"There would be no climate crisis if there was no racism, [and] there would be no climate crisis if there was no patriarchy," Fonda recently said at an event in France. "It's a mindset that sees things in a hierarchical way: White men are the things that really matter and then everything else, with nature at the bottom."
Marc Morano of Climate Depot has twice interviewed Fonda, who made headlines for touring North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Based off those interactions – once in the late 1980s and again in 2017 – he says this is par for the course for her.
"This is the woman who said that COVID was God's gift to the Left because it empowered the entire progressive agenda," he recalls. "But what Jane Fonda said here, specifically about white men are responsible for climate change and we should arrest and jail them – this is not an outlier view. This is actually a mainstream view as identity politics has invaded the entire climate change movement and climate science."
In March of this year, for example, a Canadian newspaper called white men "the super spreaders of climate denialism." An article from 10 years ago claimed that illegal immigration would reduce global warming "potentially in deep and powerful ways." Morano also cites newspaper articles from the 1840s that blamed white people for the climate situation in Australia.
"So, this is an old view," he reiterates. "And when I say old, I mean centuries old. All Jane Fonda is doing is parroting the latest version of it. It's her way of saying Western civilization is evil, Western civilization has brought the world to a climate crisis, all while ignoring all available facts, data, [and] information."
While Morano recognizes that "it's hard to even take this kind of stuff seriously," he says "you have to; it's been around for centuries."
Meanwhile climate-related deaths have dropped 99% in the last 100 years.