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Keeping The Poor Impoverished

July 30, 2016

By Paul Homewood 

 

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http://www.cfact.org/2016/07/23/keeping-the-poor-impoverished/

 

Paul Driessen writes for CFACT:

 

We are just now entering the age of industrialization, newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte said recently, explaining why the Philippines will not ratify the Paris climate accords. “Now that we’re developing, you will impose a limit? That’s absurd. It’s being imposed upon us by the industrialized countries. They think they can dictate our destiny.”

More developing nations are taking the same stance – and rightly so. They increasingly understand that fossil fuels are needed to modernize, industrialize, and decrease poverty, malnutrition, and disease. Many supported the 2015 Paris climate treaty for three reasons.

They are not required to reduce their oil, natural gas, and coal use, economic development, and greenhouse gas emissions, because doing so would prevent them from improving their people’s living standards.

They want the free technology transfers and trillions of dollars in climate “adaptation, mitigation and reparation” funds that now­-wealthy nations promised to pay for alleged climate transgressions. But they now know those promises won’t be kept – especially by countries that absurdly insist on slashing their energy use, economic growth, and job creation, while developing countries surge ahead.

Climate has always changed. It is far better to have energy, technology, modern housing, and wealth to adapt to, survive, recover from, and even thrive amid inevitable warming, cooling, and weather events, than to forego these abilities (on the absurd assumption that humans can control climate and weather) – and be forced to confront nature’s onslaughts the way previous generations had to.

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The upcoming November 7-­18 Marrakech, Morocco, UN climate conference (COP­-22) thus promises to be a lot of hot air, just like its predecessors. Officially, its goal is to accelerate GHG emission reductions, “brainstorm” with government and business leaders to achieve “new levels of cooperation and technology sharing” (and subsidies), and embrace “urgent action” to help African and small island nations survive the supposed ravages of man-made droughts and rising seas.

The true purposes are to pressure industrialized nations to end most fossil fuel use by 2050; intentionally replace free enterprise capitalism with a “more equitable” system; “more fairly” redistribute the world’s wealth and natural resources; and ensure that poor countries develop “sustainably” and not “too much” – all under the direction and control of UN agencies and environmentalist pressure groups.

 

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We might ask: Replace capitalism with what exactly? Dictatorial UN socialism? Redistribute what wealth exactly? After we’ve hobbled developed countries’ energy use, job creation, and wealth creation, what will be left? As poor countries get rich, do you UN bureaucrats intend to take and redistribute their wealth to “less fortunate” nations that still fail to use fossil fuels or get rid of their kleptocratic leaders?

Africans are not endangered by man-made climate change. They are threatened by the same droughts and storms they have confronted for millennia, and by the same corrupt leaders who line their own pockets with climate and foreign aid cash, while doing nothing for their people and nothing to modernize their countries. Africa certainly does not need yet more callous corruption dictating its future.

Pacific islanders likewise face no greater perils from seas rising at 7 inches per century, than they have from seas that rose 400 feet since the last Ice Age glaciers melted, and their coral islands kept pace with those ocean levels – unless they too fail to use fossil fuel (and nuclear) power to modernize.

The Morocco-­Paris­-Bali­-Rio man-made climate chaos mantra may protect people and planet from climate hobgoblins conjured up by garbage in­-garbage out computer models. But it will perpetuate energy and economic poverty, imposed on powerless populations by eco­-imperialist U.S., EU, and UN functionaries.

 

Virtually every other environmentalist dogma has similar effects.

Sustainability precepts demand that we somehow predict future technologies – and ensure that today’s resource needs “will not compromise” the completely unpredictable energy and raw material needs that those unpredictable technologies will introduce. They require that we safeguard the assumed needs of future generations, even when it means ignoring or compromising the needs of current generations – including the needs, aspirations, health, and welfare of the world’s poorest people.

Resource depletion claims routinely fail to account for hydraulic fracturing and other new technologies that increase energy and mineral supplies, reduce their costs – or decrease the need for previously essential commodities, as fiber optic cables reduced the need for copper.

Precautionary principles say we must focus on the risks of using chemicals, fossil fuels, and other technologies – but never focus on the risks of not using them. We are required to emphasize minor, alleged, manageable, exaggerated, or fabricated risks that a technology might cause, but ignore the risks it would reduce or prevent.

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Because of illusory risks from biotechnology, we are to banish GMO Golden Rice and bananas that are rich in beta­-carotene (which humans can convert into Vitamin A), and continue letting millions of children go blind or die. We are to accept millions more deaths from malaria, Zika, dengue, yellow fever, and other diseases, because of imagined dangers of using DDT and insecticides. Must we also accept millions of cancer deaths, because of risks associated with radiation and chemo therapies?

Over the past three decades, fossil fuels helped 1.3 billion more people get electricity and escape deadly energy and economic poverty – over 830 million because of coal. China connected 99% of its population to the grid, also mostly with coal, enabling its average citizens to be ten times richer and live 32 years longer than five decades previously.

But another 1.2 billion people (the U.S., Canadian, Mexican, and European populations combined) still do not have electricity. Another 2 billion have electrical power only sporadically and unpredictably and must still cook and heat with wood, charcoal, and animal dung. Hundreds of millions get horribly sick and five million die every year from lung and intestinal diseases, due to breathing smoke from open fires and not having refrigeration, clean water, and safe food. Because of climate “risks,” we are to let this continue.

Of course, as a young black California mother reminded me a few years ago, eco-­imperialism is not just a developing country issue. It is a global problem. “Because of their paranoid fear of sprawl,” LaTonya told me, “elitist eco­-imperialists employ endless regulations and restrictions that prevent upwardly ­mobile people of color from improving their lot in life. Only we, the wealthy and privileged, they seem to insist, can live in nice homes and safe neighborhoods, have good jobs, and enjoy modern lifestyles.”

 

RFK Jr.'s old home.

RFK Jr.’s old home.

 

These attitudes, mantras, ideologies, and policies are callous, immoral, eco-­imperialistic, and genocidal. They inflict unconscionable crimes against humanity on the poorest among us. They must no longer be tolerated.

Rich nations used fossil fuels to advance science, create wondrous technologies beyond previous generations’ wildest imaginings, eradicate killer diseases, increase life expectancy from 46 in 1900 to 78 today, and give even poor families better living standards than kings and queens enjoyed a century ago.

Instead of holding poor nations and billions of less fortunate people back still more decades, we are ethically bound to do everything we can to encourage and assist them to throw off their shackles, and join us among the world’s wealthy, healthy, technologically advanced nations.

http://www.cfact.org/2016/07/23/keeping-the-poor-impoverished/

 

Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for CFACT and author of Cracking Big Green and Eco-Imperialism: Green Power – Black Death.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2016 10:09 am

    Reblogged this on grumpydenier.

  2. July 30, 2016 10:11 am

    Another Driessen masterclass. Nails it.

  3. AndyG55 permalink
    July 30, 2016 10:13 am

    “Precautionary principles ”

    The CAGW fall-back position when they have LOST all rational arguments. !!

    • ray permalink
      July 31, 2016 9:59 am

      My precautionary principle : warm the globe as much as possible, and as quickly as possible – because you never know when the Ice Age will come back.

  4. July 30, 2016 10:13 am

    An excellent summation of the aims of our so called progressive enviromentalists

  5. July 30, 2016 10:41 am

    Here is my paper on sustainable development goals, a program that has since changed its name to global goals. it examines the idea of imposing climate action on poor countries as part of their development aid program.

    SDG: Climate Activism Disguised as Development Assistance http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2812034

  6. Jackington permalink
    July 30, 2016 10:56 am

    This why we need Donald not Hillary in the White House.

  7. David Richardson permalink
    July 30, 2016 11:54 am

    Absolutely spot on – thanks for directing us to that Paul. A brilliant summation of the immorality of the environmental movement and its political elite.

  8. July 30, 2016 12:52 pm

    ‘The Morocco-­Paris­-Bali­-Rio man-made climate chaos mantra may protect people and planet from climate hobgoblins conjured up by garbage in­-garbage out computer models.’

    The mantra may prevent some people from noticing that they’re being led up the garden path big time.

  9. markl permalink
    July 30, 2016 3:08 pm

    So the wealth redistribution plan is failing because the “givers” realize they will become impoverished themselves and the “receivers” don’t want welfare to replace prosperity. In the meantime the world has wasted $trillions trying to save itself from a non existent problem. Let this be a lesson in how media control breeds propaganda.

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