The “racism” of climate change alarmists

It’s not climate change that’s racist, but those who use it to block energy development

Duggan Flanakin

Climate alarmists now proclaim that climate change is racist, that it affects minorities more than others. What hypocrisy. By this theory, the Sun, our galaxy and their Creator are racist, since they have driven climate change throughout history.

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Racism has certainly been a factor in many decisions about land use, zoning, education and many other aspects of our lives. But this began long before Europeans “discovered” America. Tribalism, the most fundamental form of racism historically, has been around at least since the dawn of the Iron Age.

The new racism is a prime domain of environmental alarmists, and a direct outgrowth of centuries of patronizing colonialism. Many still believe today’s poor and indigenous people must be “guided” into a “green” tomorrow and not allowed use the tools that Western and other countries employed to grow, create wealth, improve living standards and remain free.

Many even seem okay that their “solutions” to “climate change” yield highly negative results for billions of people worldwide, whose lifestyles are far removed from the privileges of eco-elites – who don’t even enjoy the blessings of electricity, 24/7/365 or even at all.

Instead of recognizing their own role in sustaining energy poverty (and its resultant misery, disease and death), the alarmists berate the West for escaping generational poverty through technology. Penn State meteorologist Gregory Jenkins (who works for Dr. Michael Mann, co-creator of dangerous Mann-made climate change) has linked racism to climate change “because it dictates who benefits from activities that produce planet-warming gases and who suffers most from the consequences.”

But their “solutions” always deny African and other poor families access to fossil fuel “activities” – and blessings – while burdening their own societies with heavy taxes and mandates that would curtail affordable energy and living standards for billions.

Fifteen years ago, Cameroonian journalist Jean-Claude Shanda Tomme said environmentalists “still believe us to be like children that they must save, as if we don’t realize ourselves what the source of our problems is.” Incredibly, this remains a prevailing attitude.

Nearly two decades ago, in his seminal book Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death, Paul Driessen exposed the eco-colonialism (and racism) of European and American nongovernmental organizations, banking institutions and governments.

In its introduction, Congress Of Racial Equality national spokesman Niger Innis said the green elites’ policies “prevent needy nations from using the very technologies that developed countries employed to become rich, comfortable and free of disease. And they send millions of infants, children, men and women to early graves every year.”

They insist that Africans not be allowed to combat malaria with DDT, which eradicated malaria throughout the developed world. Nor may Africans rely on their abundant oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear or hydroelectric resources, the same technologies and resources that built Western and Eastern societies.

Multiple voices have demanded that the West stop smothering Africans with money that fuels massive corruption. A decade ago, in reviewing Dambisa Moyo’s brilliant 2009 book, Dead Aid, I recalled her litany of “sins of aid with strings.” It fuels corruption, encourages inflation, increases debt loads, kills exports, causes civil unrest, frustrates entrepreneurship, and disenfranchises citizens.  In effect, foreign aid is also racist. Kenyan economist James Shikwati agrees.

My colleagues and I pointed out that $500 billion in foreign aid had done little to improve the lives of ordinary Africans, who still had few highways, no real electric grid, little sanitation or clean water, few hospitals, and millions dying annually from diseases almost entirely wiped out elsewhere in the world.

At that time, OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo pleaded with Western leaders that “energy is fundamental for economic development and social progress. While the use of all forms of energy is welcome, it is clear that fossil fuels will continue to satisfy the lion’s share of the world’s growing energy needs for decades to come.” But Africans are still routinely denied financing to develop those resources for their own citizens. This is racism at its worst.

I also reviewed a World Bank Development Research Group proposal for building a 100,000-kilometer African highway system to connect all major African capitals and large cities. It would cost just $30 billion, plus $2 billion a year in maintenance, but could generate $750 billion a year in overland trade among African nations. But it quickly hit the environmentalist/development bank dustbin. Pure racism.

The racism even extended to higher education, as European and American universities recruited Africa’s brightest and best African students and faculty, leaving their own fledgling institutions of higher learning in shambles. Lydia Polgreen said this academic flight “depriv[ed] dozens of nations of the homegrown expertise that could lift millions out of poverty.” More racism.

And so it continues. African Energy Chamber Executive Chairman N.J. Ayuk recently criticized the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Energy Agency (IEA) for describing low oil prices caused by the COVID 19 pandemic as “golden opportunity” for governments to phase out fossil fuels support – and thus better living standards.

He put it bluntly: “The OECD and IEA don’t necessarily know what’s best for the people who live on this planet. Pressuring governments to stop supporting fossil fuels certainly would not be good for the African oil and gas companies or entrepreneurs striving to build a better future. And it could be downright harmful to communities looking at gas-to-power initiatives to bring them reliable electricity.”

“Too often,” Ayuk added, “the discussion about climate change – and the call to leave fossil fuels in the ground – is largely a Western narrative. It does not factor in the needs of low-income Africans who could reap the many benefits of a strategic approach to oil and gas operations in Africa: Reduced energy poverty, job creation, and entrepreneurship opportunities, to name a few.”

On the global stage, he concluded, the OECD and the IEA are “dismissing the voices of many Africans who want and need the continent’s oil and gas industry to thrive.” African energy entrepreneurs and Africans who care about energy poverty are basically saying, “I can’t breathe.” But their voices are ignored by these power brokers, and the world.

Journalist Geoff Hill highlighted how many Africans still rely on increasingly scarce firewood to cook and heat their homes on cold nights, despite the environmental damage caused by stripping forest habitats to oblivion. Of the world’s 50 countries with the least access to electricity, 41 are in Africa – despite abundant rivers, sunlight, and oil, gas, coal and uranium reserves.

The chief reason, Hill explained, is corruption – traced back to the foreign aid Dambisa Moyo criticized. Climate alarmists naturally say it’s someone else’s fault. Thankfully, finally, says Hill, some Africans are admitting their own role in allowing corrupt cultures to rule them.

Nigerian neurosurgeon Dr. Sylvanus Ayeni’s 2017 book Rescue Thyself details the failure of African governments to serve their people. He is saddened that, despite over a trillion dollars in aid to Africa from the U.S. alone, so much has been blown on palaces, private jets and outright theft.

But who empowered these greedy leaders, who sought to do what donors wanted? Will the West finally recognize that it was their paternalistic racism that empowered this corruption? Will it change its ways? Or will it just continue the eugenic practices that dehumanized Africans as “unfit” to reproduce?

Duggan Flanakin is Director of Policy Research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org)

81 thoughts on “The “racism” of climate change alarmists

    • I figured this out a long time ago. It’s deflection. The worst offenders point the finger at “other” and that starts the feeding frenzy. They’re all guilty of what they accuses others of doing or being.

  1. ‘They insist that Africans not be allowed to combat malaria with DDT’

    As I’ve pointed out here many times, DDT is not banned for use in combatting malaria and is in fact in use for that very purpose.

    It is not good for peoples health and reduction in its use has been urged on those grounds.

    Meanwhile the world continues to fight malaria:
    https://www.who.int/malaria/about_us/en/

    • DDT banned by EPA in USA in early 1970s, also during the late 1970s, the EPA also began banning organochlorines, pesticides that were chemically similar to DDT. These included aldrin, dieldrin, chlordane, heptachlor, texaphene, and mirex. The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which took effect in 2004, put a global ban on several persistent organic pollutants, and restricted DDT use to vector control. Some countries, like India ignored the agricultural ban. What the interpretation of Vector Control is round the world and how frightened of DDT people are means it may be a ban by action rather than fact. DDT is classified as moderately toxic in the USA and moderately hazardous by WHO, both classifications don’t inspire confidence, according to Wiki and in 2008 only 12 countries were using DDT for mosquito/malaria control, not sure that number has increased greatly. Roughly 10 – 20K tonnes produced annually. so there may not be a total ban but there’s a de facto ban as much due to fear in the population and actions of Green, anti-chemical and other pressure groups.

      Dieldrin was used as an insecticide in sheep dip when I was a lad helping with hill sheep farming.

      • They used to fog the streets in my city with fuel oil and DDT once every 2 weeks in the evening in summer for mosquitos. They put mercurichrome on cuts and scrapes, gargled with iodine and water, my friends and I chewed petroleum tar for gum that we found in globs along the railway tracks, we played with mercury, delivering pennies … I’m in my eighties and, touch wood, seem to be doing famously. Now these things, I understand are good for you, but we have exaggerated their danger by 3 to 5 orders of magnitude. Oh, I know some of you will argue I didnt do a double blind controlled random study to evaluate it properly.

        • Ah, I remember preferring mercurochrome to iodine for cuts and scrapes as it was a solution while iodine was a tincture, and the alcohol stung. LOL
          Also remember turning pennies “silver” with mercury, back when pennies were copper and dimes were silver. The times they are a’changin’.

    • No, you are wrong. Limited use of DDT has been approved but only for repelling mosquitoes, not for controlling mosquitoes. This is a stopgap measure in fighting malaria and does nothing to decrease the threat. Africans are urged to use netting, which is expensive.

      There are no health effects on humans or the environment, except for mosquitoes, of course, to worry about. The egg-shell worries were fake science to suit an agenda, which was to cancel the population explosion in Africa as people were beginning to not die as young or as fast as they were before DDT.

      Studies have clearly shown that there are no effects on humans, with one group of males, the chemically weaker sex, eating it daily for a long period. There was, in fact, a male-based cancer that was suppressed. The claim of health effects are bogus and ceasing of the use of DDT was NOT from such non-existent effects.

      Banning DDT was done unilaterally by our first EPA administrator, William D. Ruckelshaus, to give the environmentalist movement a win, making them more powerful. He refused to explain his decision, which had followed two weeks of court hearings that concluded that DDT was not a harm to humans or ecology. This man has killed more people by this action, which was quickly adopted around the world, than any other mass murderer in history, even the mass murderers combined.

      100 Things You Should Know About DDT

      • Thank you Charles for telling the truth about the ~30-year effective ban of DDT to fight malaria, which doubled the number of deaths of children from ~1 million per year to ~2 million per year.
        Deceitful Greens routinely lie about this outrage, to try to cover-up their crimes against humanity.

        I wrote about it here:
        HYPOTHESIS: RADICAL GREENS ARE THE GREAT KILLERS OF OUR AGE
        By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., April 14, 2019
        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/14/hypothesis-radical-greens-are-the-great-killers-of-our-age/
        [Excerpt]

        2. My hypothesis is that “Radical Greens are the Great Killers of Our Age”.

        Here is some of the supporting evidence:

        The banning of DDT from ~1972 to 2002, which caused the malaria deaths of tens of millions of children under five years of age, and sickened and killed many more adults and children;
        iea.org.uk/publications/research/malaria-and-the-ddt-story

        The fierce green opposition to golden rice, actions that blinded and killed millions of children;
        reason.com/blog/2013/09/30/scientists-call-out-greenpeace-for-killi
        reason.com/blog/2016/06/29/100-nobel-laureates-demand-that-greenpea
        reason.com/blog/2019/03/07/life-saving-golden-rice-finally-gets-to

        The misallocation of scarce global resources for destructive intermittent “green energy” schemes, which are not green and produce little useful (dispatchable) energy;
        manhattan-institute.org/green-energy-revolution-near-impossible

        Properly allocated, a fraction of the trillions of dollars squandered on green energy schemes could have installed clean drinking water and sanitation systems into every community on the planet, saving the lives of many tens of millions of children and adults; the remaining funds could have significantly reduced deaths from malaria and malnutrition;
        Global Crises, Global Solutions, The 1st Copenhagen Consensus, edited by Bjørn Lomborg, 2004,
        Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 648 pp.

        The number of Excess Winter Deaths and shattered lives caused by runaway energy costs in the developed world and lack of access to modern energy in the developing world probably exceeds the tens of millions of malaria deaths caused by the DDT ban; Excess Winter Deaths (more deaths in winter than non-winter months) total about two million souls per year, which demonstrates that Earth is colder-than-optimum for humanity;
        friendsofsciencecalgary.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cold-weather-kills-macrae-daleo-4sept2015-final.pdf

        Indoor air pollution from cooking fires kills many women and children in the developing world;
        who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2004/statement5/en/

        In addition to runaway energy costs and increased winter deaths, intermittent wind and solar power schemes have reduced grid reliability and increased the risk of power outages;
        wind-watch.org/documents/wp-content/uploads/eonwindreport2005.pdf
        thegwpf.com/increasing-electricity-system-fragility-in-the-uk/

        Huge areas of agricultural land have been diverted from growing food to biofuels production, driving up food costs and causing hunger among the world’s poorest people.
        ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2430252/

      • https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/14/hypothesis-radical-greens-are-the-great-killers-of-our-age/#comment-2684927

        Sara wrote:
        “A hypothesis? I don’t think any of it is hypothetical. Too many instances of verified occurrence to back up that that statement to make it a hypothesis.”

        Hi Sara,

        As you know, the scientific progression is Hypothesis -> Theory -> Law, each progression requiring more and more supporting evidence and absence of disproof.
        thoughtco.com/scientific-hypothesis-theory-law-definitions-604138

        My Hypothesis is limited to radical greens, who support false science and use false fabricated crises to promote their toxic anti-human agenda. As such, there is a mountain of evidence to support my Hypothesis, and no evidence (that I know of) to disprove it. Therefore, over the next few years it may be promoted to the level of Theory.

        If it is a Theory, it will require a nice name, like “Darwin’s Theory of Evolution”. I am not even sure if mine is an original concept – others have probably said this before.

        I will therefore submit, immodestly, the proposed name
        “MacRae’s Theory of Radical Green Rat Bastards”.

        Others are welcome to submit improvements to the name – after all, at this time it is still a Hypothesis. 🙂

    • Western countries withheld aid to African countries that used DDT. World banking refused loans to them if they used DDT. Only recently have those restrictions been eased somewhat.

    • Yes gtiff, you have made this statement before. It’s half true, which by your low standards is pretty good.
      While the west didn’t have the ability to ban DDT in other countries, what they did do is tell the 3rd world countries that if they wanted to continue receiving aid, they would have to stop using DDT.

    • You conveniently left out the part about dramatic rise in malaria deaths of mainly infants and children when DDT use was stopped in developing countries and then the fall in malaria deaths as it’s use was reintroduced. Stating a chemical is “not good for peoples health” when it saves millions of young lives leads one to question what you might think is good for ones health, early death perhaps?

    • GRIFF – May not be banned for use in controlling Malaria BUT IT IS BANNED FOR USE ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS, which achieve the same result when use of DDT in a country means that country can not export agricultural products. This was pointed out to you years ago here on WUWT. And there still is no conclusive evidence of harm to humans.

  2. Sandia Labs Goes Nuclear On Employee Who Sparked Internal Revolt Over Critical Race Theory

    Sandia Labs – America’s premiere government-funded nuclear weapons design lab, has taken aggressive action against an employee, Casey Peterson, who produced a viral video “pushing back on the narrative of modern systemic racism and white privilege.”

    Casey Peterson:

    Pushing Back on the Narrative of Modern Systemic Racism & White Privilege by Casey Petersen [MIRROR]

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Ue2pTwgQE

    Published on Aug 27, 2020
    This is a mirror of the original video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyNW9…
    because YouTube will definitely take it down. Download this video and keep it alive. Casey has put a lot of effort and data into this presentation which debunks the pseudoscience completely prevalent and wasteful government and private HR funding that is completely unneeded.

    • This kind of thing is sweeping through government labs like a Marxist virus. Did you know that Eurocentricity is perpetuated in the natural sciences?

      For example: “We at CIRES aim to begin a communal conversation of responsibility and accountability for the ideologies, methodologies, pedagogies, environmental cultures and practices that have perpetuated Eurocentricity in the natural sciences.

      The Black Lives Matter movement has heightened the visibility of, and our awareness of, social inequality. To initiate this chapter of our center’s actions, we’ve invited Associate Professor Donna Mejia (THDN/ETHN/WGST) to share her research and historical impact, having successfully led a worldwide effort to transform problematic practices and language in her emerging field.

      Donna’s presentation will focus on a variety of tools to dismantle racism and bias at the personal, interpersonal, communal and systemic levels of our work, teaching and research.”

      • “social inequality” comes from how you behave, not the color of ones’ skin. Act an ass and you will be treated as an ass. Example? When officer says”drop the weapon and keep your hands in view” and you don’t you will get the 100% Act Like An Ass treatment, which may well include being shot. Shop lift and attack innocent people? 100% Act Like An Ass treatment, which again may include being shot. It is all in how you behave, not what color you are.

      • Scissor
        I lived through and am very familiar with racism, this is an excuse for a bigger bigotry including anybody in your way, easy to discern. This includes the 60s, affirmative action, etc., always some around, but we are (were?) well on our way to what King wanted despite this interruption. You might show this to your “dismantle racism and bias” expert, ask if this applies to all forms of bias.

        In an American Scientist book review (Jan-Feb, 2020, pp. 55-57, about “The Misinformation Age–Do People Care About Evidence.”) Steven Sloman concludes “First we have to give up on the idea that we live in a free ‘marketplace of ideas’ that allows only the best to prevail. Information has to be regulated to make sure that it conforms to the facts. Second, human beings are too vulnerable to manipulation by misinformation to be able to sustain a democracy…..” Also in the book review– “Fairness does not necessitate that we hear from a climate-change denier every time we hear new evidence that climate change is anthropogenic [actually anthropometric, my term], because the preponderance of the evidence does not demand it. ”

        Also “Sticks and Stones….” language only regulated by tyrants. They give it away with their language however– “human beings.” Try looking for examples in the many teachers that respect students enough to understand their professional duties. That way they know they earned it.

        Also just ran across this in Daniel Boorstin’s The Discoverers where he quotes [p. 405] Isaac Newton “For the possibility of hypotheses is to be the test of the truth and reality of things, I see not how certainty can be obtained in any science.”

  3. The solution to most of Africa’s problems (including, perhaps, the cleptocracy that rules much of it), is industry and jobs. In every part of the world, industrialisation has brought enormous benefits with improved access to education, healthcare, women’s rights, social services, etc.

    As long as the green activists deny Africa access to the benefits of industry & improved productivity, the problems of poverty and economic migration will continue to blight the continent.

    This isn’t rocket science! Look at the improvements accomplished in Europe courtesy of the industrial revolution and subsequently in the Americas and Asia.

    • It’s based on the ostensibly “secular” diversity dogma normalized by the Progressive Church, which denies individual dignity, denies individual conscience. It is associated with the reproductive rites doctrine that justifies age discrimination and with politically congruent (“=”) sociopolitical constructs for the sake of social justice and social progress. They claim that they cannot reconcile principles (e.g. civil rights, human rights) and reality (e.g. scientific logical domain) without fudging or forcing divergence (e.g. liberal license).

  4. I have stated this fact before and will continue to state it. If the color of your skin is the only thing which makes your life matter you are a racist.

    ALL LIVES MATTER

    • It’s not just skin color, but rather low-information attributes, where they don’t matter, including sex, age (e.g. selective-child), perhaps gender (e.g. sexual orientation), too. Diversity dogma denies individual dignity, denies individual conscience, normalizes color blocs and color quotas (i.e. affirmative discrimination) under the ostensibly “secular” Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic, politically congruent (“=”) quasi-religion (“ethics”). Diversity and exclusion.

      Yes, All Lives Matter beginning with Baby Lives Matter. The discontinuity forced by choices (e.g. wicked soluion) for social progress and social justice is stark and, well, it’s progressive (i.e. monotonic).

      • OK, I’ll say it again since it appears to be somehow complicated. If the color of your skin is the only thing which makes your life matter you are a racist. All lives matter.

  5. Isn’t it amazng that”priviliged Whites” better qualified for an upscale university are rejected because a less qualified Black also applied? It should be obvious that the most racist folks out there are those Blacks who want a segregated society again. RAcial inequality is no problem for Blacks when it occurs in some sports, like basketball, where it is typical for virtually every player on the floor is Black. Ditto for foot racing in track and field. Blacks are generally the most racist of Americans. Black Lives Matter actually could care less about the tens of thousands of Blacks murdered by other Blacks every year. One Black criminal who dies from activity with White police, however, is a reason to riot. BLM has somehow convinced many Blacks and Whites that the danger to Blacks comes from White cops,rather than the vastly certifed and obvious dangers from fellow Blacks. BLM is a Black racist org that strongly resembles the Ku Klux Klan, only much more violent and deadly.

    • Can you imagine the NBA being required to hire and replace their players with less qualified and skilled minority players at the same pay scale?

      • I’m soured on the NBA and Lebron and other big babies. It’s nice that they cancelled their games so more people might tune into the RNC though.

        I’d pay to watch the dwarf league in which all players are no taller than 4’10.” The hoop would need to be lowered substantially, maybe to 7.’ It could be totally inclusive with no racial or gender discrimination. The players would even be allowed to kneel during the national anthem because no one could tell the difference anyway.

  6. Duggan Flanagan, while I admire your passion in combating the racist aspect of under-developed African nations (and you can include some Latino ones also), I strongly suspect you have never been face-to-face with extreme corruption. Every project I am personally aware of in a corrupt political environment, has had its cost and construction time at least doubled. The total lack of consideration for the intended beneficiaries of noble projects is profoundly disgusting in these corrupt locations. Don’t let my pessimism detour your efforts, but this is a difficult undertaking.

    • Corruption not just in the 3rd world

      I used to work with an engineer who worked on pipeline projects across canada, USA, Columbia and Mexico

      In canada, when estimating costs they allowed twice as much $$ per mile of pipe in the ground in Quebec compared to the rest of canada.

      As is, Quebec has the highest level of government involvement in the economy, automatically enhances corruption

      • You’re correct, Pat, like Einstein said it’s all relative. Good people and bad people are where you find them, but some countries have more-or-less of each type.

  7. They have it exactly backwards. Racism is a subset of Tribalism, not the other way round. Given the current liberal cancel culture’s violent tribal condemnation of anyone that disagrees with them in the slightest, I would posit that they are the most “racist” ideology this world has ever seen.

      • I wonder which is longer – the list of things that are racist or the list of things caused by global warming/climate change?

          • Thinking about it, the cause by climate change list has to be smaller since climate change is racist – making it a subset of the list of things that are racist. But wait, climate change also causes racism making the list of things that are racist a subset of the list of things caused by climate change so that must be the larger one. Gah the illogic of the left, it burns.

  8. “Climate alarmists now proclaim that climate change is racist…”
    ____________________

    Sorry, who’s claiming this exactly? No references are provided.

  9. It is not free money or cheap energy that will transform the third world; it is a society based on the rule of law recognizing unalienable rights granted by the Creator. While the West held to these principles it prevailed. As it abandons them, it declines.

    • The global equivalents of first and second amendments would work wonders. “When government fears its citizens, there is liberty.”

  10. The left has overplayed the racist card. Goebbels may be right about repeating a lie over and over, but when that lie is so obviously false, it only makes the liars look stupid.

    The problem isn’t systemic racism against blacks, it’s systemic crime in black neighborhoods. This reality is t0o politically incorrect for lefties to accept, so it will never be fixed until thy can admit the problem. Getting rid of the police will only make it worse for those most affected by crime where the biggest category of crime in these neigborhoods is black on black. Profiling isn’t racist as it’s not driven by hate, but by public safety. The only hate driven racism in America is against white male Predidents.

    • In fact, it didn’t work in Germany either – people could see the bombs dropping after all. (There were other things that maintained German allegiance to Hitler.) Bill Shirer in his Berlin Diary had something on this – and he left the country in ’40 or ’41.

    • A better idea would be to arrest them and make sure they know that when arrested for riot related looting, assault or resisting arrest they will be required to put up $10K bail or stay in jail until their hearing and if found guilty, will be required to forfeit that bail and possibly more as their fine/restitution, and/or spend time in jail.

      The political leadership in the cities with the rioting problems are too afraid of the mob to do what’s necessary and too ashamed of their own ineptitude to accept federal help, because to admit defeat is to admit that Trump is right. The result is unrestrained hoards of rioters with no fear of repercussions destroying the cities that these inept political leaders were elected to protect. Ironically, for many of them, their hate of Trump will lead to their own political downfall as their inaction makes Trump more palatable to their constituents as the lesser of 2 evils.

      • DJT is neither evil, he stands outside their frame of reference entirely. THAT is why establishment hates him so much, and precisely why they can’t discredit or destroy him in the eyes of the American people. America elected him because he stands outside, just like us. And he has been smashing bricks through their Ivory Tower windows for much longer than he has been President. “They” have never liked him simply because of his superiority, on every level and in any measure, to them.

        • Oh they “liked” him well enough before he ran for president, back when he played their game and gave lip service to some of their sacred cows (as the price of doing business in NYC). You can tell they “liked” him back then by the fact that they never tried to paint him as a racist until he was running on the GOP ticket (indeed, he’s even received several awards over the years from various minority organization going as far back as 1976 when he was given a Humanitarian Award by the National Jewish Health)

          • His close, good friends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson loved him! Until the money stopped, which proves they are not just Racebaiting Poverty Pimps they are also Racebaiting Poverty Whores.

          • Yes, they liked him when he was a wealthy Democratic donor. He switched parties to run for President after noticing that the Democrat party was morphing into anti free market Socialists. Rather than accepting that a patron they respected saw the coming demise of the party, they denigrate the messenger dragging a corrupt MSM along for the ride and in the process double down on the nonsense that caused him to switch party allegiance in the first place.

            Ad Hominem attacks are a staple of the left. The Democratic convention was nothing but bashing Trump and his supporters. There were almost no attacks of his policies and agenda and barely any mention of the obviously Marxist Democratic platform, except doubling down on climate claptrap. In contrast, the Republican convention was about attacking the radical left agenda, attacking the bad policies it spawns and talking about what Trump wants to do for the country to save it from destruction by the anti-freedom, anti-progress, anti-business, anti-energy and anti-American agenda of the radical left.

  11. Let’s see: Red is blue. Up is down. Left is right. Cold is warming. Right is wrong. Wickedness is happiness. Riots are peaceful protests. Tyranny is better than freedom. Cheap, abundant, fuels hurts the poor. Scarce, expensive, fuels help the poor. Got it.

  12. Well climate change,as in climate changes over time,is a recurring aspect of this planet.
    Couldn’t have anything to do with that variable star we orbit.

    But the Power Happy Mongrels who seek to control all,are as racist as men can be.
    The deceit they promote is most foul,the concept that poor brown persons must be obstructed from reliable and affordable energy to better their lives,is purely the backstabbing treacherous “help” an enemy would provide.
    And their primary conceit is that they,the “Special ones” are better qualified than the effected people.
    Better qualified,wiser and ???? to chose for other people,ignoring with contempt the choices those other persons might make.
    Given the fake religion of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming,sets out to rob the poor and impoverish the needy,most of whom are persons with brown skins…there is a mighty fine chance the cult are racist.
    By their actions you shall know them.

  13. Ok so break it down to something small: A bike.

    A simple bike, we in the industrialized world take for granted. What does a bike do for people with no means to transport their goods except by walking miles to the market? A bike can be loaded with more goods, get them faster to the market, allow the farmer to rest a bit while there and provide a means to return home (hopefully with an empty load and full pocket) to rest before the next day’s work. In essence a bike gives some relief to those without any means of transport.

    A bike is green, it only requires human energy to power it, doesn’t need to be fed, watered, kept warm or cool, require vaccinations, or a farrier. It allows for communication, as it reduces time it takes to cover long distances, so farmers can communicate more than just at the weekly or monthly market, share information, gossip, and bring people closer together in vast rural areas.

    What about the support for the new bike industry? Bringing in shops for repair, enabling people that are not on farms to begin businesses, perhaps even bring in savvy business owners for new bike shops where there was none before, allowing those now richer farmers to buy more bikes and starting a very complex but simple cycle of business with trade routes around the world.

    As the bike industry grows–imagine what will and can come next…jobs, industry and with it the establishment of infrastructure the rest of the world believes Africa should have.

    You don’t need lofty ideals from the industrialized world. Everyone talks about Africa as if it is this monumental problem child continent because they “won’t get with the program” and be industrial but nobody really looks at the program being offered. It’s full of ideals, societal pressures when most of the country’s farmers within are still walking 1/2 to 3/4 of a day to a market to sell goods. If those in the industrial world really want to help? Start with seeding the countries of Africa with bikes. Give them bikes. Everyone gets one. It really isn’t that difficult to do as most industrialized countries are littered with unused bikes in their landfills. It doesn’t even have to be a state of the art bike–a simple machine that doesn’t cost a farmer 5 years of salary in order to own.

    Will it solve the political unrest or the infringes on rights we fought ourselves to gain? Maybe. Maybe it would at that. One thing is for sure, I will never look at a bike the same way again.

    • this monumental problem child continent

      Took in $52,800 million in 2019 in aid.

      You could be forgiven for thinking they might have done something for themselves after over 60 years of generous aid.

      • That is still less than the amount African nations are forced to pay
        back in debt. Consider that black South Africans are forced to repay loan taken out by the previous Apartheid government and you see that
        racism is still causing poverty in South Africa for example.

  14. What hypocrisy. By this theory, the Sun, our galaxy and their Creator are racist

    Racist, yes, also sexist, diversitist (i.e. color judgment), generally. Different shapes, sizes, colors, and two sexes: male and female, where the latter bears the primary “burden” of evolutionary fitness. So, they equivocate, conflate, and diverge in an ambitious drive to change the circumstances of their life (“evolution”) from conception to birth ’til death do us part. Rebels with a cause and a juvenile outlook. Then there are the minorities who do it to consolidate capital and control, and other purposes (e.g. narcissistic indulgence).

  15. Just Jenn “A bike is green”

    If you paint it that colour it is…./sarc

    https://www.justgiving.com/re-cycle

    Are you making these bikes out of straw? or maybe bamboo?….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_hld8Dus7g

    Africans need to make stuff, when you make stuff skills are learnt and the industry evolves around the product. No use just giving someone a bike in the middle of nowhere and telling them to get on with it. How do they fix a puncture, broken spokes, replace brakes or a broken chain, they don’t, they dump it and carry on walking.

    It used to be called a “cottage industry”, India is a fine example of this, I’ve spent a lot of time in that country and they’ve got it down to a fine art. Everything is given 2nd, 3rd and 4th lives, no planned obsolescence allowed.

    • Local technological solutions that fall between primitive and high tech, sometimes called intermediate or appropriate technology, that is fairly simple and robust, cheap and easy to maintain. There are numerous examples over the past three thousand years where people have had to use their ingenuity and what was locally available to survive. My late father, who was in Egypt during WW2, told me about their effective use of the shaduf. This was far more effective than using pots or buckets. Here is a way to use Physics for a simple solution.

    • … fix a puncture, broken spokes, replace brakes or a broken chain
      I learned at about age 10. I think the instructor was 12 years old. Never learned to weld a broken frame, though. A hole in my education.

    • Just Jenn “A bike is green”

      If you paint it that colour it is…./sarc

      I should have tagged that as a sarc as it was intended to be.

      No use just giving someone a bike in the middle of nowhere and telling them to get on with it.

      Actually they already have bikes. But it takes a farmer almost 5 years salary to buy one in some of the more rural and poor places, a farmer will never be able to afford a bike. And it’s not a Trek bike either, it’s a regular 1 speed, stripped down bike we may pay only $10 for at a yard sale or thrift shop.

      On a greater scale, your argument holds true for any kind of “green energy” solution. There is no industry to support it and and it would be like dropping solar panels in the middle of nowhere without any infrastructure and saying, “well here ya go! you are green now…see ya!”.

  16. “Tribalism, the most fundamental form of racism historically, has been around at least since the dawn of the Iron Age.’

    Dawn of the Iron Age??? Heck, it’s been around since the dawn of humanity.

  17. Africa has a far better climate (or climate zones) than most of Europe. It is a huge landmass in comparison. It has far more mineral resources. If it ended the various civil conflicts and established law and order it could have a massive tourist boom. Even with a third of the landmass deserts, with the kind of ingenuity displayed by the Israeli farmers it could get much of the desert blooming and producing food. Heat is not the problem – water is what is necessary with a proper irrigation system. While rainfall is erratic, alternating between drought and flooding, there are some schemes that have captured a considerable amount of the run off in dams. It is the failure to use what it has and of course corruption and mismanagement that is responsible for the mess – not climate change.

    The countries that give the huge amounts of aid should tell African nations: No more Aid – Adapt or Die. There is one exception and that is offering these countries experts in various fields like agriculture, engineering, construction, mining, accountancy, manufacturing and the likes to serve short terms training the most competent locals on site. I have friends that have been doing this for decades with mixed results but it leaves Africans with no excuses. There have been some successes. There would more success if individual responsibility and not political control became the goal.

    • Zimbabwe used to be the food bowl of Africa..

      Look at it now after years of dictatorship and thuggish repression ..

      … although it may be in the early stages of a come back.

  18. From the article: “Tribalism, the most fundamental form of racism historically, has been around at least since the dawn of the Iron Age.”

    I would say “tribalism” has been around since the Dawn of Time. And I wouldn’t call tribalism racist, I would call it a survival instinct.

    Human beings, from the earliest age, are suspicious of strangers.

    I watched an experiment one time where young children (18 months old) were being held by their standing mothers, in an otherwise empty room, and then a stranger to the child would enter and walk up near the mother and child, and then just stand there not speaking or taking any further action.

    And you could see the children slowly leaning away from the stranger. It is a natural, human reaction to the unknown. You are leary. You are suspicious. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You try to distance yourself from it.

    If people in two tribes are unfamiliar with the race and lifestyle of each other, then they are both going to naturally be suspicious of the other when they meet, until their suspicions are confirmed and they go to war with each other, or their suspicions are calmed as they get to know each other and see that war is not necessary.

    Our modern world is not so much different from the ancient past. We can’t require people not to be suspicious of the unknown. What we need to do is make the unknown, known, and then there is no unknown to fear.

    Race-baiters and fearmongers, such as the radical Democrats and the Leftwing Media, do not lead us to losing our fears of the unknown, they only exascerbate the situation. And they are doing it deliberately, in hopes that the lies they tell will gain them political power.

    • I agree, I’ve always thought of it as a natural inclination to determine my tribe or not. And it is not a conscious process, rather a survival instinct as you posit, which is not based on race.

      • My “tribe” includes all races. We go through a fairly rigorous winnowing process, after which we used to wear a black beret. Since 2001 any sad sack piece of crap that can stumble its way through Basic wears a black beret. Oh, well, ain’t nothin’ but a thang.

    • Tribes and tribalism are not identical. The latter builds on the suspicions and fears and is used by manipulators within the tribe to control the members — often it is these people WITHIN the tribe who are much more dangerous than building relationships with other tribes.

  19. Climate alarmism is racist, and is closely related to other ideas associated with racism. Racism is differential treatment of one group of people which hurts them materially. Actual discrimination. Woke definitions of racism hide real racism.

    Please read:
    — “Environmentalism: a racist ideology“, by Ben Pile.
    Population Bombed!: Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change, 2018, Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurkmak

    Racism is basically the idea there are too many of those other people. The others are usually identified by skin and morphological differences, ethnic tradition, religious views, or even different nationality, or social class. In Victorian England the upper classes sometimes called the lower orders ‘a race apart‘.

    In the 19th century, by corrupting natural selection, the West made a whole racist pseudoscience now called “scientific racism”. It practically legitimised colonialism, and slaverly. It was mostly legitimization after the fact. As in: first came the colonies, then came the reasons why we’re ruling our colonies. Eugenics was closely associated with both racism and Malthusian ideas. Nazism took eugenics to the extreme.

    Today, climate alarmism is neo-Malthusian, not classically ‘Malthusian’. Neo-Malthusians don’t directly argue there are too many people. They argue there aren’t enough resources, or we’re emitting too much pollution. They make indirect claims against human populations, and fr limits. Climate alarmism is of the second variety; too much greenhouse gas. These neo-Malthusian ideas promote policies with racist results. Under-development and mal-development are direct consequences of stopping poor people using energy. By not building infrastructure; especially by stopping fossil-fuel powered electricity. Climate alarmist policies affect poor people most; because many of them never had electricity on tap in the first place. Climate alarmism blights the lives of the poor and badly resourced.

    Like eugenics, alarmism is a new morality mainly for educated classes to show their moral superiority over their fellows. As such it’s a license to rule the rest of us. Or a claim to rule in the name of all, or even a claim to rule for the good of the earth. Like eugenics, alarmism is based on pseudoscience and scientism. The pseudoscience is well known; – we’re making too much GHG. The claims are based on models; in that climate warming is a consequence of model projections. There are 2 kinds of models here: general circulation models, GCMs, and a far simpler atmospheric model of the greenhouse gas effect. Both kinds of models are pseudoscience. None-science dressed up to look like science. Modelling looks like science because it uses similar terms, it’s mathematical and quantitative, it’s done by professionals – many with science degrees. Modelling is anti-science. It not only by-passes the scientific method but also claims to be science (“basic physics”, or “simple science”). From a science point of view, climate alarmism is both scientism (an authoritarian demand to believe and promote the establishment’s science), and fake-science (eulogisation of modelling as a kind of science)

    The scientism aspect amounts to a deep corruption of science itself. Alarmists celebrate a culture of:
    – argument from authority
    – misallocation of resources. For example away from solar research towards modelling a greenhouse gas effect
    – authoritarianism. Stopping debate, promoting and enforcing censorship, banning criticism.
    – refusing to debate. They say that debating climate realists will legitimise “denialism”. This is handy for them as it masks the fact that climate alarmism hasn’t a legitimate leg to stand on.
    – persecution of innovation and dissenting views in science. For example persecution of solar physicists, GHGE model innovators (Miskolczi), critics of pseudoscience and bad science (Ridd, Tim Ball), and even climatologists are persecuted for their science, and for not supporting alarmism. Alarmists have developed a whole ideology of persecution to legitimise mindlessness, subservience to authority and bad science. They even propose laws to make their evil the norm.
    – racism and anti-humanism.

    PS 1: I wanted to make the point above, that racism piggy-backed on bad science more than once.
    PS 2: The evidence climate alarmism is racist is in this article (above), and in the links (above)

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