Friday, February 28, 2020

The Heartland Institute's Answer to Greta

To counter the appeal of Greta Thunberg the fossil fuel funded Heartland Institute has hired a young German women by the name of Naomi Seibt. The institute is known for its disinformation efforts including targeting public school children with "educational" materials that misrepresent the facts about climate change.  Like Seibt, Heartland casts aspersions on science, sews doubt and muddies the waters to weaken support for climate action.. "Climate change alarmism at its very core is a despicably anti-human ideology," she has said.

James Taylor, director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute, described her as a "star". At the end of last year Heartland showcased Seibt at the U.N. climate conference in Madrid. More recently Seibt made her American debut at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual gathering of hard-right conservatives.

Seibt calls scientific warnings about climate change "exaggerations". "Are man-made CO2 emissions having that much impact on the climate?" the 19 year old asked rhetorically. "I think that’s ridiculous to believe" she added.

The mother of the German youth is a lawyer who has defended politicians from the racist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party and the young Seibt has spoken at the group's rallies. In addition to disliking climate activism, she is also skeptical about feminism and immigration.

While Greta is an inclusive advocate who calls for climate action, Seibt promotes climate denial and draws inspiration from white supremacists. The other major difference between the two is that Greta's message is rooted in science while Seibt depends on lies.

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