some rightwing lunatics really hate this teenager

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CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG is back in the news but not in a manner that she is en­joying. Ac­cording to the ar­ticle “Trolls Force Artist to Cancel a Planned Greta Thun­berg Mural in North Dakota” by Yessenia Funes for Giz­modo (Feb­ruary 13, 2020), local artist/photographer Shane Balkow­itsch took por­traits of Thun­berg in Oc­tober 2019 when she was vis­iting mem­bers of the Standing Rock Sioux Reser­va­tion. READ MORE

inconceivable! red states accept climate change mitigation money

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TRUMP PREPARING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE! Ac­tu­ally, the head­line for the ar­ticle by Zoya Teirstein for Grist (Jan­uary 27, 2020) reads, “The Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion is helping nine states pre­pare for cli­mate change.” Ei­ther way, I know that many of you are thinking that word that Vizinni kept using in all the wrong places, “In­con­ceiv­able!” Teirstein states: “Any cli­mate sci­en­tist will tell you that the nat­ural dis­as­ters of the past few years pale in com­par­ison to the cli­mate change-fueled weather events coming down the pike.” READ MORE

did you know that donald trump was an environmental hero?

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DONALD TRUMP, ENVIRONMENTAL HERO. To most of the people in the world con­cerned with the state of that world, those four words are more than a simple bit of irony: Pres­i­dent Trump may be the quin­tes­sence of the cli­mate change de­nial “movement”—ignorant (or du­plic­i­tous) and ar­ro­gant. Yet when pe­rusing the latest email newsletter from Giz­modo, I was greeted by this head­line and teaser: “Trump Has a Book Written By a Trump Ad­visor About How Trump Loves the En­vi­ron­ment Ac­tu­ally.” READ MORE

chamber of commerce changes approach to climate change

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AS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL lob­bying groups in the country, the U.S. Chamber of Com­merce has long been a cen­tral player in the net­work of or­ga­ni­za­tions seeding de­nial about cli­mate change. Its work in­cludes spending mil­lions of dol­lars in­flu­encing elec­tions and lob­bying in sup­port of new oil and gas de­vel­op­ment, roll­backs of U.S. methane reg­u­la­tions, and the re­peal of the Clean Power Plan. READ MORE

climate change denial and inaction are related

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THE TWIN PHENOMENON of de­nial and in­ac­tion are re­lated to one an­other, at least in the con­text of cli­mate change. They are also com­plex, both in the gen­eral sense of “com­pli­cated and in­tri­cate,” and in the tech­nical psy­cho­log­ical sense of “a group of re­pressed feel­ings and anx­i­eties which to­gether re­sult in ab­normal be­hav­iour.”

In his book States of De­nial, the late psy­cho­an­a­lytic so­ci­ol­o­gist Stanley Cohen de­scribed three forms of de­nial. READ MORE

the cherished myths of climate change deniers

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PROPERLY, A MYTH is a “tra­di­tional story of os­ten­sibly his­tor­ical events that serves to un­fold part of the world view of a people or ex­plain a prac­tice, be­lief, or nat­ural phe­nom­enon” (Merriam-Webster). But we rarely use that de­f­i­n­i­tion today. Most of us use myth with its sec­ondary de­f­i­n­i­tion: “an un­founded or false no­tion.” And that is how it is used in an ar­ticle in the Sep­tember 18, 2019, edi­tion of Teen Vogue. READ MORE

the anti-trump and the weight of the world

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THE NEW YORKER fo­cused on Greta Thun­berg today, pub­lishing an ar­ticle and a fea­tured car­toon. The ar­ticle is ti­tled “Greta Thun­berg Is the Anti-Trump” and was written by Masha Gessen: “She is young and he is old. She is honest and he is a ha­bitual liar. She re­lies on sci­ence and he re­lies on nothing but his gut. READ MORE