If there is anyone still confused why ESG, and the entire “green” movement is one giant, boiling cauldron of lies, hypocrisy and fraud, read on.
Last summer, we reported that the European Commission – that murder of career bureaucrats – has proposed exempting private jets, the one most polluting form of transportation, from the planned EU jet fuel tax. A draft indicated that the tax would be phased-in for passenger flights, including ones that carry cargo. Private jets will enjoy an exemption through classification of “business aviation” as the use of aircraft by firms for carriage of passengers or goods as an “aid to the conduct of their business”, if generally considered not for public hire. It gets better: a further exemption is given for “pleasure” flights whereby an aircraft is used for “personal or recreational” purposes not associated with a business or professional use.
This is odd because a recent report found that private-jet CO2 emissions in Europe rose by 31% between 2005 and 2019, with flights to popular destinations up markedly during summer holiday seasons. So if Europe was truly concerned about curbing CO2 emissions it would ostensibly go after some of the biggest culprits… but no.
Of course, since it is mostly billionaires and the ultra wealthy that fly private, and these same billionaires and ultra wealthy tend to be exempt from regulations (which are usually written by politicians that the ultra rich have previously bribed or bought) that apply to the rest of the peasantry, this was hardly a huge surprise.
Which is why we doubt that the latest news showing just how pervasive the “green” hypocrisy is, will also come as a surprise.
According to a new report from Transport & Environment (T&E) titled “Climate Impacts of Exemptions to EU’s Shipping Proposals:
Arbitrary exemptions undermine integrity of shipping laws” , more than half of Europe’s ships would be exempt from the European Commission’s carbon pricing plan for the sector. Among them: highly polluting if extremely desirable – for the Monte Carlo set – yachts.
According to the report, in July 2021, the European Commission published a set of proposals to decarbonize the maritime sector. However, what quietly not mentioned, is that the proposed carbon pricing scheme (ETS) and the low GHG fuel standard (FuelEU Maritime) will only apply to ships above 5,000 GT and exclude a number of ship types such as offshore vessels, fishing vessels and…. yachts.
That the filibuster is an inherently racist tool, a relic of Jim Crow, is an odd position for Democrats to take given that just yesterday, they used the filibuster to block legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Indeed, Sen. Cruz’s bill not only attracted the votes of forty-nine out of fifty Republican Senators (the only exception was Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)), but also six Democratic Senators who face close races in 2022 and/or are from purple states: Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA). That meant that Cruz had 55 votes for his bill — a clear majority. So why did it not pass? Because Senate Democrats invoked the racist Jim Crow relic in order to refuse to allow a vote on that bill unless it first attained 60 votes to close the debate. In other words, Democrats — on Thursday— used the filibuster to block Cruz’s bill despite its having the support of the majority of the Senate.
What makes the Democrats’ conduct here even more notable is the substance of Cruz’s bill that they blocked with the filibuster. Cruz sought to impose sanctions on the Russian pipeline company Nord Stream 2, which is constructing the pipeline that will allow Moscow to sell large amounts of cheap natural gas to Germany and to Europe more broadly. There are few more pressing priorities for the Kremlin, if there are any, than construction of this pipeline. So by blocking Cruz’s bill, Democrats not only used a racist filibuster, but they did so in order to protect Vladimir Putin and a vital Russian company from sanctions.
The Biden White House is erecting a concrete wall in front of the building, with no apparent explanation for the security measure.
Amidst the construction of the wall, live video feeds of the building were also reportedly killed. While the construction of security barriers can sometimes occur ahead of foreign heads of state visiting the U.S., no events have been publicly announced or scheduled.
A construction team appears to have begun building the wall on the White House’s north lawn between the structure and a pre-existing iron fence, which was last remodeled in 2019.
The construction of the wall follows repeated attacks from Democrats – including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris- against walls, insisting they’re ineffective and xenophobic.
After podcaster Joe Rogan’s wildly popular interview with Dr. Robert Malone aired on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” fact checkers jumped into the fray to try to disprove assertions made by Malone.
One of those cited authoritative in the AP “fact check” tweeted in favor of cajoling the public into following COVID-19 restrictions, and now claims that the collective group think around COVID-19, termed by Malone as “mass formation psychosis,” isn’t real.
New York University assistant professor of psychology and neural science Jay Van Bavel, who “co-authored a book on group identities,” has made claims that the only way to fight COVID-19 is for everyone to change their behavior until such time as a vaccine came along. And how to get everyone to change? “We have to think through the lens of behavioral science,” Van Bavel wrote. “What can we do to nudge and encourage and cajole and motivate people to do the right thing?”
Van Bavel also used a quote from notorious Nazi general Joseph Goebbels to point out that propaganda is most insidious when the “manipulated” public believes they are “acting on their own free will.”
Van Bavel seems to believe that he is not guilty of either spreading or believing propaganda, manipulating people or being manipulated.
The woman organizing a vigil on the National Mall to remember “the attack on democracy that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021,” is the same Antifa-affiliated woman who planned disruptions for the inaugurations of both President George W. Bush and President Donald Trump. She also co-founded and organized the group that terrorized Sen. Josh Hawley’s wife and newborn baby last year over the Republican’s objections to the 2020 election results.
Liz Butler is a “partner” with Movement Catalyst, the organization hosting the official Jan. 6 vigil in Washington, D.C., just one year after the infamous Capitol riot. The event is part of an entire day of Democrat programming hoping to smear Republicans as the destroyers of democracy.
According to her biography, which is listed first on the Movement Catalyst website, Butler has a lengthy history of organizing radical protests to spark change and affirm “social justice, economic justice, climate justice, fossil fuel resistance, and environmental justice.”
During her time as national organizer of the Coastal Rainforest Coalition, the veteran demonstrator helped facilitate the environmental protests against Bush on his Inauguration Day in 2001. As reported by American Greatness, Butler also helped instigate the International Monetary Fund and World Bank protests one year later through her role with Mobilization for Global Justice. The protests quickly turned violent as rioters began throwing rocks and smoke bombs at police officers and blocking traffic. Law enforcement officials arrested more than 600 people in connection to the destruction and chaos.
Butler later used her activist background to get ShutDownDC off the ground, the group that regularly confronts GOP legislators, and she readily protested and ginned up opposition to Trump’s inauguration in 2017. On Jan. 20, 2017, more than 200 people were arrested after rioting in the streets of Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities. Rioters vandalized vehicles, smashed windows, set a limo on fire, and injured police officers who tried to subdue the violence and chaos.
During the 2020 election, ShutDownDC, an “anti-fascist” group led by Butler and another notable anti-GOP activist Patrick Young, partnered with protest consultant Lisa Fithian to discuss “Escalating Resistance in Times of Crisis: Mass Rebellion.” The group also promoted resources on how radical leftists should badger legislators and other government officials if Trump won the election.