Paul Driessen

The Soviet Union’s demise ushered in manmade catastrophic global warming as the new “central organizing principle of civilization.” Now, global warming hysteria is giving way to a growing recognition that: climate change is primarily natural, cyclical and moderate; China, India and other poor countries will not sacrifice CO2-generating economic growth on the altar of speculative climate disaster; and carbon taxes strangle competitiveness, destroy jobs and send families into fuel poverty.

However, environmental activists know the key to power, control and fund-raising is the specter of disaster. Thus, even as climate chaos shrivels as an organizing principle, the United Nations and radical greens have inaugurated a new eco-Frankenstein monster.

The real threat to the planet, they now assert, is the impact of modern energy technologies and civilization on biodiversity. The case for saving species, they insist, is even “more powerful” than the need to address climate change. Of course, they have a plan.

They will preserve biodiversity by controlling not just land and energy use, but all human activity – under the auspices of the United Nations, expanded global government, and new regulations and taxes. Their efforts to preserve species, they claim, will generate benefits “worth $4-5 trillion per year” (based on computer models and unsupported assertions about the intrinsic value of species and biodiversity).

To accept these claims, one would need to believe in the IPCC, Stern Report, tooth fairy – and a UN system that will suddenly, magically ensure honesty, transparency, and accountability for misfeasance, malfeasance, fraud, misrepresentation, intimidation, and adverse impacts on people and wildlife.

One would also have to ignore this fact. The real threats to the world’s species are environmentalism, misguided environmental policies, and anti-technology zealotry. Here’s the tip of the iceberg.

* Intensive, unrelenting opposition to coal, gas, nuclear and hydroelectric plants for generating the electricity that two billion people worldwide so desperately need. Not only does this force people to rely on open fires for heating and cooking – perpetuating poverty, lung disease and premature death.

It also destroys mountain gorilla and other wildlife habitats, as people cut trees for fires and charcoal.

China and India no longer tolerate these policies and are self-financing hundreds of power plants, mostly coal-fired. But poor countries must still rely on World Bank loans – and thus must run gauntlets laid down by the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace and Obama administration, which steadfastly oppose construction of critically needed power plants.

Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen is senior policy adviser for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), which is sponsoring the All Pain No Gain petition against global-warming hype. He also is a senior policy adviser to the Congress of Racial Equality and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death.

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