In case you haven’t heard of her yet, Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish girl who has been manufactured into the new face of climate change. Credited with being the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement (a publicity-seeking strategy whereby students skip school to urge governments to do more about climate change), Greta was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and has her own TED Talk video.

Let me emphasize at the outset that I have zero criticism of Greta herself. I believe her to be a sincere, well-intentioned young person who has much broader horizons than the typical teenager. She obviously cares about the world, which is admirable. What is not admirable is how adults are exploiting this innocent child.

Adults are using Greta as a puppet and mouthpiece to advance their own agenda. Here is a sample of Greta’s rhetoric: “Some people — some companies and some decision-makers in particular — have known exactly what priceless values they are sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money. I want to challenge them into real and bold climate action, to set their economic goals aside and to safeguard the future living conditions for humankind. I ask you to stand on the right side of history.”

Clearly, there’s little original thought here. This sounds like a robotic recitation of typical anti-capitalist boilerplate. “The right side of history” is well-known Marxist dogma and rhetoric, as any student of Marx knows. Whatever adults got their hooks into Greta Thunberg have indoctrinated her with stale leftist clichés.

If there is one compliment I can pay to the climate change cabal, it is how well it coordinates public relations tactics. The Nobel Committee and the TED Talk organization wasted no time in lending their prestige to amplify Greta’s message. These organizations have disgraced themselves by such cynical opportunism. TED Talks advertises itself as offering “videos from expert speakers.”

With all due respect to Greta, who may well be a brilliant young student, she is no “expert” on the complicated science, politics, and economics of climate change.

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Perhaps the greatest exploitation of Greta Thunberg are by grown adults who have no respect for youth, like this columnist. Like so many condescending 'adults', this writer gives us the 'I'm no prude BUT...' trick to make great pains to tell you he respects Thunberg as a person BUT... That dishonesty permeates the column, kicking this child for having the temerity to speak the words that scientists have been using for a long time. Yes, perhaps not original but that's not Ms. Thunberg's intention. She has claimed all along not to present any original arguments, just to broadcast already-known scientific facts. They may not be sugar-coated and at times seem alarmist, but there is little actual disputation of any of those scientifically-based statements by Greta Thunberg in this writer's rather bullying attitude, so prevalent in today's US media, especially among older, more conservative journalists. Too bad this writer doesn't dare take on Ms. Thunberg's actual points and debate them, not just interpreting her motives and attributing her message as to her being a tool of others. Such a sad, insulting and rather disingenuous column.

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