Climate chaos begins today. Exactly 500 days ago, John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius held a joint press conference at the State Department and prophesied the world had that amount of time to forestall global environmental catastrophe.
Yet, the sun is shining and it’s a balmy 66 degrees Fahrenheit by the Weather Underground in New York City today where global superpowers are meeting at the United Nations and listening to Pope Francis introduce a right to the environment.
At the same time, Chinese president Xi Jinping, whose government recently announced it will institute a cap-and-trade systems to curb carbon emissions, is scheduled to meet with President Obama.
Nowhere does there seem to be any sense of irony at the timing: as world leaders continue to ramp up the desperate tones of their rhetoric, their past predictions of the world’s forthcoming doom are proved false.
The real problem with the proposed environmental-saving regulations pushed by various leftists around their globe is the massive constrictions it would place on capitalist transactions. The power of industrialization, making goods and services readily available and at lower prices, alone is responsible for lifting millions out of poverty.
It is what makes wealth so readily available, allowing humanitarian groups to bring relief to those parts of the world who are outside of the purview of the myriad benefits of the free market.
Funny that figures like Obama and His Holiness preach this sort of love for the world’s paupers advocate precisely this kind of charitable action through their social justice rhetoric yet, in the same breath, condemn the actions that make it possible and advocate policies which would assure many of the most vulnerable would remain impoverished.
So perhaps Kerry and Fabius were correct in a way. The successful implementation of the U.N. climate agenda being promulgated today would result in chaos. The environment, assuming of course one can empirically prove that there is a climate stasis which must be maintained, might be saved, but to what end if its human inhabitants are threatened?