What’s more grating than getting Rickrolled? Getting Rickrolled at an event put on in support of policies that cut hard against impoverished people around the world.
The 18-year-old climate crusader Greta Thunberg was on stage in Stockholm on Saturday at Climate Live, one of several youth-led musical events held to rally young people behind the cause of climate change, when she decided to cut loose, according to the New York Post.
Thunberg has for several years been used by the radical left to propose — nay, demand — a green utopia, where fossil fuels go extinct and renewables provide perpetual power in a zero-emission fantasy.
But just as John Kerry used to travel to climate conferences in private jets and gas-guzzling limousines, the same folks don’t seem to mind burning fossil fuel in a high-powered event to raise our climate awareness — or whatever it is they’re trying to raise. (Money, probably. — Ed. note)
Unfortunately, the real world just outside the concert where Thunberg cut her rug is full of people who rely on those fossil fuels for survival, unable to heat their homes, cook their food or move from place to place without them.
She’s not alone in ignoring the plight of the poor in favor of a brave new world of renewables: President Joe Biden was eager to kill America’s energy independence by nixing the Keystone XL pipeline right after taking office as a nod to combating climate change.
The president also imposed a moratorium on new drilling on federal lands, apparently intent on stopping not only the transport of the vital resource but also making it more difficult to acquire it in the first place.
People are on the brink of being forced to choose between feeding their families and heating their homes — and it seems that’s precisely the way Thunberg wants it.
“It is the year 2021. The fact we are still having this discussion and even more that we are still subsidizing fossil fuels using taxpayer money is a disgrace,” Thunberg said on April 22 — Earth Day — while testifying to the House oversight committee, The Guardian reported.
“It’s clear proof that we have not understood the climate emergency at all,” she added, chiding lawmakers.
Though climate change activists like Thunberg turn up their noses at fossil fuels, the emergency brought on by freezing temperatures in Texas last winter proved the insufficiency of renewables in practice.
As wind turbines froze and solar panels piled up with snow, the Lone Star State was forced to implement rolling blackouts to keep the electrical grid from collapsing entirely.
People died from the extreme cold after they were left with no way to combat it as power outages ripped through the state.
It was a tragedy that could have been avoided had the grid relied on the old fossil fuel standbys other states use instead of finicky renewables.
But the people most affected by Thunberg’s utopia would be the poor in developing countries who rely on the relatively inexpensive and readily available resources that fuel their economy and power their hopes of upward mobility.
As an opinion piece for The Hill explained, Africa’s many impoverished nations can’t function under the yoke of the kind of net-zero emissions dream that Thunberg and other zealots seek to impose on the world.
People struggling to grow enough food and patch together a working infrastructure to support the transport of goods have no additional bandwidth to appease climate change activists — nor should they try.
The prosperity enjoyed by Western nations was made possible by the use of fossil fuels, and the poor in countries still striving to join that way of life deserve the same chance.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.