'Chill Greta, Chill!'

Tom Finnerty11 Jun, 2020 2 Min Read

Last December, the 45th president of the United States offered Greta Thunberg some solid, practical advice:

I don't have any insight into her anger issues, but Trump's second and third points are spot on. Catching an old movie with a friend is always a good idea, and there must have been several floating around at the time, just before Christmas -- Christmas in Connecticut starring Barbara Stanwyck is a personal favorite, or perhaps Alastair Sim in A Christmas Carol (the only version worth your time). And hey, there's always Gone with the Wind, right? Oh, wait...

But point three is really key: "Chill." It's something that Greta's parents should have said to her long ago, instead of, you know, using her. While most of us were mastering baking or catching up on our reading, Greta has devoted herself to -- what else -- hectoring various and sundry nations about their carbon footprints.

Here's one example which I found particularly galling -- Greta & Co. have been indirectly pressuring Canada and Norway to "commit to no new oil and gas exploration or production, and phase out their existing production." How? Well, Norway and Canada are (along with Ireland) vying for a spot on the UN Security Council. As the European votes are likely to go to the European contenders, Justin Trudeau decided to woo other parts of the world, particularly African countries, such as Ethiopia and Sengal

Greta, however, signed a letter to UN ambassadors of small island states, leaning on Trudeau's targets to turn up the heat, particularly on Canada:

Thunberg and the others say Canada is nowhere close to hitting its Paris climate agreement targets. They also say Canada is the second-biggest supplier of fossil-fuel subsidies among the world's wealthiest 20 countries and has opened up billions of dollars in loans to fossil-fuel companies as part of its COVID-19 economic aid.... The letter-writers said if Canada was serious about implementing the Paris agreement it would make permanent its temporary ban on extracting oil and gas in the Arctic, cancel both the Trans Mountain and Keystone XL pipeline projects, and end all subsidies to the oil and gas industry.

So if Canada were really serious about the Paris agreement, it would immediately shut down 10% of its economy -- and since an economy isn't a machine, but an interconnected, organic thing, that would really mean contracting by at least 25 or 30 percent --  eliminating countless jobs and immiserating numerous Canadians? Makes sense to me...

Seriously, get a hobby Greta. One that doesn't include robbing people of their livelihood. And, more important: "Chill!"

Tom Finnerty writes from New England and Ontario.


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2 comments on “'Chill Greta, Chill!'”

  1. I wonder when the European Saviour of the World will travel to Saudi or Argentina or Russia to make her ridiculous demands. She must be an avid supporter of those dictatorships and their really dirty oil industries which in turn produce more "pollution" as their oil crosses the oceans to replace that which is produced with infinitely more conditions and which would be transported with immeasurably less harm to the planet she appears to love so much. Oh! I forgot! She is incapable of mature thought along with her supporters.

  2. I'm so angry at the Climate Crisis Cult crowd and their foolishness.
    The idea that Canada can reach the Net Zero emissions by 2050 is a non starter.
    The only way this can be accomplished is if the entire world ceased its industrial activities, but right now the only area in the world being raped is the energy industries of Western Canada .
    So world, if the environmentalists succeed, re-calk the canoes, hitch up the teams and teach the horses not to fart!!

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