Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes to Tulane Graduates… Because Climate Change

Guest aargh by David Middleton

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Message to 2019 Graduates: ‘My Generation Has Failed You’

By Sissi Cao • 05/20/19

On Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was recently acclaimed as an even better leader than the legendary Steve Jobs, carved out a morning from his very busy schedule to deliver a commencement speech for the 2019 graduates of Tulane University in New Orleans.


“In some important ways, my generation has failed you,” Cook said. “We spent too much time debating, too focused on the fight and not enough on progress.”

“You don’t need to look far to find an example of that failure,” he continued, pointing to an example that no one understands better than those living in the natural disaster-dogged New Orleans: climate change.



Tim Cook was born in 1960… his “generation” would be the “baby boomers”. Baby boomers and Gen X’ers did this…

Figure 1. Crude oil production from US Federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

And this…

Figure 2. Crude oil production in North Dakota

While undoing the failures of the previous generation…

Figure 3. US crude oil production compared to Hubbert’s 1956 Peak Oil curve.

Since New Orleans was “natural disaster-dogged” long before the invention of the internal combustion engine… And vehicles powered by fossil fuels now enable New Orleanians to get out of the way of natural disasters, rescue people from natural disasters and deliver new iPhones, maybe Tulane should have invited Harold Hamm to give the commencement address… He could apologize to the Tulane graduates for not making them freeze in the dark… because climate change.

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John the Econ
May 23, 2019 6:08 pm

Climate change. What can’t it be responsible for?

michael hart
Reply to  John the Econ
May 23, 2019 8:24 pm

Almost nothing. That’s the magic of global warming.

Every competent chemist, physicist, and biologist will agree that almost every observable phenomenon in the universe will change slightly if the temperature changes. From there, it is a fairly short step to claim that anything that changes temperature slightly will therefore affect the topic under discussion.

The next step is to simply to assert that this change must be bad, (because they have conveniently ignored anything that might be good).

Quite simple, really, once you understand the rules of the game.

Bryan A
Reply to  michael hart
May 23, 2019 9:48 pm

It can’t be responsible for curing Cancer

Reply to  Bryan A
May 23, 2019 10:25 pm

Climate change can only be responsible for CAUSING cancer…

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
Reply to  Dave Stephens
May 24, 2019 1:16 am

Please don’t…this will just encourage some idiot to seriously make this claim and the likes of the BBC and Gruaniad will be all over it for days. Leftists don’t get scarsm or humour when it is direct at their cherished beliefs.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Dave Stephens
May 24, 2019 1:48 am

plus heart disease, strokes, blood pressure issues, blindness, deafness, acne, coughs & colds, reducing bird populations, increasing bird populations, etc, pretty much anything & everything!!! 😉

Mark - Helsinki
Reply to  Dave Stephens
May 24, 2019 7:57 am

“Please don’t…this will just encourage some idiot to seriously make this claim and the likes of the BBC and Gruaniad will be all over it for days. Leftists don’t get scarsm or humour when it is direct at their cherished beliefs.”

it has become impossible to parody the loonie lefties, as proven by one or two parody stories being republished by loony lefty news outlets as real opinion pieces, one I think actually published by NYT.

Autistic kids on 4chan have successfully had the OK symbol, a cartoon frog and even MILK reported on as racist symbols.

Even a Swedish government solicited report reported MILK!! as a white supremacist symbol.

Glen Richard Haas
Reply to  michael hart
May 24, 2019 3:06 pm

Well stated. The real failure of our generation is to allow such stupidity to dominate. We must bring the truth and facts to all people rather than allowing a few alarmists to hi-jack the dialog with false information.
It is difficult to believe that Tim Cook would make such statements. With the resources that he has at his finger-tips, it is very easy to see that there is very limited “meaningful” research data on this subject and in fact nearly no proof of human generated CO2 the main cause of global warming.
At 400ppm (0.04%) of our atmosphere, it is a minor GHG gas of which water vapor is 100X more important. Our meteorologists (climate scientists ??) have no idea about the comparative magnitude of effect on global warming between H2O versus CO2 in our atmosphere. Based on the claims of the alarmists of “carbon pollution” (due to carbon’s presence in CO2), we would be led to believe that “hydrogen pollution” (due to Hydrogen’s presence in H2O) is a much more serious pollution problem.
Of course, we all know that neither the carbon in CO2 nor the hydrogen in H2O are NOT pollutants and we know that CO2 itself is NOT a pollutant because it is the fertilizer of life. If CO2 dropped to the range of 150 ppm to 180 ppm it would cause the growth of plants to stop and the end of human life as we know it (no more food).

Tom Halla
May 23, 2019 6:10 pm

New Orleans is below sea level, mostly due to subsidence. As there is no tendency with hurricanes that could possibly be tied to climate change, Cook’s comment is fatuous.

R Shearer
Reply to  Tom Halla
May 23, 2019 8:14 pm

It’s pretty remarkable that just over 300 years ago it was a high point surrounded by swamps. Mosquitoes, heat and humidity would have made it somewhat unpleasant.

Bryan A
Reply to  Tom Halla
May 23, 2019 9:50 pm

I almost read your closing statement as
Cook’s comment is flatulence

Reply to  Tom Halla
May 24, 2019 12:00 am

As the level of the ground sinks – the level of political corruption rises.

There is probably a limit to the subsidence. I’m not sure there is one to the corruption.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Tom Halla
May 24, 2019 5:14 am

Cook’s comment is fatuous.

“Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes to Tulane Graduates…

That’s what salesmen, business and marketing people do.

Tim Cook graduated from Robertsdale High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1982,[15] and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1988.[16]

Same ole, same ole, …….. the most prolific BS’er always rise to the “top” managerial position.

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
May 24, 2019 9:16 am

A real apology comes with some form of compensation.
Otherwise it’s just virtue signalling.

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
May 24, 2019 1:58 pm

Tariffs’ coming.

Kevin McNeill
May 23, 2019 6:27 pm

What a virtue seeking Bonzo

Walter Sobchak
May 23, 2019 6:58 pm

Its been 14b years since Katrina and New Orleans is still there. Slow motion cataclysm, i tell you.

May 23, 2019 6:59 pm

Cook is one of those men who drives home the point that today’s industry leaders are not yesterday’s industry leaders. Cook is an annoying fool. Sadly, he is hardly alone.

Reply to  titan28
May 23, 2019 7:43 pm

I agree even comparing him to Steve Jobs is so wrong. If Jobs was still alive he would still be a pleb and there is nothing to compare.

Louis Hooffstetter
Reply to  titan28
May 23, 2019 10:31 pm

I have a hard time understanding how people who seem to be so smart can be so stupid.
Regardless of whether he was ‘virtue signaling’ or not, surely Tim Cook knows that only ignorant and/or stupid people believe that naturally occurring hurricanes and subsidence of the Mississippi River delta are caused by climate change. And the graduating class of Tulane University likely knows that as well.

So he essentially pissed his pants during his commencement speech. He made a complete fool of himself in front of a group of educated college graduates. How many of them will invest in Apple in the future?

Reply to  Louis Hooffstetter
May 24, 2019 12:16 am

I just came from a college graduation, this very night…

You are seriously optimistic about how the idiot was received. Most likely, they were all busy taking selfies with their iPhones, when not cheering at his every word.

(The student speaker at this one pushed every last “victim” button she could lay her hands on. Oh, and the faculty speaker was proud to be an “alumnus” of Evergreen College. You know, the one where there are no majors, no grades – and no intelligence.)

Joel O'Bryan
May 23, 2019 7:08 pm

You have to realize who is in Tim Cook’s social and professional circles.

Liberals and Progressive morons… every. last. one. of. them.

Just look at the mess they’ve made of California’s cities… two classes, and unaffordable housing, and an exploding homeless, population with drug and mental health issues.

So from Tim Cook’s perspective… Yes, he has failed them. His political ideology has failed them.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
May 23, 2019 8:26 pm

SF, the city where dogs have to navigate around people poo.

Rod Evans
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
May 24, 2019 12:50 am

I am told California have decided to emulate Detroit.
So far the progress of the socialists down that tragic road looks inevitable and unfortunate.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
May 24, 2019 5:18 am

Say that again, ….…………..

“SF, the city where dogs have to navigate around people poo.”

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
May 24, 2019 5:48 am

Joel, Spot on.

Thierry Copie
May 23, 2019 8:26 pm

My Daughter Chloe graduated from Tulane University this weekend with a Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering. I was there, a very proud dad, in the superdome for the graduation ceremony. It was a magnificent event, with only one black mark: Tim Cook’s sorry performance, taking such a wonderful and happy occasion, to initiate a generational argument. What a dope, what a Grinch, and what a disgrace! To make a claim that our baby boomer generation has failed our kids in the context of a celebration of 4 years of hard work from our daughters and sons and also 4 years of significant emotional, financial, and logistical commitments from their parents, is an obscene absurdity.
Contrasting all this was the induction ceremony into “The Order of the Engineer” the day before, where all Tulane engineering graduates were proudly celebrated and also reminded of their newly found obligations as declared in their oath:
” I am an Engineer, in my profession I take deep pride. To it I owe solemn obligations.
Since the Stone Age, human progress has been spurred by the engineering genius. Engineers have made usable Nature’s vast resources of material and energy for Humanity’s benefit. Engineers have vitalized and turned to practical use the principles of science and the means of technology. Were it not for this heritage of accumulated experience, my efforts would be feeble.
As an Engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it to obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.
As an Engineer, in humility and with the need for Divine guidance, I shall participate in none but honest enterprises. When needed, my skills and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good. In the performance of duty and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give the utmost.”
Far more important words to remember and live by, for our upcoming generation of engineers…

Reply to  Thierry Copie
May 24, 2019 4:56 am

She doesn’t know me from Adam, but thank your daughter for accepting the torch from her elders.

“Where goes the Engineer, there goes Civilization.” (A quote, or close to it – but danged if I can find the source.)

Reply to  Writing Observer
May 24, 2019 9:40 am

It is amino-world without chemists and chemical engineers ;p.

James Snook
Reply to  Thierry Copie
May 24, 2019 5:20 am

Congratulutions on your Daughter´s success. My Grandaughter graduated as an industrial and systems Engineer in December, is now involved in building F35’s at Lockhead Martin, and I am extremely proud of her achievements.

As a long retired Engineer myself I like the Tulane Engineers’ oath, but I would rather drive across a bridge that has been designed using conventional stress calculations backed by sound modelling and wind tunnel testing than one involving ´Divine guidance´.

David Alexander
Reply to  James Snook
May 24, 2019 1:57 pm

Sarcasm at the expense of another’s humility. The man appears to have had a successful career as an engineer and yet he can believe in something outside the realms of pure engineering. To believe in something divine can be a strong motivation to use one’s knowledge for good because that person believes he/she has an accountability to something greater than his/herself. If this is the case with this gentleman, he has earned our respect not contempt.

Thierry Copie
Reply to  David Alexander
May 24, 2019 5:23 pm


I did not take James’comment on “Divine guidance” as sarcasm, and much appreciated his recognition of my daughter’s career choice and commitment. I am a hardcore physicist and skeptic; my late dad was a mechanical engineer. I fondly remember our discussions about how different our two career paths were in their applied principles, and yet so similar in their shared goals and struggles for human progress. I have made Science the primary guiding principle for my life, and yet my engineer dad proved to me on his last hours that our Universe is deeply and far more mysterious than human Science can grasp currently. My daughter is now the first engineer in our family after my dad, and we strongly felt his spirit with us in New Orleans last weekend. I am happy to call this a manifestation of Divine presence and recognize its power for guidance of scientific intuition and engineering creativity.


David Alexander
Reply to  Thierry Copie
May 25, 2019 7:04 am


You are quite right. James was not being sarcastic nor was James attempting in any way to demean you – James, my sincere apologies to you. But my point stands; to disavow or to ignore the legitimacy of how an individual’s believe in the divine can positively affect that individual to be motivated to make other people’s lives better or to make him/herself accountable to a high standard of truth is to ignore the fact that the application of science without that morality has a severe impact on everyone and we should be grateful to those who attempt to bring their depth of skill and ability together with that sense of the divine.

May 23, 2019 8:27 pm

So many Cook’s; so little broth.

Clyde Spencer
May 23, 2019 8:30 pm
Louis Hooffstetter
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
May 23, 2019 10:36 pm

A USA Today op-ed by an anonymous author…
Blatant propaganda and a waste of time.

May 23, 2019 8:43 pm

As a more senior baby boomer can I just say sorry that Tim Cook is sorry kids seeing as it’s the Sorrycene epoch for you.

M__ S__
May 23, 2019 9:33 pm

Did he appologize for being white, too?

Roger Smith
Reply to  M__ S__
May 24, 2019 7:35 am

Didn’t have to as he identifies with an apple apparently-
The usual sour green taste in the mouth so best skinned cored and cooked by fossil fuels rather than entertained raw.

Julie near Chicago
May 23, 2019 9:40 pm

“Born in 1960” doesn’t make one a Baby-Boomer! Those folks are the ones born soon after the end of WW II — when the husbands came home and their wives were feeling sociable because of it. Say, born between 1946 and at latest 1950.

Besides which — T. Cook better leader of Apple than Steve Jobs? Not according to the water coolers in the Internet halls I frequent….

Based on his speech as quoted here, he sounds to me like just another PC librul, or else downright short on spine.

Reply to  Julie near Chicago
May 24, 2019 12:21 am

They keep expanding the definition – it seems to be anyone born before 1970 or so now.

I was startled to find that I was a “boomer” about a decade ago; I was also born in 1960. My two oldest sisters were that – I always considered we last two children to be the “space age” generation (or, more grimly, the “Cold War, Waiting For It To Go Hot” generation).

Reply to  Writing Observer
May 24, 2019 9:20 am

I was born in 1960, and I’ve been told that I’m a baby boomer since I can remember.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Writing Observer
May 27, 2019 7:28 am

We should gather a me2 movement.

Reply to  David Middleton
May 24, 2019 6:50 am

Dave, what comes after Gen Z……Gen AA ?

Bryan A
Reply to  Marcus
May 24, 2019 9:55 am

Generation WHY

Bryan A
Reply to  David Middleton
May 24, 2019 10:00 am

I believe each generation is about a 20 year span 1946 – 1965 (boomers) … 1966 – 1985 ( ) … 1986 – 2005 (millennials)

Bryan A
Reply to  Bryan A
May 24, 2019 10:04 am

Now that wasn’t supposed to be posted

Bryan A
Reply to  David Middleton
May 24, 2019 10:03 am

Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials: Born 1996 – TBD
Millennials or Gen Y: Born 1977 – 1995
Generation X: Born 1965 – 1976
Baby Boomers: Born 1946 – 1964
Traditionalists or Silent Generation: Born 1945 and before

Reply to  David Middleton
May 24, 2019 5:31 pm

PEW’s version of generations.
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Born in the early 1950s, I was told that I was told in High School, that I was born at the tail end of the baby boomer generation

Back then, you were a baby boomer if you were born of parents who grew up during the Depression, knew of or experienced the Dust Bowl, and served in WWII.
My Father was born in 1927 and served during part of 1944 and all of 1945 (he lied about his age)

Later, they included in the baby boomer generation some of the children born of Korean War veterans. Only, many of the Korean War veterans were not raised during the Depression and were born later in the 1930s.

Our parents were born from people who might’ve served in WWI and lived through the boom times preceding the Depression. Their parents experienced the Spanish American War and the final taming of the American West

Back then we were taught that generational influences were the defining factor for determining generations.
Baby boomers were raised by parents who knew they fought for freedoms and were very wary of waste; whether food or money.

The graphic you post shows 1900-1924 as the GI Generation.
Yes, people born around 1924 were very likely to serve, but the military discouraged people over 35; and went so far as to allow enlistees over 35 to return to civilian life.

May 23, 2019 10:04 pm

In the words of Tim Cook, Steve Jobs was a “creative genius”. He had some flaws, but he built Apple.
Tim Cook is an MBA who came into an established company. Different things, different passions.

May 24, 2019 1:10 am

The main ways our generation have failed the next are:
1. The overuse of anti-biotics particularly low dosage use in farming. This is quickly heading us back to the situation where easily preventable illnesses caused around 1/3 of children to die before adulthood.
2. The massive rise in public debt that has occurred – as our generation squandered money we borrowed on stupid green fads like “global warming” – expecting our kids to pay back what we borrowed.
3. The shut down of innovative thinking in many subject in science and academia generally so that in some areas we are literally stagnating – whereas we inherited science and learning which had made huge leaps in the century before we were born – those same subjects are now actively persecute any who dare to challenge the “consensus”.
4. We allowed the press to become all powerful, then we allowed TV to start brainwashing us as a society, and now we are allowing those like Google to create a personalised brainwashing service for tailor made for each one of us.

On the positive side – we have continued to have economic growth by utilising fossil fuels which vastly reducing the pollutants that used to cool the atmosphere by sunlight reflecting smog.

Reply to  Mike Haseler (Scottish Sceptic)
May 24, 2019 10:15 am

” we allowed TV to start brainwashing us as a society, ” so very important. It is near impossible to watch just a few hours of TV and not hear at least one claim that CC is real and causing a problem. Worse, the narrative used about climate change on children’s shows would make Paul Joseph Goebbels proud.

Flight Level
May 24, 2019 3:11 am

Plain attempt to cash-in on climate scare while they can…

May 24, 2019 4:47 am

I would say that the problem is not Tim Cook, which has to promote Apple also by virtue signalling, but the audience (and off course, the MSM, politicians, universities, etc. which produces such audience) :

– a bunch of ignorant brainwashed gullibles who can’t even understand the most simplistic scientific argument.

Why should he risk facing a cabal from MSM, greenblob, activists which would destroy him, his family and harm Apple ?

As we say in French : “Le client est Roi”.

And yes, it’s cynicism, but again, the problem has to be erased where it actually thrives : mostly at the UN and in its affiliated organizations.

Richard Ilfeld
May 24, 2019 5:31 am

Unwitting truth.
They failed on climate change.
Hundreds of millions of dollars mis-invested. Huge amounts of waste.
Solyndra’s flushing capital down the crony rathole.
A dirtier environment because we failed to continue the centuries long incremental
improvement of our fossil fuel consumption. Diversion of financial and intellectual assets
from research into next century technology in favor of wide scale implementation of last century technology.
How many iphones can a windmill charge? Stillbirth of nascent next gen nuclear energy plants.
And brainwashed two generations of school children to believe that a narrative is better science than science.

Thanks a bunch Tim.

An avowed enemy of our country could hardly have done as well.

May 24, 2019 6:06 am

I will believe that leftists care about future generations when they stop killing future generations.

Michael H Anderson
May 24, 2019 6:16 am

Looked up Cook’s net worth: $625+ million.

Another megarich twat virtue-signalling his fake contrition. Disgusting.

May 24, 2019 6:27 am

Yes Tim you failed but you only speak for yourself. You are indeed a failure.

The tremendous technical progress and relative peace established globally is our incredible gift to the next generation and you had nothing to do with it.

HD Hoese
May 24, 2019 8:04 am

Some points from an analysis about the surrounding Tulane habitat. (Cowan, H. H., Jr., L. A. Deegan and J. W. Day. 2014. Fisheries in a changing delta, pp. 91-109, in Day, J. W., G. P. Kemp, A. M. Freeman and D. P. Muth (Eds.). Perspectives on the Restoration of the Mississippi Delta. Springer.)

“Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of the Mississippi River delta ecosystem, given environmental insults that the system has and continues to endure, is the fact that there is little indication that fisheries productivity has decreased……we have already shown that Gulf landings appear to be increasing in spite of accumulating habitat losses…..We contend that this distinction speaks directly to whether our coastal ecosystems can or cannot be restored, and their fisheries productivity held intact or increased…..Projected climate change argues for an aggressive restoration program. If current trends continue, essentially all coastal wetlands will disappear.”

These are formerly rational scientists and deserve some credit and they use the word optimism. However, they almost understand that it was known long ago that things change naturally and ended up with this–“In conclusion, there is much uncertainty how the various factors affecting fisheries interact. Thus far, combined interactions of fishing pressure, habitat loss, and water quality deterioration have not caused a decline in fisheries. It is also uncertain how restoration will impact fisheries.”

They belong to a generation apparently inoculated with negativism. Apologies for that are in order. They do seem perhaps to be worming their way out of it because it doesn’t make sense. We don’t understand it but we can fix it.

Tulane has a long distinguished history back to when things like Yellow Fever nearly wiped them out.

May 24, 2019 8:22 am

Apple—one of the biggest LIAES about using renewables. They uses the SAME electricity as everyone, they just destroy acres and acres of land and wildlife to pretend they are using renewables. I despise them.

May 24, 2019 8:55 am

OT …the global daily quake count of greater than 2.5 mag has dropped to the lowest level I have seen in the last 4 or 5 years. The count right now is at 12 quakes in the last 24 hours. Earlier this year the rate of daily quakes dropped from the mid 30s down into the mid 20s on average per 24 hour period. Interesting how the 24 hour pattern undergoes shifts over the years. In general the only other time where the rate dropped this low was after a major teleseismic quake struck somewhere. …

Joel Snider
May 24, 2019 9:01 am

“In some important ways, my generation has failed you,”

Mr. Cook is failing the new generation in that sentence alone. So looking at it that way – he and his ilk have done more damage by hamstringing their potential and poisoning their minds than any generation in America ever has.

So – his own personal shame is just good common sense.

May 24, 2019 9:32 am

All I got from my graduation speaker was a blame game. Next time bring someone who will pay off all the student loans instead of this cheap SOB.

May 24, 2019 9:34 am

…and your levee boards did a great job and your carjackers are just ordinary motorists.

Chris norman
May 24, 2019 10:00 am

I just replaced my third iPhone with a cheap fold up job Tim.

Paul Penrose
May 24, 2019 10:22 am

What utter nonsense. His generation, my generation, have not failed those who follow us. We have given them a world far better than we inherited. That’s not a slam on our ancestors; they could say the same. Rather I’m saying that we have continued that trend of innovating and improving the lives of all human beings. Not equally of course, for that is impossible, but it can’t be denied that the vast majority of the people on the planet today have it much better than in 1960. Tim Cook is a fool – an ultra rich fool who probably doesn’t feel he deserves all he has and feels guilty about it. So he projects that guilt onto an entire generation, which of course absolves him of any wrong doing because “everybody did it”.

May 24, 2019 10:33 am

Over the last 25 years I have watched the vacant field next to my property change from an area that could host several football games at once with only a mowing to an area that would take loggers and bulldozers just to make a path to walk through. In that 40 acres there are several hundred large tall trees that are 20 to 25 years old. Many more than 50 feet tall. All of this happened with no assistance or intervention for humans. That tells me that with the present rate of temperature change that the “warming” will just make the flora/fauna slowly move further north. I find it hard to believe that any area is going to switch from a natural forest into a desert in less than 50 years.
Why is that bad?
Now, where is all of the analysis of the MASSIVE deforestation of the northern US by those that lived here before we moved here as the cause of CC? Could it be that The white men actually killed the people that started the global warming?

May 24, 2019 12:51 pm
Reply to  Toto
May 24, 2019 1:31 pm

I couldn’t bear to watch the video with his head flipping back and forth between teleprompters Obama style. Doesn’t anyone know how to give a speech anymore?

You’ve been fortunate to live, learn, and grow in a city where human currents blend into something magical and unexpected. Where unmatched beauty, natural beauty, literary beauty, musical beauty, cultural beauty, seem to spring unexpectedly from the bayou. The people of New Orleans use two tools to build this city: the unlikely and the impossible. Wherever you go, don’t forget the lessons of this place. Life will always find lots of ways to tell you no, that you can’t, that you shouldn’t, that you’d be better off if you didn’t try. But New Orleans teaches us there is nothing more beautiful or more worthwhile than trying.

Don’t get hung up on what other people say is practical. Instead, steer your ship into the choppy seas. Look for the rough spots, the problems that seem too big, the complexities that other people are content to work around. It’s in those places that you will find your purpose. It’s there that you can make your greatest contribution. Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of being too cautious. Don’t assume that by staying put, the ground won’t move beneath your feet. The status quo simply won’t last. So get to work on building something better.

It can sometimes feel like the odds are stacked against you, that it isn’t worth it, that the critics are too persistent and the problems are too great. But the solutions to our problems begin on a human scale with building a shared understanding of the work ahead and with undertaking it together. At the very least, we owe it to each other to try.

Too bad he doesn’t understand climate change. Someone else could use parts of this speech to make an inspiring speech for climate change skeptics.

May 24, 2019 1:35 pm

“no one understands better than those living in the natural disaster-dogged New Orleans”

Don’t mean to be nasty, but the above seems not properly true as put, from my perspective of considering the above.
I do not live or ever lived in New Orleans, but still can argue that the statement above could be closer to the truth if put something like:

“no one seems to understands the Katrina disaster-dogged New Orleans better then the guys who had to make the tough decisions then”.

In my understanding ” the Katrina disaster-dogged New Orleans” was a Constitutional Crises
disaster-dogged, man-made more than natural,
mainly dogged by the stand and the merit of the POTUS and Federal Government then,,,
a very nasty one disaster, created by a power void, due to the cowardice and the lack of responsibility from the elected leaders of New Orleans, who ran and abandoned the region faster than rats from a sinking ship, without accommodating the most basic and required act as per requirement of their most basic duty…
the transfer of power from local internal to external or federal, as per requirement of second clause of the bill of rights…

Really sorry if this happens to be a misunderstanding, or maybe even a grave one in my part,
but open to any argument and any clarification
in this issue… eager to understand it better… as it happens to be a very one interesting to me…from this perspective point.


Reply to  whiten
May 24, 2019 5:49 pm

“whiten May 24, 2019 at 1:35 pm
“no one understands better than those living in the natural disaster-dogged New Orleans”

When I worked in New Orleans, coworkers lectured and taught hurricane preparedness and which storms to fear, virtually nonstop from late May through November.
I was in New Orleans when Hurricane Andrew passed very close by to the West of New Orleans and hammered swamps and Baton Rouge.
A scarier storm back then was when Hurricane Gilbert came into the Gulf of Mexico and NO residents were afraid the storm would turn North.

Multiple coworkers, including people who lived in New Orleans East or Slidell, described surviving Hurricane Camille in their attics or standing on tables.

One of my coworkers came from a Cajun family.
He told me about his family and how his Grandfather knew a hurricane was coming by the weather.
They lived in the bayous and his Grandfather would load the family and a few possessions into their boat and head towards high ground.

Nowadays, people have TV, radios, internet access and doppler radar and are very complacent or gullible to ignorami making specious assertions.

New Orleans has along storied history of hurricanes, floods, broken levees,tornados, waterspouts, hail and severe storms with heavy enough heavy rainfall that one couldn’t get wetter swimming.

Back then, coworkers thought I was telling fairytales when I told them the ground would freeze hard every winter where I grew up.

Reply to  ATheoK
May 25, 2019 7:32 am

May 24, 2019 at 5:49 pm
If it helps, as most probably the point in my comment may not have being very clear.

I do not think that people living in the natural disaster-dogged New Orleans really do understand how people like this guy failed and still keep persisting with their failed attempts.

Considering huge investments and sacrifices and very very costly projects in attempting somehow to stop natural disasters from happening, against any odds,
instead of investing working and caring more about building better stronger and enduring structures to protect shelter and offer help and relief during and after such natural disasters,
in my understanding consist as a clear failure.

And these failed “guys” keep playing it the same, even when themselves have openly come to
accept that they failed, but still this does not stop them from keep trying the same allover again.

Katrina, in my understanding shows also how bad these kinda of “guys” behaved on top of this kinda of failure…
Failing even worse, by too quickly abandoning the people to the mercy of the nature…
when the “shit hit the fan”…

Hope that this may clarify a bit more my early comment.

Thanks 🙂


Reply to  whiten
May 27, 2019 8:16 am

“whiten May 25, 2019 at 7:32 am

“ATheoK May 24, 2019 at 5:49 pm”

“If it helps, as most probably the point in my comment may not have being very clear.

I do not think that people living in the natural disaster-dogged New Orleans really do understand how people like this guy failed and still keep persisting with their failed attempts.”

I certainly struggle to understand your statements, like this one.
“I do not think that people … really do understand how people like this guy failed and still keep persisting with their failed attempts.”

My take on that sentence is that you no not think New Orleans residents understand the problem, or is that they do not understand the propagandist?

“And these failed “guys” keep playing it the same, even when themselves have openly come to accept that they failed, but still this does not stop them from keep trying the same all over again.”

Sort of.
I don’t think the propagandists pay any attention to their claims, predictions, alarmisms, whatever.
I believe they desperately make claims and then seek the most press they can for their claim.

Yes, Government failed the New Orleans residents following Katrina.
I have friends who were tracking applications submitted to FEMA and payments to residents for Katrina damage. I was appalled when they hit the four year mark without FEMA reimbursing any citizen.

Any, and I emphasize any work done to protect New Orleans from disasters are performed under the auspices of ‘US Army Corps of Engineers’.
* Problems are analyzed – years.
* Solutions are developed – years
* Solutions are proposed (Capital budget requests are usually on a five year schedule)
* Capital Budget is eventually approved, usually at some reduced level of funds.
* Requirements are published and bids are invited. (3 bids are a minimum to proceed unless there are extenuating circumstances), (Minority owned contractor bids are desired)
* Contracts are let – to explicit requirements.
* Lowest bidder(s) win. Work is performed to the smaller approved capital budget using lowest bid materials and workers. This is before considering Louisiana’s endemic corruption levels.

The whole process takes quite a few years.
One of the levee failures was a new Army Corps of Engineers construction that failed to calculate the impact of that much water (weight and soil hydration) verus the sandbar they installed the barrier. The soil below the barrier hydrated and the weight of water combined with hurricane winds pushed the entire barrier well past the levee.

Yes, “these guys” performed horribly.
Still, New Orleans is a very cohesive city that takes pride in their history and resilience. Foolish Yankees telling New Orleanians specious and very condescending absurdities are routinely ignored.

May 24, 2019 6:19 pm

The only failure I’m aware of is the failure to educate students about the scientific method, how science works (data, not consensus) and how to recognize scientific baloney when they see it. People like Apple-boy seem to think that students should not question anything they are told to believe, regardless if the data or formulas are incompatible with the theory they allegedly support.

They have been failed in that respect, yes. They’re undereducated and thus gullible to scientific hokum.

May 26, 2019 9:53 pm

Compare that to what Steve Jobs said to Stanford grads in 2005.

“Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking,” Jobs explained. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

In 1997, the recently rehired Jobs rebranded Apple with the slogan “think different.” Two decades later, his successor advised students to think the same.

Jobs took a different tack in his address. He encouraged students to cast away their fears.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” Jobs explained. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

You can’t save the world. You can’t even save yourself. So “there is no reason not to follow your heart,” Jobs said.

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