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The Death Of Maurice Strong

December 6, 2015

By Paul Homewood 






Booker on the death this week of Maurice Strong:


A very odd thing happened last weekend. The death was announced of the man who, in the past 40 years, has arguably been more influential on global politics than any other single individual. Yet the world scarcely noticed.

Had it not been for this man, we would not last week have seen 150 heads of government joining 40,000 delegates in Paris for that mammoth climate conference: the 21st such get-together since, in 1992, he masterminded the Rio “Earth Summit”, the largest political gathering in history. Yet few people even know his name.

"During the Second World War, having emerged from humble origins in the Great Depression, Strong became convinced that the new United Nations should become a world government"

Some years back, when I was researching for a book called The Real Global Warming Disaster, charting how the late-20th-century panic over climate change came about, few things surprised me more than to discover the absolutely central role played in the whole story by a Canadian socialist multimillionaire, Maurice Strong.

During the Second World War, having emerged from humble origins in the Great Depression, Strong became convinced that the new United Nations should become a world government, dedicated to ensuring that the wealth enjoyed by the richer countries of the West should be spread out around the world’s underprivileged majority.


Maurice Strong: he established the UN’s environmental agenda (Canadian Press/AP)


In the Sixties, having become very rich himself from Canada’s oil industry, Strong came to see that the key to his vision was “environmentalism”, the one cause the UN could harness to make itself a truly powerful world government.

A superb political operator, in 1972 he set up a UN “Environment Conference” in Stockholm, to declare that the Earth’s resources were the common inheritance of all mankind. They should no longer be exploited for the benefit of only a few countries, at the expense of poorer countries across the globe.

To pursue this, he became founding director of a new agency, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and in the Eighties he took up the cause of a tiny group of international meteorologists who had come to believe that the world faced catastrophic warming. In 1988, UNEP sponsored this little group into setting up the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

In 1992, now allied with the IPCC, Strong pulled off his greatest coup when he set up another new body, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to stage that colossal “Earth Summit” over which he presided in Rio, arranging for it to be attended not only by 108 world leaders and 100,000 others but also by 20,000 UN-funded “green activists”.

It is the UNFCCC which in effect has dictated the global climate change agenda ever since. Almost yearly it has staged huge conferences, notably those at Kyoto (1997), Copenhagen (2009) and the present one in Paris. And all along it has been Strong’s ideology, enshrined at Rio in “Agenda 21”, which has continued to shape the entire process, centred on the principle that the richer developed countries must pay for a problem they created, to the financial benefit of all those “developing countries” that have been its main victims.

In 2005, Strong was caught having been illicitly paid $1 million from the UN’s Oil for Food programme, supposedly set up to allow Saddam Hussein to pay in oil to feed starving Iraqis. He retired to a flat in Beijing, where he had been close to China’s Communist leaders back to Mao. It was from there that he returned home to Canada to die,on November 27.

"Strong’s dream is more than ever falling apart"

To this day, global climate policy is still shaped by Strong’s Agenda 21, as was highlighted last February when Christiana Figueres, the Costa Rican Marxist now head of the UNFCCC and organiser of the Paris conference, urged that the West should give “$1 trillion a year” to the “developing” world.

But the wonderful irony is that the reason why Paris will fail, like Copenhagen before it, is that those “developing countries”, led by China and India – now the world’s first and third largest “CO2 emitters” – have not the slightest intention of curbing their emissions. It is for the West to do that, for creating “the problem”. Thus, just as he died, Strong’s dream is more than ever falling apart – thanks to those very countries his socialist vision was intended to help.   

  1. David Richardson permalink
    December 6, 2015 12:05 pm

    Many people see Booker as a conspiracy theorists, seeing a political motive where only a desire to save the world exists based on Climate Science.

    BUT – He gives an accurate summary of the truth, anyone who doubts him should read “The Age of Global Warming” by Rupert Darwall. In that book you find a detailed and sobering dissection of the events of the last 50 years with pointers to the relevant happenings and publications, all well catalogued.

    When the head of the UNFCCC says

    “”This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,”

    Who the hell would think it was about climate change. Any who thinks that the current bun fight in Paris is about the climate and the end of the world should pay more attention.

  2. December 6, 2015 12:41 pm

    As a high school “Problems of Democracy” teacher said in the early 1960’s: “All utopias fail because they fail to recognize ‘human nature’ and when human nature comes into play you have to jail and kill a lot of people.” Apparently Mr. Strong never learned that.

    • Throgmorton. permalink
      December 7, 2015 3:34 am

      Mr. Strong was not at all disturbed by the idea that the deliberate collapse of industrial civilization for which he strove would bring about the deaths of three quarters of humanity through disease, war and famine. In fact he described such a prospect approvingly as “A glimmer of hope for the future of our species and its potential for regeneration.”

  3. ron permalink
    December 6, 2015 6:18 pm

    Maurice Strong became a millionaire while in the oil industry all right. But all the while working for the government or for government controlled institutions. While preaching austerity and small is beautiful for others, organizing government policy to freeze out private competition, devastating the local economy everywhere he went, he became rich.

    When targeted in the criminal investigation of illicit oil shipments smugglers used to break the embargo of Sadaam Hussein, he left for China when it was still an avowedly communist country. He stayed there for the rest of life, living as a super rich person in the kind of oppressive (for others) totalitarian society he advocated.

    Very much the kind of man who was and remains a hero to the enviro left.

  4. tom0mason permalink
    December 6, 2015 8:07 pm

    As the IPCC Paris circus is upon us, Maurice Strong, THE primary of the initiators of fear-mongering about the weather has died.
    Inventor of scamming people and conning politician through using smoke and mirror argument of ‘sustainability’, he spawn a whole useless industry of worthless ‘sustainability’ products.

    Christiana Figueres, the current head of the U.N. climate agency, tweeted Saturday after the announcement of his death, that “we thank Maurice Strong for his visionary impetus to our understanding of sustainability. We will miss you.” I find it hard to fault this comment from a communist whose relevance to the modern world has long passed.

    Not to be out done and displaying how easily duped politician are, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is attending the climate summit in Paris, said in a statement that “Mr. Strong was an internationally recognized environmentalist and philanthropist who used his remarkable business acumen, organizational skills, and humanity to make the world a better place.”

    So good-bye Maurice, may the world rightly blame you for the mess we’re in, and soon yet recover from your malodorous efforts.

  5. catweazle666 permalink
    December 6, 2015 10:21 pm

    It is said that “science progresses one death at a time”.

    Let’s hope that’s especially true in the case of Strong.

  6. Streetcred permalink
    December 7, 2015 9:00 am

    Strong will be remembered like the dog-turd scraped from your shoe!

    • AndyG55 permalink
      December 7, 2015 9:15 am

      more like a dog-t**d not scraped from the shoe, but spread all over the carpet. !!

  7. AndyG55 permalink
    December 7, 2015 9:31 am

    “Maurice Strong: he established the UN’s environmental agenda”

    Then you know from the get go that…


  8. MaryLS permalink
    December 27, 2015 5:07 am

    I am very suspicious about the timing and secretiveness surrounding his death. Perhaps he was killed, or perhaps he is not dead after all. Even 86 year olds can have enemies.

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