We owe a debt of gratitude to “former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer” for his honesty concerning that area in which he is most expert:
“One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.
So what is the goal of environmental policy?
“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.
Climate is a pretense. Of course, not every politician and activist who genuflects toward the gods of climate change wants global socialism. Some are true believers and some invest a much smaller amount of personal showmanship in the cause for much smaller payoffs, like winning campaign contributions and votes from true believers among the public.
But here’s an imaginative exercise that I’d love folks who don’t do a double-take when people like the president of the United States proclaim that climate change is a national security issue for the military: How would your reaction change if you came across irrefutable evidence — like the plot twist in a mid-’90s movie — that Mr. Edenhofer isn’t some wild ideologue who somehow let his mask slip, but is, in fact, correct about the motivation for pushing climate change as an issue?
I’m honestly curious. Would you reconsider? Would you adjust your rationale for your current views? Of are the implications of that possibility too frightening even to consider as a possibility?