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Global Warming Policies & Global Insecurity

September 8, 2014

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t ES

 

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http://business.financialpost.com/2014/09/04/lawrence-solomon-how-global-warming-policies-have-led-to-global-insecurity/

 

From the Financial Post:

 

Limits on energy production in the West enabled conflicts in the Ukraine and the Middle East

Global warming policies abet terrorism and global insecurity. If Western governments weren’t spooked by global warming, ISIS would be less of a threat to the West, the Middle East would be less of a cauldron of hate, Europe wouldn’t be held hostage by Russia and China wouldn’t be threatening its neighbours over islands in the South and East China Seas.

Over the last two decades, global warming activists succeeded in slowing the development of the oil sands, blocking major pipelines like Keystone XL, phasing out coal plants and banning shale gas and oil projects. Without their activism, the Western world would have years ago not only become self-sufficient in fossil fuels, it would have become an exporter. Even with the roadblocks, the U.S. managed a miraculous transformation — once the world’s largest energy importer, it is now becoming a major exporter. Only Europe among the Western continents remains subject to dictates from energy exporters, most of them from unsavoury and hostile areas such as the Middle East, Russia and Venezuela.

Had the West earlier become a major energy exporter, these hostile economies would have lost their chief markets and the bulk of their revenues, particularly since prices would also have collapsed in a world awash in energy. Russia, for example, relies on energy for 30% of its GDP, Venezuela for 33%, some Middle East countries for more than 50%. Their economies would have retrenched, unable to finance social services at home let alone military adventures abroad. Their regimes would have focused on self-preservation rather than spreading ideologies abroad.

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. September 8, 2014 2:10 pm

    Reblogged this on the WeatherAction Blog.

  2. September 8, 2014 2:19 pm

    Reblogged this on JunkScience.com and commented:
    I’ve been hearing about foreign oil and how it will take 5 years if we started now before we saw any relief since about the time Nixon was president. I guess climate change is the new wrinkle to the same story.

  3. September 8, 2014 2:43 pm

    While the environmentalists seemed to be claiming we had to drop oil and gas due to wars in the Middle East, that was no their real goal. But telling people they have to lose all their amenities and live at third world level was not going to take hold unless there was an alternative that sounded worse. War sounded worse and immediately shut down any actual thought about the matter. We must avoid war and it doesn’t matter how. Except it does and now we are seeing that. If only we could people to think about things instead of their usual knee-jeark reactions that end in worse outcomes than are necessary.

  4. September 8, 2014 4:23 pm

    Thanks, Paul. This is a good article by Lawrence Solomon, he has been in this controversy a long time. I read his book “The Deniers” some time ago.

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