What happens when you get a bunch of like-minded flat earthers together in a room to talk climate change?
A) The U.S ends up on the hook to give nations like China and India billions of dollars.
B) Their arrogance is such that they believe they can control the weather’s behavior at will.
C) Obama chalks up another undercover win.
D) Liberal do-gooders think they’ve truly accomplished something.
E) All of the above.
While everyone’s eyes were on San Bernardino and Donald Trump, the COP21 talks in Paris ended with what Al Gore described as a:
“…unique and ambitious agreement (that) sends a clear signal to governments, businesses, and investors everywhere…the transformation of our global economy from one fueled by dirty energy to one fueled by sustainable economic growth is now firmly and inevitably underway”
In other words, a bunch of conceited egg heads got together and decided that they and they alone get to dictate terms for entire world’s economy. And of course, they favor “sustainable economic growth”. It doesn’t take an Einstein to realize that “sustainable” is a fancy way of saying low to no real growth. Which – whether someone fixes computers in Cleveland or mines a guano cave in Tuvalu – is simply ridiculous.
The whole “dirty energy” thing is just as silly. It’s a dog whistle to rally the left-wing. It means oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear. Western nations have proven time and time again that these energy sources can be rendered “clean”. Alternatives sources come with their own consequences. Solar power farms for example, have the nasty tendency to kill birds – they are literally fried in flight. Not to mention, much of that allegedly “dirty” oil is turned into much more than fuel. The plastic that makes up the device you are using to read this comes from crude oil for example.
So how does this “transformation” happen? Cash money, that’s how.
Beyond throttling economic growth down to “sustainable” levels, developed western countries are on the hook to fund the shift from “dirty” to “clean” energy in developing countries. Billions will be spent on this. In other words, let’s say someone wants to build a new power plant in Jijiga. “Aid” money will be used to influence the good people of Jijiga to go for solar, wind, hamsters in wheels, or whatever, instead of gas or coal.
Now really, if alternative energy sources are just as good and viable as a coal or gas powered electrical plant would be for Jijigians, would it be necessary to influence their choice with money?
Among the developing nations awaiting a handout are China and India. That’s right. Those two are considered to be “developing” nations. That’s China, as in just about everything you buy these days has “Made in China” stamped on it or affixed to it. Including cars – as of this year GM began importing Chinese manufactured Buicks. India’s presence isn’t as obvious in the U.S., but it’s surging forward as a global leader in manufacturing, information technology, bio-tech, and finance. The Indian firm Tata is among the world’s largest – spend any amount of time in Africa or Asia and chances are you’ll see a Tata bus or car, quite possibly on a highway constructed using Tata heavy equipment.
We’re going to pay China and India billions with the assumption that they won’t renege. Even though they’ve done so in the past. Somehow this time it’s going to be different?
The COP21 deal-makers are arrogant enough to believe so. That’s why the agreement doesn’t punish any country that violates it. They are also arrogant enough to believe that they can change the weather itself. We’re supposed to accept a make-do-with-less economy, pay the third world billions of dollars, so that the temperature will stay: “well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels” while “pursuing efforts to limit temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”
That is the stated end goal of COP21. Never mind that:
— Historical climate data shows that pre-industrial temperatures were comparable to what we have now, and in some cases were warmer than what we have now.
— The earth and it’s climate are incredibly complex things that we don’t fully understand.
— Not to mention, if human activity causes climate change and we decide to start changing our activities in order to change the climate, what might the unintended consequences be?
— There is no proof that the planet is getting warmer over time.
But it makes liberals feel better about themselves. Sort of. They are never really happy or satisfied when they get what they want. There is, as they say, always more work to be done.
Take racism for example. No serious person today can state that there is more racism in America right now than there was in the 1950s. There are no segregated water fountains actively in use anymore. A white person and a black person can be friends, date, marry, etc. Anyone can sit where ever he or she wants on a bus. A black man was elected twice to the Presidency. And yet, the left insists that there is more work to be done to eradicate racism. Because it’s always there. Even when it isn’t. They call the invisible version of racism “systemic”, “institutional”, or they use the term “white privilege” to describe it.
Same goes for climate change. From the 1970s to the present, liberals warned us about “the new ice age”, a hole in the ozone, greenhouse gases, “global warming”, and now “climate change”. It was enough to put a lot of them into electric cars. That made them feel better. So did social media which gave them a platform to engage in armchair activism. Tweeting to #cop21 for them feels just as good as actually engaging in some tangible form of activism.
Never mind that all those electric cars get their electricity from someplace. The electricity doesn’t just magically flow out of the outlet from unicornville. The top three sources are coal, natural gas, and nuclear. Same goes for all those hi-tech gizmos liberals use to access social media in order to push their agenda. The plastic in the device comes from oil. Fairy dust doesn’t recharge it’s battery.
The COP21 deal will make them feel better about themselves even as they sulk and remind us of all the work that still needs to be done.
What they don’t realize is all the new work they’ve created for future generations to deal with. Global “sustainable growth” sounds a lot like the imperialism liberals hate so much. In centuries past, Europe divided and colonized Africa. The COP21 agreement has a hint of that particular colonialism in it what with the idea that the developed world will command the developing world’s economic development.
Future generations in far-flung corners of the planet that would have moved from a subsistence existence towards developed industrialized economies overt time may now be forever stuck right where they are. Current generations in up and coming economies may be shoved back down into poverty. A group of wealthy westerners living comfortably in world-class places mandating the pace of development for the third world seems incredibly cavalier. How many people in the third world has COP21 imprisoned in squalor? What future wars has COP21 set the stage for? These questions are just the tip of the iceberg. These are the kinds of questions the COP21 do-gooders were too shallow to contemplate in Paris.
The world would be better off if the liberal do-gooders minded their own business and stayed out of everyone else’s.