‘Anti-Greta’ Teenager Naomi Seibt To Confront Climate Extremists At CPAC
America is about to be introduced to a climate change skeptic dubbed the “anti-Greta.”
Naomi Seibt, 19, will appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference [CPAC], this week where Donald Trump is the main speaker.
It is the biggest annual jamboree for grass-roots Republicanism in the United States.
Miss Seibt, who is from Germany, has been dubbed the “anti-Greta” because of her views on climate change, which are in stark contrast to those of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage environmental campaigner.
She features in a video produced by the Heartland Institute, a US think tank that rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.
The video, titled “Naomi Seibt vs. Greta Thunberg: whom should we trust?” splices footage of the two European teenagers making opposing cases.
In a speech at the United Nations last year Greta excoriated world leaders and demanded quick and decisive action.
She said: “Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
Greta, 17, has become the face of a movement and been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year”.
Ms. Seibt says she used to be like Greta but is now skeptical of what she calls “climate alarmism”.
In a video posted on YouTube, which has had [27,000] views, she said: “I used to be a climate change alarmist myself because, obviously, as a young girl I grew up around the climate change hysteria in the media, in my school books.
“I was an innocent young girl and I thought by hugging the trees I could save the planet, which quite frankly turned out not to be true.”
She calls the consensus on climate change an “insult to science, and the complexity of nature, and freedom of speech” and says “it is important we keep questioning the narrative that is out there.”
She adds: “Climate change alarmism at its very core is a despicably anti-human ideology. We are told to look down on our achievements with guilt, shame, disgust and not even to take into account the many major benefits we have from using fossil fuels as our main energy source.
“Look around. We are living in such an amazing era of fast progress and innovation. We are not allowed to be proud of that at all? Instead, debates are being shut down and real scientists lose their jobs.”
Miss Seibt’s position is that human activity is a factor in climate change but that it has been overstated.
She told the Washington Post: “Are man-made CO2 emissions having that much impact on the climate? I think that’s ridiculous to believe.”
Miss Seibt does not actually like being called the “anti-Greta”.
In a video, she says: “The reason I don’t like the term ‘anti-Greta’ is because it suggests that I myself am an indoctrinated puppet, I guess, for the other side.”
She adds that it “sounds kind of mean” and “I don’t want to shame her [Greta] in any way.”
A spokesman for the Heartland Institute told the Washington Post that Miss Seibt was a “fantastic voice for free markets and for climate realism.”
The think tank’s senior fellows include Dr. William Happer, a professor emeritus at Princeton, who served in the White House National Security Council until last year.
In an interview in 2017, Dr. Happer told the Daily Telegraph: “I don’t see a whole lot of difference between the consensus on climate change and the consensus on witches.”
Read more at The Telegraph