In a speech on Monday at the United Nations climate conference in Scotland, President Barack Obama urged young people to harness their anger and frustration to save the world from climate change.
“Speaking at the event in person, which means he burned fuel to fly there, Obama dedicated much of his speech to young people, urging them to make true believers of their elders and ‘to vote the issue — vote like your life depends on it because it does.'”
Obama recognized the “anxiety” young people have about climate change, but provided them with words of guidance left up to interpretation: “If older folks won’t listen, they need to get out of the way.”
Obama urges young people to try the route of talking about it first: “You need to help educate your parents and grandparents, your aunts and uncles, your teachers, your employers, because while a dangerously warming climate is a reality that a lot of — you have grown up with as young people, you’ve studied in school, you’ve read about it, it’s been part of the backdrop of your childhood, members of the older generation don’t have that same frame of reference.” Obama left out educating former U.S. presidents who have an enormous carbon footprint that follows them in the jets they fly all around the world. Reminding young people about all the propaganda they’ve been exposed to since birth is also a sure way to drive the point home.
Along the lines of demeaning the older generation, Obama hinted that if they truly loved you, they would listen to you and change their ways. “They do love you, though. They do care about you. They listen to you more than you think. And if you explain how important the issue is to you, you may lead them to rethink their position or at least be more open-minded,” he said.
Obama proudly shared that his own daughters are conscious climate change consumers. He asserts that climate heroes do not buy products that are harmful to the environment; they are “sophisticated” shoppers who support a healthy planet. His message to young people seems to be that if you want to be a climate superhero, you need to start buying like one in addition to reprimanding your elders.
Speaking of money, Obama acknowledged that not everyone in the world can afford the lifestyle of a climate superhero, and that’s why the United States must do its part. Even within the United States, inequity must be acknowledged. Obama said, “I can afford to give up a lot of my current lifestyle to benefit the planet because I’ll still have a lot left over. A lot of folks don’t have that cushion. So that means that any climate plan worth its salt has to take these inequities into account, whether it’s through subsidies to poor people to ease the transition to clean energy, whether it’s technology transfers that help poor countries meet their development goals by leap-frogging dirty fuels, we have to pay attention to those embedded inequities and the politics that surround that.”
According to Obama, being a conscious climate change consumer and re-educator for the elderly is a great start to curbing climate change. Just remember, he wants you to “stay angry” and “stay frustrated” for the sake of the planet.
Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.
A new report from Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a U.K.-based investigative organization, determined that a North Korean ballistic missile which was fired by Russia into Ukraine contained “numerous” electronic components sourced from the U.S. and Europe.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the findings, noting approximately 75% of the 290 components analyzed in the missile originated from U.S.-based companies, and an additional 16% of components came from European firms, according to the CAR report.
The electronic components came from 26 countries in total and were largely utilized in the missile’s navigation system, according to the report. It isn’t clear how the components ended up in North Korea’s possession, as the country is strictly sanctioned by a bulk of the international community, but it’s possible other foreign companies, acting as middlemen, bought the components and then diverted them to the communist country.
However, the fact that North Korea was able to acquire so many American electronic component parts suggests “that the country has developed a robust acquisition network capable of circumventing, without detection, sanction regimes that have been in place for nearly two decades,” according to the report.
CAR documents “weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.”North Korea gathered the components, assembled the missile and shipped it to Russia, all within a relatively short time period, according to the report. The missile was recovered by CAR on Jan. 2, and the investigators determined it could not have been manufactured before March 2023.
A @conflictarm field investigation team recently documented the electronic components of a North Korean ballistic missile recovered in Ukraine on 2 January 2024. CAR investigators documented over 290 components, mostly found in the missile’s navigation system.🧵 (1/6) pic.twitter.com/WxsedC18K6
— CAR (@conflictarm) February 20, 2024
The U.S. government and intelligence agencies are working to stop sensitive American intellectual property from ending up in the hands of several foreign adversaries. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have strengthened their relationship since Russia first invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
“Due in part to our export and sanction controls, Russia has become increasingly isolated on the world stage, and they’ve been forced to look to like-minded states for military equipment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing in January. “One of those states is North Korea.”
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