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Is it coincidence that the decline – and impending fall – of the car industry correlates with the  rise and proliferation of such things as chief sustainability officers? 

Rivian – the electric truck maker that has so far only made a small handful of them and will never sell many of them because there are only so many people who can afford to spend $70,000 on a vehicle – has just named its very first CSO, Anisa Kamadoli Costa. She is a long way from Zora Arkus Duntov or John Z. Delorean, engineers and makers of cars.

But not from the World Economic Forum (WEF) where she “served” – interesting term, given the context – on the Global Future Council on Human Rights. Her degree is in International Economic Policy and she has been acclaimed “one of twelve forward thinkers at the intersection of sustainability and style by Marie Claire magazine. Her prior-to-Rivian gig was at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, where she “drove the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda.”

In other words, a fashionista of the Order of the Red Banner.

She is also (re-read the bio above) someone who wants to govern – not sell. “ESGs” have it in mind to so re-organize economic life that what people are allowed to buy (and how much of it they are allowed to buy) is automatically conditional upon their social credit standing, enforced by digital money over which the “ESG Agenda” has “oversight.”

ESGs want to “direct” people’s shopping in sustainable directions. For example, your digital money will only buy certain things from certain approved sustainable companies. Your ability to buy from not-“sustainable” sources and not “sustainable” items – gas, for instance – curtailed and, eventually, eliminated.

It is not coincidence that a putative maker of vehicles (though not many) would hire an executive groomed for the role by Klaus Schwab and his WEF – Klaus having been previously groomed by Maurice Strong, a Canadian Marxist who groomed Al Gore, among others. Read Klaus Schwab’s obituary for his mentor, who died in 2015, here. Read more about Maurice here.

And what is the “role” of a CSO?

It is to “ . . . oversee the (company’s) climate goals, including carbon neutrality in its own operations.” In other words, it is not to make or sell vehicles. It is to make less “carbon” – that is to say, carbon dioxide, the hairshirt now worn by practically every executive of every company that makes anything that might result in the making of the dread inert gas, of which human activity adds a fraction of a percent to the fraction of a percent of C02 that exists free-floating in the air. 

Do you happen to know what that fraction of a percent is? Here it is:

0.04 percent.

The “contribution” of human action – that is to say, of human economic action, the making and using of things that make civilization possible – is a fraction of that fraction.

That’s the fact.

But people have been taught to believe in something else. Something much grander – and much more ominous.

Just as many believe that every other person died of the dread “virus” – excepting those who wore a “mask” and received the Holy Jab. In both cases, the same technique has been applied and with remarkable effectiveness. A small truth used to create a gigantic lie – and thereby, a terrific scare.

There’s a bug in the air. It is potentially dangerous to certain people, almost all of them in certain categories (e.g., the elderly, the obese, the already chronically ill). Use this fact to generate general fear – for the purpose of summoning general submission.

Similarly, the “climate” does indeed “change.” But does it change unnaturally, in catastrophic ways – and is this due to an increase in fractional differences in fractional background atmospheric gasses, contributed by economic activity?

Harum scarum, again – for the same ends.

It is the curtailment of economic activity that is wanted by the World Economic Forum and  youthful fashionistas such as Rivian’s new CSO, via  . . . sustainability.

Note  the treacly mouth feel of the word, chosen specifically to impart both guilt and convey a kind of ersatz virtue by those who mouth it. Like “progressive” – which sounds for very forward-thinking and who could possibly be opposed to that?

Hush for even thinking it!

“Sustainability” means less for you – and the more you’ll pay to get it. The WEF lately says so, openly – confident that, at last, the goal of the agenda – their word – is finally within sight of realization. Which is a function of millions of people having been gaslit into reflexive mea culpa guilt over their supposed “contributions” to “climate change.” For existing.

For breathing.

Of a piece, psychologically, with their reflexive “mask” wearing – also induced by guilt – so as to “stop the spread” and assure that “granny” won’t die.

Zora is spinning in his grave even faster than a 30-30 solid lifter cam inside a fuelie Corvette’s 327 V8.

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86 COMMENTS

  1. Environmental: Finish that vacuuming woman.

    Social, Sustainable: AKA sustenance, my sammich is overdue!

    Governance: Me, running a benevolent dictatorship – you, a guest in a mans world.

    She looks like another one should be kicked to the curb.

  2. Eric,

    We have one of these ass-clown CSOs where I work. She (why is it always a woman?) is an absolute nutcase. 100% certified.

    She bragged the other day on an “all hands” call about how she’d just bought her first car (“an electric vehicle”) and how proud she was about that.

    We’ve been forced to sit in meetings with this idiot and listen to her about how climate change is destroying the planet.

    And, what pray tell, does the company I work for do? We’re primarily an auto lender. This woman should be tossed out on her ear, but TPTB just eat up everything she has to say. It has driven me to the point of near insanity.

  3. Eric writes: “ESGs want to “direct” people’s shopping in sustainable directions”

    It will be far more than that my eschatologically uninitiated friends. The WEF who is one of many foot soldiers for The Evil One who intends a full economic servanthood for all of mankind.

    Each man will be required to have an ID. It will likely be digital and probably a kind of tattoo- a siegel or a “brand” indicating “being property of”. The non-compliant will be neither able to buy, sell or trade without the mark. The Central Government (which will be a malevolant dictatorship) will have total control over your very existence. Your neighbor will help enforce this diktat. We have already seen how anxious people are to wear a brand, and how the most unwelcoming among us clamor to be deputies of The State (cf. Covidians).

    The problem with this whole thing is that it 1) Was foretold from a prison island named Patmos by a man who claimed he knows Jesus and He is God. 2) Forces a man to consider terrible penalties awaiting him here and hereafter absent a deliveror.

    in 1527 a guy named Martin Luther wrote of the King:

    Did we in our own strength confide,
    Our striving would be losing;
    Were not the right Man on our side,
    The Man of God’s own choosing:
    Dost ask who that may be?
    Christ Jesus, it is He;
    Lord Sabaoth His Name,
    From age to age the same,
    And He must win the battle.

  4. This article really helps show what total imaginary nonsense much of the corporate world, hell even many “jobs” actually are. Make work for some diversity hire or other non-producer to keep segments society feeling as if they are somehow useful. All funded with imaginary fiat currency from a system held up by little more that cultish religious belief.
    Does anyone evr ask themselves?
    “Hey, if everybody who does my job disappeared suddenly how would that impact the earth?”
    How is a company like Twitter “worth billions”? It certainly isn’t, based on what it produces in tangible value. More like the esoteric value of controlling information, pre programming, and shaping the worlds views, false virtue (television, radio, social media) all programming and control mechanisms. Now this has bled over into car manufacture and I’m sure a slew of other industries who’s usefulness is not an actual thing, but a conceptual thing which may or may even not exist.

    • Sblade,

      It’s simple……with the success of the TPTB “scamdemic”……..the Learjet crowd ….is determined to rule the rest of us..case closed!…..I believe we have all witnessed their Relentless doxxing, censorship etc.

      I’m on Plan B.. AND IT IS NOT PUSSYING OUT….it’s facing facts period…and taking appropriate measures for the inevitable.

      Within 3 years I plan to be a net “food exporter”, handily beating the Heinz 57 varieties, on my property…….and have a “stash” of canned (mason Jar) and dehydrated supplies on hand to “weather” an increasing often, Stupidity Crisis…with ease.

      What are you doing about the situation?

      • Licknickel:

        I’m working towards being as independent from the beast as possible. Food production tight community with neighbors who actually produce and have skills, energy independence, wood stove, wind power, back up generators, expanding, gardening, rain collection, a well soon and more livestock as time and $ allows. What my enemies should understand is I (and many others) get a chance to respond to any one of their evil plans. There are no “one and done” slam dunks.
        I’m bugging in, not bugging out. Building for the next ten generations because these evil parasites will lose. Why the hell should I leave and run? They’re the ones who suck…

        What I’m not doing:
        •Voting harder
        •Begging some political fag behind a podium to allow me to be free.
        •Worrying about somebody coming and taking my resources or messing with my family. (Still young enough to fight, and old enough not to worry about dying before I’ve lived my life.) F.A.F.O

    • Yep…how much is Silicon Valley really worth? The world functioned pretty well without Facebook, Twitter, Tesla, Netflix, etc.

      • The question is, worth to whom? IMO, Facefuck is likely to be a CIA/DIA/NSA covert op, the successor to Admiral Poindexter’s Total Information Awareness Program, now privatized for deniability. IOW it is the digital panopticon, which exists to keep tabs on whoever is stupid enough to “use” it, while it uses (hoses) them.

        Nobody gets as obscenely rich, as quickly, as Schmuckerberg without there being an unseen hand or two behind the curtain, calling the shots for its own evil purposes.

        JMO.

        • Turtle:

          I think you are precisely right about fb. It may have been a Intel gathering psychological profiling device from the very beginning. Modern warfare is about information and mind control.
          I believe it was former KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov who spoke of the perfect warfare. Where your enemy is so psychologically and morally defeated, not one tank or one rifle is needed for a total takeover.

    • Which I find to be a trend among those who would be our tyrants. I got a reply once after making such comment, that one’s mental state does indeed influence appearance. Psychosis does not produce good looks.

    • Just think. That’s a (glamor head shot) at no point will she look better than this in real life. We all may owe David Icke an apology. Lizard people exist!

  5. Yet another highly paid, highly useless “job”. Big business is more and more like big government everyday. Filled with these jobs that drain wealth rather than create it…..

    Why are these things always well paid?

    And where does Rivian get money from to begin with? It has no products so it should have no income to pay people to do these nonsense things.

    • Big business IS our defacto government and is free to operate without worrying about little things like the Constitution, free speech, etc. Thats the whole point. Government hates small business and destroying them was a feature not a bug of the scamdemic

    • Her job might be more religious than anything else. She seems to be basically a priestess of the WEF Church. She’s granting the imprimatur of the Church to Rivian.

    • If it’s not something so totally hypocritical, I would be surprised. They never live what they preach.

      These folks always have “unsustainable” lifestyles. It’s always OK for the elite. Just not us normal folks.

      Probably big SUV (maybe even driven), at least three houses (at least one on a coastline), private jet use, months of vacation time.

    • Hi Escher,

      Probably as “sustainable” as that of Barry Obama and his senile successor, both of whom live in homes several times the size of the average single family home and both of whom have multiple vehicles, am entourage of lampreys, etc.

      • And, of course, there is the king of “climate change” hypocrites, none other than Albert Gore himself. None of these rich f*ckers live in just one place. They all own multiple mansions, each of which requires more energy to maintain than many multiples of a peasant’s cottage (mine is 1130 sq. ft.), and must be kept up in their absence by hired servants.

        Natch, Mastah flies to and fro to visit his many mansions, and maintains a fleet of (likely armored) SUVs to ferry him from airport to mansion. In the case of former high ranking pols, there is also the taxpayer funded entourage of Secret Service agents, also not driving Priuses.

        And please don’t hand us that crap about how they restore their “climate virtue” by buying an indulgence, excuse me, “carbon offset.” What rubbish.
        These people are nothing but hypocrites.

        • “And please don’t hand us that crap about how they restore their “climate virtue” by buying an indulgence, excuse me, “carbon offset.” What rubbish.”

          And from whom, exactly, would one purchase such an indulgence – er, “carbon offset”? Why from each other, of course!!

  6. Sustainable senility:

    ‘Biden, 79, had just finished delivering a nearly 40-minute speech at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro when he turned toward stage right with his paw outstretched in a handshake position.

    ‘There was no one else on stage and no one from the applauding crowd approached the president to exchange the pleasantry, according to footage of the event.’ — NY Post

    ‘Joe’ was shaking hands with his invisible friend.

    Just because you and I can’t see the entity doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

    • To be fair, I don’t believe it was the “invisible handshake” some are making it out to be. It looked to me like he was being his normal smug self and gesturing to the audience to his right as if to say, “Aren’t you peasants going to stand and applaud me?” But then he turned his back on the main audience for several seconds, which is a massive faux pas. Either way, it wasn’t a good look.

  7. I remember having seen some Rivian employees acting all giddy at the Hampton Inn in Normal, IL, last year. (Rivian has a factory in Normal.) I’m looking forward to the big bust when these clowns are out of a job.

  8. I sometimes wonder if the libtards push these obvious fallacies and boondoggles (global warming, covid, etc.) for the express purpose of instigating a civil war with the normies. Deep down, they can’t possibly believe all the nonsense they’re spewing.

    • I know a liberal Catholic priest. He believes all this nonsense. Then goes on vacations on cruises all the time. What do the engines in those ships burn?

      • What would a catholic priest have anything to do with going on a cruise? Cruises celebrate female nudity and debauchary. Not pedophelia and virtue signaling which catholic priests are famous for

  9. Another cult member……

    elite nobility/un/wef/ccp/.0001% satanist/nazi theocracy
    Psychopathic members of an occult satanic death cult running the planet, planning your horrible future. a satanic cult that believe in eugenics, slavery,pedophilia, transhumanism and fake science.

    wef runs the new bankster/nwo/wef/ccp/.0001% one world government being put in place worldwide right now, this will be your new government. the cv19 hoax is a cover, excuse, trap, to put it in place. covid cult: an occult satanic death cult run by fanatics.

    some wef history

    the World Economic Forum was co-founded by Maurice Strong, who was the main promoter of the climate change movement.
    the much more exclusive World Forum of 300 which was created by Maurice Strong in 1982 and was co-founded with Klaus Schwab as his assistant.

    Prince Charles hired Schwab to run the WEF.
    Great Reset” Schwab’s son is married to a Chinese woman. The Schwabs are China lovers. The “build back better” part of the great reset agenda intends to turn the west in to China.

    The Origins of the World Economic Forum Go Back to the Third Reich nazis.

    schwab runs the wef his family was connected to the nazis in germany.

    World Forum leaves a blind spot to the alien agenda in the the creation of the plan, the blind spot also leaves out Dr Muller, creator of the UNESCO programs and the Common Core education system.

    Muller and Strong created of the United Nations University at Mt Rasur where they communicate with a demon called Rasur,

    Maurice Strong was creator of Agenda 21 along with his buddies Prince Phillip and Charles and Ted Turner. Someone said Turner put up the georgia guidestones that says the population should be 500 million only. Persons will be coerced through lies, drugs, fear, and pain to surrender themselves, their egos to the collective consciousness.

    The blind spot leaves out the involvement of Nazi German Vril psychics who were involved
    at the Maurice Strong Baca Grande hippie commune where Laurence Rockefeller say’s he met the Devil just prior to presenting the plans to the first World Forum in 1982 in Vail Colorado.

    We don’t associate Eugenics with David Rockefeller, like we do with Hitler, but it was actually the Rockefeller Foundation that first did the research,
    their groundbreaking 1930 work on Eugenics, an idea that became so popular in Europe Hitler monetized it domestically to justify global domination.

    Beginning in 1930 the Rockefeller Foundation provided financial support to the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics, which later inspired and conducted eugenics experiments in the Third Reich.

    Rockefeller got his monopoly on drugs, and Big Pharma and Rockefeller Medicine were born – and has only grown bigger and more terrible since, now routinely bribing doctors to prescribe their toxic and side effect-laden pills, not to mention their autism-causing vaccines, all based on the germ theory. Rockefeller, the AMA and Big Pharma are now all key aspects of the NWO (New World Order),

    The nazis adopted it and promoted it. “The infection theories (germ theory) were only established as a global dogma through the concrete policies and eugenics of the Third Reich nazis. Before 1933, scientists dared to contradict this gerrm theory; after 1933, these critical scientists were silenced.”
    now we have the allopathic germ theory nazi medicine used exclusively worldwide and big pharma is the most profitable business on the planet, thanks to pasteur, rockefeller and flexner.

    the modern monetary system is based on keynesian beliefs.

    Keynes is heralded as the guiding light of the New Deal (and, as such defended by modern “Green New Dealers” and Great Reset technocrats wishing to impose a top-down system of governance onto the world),

    This will be seen clearly in 1) his devotion to the theories of Thomas Malthus, 2) his promotion of eugenics as a science of racial purification and population control, and 3) his general devotion to World Government as a leading member of the Fabian Society. The fabians bringing communism to all western countries.

    Depopulation: The provable reality was that Indian famines were coordinated tools of population control by the Malthusian elite of the British establishment who considered “war, famine and disease” as the gifts nature gave the strong to manage the weak.
    read again: “disease” as the gifts nature gave the strong to manage the weak. now the great reset wants to use poisonous injections for depopulation.

    Thomas Malthus (a British East India Company economist) stated in his famous 1799 Essay on Population:
    “The power of population is so superior to the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race.” gates wants to use vaccines.

    “We should facilitate, instead of foolishly and vainly endeavoring to impede, the operations of nature in producing this mortality; and if we dread the too frequent visitation of the horrid form of famine, we should sedulously encourage the other forms of destruction, which we compel nature to use. In our towns we should make the streets narrower, crowd more people into the houses, and court the return of the plague.” today: herding the useless eaters into large cities.

    In his May 2, 1914 lecture Population, Keynes argued that government should “mould law and custom deliberately to bring about that density of population which there ought to be” and that “there would be more happiness in the world if the population of it were to be diminished.”
    now the gates led nwo/ccp/wef globalists are saying after great depopulation reset you will own nothing and be happier.

    Hitler himself was not only a devout eugenicist (whose racial purification policies emerged through the funding of the Rockefeller, Carnegie Foundations as well as British establishment), but was also a devout Malthusian saying:

    “The day will certainly come when the whole of mankind will be forced to check the augmentation of the human species, because there will be no further possibility of adjusting the productivity of the soil to the perpetual increase in the population.”
    now gates is saying the same thing, depopulation is good.

    After the war, eugenics-promoting organizations and think tanks changed their names while continuing their work, morphing into new forms by the 1960s such as the
    NOTE :environmental movement, transhumanist movement, including the pharmaceutical/healthcare sector. now we have the wef pushing this with the great reset.

    cv19 religion/climate change/depopulation agenda………it sounds a bit like The church of euthanasia: The church of euthanasia “devoted to restoring the balance between Humans and the remaining species on Earth. “Save the Planet, Kill Yourself”

    the climate change/global warming hoax is an excuse for a cull. the satanists will do it with their cull of useless eaters, they already warned you of the depopulation agenda, there was silence, that is implied consent, the cull progresses.
    Get this: the two top psychos that are administrators for the banksters, gates and soros, have no education, they are morons.

    The psychos running the planet: Mt Rasur where they communicate with a demon called Rasur.
    Laurence Rockefeller say’s he met the Devil just prior to presenting the plans to the first World Forum in 1982 in Vail Colorado.
    the pope is part of this cult.

    The government/church/medical system is just a huge occult satanic death cult now

  10. Americans are nothing if not jealous. Keeping up with the Joneses, European welfare system, Japanese vertically integrated corporations, and now Chinese surveillance and “capitalism with Chinese characteristics.” Everyone else is always better than home grown.

    I remember the 1980s, how the Japanese were going to take over the world thanks to daily calisthenics and cheap credit. They were going to buy up everything too.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091159/

    How’s that working out? The Wan is worthless and getting more so every day. The population is dying and no one cares. Meanwhile the US is still the world’s largest market.

    • Liars figure and figures lie.

      When the dollar had more value, the yen traded well into the 300’s to one dollar, ca 1970. The yen didn’t have much value. The yen has actually increased in value substantially, or the dollar has lost value.

      In 1956, 100 yen equaled one dollar, a yen equaled one penny. In 2022, 100 yen in 1956 is now worth 671 yen to a dollar. If you are buying yen at 120 plus or minus a few, you are getting hosed by more than five times.

      Another way to look at it, one silver dollar is equal to 671 yen in today’s yen.

      At 25 dollars per Troy ounce of silver to 671 yen today, you would receive in 1956 valued yen about 26 of them back then. Not even close to 100 yen.

      The Japanese are very comfortable with 120 yen to a clown buck.

      Go figure.

      https://www.inflationtool.com/japanese-yen?amount=100&year1=1956&year2=1975&frequency=yearly

  11. Good video on climate change

    Gravitas Plus: Blood The dark side of Electric Vehicles

    Are Electric Vehicles really clean?
    They run on dirty energy and blood of children as young as 6.
    Electric cars drive human rights abuse and child labour.

    People have to breathe the waste products of your filthy nickel smelting. Farmers have no water because of your ****-filthy lithium extraction. Others have no drinking water because of your copper slag runoff.

    But a little green hypocrite like yourself doesn’t care because it’s somebody else’s problem.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFHvq-8np1o&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3y22NodWsiZPprO-tNn15wlBZnsm7FCHSFzAKvBbZ9CWE55MMZJE69RGs

  12. Even Alex Berenson said today, and I quote verbatim:

    > “sustainably” is the giveaway they will be reaching DEEP into your pockets

    Of course, that was on one of his articles about the covid hoax. But it is no different and he is 100% correct! That is EXACTLY what is implied by “sustainability”.

    And just like covid, the answer/truth lies in backwards wording as usual. What they’re trying to “sustain” is their own obscene wealth at our expense. And this is how they do it.

  13. The Chief Sustainability Officer will learn a lesson from the School of Hard Knocks how sustainable it will be with nobody buying electric cars.

    At some point you’ll get stranded, after that, it will be useless to try to sell an electric car to anybody. The customer can stop buying, it will change minds.

    A summertime car is all it is, drive to the park with your picnic basket and admire the verdant scenery. Mint Juleps or Black Russians or Caesars, some beer and plenty of potato salad. An EV will eventually drive you to drink, might as well make it a party.

    The wind turbine industry is finding out the hard way that high prices for commodities is unsustainable. Being priced out of the business. How to regulate an industry, price it out of existence. It is good news.

    The so-called social credit score is nothing more than a reward system. Highly unethical to impose such a system. Another beating and your morale will improve.

    If you want to stop illegal immigration through Mexico, hire 300,000 Russian troops to guard the border. The illegal immigrants held captive by Russian troops would give illegals the heebee geebees. You could at least expect something different than what it is now.

    Too much dinking around down at the border anymore. The Russians can handle it.

    We’ll thank them for it.

    Go to Yalta and hammer out a deal.

    Looking at three feet of snow and drifts eight feet high, overnight temp was 12 degrees Fahrenheit. Snowbound like you can’t believe. It will be a walk to the beer store, truck is buried under four feet of drifted snow. No travel unless absolutely necessary, the place is hobbled, crippled until it can be dug out and a good melt.

    Early spring blizzards have been occurring since I was born and they just keep happening year after year. Some years you get lucky and have another snow storm in May.

    Makes a growing season totally sustainable, you got to have water to grow crops.

    Call it global warming if you want, but it ain’t yet.

    • Caesars! HA! I haven’t had one of those since I visited the Communist Republic of Canada. I do enjoy them although they are just an abomination of every single related thing! (food, drinks, appropriateness, taste, etc, etc).

      If I could do it here, I’d (of course) post the “I love this post” meme (with the horse)! I always look for your posts… good stuff!

      👍👍

      • Thanks for the kind words, EM.

        Update: On the way back from my trek to the beer store, about half way back home, a car stopped along side me and offered me a ride. There were two women in a SUV and they were offering me a ride. Who on this planet gets offered a ride by two women? How lucky can one man get?

        If you say no, you are an idiot. How can you say no to a free ride, buy the ticket, which is free, take the ride. They most graciously gave me a ride to the one lane path cleared of snow to my house. You’re immediately love the act of kindness. Well, you kind of fall in love too, can’t be helped.

        Can’t deny that human kindness still exists in this world. They were more than happy to help an old man trying to make it home with more beer.

        I was doing it for the exercise and to see if could be done. Made it back with a helping hand, compelled to be grateful. Feels good, better than expected.

        Had I dug my truck out and finally made the beer store run eight hours later, I would have never experienced the happening. Just a better world.

        Makes everyone feel good. Always good to have happy endings.

  14. There is undoubtedly truth to human-induced climate change. Exactly “how much” is left to argue, but even if the Earth warms by a few degrees C, humans and other animals will probably do something like “adapt”. Some will not, of course, as it always has been.

    What is always perplexing to me is the reaction to MORE freedom, decentralization and self-reliance being the solution we need, not just for excessive carbon emissions, if you will, but a great many other maladies.

    For some reason, doing away with wasteful, inefficient grids, producing our own foods, making our own electricity and fuels and controlling what happens on our own lands never seems to be the solution “they’re” looking for. CSOs, indeed.

    • I’m not as convinced. As Eric pointed out, it’s a trace gas.
      I love when they tell you about the runaway greenhouse effect on Venus as if that is in any way comparable. Venus, with 91x (!) our atmospheric pressure, closer to the sun (inverse square law is no joke), and over 96% (!) Carbon Dioxide.
      That is in no way comparable.

      • Yes, Nate, I don’t think we’re in any danger of becoming Venus. Anyone who thinks that is a possibility is insane.

        That said, speaking of Venus, just because something is a trace gas like CO2 (at 400 ppm) doesn’t mean it is innocuous. If the concentration of sulfur dioxide, for example, got anywhere near 400 ppm from volcanic eruptions, something like has happened on Venus, all macroscopic life on Earth would likely be extinguished. It would probably produce a cooling effect as far as the climate goes (from cloud cover) but that would be the least of our problems at that point.

    • Plenty of doubt, that such a dynamic system as the climate, powered by the most powerful engine in the Solar system, is significantly affected by a slight increase in CO2. And, considering how very little that very few people understand about how it works, we might should be burning tires to compensate for immanent cooling.

      Thank God for climate change. Otherwise much of the world would still be covered in ice. There is a reason that the species has advanced so much in the last 10k years. Better weather, as in warmer.

      • Mr. Kable,

        Please don’t burn tires. That smells really bad.

        That said, without the small amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, we would be in an ice age. All of the plants would die, too, and with them, everything else. It does make sense that increased CO2 would cause warming to SOME degree. Now, how this great, dynamic system will actually respond to this increase is another matter.

        I take it as another kernel of truth, upon which collects a snowball of supposition. Then, of course, this supposition is then taken to be concrete fact, and solutions are created to address this supposed future.

        I like to short circuit the arguments about the uncertain future and suggest solutions which would also produce their desired outcome (less CO2 emissions). The dissolution of cities, the production of gasoline from waste biomass, decentralized food and energy production etc. that would serve this purpose much better, as well as make people much happier and liberated.

        Of course, these solutions also obliterate their methods of control, and are thus not allowed in discourse.

        • >kernel of truth, upon which collects a snowball of supposition.
          Well said, BaDnOn.

          >production of gasoline from waste biomass
          There is also the production of diesel fuel from esterification of used cooking oil (a.k.a. “biodiesel”), as I am sure you are aware.

          Besides that, biomass decay produces methane (again, I am sure you know this), which can be captured and recycled as so-called “green” methane.

          Although “electric everything” gets the most press among the technically ignorant, very many smart and (financially) interested people and corporations are not sitting on their hands and genuflecting to St. Elon.

          For example, have a look at what Sempra Energy (SoCal Gas) is doing:
          https://www.socalgas.com/sustainability

          If you prefer an academic perspective, you might have a look here:
          https://cce.caltech.edu/people/nathan-s-nate-lewis

          • Hey Turtle,

            Yes, I’m aware of biodiesel and methane production, though someone recently showed me small, homebuilt methane units called “digesters”. Excellent way to cook food, for as we all know, electric ranges leave something to be desired.

            It appears that SoCal Gas is about hydrogen production, which also has its place. Later, I plan to buy NiFe batteries, because they essentially last forever if you take care of them. However, charging and especially overcharging, produces hydrogen and oxygen from the water in the electrolyte. I’d like to experiment in the collection, separation and storage of these gasses for later use in a number of ways.

            Lastly, I scanned the CalTech page. We have similar research happening at Arizona State University. Of note are the advances in artificial photosynthesis, which can be used to create biofuels. As cool as that might be for the not-too-distant future, we do have the means to produce several biofuels on the ol’ homestead today, as well as plenty of cheap electricity, so there’s no need to wait for grand solutions!

            • Hey, BaDnOn,
              The main take away, for me, was that if you have
              A) Smart & dedicated academics, and
              B) Large companies with $$$ on the line
              working on many possible solutions besides “electric everything,” then the future is likely to be an interesting mixture of various technologies, based on economic reality & human needs & desires.

              The True Believers from the Church of Holy Electric Virtue can screech all they want, but reality will pass them by, pedal to the metal in the number one lane.

              Looking forward to your updates on your own adventure. 🙂

  15. My guess is that a “sustainable vehicle” is one that the working class will be unable to afford to buy. So the CSO’s job will be to insure that no one can afford to buy the company’s products. Bonuses and stock options dependent on selling the least I imagine, that should work out just fine with a $2000.00 dollar a share price when they hit their sales target of 7 vehicles sold….

  16. ‘ESGs want to “direct” people’s shopping in sustainable directions.’ — eric

    Until this year, in Germany ‘sustainable’ meant shutting down nuclear power plants, and converting to intermittent green power sources such as solar and wind.

    ‘Peak sustainability’ occurred at the fraught moment when Germany — pressured by its American occupiers — rashly cancelled the Nord Stream II gas pipeline to punish Russia.

    How’s that workin’ out for our German comrades?

    Dutch bank Rabobank espies some dark clouds on the horizon:

    ‘The war in Ukraine is making clear that large parts of the world depend on Russia, Ukraine and Belarus for basic necessities such as food, energy and other commodities.

    ‘A striking example is the dependence of several German car factories on certain car parts produced in Ukraine. This has already led to the closure of several German car factories.

    ‘Replacing Russian oil and solid fossil fuels may be possible, albeit at a higher price, but replacing Russian gas will not be as easy. Simply supplying more LNG, if this is even possible, will not do the trick in the short run.

    ‘According to our analysis the German economy is most at risk [within Europe] to face headwinds caused by the war due to the composition and size of its industrial sector, and its dependence on Russian energy.’

    https://tinyurl.com/2er6bs55

    Germany’s sustainability (in real-world, not green terms) would be enhanced by staying neutral in the Ukrainian conflict, and maintaining trade with Russia.

    But as an American vassal state, Germany has cast its lot with NATO. Now 80 million Germans are embarking on a precarious sustainability tightrope walk. What will they run out of next? When does their economy — and maybe even their banking sector — smack the wall like a bat’s fatal encounter with a windmill blade?

    Stay tuned. Shit’s gettin’ real …

    • By Jove, I believe you’ve nailed it, Jim H.

      Trade promotes interdependence. Interdependence decrease the likelihood of war. Decreased likelihood of war (better prospects for peace and prosperity) breaks the rice bowls of the weapons manufacturers and stunts the career prospects of career military. Can’t be having *that*, y’know.

      Besides that, a prosperous and economically viable Germany is *BAD*, because Germany is run by, y’know, *GERMANS* (cue scary music). Can’t be having that, either.

      So, “we” (US, a.k.a. the GIW [Gov’t in Warshington, District of Criminals] sends its very own Luca Brasi make them evil Krauts an offer they can’t refuse. Nice country you’ve got here, Hans. Be a shame if anything happened to it. BTW, my “cousin” has got some LNG he needs to unload (at 3 times what you pay for Russian gas via pipeline). You *will* be buying my cousin’s LNG, won’t you? That’s what I thought.

      What’s that you say? BASF CEO says they will have to close Ludwigshafen if forced to use high priced LNG in place of cheap Russian gas? Too bad, goombah. Youse guys will just have to work it out. Maybe hire a few of my associates as “sales” people. Nice doing business with you, friend.

      • A college-age nephew who will spend the autumn in Berlin recommended the book Europe’s Last Summer, referring to 1914.

        From the blurb: “German generals, seeing war as inevitable, manipulated events to precipitate a conflict waged on their own terms.”

        Even on their own terms, it didn’t work out so well.

        This time round, US/NATO and Germany are embarking on a war that isn’t remotely on their own terms, with Europe already hit by energy and fertilizer shortages.

        Reply to my nephew:

        ‘During your stay in Berlin, likely you will get to observe the transition from expansion to bust, as unemployment and prices rise along with political discontent.

        ‘Events move at at about three times normal speed during a crisis. Europe is being shaken to its foundations. Take notes while you’re there … maybe write a book!’

  17. It is a monument of achievment of the human race that we can enrich and better peoples lives the way we have in the past century. Maybe there is a change because of the human activity, but so what, look what man has done, its unbelievable. If a car company wants to have a nonsensicle position, oh well. It makes one wonder if the bean counters will have more say in the building of a car, or the engineers, or the board. All of this kind of nonsense makes me fear for my grandchildrens future.

    • ‘It makes one wonder if the bean counters will have more say in the building of a car, or the engineers, or the board.’ — AMNTRAT

      Unfortunately the answer to your rhetorical question already has emerged in the form of CSOs, ESG and WEF.

      Translated from acronyms to English, political commissars now govern motor vehicle production, just as Soviet commissars governed value-subtractive industries and ever-insufficient grain production.

      Like Ladas and Trabants, costly EVs will serve as transport if all alternatives are forbidden.

      Commissar Newsom just dictated that EV sales shall triple to 35% of the Commiefornia ‘market’ by 2026, a mere four years from now.

      Are you compliant, comrade?

  18. Spot on, Eric.

    This is no different from “covid.” It’s all a giant lie designed to fleece and control the populace. The problem with “covid” is that it was too much in our faces (no pun intended), which eventually caused widespread rebellion. The co2 lie is much more insidious because it largely goes unnoticed, dealing primarily with “stakeholders,” politicians and back-room rent-seekers. All we tend to see is creeping price hikes, inconvenience and less choice.

    Ms. Costa’s linkedin page shows a long track record of never having provided any value. She indeed likes to use the loathsome term “stakeholder.” Her entire “career” is founded in sophistry.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/anisak1

  19. Rivian just has to stave off Bankruptcy until Ford admits that they really can’t build and sell an F150 EV for $40,000, and even if they could, the person who could only afford the truck at that price could not manage the installation at their home of the spare 40 or 60 A electrical service required to charge the vehicle in less than 24 hours.

    That is coming this Summer.

  20. These people are as useless as tits on a boar hog. They’re the Western equivalent of the zampolit (deputy for political matters) from the Eastern Bloc armies during the Cold War, better known as a political officer. The political officer’s whole job was to ensure that the unit was thoroughly indoctrinated in the glories of communism and I have no doubt this soulless, untalented, shark-eyed woman is one of those type of people.

    I guess the one problem I have with this “momentum” toward EVs is how automakers used to filling dealer lots with and profiting on hundreds of thousands of vehicles will adjust to selling half or a quarter as many.

    There isn’t enough rare Earth materials and cobalt to manufacture these glorified, useless golf carts in the numbers required to replace all of the cars and trucks in the U.S., much less the world. And there isn’t as big a market for $50,000 regular cars.

    How the automakers are OK with going along with their extinction and funding their competitors (like Tesla) is beyond me. Maybe they think they’ll be eaten last. There’s no way the majority of automakers survive electrification. When there’s no differentiation between cars thanks to the electric motor, except for acceleration and range, there won’t need to be 30 automakers. Every car will be quiet. Every car will be loaded with tech spying on you. Every car will go kaput when the batteries die at 100k miles.

    • I remember the good old days when you got rid of your car when it rusted out after 5 or 6 years but in the glorious world of next Tuesday you will get rid of your car in 5 or 6 years or less when your battery dies. Maybe the automakers support ESG because they will sell twice as many cars then?

      • >when your battery dies

        Or perhaps the touch screen video game interface, or digital dashboard.
        I had to scrap a microwave oven last year because the touch screen was failing. The guts of the device, the cavity magnetron, worked just fine, but without the touch screen interface, the device became useless.

        The analog speedometer on my 1989 F150 still works just fine. Chances are, I could find a replacement if it fails. How likely do you think that will be with a digital dashboard? Nil, is my guess.

    • A of couple points I missed. One of the political officers jobs was to shoot soldiers who did not advance on enemy positions even if there was no chance of success. In RAH’s book “The Door into Summer” automakers were paid by the government to build luxury cars that were immediately scrapped to amongst other things prevent the economy going into recession.

  21. Excellent article Eric, had to keep myself from gagging a few times as I read it. Hope to live long enough to see all these smug world improvers swinging from lampposts.
    Fun fact: around here the acronym CSO means Combined Sewer Overflow. How appropriate.

  22. Unfortunately, technology that improves our lives is also being used to control us. ESG is just the latest attempt.

    What the elites don’t seem to understand that the most powerful force on Earth is nature. You can try to mitigate it, but you will never control it.

    Nature demands balance. Build a road, nature will reclaim it. Pollute, nature will clean it. It may take time, but balance will be restored.

    “Climate change” is not different. If CO2 goes up, nature will provide more consumers of CO2 or nature will compensate for it. This boils down to the hubris of “everything can be controlled through science”.
    These are the eugenicists, socialists, and management class. They believe themselves so smart that they can control the world through central planning.

    ESG will end up being another failed attempt at global control. No person, council, system, or computer can account for all the desires and interests of 7 billion people, which is why planning is destined to fail. The only question is how much pain will be caused along the way.

    • Amen, Dan. Can’t disagree with anything you said. Mother Nature always wins. The human beings that think they can outmaneuver her, outwit, or outlast her or sadly mistaken.

    • Dan,
      You are right, these people believe they are anointed disciples of their ideology. That they can change natural forces (and false stories of doom) by controlling the average citizen’s behavior and consumption. By empowering themselves over the lessors, they can save the world.
      On this Good Friday we need to be remind ourselves that our freedom does not come from men nor governments but God.

    • The free market was created by God. There is no flaw in it. Can’t say the same for enforced at gun point central planning.

  23. To quote a popular old phrase, it’s an eminence front. What is? Everything. Every single thing that can be, is a put on. Corporations talking to us little people about sustainability (etc ad nauseum) is the fakest fake-out bullshit that I can imagine.

    After the military which, let’s be honest, is more a collection of corporate interests than anything else, the greatest polluters are corporations not people. But people are made to pay the price.

    Did YOU tell corporations to put water into plastic bottles?! I didn’t. Not my idea at all. Did you tell IBM to dump mercury and god-knows what else in Colorado? Do any corporations do shit anything because people want it as the primary reason?! Fuck no they don’t!! Never have and still are not.

    The idea that corporations are only doing what we want is complete and total horseshit. Corporations use all manner of psychological manipulation, to the tune of millions (or more) every year, to convince people to consume their shit. And their shit is made in such a way to increase their profits, period.

    Ever hear the term “externalities” or “external costs”? Those are the things that corporations have declared to be “our problem” as in you and me (not them).

    This ESG bullshit has been fabricated by a minority of special interests. And the result is that even more external costs are being put upon us little people for the benefit of corporations.

    Notice *who* is being constrained! They’re going to constrain you and me. Not Coca Cola. Not Microsoft. Not GM. Not Raytheon. Not Lockheed Martin. Not General Dynamics. Certainly not the military.

    You and me are expected to pay those external costs. They have no intention of doing so. Hence the very loudly broadcasted CSO ascensions. It’s all a put on.

  24. “carbon neutrality in its own operations.” That would include shutting down the factory, and ceasing purchase of materials to build with. A vehicle maker cannot even approach carbon neutrality, can’t even begin to, and still make vehicles. Oh, and by the way, quit breathing.

  25. ” Which is a function of millions of people having been gaslit into reflexive mea culpa guilt over their supposed “contributions” to “climate change.” ”

    I have never once considered my “contribution to ‘ climate change’ “, nor my “CO2 output.” “Climate change” existed for millennia before I did, and will continue to do so as long as the earth exists.

    If I ever thought about my CO2 output, or ability to control it, I would want to find ways to produce MORE CO2, as that would make plants happy (and proliferate). And when plants are happy, they produce more O2, which I happen to need to breathe.

    More CO2 = More breaths of fresh air for humans.

    A child can understand this – but TPTSB want people to doubt their own common sense.

    So far, it appears to be working.

    • Thank God for climate change. Else much of the world would still be covered in ice. The notion that it can be stopped from changing is pure delusional hubris. For all these psychopaths know, we should be burning tires to offset immanent cooling.

    • I don’t just love my own personal CO2 output (i.e., breathing and farting) but I also love the CO2 that I literally create… in a fermenter… and drink.

  26. These communist remoras will be shed soon enough. When the Fourth Turning explodes they will be blown into the weeds. The only people who will survive, long term, will be those grounded in reality. As Francis Bacon said, “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” These people are living in a fantasy world of their own creation. They have ZERO understanding of human nature or of nature itself. They stomp their feet, clutch their fists and the world MUST submit to their childish demands. So far they’ve used the Guns of Government to get their way. But, governments and empires always fall. When that happens only those with an understanding of how to cope with nature will survive.

    NS Lyons’ piece on Virtuals vs. Physicals covers this schism nicely…it will still be a bumpy ride.

    https://theupheaval.substack.com/p/reality-honks-back?s=r

    • Mark in BC,

      That’s just it; TPTB know all about the fourth turning, and they’re trying to CONTROL it! Why do you think they chose the date 2030? Because it’s about when the next fourth turning, which we’re in the middle of, will conclude. They’re trying to manipulate events so they get their “utopia”.

      • Yes. And they’ll be standing on the glorious heights which will be mountains of ruin and wonder why no one is bringing them Perrier. A new world will be built without their “leadership”…hopefully.

  27. I first began to hear the word sustainability being bandied about at a government job in 2007. The people there acted just the way you describe here. smug, self righteous, anyway you triggered my aversions to all the buzzwords in this article!

    • In fact, nothing is truly sustainable, as all things will eventually end. Including the CSOs. The trick being to overcome real obstacles, not to create made out of thin air imaginary new ones. Such results in surviving and thriving in spite of those real obstacles. The end of one reality bringing about the beginning of a new one. A better one. Not the reversion to past error embraced by such as any CSO.

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