Global Warming, Mental Illness, And Greta Thunberg?

After traveling across the United States and parts of Canada, Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist, has set sail back to Europe.

This time, she’s hitching a ride with an Australian couple sailing around the world in a 48-foot catamaran called La Vagabonde, chronicling their travels on YouTube.

La Vagabonde will take roughly three weeks to reach Spain, where Thunberg hopes to arrive in time for the next round of United Nations–sponsored climate talks.

Without a doubt, Thunberg’s travels across North America, which included angrily lecturing world leaders at the United Nations, have gained her fame and notoriety.  This is reminiscent of another child, anti-gun activist David Hogg, being elevated to celebrity status overnight.  Both Hogg and Thunberg have been honored not because either has any insights, but because they are fresh faces useful in advancing leftist causes.

Thunberg’s case is the stranger of the two.  She is not only a child leading the man-made climate change parade, but a mentally ill one at that.  As Thunberg herself has repeatedly stated, she suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, classified as a mental disorder by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), along with several other mental conditions. 

In Greta Thunberg’s eyes, her mental illness is not an impediment to her analyzing the hard science behind climate.  On the contrary, it’s actually an asset.  She cites one advantage of Asperger’s syndrome is that it provides “remarkable focus and persistence.”  Or in Greta’s case, could we perhaps say the “remarkable focus” is an obsession? 

Thunberg is heralded as a visionary.  Her mother, Melania Ernman, a noted opera singer in Sweden, says Greta “is one of the few people who can see carbon dioxide with the naked eye.  She sees how greenhouse gases pour out of our chimneys and rise into the wind, where they turn the atmosphere into a gigantic invisible garbage dump.”  I would love to ask my old physics professor about that claim. 

Thunberg’s fierce advocacy for worldwide action to assuage her global warming panic is a chicken-and-egg situation.  That is, has the propaganda on climate change driven young Greta cuckoo, or was she unbalanced to begin with, which then made her susceptible to believe an Al Gore–type global warming hysteria?  E. Michael Jones puts the blame on Thunberg’s mother and Sweden for so thoroughly abandoning the moral law.

In Jones’s telling, while Ernman was trekking about the world to applause and acclaim on the opera stage, Greta was home without a mother in a morally bankrupt Sweden.  This unbalanced Greta.  In her memoir Scenes from the Heart, Ernman makes a self-serving claim that the issue of climate change made Greta mentally ill just as she was entering puberty.  Ernman traces the onset of Greta’s disorder back to a specific moment when “during one of her classes, Greta’s class viewed a film about ocean pollution.  In the South Pacific, there is a floating island made up of plastic that is larger than Mexico.  Greta bursts into tears during the film.  Her classmates are moved to tears, too.”

Jones says climate change was an acceptable substitute for guilt on the part of the mother for not being there for Greta and hatred on Greta’s part for being abandoned.  Both are at peace now that they have man-made global warming into the boogeyman.  She writes that “it manifests itself in our neck of the woods [Sweden] in the form of stress illnesses, segregation, and ever longer lines in child and youth psychiatric clinics.”

Again, and for Ernman’s edification, it is not global warming per see that is driving the kiddies mad, it’s a combination of the deliberate hype about its dangers coupled with living in a secular, God-free world. 

Clearly, as the West abandons God and religion as outmoded concepts, many more people will become lost and adrift in the valueless societies.  Mental illness of one type or another has to follow, with current examples being gender confusion, Trump Derangement Syndrome, global warming, and the embrace of socialism.

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Swedish Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Was Hailed By Barack Obama As “One Of Our Planet’s Greatest Advocates.”

During her recent visit to Washington, DC, Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg was hailed by Barack Obama as “one of our planet’s greatest advocates.”  When the two met prior to her speech before Congress, the former president assured her of his own environmental bona fides with this: “You and me, we’re a team.”

Cropped close-up from Obama Foundation YouTube

To demonstrate her passionate commitment to reducing fossil fuel emissions, Greta traveled from her country to the U.S. by a solar powered yacht, rather than a gas-guzzling private jet, the most planet-destructive mode of transportation.  Her “carbon-free” trip to America was largely a symbolic gesture, but there’s no doubt she’s a true believer in the hotly-disputed theory that fossil fuels are destroying the planet. 

If she thinks Obama is on her team, she’s one of the most gullible and uninformed 16-year-olds in the world.  Since she apparently knows little about his carbon-consumptive living, I will share that information here.  According to TIME, following are a few of the lifestyle choices he made in the first five months after leaving the White House in January 2017, each of which speaks volumes about how seriously he takes his own feigned call for “each and every one of us” to make drastic cutbacks in the use of fossil fuels.

● He bought an 8,200 sq. ft., 9-bedroom, fully air-conditioned mansion in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the nation’s capitol.

● The day he left office, he flew 2,200 miles in a near-empty U.S. government Boeing 747 all the way across the continent to Palm Springs, California for his first post-presidency vacation.

● After relaxing at an 11,000 sq. ft. fully air-conditioned villa at the exclusive Thunderbird Heights Resort in nearby Rancho Mirage, he flew 3,300 miles, by private jet, all the way back across the continent to the Caribbean, where he vacationed with Richard Branson at Branson’s $48,000 per night, fully air-conditioned luxury villa on Branson’s private island.

● After departing his vacation with Branson by private jet, he took another private jet to fly 6,000 miles for some much-needed R & R at the late Marlon Brando’s fully air-conditioned French Polynesian hideaway in Tahiti.

● Next, he took another private jet for a 2,700-mile trip to Hawaii, where he golfed for several days before taking yet another private jet for the 4,800-mile return trip to his 8,200 sq. ft. fully air-conditioned mansion.

● In February, he twice traveled from DC to New York, both times by private jet, the first to take in a play on Broadway, the other to rub shoulders over dinner with U2’s Bono.

● In early May, he private-jetted from DC to Milan, Italy, a roundtrip of 8,200 miles, where a caravan of 14 carbon-powered SUVs took him to give a paid speech about — sit down for this — humans dumping too much CO2 in the atmosphere.

● While in Milan, he stayed for two days at the 2,000 sq. ft., fully air-conditioned, $9,500 per night presidential suite at the exclusive Park Hyatt Milan.

● Next, he took a private jet, from Milan to Tuscany, where he stayed at Borgo Finocchieto, a fully air-conditioned manor house that once was home to 21 families before being turned into an ultra-luxurious vacation villa for the rich and famous.

● Having left a feather-light carbon footprint in Italy, the former president returned, by private jet, to his 8,200 sq. ft. fully air-conditioned mansion in DC.

One of the world’s loudest climate preachers, the former president flew more than 27,000 miles during his first five months of retirement, a distance greater that Earth’s circumference.  There’s no telling how many private jet flights he’s taken in the last two-plus years, but one thing’s for sure.  His opulent lifestyle reveals a total lack of concern that fossil fuel emissions are destroying the environment.

How does this sanctimonious man get away with such stunning hypocrisy?  He gets away with it because the corrupt mainstream media never call him out for consuming the unconscionable amounts of carbon energy needed to fuel his insatiable appetite for lavish living, the planet be damned.

An electrical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech and now retired, John Eidson is a freelance writer in Atlanta.  American Thinker recently published related article of his titled The Obamas tackle climate change and wealth inequality” and “Harrison Ford, Climate Hypocrite.”