Climate Change

Greta


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Greta Thunberg is a climate activist from Sweden. A survey claimed she was the most important woman in Sweden in 2019. She has received the German Goldene Kamera Special Climate Protection Award, the Prix Liberté which she accepted in Caen, the Norwegian Fritt Ord Prize, University of St. Andrews’ Laudato Si’ Prize in Chile, Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award, an honorary doctorate from Belgian’s University of Mons, the Geddes Environment Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and she’s been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Did I mention she’s only 16 years old? When I was 16, I was the only kid in my class to get an A on a poster I made about poison control (yes, it was a cartoon). I still have that in a frame.

Greta is serious about saving the environment. After being nominated for the Children’s Climate Prize in her home country, she declined the award because it required other finalists to fly to Sweden, which of course, is harmful to the environment. In fact, she challenged her parents to give up flying which required her mother to give up her career as an opera singer (in case you’re a Republican, Opera is…don’t worry about it. No banjos). To travel to the United States, she sailed across the Atlantic (in case you’re a Republican, the Atlantic ocean is between the United States and Europe) in an emissions-free yacht to take part in the climate summit at the United Nations.

Greta initiated a “strikes for climate” in 2018 by sitting outside the Riksdag, Sweden’s legislative building, for three weeks demanding the nation’s leaders to reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. She handed out leaflets that said, “I am doing this because you adults are shitting on my future.” Last Friday, over 4 million people worldwide joined her to protest and demand political leaders to stop climate change.

Donald Trump shits on a lot of things. He doesn’t care about climate change. He believes it’s a hoax created by China. He also believes energy-efficient light bulbs make him look orange. He pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement which puts us right in line with nations like Syria. He is not attending the climate summit. Instead, he’s chairing a session on religious persecution. While not believing climate change is a great threat, that summit wouldn’t have focused on him and they probably wouldn’t have even asked him to speak. OMG! So, by chairing his religious persecution session, he gets to sit at the head of the table and babble nonsense on another issue he doesn’t understand.

As you can see, some of the adults in leadership positions, like Trump and Brazil’s president who is allowing the Amazon to burn, don’t care about the environment. While many activists may be over-hyping Greta (there’s a giant mural of her in France as the Virgin Mary. C’mon!), other conservatives are attacking her.

Far-right nationalist Dinesh D’Souza has joined other conservatives in bullying her. Yesterday, he tweeted a photo of Greta and wrote, “Children—notably Nordic white girls with braids and red cheeks—were often used in Nazi propaganda. An old Goebbels technique! Looks like today’s progressive Left is still learning its game from an earlier Left in the 1930s.”

Never mind the fact that there’s an entire chapter in Mein Kampf that describes liberals as enemies of the Nazis (you’d think they’d be familiar with the book they keep under their pillows). And once again, these Trump sycophants project. Their strategy of gaslighting and repeating lies until they become truth is straight out of the Goebbels playbook. For example, if you believe the Clinton Foundation is corrupt, but you can’t really base it on anything, then you’ve been gaslighted.

The generation in charge right now will not be around to feel the effects of their lack of action on climate change. The next generation, those speaking out now like Greta, will. Greta was inspired by the strike at Parkland High School to protest gun violence after the mass shooting at that school. Just like with gun violence, the younger generation will lead us to fight climate change. Two campaigns ignored by a lot of adults because they just make sense.

Each time Greta skips school she takes people who are older and should be much wiser, like Donald Trump, back to school. But just like Trump did when he was in school, he refuses to listen and learn.

Trump has separated families and thrown brown babies in jail. He looks at people with skin darker than his and claims they’re from “shithole” countries. He would rather have people from places like Norway and other nations in Scandinavia, like Sweden. He’s said this. But for Greta, he may make an exception.

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Freedom Gas


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And you thought “Freedom Fries” was ridiculous.

Back when we invaded Iraq and France thought it was a bad idea, conservatives initiated an I-Hate-France-And-All-Things-French campaign, forgetting that without France, we wouldn’t have won the American Revolution against our English overlords.

I never heard the term “frog” for the French until the Iraq war. Maybe I was sheltered. What I did start hearing though was “freedom fries” because we Americans are too fat to stop eating french fries but so stupid, that we had to rename them to consume them. It’s bad enough that the majority of us pour ketchup on the delicious creation. I’m just surprised we didn’t start referring to french toast as “freedom toast.” Keep in mind, this is a nation that insulted French people everywhere when we took the croissant and made the croissan’wich, which I have to admit, is delicious.

What happened then was that two House Republicans made the congressional cafeteria take “french fries” off the menu and relabel them “freedom fries.” They changed it back in 2006, about the time everyone except John Bolton realized France was right about the war in Iraq.

Now, a Department of Energy press release has referred to exporting natural gas from the U.S. as “spreading freedom gas throughout the world.” Another official from the same department, headed by Texan Rick Perry, used the term “molecules of US freedom.” No, none of this was from The Onion.

All of this is from the administration that refers to dirty coal as “clean coal.” There is no such thing as clean coal. The Trump administration and conservatives have waged a war on science. To confront climate change, first, we have to acknowledge its existence. Second, we need to stop glorifying fossil fuels that are destroying the planet.

I don’t believe we should be referring to an export from the U.S. as “freedom gas.” It only reminds the world that for the past two years, we’ve been exporting racist, stupid policies from a racist gasbag.

Creative note: The bulk of the coloring for this cartoon was done in a car on Interstate 95.

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Dinosaur Snowball


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Conservatives are not good with humor, especially when they try to use it to make a point. Usually, the only point they’ve made is that they’re morons.

In 2015, Republican Senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe threw a snowball on the Senate floor to prove Climate Change doesn’t exist. What’s even more messed up is that at the time, he was chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Seriously.

Utah’s Senator Mike Lee said, “The solution to climate change is not this unserious resolution…the solution to so many of our problems at all times and in all places is to fall in love, get married, and have some kids.” Was that a joke? I can’t tell.

Mike Lee is a Mormon from Utah and the answer to Climate Change is the Osmond solution. Let’s make more of them.

On Tuesday, Lee went on the Senate floor to take down the Green New Deal and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the bill’s sponsors. He didn’t bring a snowball with him. No. Instead, he brought…wait for it…a post of Ronald Reagan riding a dinosaur. Yeah, I don’t get it either. There were other props, like pictures of Aquaman.

Basically, he used three things that aren’t real. Dinosaurs, Aquaman, and Ronald Reagan.

Creative note: This is your Tuesday Bonus Cartoon. No, it’s not set in stone that you’ll get two cartoons every Tuesday. Maybe I’m still kinda revved up after taking Sundays off…or more shit happens on Tuesday. A lot of shit happened this Tuesday.

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Fishy Emergency


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Please forgive me for not writing a column today, but I just spent eight hours drawing fish. I’d like to take a little time this weekend away from work, so for today…you’re just getting fish from me.

Creative notes: I love drawing sharks. Also, I drew this while listening to just about every song Tom Petty ever recorded and Verbana’s album, Into The Pink….twice.

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Costa Rica Vortex


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This cartoon was first published February 1, 2019, in The Costa Rica Star.

It always amazes me that conservatives don’t understand the difference between climate and weather. For years, we used the term “global warming.” But Republicans would only focus on the “warming” and miss the “global” part. So we started using “climate change,” so maybe dumb people, Republicans, would focus more on the change than the warming. Nope.

If it’s cold in Buffalo or Cleveland in the winter, they start screaming, “Where’s this climate change you promised?”

While the polar vortex was hitting the United States last week, it was in the 80s in Costa Rica. In case you’re not aware of this, Costa Rica is part of the globe. The climate is not just what’s going on outside your window. It’s kinda like another thing Republicans haven’t figured out; there are people in this world who are not you.

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Just Another Weather Cartoon


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I’ll be honest. I used to do these kinds of crappy cartoons. In my case, it was a compromise with my editor. I’d do the anti-climate change cartoon and go home early, and the next day he had to leave me alone to do whatever I wanted. Of course, he didn’t know that but I kinda trained him that way. It was how I justified it to myself. Then something happened. I got bored.

I got bored with the way I was working. I spent the majority of my career trying to think like a political cartoonist which influenced me to race my cartooning colleagues to be the first with commonly used analogies, like sinking ships, mazes, Lucy holding the football, people going over cliffs and ledges. I decided to change the way I approached my job which meant I had to change the way I thought. I spent nearly twenty years training my brain to think like other cartoonists. From that point, I was going to train it to think differently. I’m still training it. That was around 2009. But it meant no more clichés and definitely no more cartoons I didn’t really believe in. The clichéd weather cartoons were gone.

I’m still bored. Not of my work but of the entire genre of crapping out clichés. I think the best political cartoons in history are being produced in this era, and by just a few cartoonists. The rest, meh. I’m just as tough on myself. At the end of the year when I have to go through every cartoon over the past 365 days, I end up cringing looking at my own work. Then I get bored with my work all over again.

The majority of cartoonists are still rushing to be the first with the lame cliché. Liberal cartoonists do it too. Over the past month, I’ve seen about a dozen cartoons each of Trump boxed in a wall and as Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall. Several cartoonists have done both of those analogies. The worst part of all of this is that the newspaper industry supports this lazy tripe. If you look at any of the weekend roundups of the nation’s political cartoonists in The Washington Post, USA Today, or Politico, you will see the clichés every single time. Editors love them. I’m not really worried about pissing off those editors because they rarely run me anyway.

And as bad as liberal cartoonists can be about it, I find the conservative cartoonists much more egregious in this area.

There is not a conservative cartoonist who hasn’t drawn Elizabeth Warren in Native-American garb and at least 39 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cartoons since the election. They all got the Venezuela/socialism talking point. And of course, they all have to do the Climate-change-doesn’t-exist-because-it’s-cold-outside cartoons. They do those every year. You would think after thirty or forty years in the business they would understand there is a difference between climate and weather.

Sure, the president of the United States doesn’t understand the difference between climate and weather, but he also thinks wheels are older than walls. Here’s a tip; don’t get your talking points from a guy who doesn’t know the differences between “their,” “there,” and “they’re.” Don’t believe me? Go look at yesterday’s Trump tweets.

I’d like to say, at least these conservative cartoonists were able to take a day off from drawing about Ocasio-Cortez in order to draw their yearly anti-climate change cartoons except this morning, I’ve seen two that included her. Seriously.

Did I tell you I get bored with my industry?

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Trump Ruins Everything


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Imagine your kid calls into the NORAD Santa Tracker to talk to one of the trackers about Santa’s whereabouts and instead, your child gets the president of the United States. Wow! How exciting that must be…unless that president is Donald Trump. Then it’s horrifying.

One unfortunate seven-year-old’s dumb luck got him the president, who said, “Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?” Why, why, why would he say that? Oh yeah. Because he’s the dumbest, rudest, most idiotic president in the history of presidents.

The child didn’t call for reassurance about the existence of Santa Claus. It’s like Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin telling Wall Street not to worry because the banks haven’t run out of money. Mnuchin told the banks they needed to worry about banks running out of money and Trump told a small child that her parents may have been lying to her for her entire life.

By saying it was “marginal” at her age, Trump was saying that she’s at the age where children usually catch on to the whole Santa thing. But children should learn the truth about Santa from their parents, not the president of the United States. How would he feel if someone called Eric and told him there’s no Santa?

Mike Huckabee, the father of Trump’s main spokesgoon defended Trump and said, “It wasn’t like he was boiling the little girl’s bunny rabbit in a pot on the stove or something.” So, how many times in the past has Trump boiled a child’s rabbit?

Stock market, economy, relationship with our allies, trust in our nation, the entire government, even Christmas….Donald Trump ruins everything.

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