A CNN journalist pens a fascinating insight into the left's dystopian worldview
On April 7, Bill Weir, CNN's chief climate correspondent, had a son. Weir wrote an open letter to his son telling him he was born into Hell on Earth, also known as the modern Western world. The letter perfectly encapsulates everything the left hates and wants to see destroyed.
Below, in italics, are my summaries of many of Weir's pronouncements, followed by countervailing information.
Climate change is making nightingales have shorter wings, so they're all going to die because they can't migrate. First, the study, after noting that some nightingales have shorter wings, makes an evidence-free leap to blaming climate change. Second, "[w]hile the British population of nightingales has been declining since at least the 1960s because of habitat loss, the European breeding population is estimated at between 3.2 and 7 million pairs, giving it green conservation status (least concern). Furthermore, according to Birdlife, the European population is stable."
Climate change is killing the Great Barrier Reef. The reef has survived for 6,000–8,000 years, despite massive sea level drops. "Corals are highly mobile, highly adaptable and resilient organisms. The larval form of Coral is a free swimming organism, which can actively seek a location to settle. Reef coral has repeatedly demonstrated its resilience by surviving multiple mass extinctions, including the event which killed the dinosaurs."
Humans looking for habitat and wealth are destroying the Amazon. Deforestation is lessening, the Amazon isn't responsible for keeping the world oxygenated, and parts of it were once more densely populated than today.
Climate change will drown the expensive waterfront neighborhood in which Weir lives. Weir doesn't believe that. If he did, he wouldn't have bought waterfront property. The Obamas wouldn't have, either.
Climate change results because the baby's milk bottle "was warmed by dirty, ancient fuels." Before we used fossil fuel, the baby's bottle would have been a sea of bacteria. Clean bottles come from petroleum and are disinfected by petroleum-generated heat. Fossil fuels mean that our streets are not ankle-deep in a slushy mass of animal feces and urine. Today, people least at risk from COVID-19 are the ones in cars, not trapped on public transportation.
Scientists warned people that there were diseases out there, but people didn't listen and instead continued to move into the animals' territory (jungles, prairies, mangroves, etc.). COVID-19 didn't happen because we moved onto animal territory. It happened either because of China's disgusting exotic wet markets or because of China's carelessness in biolabs.
Humans stupidly followed the Bible's admonition in Genesis 1:28 to be fruitful and multiply and take dominion over the earth's other life forms. The Bible makes humans the Earth's stewards or caretakers. That's the opposite of environmental abuse.
The reason the baby's mom had a mask was because Weir still had one from the fires that climate change caused in California. California has had drought cycles for centuries. The bad fires resulted from environmentalists making it impossible to limit flammable areas.
Humans are the newest life form on the planet, but we've destroyed it all with the Industrial Revolution. Don't blame the Industrial Revolution. Native Americans used to drive whole herds off cliffs to kill a handful of buffalo. Prehistoric people hunted the mammoth to extinction and may have done the same to the saber-tooth tiger.
In 1856, Eunice Newton Foote put carbon dioxide in glass cylinders and discovered that those cylinders got hotter than the ones holding only air, but no one listened because she was a woman. No one listened because it was a meaningless observation. Our dynamic climate reflects the sun, wind, and clouds. The models are not dynamic. They're static and wrong. The COVID-19 models prove that reliance on models is fatal.
Since 1961, a lot of ice on earth has vanished. On July 4, 2019, Anchorage was hotter than Key West. Anchorage was also hot in 1943 and 1953. Like other places, Anchorage has heat waves.
Greta Thunberg is earth's Joan of Arc. Greta Thunberg is a mentally disturbed, minimally informed teenager whose leftist parents use her as a political pawn.
Aside from being wrong, Weir misses entirely that we live in an age of wonders and miracles. Modern farming techniques mean that famine would be a thing of the past but for corrupt governance in third-world countries. Our medicine is so advanced that we replace people's hearts, help the blind see, and make the deaf hear.
We've wiped out epidemic diseases that killed by the millions and will soon do the same with COVID-19. Most children born into Weir's hated West will live to a ripe old age. Before modernity, 50% of children died before their fifth birthday.
Weir is a tragic figure because he has eyes but cannot see. The real tragedy, though, is that people like Weir, through the power of the media, drive too much of America's political agenda.