systems, was about $18,000 before tax credits. Cost of our neighbors’ systems was about $30,000 before tax credits. Because we heat our home using local wood pellets, our overall electricity use is about half that of our neighbors, who heat with electricity.
- Cost of an EV comparable to a mid-range ICE vehicle: $50,000. Costs of adding an EV charging station is variable and depends on proximity to electric panel and having a circuit available for a 220 line.
- Electric cooking, heating and water heating cost up to 6x to 8x more per month to operate. Since these are the largest consumers of electricity in a home, this can easily double the monthly electric bill. (Our household energy use runs about 10-15 KWH/day – however, if we turn on the electric furnace in the cold season, our electricity demand, typically, increases to about 75 KWh / day, which increases the potential electric bill for those not on solar PV. The increase would depend on local rates, but could add $9 to $27/day in costs; gas usually costs half of that.)
The cost of these alterations to your home, not including the purchase of an EV, could readily reach $50,000. Throw in an EV and we are at $100k. How sustainable is this for the general population, when the same newspaper tells us inflation is out of control and everyone is struggling financially? How much sunk lifetime energy and emissions costs of the old appliances are thrown away?
Maybe you get a 5-10% subsidy in the form of the government giving your future tax money back to you today.
I suspect she is a very nice person, very talented at what she does and is a good reporter, but per her own web page, she appears to fly back and forth between Europe and the US frequently and likely enjoys dual citizenship privileges. She refers to herself in her Twitter bio as a “world citizen”.
Wozniacka was born in Poland when it was still a communist country. Her family became refugees in France when she was 12 years old, just a year before the Germans dismantled the Berlin Wall. Two years later, unable to stop moving, the family immigrated once again to the United States. Wozniacka has studied and worked on both continents and is often on the road between the two. She received her Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. She also spent a year training in long-form narrative writing at the Institute of Reportage in Warsaw, Poland.GOSIA WOZNIACKA | journalist
She returned from the U.S. to go to college in Poland, then pursued more education back in the U.S., then returned to Poland later for another program – and as she notes, “is often on the road between the two”. She has done reporting from Central America and India, as well as Europe and the U.S. While she has not – yet – advocated everyone else should not fly – this seems a bit at odds with “environmental justice” that advocates we cut our carbon emissions to zero.
Just a reminder that per the standard of elite environmental communicators, the rest of us are not supposed to be traveling.
Somehow, it is always ok for the elite and the elite environmentalists to travel the world – and the most successful do so by private jet while telling the rest of us to stay home. Since they are global and we are not, they are the elite. Frequent global travel is always fine if you document how awful the world is and how climate change is destroying life on the planet.
Davos World Economic Forum 2023
At the elite confab, they are telling us to not travel and some participants have said we should all eat vegetarian food in the future – or fake meat products – while they travel and enjoy foods (even meat!) flown in from throughout the world, prepared by top chefs. But it’s okay, all of this is just conspiracy theory say the media overlords, even though WEF had posted past items on their web site suggesting these changes to society.
At Davos, everything is always in “crisis”. (“Crisis” has become the go-to word for propagandists – just search Google news for “crisis” – and everything is a crisis): “it’s more that so many Davos attendees arrive with an ambitious plan to save the world, and that plan to save the world usually involves making the rest of us change to fit their visions.” A “crisis” gives an excuse to let the global elite run wild – because it is all for our own best interests. Of course.
According to a 2020 article in Vanity Fair, Michael Bloomberg owns eight houses in New York state alone, and “he also reportedly owns several properties in London, Florida, Colorado, and Bermuda.” Thus, Bloomberg may own a dozen houses. How many of those houses have gas stoves? I’ll make a wild guess and bet that it’s more than one. Oh, and according to Vanity Fair, while he was mayor of New York, Bloomberg “was known to spend weekends” at his house in Bermuda, “traveling back and forth on private jets.” And what is fueling those private jets? I’m guessing here, but it’s probably not organic quinoa.The Billionaires Behind The Gas Bans – Robert Bryce (substack.com)
Laurene Powell Jobs
Forbes recently reported that Jobs owns a Gulfstream G650 (list price about $66 million) that burns about 500 gallons of jet fuel per hour. When not zooming around on her jet, she also spends time on a $120 million yacht called the Venus.The Billionaires Behind The Gas Bans – Robert Bryce (substack.com)
Bezos reportedly owns two Gulfstream G-650ERs. After Bezos flew to the 2021 climate meeting in Glasgow, a representative from the Bezos Earth Fund told Business Insider that all was well because the billionaire “uses sustainable aviation fuel, and offsets all carbon emissions from his flights.”The Billionaires Behind The Gas Bans – Robert Bryce (substack.com)
Note – billionaires can readily afford to purchase what are widely regarded as scam carbon offsets. You can’t. But they use this to justify their carbon footprints the size of a plent.
After A While
After a while, you get the impression that “climate change” has nothing to do with the climate and everything to do with a predetermined goal of a future controlled by technocratic elite and authoritarians. Their primary solutions to climate control are heavy handed, in opposition to democracy and freedom – and very much in favor of rule by elite authoritarians. This is not how we should be solving big problems – but it works for the elite.
The hypocrisy on display is stunning.
I have no way to know if climate change is real or not. The last 3 years of public health nonsense, dueling experts, inconsistent, contradictory and incoherent messaging caused me and many others to distrust Experts. I do not believe The Experts understand the damage that was wrought by so many authoritative statements and actions that proved to be completely wrong.
As explained at the end of Part 1, I have assumed that human induced climate change is real and I have been doing everything I can do to reduce my carbon footprint. BUT – when the promoters of climate change engage in have carbon footprints the size of planetary systems, have multiple mansions and demand the rest of us ruin our lives – while they galivant about the globe in private jets – it does not look like they believe one word of what they are proclaiming.
When every known method of propaganda messaging – and a virtual carbon copy (pun intended) of religions is adopted – this is not a very persuasive argument for us to sacrifice our lives so the billionaires can invest in companies selling government mandated products and services that will enrich the billionaires. It looks like Animal Farm where everyone is equal but some are more equal than others – or may be just communism as nearly all solutions revolve around turning our lives over to the technocratic elite, since they are all smarter than us (see public health and Covid, right?)
If climate change is real, then everyone should be considered equal.
Messaging should focus on solutions and hope – not fear, doom and gloom causing massive mental health problems worldwide.
Solutions must be oriented towards being practical and sustainable. Never flying again, never driving again, locking yourself in your own home for the rest of eternity is not sustainable and will not lead to a better future for anyone and will not make one bit of difference to the global climate.
Labeling anyone who asks questions as a “climate denier” is the propaganda technique of name calling. This was done when people disagreed with Ehrlich’s Population Bomb theories, which were wrong the day they were written. His theories became a meme where everyone knew he was right (based on the appeal to authority argumentative form) and those who disagreed were canceled and thrown off the bus.
I will continue to do my part to seek out continuous efficiency improvements – in a way that is sustainable. I will not, however, live my life in a cave, nor will you.