Why the right’s usual smears don’t work on Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg’s position is that (heavily paraphrased) the science of climate change has been settled for decades* and the time has come to deal with it. That the science really has been settled for decades is demonstrated in various ways including the simple fact that the core climate change science has not changed in decades and we really are running of time to get serious about the climate crisis (see the various IPCC reports).

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/9/26/20882958/greta-thunberg-climate-change-trump-attacks-right-wing

* For examples of core climate change science that has been settled for decades, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockey_stick_controversy (1998), https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/06/26/james-hansens-climate-warning-30-years-later/ (describes 1988 research and controversy), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExxonMobil_climate_change_controversy (late 70s).

“Greta Thunberg’s train journey through Europe highlights no-fly movement”

The story of Greta Thunberg’s April 14-25, 2019 rail trip to speak on the importance of getting serious about climate change and to promote Sweden’s “flygskam”, or “flight-shame”, movement.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/26/greta-thunberg-train-journey-through-europe-flygskam-no-fly

“‘We’re moving to higher ground’: America’s era of climate mass migration is here”

An article that demonstrates that climate change is not some vague far off possibility. The reality of climate change is disturbingly simple: climate change is happening right now and is getting worse as time goes by.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/24/americas-era-of-climate-mass-migration-is-here

“Green energy sector jobs surpass total oil sands employment”

While it has a ways to go to catch up to the fossil fuels energy industry*, green energy is gradually becoming an important part of our economy.

* note that the article is comparing green energy jobs to jobs in the oil sands. Needless to say, there is rather more to the fossil fuel industry than just the Alberta oil sands.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/green-energy-sector-jobs-surpass-oil-sand-employment-total/article21859169/