Al Jazeera: “climate action should be central to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Al Jazeera, the solution to the Corona Virus pandemic is “planned degrowth” and more government funding of renewables.

The coronavirus outbreak is part of the climate change crisis

Therefore, climate action should be central to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Vijay Kolinjivadi

The speed and scope of the coronavirus outbreak have taken world governments by surprise and left the stock market reeling. Since the virus first appeared in China’s Hubei province, it has infected over 700,000 people and killed more than 33,000 across the world in less than six months.

These sweeping and unprecedented measures taken by the government and international institutions could not but make some of us wonder about another global emergency that needs urgent action – climate change. 

The two emergencies are in fact quite similar. Both have their roots in the world’s current economic model – that of the pursuit of infinite growth at the expense of the environment on which our survival depends – and both are deadly and disruptive.

In fact, one may argue that the pandemic is part of climate change and therefore, our response to it should not be limited to containing the spread of the virus. What we thought was “normal” before the pandemic was already a crisis and so returning to it cannot be an option.

While some have called for climate change to be just as drastic as the one undertaken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it should not be. We need a just climate transition which ensures the protection of the poor and most vulnerable and which is integrated into our pandemic response. This would not only reverse the climate disaster we are already living in but also minimise the risk of new pandemics like the current one breaking out. 

The just climate transition should involve economic reforms to introduce “planned degrowth” that puts the wellbeing of people over profit margins. The first step towards that is ensuring the stimulus packages that governments are announcing across the world are not wasted on bailing out corporations.

We must avoid at all costs a situation where unscrupulous big businesses and state actors are allowed free reign to reinforce appalling global inequality while the rest of civil society is quarantined at home. 

We should demand that government funds are instead allocated to decentralised renewable energy production in order to start implementing the Green New Deal and create new meaningful jobs amid the post-COVID-19 economic crisis. In parallel, we should ensure the provision of universal healthcare and free education, the extension of social protection for all vulnerable populations and the prioritisation of affordable housing.

Read more: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/coronavirus-outbreak-part-climate-change-emergency-200325135058077.html

There is no evidence that degrowth would help reduce the risk of pandemics. If you look at the horrific pandemics of the past, like Smallpox and the Black Death, carbon friendly localised energy systems like wind turbines and water wheels were no help whatsoever to our ancestors fending off deadly disease.

Technology, mass production and science is what has saved us from Smallpox and the Black Death.

Understanding of vaccines, mass production and utter determination saved us from Smallpox.

We’re still at risk from the Black Death. Yersinia Pestis is still out there. For now it is under control, thanks to high tech antibiotics and constant vigilance, but if our civilisation ever falters the Black Death will return. The Black Death still occasionally infects and kills people in the USA.

The author Vijay Kolinjivadi also talks about how we are being exposed to new diseases by our contact with animals, thanks to the expansion of our industrial civilisation.

Surely the solution to this type of constant risk, where humans are in constant contact with dangerous species, is to totally eradicate the animals which pose a risk to humans. A Chinese study in 2017 found that the bats which started the current pandemic carry thousands of other viruses, some potentially even worse than Covid-19.

I’d rather a few species of bats or whatever face deliberate extinction, than take the risk of another Chinese Coronavirus pandemic.

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Editor
March 31, 2020 2:11 am

I look forward to Qatar immediately stopping its oil production!

Megs
Reply to  paul homewood
March 31, 2020 2:34 am

I look forward to the reduction of toxic waste and byproducts from rare earth mining. I look forward to reliable energy. I look forward to someone resolving the recycling problems associated with wind and solar. ‘The new asbestos’ that everyone wants to ignore, dump or bury.

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  Megs
March 31, 2020 5:06 am

I look forward to eliminating the exploitation of African Children by the ChiComs so that EVs can be purchased by virtue signaling liberals.

Megs
Reply to  Carbon Bigfoot
March 31, 2020 5:24 am

Will others express there hopes here too Carbon Bigfoot? I hope so.

Megs
Reply to  paul homewood
March 31, 2020 2:37 am

My response was for you paul Homewood.

Bryan A
Reply to  Megs
March 31, 2020 7:01 am

Although Paul’s remark didn’t include a /sarc tag I believe it was intended to
What would the Arab Nations do if they had to were forced to stop oil production…WWIII

Rich Davis
Reply to  paul homewood
March 31, 2020 6:24 am

You have to question the sincerity and goodwill of a news outlet run by a despotic government 100% dependent on oil/gas exports, giving us advice to dismantle our society.

Charles Higley
Reply to  paul homewood
March 31, 2020 6:27 am

To tell the truth, every year the flu season is a pandemic. So why are they panicking over one of a family of viruses. This year it is a SCAMDEMIC.

The fact has emerged that the Covid-19 test really only a test for coronavirus (covi) and most people have one or more harmless covi viruses all year round. So, all this does does is allow the authorities to claim an infectious virus and panic the public.

So, the many cases of positive cases belies the fact that this virus in infectious and travels well. That is why predictions of a peak of virus deaths seems unlikely as it has already been through this area earlier in the year.

This is the nether end of the flu season and to predict wanton infection and death is nothing but fear mongering. This is a rather light flu season overall and was light even before everybody decided to sequester.

This SCAMDEMIC is a crime against the people of the world by the governments and globalists.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  paul homewood
March 31, 2020 6:56 pm

Qatar mostly gas, and they are currently in a massive expansion mode

But yes, same thing

Of course, this is just the Middle East continuing to urge the us toward suicide

Unfortunately, a message fully endorse by our clown-based government in Ottawa, where we are proceeding with 50% increase of the federal carbon tax tomorrow “because it will help us get money into the pockets of ordinary Canadians”.
Justin Trudeau

Would love to say April Fools, but no such luck

Too stupid to live, the clinical term

HotScot
March 31, 2020 2:32 am

No need to eradicate bats, just ban their hunting and consumption and close wet markets across the world.

Warren
Reply to  HotScot
March 31, 2020 3:16 am

Eradication is the only answer. Do your research before commenting on bats. Bats bite animals which become mutation intermediaries. The next coronavirus may be a 100 million killer. The time to act is now!

Greg
Reply to  HotScot
March 31, 2020 4:17 am

what is a ‘wet market’ and why does it need closing. ?

Megs
Reply to  Greg
March 31, 2020 4:37 am

A wet market is where your live protein is killed on the spot. Traditionally as there were refrigerators your protein was as fresh as possible. I’m not sure why it has persisted in China, they are no longer a third world country and refrigerators are pretty much the norm.

Scissor
Reply to  Megs
March 31, 2020 11:14 am

It’s basically a way to make money for poor Chinese people. They raise, fish, hunt and trap domestic and wild animals and sell them there. This includes relatively benign species like crawfish, frogs, but it includes some we would find repulsive, like mice, rats, bats, pet dogs (found wandering around of course).

Chinese medical researchers have even been known to pick up a little extra cash by selling their test animals to wet market operators.

Megs
Reply to  Scissor
March 31, 2020 3:03 pm

Scissor I meant to say “Traditionally there were ‘no’ refrigerators” but I’m sure you guessed that. Though we don’t have wet markets here in Australia we do have many Chinese restaurants. The high end restaurants have large tanks with fish, abalone, lobsters and such. You pick the one you want and it is killed, prepared and cooked. You can’t get any fresher than that. Of course in China the source of capture and animal health would be unknown to the customer. But the ‘aim’ is still to provide fresh protein.

Russ R.
Reply to  Megs
April 1, 2020 11:11 am

Wet markets sprung up in China, during the Cultural Revolution when farm products became impossible to get for anyone not living on a farm. The black market for “non-farm” food was better than no food.
The wet market in Wuhan is similar to 1000’s of wet markets though out China, Indonesia, and most of SE Asia. The only thing “special” at the wet market in Wuhan is it’s neighbors:

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6146182586001#sp=show-clips

Megs
Reply to  Russ R.
April 1, 2020 2:39 pm

Thanks Russ, it’s always good to get extra information, great link too.

Megs
Reply to  Greg
March 31, 2020 5:30 am

I answered your question Greg, the mods have chosen to withhold it for some reason? It’s not controversial, simply the truth.

It's cold here
Reply to  Greg
March 31, 2020 7:09 am

From Wikipedia:
A wet market is a market selling fresh meat, fish, produce, and other perishable goods as distinguished from “dry markets” which sell durable goods such as fabric and electronics.[1][2] Wet markets are common throughout the world.[3][4][5][6]

Wet markets containing live wild animals and wildlife products have been linked to outbreaks of zoonotic diseases including coronavirus disease 2019, but most wet markets are not wildlife markets.[4][6]

David
Reply to  HotScot
March 31, 2020 4:20 am

The nations of the world must embark on a programme to completely isolate China. This rogue nation not only murders their own citizens, but because of their consumption of reptile,bats and other unspeakable creatures all slaughtered in appalling hygienic condition, they have put the health of the world at risk. Millions will die because of criminal Chinese negligence. And without being completely isolated, all it will take for yet another virus to emerge from this rogue nation, is for some Chinese chap to have lizard for lunch. Some say the cost will be high – but the cost to world economies with this Wuhan Chinese virus is already in the trillions. Governments around the world are asking private individuals to quarantine and isolate – they must now demand the same of China. Flights, ships, border closed down. no one in or out. When the wet markets are closed and disinfected and the consumption of dangerous reptiles and animals banned with heavy penalties and there have been no further viruses for a period of three years, the world could consider removing the lock down. Without this action millions are going to die – demand your politician take action now.

Megs
Reply to  David
March 31, 2020 3:10 pm

David our aboriginal people here in the Australian out back eat lizards. Mostly the larger goanna. You’re safe though, white people aren’t allowed to kill them for food. We’ve been told that they’re delicious.

n.n
Reply to  HotScot
March 31, 2020 6:27 am

Bats and wet market, an incomplete vaccine (e.g. Wuhan biolab) that escaped into the wild, etc.

It's cold here
Reply to  HotScot
March 31, 2020 7:07 am

Just don’t eat them raw! Mankind has been roasting/boiling meat to make it safer and more palatable for millennia!

Scissor
Reply to  It's cold here
March 31, 2020 11:16 am

Well done bat doesn’t sound appealing.

Megs
Reply to  Scissor
March 31, 2020 4:02 pm

We had an opportunity to partake in the food on offer in a market in Vietnam. Stir fried creatures of all kinds including cockroaches and grasshoppers and such, all freshly cooked, piled up and ready to bag up as takeaway. I just couldn’t bring myself to try them. We saw animals in cages and knew that they were destined to be food. We saw a small goat being cooked with a blowtorch, and a rat being cooked the same way separate to the market.

There are beautiful people in every country, just getting on with living their lives. It’s really only the ones in power that have no regard to the damage they do to their societies. They introduce the worst of western ways, think big name global ‘takeaways’, plastic bags and other modern conveniences. These people don’t have garbage collection, outside of the tourist areas in many of these countries is just sad.

We liked to take ‘local’ public transport where we could. We took a loop train trip in Myanmar, the whole journey was about an hour. It gives you an insight into how people live. Most of the trip was through poor villages and a little of the country side. There is no shame in being poor, as long as you have food and fresh water and shelter. What struck us though was the piles of garbage that were heaped up in places in the villages, so many plastic bags and takeaway food containers. They don’t have the infrastructure to live our lifestyle. As with many Asian countries there is so much history, beauty and colour, then there’s that obscene side that is evident in every country. It may have been completed by now but when we were in Myanmar they were building a huge golden reclining Buddha. I’m talking massive, big enough in fact to put a Carpark underneath! Like a drive through spiritual experience?

Wind and solar are like that reclining Buddha, they don’t really do anything, they just cost a lot of money and they’re something we have to find a way to dispose of in the future, at additional cost. And like the golden Buddha, the money could have been spent in ways that would actually benefit the people.

No one at the top thinks things through, but then I guess that’s the plan. The end game isn’t to benefit the people, only to have power over them.

whiten
Reply to  It's cold here
March 31, 2020 8:52 pm

It’s cold here
March 31, 2020 at 7:07 am

….Mankind has been roasting/boiling meat to make it safer and more palatable for millennia!
————————
refrigerators? for millennia? weird dude… 🙂

cheers

Coeur de Lion
March 31, 2020 2:42 am

We should be expecting a fall in the level of atmospheric CO2 from today’s 414ppm to perhaps the touted ‘safe level’ of 350ppm as a consequence of pandemic decarbonisation. If this doesn’t happen, it will show that man made CO2 is not the climate driver and that all Green New Deals and Zero Carbon ambitions are futile.

HotScot
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
March 31, 2020 2:51 am

Coeur de Lion

By when can we expect this to happen?

Loydo
Reply to  HotScot
March 31, 2020 3:35 am

350ppm? That would take decades of zero emissions -it goes up quick but takes a very, very long time to come down.

CO2 falling from 414 to 413 in a years time will have zero measurable affect. What may be measurable is a reduction of global dimming. Unlike CO2, sulfate aerosol concentrations rapidly diminish so any reduced dimming could be evident within weeks.

Art
Reply to  Loydo
March 31, 2020 10:54 am

Residence time of CO2 in the atmosphere is about 7 years, it does not take a very, very long time.

Loydo
Reply to  Art
March 31, 2020 2:12 pm

7 years might be about right for an individual molecule but not for a plume. Our CO2 plume will take thousands of years to fully dissipate. Sulphates get washed out in weeks.

Scissor
Reply to  Loydo
March 31, 2020 11:18 am

Mostly correct for a change. Are you ill? (That’s a rhetorical question.)

KaliforniaKook
Reply to  Loydo
March 31, 2020 4:35 pm

Loydo – you’re right: CO2 falling from 414 to 413 would have zero measurable effect. In fact, falling to 350 would only have an effect on the de-greening of the planet. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Jeff Grann
Reply to  HotScot
March 31, 2020 5:04 am

When Radical Islamists rule the world or the United States develops the technology to make green energy cheaper than fossil fuels in 20 or 30 years.

Coeur de Lion
Reply to  HotScot
March 31, 2020 5:57 am

Hullo Hot Scot. Well, if the Guardian pointedly prints the figure every day and attributes the rises to humankind, then I would expect an immediate fall. I’m no carbon cyclist but Lord Gummer’s Climate Change Committee would lose credibility if the Zero scam didn’t start to show effective results after a year of throwing people out of work.

Klem
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
March 31, 2020 3:34 am

And when there is no reduction in atmospheric CO2, the climate Marxists will claim that its too late, we’re past the tipping point, we are now facing runaway climate disaster!

Brent Hargreaves
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
March 31, 2020 5:20 am

That’s a very good point, Coeur de Lion. This sudden reduction in activity is the very thing the Global Warming commies have been advocating. If said reduction fails to have (their) desired effecr then their whole decarbonisation programme is proven to be ineffective.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  Brent Hargreaves
March 31, 2020 7:06 pm

I think what is going to happen is that instead of massaging various datasets to produce the requisite “hottest ever” headline then refusing access to the modified data and how it was modified, they will instead take the unmassaged data, release it and claim it shows a temperature drop from 2019 to then claim the direct CO2 temperature knob

Just my opinion As someone whose hobby is watching for such behavior

Scissor
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
March 31, 2020 6:59 am

Remember, anthro emissions are less than 5% of natural emissions, and there are seasonal and other cycles that contribute to large variations. One seasonal cycle that will kick in shortly is plant growth in the Northern hemisphere and global CO2 will begin to decline from this.

Burl Henry
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
March 31, 2020 7:35 am

Couer de Lion

“consequence of pandemic decarbonisation”

Why would there be decarbonisation as a result of the pandemic?

Observer
Reply to  Burl Henry
March 31, 2020 1:27 pm

Because we’re all at home twiddling our thumbs

MarkW
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
March 31, 2020 8:30 am

The reduction in CO2 production is going to be much, much smaller than the reduction in economic activity.

The reason for this is simple if stop to think about it.
Instead of having 1000 people in one office building, we now have those people in 1000 homes and apartments. That would result in an increase in electricity demand.
Instead of driving to work, we have people driving from store to store trying to find all the stuff they need. Instead of eat-in restaurants, they now sit in their cars, in line, waiting to get up to the take out window.
And so on.

Reply to  MarkW
March 31, 2020 9:36 pm

Mark – not in my city – Calgary is so quiet it’s looks like it was hit by a neutron bomb. No traffic, no people, nothing. I took a long walk downtown yesterday and the city was deserted.

March 31, 2020 2:56 am

“These sweeping and unprecedented measures taken by the government and international institutions could not but make some of us wonder about another global emergency that needs urgent action – climate change.

The two emergencies are in fact quite similar. Both have their roots in the world’s current economic model – that of the pursuit of infinite growth at the expense of the environment on which our survival depends – and both are deadly and disruptive…. The pandemic is part of climate change and therefore, our response to it should not be limited to containing the spread of the virus”.

Once you are on board the activism boat everything else has to fit the assumptions your activism to keep that boat afloat.

https://tambonthongchai.com/2019/02/03/hidden-hand/

Greg
Reply to  chaamjamal
March 31, 2020 4:23 am

This article is total bollox of course but it yet another “opinion” piece. It is not even Al Jez reporting.

If you are going to try to respond to every “opinion” peice ever printed you will never even get to read the false reporting and pseudo science getting full marks in the PR literature.

oeman50
Reply to  chaamjamal
March 31, 2020 8:44 am

You got it, chaamjamal. They draw that conclusion without any facts to back it up, as usual.

Robertvd
March 31, 2020 3:01 am

Governments have no money only a printing press. Zimbabwe still dollars will not be the solution.

Flight Level
March 31, 2020 3:24 am

I don’t want to command opinions nor set trends. However, after 9/11 and the ways it impacted my “office” life, I have absolutely no respect whatsoever for whatever is said and promoted by Al Jazeera.

Freedom of journalistic expression is one thing, purposely distilled propaganda is another.

Greg
Reply to  Flight Level
March 31, 2020 4:27 am

Worry about the ” purposely distilled propaganda” from your major MSM outlets and online censorship platforms before getting too worried about left of field outlets like AJ.

Flight Level
Reply to  Greg
March 31, 2020 5:28 am

I surely do as they are interconnected to play the same tunes in a loop. Ad nauseum.

Wally
Reply to  Greg
March 31, 2020 11:33 am

Al Jazeera has always made good & valid points about the oppression, mass murder of Palestinians by Israel. Kudos deserved for that.

Yet here they shoot their support in the foot with Marxist nonsense about ‘climate action’, or whatever it’s called this week.

They never seem to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Ron Long
March 31, 2020 3:50 am

Good posting, Eric. Al Jazeera is a mouthpiece for radical terrorists and will utilize any theme to motivate the low-information crowd into action, chaos and anarchy included, to assist their radical views. The Spanish Flu killed 30 to 50 million at the end of WWI, at an atmospheric level of 300 ppm CO2, and the current China Wuhan Flu is on its way to about a million (?) fatalities at an atmospheric level of 410 ppm CO2, so where’s the proof that the two, CAGW and pandemic deaths, are correlated? I’ll take 410 ppm for only a million, Alex.

ren
March 31, 2020 3:51 am

The most obvious is the correlation with high levels of galactic radiation and low solar activity. They affect large temperature jumps and the increase of troposphere ozone. Also, an increase in UV radiation at the surface weakens immunity. The increase in ionizing radiation at the surface lowers people’s immunity around the world.
https://cosmicrays.oulu.fi/

icisil
Reply to  ren
March 31, 2020 4:19 am

Not so simple. Increased UV = increased vitamin D production in exposed skin. Vitamin D is essential to healthy immunity.

ren
Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 4:30 am

Depends on the UV wavelength.

icisil
Reply to  ren
March 31, 2020 4:43 am

Yes, and…?

Vuk
Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 4:54 am

Italians and Spaniards should have better deposits of vitamin D in the body fat tissue than the north Europeans, and yet they suffered much more. I believe (possibly wrongly) that the naturally acquired vitamin D may have half life time of up to 3 months.

Scissor
Reply to  Vuk
March 31, 2020 7:59 am

From a pharmacy site, “Calcitriol (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3), the active form of vitamin D, has a half-life of about 15 hours, while calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin D3) has a half-life of about 15 days.”

Vuk
Reply to  Scissor
March 31, 2020 9:49 am

I think they are talking there about consumed vitamin D (food or tablets) which is distributed by the blood stream, not the naturally acquired directly which is stored in body’s fat tissue.
Vitamin D in the tablet form has to be taken frequently, however vitamin D that the majority of people should be able to get from direct sunlight in the summer months, it is all they need through the rest of the year.

icisil
Reply to  Vuk
March 31, 2020 8:13 am

Do they have more melanin? Or use more sunscreen?

Krishna Gans
March 31, 2020 3:53 am

There is nobody of the climate activists with the look over the whole, complete scenario or global ecology.
They don’t see what happens, when closing one door, to the rest of the house.
They miss the the complete overview, how one is connected to the other.
Silly…

Krishna Gans
Reply to  Krishna Gans
March 31, 2020 4:32 am

Btw, consensus “scientists” ate concerned too.

icisil
Reply to  Krishna Gans
March 31, 2020 4:45 am

Epidemiologists do the same thing.

Editor
March 31, 2020 3:56 am

Sorry, wrong article.

ren
March 31, 2020 4:29 am

Brazil may become a new great epidemic focus Covid-19.

icisil
Reply to  ren
March 31, 2020 4:47 am

Every country is warming twice as fast as every other country.

Flight Level
Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 5:29 am

+ MANY 😉

LdB
Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 5:40 am

Speak for yourself we are going into winter not coming out of it 🙂

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  LdB
March 31, 2020 7:11 pm

-10c in calgary tomorrow and snowing

That’s what we get for a drop in CO2

No wait, it’s still winter here

Never mind

Krishna Gans
Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 6:08 am

Where is start and end point !

ren
Reply to  ren
March 31, 2020 7:12 am

We should observe an increase in all deaths in individual countries if such statistics are public.

RStabb
March 31, 2020 5:09 am

“The coronavirus outbreak is part of the climate change crisis.” What climate change ‘crisis’ ?

n.n
Reply to  RStabb
March 31, 2020 6:35 am

Cooling… warming… we can forecast, but no one knows for certain what tomorrow will bring. It could bring another hockey stick. Another Wuhan virus and Covid-19 disease that forces a social, political, economic climate change pandemic… a global epidemic.

Chris Jones
March 31, 2020 5:19 am

Was I the only one who thought about AGW when Dr. Fauci talked about the limits of modeling and his experience with modeling extremis?

commieBob
March 31, 2020 5:38 am

Technology, mass production and science is what has saved us from Smallpox and the Black Death.

Technology has saved us from the collapse of civilization predicted by Malthus and his more recent contemporaries, the Club of Rome, etc. If resources start to deplete, we find a way to use less, we find a way to substitute, we find a way to find more. Whatever, we find a way.

What are the conditions necessary to continue the development of technology?

Necessity is not the mother of invention. There’s darn little technology coming out of Zimbabwe.

The case of the Soviet Union is instructive. link Soviet technological development usually lagged behind that of America and Europe. What did that cost the Soviets? Efficiency. That left them exposed to resource shortages of all kinds. It looks to me like Ronald Reagan egged them into an arms race. They couldn’t keep up and collapsed. IMHO, they would have collapsed eventually anyways.

So, we have a tiger by the tail. If technological advance slows, we will devolve, slowly or quickly, back to the stone age.

The one condition that has shown itself to promote technological advance is a consumer driven capitalist economy. The environmentalist watermelons, green on the outside and red inside, do not understand that.

Richard
Reply to  commieBob
March 31, 2020 7:45 am

“The environmentalist(s) . . . do not understand that.” Actually, they do. Which is why, if they are to wrest power and control from the consumer driven capitalist economy, they must dismantle it. And the current tool of choice is the ‘climate crisis’. Never make the mistake of thinking they don’t know what they are doing.

commieBob
Reply to  Richard
March 31, 2020 9:58 am

Rather than dealing with the economic facts of life, some of them dismiss it as a conspiracy theory. link They support science only as far as it augments their world view and they otherwise reject it. link

This includes the view (on the left), for example, that science has a “bourgeois and/or Eurocentric and/or masculinist world-view”.

Sommer
Reply to  Richard
March 31, 2020 10:28 am

Take a look at this highly politicized Canadian piece published in The Tyee:
https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/03/20/Game-Over-For-Kenney/?utm_source=weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=230320

Expect more of this as the financial fiasco continues.

commieBob
Reply to  Sommer
March 31, 2020 12:50 pm

The whole thing isn’t entirely wrong. As far as I can tell, oil sands oil has a hard time competing with fracked oil and gas.

That said, it is insane to let eastern Canada continue to import oil while Canadian oil sits in the ground. It is insane to let BC get cheap fossil fuels from Alberta while refusing to let the Alberta product get to tide water.

Canada needs a new National Energy Plan, this time one that works in Alberta’s favor.

When the economy was rocky elsewhere oil sands jobs were providing a pay check for folks from all over the country. It’s time for some pay back.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  commieBob
March 31, 2020 7:18 pm

Oilsands is not uncompetitive with Shale
You build an oilsands plant then it can produce for decades at little additional cost

You have to continually frac new wells as the old ones die

Don’t be fooled by the propaganda

We’ll be producing oilsands for hundreds of years

The warmistas continually miss the point
If we switched everyone to EVs tomorrow that kills light oil which really has limited use

Heavy oil, oil sands, has so many fractions good for so much manufacturing besides the small part good for gasoline

Not going anywhere

GJH
March 31, 2020 6:19 am

“Surely the solution to this type of constant risk, where humans are in constant contact with dangerous species, is to totally eradicate the animals which pose a risk to humans.”

Really? Kill every animal that poses a risk? knowing (or not) that all animals, including humans, carry viruses within them that one day can mutate and cause highly contagious and deadly diseases?

The stupid, it burns!!!

Stephen Skinner
March 31, 2020 6:38 am

De-growthing and more government funding. How will that work then? Is it really necessary to explain that government funding comes from surplus from growth?

Stephen Skinner
March 31, 2020 7:00 am

“Surely the solution to this type of constant risk, where humans are in constant contact with dangerous species, is to totally eradicate the animals which pose a risk to humans.”
Bats eat tons of crop eating insects and are also part of the pollination process. A logical approach is remove the point where people meet bats. Otherwise the laws of unintended consequence will have even more things to do as if there aren’t enough already.

Gordon Dressler
March 31, 2020 7:20 am

Headline in the boxed quote in the above article “The coronavirus outbreak is part of the climate change crisis”.

Ah, ha!– – there it is. I have been predicting that it would be only a matter of time before this exact claim would appear.

What’s that saying? . . . “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” (attributed to US politician Rahm Emanuel)

ren
March 31, 2020 7:27 am

You can expect a large number of all deaths in the UK. Also among teenagers.

RStabb
March 31, 2020 7:28 am

n.n,

This is the stuff of RCP8.5, the do nothing scenario.

Tom Abbott
March 31, 2020 7:44 am

From the article: “some of us wonder about another global emergency that needs urgent action – climate change.

The two emergencies are in fact quite similar.”

Not really. One, the Wuhan virus outbreak, is a real crisis, and the other, the Human-caused Climate Change “emergency” is just science fiction.

From the article: “This would not only reverse the climate disaster we are already living in”

There is no evidence for this. My neck of the woods has fantastic weather. No weather disaster going on here. Or anywhere else that I can see.

From the article: “The first step towards that is ensuring the stimulus packages that governments are announcing across the world are not wasted on bailing out corporations.”

Trump’s bailouts are bailouts for American workers who are employed by those corporations. Trump has said the money must be spent to keep the business alive and keep the employees employed, and corporations are not allowed to use the money to buy back their own stock.

One interesting item I heard had been put into the bill was about the Democrats insisting that none of Trump’s businesses would benefit from the stimulus package. I don’t know if that made it into the final bill or not, but that’s what they were wanting.

From the article: “We should demand that government funds are instead allocated to decentralised renewable energy production”

Good luck with that. Trump doesn’t have much good to say about windmills. He’s not a fan.

KT66
March 31, 2020 7:58 am

Alarmists still have problems understanding cause and effect.

Joey
March 31, 2020 8:14 am

The old axiom “if the only tool you have is a hammer you treat everything as if it were a nail” seems to ring true in this nonsensical babble. I’m quite surprised that these clowns don’t see that they are “jumping the shark” every time they put out rubbish like this.

Eugene Conlin
March 31, 2020 8:22 am

What does one expect from Al Jazeera – it’s basically an offshoot of the BBC!
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jul/04/al-jazeera-journalists-this-isnt-the-first-time-weve-come-under-threat

His channel, award-winning and internationally recognised, is not the main target of the blockade. Its sister channel, al-Jazeera Arabic, which reaches far wider audiences and has more controversial coverage, is widely believed to be the real focus.

It was launched with a swath of staff from BBC Arabic in 1996 after Saudi partners connected to the ruling family forced the closure of the channel after a row about content.

“They took the spirit of the BBC with them to al-Jazeera,” said Ian Richardson, the last managing editor of BBC Arabic, who added he had kept in touch with staff after moving on. About two-thirds of BBC staff joined al-Jazeera, he said, and the dispute is likely to bring back painful memories of the previous turmoil they endured.

Vuk
March 31, 2020 9:27 am

UK Covid-19 numbers have turned for worse. Tuesday update here:
http://www.vukcevic.co.uk/UK-COVID-19.htm

icisil
March 31, 2020 9:36 am

Covid19 yet to impact Europe’s overall mortality
Year-to-date statistics show excess mortality lower than previous years

https://off-guardian.org/2020/03/30/covid19-yet-to-impact-europes-overall-mortality/

whiten
March 31, 2020 9:38 am

“The coronavirus outbreak is part of the climate change crisis”
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“The coronavirus outbreak “crisis” is part of the climate change crisis as it is perpetrated and invoked by the same lot and the same scheme”

There corrected.

COVID-19 outbreak is natural as natural as climate… but the invoked “crisis” is the same intricacy,
where one has become real already.
The main goal… subjecting and forcing the world to a uniformed unified path, where individuality and personal individuality has or holds no any value anymore… when and where freedom ends up as
an empty notion… the diminishment of personality of the individual.

The “Final solution”.

cheers

Joel O'Bryan
March 31, 2020 9:48 am

planned degrowth = economic despair and hardship.
Which of course leads to more environmental destruction and degradation because a society unable to afford to take care of themselves obviously won’t for the environment either. Look at all the shithole poor slums surrounding all the major cities of Africa and SOuth America to find strong evidence of that. Polluted water, destroyed vegetation, filth upon filth and un-regulated garbage dumps.

The sad part is the this Green environmental movement is just a guise for imposing despotic solicalism upon the Western world middle class. And too many people are blind to that fact.
Regardless of what both the good science and junk science say about climate and CO2,

Climate Change Policy is Socialism’s Trojan Horse.

icisil
March 31, 2020 9:49 am

Sweden’s Approach To Coronavirus: Do Nothing

We who are adults need to be exactly that: adults. Not spread panic or rumors,” said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

https://www.zerohedge.com/health/swedens-approach-coronavirus-do-nothing

icisil
March 31, 2020 9:52 am

Mom says. “Make sure you take your zinc with your chloroquine”

Hydroxychloroquine Prescriptions Triple Overnight Following FDA Approval

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/hydroxychloroquine-demand-triples-overnight-following-fda-approval

Michael Jankowski
March 31, 2020 10:32 am

“…one may argue that the pandemic is part of climate change…”

That argument is reserved for people with an IQ approaching single digits.

Joel Snider
March 31, 2020 10:48 am

Gosh. I wonder if Al Jazeera has an agenda?

Art
March 31, 2020 11:01 am

“…but if our civilisation ever falters the Black Death will return.”
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And the global warmunists intent is to deliberately make our civilization falter.

goldminor
March 31, 2020 12:49 pm

Europe is getting a taste of cold weather over the last 4 or 5 days. Wonder how much that is affecting the current rise in virus cases in Northern Europe? … https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/overlay=temp/orthographic=30.09,51.52,617/loc=117.147,67.018

gringojay
March 31, 2020 5:04 pm

I’d rather listen to some Al Jarreau than that crappy Al Jareeza band-wave stuff.

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