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Delingpole: 1.5 Trillion Reasons Why the Kids’ Climate Strike Is Dishonest, Stupid, Pointless

March 16, 2019

By Paul Homewood



Dellers’ take on the kiddies strike:


Around the world, thousands of children have skipped school for the day on the feeble pretext that they are somehow doing something to help save the planet.

This is, of course, nonsense.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 15: Students take part in a student climate protest on March 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jake McPherson/Getty Images)

At best they’re just regurgitating the lies, fake news and junk science which have been brainwashed into their pretty little heads by their teachers.

At worst they’re just being exploited as useful idiots by the hard left.

A good example of the latter was the chanting, at the London demonstration, captured on video here:

One Two Three Four, Theresa May’s a fucking whore.

According to Guido, “people who appeared to be teachers were egging on the chanting.”

This speaks volumes about the degree to which hard-left politics has been allowed to penetrate school classrooms. Extreme ignorance, too. There are many, many criticisms that could be made of Britain’s worst ever Prime Minister Theresa May. But being a “fucking whore” is most definitely not one of them. If she were, it would at least add an element of interest to her dreary personality and apparently hinterland-free existence.

Also, why pick on Theresa May?

Again, there are many, many criticisms one could make of Theresa May’s Conservative government. But being dilatory on the issue of “climate change” is not one of them. On the contrary, the policy of May and her government in response to the man-made global warming scare has been at least as credulous, intrusive, economically damaging, and scientifically illiterate as any left-wing administration’s would have been.

These global protests, let us remind ourselves, were instigated by a 16-year old schoolgirl called Greta Thunberg, whose earnest intensity and wholesome appearance (apparently modelled on Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz) have made her something of an internet star among the left-liberal chattering classes.

Indeed, she has become such an icon of the left that she has been nominated – ludicrously – for a Nobel Peace Prize.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 15: Schoolchildren take part in a student climate protest on March 15, 2019 in London, England. Thousands of pupils from schools, colleges and universities across the UK will walk out today in the second major strike against climate change this year. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Thunberg’s contention – and the excuse of the marchers for bunking off school – is that nothing is being done to fight climate change.

According to the #FridaysForFuture website which is promoting the strikes:

#FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral.

Lack of action? Really?? We’ll come back to that one in a moment.

Oh, and here’s another high-profile protestor – 16-year-old Isra Hirsa, daughter of Rep. Ilhan Omar – interviewed in the Guardian about her motivation for leading one of the strike actions in the U.S.

“I’m hoping a lot of things. I just want that awareness and education — I want people to understand the intense emergency of climate change, and that young people aren’t really going to be backing down. And also I want folks to feel…threatened enough to take climate action.”

All this might seem perfectly admirable if these children’s claims were true: that there really is such a thing as the “climate crisis” and that “nothing” is being done to avert it.

But it’s simply not true, is it?

The annual cost of the global industry to ‘combat climate change’ has been estimated at $1.5 trillion. (That was four years ago, since when the cost has no doubt skyrocketed).

By whatever definition you care to use $1.5 trillion is not “nothing.” In numerals it looks like this: $1,500,000,000,000. Even kids who have a problem with arithmetic – hardly surprising when their teachers are encouraging them to waste schooltime on climate marches – ought to be able to see that that is not “nothing” but “an awful lot”.

Those kids are protesting on the basis of one massive lie.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 15 (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

But it gets worse. Not only is that $1.5 trillion – all of which comes from taxpayers – an awful lot of money. It’s also an awful lot of money which is being spent to no useful purpose whatsoever.

In 2015, using the United Nations’ own calculations, Bjørn “Skeptical Environmentalist” Lomborg found that if every country in the world sticks to the “decarbonisation” promises it made at the Paris Climate Summit – unlikely by the way because the agreements are non-binding – then the resultant reduction, by the end of the century, in global warming may be 0.048°C (0.086°F).

For kids who can understand fractions – again, unlikely these days – that’s less than one twentieth of one degree centigrade.

The kids’ climate strike is stupid, dishonest and pointless. If only their teachers were clever enough to help them understand this.

  1. March 16, 2019 5:28 pm

    the resultant reduction, by the end of the century, in global warming may be 0.048°C (0.086°F).

    Which even if correct, has to be weighed against whatever happens due to natural climate variation in that period. Much ado about nothing.

    • Jack broughton permalink
      March 17, 2019 1:37 pm

      The models used to predict climate in 20 years time have so little rigour as to be equal to anyones guess!

  2. Stonyground permalink
    March 16, 2019 5:34 pm

    With every moment that passes it becomes more and more obvious that there is no climate crisis anyway. Every time there is some kind of extreme weather event, the alarmists point to it and scream ‘Look look, climate change is happening now’. How unworldly do you need to be to be unaware that extreme weather events aren’t new? Presumably these school kids are too young to remember that climate change used to be called global warming. It had to be re-branded when the warming stopped about twenty years ago now. The definition of climate change is now so vague and woolly that anything that happens can now qualify, even including the climate staying pretty much the same.

  3. Broadlands permalink
    March 16, 2019 5:34 pm

    These kids, their parents, teachers and the media are seriously misguided, ignorant, about what can actually and realistically be accomplished with global CO2 mitigation, regardless of the length of time or the money involved. If only they would read this, and do a little arithmetic of their own…

  4. Dave Ward permalink
    March 16, 2019 6:20 pm

    “#FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018”

    But the of getting kids involved goes back to 2012:

  5. Malcolm Bell permalink
    March 16, 2019 7:35 pm

    This whole thing is a direct function of the total failure of the complete education system at all levels. It clearly demonstrates how we have got into all our messes. The teachers and professors are totally failing their pupils and can expect a huge backlash in ten years when we find that all is well after all.

    • Broadlands permalink
      March 16, 2019 8:43 pm

      Today’s teachers and professors were themselves badly taught. Reinventing history doesn’t help…especially in climate science. All is already well. It’s weather, not climate…less than one degree C at two decimal place precision?

    • Chippie permalink
      March 19, 2019 7:25 am

      There won’t be a backlash, the climate activists will claim success for their actions.

  6. nickreality65 permalink
    March 16, 2019 7:51 pm

    By reflecting away 30% of the incoming solar energy the atmosphere/albedo make the earth cooler than it would be without the atmosphere much like that reflective panel behind a car’s windshield.

    Greenhouse theory has it wrong.

    The non-radiative processes of a contiguous participating media, i.e. atmospheric molecules, render ideal black body LWIR from the surface impossible. The 396 W/m^2 upwelling from the surface is a “what if” theoretical calculation without physical reality. (TFK_bams09)

    Greenhouse theory has it wrong.

    Without the 396 W/m^2 upwelling there is no 333 W/m^2 GHG energy loop to “warm” the earth.

    Greenhouse theory has it wrong.

    These three points are what matter, all the rest is irrelevant noise.

    No greenhouse effect, no CO2 warming, no man-caused or cured climate change.

    Nick Schroeder, BSME CU ’78, CO PE 22774

  7. Peter Donaldson permalink
    March 16, 2019 8:24 pm

    Young people protesting on the streets and demanding action to stop the climate change are presumably wanting something like the Green New Deal.
    Well if the future with no fossil fuels is so attractive they could put their money where there mouths are and show us how easy it is.
    Actions speak louder than words, so kids let’s see how you get on.

    It’s simple, you must not use fossil fuels where it is not necessary.

    No more car journeys , walk ,cycle or bus to school, every day no matter the weather.

    This means no lifts by parents to shops, freind’s houses, sports practice, dance classes, the doctor’s surgery, a night out ,whatever. You walk, cycle or get bus. That also means no taxis.

    No flights for holidays, you cannot even go by car, so all holidays are by foot, cycle ,train or bus.

    I hope you will do this for one year, even if we have a very harsh winter, to show how serious you are and how totally convinced that all you have been told about global warming is true and in no way exaggerated. We will be able to see how effective your new way of life is in reducing fossil fuel use. If enough kids are determined enough to carry out this demonstration, then petrol sales will fall and so will holiday flights.

    I hope that with all the spare time you will have waiting for buses, travelling on buses, and stuck at home you will take some time to read up about the doubts and uncertainties about climate change that so far you have never heard about.

    • A C Osborn permalink
      March 16, 2019 8:43 pm

      You have forgotten a few other things.
      No Plastic of any kind.
      No Phones, i pads, computers or TVs.
      No Steel, Concrete or Aluminium products
      Only natural product clothes and shoes, no syntheics at all.
      No food grown or harvested by Fossil Fuels.
      No products delivered by Fossil fuels.
      No Fossil Fueled Heating or Cooling.
      I am sure that they will be quite happy to actively pursue all of this to “Save the Planet” and “Save their Futures” etc etc.

      • Broadlands permalink
        March 16, 2019 8:50 pm

        And no place to put put all the “renewables” when they become outmoded or unrepairable. A global junkyard of solar panels and wind turbines taking up land where food used to be grown. Replaceables stacked on top of one another? What a great future.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        March 16, 2019 9:05 pm

        Nothing made of leather either. Remember they want to kill the cows, whatever the Hindus may think.

      • iggie permalink
        March 17, 2019 10:23 am

        The fossil fuel industry should bite the bullet and stop supplying fossil fuels for a week or so. They will lose a bit of revenue but it just may shut these kids up for a while.

    • Chippie permalink
      March 19, 2019 7:20 am

      It is possible, early post war our lives were like this and of course my parents were brought up with lives like this. My grandmother remembered going visiting in a pony and trap and being very embarrassed when the pony lifted its tail to evacuate!

  8. Gray permalink
    March 16, 2019 9:24 pm

    Peter Donaldson and A C Osborne
    Exactly. Why don’t you get a few kids waving their placards to sign up to this for a month?
    And get them to report on it.
    If they find it easy, then extend it to a year.
    Get in touch with a local school and ask for a some volunteers/ ring leaders.
    I’ll let you know how I get on with my village school.
    Bet not one of them would go for it!

  9. March 16, 2019 10:49 pm

    Mostly the children are vague about what they want to be done. To the extent that the kids try to define what action they want, it comes out as an attack on fossil fuels; for example signs saying: “No more fossil fuel projects.” Just more evidence that on energy and fossil fuels, the kids are all wrong. This short video reminds what they will have to do without should their wish come true.

  10. matthew dalby permalink
    March 16, 2019 11:23 pm

    I would bet a lot of money on Greta Thunberg getting the Nobel prize. If it can be awarded to the IPCC, Barack Obama and the EU this shows how it has become a meaningless political statement, and shouldn’t be ranked alongside the prizes for medicine, physics etc. that are given to people who have actually achieved something significant.

    • March 16, 2019 11:38 pm

      A few years ago, the Nobel peace prize went to another teenager, Malala Yousafzai for her bravery fighting for women to be educated in repressive Muslim societies. Big difference: Malala took a bullet and almost died from a real threat.

  11. ThinkingScientist permalink
    March 17, 2019 8:47 am

    Children are being radicalised by fact-free lies on climate change. A whole generation since the turn of the 21st century brought up on fear and ignorance. This is a return to the dark ages, an overturning of the enlightenment. But for the duration of their entire lives there has been negligible warming. The BBC, Guardian and other outles are adding daily to a sense of hysteria. Children say they are fearful of the future, a fear created by the left and radical environmental groups.

    The government responds by continuing to shovel bllions of pounds of tax payers money annually to subsidise inefficient and expensive sources of energy. In the process energy bills are going up dramatically, making everyone poorer and hitting the most vulnerable in society. And leading us inexorably to a possible breakdown in energy supply.

    I am starting to think the whole of Western civilisation has collectively gone mad. Is this how civilisations fall?

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      March 17, 2019 10:53 am

      Or insane!

    • Gerry, England permalink
      March 17, 2019 10:58 am

      ‘I am starting to think the whole of Western civilisation has collectively gone mad.’

      If by this you mean the governments and the so called elite then, yes, it is hard not agree with you. But the populations aren’t as stupid as they are and when pushed on how much they would willingly pay to ‘save the planet’ the majority won’t. It doesn’t feature in polls as an important issue for the majority in contrast to the hysterical claims from such as the US military that it is more serious than anything else. The beacon of light for us is Donald Trump. His planned presidential committee to examine climate science fiction is a very big step forward. It must be judging by the screams from the lefties.

  12. Tony Budd permalink
    March 17, 2019 10:10 am

    To be fair, though, every single one of the kids around the world who took part pledged that from now on they will only walk or cycle to school/college, they will never fly anywhere in future, and any long journeys they do need to make will only be by electric train powered entirely by wind and/or solar power, once they have worked to make that universally available. Didn’t they?.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      March 17, 2019 11:17 am

      Would this be the same as the Occupy movement denouncing the big corporations on Facebook, Twitter etc when using their iphones in Starbucks with no apparent irony?

  13. March 17, 2019 11:31 am

    Yesterday I had a long discussion with the newest member of my DAR chapter. She has grown children and is finishing up an advanced science teaching degree at WVU in spite of the roadblocks which have been put in her way by the School of Education faculty. During a class, she pointed out that something being espoused was actually Marxism. That did not go well for her. Most recently as she is completing her required 20 hours of classroom, the “faculty” in charge of her has found reasons to make her start over and put her in other towns and even with a “teacher” who is a drug addict. WHY? Well he saw her picture in the paper last September with other members of the 3 area Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapters when we took part of the “Bells Across America” on the Monongalia County Courthouse steps at 4:00 pm on September 17 to commemorate the announcement at that hour in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, that we had our Constitution.

    He called her in and reamed her up one side and down the other for honoring the US Constitution. She finally told me that the so-called faculty member asked her what her husband thought of the B grade she got in a class at age 19. I kid you not. I asked her if she had even met her husband yet. She had not and was 25 when they married. This clown is in charge of the science curriculum in the College of Education at WVU. These are the types of loons who populate today’s colleges and universities. No wonder you have these young folks acting like the fools they are……they know nothing else.

  14. Stonyground permalink
    March 17, 2019 11:32 am

    I don’t think that buses should be included in the list of things that are permitted to those who are against the use of fossil fuels.

  15. Grimwig permalink
    March 17, 2019 12:12 pm

    If what they were shouting was as reported then that is a public order offence and the old bill should have nicked as few along with the teachers encouraging them.

  16. Coeur de Lion permalink
    March 17, 2019 2:13 pm

    It’s shameful to see the Synod of the Church of England conniving in the abuse of children in their antipathy towards fossil fuels

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