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Government watchdog director calls out child 'exploitation' in climate change protests

Politics

By Glenn Minnis | Oct 2, 2019


Mark Glennon

The executive editor and founder of the government watchdog website WirePoints views the outbreak of climate change demonstrations across the globe featuring young people with a leery eye.

“Disgraceful exploitation of children who have been propagandized and are too young to assess for themselves,” Mark Glennon recently posted on Twitter.

In Illinois, groups of young students and activist totaling as many as 3,000 demonstrators recently marched on Grant Park in hopes of convincing Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker to sign the Clean Energy Jobs Act. In all, millions of young people from New York to India took park in the coordinated demonstrations in support of climate change adaptations that range from limiting fossil fuels to cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

Of the 150 demonstrations that were held across the world Sept. 19, one of the most high profile was in New York where 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg sought to pump up the crowds only 72 hours before world leaders were slated to convene at the United Nations for a meeting on climate change.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act will require the state to transition to entirely renewable energy by 2050 with a focus on job creation and equity.

In a recent piece posted to WirePoints under the headline “Does Science Say Time Is Running Out to Stop Climate Disaster,” Glennon posted in the comments section “Wait till we crank up emissions after we buy Greenland. Gonna have lush Trump golf courses, beach resorts, water parks everywhere.”

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