I have seen the face of brainwashed youth post normal science zealotry and it is worn by a pretty, eleven year old schoolgirl. And you know what? It bothers the hell out of me. How many more kids are like her?
The schoolgirl in question is a lass called Tara Choudhury and she attends Millfield school which styles itself as a Science and Performing Arts college. The school is based in Thornton, near Blackpool. Tara has recently returned from Brussels where she met and spoke to MEPs about her prizewinning anti-fracking video.
Now before I begin you need to know one thing. This is not a rant against a child. She is guilty of nothing other than reacting to what she has been taught by a figure of authority her parents have entrusted with their daughter’s education. It is a post against the falsified propaganda she has been exposed to. It is a post against the bastards who are shaping her outlook on the world and forecasting a future full of nightmares unless she does something about it. She has been turned into a passionate activist at a time she should be enjoying her childhood and learning about the world and its wonders through the prism of an unbiased education.
In the short video Tara quotes the greenie bible, chapter and verse. She could be reading directly from a Greenpeace propaganda sheet and you wouldn’t notice the difference. This keen and fertile mind has been seeded with the weeds of climate fear. I am going to quote her from the interview she did with the Blackpool Evening Gazette last week.
I first heard about fracking when I spotted the equipment being built in the fields near my house.
This statement is puzzling. Tara lives at Carleton and Preece Hall is four or five miles away depending on which part of Carleton she lives. The rig isn’t easy to spot from the road if you are unaware of its presence because it is situated in a field surrounded by trees. Blink and you’d miss it. It is unlikely an uninformed individual would be aware of the construction site until the tower was erected. Tara must have amazing eyesight if she can see it from “fields near my house” in Carleton. I’m not calling the child a liar but I know that kids are suggestible, even smart as a button eleven year olds. Another puzzling discrepancy is that the Preece Hall site was constructed a long time before she could have seen “equipment being built” and queried the teacher of a school she had not been old enough to attend at the time. The uniform she is wearing in her video is that of Millfield College and nothing she says leads me to believe she was indoctrinated in primary school. The account she gives just doesn’t add up.
I wondered what it was all about and asked my teacher at school.
She didn’t ask a parent, she asked a teacher. A particular teacher since she does not mention teachers plural. I’m not going to speculate what drew Tara’s attention to the rig but there are discrepancies and voids in her account that beg several questions. She couldn’t have been quoting from actual experience because the timeline is wrong. If she is eleven now then the earthquakes happened before she left primary school which means the rig was in use well before she attended Millfield and asked her teacher about “equipment being built in a field”. So who or what was she quoting? And how come no one else has questioned this discrepancy?
He gave me a video explaining about fracking and the effect it had over in America.
Having watched her YouTube clip it is obvious that the film her teacher handed her to view was the infamous Gasland. It was a fortunate coincidence the teacher she chose to ask about the Preece Hall rig possessed a copy to hand out to inquiring pupils. Sadly he didn’t make Tara aware of a YouTube clip of Gasland’s maker, Josh Fox, being asked awkward questions by Irish journalist and filmmaker, Phelim McAleer. It certainly would have been available at the time to give Tara a more balanced view.
It really concerned me so when I heard about this competition I decided to make a short film about the prospect of shale gas mining and the impact it could have on the local community.
And thus a new recruit for the greenie cause is created. Isn’t indoctrination education wonderful?
I was really shocked when I found out I had won, it had been quite a long time since I submitted my video and I had forgotten about it really.
She made the video, posted it on YouTube and forgot about it? I’ll accept that as childish modesty. As for creating the winning entry, if not Tara it would have been some other innocent child whose head has been stuffed with post normal nonsense. At risk of sounding uncharitable I suspect there were other factors at play in that she ticked other politically correct boxes – female, ethnic, enthusiastically naive. The fact that Tara is also telegenic and comes across as sincere (which I am sure she is) probably didn’t go amiss.
When she was in Brussels she didn’t meet the winner of the Have Your Say on Maintaining Energy Security contest by any chance did she? Oh, there wasn’t one? Srsly? Aren’t MEPs concerned about keep the light on then? Do we pay them to waste time being lectured on anti-technology by eleven year kids that, quite possibly, the greenies have chosen and groomed for the purpose? Pay attention, listen to the little girl talk and, whatever you do, think of the chiiiiiiildren!
In her presentation, Tara said fracking could affect UK water supplies as large amounts need to be pumped underground and their is a risk of contamination.
Of course she did. It’s a familiar anti-fracking refrain we’ve come across time and time again. Always concentrate on the potential risks; downplay and demonise the actual benefits.
She added: “The Committee on Climate Change said the consumption and extraction of shale gas go against our World climate goals – can we break a promise as important as that?
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is a statutory public body created as a result of the Climate Change Act 2008. It purports to be an independent body that advises the government on the reduction of carbon emissions and how to tackle climate change (!). Basically it’s a greenie think tank created by a government obsessed with CAGW and promoting renewable energy to “advise” said government on these same matters. Something of an incestuous relationship in my opinion, listened to only when government sees an advantage in it. Its chairman (soon to step down) is Lord Turner – a banker. He was appointed to the post in 2008 and at the same time was also chairman of the Financial Services Authority. In his spare time (?) he’s a part-time lecturer at the London School of Economics. So, a very busy man with a thumb is several large pies. As FSA chairman he presided over the collapse of HBOS. Perhaps he was wearing his CCC that that day. Despite his troubling track record (which you can research for yourselves) Turner remains a darling of our political effete. I’m at a complete loss as to why a banker, especially one dogged by failure and misfortune, should be considered an expert on climate change but then, on reflection, nothing the LibLabCons do makes any sense whatsoever. It’s what I’ve come to expect from the bunch of treacherous, incompetent muppets.
I’m not sure what promise Tara thinks CCC have made since CCC is supposed to be a government advisory body, not a campaigning anti-CAGW advocacy like Greenpeace. To be honest the term world climate goals reeks of watermelon. Key those words into a search engine and then try to spot a non-greenie link. It’s not a phrase an eleven year old is likely to make up and, if it’s a phrase appearing on the CCC site (which Tara might actually have read but I have my doubts), I haven’t spotted it. So she got it from somewhere else. I’m guessing it wasn’t from the keep the lights burning you blithering idiots lobby. Does Tara even understand what “consumption and extraction of shale gas go against our World climate goals” means? I doubt it. Do you think she’ll understand when there is suddenly no power to run her computer when the energy crisis created by our suicidal pursuit of renewables finally hits the UK like it’s about to in Germany? By that time it might be too late, certainly for vulnerable people who face the choice of starvation or hypothermia because people like her teacher are ignorant of the crisis they are causing or simply don’t care.
Most of the UK is in drought…
No, Tara, it isn’t. Don’t your teachers teach you to think for yourself and not believe everything you read and are told? Oh…
…won’t this process put pressure on our precious water supply, as well as potentially contaminating it with toxic chemicals.
If it’s contaminating the water supply with toxic chemicals that worries Tara might I suggest she makes a video campaigning against the threat to mass medicate the nation’s potable water because some parents are too lazy to teach their children how to brush their teeth?
Tara’s mum, Sophie, said she was very proud of her daughter.
And she has a right to be. Tara is a bright and vivacious girl.
She said: “She feels very strongly about fracking and was pleased to have the chance to speak out about it.
But did Tara’s mum ask her daughter if she felt strongly about fracking before she was shown the scary and grossly misleading Gasland by her teacher?
The comment section contains the outpourings of the usual mixture of the horrified citizens ignorant of the full facts, hysterical wingnuts and philosophical rationalists. The comment that gets the Bugnutz Crazy award comes from jessiej:
How can we get in contact with Tara to show our support? The last time fracking took place in the fylde, paving stones dropped in the house and there was a markedly strong smell like fuelkerosine and also effluence. We live in Lytham and felt the earthquakes. We don’t care how ‘cheap’ or how ‘relatively labour unintensive’ this is, or how it allegedly reduces our dependancy on imported fuels. If it causes damage to, devalues or in the worst case scenario destroys our home, why would we want it here. We have no faith that Cuadrilla will care about local residents, all you get from MP Menzies is a ‘fob off’ , mass produced letter full of platitudes.
Lytham is roughly seventeen miles distance from Preece Hall. If people who live in Singleton, the village closest to the drill site, didn’t feel any earth tremors then neither did jessiej. Methane has no smell and couldn’t possibly have migrated seventeen miles through unfracked rock, rise more than eight thousand feet to the surface and “drop” paving stones in her house. If she can smell effluence then of course her MP can’t help. She could, however, contact United Utilities and get her drains and sewer pipes checked because subsidence caused by water leakage can and does “drop” paving stones and lots of other things. And it stinks like hell.
But hey, there’s good news on the horizon for people concerned about the huge amount of water fracking consumes. There is now non-hydraulic (waterless) fracking method using a gel made from liquid propane gas (LPG). This latest innovation has obviously grabbed the attention of the Church of Green usual suspects who have immediately opposed the new method.
Deb Nardone, from the Sierra Club, said that given the risk of explosions, “it is clear that propane fracking just substitutes one set of problems for another set of even more dangerous problems.
There’s no pleasing greenies, is there…