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How widespread is the “green” corruption? Is the UN a force for good?
By Eric Worrall – WUWT
A team of scientists appointed by the United Nations has reported that a free market system cannot provide the economic transition required to defeat climate change.
Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism’s Imminent Demise
By Nafeez Ahmed
Aug 28 2018, 1:40am
A climate change-fueled switch away from fossil fuels means the worldwide economy will fundamentally need to change.
Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We’re transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation of the planet’s environmental resources.
Climate change and species extinctions are accelerating even as societies are experiencing rising inequality, unemployment, slow economic growth, rising debt levels, and impotent governments. Contrary to the way policymakers usually think about these problems, the new report says that these are not really separate crises at all.
For the “first time in human history,” the paper says, capitalist economies are “shifting to energy sources that are less energy efficient.” This applies to all forms of energy. Producing usable energy (“exergy”) to keep powering “both basic and non-basic human activities” in industrial civilisation “will require more, not less, effort.”
The shift to renewables might help solve the climate challenge, but for the foreseeable future will not generate the same levels of energy as cheap, conventional oil.
The new report is available here
From the report;
… Rapid economic transition requires proactive governance – markets cannot accomplish the task
It is clear from these examples that strong political governance is required to accomplish the key transitions. Market-based action will not suffice – even with a high carbon price. There must be a comprehensive vision and closely coordinated plans. Otherwise, a rapid system-level transformation toward global sustainability goals is inconceivable. Mazzucato (2013, 2018) has examined this topic from the perspective of innovation policy and argues that historically, major system-level innovations such as the US Apollo program have required the state to set the mission and coordinate and finance much of the related research and development. According to her research, achieving system-level transition has required and will require proactive mission-oriented innovation – it will not be enough for the state to fix “market failures” reactively. Of course, innovation alone is not enough, and we will return to the question of limiting resource use and organizing jobs below. …
No doubt the United Nations will step in to provide the necessary strong governance if we ask them to.
Report: The “Billion-Dollar Per Year Climate Industry” is Trying to Weaponize State Attorneys General
- A new report digs deeper into the ties between Democratic state attorneys general and environmental activists.
- The report is based on two-and-a-half years of government documents gathered by Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner.
- Horner exposes a “law enforcement for hire” scheme between Bloomberg Philanthropies and state attorneys general.
A new report based on documents collected over two-and-a-half years through open records requests outlines an “elaborate campaign” by the “billion-dollar per year climate industry” to weaponize state attorneys general (AGs) in service of the global warming agenda.
That campaign culminated in what the report labels “law enforcement for hire” because it allows political donors to pay for state prosecutors “in the service of an ideological, left-wing, climate policy agenda.”
“It represents private interests commandeering the state’s police powers to target opponents of their policy agenda and to hijack the justice system as a way to overturn the democratic process’s rejection of a political agenda,” Competitive Enterprise senior fellow Chris Horner wrote in his report, a copy of which was given to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Horner builds on initial reporting by TheDCNF about Bloomberg Philanthropies’ funding of legal fellows to advance “progressive clean energy, climate change, and environmental legal positions” at AG offices.
Horner’s report goes more in-depth, drawing on more than two years of government records requests, many of which he had to sue unwilling AGs offices for. Horner wrote that states “routinely force litigation before releasing the relevant public records.”
Horner’s report details the actions of a group of AGs and activists, led by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, that eventually led to former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg paying for “legal fellows” to work in state law enforcement.
Schneiderman led some states to investigate oil giant ExxonMobil for allegedly misleading investors and the public about the severity of man-made global warming. His broader coalition, called AGs United For Clean Power, promised to work together to advance a climate agenda, but that coalition seems to have fallen apart since its inception in 2016.
At least six state AG offices had taken on Bloomberg-funded legal fellows, Horner reported, including Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia.
Salaries and benefits for legal fellows are paid for by the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center (SEEIC) at the New York University School of Law, which was started with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2017.
Bloomberg is reportedly considering a presidential run as a Democrat and has a long record of environmental activism. Through his nonprofit, Bloomberg launched campaigns to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate agreement and bankrolled climate campaigns to push green energy and close coal-fired power plants.
SEEIC and participating state AGs maintain that the use of privately-funded lawyers is legal and brings up no ethical concerns, but Horner questioned these claims.
Based on documents he’s obtained, Horner wrote the scheme “uses nonprofit organizations as pass-through entities by which donors can support elected officials to, in turn, use their offices to advance a specific set of policies favored by said donors.”
Horner also argued that these sorts of arrangements could be used to go after political opponents — such as fossil fuel companies and conservative groups — of Bloomberg or any other potential donor.
In fact, the New York AG’s office said they had a need for a privately-funded attorney to work on “building models for two different types of common law cases to seek compensation” from fossil fuel companies.
A handful of cities and counties have sued dozens of fossil fuel companies over the alleged damages caused by man-made global warming. New York City was one of those cities, but their lawsuit was thrown out in July.
Horner also noted that to get SEEIC funding, states had to “promise that this work would not get done but for this private funding” and promise to employ their privately-funded attorney to “advance progressive clean energy, climate change, and environmental legal and policy positions.”
States’ agreement with SEEIC also asked AGs to coordinate with them and “interested allies on legal, regulatory, and communications efforts regarding clean energy, climate change, and environmental issues.”
Climate alarmists throw temper tantrum, refuse to debate skeptics
- Sixty global warming “campaigners” signed a letter calling on the media to keep skeptics out of their coverage.
- In their public letter, signatories said they would no longer appear in the media alongside their critics.
- “We are no longer willing to lend our credibility to debates over whether or not climate change is real.”
Dozens of politicians, environmentalists, scientists and other global warming activists signed a letter announcing their refusal to take part in public debates with people critical of their global warming claims — in the name of science, of course.
“We are no longer willing to lend our credibility to debates over whether or not climate change is real. It is real. We need to act now or the consequences will be catastrophic,” reads the letter signed by 60 self-described “campaigners.”
The letter, published in The Guardian on Sunday, calls on the media to end the “false equivalence between an overwhelming scientific consensus and a lobby, heavily funded by vested interests” when it comes to global warming.
“As campaigners and thinkers who are led by science and the precautionary principle, and who wish to debate the real and vital issues arising from human-triggered climate change, we will not assist in creating the impression that climate denial should be taken seriously by lending credence to its proponents, by entertaining ideas that lack any basis in fact,” they wrote.
“Therefore we will no longer debate those who deny that human-caused climate change is real. There are plenty of vital debates to be had around climate chaos and what to do about it; this is simply no longer one of them. We urge broadcasters to move on, as we are doing,” they wrote.
Climate scientist Judith Curry, a veteran researcher and skeptic of claims of catastrophic warming, noted that “few of these signatories could credibly debate the complex science of what is causing climate change and its impacts.”
Very few of these signatories could credibly debate the complex science of what is causing climate change and its impacts, and how climate might change in the 21st century.
— Judith Curry (@curryja) August 27, 2018
Michael Liebreich, a prominent U.K. conservative and founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, chastised the 60 letter signatories for running from public debates.
Oh dear, 60 bien-pensant climate experts refuse to do do media if their views will be challenged. Climate change, its impacts and responses have to be debated. If an anti-science idiot is on the show, just mock them with their previous stupid statements. https://t.co/sbCCEmP17L
— Michael Liebreich (@MLiebreich) August 27, 2018
Refusing to debate those skeptical of catastrophic global warming is nothing new. A similar trend emerged a few years ago that included environmentalists and prominent scientists refusing to debate global warming skeptics in the media.
NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt refused to debate Roy Spencer, a skeptic climatologist at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, on Fox Business in 2013. Schmidt came on the show, but would not appear on TV simultaneously with Spencer.
Fox Business host John Stossel also asked the Union of Concerned Scientists if they would debate Spencer, but they said doing so “would be doing the public a disservice because it would give [his] extreme ideas credibility.”
In another instance, Hollywood producer James Cameron cancelled a debate with Climate Depot publisher Marc Morano in 2010, Morano told The Daily Caller News Foundation in 2014.
“In 2010, I was set to debate Hollywood producer James Cameron after weeks of negotiations, only to have the debate cancelled at the last moment when my plane landed in Colorado for the debate,” said Morano, a prominent global warming skeptic.
The 60 signatories of the letter published in The Guardian dismissed concerns that calling for global warming skeptics to be marginalized infringed on their freedom of speech.
“Fringe voices will protest about ‘free speech,’” they wrote. “No one should prevent them from expressing their views, whether held cynically or misguidedly. However, no one is obliged to provide them with a platform, much less to appear alongside them to give the misleading impression that there is something substantive to debate.”
“When there is an article on smoking, newspapers and broadcasters no longer include lobbyists claiming there are no links to cancer. When there’s a round-the-world yacht race we don’t hear flat-earthers given airtime: ‘This is madness; they’ll sail off the edge!’ the letter’s signatories wrote.
Knowing all that, censorship by social media makes a lot of sense, – of course they are part of the corruption
Donald Trump: ‘Social Media Giants’ Silencing Millions on Facebook and Twitter
President Donald Trump continued his criticism of big tech companies on Friday for silencing users on sites like Facebook and Twitter.
“Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people,” Trump warned on Twitter.
The president argued that social media censorship was the wrong response, even if that meant people were subject to news from CNN.
“Can’t do this even if it means we must continue to hear Fake News like CNN, whose ratings have suffered gravely,” he wrote.
Trump continues to highlight the issue of social media censorship ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
He indicated that Americans should be allowed to decide for themselves what is true, rather than tech companies removing content they do not approve of.
“People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!” he wrote:
Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people. Can’t do this even if it means we must continue to hear Fake News like CNN, whose ratings have suffered gravely. People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018
For the climate fraud to succeed the corruption has to be organized and it has to control “everything”, from free speech, elections to the law enforcement!