Spun up on the topic of climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry has been letting some problematic phrases fly out into public awareness. Here he is talking about how binding the United States even to impossible standards for green living would essentially be pointless:
… The fact is that even if every American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes, if we each planted a dozen trees, if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, guess what – that still wouldn’t be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world.
If all the industrial nations went down to zero emissions –- remember what I just said, all the industrial emissions went down to zero emissions -– it wouldn’t be enough, not when more than 65% of the world’s carbon pollution comes from the developing world.
But this, from the same speech, is what really gives the game away:
Addressing climate change will require a fundamental change in the way that we decide to power our planet. And our aim can be nothing less than a steady transformation of a global economy.
The global ruling class wants the authority to dictate around the globe how people and businesses collect and use energy. To help developing countries address the burden, governments in wealthy countries will confiscate money from their own people and deliver it to poorer countries. This will help the leaders (often dictatorships of one kind or another) maintain a minimal standard of living without having to loosen economic policy or allow alternative sources of power (as through successful businesses) develop beyond their control.
Meanwhile, much of the wealth being redirected will simply go to well-connected cronies providing this alternative energy. Because their technologies require subsidies, this switch also eliminates the energy sector of the economy as a source of wealth and power beyond the reach of government, making the rise of future Koch Bros. impossible.
This explains the repeated insistence (for decades, now) that this is the last chance to stop the end of the world. It explains why useful idiots like Harrison Ford proclaim the risk of human extinction. Appearing before the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, writer Mark Steyn explained the McCarthyism of the climate science cabal by saying the cabal gives itself license for inappropriate behavior because “it’s no longer about “meteorology”, it’s about saving the planet.”
At that level of urgency, all quaint traditions about rights go out the window. That should not be acceptable.