I owe this apt neologism to the Russo-American commentator Andrey Illarionov, who correctly identifies ecofanaticism as potentially the deadliest ideology that has ever afflicted mankind.
As presidents and prime ministers listen in rapt attention, that deranged child outlines plans for a genocide exceeding by orders of magnitude everything red and brown socialists have managed so far.
Or rather those craven, deluded grown-ups listen without hearing. If they actually heard and, better still, pondered what Greta is demanding, one would hope they’d be horrified.
Let’s not be so negligent and concentrate on what Greta had to say for herself at Davos a few days ago:“We don’t need a ‘low-carbon economy. We don’t need ‘lower emissions’. Emissions must be stopped… we must forget about ‘net zero’. We need actual zero… We don’t want it to be done by 2050, 2030 or even 2025. We want it now.”
Considering that fossil fuels provide 85.5 per cent of world energy, acceding to Greta’s demand would spell an economic and social catastrophe the likes of which the world has never seen – complete with mass famines, deadly epidemics and even deadlier violence all over the globe.
Scientists estimate the death toll of that exercise at somewhere between one and two billion souls. Messrs Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Pol Pot must be turning green in their graves.
Yet we should exhume their memory and realise that a propensity for mass murder wasn’t the only thing they have in common with the gretins. Those monsters each had their pet hates, but one they shared was hatred of ‘capitalism’, a term they all gratefully borrowed from Marx.
Greta too inveighs against capitalists and their profits every chance she gets, but it takes likeminded adults to put such juvenile tantrums into an ideological nutshell.
Thus Chistina Figueros, the UN climate supremo (and let’s not forget that it was the UN that first screamed that the end of the world was nigh): “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”
That offensive model of economic development brought unprecedented prosperity; scientific, technological and medical progress; the end of both hunger and dependence on the whims of nature. The only places unable to boast such accomplishments are those where this ‘model’ was ignored, expunged or introduced belatedly.
Now the gretins wish to plunge the whole world into the same misery, citing in their support the kind of flimsy scientific evidence that would never pass muster in a less politicised area.
Facts that contradict their inhuman ideology are either hushed up or falsified. For example, they’ll never acknowledge that in the 30 years between 1946 and 1976, when little attention was being paid to reducing carbon emissions, the average world temperature dropped by 0.1 degrees centigrade – and it remained constant over the next 40 years or so.
What the gretins describe as a crisis is in fact a normal process observable throughout history. At times it used to be more vigorous than now, including during the periods long before mankind began to burn hydrocarbons.
That’s not to say that no anthropogenic input into climate exists. It does, but it’s immeasurably minuscule as compared to such natural factors as solar radiation, volcanic activity or cloud cover.
However, it’s useless to engage gretins on a rational level. They are driven neither by reason nor by empirical evidence, but by ideological, politicised hatred (see the photo above).
Arguments won’t defeat fire-eating ideologues consumed with hatred – they can only be stopped by political or even, in extreme cases, coercive action. Instead, all those prime ministers, presidents and captains of industry nod their agreement, while shielding their faces from Greta’s spittle.
They don’t realise, or more likely don’t care, that, by acquiescing to the gretins’ shrill demands for misconstrued political reasons, they are courting a global genocidal disaster. And I’m not talking about global warming.