All the Radicals Come Out and Play
By Pat Carlson
Eagle Forum Environmental Chairman
December 1, 2014
The latest international climate change conference has begun in Lima, Peru providing a clarion call to all environmental radicals to show up with their wish lists of utopian demands and outrageous stunts. They are among friends at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP20) being held from December 1-12th providing an uncensored world stage for radicalism.
Their wish list includes the transfer of as much money and technology possible from developed countries to developing countries while moving to a fossil fuel-free environment by 2050, thus relying solely on renewable energy for all human activity. They believe all oil, gas and coal should remain in the ground and of course, no nuclear. In their world this will bring equitable prosperity to all.
Stunts to get media and delegates’ attention came first with the Climate Action Network staging a candlelight vigil the night before the opening of the conference showing “solidarity” of an estimated 10,000 people around the world “joined together in the largest ever climate fast” showing support for the “victims of climate change.” The UNFCCC Secretary, Christiana Figueres and the Peruvian Minister of Environment and President of COP20, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, attended showing their support. Monday the group furthered their effort by showing up at lunchtime in front of delegates “carrying empty plates and a menu” of demands. The theme was people are “hungry for action.” The length of the fast has never been indicated. It probably only lasted during the hour long vigil.
Then Greenpeace had a group of activists climb 3,000 steps to the temple of the Sun at Machu Picchu to promote solar energy and to “mark the beginning of the end of coal and oil-driven economies.” Greenpeace head of Climate Action Politics, Martin Kaiser said, “. . . the sun is our past, it is also our future.” He urged conference attendees “to commit” to the sun “to solve our global climate crisis.” The whole event was framed as a religious event making the sun a god.
Most of the young people participating with these groups are under the age of 30 and truly believe the lie of anthropologic global warming and its supposed catastrophic effects. They are committed to a cause. They truly believe the planet and their futures are in jeopardy. But the UN elitists know it’s really about the money and so finance is “fundamental” to the success of COP20.
In 2009 at COP15, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton proposed developed countries contribute $100 billion to the Green Climate Fund by 2020. The Green Climate Fund is meant as a mechanism to transfer the funds from the rich to the poor or as presented for justification, the perpetrator of the crime to the victim. Efforts to achieve this end were so dismal that it became embarrassing to the UN. So a more attainable amount of $10 billion was proposed as a startup fund. Pledges made only last month are at $9.3 billion with the Obama administration pledging $3 billion.
Anyone with any common sense knows draining one pond to fill another pond only leaves the first pond empty. In other words, it will devastate the economies of developed nations to place restrictions on all their cheap plentiful energy resources while at the same time transferring their wealth. Nobel laureate and Professor of Economics at NYU’s Stern School of Business, Michael Spence emerges to refute this fundamental premise of economics. He authored The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World. He suggests climate change is essentially a “balance-sheet problem based on the stock of CO2 in the atmosphere.” The transfer of wealth and technology will help adjust the balance sheet, but he admits the adjustment will not be easy and the “net cost to reduce CO2 in terms of growth and income are not high in the short and medium term.” The book concludes that efforts to fight climate change could boost economic growth but his book never factually refutes anything. He is an academic without common sense.
UNFCCC Secretary Figueres in 2012 stated the success of fighting climate change would mean “a complete transformation” of the economic structure of the world. The armies of radical environmental groups, academics and the UN elitists will continue this effort over the next two weeks hoping to set the “groundwork” for a binding agreement at COP21 in Paris next year.