Lies, Lies, and More Lies
By Pat Carlson
Eagle Forum Environmental Chairman
November 12, 2014
The world has been experiencing extreme cooling trends for years and there has been no warming of the earth since 1997. Yet global warming advocates are still claiming a crisis of gargantuan proportions bringing about Earth’s demise if human activity is not controlled and contained.
Just this year, the U.K. and Europe had one of the coldest Augusts in decades; the Russian ship Academik Shokalskiy got stuck in the thick ice of Antarctica while researching global warming; and earlier than ever this fall the U.S. is experiencing record low temperatures from Bangor, Maine to Georgia.
But in the last two months, Secretary of State (SOS) John Kerry said that if skeptics of global warming are wrong, “Life as we know it on Earth ends.” Former SOS Hillary Clinton at a Clean Energy Summit in September said climate change is “the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world.” President Obama said at a United Nations’ Climate Summit held in New York in September, “In America, the past decade has been our hottest on record” and “worldwide this summer was the hottest ever recorded.” The UN’s climate expert, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), just issued a new report stating if actions are not taken soon to combat climate change the impacts will be “irreversible.”
The facts just don’t match the rhetoric. One has to wonder what universe these folks are living in. They choose to ignore the facts and lie. But why? Do they think people are just stupid?
The lies continue based on the Goebbelsian theory of “if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Unfortunately, too many people do believe what they’re being told.
The lies have been repeated more frequently as of late with two purposes in mind. First, President Obama made it very clear after his policies were overwhelmingly rejected in the election, he was going to continue pursuing the ideals he thinks are best for America. This puts climate change at the top of the list. Reminding Americans of the climate change crisis is meant to give cover to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ever since the EPA declared carbon dioxide along with five other greenhouse gases pollutants in 2009, it has issued thousands of pages of regulations meant to bankrupt the coal industry and stop oil production. From 2010 to 2013, 150 coal-fired power plants have closed in the U.S. and the Obama administration has made it nearly impossible for the oil industry to get offshore drilling permits. It can take anywhere from five to ten years for a company to move from approval to production.
Second, there is an upcoming UN climate change Conference of the Parties (COP20) being held next month in Lima, Peru. The Kyoto Protocol (KP) adopted in 1997 was the first climate change document requiring actual commitments of its signatories. It started in 2005 and expired in 2012. Most developed nations were part of the KP, but not the U.S. The KP had resources and finances flowing from developed nations to developing nations in a cap-and-trade process. Unfortunately, China, India, and Brazil were awarded a disproportionate share of those resources. This is one of many reasons why the UN has been unsuccessful in getting countries to sign on to a new agreement.
The next big milestone conference expected to deliver commitments via a document is COP21 to be held in Paris, France in 2015. But before COP21, there has to be COP20. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), “COP20 has a heightened urgency in that it is the last meeting before COP21 . . . where world leaders are expected to conclude a global deal. But certain outcomes are necessary for governments to conclude a new deal.” The two most important outcomes are money and transfer of technology. The developing countries have said to the developed countries “show me the money” before we sign on.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the mechanism established to handle the flow of cash from developed to developing nations. The goal is to have contributions of $100 billion per year till 2020. So far this hasn’t happened, and the goal has been lowered significantly. A meeting will take place on November 20, 2014 in Berlin for Western nations to announce their commitments with a $10 billion goal in mind. So far, $2.9 billion has been pledged by eight EU countries, South Korea and Mexico. Seven billion dollars are still needed. Guess who will be expected to pick up the shortfall. SOS Kerry told Peru Foreign Minister Gonzalo Gutiérrez, “the U.S. is considering seriously to make a significant announcement even before the Lima conference.” Undoubtedly Obama will outdo the Bush administration which pledged $2 billion over three years in 2008 to the smaller Climate Investment Fund.
The GCF can also be funded from public and private sources. Since it is unlikely that Western countries will pledge anything close to $100 billion, discussions will return to a proposed global tax. This global tax could come in the form of an aviation, shipping or bank transaction tax.
The biggest lie of all is, climate change is not about the climate — that’s just a smoke screen. It’s about the redistribution of wealth. It is about the liquidation of capitalism.