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Quotation of the day on why you shouldn’t listen to laughable Greta Thunberg …..

….. is from Rich Lowry writing in National Review:

There’s a reason that we don’t look to teenagers for guidance on fraught issues of public policy. With very rare exceptions kids have nothing interesting to say to us. They just repeat back what they’ve been told by adults, with less nuance and maturity.

Much of the climate advocacy of young people boils down to the plaint that all parents know well: “I want it, and I want it now.” As one headline on a National Geographic story put it, “Kids’ world climate strikes demand that warming stop, fast.”

Behind the foot-stomping is the idea that a long-running global phenomenon could be quickly stopped, if only adults cared as much as the kids did. This fails to account for such recalcitrant factors as costs and complexity, but when do children ever think of those? (And who can blame them? They’re children.)

Instead, the youthful climate activists claim they’ve been sold out by their elders. Greta Thunberg put it with her usual accusatory starkness at the U.N.: “You are failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”

This is laughable. By no global measure of social and economic well-being have we failed kids. According to, the global poverty rate fell from 28 percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2013. Life expectancy increased from 63.2 years to 71.9 years from 1981 to 2015. The completion rate for primary school increased from 80 percent in 1981 to 90 percent in 2015. The same benign trends hold for hunger, child labor, literacy, and so on.

If climate change proves a significant challenge, today’s youth will have more resources and technology to grapple with it than any other generation in the history of mankind.

Discussion (3 comments)

  1. JK Brown says:

    None of the climate change striking kids even claim to be studying engineering, mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or other hard science that would enable them as John Adams wrote to his wife, their children to study less military or economically-beneficial fields.

    Greta and the girl I saw testifying before Congress clearly showed they are uneducated even as they may have some body of facts. Educated in the sense of “discipline of intellect, establishment of principles and regulation of emotions”. “Mr. Memory” is an anachronism in this age of online knowledge. Being able to use that knowledge to good effect is a signature of being educated.

  2. Barry Bones says:

    More like the adults are failing to HAVE kids.

    Has to be a link between birth rates and welfare. Either way, we are now importing ethnics as our children who do not necessarily share the same cultural values…

  3. Ron H. says:

    Resistance is futile … you will be assimilated.

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