Boris Johnson, British PM, Tells World To Grow Up

Boris Johnson, British PM, Tells World To Grow Up

Boris Johnson, British PM, Tells World To Grow Up

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of Great Britian, met with Joe Biden in the Oval Office and then went back to New York City to give his speech at the United Nations’ General Assembly. In the speech, Johnson told the world to grow up and do something about climate change. Then, he mentioned Kermit the Frog and Sophocles the Greek poet. You cannot make this stuff up.

Once upon a time and and two years ago, Boris Johnson was compared favorably to President Donald Trump when he was elevated to the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He seemed poised to bring populism and sanity to the British nation. Now we know that Johnson is a political shapeshifter. He was great on Brexit. He seems to lean Libertarian on occasion. It is his embrace of anthropogenic (man-made) climate change that is most problematic.

Let us stipulate that the climate changes. Always has changed and will change until the end of times. The Sun effects our climate. Volcanoes and shifting tectonic plates effect climate change. As good stewards of our planet, we have a duty to keep it clean and healthy. Anthropogenic climate change is negligible. Since I was a child in 1973, we have had a warning about a global ice age, global warming, global cooling, a hockey stick and climate change. That makes it hard for me to believe that anyone with a lick of sense isn’t at least skeptical about man-made climate change.

Enter Boris Johnson. Here, curated by The Guardian, are selections of his U.N. speech:

You might be tempted to think that it was the way The Guardian edited the jumps in the speech that made it awkward, you would be oh so wrong. You can read the transcript, as delivered, here.

Johnson began by stating that if species last about one million years, the human species is at about 200,000 and therefore, we are about Sweet 16. From the speech:

We still cling with part of our minds to the infantile belief that the world was made for our gratification and pleasure and we combine this narcissism with an assumption of our own immortality.

We believe that someone else will clear up the mess we make, because that is what someone else has always done.

We trash our habitats again and again with the inductive reasoning that we have got away with it so far, and therefore we will get away with it again.

My friends the adolescence of humanity is coming to an end.

I don’t trash my habitat, Boris. I clean up my own mess and try to live responsibly. Look in the mirror, BoJo. Here comes the “grow up” part:

It is time for humanity to grow up.

It is time for us to listen to the warnings of the scientists – and look at Covid, if you want an example of gloomy scientists being proved right – and to understand who we are and what we are doing.

Oh no you didn’t. The “gloomy scientists” have been wrong again, and again, and again. I don’t trust the scientists anymore than I do you or Joe Biden. You grow up.

This next part brings more questions than it answers:

When I was a kid we produced almost 80 per cent of our electricity from coal; that is now down to two per cent or less and will be gone altogether by 2024.

We have put in great forests of beautiful wind turbines on the drowned prairies of Doggerland beneath the North Sea.

In fact we produce so much offshore wind that I am thinking of changing my name to Boreas Johnson in honour of the North Wind.

I don’t know what a “drowned prairie” is. But, how do the man-made climate change proponents know that having “great forests of beautiful wind turbines” doesn’t harm the “drowned prairie”? Also, the blades on wind turbines cannot be recycled. Don’t piles of turbine blades cause a disposal problem?

Next came Kermit the Frog and Sophocles:

And when Kermit the frog sang It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green, I want you to know he was wrong – and he was also unnecessarily rude to Miss Piggy.

We have the technology: we have the choice before us.

Sophocles is often quoted as saying that there are many terrifying things in the world, but none is more terrifying than man, and it is certainly true that we are uniquely capable of our own destruction, and the destruction of everything around us.

But what Sophocles actually said was that man is deinos and that means not just scary but awesome – and he was right.

I know for a fact that Boris Johnson didn’t win the PM job with nut job speeches like this. BoJo is totally cuckoo. Boris needs to grow up. And, he needs to keep Kermit’s and Sophocles’ names out of his mouth. This alarmist stuff is old and wrong and it ain’t scientific.

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  • Hate_me says:

    By the “drowned prairies of Doggerland,” he is referring to the now-submerged land mass that used to connect Great Britain with the Netherlands.

    It’s an archaeological gold mine, and I’m horrified to think of what potential scientific knowledge has been lost in building a forest of wind turbines there.

  • Joe R. says:

    The human body was not designed to eat fast enough (or in large enough quantities) for this man to consume enough feces in the quantity required.

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