Patrick Buchanan: The coming climate crisis | Opinion
“Follow the money!”
The old maxim is still good advice when evaluating the motives of those who advance bold programs for the good of mankind.
Invariably, the most recent progressive idea involves a transfer of wealth from the taxpayer classes of Western nations to our transnational, global and Third World elites.
For the masters of the universe, establishing justice and equality for the poor of the world are rewarding exercises in every sense of the word.
Consider the 2015 Paris climate accords.
Its stated goal: to save the planet from the ravages of climate change, which is caused by carbon dioxide emissions, which are produced by industrial nations with too many factories, farms, ships, airplanes and automobiles. in the world.
Under the Paris accords, the wealthiest nations in the West were required to set and meet tough national targets to reduce their carbon emissions.
Together, these reductions were to prevent any increase in the planet’s temperature of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
It has been touted as the world’s last best hope of preventing a climate catastrophe in this century.
Among the warnings that the climate sends us:
Melting polar ice caps, deadly hurricanes, droughts, wildfires like the one we have experienced this year in California, river flooding in Europe, sea level rise and the invasion of coastal towns , cities and islands like the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.
With the apocalypse thus mapped out if we did not act, the inevitable question arose: How much cash would global elites and their Third World clients need from the West – to give the West an absolution for its past sins of carbon emissions?
Answer: Rich countries would spend more than $ 100 billion a year to repair the damage caused by climate change to the poorest countries and to compensate them for shifting their energy dependence from coal, oil and gas to forms greener like the sun, the wind and the water.
But in 2016, an inconceivable event aborted the Parisian climate system. The Americans elected Donald Trump. Calling the Paris agreement a scam for his country, Trump quickly pulled the United States out of the agreements.
On what grounds?
Simply put, America first. Under the Paris accords, the United States was to reduce carbon emissions each year and contribute the lion’s share of the $ 100 billion annual wealth transfer to the developing world.
Meanwhile, China, the world’s largest polluter, if carbon dioxide is a pollutant, should be allowed to increase its carbon emissions until 2030. Thus, today China is responsible for 28% of global emissions of carbon, while the US contribution is half of that, and fall.
Then came President Joe Biden, who immediately returned to the Paris Agreement.
In April, he pledged $ 5.7 billion in payment for our share of the $ 100 billion. At the UN last week, he pledged to double that contribution to $ 11.4 billion. One or the other sum has yet to be appropriated by Congress.
China’s game? Beijing suggests it wants to stay cooperative. “China will not build new overseas coal-fired power projects,” Chinese President Xi Jinping promised in pre-recorded remarks to the United Nations General Assembly.
Yet, as the New York Times writes, in 2020 China “built more than three times as much new coal-fired power generation capacity as all the other countries in the world combined,” more than a coal-fired power station per week ”.
Yet there are tradeoffs here.
These Chinese coal plants in the poorest countries contribute to global carbon emissions. But such coal-fired power stations also allow the peoples of Asia and Africa to benefit from the advantages they produce: electricity, heat, light. These can make life much better for Asians and Africans in the 21st century, just as coal and oil made life better for Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, Briton Boris Johnson will host the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, or COP26.
There, new demands will be made on the Americans, both for more money and further reductions in carbon emissions.
A paradigm, a model, has been established for a long time.
Mark the United States as the greatest producer of carbon dioxide in history. Describe the second and third worlds as victims of American self-indulgence. And continue with the shakedown. Demand more money. Run away from the Americans by calling Biden’s $ 11.4 billion paltry, not enough.
One wonders: of the climate elites, how many will travel to Glasgow by commercial and private jets, and how many will fight climate change by arriving by boat, bus or bicycle?
If this New World Order crowd wanted to both lead by example and reduce the carbon footprint, why not have a virtual summit?
As for the Chinese, we should probably be prepared for one of these “offers they can’t refuse”:
“If you Americans want China’s cooperation on climate change, you might want to reduce your propaganda on the ‘Wuhan virus’, Hong Kong, the South China Sea, Taiwan and these ‘genocide’ allegations. “against the Uyghurs.”