Bell: Greta is gone, it's back to the real world
October 18, 2019
October 18, 2019 7:10 PM EDT
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg joined about 4,000 Edmonton youth, climate activists, and community members outside the Alberta Legislature in a climate strike on Friday.Shaughn Butts / Postmedia
Doomsday prophecies! End times hysteria! The weeping, the wailing and the gnashing of teeth!
Thousands march on the legislature in Edmonton. Greta Thunberg, the teen environmental extremist, the social media pop star, has arrived.
I’m not up in Edmonton. I watch from afar.
I would have driven up but Greta would have been mad at me, making a pilgrimage in my weapon of mass destruction, a VW Golf with a full tank of gas.
But, like certain self-serving politicians in this province parading their phoney-baloney virtue, maybe I should have begged for a selfie with Greta.
After all, she, like, just wants to not only shut down the oilpatch, she wants to shut down the use of oil and gas altogether and that seems like such a cool idea.
Climate activists hold hands while participating in a climate strike march from Beaver Hills Park to the Alberta Legislature to hear Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg in Edmonton, on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia
Especially since the clock is ticking ever so quickly to the Last Judgment where Mother Earth will send us gas-guzzling unbelievers to the burning fires of hell.
Well, the revival meeting proceeded as scheduled at the church of the climate apocalypse.
The useful idiots are star-struck over Greta, awash in all the eco-celebrity and the self-righteous belief they are on the right side of history.
Weren’t the commies also once on the right side of history? I digress.
The breathless press is out in force, many no doubt also baptized in the faith.
NDP Leader Rachel Notley wrote Greta a letter. Now, no longer burdened with being premier, Real Rachel returns.
She commended Greta for her “advocacy” and congratulated the 16-year-old on her “success.”
She wanted to speak with Greta in person. Wouldn’t that look good on Twitter.
Notley said there are issues where she disagrees with Greta. But they are sisters in the struggle. They “share a commitment” to act on climate change.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg had a police escort to her car after she joined thousands of Edmonton youth, climate activists, and community members outside the Alberta Legislature on Friday. Shaughn Butts / Postmedia
Sarah Hoffman, the leader … er … not-yet leader of the Alberta NDP, wanted Premier Kenney to join Greta at the march.
Now that I would pay to see. Kenney waving a Make Earth Cool Again sign.
It wasn’t happening. The premier wasn’t going to schmooze with the prophet of the environmental Armageddon.
“Why won’t he do it?” cried Hoffman.
Meanwhile, Marie Renaud, another NDP member of the legislature, took the delirium up a notch and spoke of “the beginning of a climate change apartheid.”
Does that make Greta the new Nelson Mandela?
The premier was busy at the opening of a natural gas pipeline, what he calls “a real-world solution” to lowering emissions.
But Kenney committed the unforgivable sin in the world of the zealots. He talked about something called “the real world.”
He even defined it.
“The real world most people inhabit where we understand the world is dependent on energy and the question is how to produce that energy in a more responsible environmental fashion.”
Premier Jason Kenney speaks on Friday at the celebration of a new 130 kilometre long natural gas pipeline delivering gas to two of the province’s largest power plants, at the TranAlta Keephills Generating facility 75 km west of Edmonton. Ed Kaiser / Postmedia
And, he added, the real-world consequences if Greta’s dream came true would be mass unemployment, a huge increase in poverty and a radical reduction in the standard of living.
“We do not live in some kind of dream world. We live in the real world.”
The day before, in the real world, the premier wondered why the Notley NDP didn’t have the courage to stand up and denounce the federal NDP and Justin Trudeau for their attacks on Alberta.
Easy answer. Why fight for the province when you can dwell in a child’s fantasyland and play-act how you’re saving the world?
Besides, Notley voted for Jagmeet Singh’s NDP.
In the end, after days of hype, we get Greta.
They chanted her name. They chanted their demands.
Get up! Get down! Keep the fossil fuels in the ground! Repeat after me — many times over.
The warm-up speakers went on and on. We even got a lecture on colonialism.
Then there was Greta.
The Greta of leaving fossil fuels in the ground.
The Greta of a world with no meat and no dairy.
The Greta where lowering greenhouse gas emissions is “far from enough” and “our emissions have to stop.”
Stop in six to 12 years or enormous suffering.
Actually, in Edmonton, Greta mentions less than eight-and-a-half years but countries like Canada have to get to zero carbon emissions much faster.
A counter-protester is seen during a climate strike march from Beaver Hills Park to the Alberta Legislature on Friday. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia
“Amen!” shouts someone in the crowd.
Cheers from the many.
“You can’t solve an emergency without treating it as one,” she says.
Greta is finished, speaking just a little more than 10 minutes.
Louder applause than you’d hear at many rock concerts.
Greta! Greta! Greta!
The assembled begin to break up, many no doubt having no intention of practising what they just heard preached.