IBD EDITORIAL: Copenhagen: Environmental Munich
Climate: Czech President Vaclav Klaus once called global warming a new religion, a Trojan horse for imposing a global tyranny worse than communism. Details about the Copenhagen Conference prove how right he was.THE POSTMODERN LEFT WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE THAT INDUSTRIALIZATION IS BAD - AND AGW IS JUST THEIR LATEST REASON WHY.
The first of three marathon negotiating sessions designed to hammer out the details of the Copenhagen Accord on climate change to be signed in December began on Sunday, March 29, in Bonn, Germany. From what we know, it will be a surrender to tyranny as significant as another negotiated 71 years ago.
A 16-page informational note obtained by Fox News outlines the goals and agenda of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a body paving the way to Copenhagen with good intentions. Behind this alphabet soup is a list of ideas and talking points for what the U.N. calls an "ambitious and effective international response to climate change."
We're not sure how effective it will be, but it's certainly ambitious as it seeks to reorder the world economy in a de facto repeal of the Industrial Revolution. Under the supervision of the U.N., free trade would die, industries that survived could be relocated across borders, and we would have mandatory carbon offsets and cap-and-trade imposed on a global scale.
... Writing in the Financial Times recently, Czech President Vaclav Klaus said: "As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not communism."
Klaus told the Cato Institute recently that "environmentalism is a religion" that accepts global warming on faith and seeks to exploit it to reshape the world and economic social order.
Its commandments are now being written. The U.N. will be its temple and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon its high priest.
BUT BOTH PROPOSITIONS - THAT INDUSTRIALIZATION IS BAD FOR HUMANITY AND THAT HUMANS ARE CAUSING GLOBAL WARMING - ARE DEMONSTRABLY FALSE.
- SINCE THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, HUMAN POPULATION HAS GONE UP ONE-HUNDREDFOLD - AND SO HAVE LIVING STANDARDS AND LIFE-SPANS FOR PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRIAL WORLD.
- THE PEOPLE WITH THE SHORTEST LIFE-SPANS AND LOWEST LIVING STANDARDS ARE PEOPLE IN THE LEAST INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS - OR ONES WITH A LEGACY OF COMMUNISM.
- THE ANTIDOTE FOR THEIR POVERTY ISN'T MAKING THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD LESS INDUSTRIALIZED OR MORE "SUSTAINABLE", BUT MAKING THE THIRD WORLD MORE INDUSTRIALIZED - AND EXPANDING FREE ENTERPRISE AND FREE TRADE.
- AFRICA NEEDS NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, SWEAT SHOPS AND HIGHWAYS AND CARS & TRUCKS AND REFRIGERATORS AND ELECTRIC STOVES, NOT CARBON CREDITS.
THEY ARE NOTHING MORE THAN INDUSTIOPHOBIC, SELF-HATING MODERNITES.
TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES, POOR PEOPLE WITH SHORT LIFE-SPANS NEEDS TO BECOME GREATER CONSUMERS - OF ENERGY AND EVERYTHING ELSE.
LOOK AT THESE MAPS (RIGHT):
THE LESS CARBON PEOPLE PRODUCE THE POORER THEY ARE.
SHEESH: AFRICA DOESN'T EVEN SHOW UP ON THE CARBON MAP!
AND IT'S THE POOREST POPULATED PLACE ON EARTH.
THERE IS A CONNECTION THERE...
AND THE LEFT IS THE "CONNECTOR".
THIS IS WHY - TO LIFT THE REST OF HUMANITY OUT OF POVERTY - WE NEED TO DESTROY LEFTISM.