COMMENTARY | The Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail notes that young people are suffering from anxiety thanks to climate change doomsday hysteria. This suggests to skeptics that global warming hysterics are engaged in a form of child abuse.
“Child psychiatrists, psychologists and educators say they’ve seen an escalation in the anxiety levels of today’s youth, who are constantly exposed to doomsday talk about the destruction of our planet. But despite the fact that we live in a world with more volatility and fear, experts say there is hope. And to stay mentally strong, they all advocate not just calling for change, but acting for it.”
A rough translation is that this uptick in anxiety among the young is not a bug but a feature for the global warming hysterics. If enough kids can be convinced that they will not live to see 30 because the planet is going to burn up, they will be willing foot soldiers in the drive to end fossil fuel based energy and to expand government control of more aspects of human existence.
This is not a new strategy. Back in the 1980s, around the time President Reagan was promising to put the Soviet Union on the ash heap of history, the nuclear freeze movement tried to convince the youth of that era that they were all going to die in a nuclear flash. That way they could be mobilized to stop that evil man in the White House who wanted to kill everybody because he was so paranoid about the Soviets.
Fortunately this group of anti nuclear child abusers failed and President Reagan succeeded in burying the Soviet Union, thus actually lifting the threat of global thermonuclear destruction.
So what is a parent to do if one of their young’uns declares that we’re all going to die unless we turn off the air conditioner and sell the car in favor of mass transit and bike riding? The only thing for it is to sit the kid down and explain that the science is not settled, that there are far more factors that affect climate than the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and that many people trying to sell global warming are in it for the money, power, and/or prestige. Then, after telling them to run along and not worry themselves, find out who is filling their head with nonsense (a teacher most likely) and give them a big chunk of your mind.