Just when you think that the censorship in the land of the illusion of freedom can’t get any worse, Google announces they will censor a whole new crop of thought. Google and YouTube will no longer allow any ads with content pushing “climate change denial,” saying it “contradicts scientific consensus.”
Silencing dissent has never once proved the dissenters wrong.
Many are upset, however, others have suggested simply moving their content to platforms that are open to ideas and offer the free exchange of them.
The Big Tech giant announced the move in a Thursday blog post. The company is updating its policies on ads and monetization in order to “ensure a brand-safe environment” for advertisers, and to “protect users” from “unreliable claims” as well as “fake medical cures or anti-vaccine advocacy.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that climate change is responsible for the surge of migrant children crossing the U.S. southern border.
“There are more children, about 600, 700 more children, unaccompanied children coming over the border. This is a humanitarian challenge to all of us. What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children’s interest,” Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos.
Climate scientists said that the pandemic lockdown has led to a historic decrease in CO2 emissions, but added that the equivalent of a lockdown every two years would be needed to fulfill the Paris climate agreement.
The study, which was published inNature Climate Change, reported that carbon emissions had fallen by about 7% in 2020 from the previous year, a historic drop of 2.6 billion metric tons.
However, the scientists calculated that in order to meet the goals set by the Paris Agreement, the same drop of carbon emissions would be needed every two years, the equivalent of a lockdown in the same period.
The scientists did not recommend lockdowns every two years, but only that policy changes on the scale of a lockdown were necessary.
“We have failed to understand in the past that we can’t have tackling climate change as a side issue. It can’t be about one law or policy, it has to be put at the heart of all policy,” said Corinne Le Quéré, the lead author of the study. “Every strategy and every plan from every government must be consistent with tackling climate change.”
The United States pulled out of the Paris Agreement in 2019 under the direction of former President Donald Trump. Critics of the climate agreement have noted that the goals of the pact appear to unfairly target the United States while allowing for other nations to pollute with few regulations.
Joe Biden has presented a $2 trillion clean energy plan that may be very expensive for consumers if the United States follows the mistakes of the European example.
There are some important facts that should concern us when thinking about the US and Europe’s energy policy, supporting industry and creating jobs:
In the European Union, SMEs pay 20% more for electricity than in China and 65% more than in India. Between 2005 and 2012 electricity prices in Europe rose 38%, while in the United States they fell 4%. If we go to natural gas, in Europe prices rose 35%, while in the US they fell 66%. But the worst thing is that this trend has become more pronounced in recent years.
The “green” policy in Germany has doubled bills for households while the price of wholesale generation fell, and in 2017 it still had over 52% of its electricity mix and 88% of primary energy consumption from fossil fuels. The German “energiewende” has already cost more than 243 billion euro between taxes and “renewable subsidies” since 2000, and greenhouse gas emissions are almost flat since 2009. Even worse, the impact of net job creation in the energy sector has been negative. Between the job losses in traditional companies and the bankruptcies of local solar names, job creation has turned negative. Germany once had a goal of 500,000 green energy jobs by 2020. After peaking at just below 380,000 a few years ago, the number is now approaching 350,000 and this means that the net effect in the industry will be a 20,000 loss.
Up to 33% of the total costs of industrial companies come from energy expenses, which have exploded in recent years due to the impact of subsidies, fixed costs, and taxes.
BILL GATES has made a new gloomy prediction about the next two disasters mankind may face.
The Microsoft co-founder famously warned the world in 2015 of the likelihood of a new pandemic caused by a respiratory virus, like the coronavirus. In a talk organised by TED media and titled ‘The next outbreak? We’re not ready’, Mr Gates stressed that it would be the emergence of a new virus and not war that would wipe out millions of human beings. He said: “If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg drew the ire of police prosecutors in India on Thursday after she used social media to offer running commentary and advice on violent protests by the country’s farmers.
The 18-year-old left-wing eco-activist shared — and then quickly deleted — a message that detailed a list of “suggested posts” about the ongoing civil disorder, according to a report in the NY Post, which her critics say reveals she is being coached on what position to take by outsiders.
The list gave a series of tips on what to post on social media, asking her to also repost and tag other celebrities tweeting about it, including pop star Rihanna.
As well as the Twitter storm, the “toolkit” she shared also suggested highlighting planned demonstrations at Indian embassies.
The Delhi Police on Thursday filed a case against the activist over her tweets while rejecting foreign intervention on purely domestic matters.