Written by Alex Newman | Monday, 07 January 2019
KATOWICE, Poland — Just a few weeks before the United Nations “climate change” summit in Poland, where more than 30,000 globalists and global warmists met to plot your future, outrage over carbon taxes in France imposed under the UN “Paris Agreement” finally boiled over. Hundreds of thousands of protesters were involved in everything from blocking traffic to taking over fuel depots. Wearing bright yellow vests, furious French citizens crushed by high taxes on fuel and energy poured into the streets. Their target: carbon taxes.
They demanded, among other things, that the global-warming policies imposed under the UN “Paris Agreement” be repealed — permanently. They also called for the politically toxic French President Emmanuel Macron to resign immediately. Sometimes, as happens often in French protests, citizens went overboard. But their point was made loud and clear — and Macron eventually had to back down, at least temporarily. The government finally agreed to delay the tax and listen to public concerns.
The timing could not have been more disastrous for Macron and the globalists hoping to use climate alarmism to reshape the world. Indeed, the protests were a frequent topic of conversation throughout the summit, even though the establishment media did their best to downplay the origin of the protests — the carbon tax imposed by French authorities. Not surprisingly, globalist PR experts put their own spin on the fiasco, claiming that the government should have offered more welfare to poorer citizens to bring them along. But virtually everybody, including the French government, recognized how bad the optics were.
Naturally, President Donald Trump, who has called the man-made global-warming hypothesis a “hoax,” could not resist the opportunity to strike back at Macron and rub it in. “I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago,” Trump wrote on social media on the first day of the UN summit. “The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters.”
A few days later, Trump had more to say on the subject. “The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France,” Trump wrote on December 8, trolling the UN summit and Macron, who had recently used vicious language to attack the “nationalism” promoted by Trump. “People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting ‘We Want Trump!’ Love France.” But Trump’s rejection of the UN scheme and the French uprising against it were hardly the only blows that knocked the wind out of COP24’s sails.
In Brazil, voters had just elected, in a landslide, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who campaigned on getting his country out of the Paris Agreement. Shortly before the summit began, the new administration announced that Brazil was no longer willing to host next year’s UN climate summit. Bolsonaro’s new foreign minister has publicly ridiculed the warming hypothesis as pseudo-scientific “dogma” by “cultural Marxists” to aid Communist China and destroy the Western world. During COP24, The New American asked at the Brazil booth whether Bolsonaro believed in the man-made global-warming hypothesis. “No comment,” said the first man. The second said: “I don’t think so.”
All of this and more hung over the UN climate summit like a black cloud, putting a serious chill on the warming alarmism.
Globalists Transforming the World
Despite the growing skepticism over “climate science” and “climate action” that threatened to upend the whole narrative, leading globalists doubled down. They also came out of the closet when it comes to the real agenda. As the summit kicked off, UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared that “climate action” offers a “compelling path to transform our world.” Even your “mind” must be transformed, he said. Many other proud socialists, communists, and globalists also called for using the man-made global-warming hypothesis to transform the world. And they are not kidding.
Leaders at the UN summit worked to exploit alarmism over the climate to restructure every aspect of human life. The sought-after global transformation will also involve more government promotion of feminism, planetary taxes on emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), and so much more, explained Guterres, a longtime socialist leader who led the Socialist International, an incredibly powerful global coalition of socialist and communist parties, before becoming UN boss. He also ludicrously claimed hurricanes that struck the Caribbean last year were “emergencies” that “are preventable,” as if hurricanes were caused by refusal to submit to carbon taxes quickly enough.
“It is hard to overstate the urgency of our situation,” Guterres continued in his speech. “Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption,” he said. “Nor are we doing enough to capitalize on the enormous social, economic, and environmental opportunities of climate action.” Again, “climate action” is the banner under which the UN and its member governments are hoping to transform society and the economy.
“Climate action offers a compelling path to transform our world for the better,” Guterres continued. “In short, we need a complete transformation of our global energy economy, as well as how we manage land and forest resources. We need to embrace low-carbon, climate-resilient sustainable development.” For those who are unfamiliar with UN-speak, “sustainable development” is code for government-directed development and global technocratic rule, and it encompasses everything from education and healthcare to land use and climate.
This “transformation” is planned to be achieved through the mechanisms agreed to by Obama and other leaders in 2015 at the UN climate summit in France. “The Paris Agreement provides a framework for the transformation we need,” Guterres said, calling for “concerted resource mobilization” (i.e., spending Western tax money) and “transformative climate action in five key economic areas — energy, cities, land use, water and industry.” Of course, this summit was designed to “operationalize” the Paris Agreement for precisely that purpose.
According to the UN boss, all of this transformative action must be geared toward moving humanity into what is euphemistically dubbed the “green economy.” Reading the descriptions given of this “green” economy over the years, it becomes immediately apparent that it is a lot like the “red economy” of yesteryear. The difference: The justification is primarily environmental in nature, rather than relying on the discredited communist ideology so tainted in the public mind following the institutionalized mass murder of over 100 million people just in the last century and the impoverishment of hundreds of millions more.
The green economy “means embracing carbon pricing,” Guterres continued, arguing that the gas exhaled by every human being is “pollution” that must be taxed and regulated. This green economy also means vastly increasing the scope of the welfare state and the level of dependence on government by individuals. Those workers whose “sectors” face “disruption” must have “retraining” from government, as well as a “social safety net.” In other words, when you lose your job due to the green economy, the government will take care of you and your family — maybe — making you utterly dependent for your daily bread.
At least $100 billion of wealth redistribution from the West to Third World governments annually would be a “positive political signal,” Guterres continued. This money is supposed to go into the UN Green Climate (Slush) Fund to help bribe poorer governments into cooperating with the scheme. More will be required later, naturally. At the moment, the U.S. government is prohibited by law from providing money to this fund, but Obama did it anyway, and the next president may try to do it as well.
Shortly after his initial speech, Guterres gave another, focusing on similar themes, including the “transformation of the real economy” that the UN and its member governments must oversee in energy, industry, nature, cities, and much more. “I count on multiple new transformational commitments from governments, business, finance and civil society in each of these areas,” he added. “To achieve genuine transformation in the real economy, we need national governments to play a crucial role in each of the robust coalitions which will deliver concrete transformative outcomes.”
Finally, the UN secretary-general made clear that even your mind was in the UN’s cross hairs. “The Paris Agreement is not a piece of paper. It is a historic compact among nations, a compact to ensure our survival,” he said, though the majority of the governments that got on board were totalitarian, including those led by mass murderers who enslave their nations — Kim Jong-un comes to mind. “This coming year we must put it to use to transform our economies, our minds, and our future.” This has been a recurring theme with the UN.
Of course, Guterres was not the first UN bigwig to let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Then-UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres dropped a bombshell during a 2012 press conference regarding the transformation UN bosses envision. “It must be understood that what is occurring here, not just in Doha, but in the whole climate change process is a complete transformation of the economic structure of the world,” she told the media — from sovereign states and capitalism to world government and socialism.
A few weeks before that, she told the U.K. Guardian that her job was to get governments, businesses, and society to make “the biggest transformation that they have ever undertaken.” She compared the transformation to the Industrial Revolution. “But it [the Industrial Revolution] wasn’t a guided transformation from a centralized policy perspective,” she explained. “This is a centralized transformation that is taking place.... It’s a very, very different transformation and one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different.”
In America, socialists are using virtually the exact same rhetoric. Speaking in December alongside self-described Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, self-styled “democratic socialist” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for using the climate agenda to implement her fringe vision for America. “[We] can use the transition to 100 percent renewable energy as the vehicle to truly deliver and establish economic, social and racial justice in the United State of America,” she exclaimed as COP24 was happening.
Indeed, globalists and socialists have repeatedly made clear that they view the phony “climate crisis” as an “opportunity” to achieve their “social” and “economic” goals — namely, wealth redistribution, government controls over ever-larger swaths of human activity, social engineering, and more. And throughout the conference, that was clearly on display as every globalist special interest group came to link its totalitarian agenda to the climate bandwagon.
All sorts of companies, non-profit groups, “religious” leaders, “civil society” organizations, Big Oil, and others were tripping over themselves to sign on. At an event featuring Guterres and other top UN bosses, for example, a number of globalist mega-banks with trillions of dollars in combined lending vowed to “put their balance sheets to work” in advancing the warmist agenda. “It shows that banks are becoming increasingly ready to take the bold steps needed to play our part in achieving a low-carbon economy,” said ING CEO Ralph Hamers, one of many cronies jumping on the bandwagon.
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