Budget Bill Devotes Billions to New ‘Civilian Climate Corps’

Since President Joe Biden took office, he and some congressional Democrats have pushed strongly for the creation of a New Deal-style initiative: the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC).

On Friday, congressional Democrats unveiled text from the more than 2,000-page reconciliation bill. Among its many appropriations, the new CCC will receive a substantial appropriation.

President, Progressives Have Long Fought for the Program

The broad strokes of the program were introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) when he unveiled his $3.5 trillion budget on the Senate floor in early 2021.

The CCC, Sanders said, would give young people the opportunity “to get decent pay and to roll up their sleeves … in order to combat climate change.” For Sanders, this program was only a part of a wide-ranging slew of policies “to combat climate change.” Since then, others have joined with Sanders in supporting the initiative.

Most significantly, the proposal got a green light from the White House. At his April address to congress, the commander-in-chief tied “meeting the climate crisis” to the creation of new jobs.

“For me, when I think climate change I think jobs,” the president explained.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also put his weight behind the proposal, promising during a press conference to “fight to get the boldest CCC possible.”

Schumer was joined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who drafted the controversial Green New Deal. The congresswoman took to the stage to defend the CCC.

“What if [the CCC] led to tens of thousands of new trails in our national forests and park service?” she asked rhetorically. Ocasio-Cortez continued, “This isn’t something we have to imagine doing—that was the record of the original [New Deal-created] Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938.”

The program, she asserted, “is not a pipe dream, and is not some big and progressive vision that is ‘unrealistic.’” Rather, “this is what we have already done.” The New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps, Ocasio-Cortez said “was the largest peacetime mobilization of young Americans in American history.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who holds considerable weight in the House progressive caucus, wants modern Democrats to challenge that ambitious record. Ocasio-Cortez argued that Democrats’ “mandate today is not just to revive some of the most ambitious programs and ideas, but so much of this is about how we go even bigger and better than we did originally.”

CCC Receives Billions in New Budget Bill

With the text of the budget finally released after weeks of negotiations between the House, Senate, and White House, the specific details of the program are clearer.

The program is delegated around $4.5 billion by the legislation, split into two separate appropriations for slightly different purposes. In fact, however, the program will indirectly receive much more, as the bill designates billions more in funding for specific projects to be undertaken by the CCC.

The first of these $2.25 billion appropriations, says the bill, is “to be used for staffing, salaries, and other workforce needs to support the development of a Civilian Climate Corps for the purposes of managing National Forest System land.” The legislation also guarantees that salaries for those who join the program will be at least double the federal poverty line.

The Secretary of Agriculture will help to manage the project.

The bill notes that “restoration” of public lands and forests is the program’s “primary purpose,” and orders the Secretary to give these initiatives priority. To help carry this out, the bill devotes billions more to specific projects.

One such project is a $10 billion appropriation to reduce the quantity of hazardous fuels in at-risk areas that are close to cities, a prescient concern for Democrats in the wake of deadly wildfires across the western U.S. The bill appropriates $4 billion more to the Secretary to be used for reducing hazardous fuels further away from major population centers.

A further $1 billion in the bill is dedicated to “vegetation management projects.” These projects, the bill notes, are restricted to National Forest System lands, woodlands protected and managed by the U.S. government. Another $500 million is dedicated to the same purpose, but specifically to be directed towards vegetation management that helps in separate watershed or water source protection plans. $500 million more is specifically dedicated to managing vegetation to reduce “uncharacteristically severe” wildfires.

The second $2.25 billion appropriation to the CCC in the bill is more streamlined. This funding, the bill says, is specifically slated for “rural and urban conservation and tree planting projects.”

This section of the bill incorporates both conservation projects and wildfire prevention projects, employing forces beyond the CCC to achieve this goal. It allots around $14 billion to this purpose, much of which can be received in grants by qualifying state, local, tribal, or private sector applicants who help in the project.

In total, the bill allots upwards of $35 billion to the CCC or adjacent projects. Its direct funding, $4.5 billion, falls short of Biden’s goal of $10 billion in funding.

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Joseph Lord is a Congressional reporter for The Epoch Times who focuses on the Democrats. He got his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Clemson University and was a scholar in the Lyceum Program.



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Greg Gutfeld Beats All Other Late Night Hosts While They Do Hyped Special On Climate Change

This past week, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and all the other far left late night TV hosts got together and did a special on climate change.

The project was hyped by the TV networks and on social media, but it didn’t do too well in the ratings.

Greg Gutfeld of FOX News, who hosts the only non-leftist late night show, beat them all in the ratings.

FOX News reports:

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‘Gutfeld!’ beats all late-night shows on their widely hyped ‘Climate Night’

Fox News’ “Gutfeld!” beat all the other late-night shows Wednesday after the liberal hosts collectively hyped their so-called “Climate Night.”

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, James Corden, Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee traded in comedy for activism on Wednesday night and joined forces to sound the alarm on climate change.

Going beyond the opening monologues, Kimmel had multiple climate scientists on his show, Meyers interviewed President Biden’s climate czar John Kerry and Colbert spoke candidly with “Mother Earth.”

However, none of them topped Greg Gutfeld, whose show landed in the #1 spot with 1.89 million viewers.

Colbert’s “The Late Show” on CBS came in with nearly 1.8 million viewers followed closely by Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” on NBC with 1.79 million viewers. ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” came at a distant fourth place with 1.2 million viewers.

These late night hosts have all become Democrat activists, basically:

This was Greg Gutfeld’s opening monologue on Wednesday night.

It’s easy to see why Greg is beating all the other late night hosts.

He is the only one offering a different point of view.

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World’s youth take to the streets again to battle climate change

People take part in the Global Climate Strike of the movement Fridays for Future in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Mang

September 24, 2021

By Kate Abnett

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Young people around the world took to the streets on Friday to demand urgent action to avert disastrous climate change, in their largest protest since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The strike takes place five weeks before the U.N. COP26 summit, which aims to secure more ambitious climate action from world leaders to drastically cut the greenhouse gas emissions heating the planet.

“The concentration of CO2 in the sky hasn’t been this high for at least 3 million years,” Swedish activist Greta Thunberg told a crowd of thousands of protesters in the German capital.

“It is clearer than ever that no political party is doing close to enough.”

Demonstrations were planned in more than 1,500 locations by youth movement Fridays for Future, kicking off in Asia with small-scale demonstrations in the Philippines and Bangladesh, and spreading throughout the day to European cities including Warsaw, Turin and Berlin.

“Everyone is talking about making promises, but nobody keeps their promise. We want more action,” said Farzana Faruk Jhumu, 22, a youth climate activist in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “We want the work, not just the promises.”

A landmark U.N. climate science report in August warned that human activity has already locked in climate disruptions for decades – but that rapid, large-scale action to reduce emissions could still stave off some of the most destructive impacts.

So far, governments do not plan to cut emissions anywhere near fast enough to do that.

The United Nations said last week that countries’ commitments would see global emissions increase to be 16% higher in 2030 than they were in 2010 – far off the 45% reduction by 2030 needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“We are here because we are saying a loud ‘no’ to what is happening in Poland,” said Dominika Lasota, 19, a youth activist at a protest in Warsaw, Poland. “Our government has for years been blocking any sort of climate politics and ignores our demands for a safe future.”

Friday’s strike marked the in-person return of the youth climate protests that in 2019 drew more than six million people onto the streets, before the COVID-19 pandemic largely halted the mass gatherings and pushed much of the action online.

Yusuf Baluch, 17, a youth activist in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, said the return to in-person events was vital to force leaders to tackle the planetary crisis.

“Last time it was digital and nobody was paying attention to us,” he said.

But with access to COVID-19 vaccines still highly uneven around the world, activists in some poorer countries said they would only hold symbolic actions with only a handful of people.

“In the global north, people are getting vaccinated so they might be out in huge quantities. But in the global south, we are still limited,” Baluch said.

(Reporting by Kate Abnett, Additional reporting by Kacper Pempel and Andrea Januta, Editing by William Maclean)





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The Coming Climate Crisis Shakedown in Scotland

Patrick J. Burhanan (photo: Bbsrock/Wikimedia Commons)

“Follow the money!”

The old maxim is always sound advice when assessing the motives of those advancing bold agendas for the benefit of mankind.

Invariably, the newest progressive idea entails a transfer of wealth from the taxpaying classes of Western nations to our transnational, global and Third World elites.

For the masters of the universe, establishing justice and equality for the world’s poor are rewarding exercises in every sense of the word.

Consider the 2015 Paris climate accords.

Its declared goal: Save the planet from the ravages of climate change, which is caused by carbon dioxide emissions, which are produced by industrial nations with too many of the world’s factories, farms, ships, planes and autos.

Under the Paris accords, wealthier nations of the West were to set and meet strict national targets for reducing their carbon emissions.

Together, these reductions were to prevent any rise in the planet’s temperature of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

This was presented as the world’s last best hope of preventing a climate catastrophe in this century.

Among the warnings the climate has been sending us:

The melting of polar ice caps, killer hurricanes, droughts, wildfires such as we had this year in California, river floods in Europe, rising sea levels, and the swamping of coastal towns, cities and islands like the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

With the apocalypse thus laid out if we failed to act, there arose the inevitable question: How much hard cash would the global elites and their Third World clients be needing from the West — to grant the West an absolution for its past sins of carbon emissions?

Answer: The rich nations would fork over $100 billion yearly to repair damage done by climate change to the poorer nations and to compensate them for reorienting their energy dependence away from coal, oil and gas, to greener forms like sun, wind and water.

But in 2016, an inconceivable event aborted the Paris climate scheme. The Americans elected Donald Trump. Calling the Paris deal a rip-off of his country, Trump swiftly pulled the U.S. out of the accords.

Upon what grounds?

Put simply, America First. Under the Paris accords, the U.S. was to cut back carbon emissions annually and contribute the lion’s share of the $100 billion annual wealth transfer for the developing world.

Meanwhile, China, the world’s number one polluter, if carbon dioxide is a pollutant, was to be permitted to increase its carbon emissions until 2030. Thus, today, China is responsible for 28% of world carbon emissions, while the U.S. contribution is half of that, and falling.

Came then President Joe Biden, who immediately reentered the Paris deal.

In April, he pledged to pony up $5.7 billion as a payment on our share of the $100 billion. At the U.N. last week, he pledged to double that contribution to $11.4 billion. Congress has yet to appropriate either sum.

China’s game? Beijing is suggesting that it wants to stay cooperative. “China will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad,” pledged Chinese President Xi Jinping in prerecorded remarks to the U.N. General Assembly.

Yet, as the New York Times writes, in 2020, China “built more than three times more new coal power capacity than all other countries in the world combined, equal to ‘more than one large coal plant per week.’”

Yet there are trade-offs here.

Those Chinese coal-fired plants in poorer nations do contribute to global carbon emissions. But such coal plants also enable the peoples of Asia and Africa to enjoy the benefit such plants produce — electricity, heat, light. These can make life far better for 21st-century Asians and Africans, just as coal and oil made life better for 19th- and 20th-century Americans

In Glasgow from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12, the U.K.’s Boris Johnson will host the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26.

There, new demands will be made on the Americans, both for more money and new reductions in carbon emissions.

A paradigm, a pattern, has been long set.

Brand the U.S. as history’s great producer of carbon dioxide. Depict the Second and Third Worlds as victims of American self-indulgence. And get on with the shakedown. Demand more money. Castigate the Americans by calling Biden’s $11.4 billion a pittance, not enough.

One wonders: Among the climate elites, how many will be traveling to Glasgow on commercial and private jets, and how many will be battling climate change by arriving by boat, bus or bicycle?
If this New World Order crowd wanted both to set an example and cut the carbon footprint, why not do a virtual summit?

As for the Chinese, we should probably be prepared for one of those “offers they can’t refuse”:

“If you Americans want China’s cooperation on climate change, you might want to cut back your propaganda about the ‘Wuhan virus,’ Hong Kong, the South China Sea, Taiwan and those allegations of ‘genocide’ against the Uyghurs.”

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

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Panicky MSNBC Pushes Climate Hysteria, Hits Dems From Left with Michael Mann

On Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell devoted the last segment of her show to pushing global warming alarmism as she gave liberal environmentalist Michael Mann a forum to push moderate Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema into supporting the liberal agenda on carbon emission regulations.

Mitchell completely fell for the hype as she concluded by declaring that recent extreme weather events should convince doubters even though such events are historically not unprecedented.

After recalling that her guest had joined other activist scientists in sending a letter to Congress to lobby on the issue, she began by posing: “What is it going to take for Congress to get past Joe Manchin’s objections and get this done?”

As he pushed for Senators Manchin and Sinema to vote with other Democrats, he warned:

 

 

What I would say to them is, “Look, we have a shrinking window of opportunity — a quickly shrinking window of opportunity to prevent truly catastrophic climate change if we act boldly now.” So if we fail, we will leave behind a planet — a fundamentally degraded planet for our children and grandchildren. I don’t think they want that to be their legacy. There’s still time for them to be on the right side of this issue — to join with the other Democrats and pass this reconciliation package with these climate provisions intact so that we do get action we so urgently need now.

In her first followup, Mitchell fretted that it might already be too late because a “critical juncture” has been reached when action is allegedly necessary, leading Mann to further intone:

We’re already seeing catastrophic climate change impacts. All we have to do is look out West where we’re seeing record wildfires — destructive wildfires that are threatening the world’s oldest tree right now and, of course, the super storms that we’ve experienced back East. So dangerous climate change has arrived, but we can still prevent a catastrophic three-degree Fahrenheit warming of the planet where we will see the most severe impacts — where we will start to exceed our adaptive capacity as a civilization.

Completely taken in by the left’s climate hysteria, Mitchell concluded:

If this summer and the wildfires, the floods, the hurricanes — if this summer didn’t bring it all home to Americans and American politicians, I don’t know what could have because it has just been so tragic for so many people. And the billions we are spending on rescuing and trying to restore and rebuild after each of these storms is, you know, dwarfed by what it would be if we do nothing.

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MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports

September 22, 2021

12:52 p.m. Eastern

ANDREA MITCHELL: President Biden told the U.N. that he is going to work alongside Congress to double funding by 2024 to help developing nations deal with global warming. The fate of infrastructure legislation on Capitol Hill will be critical to make the President’s plans a reality. Joining us now,, Penn State distinguished professor of atmospheric science, Michael Mann, author of the New Climate War. The Fight to Take Back Our Planet. Thank you very much. You were one of 21 top U.S. scientists who sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them to go big on climate and green energy solutions. What is it going to take for Congress to get past Joe Manchin’s objections and get this done?

MICHAEL MANN, PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY: Yeah, thanks, Andrea. Well, you know, you sort of cut to the heart of the matter, right? We need 50 Democratic votes to pass a reconciliation package that has these very important climate provisions. Thus far, Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema — two Democratic Senators — have been holdouts here. What I would say to them is, “Look, we have a shrinking window of opportunity — a quickly shrinking window of opportunity to prevent truly catastrophic climate change if we act boldly now.” So if we fail, we will leave behind a planet — a fundamentally degraded planet for our children and grandchildren. I don’t think they want that to be their legacy. There’s still time for them to be on the right side of this issue — to join with the other Democrats and pass this reconciliation package with these climate provisions intact so that we do get action we so urgently need now.

MITCHELL: And is it now already too late given, you know, how rapidly — according to the U.N. secretary general’s speech yesterday — we are already at a critical juncture, even with the ongoing commitments that people have made, are not nearly enough to accomplish what has to be done?

MANN: Yeah. Well, make no mistake, Andrea. I mean, we’re already seeing catastrophic climate change impacts. All we have to do is look out West where we’re seeing record wildfires — destructive wildfires that are threatening the world’s oldest tree right now and, of course, the super storms that we’ve experienced back East. So dangerous climate change has arrived, but we can still prevent a catastrophic three-degree Fahrenheit warming of the planet where we will see the most severe impacts — where we will start to exceed our adaptive capacity as a civilization. If we act now, sure, some of the damage is already baked in. We can see that right now on our television screen. But we can prevent the worst impacts. The impacts will stop getting worse if we bring our carbon emissions to zero. And we have to bring them down by about 50 percent within the next decade to be on track to do that.

MITCHELL: Let’s go back to the announcement the President made at the U.N. If he cannot make it happen by the time he goes to the Glasgow climate summit in six weeks, how is that going to impact America’s ability to lead the world and press others like China into action?

MANN: Well, make no mistake, the, you know, Biden administration — the Biden administration has done quite a bit already through executive actions and his commitment to provide $11 billion of funding to developed nations — developing nations so they will leapfrog. We need them to leapfrog past the fossil fuel stage directly into the clean energy stage if we’re going to prevent, again, catastrophic warming of the planet. And providing financing to them is going to make a big difference. 

And China has just agreed to not provide any more financing for international projects. So there are a lot of good things happening. And part of it is because the Biden administration has sort of reasserted American leadership on this issue. That brings other actors to the table. So — but make no mistake, to really get the action, the policies we need, we’ve got to pass this reconciliation package. And those two holdout Democrats have to make sure that their legacy not be that we fail to act on the climate crisis when it was — when we had an opportunity because of partisan politics that they became beholden to.

MITCHELL: If this summer and the wildfires, the floods, the hurricanes — if this summer didn’t bring it all home to Americans and American politicians, I don’t know what could have because it has just been so tragic for so many people. And the billions we are spending on rescuing and trying to restore and rebuild after each of these storms is, you know, dwarfed by what it would be if we do nothing.

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California Gov. Newsom Signs State’s Biggest Ever $15 Billion Package on Climate Change

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a giant $15 billion climate package on Thursday that will direct money to an array of climate impacts facing the state.

The billion-dollar package is the largest such investment in state history and includes 24 bills covering everything from tackling wildfire and drought challenges, building climate resilience in communities, promoting sustainable agriculture, and advancing the climate agenda.

It also includes a $1.5 billion Wildfire and Forest Resilience Package which builds on a $536 million early action package back in April of this year ahead of peak fire season. The package also adds an additional $988 million in 2021-2022 which will be used to fund projects to reduce wildfire risk and improve the health of forests and wildlands, such as fuel reduction projects and fuel breaks.

The largest amount of funding—$5.2 billion—is being directed towards the Water and Drought Resilience package, which will be used to support immediate drought response and long-term water resilience over three years. This will be done via drought relief projects to secure and expand water supplies, among other things, and the focus will be on small and disadvantaged communities.

A further 3.7 billion is being directed to a Climate Resilience Package, which aims for the state to build resilience against the many climate risks facing it, including extreme heat and sea-level rise, over the next three years. The funding will focus on vulnerable front-line communities and will include projects that reduce the urban heat island effect, as well as greening projects.

Another $1.1 billion is going towards supporting “climate smart” and sustainable agriculture and to create a “resilient and equitable food system” as well as expand access to healthy food across schools and other public institutions.

A further $3.9 billion will be directed towards a Zero-Emission Vehicle package as California looks to lead the way in electric cars, with some of that funding being used to put 1,000 zero-emission drayage trucks, 1,000 zero-emission school buses, and 1,000 transit buses, and the necessary infrastructure, on California roads, focusing on disadvantaged communities.

Another $270 million will go to supporting a “circular economy that advances sustainability and helps reduce short-lived climate pollutants from the waste sector, and $150 million that will support urban waterfront parks, with a focus on underserved communities.”

“California is doubling down on our nation-leading policies to confront the climate crisis head-on while protecting the hardest-hit communities,” Newsom said in a statement announcing the new package.

“We’re deploying a comprehensive approach to meet the sobering challenges of the extreme weather patterns that imperil our way of life and the Golden State as we know it, including the largest investment in state history to bolster wildfire resilience, funding to tackle the drought emergency while building long-term water resilience, and strategic investments across the spectrum to protect communities from extreme heat, sea level rise and other climate risks that endanger the most vulnerable among us.”

The billion-dollar package comes following a string of blazes that have burned across California this summer, prompted by worsening drought conditions.

Earlier this month, Newsom said more than 7,400 wildfires have burned in the state this year, scorching more than 2.2 million acres, driven by higher temperatures and extreme drought condition

The wildfires threaten to burn some of the state’s famous and gigantic groves of old-growth sequoias in the Sierra Nevada, leaving locals to wrap them in protective aluminum foil insulation in a bid to save the trees, one of which is  2,300 to 2,700 years old.

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John Kerry says climate change is priority with China

Special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry believes working on climate change issues with China must be prioritized over addressing human rights abuses, saying “life is always full of tough choices.” 

During an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, Kerry was asked about the process the administration takes in prioritizing issues, as President Biden looks to work with China on climate change amid human rights violations, including genocide, against the Chinese Uyghur population. 

“Well, life is always full of tough choices in the relationship between nations,” Kerry said, pointing to President Ronald Reagan, who met with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986 to ultimately form the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty despite the American thinking of the Soviet Union as “the evil empire.” 

“The point I’m making is that, even as there were egregious human rights issues, which Ronald Reagan called them out on, we have to find a way forward to make the world safer, to protect our countries and act in our interests. We can do and must do the same thing now,” he added.

John Kerry noted that the Biden administration’s hope is that if there is cooperation with China on climate change, it could lead to further cooperation on other issues.
US Department of State via AP

“Yes, we have issues, a number of different issues. But first and foremost, this planet must be protected. We all need to do that for our people.” 

Kerry noted that the administration’s hope is that if there is cooperation with China on climate change, it could lead to further cooperation on other issues.

Democratic leadership in Congress has also called climate the “overriding issue” in the US’s dealings with China. 

Last week during an event in Cambridge, England, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the situation with China is “tightening” and “getting worse.”

“With their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province, with their violation of the cultural … religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China as well — they’re just getting worse in terms of suppression,” she said. 

Nancy Pelosi.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the situation with China is “tightening” and “getting worse,” but climate change is “an overriding issue.”
Frank Augstein/AP

“Having said all of that … we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, US too, developed world too, but we must work together. We have to have a level of communication, whether it’s COVID, whether it’s terrorism or whether it’s climate.” 

China has faced a wave of international scrutiny over the past few years on a number of issues, including dismantling democracy in Hong Kong, mass internment of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, financially supporting North Korea, growing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental abuses, and its refusal to admit or accept responsibility for the onset of the coronavirus outbreak — and stonewalling any investigation into its source. 

In 2019, the Asian nation’s greenhouse gas emissions exceeded those of the US and other developed nations combined, putting out 27 percent of emissions. 

Progressive groups have urged Biden and Congress to look past China’s other issues, including genocide, to prioritize cooperation over climate. 

“We, the undersigned organizations, call on the Biden administration and all members of Congress to eschew the dominant antagonistic approach to U.S.-China relations and instead prioritize multilateralism, diplomacy, and cooperation with China to address the existential threat that is the climate crisis.” a group of 48 progressive groups wrote to the White House and Congress in early July.

Uighur concentration camp.
China has faced a wave of international scrutiny over the mass internment of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang.
Thomas Peter/REUTERS

Members of Congress, however, have continued to push for legislation addressing the human rights abuses against the Uyghur people. 

In late July, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers announced the creation of the Congressional Uyghur Caucus, intended to keep the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its human rights violations against the Uyghur people. 

Led by Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), the caucus’ goal is to “support legislation aimed at addressing the largest coordinated human rights abuse campaign of the 21st century.”

Souzzi told Axios that people might be wary of not doing business with Xinjiang, despite the human rights abuses and forced labor, as the cost of products could go up.

“Well, that’s too damn bad,” he said. “This should shock everyone’s conscience.”

Wuhan lab.
China has also been under fire for refusing to admit or accept responsibility for the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, and stonewalling any investigation into the virus’ origins.
Thomas Peter/REUTERS

The Chinese government has been accused of detaining and enslaving about 1 million Uyghur Muslims and subjecting them to rape, forced sterilizations and other brutalities.

More recently, China has continuously been slammed for denying transparency over the origins of COVID-19. 

Last month, a US intelligence community report found that it is “plausible” the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, in 2019 and that it might be genetically engineered, but that investigators remain “divided.” An initial and widely scorned WHO probe into the origins, which was controlled by China, claimed the virus naturally emerged from animals. Biden has since called on China to be transparent about the virus’ origins. 

China is set to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and many Republicans have called for a boycott over the nation’s human rights abuses and role in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In June, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he believes holding the Olympics in Beijing would be a “reward” for a country that withheld critical information that some believe could have proven instrumental in stopping the spread of coronavirus on the world stage. 

Tom Suozzi.
Rep. Tom Suozzi leads a bipartisan caucus created to keep the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its human rights violations against the Uyghur people.
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This week, members of Congress continue to press on China, with Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) leading the charge on a bill to require Biden to sanction entities working to aid Chinese military or Chinese surveillance companies. 

The Chinese Military and Surveillance Company Sanction Act looks to target Chinese companies identified by the Office of Foreign Assets Control or included in the Department of Defense’s annual list as posing a threat to national security, including Chinese telecom giant Huawei. 

“Without question, these companies present real and imminent threats to national security, and my bill would limit their access to capital and investment,” Barr said. “This proposal combats these threats without trying to beat China by becoming China. I am committed to preserving our free market, capitalist economic principles while confronting the national security challenges we face from the CCP.”



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Late Night FREAKOUT: Hosts Preach Climate Hysteria and Radical Socialism

On Wednesday, all of the late-night shows on CBS, ABC, and NBC – along with Comedy Central’s Daily Show and TBS’s Full Frontal – engaged in outrageous climate change fearmongering and demanded viewers support the radical socialist agenda of the Democratic Party to address the supposed crisis. The highly orchestrated “Climate Night” featured far-left scare tactics predicting the end of the world combined with vicious attacks on conservatives, capitalism, and even religion.

“The new U.N. climate report warns that if industrialized countries don’t change their behavior soon, the world could be on a ‘catastrophic pathway,’” leftist host Stephen Colbert wailed on CBS’s Late Show. As supposed proof of the impending disaster, he cited a poll showing that the left endlessly screaming at people about the climate was having an impact: “A recent study asked youths 16-25 from around the world how they felt about climate change, and ‘56% agreed with the viewpoint that humanity is doomed.’”  

 

 

Later in his tirade, Colbert proclaimed: “I’m a huge hypocrite. I’ll never do anything that’s inconvenient to me.” Of course, that admission was only his way of declaring that the government must impose draconian environmental regulations on society: “That’s why there has to be systemic change, backed up by government action, to make everyone make the right choices, not the easy ones.”

Following all that hysteria, Colbert turned to an animated “Mother Earth” character for discussion. The cartoon planet urged the host to destroy the fossil fuel industry by “becoming the CEO of a multinational energy conglomerate….so you can slowly claw your way up the corporate ladder to dismantle the suicidal world-destroying system of greed from the inside.”     

Moments later, that anti-capitalist cartoon trashed religion as well:

It’s also religion!…The concept of an afterlife gives you people the false hope of an escape hatch. There’s only one me, baby! And then darkness! Where is your God now, Moses? Hard to part the Red Sea when it’s boiling! That burning bush has got a huge carbon footprint.

That kind of vile performance was repeated on multiple shows. “And don’t even think about switching to another show because we’re all focused on this topic tonight. You can’t escape, it’s basically an intervention,” ABC host Jimmy Kimmel warned viewers as referred to the highly partisan push by him and his late-night colleagues.

Like Colbert, he predicted doom for humanity:

If you are a person living on this planet, your future is in peril. That’s a scientific fact….And yes, there are other issues that are all very important. The pandemic, systemic racism, income inequality, immigration, gun violence – but here’s the thing, if we don’t address climate change, none of those issues will matter at all. The car is going off a cliff and we’re fiddling with the radio. We are way past climate denial now.

He then wondered why anyone would disagree with such unhinged rhetoric: “No, the IPPC says only transformational action right now will help us avert the worst of it. But that will be tough, because for some baffling reason, climate change has become a partisan issue.” Kimmel claimed any dissenters to the left’s radical climate agenda were either “crazy,” “reckless,” or “evil.”

Like on CBS, there was also an anti-religious tone: “It’s weird. The more likely you are to believe God flooded the Earth, the less likely you are to believe the ice caps are melting. Maybe that wasn’t a story. Maybe that was a warning for us.” He ranted: “We are a bunch of golden retrievers sitting in a hot parking lot right now and our owners refuse to roll down the windows.”

Kimmel asserted that the only way to address the “huge, planet-wide emergency” was to back legislation from President Biden and congressional Democrats that would waste trillions of taxpayer dollars on socialist schemes:

Right now there’s only one plan on the table that has any chance of doing even part of what was needs to be done, the Build Back Better plan. Over four years, it’s going to put around $2 trillion into switching to a clean energy infrastructure and mitigating the harm we’ve already done. This could be our last chance.

While telling his audience to call Congress and lobby for the bill, he jokingly suggested they threaten lawmakers with cannibalism: “So here’s the number to call. Tell the people who represent you that you care about this….And tell them that if they don’t do something about this catastrophe that’s coming our way, when the food supply gets low, they’re the ones we’re gonna eat first, okay?” His liberal in-studio audience laughed and applauded the idea.

On NBC’s Late Night, host Seth Meyers swooned: “Progressives in Congress, including Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders, are pushing forward with the transformative $3.5 trillion spending plan that would invest heavily in climate infrastructure in historic wildfires, droughts, and flooding.” He then bitterly whined: “And now, centrists with ties to the fossil fuel industry are trying to water it down.”

Later in his lecture, Meyers lashed out at “lunatics in the GOP and right-wing media telling you Biden’s coming to steal your hamburgers and outlaw cows” a reference to the fact that the extreme Green New Deal pushed by far-left Democrats sought to dismantle the meat industry. He concluded: “This is why we need sustained pressure to push Congress to implement the transformative changes we need to stave off the worst effects of climate change before it’s too late, we’re already seeing those effects happen right now.”

Network late-night hosts aren’t just liberal activists, they have become full-fledged Democratic Party lobbyists trying to sell a radical agenda that the American people do not want.

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Here is a transcript of excerpts from CBS’s September 22 Late Show:

11:39 PM ET

STEPHEN COLBERT: The new U.N. climate report warns that if industrialized countries don’t change their behavior soon, the world could be on a “catastrophic pathway.” Or, as one U.N. Climate scientist described it:

KENNY LOGGINS [SIGNING]: Highway to the danger zone!

COLBERT: Even with things this transparently disastrous, almost every country on the planet is not living up to their obligations under the Paris climate agreement. In fact, only one country in the world has submitted plans that will mitigate climate change by 2030. The Gambia. Oh, poor the Gambia. They’re the one kid in class who did their work for the group project, and the rest of us won’t even spring for posterboard. (Laughter)

But ordinary people are doing something about climate change: They’re worrying. Especially young people. A recent study asked youths 16-25 from around the world how they felt about climate change, and “56% agreed with the viewpoint that humanity is doomed.” Nice try, kids, but you’re not getting out of your student loans. (Laughter) Now, that same study also found that three-quarters of these young people felt that the “future is frightening.”

(…)

11:41 PM ET

COLBERT: Of course, not everyone’s worried about climate disaster. Some people don’t care at all. One recent survey found that most Americans do not believe they will be personally affected by global warming. Americans treat climate science like soccer: We know it’s out there, and it really matters to the rest of world, but no one can make us care. (Laughter and applause) Now, take a look – Ted Lasso, maybe Ted Lasso could. Ted Lasso is trying.

Look no further than U.S. Congress, where 25% of the House of Representatives and 30% of the senate refuse to acknowledge human-caused climate change. I’m surprised – (booing) you were a little late with that. I’m surprised so few senators believe it. I mean, Chuck Grassley must be shocked at all the changes to the Earth he’s seen since his childhood in Pangea. (Laughter) In fact, our senior leaders’ senior moments could be behind our slow reaction to climate change. The average age of U.S. Senators is 64.3 years, the oldest in U.S. History. And a recent study found among Americans over 65, only about half are very or somewhat concerned about climate change.

(…)

11:57 PM ET

COLBERT: One other thing, and I mean this sincerely, I’m a huge hypocrite. I’ll never do anything that’s inconvenient to me. That’s why there has to be systemic change, backed up by government action, to make everyone make the right choices, not the easy ones. If it weren’t for the government intervention, we’d still be eating lead paint chips, dipped in a fresh asbestos hummus, and washing it down with cocaine colas! All of this – all of this has led scientists to conclude that there has to be regulation and that no amount of individual action will address the magnitude of the problem. But I still believe individuals should try do their part. Here to give us tips on how each of us can make a difference improving the climate is Mother Earth. Hello, Mother Earth. (Applause)

MOTHER EARTH [ANIMATED CARTOON OF EARTH]: Mahalo, Stephen!

COLBERT: Earth, I didn’t know you were Hawaiian.

MOTHER EARTH I’m not. I just finished White Lotus. Great show!

COLBERT: Jennifer Coolidge is a national treasure. Anyway, Mama Earth, is it true that there’s nothing we can do to personally stop climate change?

EARTH: No, that’s a bunch of baloney! There’s so much you can do. Little things, like recycling, unplugging unused appliances, becoming the CEO of a multinational energy conglomerate. Every little bit helps!

COLBERT: Wait, I’m sorry, what was that, again?

EARTH: Oh, I just mean, like, when you’re not using it, you should unplug your toaster oven.

COLBERT: No, no, I get that part. Do I really have to become the CEO of an energy company just to help? Couldn’t I just, I don’t know, carry a reusable water bottle or something?

EARTH: Of course. You should absolutely use a reusable water bottle – while you’re in business school getting an MBA so you can slowly claw your way up the corporate ladder to dismantle the suicidal world-destroying system of greed from the inside. (Cheers and applause)

COLBERT: Are you – let me get this straight, are you saying – are you saying that individual actions are useless because these corporations are the real problem?

EARTH: No.

COLBERT: Oh, good, because I’m not entirely –  

EARTH: It’s also religion!

COLBERT: Sorry?

EARTH: The concept of an afterlife gives you people the false hope of an escape hatch. There’s only one me, baby! And then darkness! Where is your God now, Moses? Hard to part the Red Sea when it’s boiling! That burning bush has got a huge carbon footprint.

COLBERT: This is all so grim, Mama Earth. How do you stay so cheerful amidst your impending doom?

EARTH: It’s not my doom, it’s your doom. I’m going to be fine. You’re the ones who are going to be doing the dog paddle in Denver. Momma’s just gonna keep on spinnin’.

COLBERT: Well, will you miss us when we’re gone?

EARTH: Well, sure, you guys are cute. But I’ll just give dolphins opposable thumbs. (Hrggnngh) There, I just did it! Flipper’s coming for you, Steve!

COLBERT: Mama Earth, everybody!

Here is a transcript of excerpts from ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!:

11:37 PM ET

JIMMY KIMMEL: Tonight we’re teaming up with all the other late-night shows to talk about climate change and the coming apocalypse that will follow if we continue to do nothing about it. (Laughter) It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be a really fun night. (Laughter) And don’t even think about switching to another show because we’re all focused on this topic tonight. You can’t escape, it’s basically an intervention. Our future is in jeopardy.

(…)

11:39 PM ET

KIMMEL: If you are a person living on this planet, your future is in peril. That’s a scientific fact. It’s like how, you know, in your early 20s you could drink all weekend and eat a pizza in the middle of the night, three hours of sleep, and show up to work on Monday morning whistling? If you do that in your 50s, you wake up on the toilet, dead. (Laughter) This is like that. And yes, there are other issues that are all very important. The pandemic, systemic racism, income inequality, immigration, gun violence – but here’s the thing, if we don’t address climate change, none of those issues will matter at all. The car is going off a cliff and we’re fiddling with the radio. We are way past climate denial now. For some of us – it’s already too late for some of it. The IPPC – IPPB says – I can’t even say their name, that’s how serious this is. (Laughter) No, the IPPC says only transformational action right now will help us avert the worst of it. But that will be tough, because for some baffling reason, climate change has become a partisan issue.

(…)

11:41 PM ET

KIMMEL: We’re still acting like this is something we won’t have to worry about for 20 years. If we wait 20 years, we’re screwed. You think life is hard now, wait until we don’t have enough water. I don’t know, how could anyone be opposed to trying to fix this? Even if you run an oil company, you and your children and their children are going to have to live on the world. There’s no planet B. And yet some people, many of whom you saw ranting and raving at the beginning of the show, deny a problem even exists. But at least they have an excuse. Some of them – most of them are crazy. (Laughter)

It’s the smart ones who are evil and reckless. You know that story about the boy who cried wolf? These are the boys who cry “No wolf! Nothing to worry about! No wolf at all! (Laughter) Your soft pink bellies have nothing to fear.” And maybe the craziest group of all are these jackholes who admit that climate change is our own fault, but say we can’t afford to stop it. Like Rick Scott, the Senator from Florida, a state that is basically America’s illegal fireworks stand. (Laughter) Rick Scott is worried that fighting climate change will destroy jobs. Which, even if that was true, which it isn’t, you know what else will destroy jobs? Armageddon will destroy a lot of jobs. (Laughter)

(…)

KIMMEL: And by the way, why is anyone listening to those guys? This is the same group who told you gay marriage was going to destroy the fabric of society and ObamaCare would kill your grandmother with the death panels and that COVID would wash away. They’re 0 for everything. (Laughter)

You would think these politicians who call themselves conservatives might want to conserve. I mean, even on the off-chance that Al Gore and every reputable climate scientist is right about global warming, bringing fires and floods and all this horrible stuff, isn’t that chance worth being safe and investing in things like renewable energy? (Cheers and applause) Wouldn’t that be the conservative thing to do? Because if it isn’t, if you don’t believe – “well, that probably won’t happen,” you shouldn’t be wearing a seat belt either, because odds are you are not going to get hit by a bus driving to work soon.

It’s weird. The more likely you are to believe God flooded the Earth, the less likely you are to believe the ice caps are melting. Maybe that wasn’t a story. Maybe that was a warning for us. We are a bunch of golden retrievers sitting in a hot parking lot right now and our owners refuse to roll down the windows.

And it’s not just Republicans. The Biden administration is still pushing offshore drilling, lobbying OPEC and Russia to produce more fossil fuel. Joe Biden is on track to approve more oil and gas permits than any year of the Trump administration. The Democrats in Congress left fossil fuel subsidies in their big climate bill.

(…)

11:43 PM ET

This is a huge, planet-wide emergency. If we don’t act now and act big, there will hardly be a planet left for Jeff Bezos to flee from in his liquid hydrogen-fueled dildo rocket. (Laughter) No matter what the big corporations and energy companies tell you, we’re not going to vegan or prius our way out of this ourselves. We need action. We need to make this our number one priority. Our leaders aren’t going to get serious about saving the planet unless we do.

(…)

11:48 PM ET

KIMMEL: Right now there’s only one plan on the table that has any chance of doing even part of what was needs to be done, the Build Back Better plan. Over four years, it’s going to put around
$2 trillion into switching to a clean energy infrastructure and mitigating the harm we’ve already done. This could be our last chance. Joe Manchin needs to support it, Kyrsten Sinema needs to support it. Republicans like Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney, Susan Collins, the ones who step out of line when they need to. If you care about your grandkids – I know Mitt has about a thousand of them – if you care about them, hold your nose if you have to and vote for this thing. If you want to talk to the scientists, I can hook you up. And the rest of us, our responsibility is to do everything we can to let these politicians know we want the bill passed. So here’s the number to call. Tell the people who represent you that you care about this. It does make a difference when you call. And tell them that if they don’t do something about this catastrophe that’s coming our way, when the food supply gets low, they’re the ones we’re gonna eat first, okay? (Laughter and applause)

(…)

Here is a transcript of excerpts from NBC’s September 22 Late Night, aired early on the morning of September 23:

12:43 AM ET

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SETH MEYERS: Progressives in Congress, including Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders, are pushing forward with the transformative $3.5 trillion spending plan that would invest heavily in climate infrastructure in historic wildfires, droughts, and flooding. And now, centrists with ties to the fossil fuel industry are trying to water it down. For more on this, it’s time for A Closer Look.

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12:50 AM ET                    

MEYERS: And climate scientists aren’t the only one using dire language to warn about the real world consequences we’re seeing right now and how little time we have to stop climate change from reaching the tipping point where it becomes irreversible. Yesterday, President Biden addressed the United Nations General Assembly and said this –

JOE BIDEN: This year has also brought widespread death and devastation from the borderless climate crisis. The extreme weather events that we have seen in every part of the world, and you all know it and feel it, represent what the Secretary General has rightly called “Code red for humanity.” And the scientists and experts are telling us that we’re fast approaching a point of no return, in a literal sense.

MEYERS: Man, usually when you see a guy that age use dire language like that, it’s because his adult children keep forgetting to turn the lights off when they leave a room. “Come on guys. I’m not made of money here this is a code red.” So the real world effects of climate change are very much here, as we can see with our own eyes, and they’ll keep getting worse unless we do something about it.

The good news is we can do something about it. The pair of infrastructure bills making their way through Congress right now would make significant investments in climate infrastructure, including a program in the reconciliation bill called the “Clean Electricity Performance Program,” which “would pay utilities to ratchet up the amount of power they produce from zero-emission sources, and fine those that don’t,” as well as strong incentives to transition to forms of transportation that don’t depend heavily on fossil fuels.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER A [CNN]: Both of those bills represent hundreds of billions of dollars in investments in renewable energies, as well as in climate resiliency efforts to try and combat and mitigate, really, the damage of the effects of climate change that we have been seeing across the country in recent weeks.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER B [WSOC-TV]: The President believes his multi-trillion infrastructure bill and spending package will help the country become more prepared for these extreme weather events. Some of his climate provisions include tax incentives for electric cars and plans to transition to more renewable energy sources, things like wind and solar power.

(…)

12:54 AM ET

MEYERS: If we just let clean energy develop at the rate it’s currently developing, without getting in the way, we could reach net zero carbon emissions in 25 years. And personally, I’m in favor of that, because I’d love to take the subway without seeing pigeons wearing snorkels. It’s huge news the transition to clean energy is actually cheaper and more cost-effective than fossil fuels, we just need it to happen faster, before we reach the tipping point of irreversible climate destruction, which is why we still need government subsidies to push it along.

The problem is, that the fossil fuel lobby is still doing everything it can to lobby against clean energy. And they have powerful allies in Washington doing their bidding, like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who chairs the Senate Energy Committee. The New York Times reported that “Fossil fuel lobbyists, utility executives and West Virginia business leaders have been meeting, calling and e-mailing Manchin and his staff in an effort to shape the bill. And not only that, Manchin profits personally from polluting industries, he owns stock valued at between $1 million to $5 million in a coal brokerage firm, which he founded in 1988. Last year, Manchin made almost half a million in dividends from the stock. I mean, how is this acceptable that the guy writing our climate policy personally profits from coal? It’s like if instead of hiding his gambling, Pete Rose called his bookie from second base.

(…)

12:55 AM ET

MEYERS: And then, of course, there are the lunatics in the GOP and right-wing media telling you Biden’s coming to steal your hamburgers and outlaw cows. This is why we need sustained pressure to push Congress to implement the transformative changes we need to stave off the worst effects of climate change before it’s too late, we’re already seeing those effects happen right now. As Bernie Sanders pointed out during a Senate speech last month, in response to a Republican Senator from Wyoming fearmongering about the Green New Deal.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS [I-VT]: In case the Senator from Wyoming has missed it, Oregon is burning. California is burning. Greece is burning. There is a drought hitting virtually every country on Earth. Newsflash, climate change is real, and the United States and other countries have got to address it.

MEYERS: I love a good use of the word “Newsflash.” For our younger viewers, it’s what people used to say before they said “Spoiler alert.” I think it comes from – I don’t know – Chaucer. But it’s such an effective old man tactic. I love that Bernie takes on Republicans like someone just stole his spot in the airport parking lot.

(…)

MEYERS: Climate change is here, it’s having deadly real world consequences, we need bold action, now, to stave off the worst effects before it’s too late. We have an opportunity right now, which is why we need sustained pressure to make it happen. And I get it, it’s easy to be distracted a lot’s going on.

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‘Climate Night’ Was Just As Condescendingly Cringey As Expected

Eight late-night comedy shows teamed up Wednesday to dedicate entire portions of their programs to climate change, with each regurgitating the catastrophic claims aired by the newsrooms of their own networks.

By now the legacy late-night programming that used to feature genuine comedy has morphed into tribalistic political broadcasting with snarky comedians playing into the confirmation biases of their left-wing audiences. The Trump years accelerated that process if not completed it, and this week was no exception to the new routine.

With the big bad orange man out of the White House, the late-night network hosts joined CNN in a crusade to tackle climate change as the next primary target of their activism. It was condescending snark slapped with a comedy label.

“And really, what’s a more compelling cause to combine forces on than the climate, which we require in order to do our shows?” asked TBS’s Samantha Bee in an interview with The New York Times, telling the paper she has never seen so many programs coordinate on such a big issue throughout her television career.

Bee dedicated the first segment of her show to the cause, wherein she bizarrely began the night with a skit on a bike outside the studio, joking her muscles were the strongest source of renewable energy on the planet.

“The energy from this fight was running our entire show because climate change has arrived faster than many of us thought, but not as fast as me shredding on this bike,” she said. Lol?

Bee went on to spend her segment raising alarm over the nation’s sewer systems being overrun by more powerful storms than for which they weren’t designed. Bee never said anything about the importance of development and innovation to adapt to changing weather patterns, which are far more practical solutions, and instead groaned about the world coming to an apparent end that’s been predicted time and again for decades.

Stephen Colbert also spent time talking about the sewer problem.

“Check out this headline: ‘Climate Change Is Putting More Poop In New York’s Water,’” Colbert said. “Sh-t just got real.”

Absent from the comedian’s monologue was any serious discussion of adaptation. It instead highlighted inadequacies in the nation’s sewage system to stoke audience fears about catastrophic climate change with explicit attacks on Republicans.

“Americans treat climate science like it’s soccer,” Colbert said. “We know it’s out there and it really matters to the rest of the world but no one can make us care.” The late-night host conspicuously left out China’s leading role in emissions.

Colbert’s guest was 23-year-old celebrity singer Shawn Mendes, who spoke of his generation’s sense of despair afforded to them by an increasingly hyperbolic political establishment.

The Earth, Mendes said, “it’s always been dying. It’s always been doomed. … I emphasize with the doom. I feel the doom.”

Viewers could see the apparent doom with apocalyptic images of fires, floods, and storms across the late-night programs, none of which are unique to the 21st century.

Wildfires were a key theme of the evening. Late-night hosts exploited the massive infernos in the West sending smoke as far east as New York as evidence of catastrophic climate change already here. NBC’s Seth Meyers was one of the night’s biggest offenders, airing images of the blazes at every opportunity.

“Billy Joel is gonna have to write an update for 2021 and call it ‘actually, we did start the fire,’” Meyers said, going on to sing a climate-change-themed parody of Joel’s 1989 hit. The quip actually could have been funny had the late-night host placed proper blame for the flames on negligent land management. Instead, Meyers just went on a rant that blamed every disaster ever to face the nation as evidence of climate change.

Out of all the late-night comedians who participated in “Climate Night,” Meyers appeared the least interested in comedy. At one point, the self-proclaimed entertainer just demanded that Congress pass the behemoth $3.5 trillion dollar infrastructure package because it contains provisions to deal with climate change.

“The real-world effects of climate change are very much here as we can see with our own eyes and they’ll keep getting worse until we do something about it, and the good news is, we can do something about it,” Meyers said, emphasis his. His solution? Pass the leftist wish list that includes the largest tax hike in a generation to give government subsidies to elites such as him to buy electric cars in the name of feel-good activism.

After airing a pair of reporters who touted green agenda items within the bill to solve the apparent doomsday crisis on the horizon, Meyers ended with, “that’s great news.” The final punchline that followed the lengthy monologue was a joke about sadness that the extinction of gas stations meant the extinction of small convenience stores to buy junk food at 13.

“And when you get back to the car and your mom complains that you bought Funyons and Mountain Dews, you can say, ‘Oh I’m sorry, they were out of matcha and kale chips at the Sunoco,’” Meyer said. Again, lol?

The late-night comedian’s guest was White House Climate Envoy John Kerry, a frequent flyer on private jets, which emit five to 14 times more pollution than commercial planes per passenger, and 50 times more than trains.

Predictably, Meyer’s interview with Kerry sounded more similar to a sit-down on CNN than late-night comedy, though it’s increasingly difficult to tell the difference.





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