LA Times column ruthlessly dragged for suggesting people endure ‘occasional’ blackouts to help climate

Social media users strongly reacted to a Los Angeles Times column suggesting that people should accept the inconvenience of “occasional” power blackouts as a necessary measure to fight climate change.

In a piece that was met with predictable ridicule and scorn by many on Twitter, the author posed the question as to what is more important, “Keeping the lights on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, or solving the climate crisis?” in yet another manifestation of the green madness that traditional American living standards will need to be reduced to third-world levels to stave off the weather apocalypse.

Columnist Sammy Roth wrote about the courtroom battle between the city of Glendale and the environmental organization the Sierra Club which is suing over a gas-fired power plant that is “desperately needed” to provide a reliable source of electrical power to the LA-area city’s nearly 200,000 residents.

“It’s a highly technical dispute,” he states. “But it’s part of a larger conversation about how much blackout risk we consider acceptable in modern society — and whether our expectations should evolve in the name of preventing climate catastrophe.”

“Again and again, I’ve found myself asking: Would it be easier and less expensive to limit climate change — and its deadly combination of worsening heat, fire and drought and flood — if we were willing to live with the occasional blackout?” Roth asks.

He also suggests that other small measures such as “driving less or eating less meat” will be required “for the sake of the greater good” in the crusade to prevent the alleged planetary climate doomsday.

Twitter users came down hard on the idea of such self-sacrifice for the cause, blasting it as “peak climate idiocy” and a “propaganda campaign” to “condition” people to accept regular blackouts as acceptable.

“This is classic religious cult propaganda,” said David Blackmon, an energy-related consultant who accused the paper of contributing to a “propaganda” campaign to “condition” people to accept that they have to live with blackouts and that the LA Times was saying “the quiet part out loud.”

“We have seen it a thousand times down through history. And it appears the entirety of our legacy media is totally down with it,” he added.

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