Climate change has been an obsession of the left over the past decades. Globalist leaders argue that it is the greatest threat on Earth. Most often, the prescribed plans for combating climate change involve heavy government regulation of the energy sector. They believe that Fossil fuels are evil, and must be eradicated. This is universally agreed upon within the left. The only disagreements arise when it comes to an outright ban, or a more gradual phasing out of fossil fuel use.
In 2017, President Trump made heads explode when he withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. His critics used this as an opportunity to push the “Trump doesn’t believe in science” narrative that is still being used.
The (unverified) President-Elect, Joe Biden, has stated that he will re-enter the agreement once he takes office. Biden has also declared that certain countries will be deemed “climate outlaws”. Brazil is one of the countries on the outlaw list, while the world’s leading carbon producer, China, is not.
It’s worth going into the details of the agreement. What did America gain or lose from it?
According to this article in The Hill, President Obama committed the United States to a 26 to 28 percent reduction in carbon emission reduction in upon joining the agreement in 2015. China made a similar commitment, but also planned to double its GDP from 2010 to 2020. Doing both would be virtually impossible. It’s worth noting that China also accounts for more than a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions.
Despite leaving the agreement, the US has continued to lower emissions, largely due to cleaner burning natural gas. Ironically, fracking which allows natural gas to be extracted, is very unpopular among climate zealots. Despite it being much cleaner compared to coal, globalists will still label it a fossil fuel that kills 10,000 polar bears a year.
It’s almost as if the global climate community isn’t actually about combating climate change. It is a circle jerk for globalist elites who look down on nationalist leaders like Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and President Trump. Various climate initiatives seem to do little to actually make a dent in carbon emissions, but do plenty to handcuff industry and put power in the hands of unelected bureaucrats. Elites get to feel virtuous, everyone else gets the shaft.
Anyone who reads between the lines will see a pattern. Global government initiatives and governing bodies like the Paris Climate Agreement, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations don’t serve a purpose for everyday citizens. Under a Biden Administration, these groups would once again have more power and influence on American citizens, despite being corrupt and not reflecting American values.
The WHO covered for China early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN routinely excuses human rights abuses in China and repressive middle eastern countries while lecturing about systemic racism and gender equality.
There are obviously ways to combat climate change without going all in on globalist initiatives. You can promote recycling and reducing common usage of water and electricity. Never buy into this idea that climate change is the greatest or “existential” threat to our way of life. This is exactly what the globalist establishment wants you to believe.