Don’t Let “Green” Grinch Absurdities Steal Christmas

By Vijay Jayaraj

The dictionary definition of grinch is a grumpy person who spoils the pleasure of others. For millennials like me who watched a lot of Hollywood movies, the Grinch is a funky-looking green creature who kills Christmas joy.

Now we have the environmentally “green” grinches – climate activists and politicians among them – who put their restrictive energy policies and vegan preferences above your enjoyment of socio-cultural practices and even above your health.

Climate grinches are asking – sometimes forcing – people to consume less electricity, forgo festive celebrations, alter vacation plans and give up meat. Some victims of this insanity may even freeze to death for lack of affordable energy.

In the UK, reduced Christmas lighting is encouraged by the authorities as a conservation measure to save Earth from climate catastrophe. Last year, members of Britain’s parliament said that “dazzling displays could harm the planet.” A headline about green campaigners in The Telegraph read, “Excessive Christmas lights not such a bright idea.”

This year, there again have been noticeable efforts to reduce iconic Christmas lightings in the UK. Despite powering most of its lights with biofuel, the green mob wants the famous Kew’s Royal Botanical Gardens to turn off its fairy lights.

Governments that have undercut their power sectors’ ability to supply electricity by closing coal-fired plants are advising consumers to turn off their heating. Plants that reliably run continuously round-the-clock have been replaced by intermittent wind turbines and snow-covered solar panels, which clutter the landscape like T-rex fossils utterly useless in providing energy to homes and businesses during the high-demand time of winter.

Even if these governments manage to generate or borrow sufficient power, electricity has become so expensive as to be unaffordable for many.

The climate campaign extends to culinary matters when the spoilsports attempt to make your holiday meet-and-greets meatless. You see, a plant-based diet, is supposedly beneficial for the planet.

A war on farming and livestock came to the fore in 2022, when a movement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from agriculture and animal husbandry gained momentum at international climate conferences and through national policies in countries like Canada, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. Perhaps most worrisome are restrictions on nitrogen-based fertilizers, whose widespread use enables the feeding of billions of people. Without them, millions could starve.

The green grinches are motivated by an illogical narrative that emissions of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, nitrogen and methane) are heating the atmosphere to dangerous levels. Firstly, there is no catastrophic warming. Global temperature data from satellites confirm this and even show a lack of warming since the year 2015.

None of the current computer climate models can predict the future warming rates with precision. They consistently fail in replicating actual temperature changes when compared with historical experience. So-called catastrophic warming is as much of a fantasy as the children’s tale about “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”

Secondly, greenhouse gases being emitted through human activity have helped in the greening of our planet and in producing record crop harvests. This is established fact. The magnitude of the increase in plant growth in recent decades would not have been possible without elevated CO2 levels and natural warming that began with the close of the Little Ice Age in the 19th century. If the “carbon footprint” of your tenderloin or Christmas turkey has contributed to atmospheric warming, then you have helped in the greening of Earth.

Finally, completely curtailing emissions at the beginning of the century would have averted a temperature increase of a mere 0.18 degrees Fahrenheit – an amount below our ability to measure and barely distinguishable from zero. To add insult to injury, the cost of such an effort is estimated to be $153 trillion, which is a lot of stocking stuffers.

So, do not let the green police dampen your seasonal joy. The everlasting truths of the divine, as well as our holiday memories, will be present long after the grinches’ absurdities have faded.

This commentary was first published at BizPac Review, December 20, 2022, and can be accessed here.

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

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Hatter Eggburn
December 21, 2022 10:34 pm

You mean like climate roadblocks in Oxford, England, imprisoning people in 15-minute zones like Tsarist serfs tied to the land:

John V. Wright
December 21, 2022 11:43 pm

It’s even more hilarious/ridiculous than that in the U.K. As we all know, of the 0.04% of CO2 in the atmosphere, we humans contribute some 4%. So some 0.0012% of all CO2. According to the latest scientific survey, the U.K. is responsible, as a nation, for 1% of that total.
So the U.K. is responsible for 0.000012% of CO2 in earth’s atmosphere. The Government’s response has been to instigate a Net Zero policy that is slowly killing our once proud nation.
Yes, you read that correctly – in the U.K. the pea-brained people who run policy want us to go from 0.000012% CO2 to Net Zero.
The insanity couldn’t get any worse? Think again, gentle reader. Our Government has banned fracking, preventing industry from liberating the proven huge reserves of shale gas beneath our feet. Fracking causes CO2 they sternly lecture us and that’s a BAD THING. As a result, we are now running out of affordable gas for energy. So what is the U.K. Government doing to fill the gap? – they are importing fracked gas from the United States.
If you wrote this as the basis of a novel you would be laughed out of the room. But it is actually happening right now in our country. To say they are peabrained is actually insulting to peas. They are barely able to assemble a coherent thought between them. Yet these are the genuinely idiotic people running our hapless nation today.

Reply to  John V. Wright
December 22, 2022 2:22 am

Meddlesome nitwits Yes I knew that but Mendelsome as well !
The tragedy is that the bleating opposition are if possible even more halfwitted with hardly a neuron to share between the lot of them

William Howard
Reply to  John V. Wright
December 22, 2022 7:53 am

one must abandon all common sense to believe that a tiny, miniscule, almost unmeasurable amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from man’s industrial & transportation (remember – over 95% of the CO2 in the atmosphere is naturally occurring) somehow magically controls the earth’s temperature and its climate – this is the biggest hoax ever foisted on mankind – but as Mark Twain said – it is easier to fool the public than to convince them that they have been fooled

Reply to  William Howard
December 22, 2022 8:40 am

one must abandon all common sense

It appears that the world (western world at least) has collectively abandoned common sense.

joe x
Reply to  John V. Wright
December 23, 2022 4:50 am

i will argue that the way in which we talk about co2 and how much of it there is in the atmosphere, should be presented in percent, as you did, and not in ppm. most non science types don’t know what ppm means. they see the number “420” only. and 400 is a big number to them. however, using % is a term more people can relate with.
10% better fuel economy
6% mortgage rate
10% return on investment
on and on.

the way you and others here present the numbers in paragraph form presents to the reader a thought process of how insignificant the quantity of co2 is.

next, the methane. that will really be educational.


December 22, 2022 2:19 am

Vijay, You truly are a wise man from the East even if you bring no Gold Frankincense or Myrrh, but just good, commonsense and seasonal cheer.
I think one day you must tell us how you emerged from the climate swamp at UEA and came to share the light. Happy Xmas to you and your readers

December 22, 2022 4:54 am

I won’t let them ruin it! My girls with my youngest granddaughter came up from Daytona Beach and are at my place now. They had to bring their two dog and hairless cat with them. So there are 3 dogs and two cats at my place.

My oldest Granddaughter will be up today with her husband and tomorrow my son and his wife will arrive. It is chaos. A total mad house! And I will cherish every minute of it!

Reply to  rah
December 22, 2022 5:24 am

At least it’s not approaching -30C like it is right now in Colorado’s front range.

Gunga Din
December 22, 2022 9:36 am

In the UK, reduced Christmas lighting is encouraged by the authorities as a conservation measure to save Earth from climate catastrophe. 

Reminds me of Jimmy Carter not lighting up the White House on Christmas and installing solar panels on it’s roof because OPEC had cut of oil to the US to “save energy”.
(Reagan had the solar panels removed.)
Now US and European politicians have cut off access to their own fossil fuels.
We need a change in our politicians.

Last edited 1 month ago by Gunga Din
December 22, 2022 9:43 am

Those “sustainables” have a serious case of energy OCD. What do you think will happen when they finally come up with a reliable replacement for electricity that the rest of us cannot afford?

December 22, 2022 8:01 pm

Global warming has resulted in a series of “weather events” such that we are unable to fly across Canada to spend Christmas with out kid and grandkids. Last 2 years we were unable to fly because of “vaccine status”. We are now looking forward to the rain we did not get in November for a quiet Christmas at home on a BC island.

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