X-Rated Insults And Ignorance Are All Deniers & Laggards Have Left In Their Bid to Block Climate Action

Catherine McKenna and Greta Thunberg are favourite targets of fossil fuel junkies and climate denying trolls

A Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted October 30th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

When it becomes more and more obvious that those who chose to deny or doubt climate change do not have facts and science on their side, the only recourse they have left, short of voting for politicians like Doug Ford, Andrew Scheer, Jason Kenney and Donald Trump, come down to this – shamelessly showcasing a wilful ignorance of the facts and science, and hurling insults, right up to and including vulgarities that are not fit for prime time, at those advocating for more action on climate change.

Some one sprayed this Vulgar word on the campaign office window of Canada’s Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, shortly after this October 21st’s federal electoin

That proved to be the case again this fall, just a day or two after this October 21st’s federal election, when the mostly female volunteers working in Catherine McKenna’s Ottawa, Ontario campaign office arrived to find the C-word (yes, that c – – t word) sprayed across a poster of McKenna’s face on the office’s front window.

Catharine McKenna, an Ottawa MP who has served as Canada’s Environment Minister for the past four years, has taken her share of verbal abuse from trolls

“I was not happy to see that and it was actually really upsetting for the people that are in my office,” McKenna, a Liberal MP who easily won back her seat in her Ottawa riding, told a television news crew as she appeared to be holding back tears, but “you can’t let the haters get you down.”

For the past four years, Catherine McKenna, a native of Hamilton, has also served as Canada’s Environment Minister and, in spite of any and all disappointments those of us who want more action may with her boss and prime minister, Justin Trudeau, on the climate file, has at least tried to put herself out there as an advocate for action – so much so that she has weathered more than her share of verbal threats and insults, and has been dubbed ‘Climate Barbie’ by her detractors.

As Environment Minister, McKenna has visited the Niagara area more than a few times, including once last year to announce funding for protecting Great Lakes waters and a year earlier, during Canadian Environment Week, when she and the prime minister made a stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a media briefing and a short visit with a group of school children after paddling canoes on the lower Niagara River.

“I look at these kids,” said McKenna during the Niagara-on-the-Lake stop, “and I have three children of my own.”

The fight against climate change, she added, is very much a fight for our children’s future.

On Canadian Envronment Week in June of 2017, Catharine McKenna stood to the left of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a brief meeting with school children in Niagara-on-the-Lake. File photo by Doug Draper

Another climate change fighter – at least a few generations younger than McKenna and arguably far more formidable on the world stage – had this to say at a United Nations Climate Summit this past September about the failure of so many of her elders in leadership to more aggressively address what she and others, including teams of scientists, now view as a category one “climate emergency” –

16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has also taken more than her share of insults for her efforts to shift the world away from climate-changing fossil fuel pollution

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” she said in an address that made international headlines and drew a condescending “she seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future” tweet from Trump.

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you,” 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden added. “And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line.”

Greta Thunberg who, over the past year, has inspired young people all over the world to hold mass rallies for climate action has also drawn more than her share of trolls.

This very bright and knowledgeable young girl has been called everything from “mentally ill” and “retarded” to “creepy” and “ugly.”

While on her way to attend a climate rally in Alberta earlier this October, she was characterized by some tar sands supporters as a ‘s – – t disturber’ who should be refused entry to the country.

Then, a few days later, there was the C-Word sprayed on Catherine McKenna’s campaign office in Ottawa.

“I don’t even have the words to describe what kind of person would do this,” McKenna told reporters later. “It’s the same as the trolls on Twitter. It needs to stop.”

It does, but probably not any time soon as the walls continue to close in on a world far too dependent on fossil fuels, and one that a hard-core segment of the human population,  including powerful interests in the petro-chemical industry, is showing little no willingness to shift away from easily.

Jim Bradley, Chair of Niagara Region’s council and a former Ontario environment minister, with Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna after she announced funding for protecting Great Lakes waters last year. file photo by Doug Draper

Indeed, it will be interesting to now see if Catherine McKenna, assuming she is still interested in serving as Canada’s Environment Minister after all the heat she has taken in fighting for her government’s efforts to put a higher price on climate-changing carbon pollution, will be given that job back when Trudeau announces his cabinet in the days ahead.

Right now, what role, if any, McKenna plays in a new Trudeau cabinet seems like a wide open question.

During a press conference he hosted the day after the October 21st election, Trudeau sounded more determined to follow through on plans to complete a Trans Mountain pipeline for the Alberta tar sands that no private business group would invest in – even though his investment in last year of billions of dollars of our tax money in this pipeline won him not one seat in Alberta and possibly helped lose him his majority in other parts of Canada where climate change became a major election issue.

“I care greatly about the environment, but the thing I’ve learned about climate change is it’s not just the environment minister who has got to carry this file, this is as much an economic file,” added Catherine McKenna the day after that vulgar word was sprayed on her campaign office window.  “Everyone’s got to work together and I will always be passionate about this, because it is the most important issue.”

We will now find out how important the issue really is to Justin Trudeau.

“Beautiful speeches are not enough.” How much real action will Prime Minister Justin Trudeau now take to fight climate change

Will Trudeau show the courage to stand up to the climate deniers and laggards, and take the real action that is needed to address what is a climate emergency?

Or will he trade away progressive action for more of what United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote off before the UN’s Climate summit began this September as “beautiful speeches (that) are not enough.”

We’ll be watching.

To watch and hear Catherine McKenna discuss the obscene graffiti that greeted her and her campaign office staff after the October 21st federal election, click on the screen below –

For one report on the vulgar attack on Catherine McKenna’s campaign office this October, click on https://election.ctvnews.ca/absolutely-disgraceful-catherine-mckenna-s-office-tagged-with-vulgar-and-sexist-graffiti-1.4653750

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One response to “X-Rated Insults And Ignorance Are All Deniers & Laggards Have Left In Their Bid to Block Climate Action

  1. If they can’t deny the message, destroy the messengers.
    Greta Thunberg and Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”, as innocuous a person as possible) are just two. Anyone who threatens the influx of $$$ from fossil fuels is the enemy and must be discredited or destroyed.
    Remember when doctors were paid to say “Marlboros are good for you”? Some “authorities” will lie for money.
    Climate change is real and exacerbated by human activity.
    CO2 levels started to increase with the Industrial Revolution. Of course they had horses then but not billions of cars. Now it’s worse.
    In 1800 the population was one billion. Now it is 7 billion+.
    Oxygen producing forests are disappearing.
    Since 1950 CO2 has skyrocketed. This is not fake news.
    This is not cyclical like ice ages and other warming events in pre history that developed and lasted in time frames of eons.
    It is not caused by the Milankovitch effect.
    These deniers, some just plain stupid, others with the agenda of making money from fossil fuels and rampant development, claim to know more than the 90 plus percentile of scientists who have made such study their life’s work. People with silly things like PhD’s.
    Here are just a few in the US alone that have proved and state emphatically that anthropogenic climate change is real –
    The National Geographic Society.
    The Academy of Physics.
    The Society of Geology.
    The Society of Meteorologists.
    NASA photos show glaciers and polar caps shrinking.
    Yup, all our imagination.
    Diseases carried by pests like Lyme, Zika and West Nile are moving north.
    Fires are rampant in California, Europe and Australia.
    Storms stagnate and are more severe due to decreased temperature gradients that used to keep them moving.
    Fish are dying in Europe because the rivers are too warm.
    I could go on all day….but why? Someone in Grimsby or Welland or Pelham or some other community out there says they know better.


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