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KNIGHT: Virtue-signalling climate alarmists on full display this week

Why should we take Greta Thunberg's advice on economic policy that will affect nations for generations to come?

This week the venerable Time magazine named 16-year-old Greta Thunberg as their person of the year. 

Seriously. 

A poll said Time should have named the Hong Kong protesters, who are fighting for their rights against Chinese tyranny, should have been the choice. 

So, let’s see, thousands of folks fighting for human rights or a snotty 16-year-old who is delusional about what climate change is.

U.S. President Donald Trump promptly took to Twitter, as he often does, to opine that she had anger management issues and she should go to a movie with a friend. He ended it with “Chill Greta, chill.”

Thunberg then changed her Twitter profile to say, she was “a teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend”.

What’s bizarre in all of this is she doesn’t realize she is being mocked. And why not? 

She is preaching climate doom as a teenager who has no life experience, no analysis of actual science and just regurgitates leftist talking points about climate. 

The reality is that there is no one among us who would take advice from her about balancing our household budget. So, why should we take her advice on economic policy that will affect nations for generations to come?

Greta is a child. Whether or not she has anger management issues, I will leave for others to decide. What I do know is that the climate is changing, and has always done so and will always do so. 

I am a simple person. I’m an old ex-cop who relies on actual evidence to come to a conclusion on anything. 

Which brings me to our government and the incredibly foolish carbon tax, which does nothing for the environment.  

The Prime Minister knows it is a punitive tax on Canadians. That’s why he announced a tax cut ostensibly for the middle class this week. 

The carbon tax adds on to everyone’s budget, and it’s not just the extra cost on a litre of gas, although that is a significant part of it. It adds to the cost of everything, from the cost of growing produce to farmers to the cost of shipping it to market, to the cost of delivering it to the grocery store. 

We are all paying a lot more a year for this nonsensical policy of the government. For the government to announce they are going to give a little of this back is insulting. They are blatantly ignoring the fact that it is their virtue-signalling policy that is causing the problem in the first instance.

And as for Greta, just shut up and go back to school.

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