The Climate Cult’s Missal

The sanctimonious Climate Cult never ceases to amaze and amuse in its incessant, condescending appeals to enlighten—by any means necessary—we recalcitrant heretics who refuse to cede our liberty to the state upon the pretext of their politicized science.

Now, they’re going to nuke us with a missal.

To wit, this May 1 tract by Hannah Fairfield, “The Facts about Food and Climate Change” in the “Climate Fwd: newsletter,” with which “The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change.” In fact, to produce this extra, super, special edition of said newsletter, the newspaper’s “[climate team] joined with our colleagues in the food section to bring you information about how to shop, cook and eat in a warming world.”

And you thought they just wanted to take away your hamburger? “I’ll have the meat-loathe, please….”

But of course, per the Climate Cult’s missal, rarely have the stakes been so great:

We generally have options about what to eat every day, and those choices have climate consequences. About a quarter of all planet-warming greenhouse gases emitted each year are a result of how we feed the world. Does what you eat have an effect on climate change? The answer is yes, absolutely.

In case one thought “the answer is yes, maybe,” Sam Sifton food editor of the Times (and, evidently, an amateur climatologist) reinforced the gospel of Algore: “The science, after all, is clear. The climate is changing.”

Yes, we must all gird our loins to accept weather changes; but what’s worse, per Mr. Sifton, the ignorance of the best intentioned regressives as to how they can eat and still save the planet has spawned an epidemic of emaciating indecision:

And a lot of home cooks have been left paralyzed at the stove or in the marketplace as a result, choosing between the farmed salmon and the pasture-raised chicken, the organic tofu, the fair-trade coffee, the heritage carrots.  Which is best or safest for the environment? Which hurts it the least? What, in general, are we supposed to buy and cook, if we want to help reduce our carbon footprints, the carbon footprints of our nation, our world?

Fear not for the starving self-righteous, however, because in their missal the Climate Cult and their cooks have some sage suggestions to get their queasy “woke” acolytes to nosh again:

“Your Questions about Food and Climate Change, Answered;

“These Five Cuisines Are Easier on the Planet;

“From Apples to Popcorn, Climate Change Is Altering the Foods America Grows;

“The Climate-Friendly Vegetable You Ought to Eat;

“Reinventing the Tomato for Survival in a Changing World.

“How Does Your Love of Wine Contribute to Climate Change?”

And, for those who lapse, the Climate Cult and their cooks’ missal thoughtfully provide an opportunity for self-reeducation: “Quiz: How Does Your Diet Contribute to Climate Change?”  Someday soon, perhaps, should one fail, the next stop will be a vegan reeducation camp?

But at present, they find politeness useful, so the Climate Cult and its cooks hope we like their extra, super, special missal, “because it’s part of our mission here at The Times to help readers understand the world.”

The inference is, if one disagrees with them, one doesn’t understand the world. Equally, we who dig diner fare probably don’t know that much about their ritzy world of “fair-trade coffee” and “heritage carrots”, etc….  But the best part—for us, anyway,—is we still possess the freedom not to give a whit about their cuisine or their cult. So, no, the Climate Cult’s missal won’t make for “happy reading”; and, no, we shan’t “find something inspiring to cook and eat.”

What we free people find inspiring, we emulate, we don’t masticate.  And one thing to admire is the witty riposte of the incomparable Salena Zito to the clichéd weatherworn “wokeness” of these noxious Malthusians’ missal:

A subset of a subset of a subset of people think they should in theory think this way.  A subset of a subset of them will actually shop this way. A subset of a subset of them will adopt it as their religion & preach it at the next cocktail party they go to where they refuse to eat.

Which, then, raises the critical question to fore: “You gonna finish that?”

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About Thaddeus G. McCotter

An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003 to 2012 and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars, and a Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show" among sundry media appearances.