LSN NewBytes - Climate Change (the winter name for Global Warming)
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Climatism is More Than a Belief System By Peter Foster
A fired official believes climate change is equivalent to a religious belief. Who could disagree? Horrified commentators on both left and right have suggested that environmentalism will now be established as a religion.
Sustainable Development, which sprung fully-armed from the fretful socialist head of the UN’s Brundtland Commission, is indeed a religion, and it has a devil: capitalism. It thus seems suicidal for any company to accommodate it, let alone embrace it. It has no workable definition except for the feel good notion of “looking after the future.” It explicitly rejects free markets as leading to resource exhaustion and environmental destruction. As such it is not based on science, much less economics, but on primitive pre-market assumptions, which just happen to be very useful to prospective “global governors.”
The spread of SD, like that of its equally subversive sister concept, “Corporate Social Responsibility,” is yet another indication of companies’ willingness to go with the flow of a public opinion formed by their enemies. They do this in a fit of abstraction, or from hypocrisy, fear, or genuine naivete. After all, who doesn’t want to be responsible and sustainable? But in appointing vice presidents of CSR or SD, they are taking on board champions of an ultimately suicidal thrust.
From Berlin to Copenhagen by Peter Foster
This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the U.S. Congress that inaction on climate change amounted to a new “Berlin Wall” of “short- sighted self-interest.” Ms. Merkel’s claim was upside down. There is indeed a new threat to freedom in the offing, but it is the Green Wall that she is recommending. It will span the globe, and there will be no escape.
What collapsed twenty years ago was Communism. What didn’t collapse was anti-capitalism. The new name for anti-capitalism is environmentalism. The truly astonishing fact is that there is no evidence whatsoever either for the exhaustion of resources, the despoliation of the global environment, or any man-made impact on the climate.
The new strategy for global control was being formulated before the Wall fell, and went global at the 1992 UN conference in Rio, which was masterminded by self-proclaimed Canadian socialist Maurice Strong. The success of this movement is such that the Orwellian shibboleths of “sustainable development” and “corporate social responsibility” are now parroted by virtually every democratic leader and corporate chieftain on earth.
Democracy has come under attack both from above, via the “post-democratic” UN, and from below, via the manufactured voice of an activist NGO minority that dubs itself “civil society” (and which Mr. Strong very deliberately let into Rio).
Recently, The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman suggested that totalitarian control might not be such a bad idea. “One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks,” he wrote. “But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages.
Just as 2008 represented a crisis not of capitalism but of the “mixed economy,” so the contradictions implicit in seeking to combine welfare statism, Keynesianism and climatism threaten the world economy with collapse, which is in fact the unequivocally stated objective of Mr. Strong and his cohorts.
If anything threatens a rerun of the Great Depression, it is the conceit of debt-burdened governments trying to control the weather via draconian regulation at the same time as they are engaged in vast new transfers to developing countries, ignoring the failure of such development programs in the past. We must stop the Green Wall.
Václav Klaus: ‘Largest Tax Increase in World History’
I don’t expect any demonstrations in Copenhagen now. The anti-establishment people have in the meantime become insiders and will be sitting in the main hall. This is a shift with far-reaching consequences.
We are meeting one month before the Climate Change Copenhagen Summit and several weeks before the U.S. Senate hearing regarding the cap-and-trade scheme.
The people who had never believed in human freedom, in impersonal forces of the market and other forms of human interaction and in the spontaneity of social development and who had always wanted to control, regulate and mastermind us have been searching for a persuasive argument that would justify these ambitions of theirs. After trying several alternative ideas — population bomb, rapid exhaustion of resources, global cooling, acid rains, ozone holes — that all very rapidly proved to be non-existent, they came up with the idea of global warming.
A cap-and-trade scheme is a government intervention par excellence.
The size of the cap defines the price of carbon and this price is nothing else than a tax imposed upon citizens of the country. I agree with Lord Monckton that the cap-and-trade bill “is the largest tax increase ever to be inflicted on a population in the history of the world.” How is it possible that such arguments are not used? Why does nobody argue that to tax energy means that the costs of anti-global warming policy will disproportionally fall onto the poor people?
This country, my country, as well as the rest of the world face many real issues. We do not need to solve non-existing problems. I don’t think the real issue is temperature and/or CO2, but a new utopian vision of the world.
Caritas Says Climate Change Will Drastically Increase World Hunger
Caritas, the umbrella organization for 164 Catholic charities, said it has signed a joint statement addressed to environmental ministers and other officials who will participate in the U.N. Summit for Climate Change Dec. 7-18 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The message includes both dire warnings and practical suggestions for action.
The U.N. World Food Program and U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Federation of the Red Cross, Oxfam, World Vision and Save the Children are the other co-signers of the statement.
European Bishops Urge Strong Government Action Against Climate Change
Headline: 'Antarctica's Ice Loss Helps Offset Global Warming'