Celebrating War as Climate Win Makes Red True Color of “Greens”

From the CO2 Coalition

By Vijay Jayaraj

There is widespread concern about the human tragedy in Ukraine. How could there not be? Yet, among us are people who are sufficiently heartless and opportunistic to celebrate the bloodshed as a victory for the “green” movement.

A cabal of political leaders and media houses are now dancing on the graves of innocent civilians as the Ukraine conflict disrupts Europe’s gas supplies and supposedly helps end the West’s “addiction” to fossil fuels.

There is much with which to take issue. In the first place, the war has accelerated a move back to fossil fuels – especially to coal – that was initiated by ill-advised climate polices that forced the adoption of unreliable wind and solar technologies and led to energy shortages. So the trend is toward an increased reliance on fossil fuels, not an abandonment of these energy sources.

However, our main complaint here is the disturbingly callous attitude among prominent people with the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and major news outlets like Politico.

“From climate perspective, the war in Ukraine may be seen as a blessing,” said Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary General, who believes that the war “is speeding up this green transition.” Do not such thoughts betray a cult-like obsession with climate hysteria?

At the heart of the green movement, is a fundamental disregard for human life. It is an irony that a movement that claims to save the planet for future generations is celebrating deaths of the present generation. This is not a one-time gaffe, but rather a systemic characteristic of the green movement.

Echoing the secretary general, some popular media credited the war with advancing the green agenda. Going even further, Politico declared Russian President Vladimir Putin a green champion for his unintentional efforts to end natural gas addiction in Europe.

“It took a war criminal to speed up Europe’s green revolution,” wrote Politico Europe in its twitter feed. “Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has forced Europe to finally break its fossil fuel addiction. For this reason, he has topped our inaugural #POLITICOGreen28 list.”

  Image tweeted by Politico Europe on its Twitter Feed. Copyrights: Politico 

Though these statements of opportunism are shocking, they are not new.

Consider the green movement’s tolerance for the environmental impact of wind energy. The mainstream media has long defended the wind turbines against complaints about bird deaths. But as a conservationist who has worked on bird species of critical importance, I can assure you that no avian enthusiast is happy with ignoring the carcasses beneath turbine blades.

Not only do wind turbines directly kill birds, they alter ecosystems and destroy bird habitat. Be it the U.S. or Europe or Asia, bird mortality in hundreds of thousands is a scientifically established fact. Bald eagles, a highly protected species in the U.S., are allowed by regulation to be slaughtered by turbines — as are other raptors and migratory species.

The most absurd argument in defense of wind turbines is that these deaths are no different than that of bird deaths from cats and tall buildings. But when did you last see a house cat kill a bald eagle or falcon or hawk? Or when did you see a tall building chop off a bird’s wings?

Also overlooked by the greens is the ecological and human damage done by the industrial process of obtaining rare earth minerals for manufacturing wind and solar machines. Entire lakes and villages have been made toxic in the mad rush for so-called renewable technology.

Regardless of our opinion on climate issues, there is a dangerous pattern that should concern all — a willingness to sacrifice lives to reduce the emission of the harmless gas CO2.

The hostility toward fossil fuels alone costs lives as energy is made too expensive or simply unavailable for poor people who are doomed to poverty, disease and early death.

The cult cares not whether you can afford your energy bills or whether you have a robust economy that offers personal and generational growth and well-being. Neither does it care about the birds in the sky or the whales in the ocean. It is certainly unconcerned about markets running out of food because of a war on nitrogen emissions in agricultural fields. In short, the climate cult is willing – perhaps duty bound – to sacrifice people and the beautiful creatures on this earth for its absurd religion.

This commentary was first published at Real Clear Energy, November 16, 2022, and can be accessed here.

Vijay Jayaraj is a Research Associate at the CO2 Coalition, located in Arlington, Virginia. He holds a masters degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, UK, and resides in India.

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Tom Halla
November 18, 2022 10:15 am

The terrorists in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six were quite plausible, and had the same attitudes as these politicians.

Cam_S
Reply to  Tom Halla
November 19, 2022 11:08 am

Good story! The plot to Rainbow Six can be found here.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Six_(novel)

n.n
November 18, 2022 10:36 am

Eight years in progress since the fateful Slavic Spring where democracy dies, and demos-racy is aborted, in darkness, with “benefits”.

That said, go green, then Green, then green, then Blue, then blue in the circle of redistributive change.

Graham
Reply to  n.n
November 18, 2022 11:20 am

The WMO is right up there with that bastard Putin. A pack of bastards .
The WMO have lost all credibility when they come out celebrating war .
They would be well aware that all those buildings and other infrastructure will have to be rebuilt .
Just think of all that cement that will be used and all the other energy required .
Then there is all the war machines destroyed and missiles that have destroyed the Ukraine
They just don’t care about human suffering and deaths .
Don’t these bastard clowns live in the real world?
The WMO has been taken over by extremists and the sooner they are obliterated the better off the world will be .

abolition man
November 18, 2022 11:16 am

Thank you, Vijay!
There can no longer be any doubt that Climastrology is a fanatical religious sect that promotes human torture and sacrifice as part of their catechism! What is truly astonishing is that anyone still thinks of them as ecology-minded when you take into account the detrimental effects of their policies on wildlife and habitats! They happily sacrifice children, birds and forests in their attempts to placate the bloodthirsty, vengeful gods of their Holy Computer Models!

mleskovarsocalrrcom
November 18, 2022 12:12 pm

This attitude will surely work against them as people die and the quality of life deteriorates.

Right-Handed Shark
November 18, 2022 1:51 pm

Not only do wind turbines kill birds directly and alter their habitat, they deprive them of food too:

https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/csp2.366#:~:text=Accordingly%2C%20a%20single%20turbine%20located,the%20risk%20zone%20of%20turbines.

Tune in to any news program on any day, and sooner or later the topic will turn to the energy crisis and you will be lectured to by an “energy expert” that will demand that we need to build more of these ecological disasters. The ignorance and stupidity beggars belief.

Gary Pearse
November 18, 2022 2:20 pm

“Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has forced Europe to finally break its fossil fuel addiction. For this reason, he has topped our inaugural #POLITICOGreen28 list.”

Methinks the admiration goes more directly and deeply to the heart of the much worse Green monsters! Putin is at least more honest than they are. Their target target is billions of humankind. I worry that we may already have baked in casualties of twentieth century proportions, even if we stopped this calamity now.

MarkW
Reply to  Gary Pearse
November 18, 2022 3:11 pm

They admire Putin because Putin treats his opponents the way they wish they could treat all conservatives.

HotScot
Reply to  MarkW
November 18, 2022 6:40 pm

Your PDS is astonishing for such a logical man.

Eight years of eastern Ukrainian Russians attacked by their own leader, and 14,000 dead before Russia intervened legally.

This conflict could have been stopped a month after it began but the west’s belligerence believed the sacrifice of innumerable lives justified it refusing peace negotiations.

That, when it had nothing to do with the west. We had no dog in this fight, until we introduced a rabid beast of our own.

Remember that. The west persuaded Zelinsky to sacrifice men and materials to a conflict he and his predecessors began, that he could have stopped.

It’s now being revealed that financial corruption may have induced the entire Democrat party to wage a war of personal profit.

The Biden crime family may well be directly implicated in this war which might have been a cover for their financial impropriety. We might also find they used NATO to cover for their personal financial misdeeds.

But Putin is the problem?

There is a new world order in the offing, just not the one Klaus Schwab wanted. BRICS nations have been compelled to close ranks to resist the acknowledged historic hegemony of the USA and its allies.

Ukraine was the tinder box.

I take no sides, I see only what I see. a financial moribund west facing a stand off with the poor world it sought to subvert.

Finally, the uprising against western political and financial corruption we rather hoped might have evolved from within, but the torches and pitchforks are not our own.

Someone is having to clear out our Augean Stables.

The rotting stench of our leaders has long been recognised. But we refused to do anything about it.

The alternative may be worse than we had, but thats our fault for not cleaning up our own mess.

MarkW
Reply to  HotScot
November 18, 2022 7:02 pm

That Putin has been killing his opponents has been well documented going back decades.

Your conspiracy theories regarding an evil US secretly manipulating the entire world is fascinating, even if completely self refuting.
If the US was the evil master mind that you envision, we would be a lot richer and more powerful than we are.

Harri Luuppala
Reply to  MarkW
November 19, 2022 12:47 am

Putin alone is the evil mastermind with FSB / ex-KGB ppl. As a Finn we possible see this more Black & White, b/c thru 1000y history 99,99% enemy has come from the East, namely Russia.
The independent (since 1917) Finland has 830 miles (1340km) hard (land) border w/Russia, 457 miles (736km) w/ NATO country Norway.

Finland applied this year to be a member of the NATO. Two members of NATO, namely Turkey (sic) and Hungary have not approved yet Finland. All others has.

Finland was Eastern part of Sweden 600 years till 1809, when Sweden lost War to Russia and Finland became a Country which had Russian Tsars as rulers, and the 1809 Swedish Law; it was called Grand Dutchy of Finland.

Sorry long post, but the Sweden (icl East Sweden called Finland) and Russia signed Peace Treaties to agree borders, but since 1809 till 1864 Russia just changed borders.

Change of border b/w Finland and Russia
Year Resson and How long it lasted
1323 Peace Treaty (PT) lasted 272 years
1595 PT lasted 22 years
1617 PT lasted 104 years
1721 PT lasted 22 years
1743 PT lasted 66 years
1809 PT, change of border (CB) after 3 years
1812 CB after 21 years
1833 CB after 9 years
1842 CB after 22 years
1864 CB after 56 years
1920 PT lasted 20 years (Finland’s Independence 1917)
1940 PT lasted 4 years
1944 PT, but after 3 years CB by Force sales
1947 no changes in 75 years

As a NATO member Finland seeks longer Peace w/ Russia. They only obey Force.

In some International discussions Finland is called the Sparta of North. Perhaps we are not Sparta, but we a very practical what comes to our was of life, incl. how to mitigate the thread of Russia.

Russia has attacked time to time neighbour countries like 2008 Georgia. I happened to be in NY when this happened and had a conversation with Georgians protesting next to the HQ of UN. Some years later started Arab Spring (2010), and 2014 Russia attacked Ukraine. And 2022 they continued attack.

Russia is always seeking new territory as they did September 1939 with Nazi-Germany by attacking together w/ their comrades to Poland. And after that November 1939 Russia attacked Finland.

One and for all West has to stop Russia. Their capability to attack any neighbour has to be removed forever. It was done to the Germany after WWII, and now is time to stop this Red-Nazi country that started WWII w/ Nazi-Germany.

richard
Reply to  Harri Luuppala
November 19, 2022 1:16 pm

So Evil that Putin has been reliably supplying the West with cheap, oil and gas. So evil they ran a space station the US used. And so evil they stopped the 8-year bombing of Russians in the Donbas region by Ukraine, backed by the US.

Yep, feels pretty evil to me.

Now shall we get on to the marvellous US and how they….oh never mind.

Timo- Not That One
Reply to  Harri Luuppala
November 21, 2022 7:27 am

The Cold War ended 30 years ago. My grandfather fought in the Winter War and protected my family in the process. But this is a whole new century. The USSR was defeated. We won.
Why can’t you see that Russia has made great progress in creating freedom. They had no lockdowns, mask mandates, jab mandates or travel mandates. Who is free now? I certainly don’t feel much freedom here in Canada.
I have no personal interest in funding Nazis. Time to end this war.

HotScot
Reply to  MarkW
November 19, 2022 3:11 am

And the UK/US haven’t been killing people by the million since WW2?

If your talking about individuals, it appears no one can touch the Clinton’s in that respect.

If you want another ‘conspiracy theorist’ about America, even one of your own patriots, Dr. Ron Paul expresses the same opinions about the country’s global hegemony. The UK is no better.

America would be a lot richer had it not continually waged overseas war since WW2. At least Russia has the excuse that Ukraine is a border dispute, when was the last time America could claim that? Cuba perhaps?

I don’t like what Russia has done but anyone calling Putin a murdering tyrant always needs reminded of the fallacious reasons over which the west attacked Iraq, non existent WMD’s.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  HotScot
November 19, 2022 4:18 am

“I don’t like what Russia has done but anyone calling Putin a murdering tyrant always needs reminded of the fallacious reasons over which the west attacked Iraq, non existent WMD’s.”

Putin *is* a murdering tyrant.

Saddam Insane had WMD’s, he used WMD’s, and he was given numerous chances to allow weapons inspectors into Iraq to avoid the war.

Saddam himself perpetrated the idea that he had an active WMD program in the works. Saddam’s own generals thought Saddam had an active WMD program, when they were questioned after the war. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the intellignce communities of the world thought Saddam had an active WMD program.

Saddam could have shown them how wrong they were , but he chose another path that led to his destruction.

The U.S. and the UN forces made every effort to spare innocent civilians during the war.

Putin couldn’t care less about civilian casualties. In fact, killing civilians is part of his strategy.

HotScot
Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 19, 2022 3:51 pm

Every word you have posted is western propaganda. I don’t suggest that Russian propaganda is any better/worse, just that you have to face the reality that western media is at least as bad as Russian/Chinese media. The difference being, Russians and Chinese probably know what they read is propaganda.

EmilyDaniels
Reply to  HotScot
November 25, 2022 9:22 am

Sigh, I know this is an old thread, but I am tired of this old chestnut. Iraq did have biological and chemical WMDs, just not nuclear. It’s also my understanding (although I could be wrong) that all of the components of a nuclear weapon were present in the country but weren’t assembled when they were found. That seems similar to claiming you don’t have a gun in your house because it’s disassembled and you’ve stored the pieces and the ammunition all in separate parts of your home. Not to mention that the UN gave Saddam 18 months to get stuff out of the country.

If you don’t believe that there were chemical weapons in Iraq, I suggest you talk to the US military members who suffered lung problems after finding some in a warehouse.

richard
Reply to  MarkW
November 19, 2022 1:11 pm

As President Carter said to President Trump- the US is the most war-like country on earth and wasted its money on wars around the world as China has built its infrastructure.

HotScot
Reply to  richard
November 19, 2022 4:05 pm

What’s hidden behind the ‘China building col stations’ is that China is building more nuclear plants than the rest of the combined world.

They are retiring coal fired power stations almost as fast as they can build them, and when the modern coal fleet is retired, it will replace them with it’s burgeoning nuclear fleet.

The west, meanwhile, is waving windmills in the wind.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  richard
November 20, 2022 4:01 am

I don’t recall Carter saying that to Reagan.

Got a link?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  HotScot
November 19, 2022 4:06 am

“That, when it had nothing to do with the west. We had no dog in this fight, until we introduced a rabid beast of our own.

Remember that. The west persuaded Zelinsky to sacrifice men and materials to a conflict he and his predecessors began, that he could have stopped.”

What I remember is Biden encouraging Zelenski to flee Ukraine when the war began. That doesn’t sound like Biden was encouraging Zelenski to fight. Zelenski told Biden: “No, thanks.”

Biden is a very reluctant warrior. Calling him a warmonger is ridiculous. He would wash his hands of Ukraine in a New York Minute (47 seconds) if he thought he could get away with doing so. Notice how he has slow-walked giving Ukraine the weapons they need to defend themselves.

Joe Biden is an appeaser. Appeasers run away from war, they don’t run to war, like Biden did in South Vietnam, and Iraq, and Afghanistan.

HotScot
Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 19, 2022 3:55 pm

You are having a laugh mate. $80Bn+ of American aid, much of it funnelled through FTX, and Biden is an appeaser?

Jog on chum. Biden has devoted more than the entire annual Russian military budget in one year to Ukraine in ten months.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 20, 2022 3:28 am

‘Biden is a very reluctant warrior.’

Well, at least he didn’t follow Zelensky’s request to invoke Article 5 after Ukraine dropped a missile on Poland.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
November 20, 2022 4:05 am

The Russians even thanked Biden for saying the deaths in Poland were an accident caused by Ukrainian air defenses.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  HotScot
November 19, 2022 3:08 pm

Who knew that the people who hated Hitler and wanted him dead all just had HDS? If only they could have been more rational about things!

HotScot
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
November 19, 2022 3:59 pm

Dumb comment of the day, devoid of any historical geopolitical insight whatsoever.

Ukraine has a rich history of supporting Nazi ideology, to this day.

You just won the internet for the week.

terry
November 18, 2022 2:25 pm

Yeah but it wouldn’t be a religion without a few deaths now would it.

CD in Wisconsin
November 18, 2022 2:28 pm

“From climate perspective, the war in Ukraine may be seen as a blessing,” said Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary General, who believes that the war “is speeding up this green transition.” 

************

Why is the U.S. still in the World Meteorological Organization?

If I recall correctly, the Palestinians were admitted to the WMO some years back. Unless I am mistaken, there is a U.S. law requiring it to withdraw from any UN organization that admits the Palestinians. Never mind the scientific issues with the CAGW narrative.

This latest statement from a WMO official is yet another straw breaking the camel’s back.

Frank from NoVA
November 18, 2022 2:48 pm

‘Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has forced Europe to finally break its fossil fuel addiction.’

Really? How about something along the lines of “Western sanctions on Russian energy exports exposes folly of European renewable energy policies”?

HotScot
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
November 18, 2022 6:43 pm

Heresy. You deviate from the narrative.

You will be fed to the MSM at their earliest convenience.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  HotScot
November 20, 2022 3:20 am

The MSM is not a problem. It’s the otherwise very rational people here who buy into its cartoon version of US foreign policy.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
November 20, 2022 4:07 am

I don’t see anyone attacking you over that statement.

The reason is because your statement is true.

If you speak the truth, you get off easy here.

Dennis Gerald Sandberg
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
November 18, 2022 7:03 pm

If anything about the Ukraine situation has merit it’s the wake up call that Europe received before they further destroy their economy by misallocating limited capital to the folly of wind, solar, and batteries.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Dennis Gerald Sandberg
November 19, 2022 4:25 am

From what I have read recently, European leaders are calling for more windmills to be built.

They think this will solve their problems.

That’s the same kind of thinking that brought them these problems in the first place. Doubling down on stupid, is what it is called around here.

Europe needs some new leaders. Ones that can think straight and logically. The current batch, with very few exceptions, does not qualify.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
November 19, 2022 8:08 am

Or “Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has forced Europe to source its NECESSARY fossil fuels elsewhere.”

mikelowe2013
November 18, 2022 3:00 pm

“…from the University of East Anglia” says it all. Can’t believe anything he says! Bet he supports lying Mickey Mann!

Joy
November 19, 2022 4:24 am

Re: Red the colour of green:
The problem is that the current generation is being taught or rather seems to be open to communistic ideas in a way that was always taught as anathema.
So the ushering in of such ideas is made easier. Of course it starts in universities actively promoting such ideas.

Defund the universities. Audit them and broadcast their activism for what it is:
Money talks, speech is free!

Sommer
Reply to  Joy
November 20, 2022 11:35 am

Is there a way that universities could be rated for their entrenched indoctrination efforts? If students and parents had this sort of information, as they make their post secondary investment decisions, would they choose universities that are committed to such activism? Is it not time to demand this?

Joy
Reply to  Sommer
November 20, 2022 12:56 pm

In the US maybe. ..
Here it’s more complex but it’s been in the news this week, how universities are tied to policies pushed by a third party. Not necessarily climate change matters but woke issues and anti colonialism, et.

The same mechanism is being used to push all the destructive ideas. So the solution to one is likely to be similar as I see it.
A league table in the US might work, where parent have a say on how well the university uphold the free Speech laws, among other tings

Sommer
Reply to  Joy
November 21, 2022 10:20 am

Thanks for your thoughts, Joy.
In Canada, many universities signed on to the Emergency Climate Change Declaration. Is this the case in the U.S. as well? Parents need to come at this from both directions. Demanding free speech laws be upheld at the same time as demanding their right to know all other indoctrination ratings. They and their kids need to make informed decisions before they make their financial investments.

Joy
Reply to  Sommer
November 21, 2022 1:47 pm

Sommer,
Yes, although someone else can answer for the US. I’m in England.
If can find the name of the organisation influencing, and it seems, governing/bribing universities to adopt leftwing stances, I will post, here.

Joy
Reply to  Joy
November 21, 2022 3:34 pm

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/free-speech-in-universities-new-data-reveals-student-and-public-perceptions

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/08/10/education-watchdog-criticised-promoting-anti-british-charity/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/07/23/time-universities-learn-go-woke-risk-going-broke/

Sorry I think those articles are behind pay walls but you get the idea.

In short universities are receiving money from organisations which come with strings attached.
It started in science with the green agenda
It has just continued unabated from there.
Now people are on to it , given the woke agenda, I think their number’s up…there’s also a free speech bill making it’s way through parliament now.

Just my view

guidvce4
November 19, 2022 7:00 am

The faux climate crisis as an excuse to wage war is beyond the pale. Does it seem like this whole mess has come to a head with installation of Bidumb in the US oval orifice? Perhaps, the whole thing was to cover up the corruption, which continues as the FTX collapse proves, in the Ukraine and US governments. Putin is just taking advantage of an opening to gain ground for his country.
Just sayin’.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  guidvce4
November 20, 2022 4:12 am

“Putin is just taking advantage of an opening to gain ground for his country.”

I wouldn’t describe murdering tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children in Ukraine as “taking advantage of an opening”. I would call it cold-blooded murder.

John Oliver
November 19, 2022 7:35 am

Read up on Russian intellectual history. It is a long history of a nation with a cultural inferiority complex, paranoia and some of the most brutal dictators in the history of the world. No Putin is not a nice guy in any way shape or form and no body makes Putin do anything. Some evil towers above all the opportunism and corruption of other individual actors on the chess board.

Jackdaw
November 19, 2022 7:52 am

Also overlooked by the greens is the ecological and human damage done by the industrial process of obtaining rare earth minerals for manufacturing wind and solar machines. Entire lakes and villages have been made toxic in the mad rush for so-called renewable technology.

The inconvenient truth and one our climate warriors will not talk about.

And a limited supply of scarce materials controlled by unsavoury governments that the entire world is chasing at ever escalating prices. What could possibly go wrong?

Sommer
Reply to  Jackdaw
November 21, 2022 10:23 am

Has anyone ever figured out how much copper is inside of a massive industrial wind turbine and then multiplied that by the number of turbines in each country?

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