Last week at CPAC, I attended a Heartland Institute session entitled “Energy, Costs and Defeating the Climate Delusion Featuring European ‘Anti-Greta’ Naomi Seibt.”
German-born Naomi has become known for her climate change skepticism and has taken the video world by storm. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Heartland Institute, she has made the rounds of conservative media in America, including interviews on Fox News and other major media outlets. Her youtube channel (still mostly in German) has over 60,000 followers. Her fanbase in America is on the rise, with many of her recent English language videos getting over 100 thousand views.
Still a teenager at 19, speaking a precise English with both German and British accents, Naomi appears tiny and shy when you first meet her. However, once she starts talking, she has a thoughtful and focused manner, with the air of an intelligent old soul. She is not the disdainful, arrogant personality of her nemesis Greta Thunberg (whom she does not know, but wishes well). But Naomi is just as compelling in her manner and in her message.
She, in fact, has come to the conclusion that while the climate is always changing, man’s impact on the climate with CO2 emissions is not killing the planet.
But while Ms. Seibt has studied the climate change data diligently, she is the first to admit she is not a scientist and should not be believed.
And that is the point. Don’t be afraid, don’t be emotional, pay attention to the data.
Her theme is “I don’t want you to panic, I want you to THINK!” Are you listening to objective points of view from knowledgeable scientists? Or are you listening to activists, politicians or other non-experts who have other agendas? She pointed out that the climate change agenda was not necessarily about climate change, it was often about political power, redistribution of wealth, or some other dishonest agenda.
Naomi spoke about her upbringing in Germany, where climate change “alarmism” is taught from elementary school through high school. According to Naomi, this is never questioned, “climate realism” was never an option.
It was discussed in the session that it is nearly impossible to break with the climate alarmist point of view in German schools and that ostracism from one’s social circle is almost certain. To be called a “climate denier” is meant to remind people of the term “Holocaust denier.”
Author’s additional comment: Naomi’s experience in German elementary schools with climate change, is paralleled in the U.S. in a majority of the schools, and in a majority of the developed world. The climate change alarmists are winning the propaganda battle. They own the grade schools, the high schools, the universities and the next generation of teachers. Except for the few brave souls like Naomi who choose to think and research, the next generation will have no choice but to become climate change believers. And anytime you have to use the word “believe” when referring to science, it betrays the religious nature of the whole climate change alarmist movement.
And while Jim Lasee, Heartland’s president advocated for young people to be bold like Naomi and stand against their peer groups, this is not bloody likely. This is just not psychologically possible when the entire focus of young people growing up is fitting in, becoming part of a social group, and being desperately afraid of not having any friends.
Without a major disruption of some kind, the propaganda battles are already lost.
Unfortunately, the cost of losing this battle is $93 Trillion dollars, payable as soon as the next Democrat wins the White House.