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Washington Post Gets Excited By Tiny Increase In Green Vote At Euro Elections

May 28, 2019
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Dennis Ambler

 

You would think the Washington Post should be able to distinguish between a handful of protesting school kids and millions of grown up voters!

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In recent months, massive demonstrations over climate change have rocked European capitals, dwarfing the mobilizations of the continent’s far right. Fridays for Future — a movement inspired by Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg — has seen countless European teenagers walk out of school to protest climate inaction. It underscores a growing consensus among the next generation of voters that governments must do more to mitigate environmental disaster, and an impatience with political parties that refuse to recognize the urgency of the situation.

Climate change, said an editorial in France’s Liberation newspaper, “has become the principal criteria of judging political action in the European Union.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/05/28/climate-change-threatens-wests-far-right/

 

Meanwhile back in the real world, the Green Party is slated to hold just 73 seats out of the total of 765 in the European Parliament, having slightly increased their number of seats by 23 since 2014:

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https://europeelects.eu/ep2019/

 

Their gains appear to have come from other left wing parties, which have similar policies.

In total, the left wing has gained only 12 seats, while right wing parties have gained 40 seats.

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Although the party groupings are a bit of a mixed bag, it is fair to say that the right wing groupings are generally sceptical of the sort of unilateral climate policies pursued by the EU.

They now hold 195 seats.

The Washington Post points out that the Greens scored strongly amongst the under 25s, but forget that children grow up!

More to the point they note that:

To be sure, their (Greens) appeal remains limited now mostly to Western and Northern Europe’s more affluent societies

And this sums matters up neatly. It is all well and good voting for climate action when your jobs and income are unaffected by it.

7 Comments
  1. May 28, 2019 6:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  2. Pancho Plail permalink
    May 28, 2019 8:04 pm

    Greens voters are simple, unsophisticated people and it is so easy to generate the right buttons to push to get them excited. The extinction rebellion, school strikes and Greta Thunberg occurred just at the right time to persuade them that they must do something, anything, to stop it happening so they took the easy option, stamped their feet and voted green. There, they have solved the problem and they can relax again.

  3. Pancho Plail permalink
    May 28, 2019 8:07 pm

    I presume that the WaPo didn’t draw any conclusions about the even bigger rise of the right wing bloc (black dots).

  4. PeterGB permalink
    May 28, 2019 8:52 pm

    Note that the WaPo had to resort to referencing an editorial in France’s ‘Liberation’ newspaper, hardly mainstream with a circulation of less than 150,000 and kept afloat with Rothschild money. The editorial will state what the paymaster demands.

  5. jack broughton permalink
    May 28, 2019 9:58 pm

    The sad fact is that the penal climate policies are going to destroy the futures of the young, brainwashed supporters of the meme. If there was some balance in the meja reporting and they were aware of the consequences of the CCA and other such, maybe there would be a different attitude.

    The same is obviously true of the climate science proven facts! In the future, scientists will wonder how they were all duped by the ridiculously simplistic belief that CO2 drives the climate. They, like the politicians, will no-doubt follow the Werner von Braun philosophy of “When the rockets go up, who cares where they come down, that’s not my department said Werner von Braun”.

  6. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 29, 2019 9:30 am

    “And this sums matters up neatly. It is all well and good voting for climate action when your jobs and income are unaffected by it.”

    When they think their jobs and income are unaffected by it. This is the Green delusion the young and the affluent middle classes are guilty of. They think they will be unaffected, that there will be little or no cost, like not using a plastic straw at Starbucks. But if these lunatic policies are carried out, they will be hugely affected. Their jobs will go, their holidays will disappear, their gadgets and apps and the technologies they rely on will become hugely expensive and intermittent. Food prices will double and at times much of what we eat now will become scarce, there will be no more wellness retreats, spa days, new restaurants.

    Taking a massive bite out of GDP will not be like a recession, it will be permanent, and – unlike a recession – will have a massive knock-on effect across the entire economy. It did not take Venezuela long to become destitute, because our wealth has to be constantly created. It does not just sit there forever.

    • matthew dalby permalink
      May 29, 2019 1:56 pm

      Look at what happened in France with the yellow vests, which started as a protest over increases in tax on diesel to try and fight climate change. Even people who say they want governments to take action soon change their mind when government action starts to affect them.
      If anyone who wants to see emissions reduced can explain how it can be achieved without higher taxes, higher energy prices or restrictions on personal freedom I would love to hear their plan.
      The best thing that could happen is for groups like XR or the kids on climate strike to explain how they want emissions to be reduced to zero in 10 years (if any of them have a clue) and how it would affect every single person in the country. We could then have a referendum on whether or not to implement their plans, and once people know the real cost of radical emissions reductions see if more than 1% of people vote in favour.

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