It would take a heart of stone not to laugh at Santa’s dilemma. “In a rather dark video by Greenpeace, Santa Claus warns children that Christmas might be canceled because of global warming,” Alec Torres writes at the Corner:
Jim Carter of Downton Abbey plays a dirty and bedraggled Santa Claus speaking directly to the camera in a dark room as lights flicker and water drips from the ceiling to puddles on the floor.
“Dear children, regrettably I bring bad tidings,” the video begins. “For some time now, melting ice here in the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible and there may be no alternative but to cancel Christmas.”
Santa then tells the children that he has written to every world leader, including Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, and that he has put them on his naughty list because of their indifference. Santa continues, “My home in the arctic is fast disappearing, and unless we all act urgently, then I have to warn you of the possibility of an empty stocking forevermore.”
The video ends urging people to go to savesantashome.org and sign the petition to protect the Arctic. “The North Pole is only a frozen ocean and it’s melting away faster and faster,” the website says. “His warehouse is flooded. All the presents are ruined.”
Ahh, the latest of the 1,327,239 attempts to either use kids as human shields for anti-global psychodrama, or to invoke their legacy as to why Something. Must. Be. Done. Now. Because we only have [INSERT RANDOMLY CHOSEN TIME FRAME HERE] to save the world.
It’s all so rote and reactionary at this point.
What I find intriguing is the double-track thinking going on here. Perhaps Carter simply thought, “Eh, a paycheck is a paycheck,” which would be understandable on some level. But assuming he’s a true believer, how does he go from one afternoon declaring the end of the world, and then the next morning going back to the arc lights, gasoline-powered generators, and catering trucks of the set of Downtown Abbey? And behind the camera, do the people who wrote the script for this little bit of doomsday mongering realize how crazy they sound? Particularly after their video was juxtaposed by Matt Drudge today:
And as Steve Hayward at Power Line writes, that’s on top of the “Climate Headline of the Decade,” which Drudge ran yesterday:
But to follow on from the previous post, it’s awfully tough to assuage a true believer of his religious faith. As Michael Crichton observed in 2003, “I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another form.”
Earlier: For the first two thirds of the 20th century, there was a more-or-less shared optimism concerning the future, despite two world wars, FDR’s Depression, and the Cold War. I wonder if today’s kids realize they’re growing up in “Progressive” culture shaped by 40 years of misery and despair, if their parents have truly internalized that we have five years, ten years, or whatever timetable Big Oil Spokesman Al Gore is shilling these days, to “save the earth.”