Your Taxes at Work: ‘Eco-Anxiety’ Counseling

Climate doomsayers and cancel culture work to justify counseling for bureaucrats’ climate grief

Paul Driessen

US Fish and Wildlife Service employees are struggling to cope with feelings of trauma and loss over the world’s changing climates and imperiled environments. Their work repeatedly confronts them with ecological changes, but even a sense of “anticipated loss” perhaps decades from now requires compassionate help. Or so the FWS and American Psychological Association tell us.

The FWS is thus offering paid leave to employees who attend “eco-anxiety” and “climate grief” training. When the House Natural Resources Committee called the sessions a colossal waste of money, the agency downplayed their cost and scope. But naturally the “woke” programs don’t end there.

FWS Director Martha Williams is also pushing diversity-equity-inclusion-LBGTQ programs as the agency’s “number one priority” (or perhaps number two, after climate change). Employees can take as much paid time off as needed for DEI and “gay pride” programs and eco-anguish counseling.

There’s no word about programs to help employees deal with widespread habitat and wildlife destruction that will result from millions of wind turbines, billions of solar panels and tens of thousands of miles of new transmission lines, due to “net zero” policies implemented in the name of averting the “climate crisis.” Apparently no programs offer paid leave to participate in “conservative pride” campaigns or study Earth’s historic ice ages, warm periods, little ice ages and decades-long droughts.

That’s hardly surprising. The FWS and Interior Department were getting eco-centric and anti-fossil-fuel when I worked there 35 years ago. Like American and Western society in general, their culture has simply gotten more noticeably and intolerantly devoted to extreme environmentalist agendas since then.

Movies, television and news stories, constant instruction in what to think, rather than how to think, an absence of religion and ethics in many schools and homes, and incessant themes of inequality, victimhood and global doom foster widespread tension, anxiety and depression. They leave too many children, teens and adults unable to cope with life and setbacks, less respectful of authority and human life, inured to violence, and aggressively intolerant of opinions that differ from their own ideologies and agendas.

Even before they were forced to endure Covid-induced lockdowns, nearly 20% of Americans were taking antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs, some linked to precipitating acts of violence; a third of high school students experienced prolonged anxiety, depression and hopelessness; and almost one in five teenagers had contemplated suicide.

Social isolation, minimal physical and outdoor activity, video games and reading self-selected online media have amplified depression and “chronic incapacitating mental illness” in America and many Western countries. Also hardly surprising, the problems are increasingly blamed on climate change.

Climate grief is real,” self-proclaimed experts insist, and it’s spreading rapidly among young people. “The future is frightening,” 77% of 10,000 young people ages 16-25 from the USA and other countries told “climate anxiety” and “climate depression” investigators. Many children have climate nightmares.

“The climate mental health crisis” already affects people who have “lost everything in worsening climate infernos,” claims a NASA scientist and climate activist who’s certain we face “the end of life on Earth as we know it.” He’s not alone in being convinced that every extreme weather event and ecological calamity today is due to or made worse by fossil fuel and agricultural emissions.

“I don’t want to be alive anymore,” wailed a four-year-old who’s clearly been indoctrinated already. “The animals are all going to die, and I don’t want to be here when all the animals are dead.”

Parents fantasize about killing their children, over fears of a “climate-ravaged future.” Parents, teens and even children increasingly consider suicide.

At least one psychologist has based his entire practice on addressing climate psychoses. The Climate Psychology Alliance provides an online directory of “climate-aware therapists,” and a “peer support network” offers grief therapy modeled on twelve-step drug addiction programs.

There’s only one real solution to this epidemic, other “experts” insist: Governments must “take action now” to “end the climate crisis,” to eliminate “the death knell of climate chaos” that threatens us. Otherwise the epidemic of anxiety, depression, pills, climate grief and suicide will steadily worsen.

This is nonsense, insanity. We don’t have a climate crisis.We have a climate fear-mongering crisis.

We don’t need to “fix” exaggerated and over-hyped climate problems. We need to end the junk science, the indoctrination dominating news stories and classroom discussions about energy and climate change, the censorship that prevents alternative, reality-based facts and voices from being heard, the massive government funding of one side of this crucial debate.

Claims of “unprecedented” temperatures and extreme weather, floods and droughts have no basis in real-world evidence. The “climate crisis” exists in greenhouse-gas-focused computer models, headlines and hype, not in reality. There is no unprecedented upward trend in the frequency of violent US tornados, or US landfalling hurricanes, for example – though the 12-year absence of Category 3-5 hurricanes hitting the United States between Wilma (October 2005) and Harvey (August 2017) is an all-time record.

Unfortunately, viewpoints, evidence and experts challenging climate crisis claims are too often banished from school curricula, news and social media, and government policy discussions.

President Biden’s “national climate advisor” worked closely with Big Tech and news organizations, to suppress facts about climate change, fossil fuels, and the acreage, raw materials and mining required for wind, solar and battery power. Meta (Facebook), YouTube, pre-Musk Twitter and other companies routinely help to deplatform, demonetize and censor anyone contesting crisis-promoting claims.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “summaries for policy makers” often misrepresent scientific findings and advance frightening but unsupported scenarios about Earth’s future climate. The IPCC also ignores studies that demonstrate how increased atmospheric carbon dioxide improves plant growth and wildlife habitats, how climate has changed repeatedly throughout Earth’s history, and that eliminating fossil fuels would result in extensive ecological damage from wind, solar, battery and transmission line mining and installations.

China, India and other countries are rapidly expanding their oil, gas and coal use, to improve their economies and lift billions out of poverty. China dominates raw material and “green tech” supply chains, making the West increasingly reliant on China for energy, economy and national defense needs – via Chinese mines, processing plants and factories that operate under minimal standards for pollution control, habitat destruction, and slave and child labor. As a result:

* Nothing the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia do will have any effect on global fossil fuel use or greenhouse gas emissions.

* Western foreign and domestic policy options will be restricted by reliance on adversarial nations for pseudo-renewable energy materials and technologies.

* Prices for energy, goods and services will skyrocket, because every megawatt of wind and solar must be duplicated with backup batteries or generators.

* Politicians and bureaucrats – egged on by loud, often violent mobs – will increasingly dictate our energy consumption, living standards, home sizes, vacations, and what we can eat, drink, drive and buy.

These are the real existential threats to democracy, society, humanity and planet. Parents, voters, legislators and judges concerned about our future must take action now to stop this insanity.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow ( and author of books and articles on energy, climate change, environmental policy and human rights.  

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Tom Halla
April 22, 2023 6:08 pm

It is like dealing with chiliastic religions. On second thought, it is a chiliastic religion.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Tom Halla
April 23, 2023 5:38 am

never heard that term- googled it- interesting!

Reply to  Tom Halla
April 25, 2023 9:53 am

Maybe, if dystopia brings or has brought a millennial of happy peaceful people. And maybe it already has as even today hoards of people in D.C are still wearing black masks in droves…peacefully.

Ron Long
April 22, 2023 6:17 pm

At my age (77) cold weather is not pleasant. Where can I get me some of that “Climate Grief” money? For sure I can pretend to be depressed, because, after all, this waste of money and induced distress is depressing. Miami Beach on the taxpayers dime!

April 22, 2023 6:18 pm

“The agency told The Times that each session costs $4,000”. Another scam.
That’s a lot of money for making the eco-anxiety worse.
Missing out on the Big Oil subsidies again, aren’t we. I was once offered (au)$400 an hour for doing an “intervention”. I did the job successfully in a lot less than 10 hours. I charged zero $; pro bono responsibility.

April 22, 2023 6:34 pm

Just like the children “walk out” against “gun violence” (that most of them statistically will not know for real), they love it, it means “no work for the time”

CD in Wisconsin
April 22, 2023 6:43 pm

“…[A] third of high school students experienced prolonged anxiety, depression and hopelessness; and almost one in five teenagers had contemplated suicide.”

Why do I keep thinking of Jonestown and the Branch Davidian cults?

Sometimes I think that, when this is hopefully all over someday, a lot of institutions need to be sued for the emotional pain and suffering they inflicted on the believers.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
April 22, 2023 11:05 pm

Sometimes I think that, when this is hopefully all over someday, a lot of institutions need to be sued for the emotional pain and suffering they inflicted on the believers.

Won’t happen, “We were just following orders the science”

April 22, 2023 11:02 pm

There’s no word about programs to help employees deal with widespread habitat and wildlife destruction that will result from millions of wind turbines, billions of solar panels and tens of thousands of miles of new transmission lines, …

Collateral damage

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Redge
April 23, 2023 5:45 am

the real destruction of the planet and life on it- yet, the climatistas see this as a salvation

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 25, 2023 10:47 am

Is that a real photograph? If it is…. it’s the dumbest thing I have ever seen. Wow a giant heat sink of solar panels. Solar panels begin to lose efficiency at 77 degrees.

Also, that is one ginormous bolt of electricity after the sun rises….and I bet they have a very efficient storage and distribution system… right?

I advocate rewilding this land…. tarantulas, scorpions and road runners would be more productive. LOL

Even in Eastern PA, Solar would work well for my home if there was an affordable electrical storage and distribution system available. And there is no hope of one on the Horizon There is plenty of Quantum AI on the way to ensure I get my facts straight. But absolutely nothing I can actually use to provide myself super cheap energy or that would produce products for my house hold economy or for sale.

. What I could do for my family house hold economy with home produced, stored and distributed super cheap electricity. I could have a big green house of Darjeeling tea, Coffee, French Melons and bananas if I wanted to. I could build a shed and start a small leather working factory LOL.

American families need real scalable capital to improve the household economies with stuff no one else can mess with. If you want power to the people, then empower the people with real capital products at nano and micro level….inside and free of the colluded and regulated global market You can keep your centralizing info tech. My MA bell phone still works and so does UPS. LOL

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  JC
April 25, 2023 10:58 am

They’re like that all over the planet. Just google “solar farm” then click on images at the top. Some in China run up the side and over the top of mountains. Some are built over lakes!

April 23, 2023 12:39 am

The BBC, Guardian, Independent etc etc are pumping out the alarm…

Media impartiality revealed…

“””Chris Packham has urged “every last person who cares” to join Extinction Rebellion.

The BBC Springwatch and Autumnwatch star has made a rallying cry to Brits.“””

“””How to talk to your parents about climate change”””

It’s a good time to get into the mind bending health industry

Reply to  strativarius
April 23, 2023 6:04 am

As if the media impartiality needed to be revealed when they have doing such a great job as propaganda assets all along. And most folks with common sense see it for what it is.

John Oliver
Reply to  strativarius
April 23, 2023 10:56 am

I read it. oh my!

Joseph Zorzin
April 23, 2023 5:34 am

“The future is frightening”

No s**t, it always was and always will be. Grow up and get used to it.

John Oliver
April 23, 2023 6:01 am

Unfortunately this is actually the norm throughout human civilization. Just because we here in the west. ern nations lived in sort of a goldilocks period with a functioning democratic republic that kept public policy around a sane centrist point does not mean it will continue. Historically government ends up in the hands of crazy tyrants until the nation is on the brink of economic collapse or war erupts. Looks like enough people have decided to get on the crazy train including the entire cabinet of government heading to the junkyard of history.

Ed Zuiderwijk
April 23, 2023 7:11 am

Climate change is a wonderful earnings model.

April 23, 2023 7:37 am

Social isolation, minimal physical and outdoor activity, video games and reading self-selected online media have amplified depression and “chronic incapacitating mental illness” in America and many Western countries. 

This seems far more significant than climate related fears. Back in the Cold War we feared nuclear apocalypse but we feared mass unemployment more. As it was clearly happening. Only the very comfortable worry about hypotheticals. And they can distract themselves with luxuries like travel and hedonism.

I would also highlight the greater availability of recreational drugs. Ennui can be self-medicated with cannabis. And often is. But that leaves the users even further behind those who are getting places – even further from getting their own home. It was different when cannabis use was a special event due to restricted access. Only used on a holiday or big weekend, rather than a daily activity. It’s now as cheap as alcohol and almost as damaging.

Russell Cook
April 23, 2023 8:46 am

The only genuine eco-anxiety in this Clima-Change™ issue is what those of us on the pro-science side of the issue experience as we see increasing amounts of eco-tyranny regulation being implemented or proposed.

Hello, sir. We’re from the government and we’re here to help. Here is your new carbon footprint monitoring digital currency card. Please step away from your gas stove, now. Also, please hand over your SUV keys, and please begin filling in this form listing all of the websites you know of that you’ve visited which contain the words “climate realist” ….

Gunga Din
April 23, 2023 1:07 pm

If you have an infection from a splinter in your finger (or your mind), it will heal much faster if you remove the splinter.
Address the cause, not just the symptoms.

April 23, 2023 2:32 pm

The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Psychological Association are a disgrace to all Americans. Anyone who recommends this kind of nonsense or signs up for it should immediately be transferred to the US Army and stationed in the Middle East. You are a disgrace to your nation. They also need to return all of their past pay just for embarrassing the nation.

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Eric Porter
April 23, 2023 6:18 pm

I don’t have a NYT sub, but I’d bet that the shrink who based his entire practice on climate fears is making his patients even more afraid. People would be better off reading blogs like this and the ones in your side bar for free.

April 25, 2023 10:10 am

Is it really just ECO anxiety? There is a ton of anxiety out there… ECO, BIO-threat, Global War threat, , Economic & Food Security, Job security,. Anxiety as a symptom of historic global ,systematic and endemic lying 3 years. Finally, there is the anxiety related to the hopeless feeling of discovering anything true. Lot’s of people are just barely holding it together many who were fine 5 years ago.

And we are paying taxes and buying tech products so we can continue to be worked over psychologically? What a dumb deal.

My solution is build a big fire in my chimenea and look out over my garden having big liverwurst sandwiches and a cold bottle of beer with my wife. At least what we see and have together is true and stable and rooted in bedrock of the grace of God. . the rest is an untenable mess.

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