THE GLOBAL NEWSSTAND

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Angry Adolescents: The Case of Greta Thunberg

The Swedish climate activist and perpetually-angry teenager Greta Thunberg has announced that’s she’s going to Alberta where, no doubt, she will deliver a stern lecture. Theodore Dalrymple, writing in The New English Review, argues that Greta’s transformation into a celebrity is the work of infantile adults who have turned her into the Ayatollah Thunberg, the Khomeini of climate change.

Angry Adolescents: The Case of Greta Thunberg

The Swedish climate activist and perpetually-angry teenager Greta Thunberg has announced that’s she’s going to Alberta where, no doubt, she will deliver a stern lecture. Theodore Dalrymple, writing in The New English Review, argues that Greta’s transformation into a celebrity is the work of infantile adults who have turned her into the Ayatollah Thunberg, the Khomeini of climate change.

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Round 1 to Ottawa, but the Game Goes On

When Saskatchewan launched its constitutional challenge of Ottawa’s carbon tax, the usual suspects in academe and the media contemptuously dismissed it as lacking any legal merit. While a 3-2 majority on Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal last week ruled the carbon tax lies within federal powers, dissenting Justices Ralph Ottenbreit and Neal Caldwell argued powerfully that it violates the Constitution in several clear ways. For a total no-hoper, Saskatchewan’s case is showing surprising legs. With challenges in other provinces underway and an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada pending, Ottawa might just be sweating bullets.

Think Magically, Act Irrationally

New York Mayor Bill Deblasio jumped into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination this week, expanding the field to 21, and doubling down on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal by decreeing that another conventional glass and steel high-rise tower will never be built in the “Big Green Apple.” At times like this one needs a bracing dose of rational energy economics analysis from the Manhattan Institute.

The Cross to Bear

Initially you had to look and listen hard to the news about the Easter massacre in Sri Lanka to learn that it was committed by Islamofanatics. In this it was unlike the recent mosque slaughter in New Zealand, for example, which immediately touched off a tsunami of news about the dreaded global menace of violent white extremism. But here and there you could find stories about western liberalism’s willful blindness to growing international violence against and persecution of Christians, among them this moving piece by Ross Douthat.

To Impeach or Not to Impeach

Like all things Trump-related, the release of the Mueller report was divisive. Even the Democrats are split over whether it should trigger impeachment proceedings. The evidence of amoral behaviour is certainly malodorous, as this piece from the never-Trump conservatives at The Bulwark make clear, but that’s hardly news, let alone a crime. Over at the left-leaning Intercept Glenn Greenwald painstakingly shows that Mueller found no actual proof of collusion with the Russians. Less clear is whether the White House tried to obstruct the investigation, but the Dems will be hard pressed to convince Americans the president should be impeached for covering up a crime that wasn’t proven.   

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