If you think the U.N. climate summit in Cancun November 29 through December 10 is about fixing Earth’s climate woes, think again.
German economist Ottmar Edenhofer, an official with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said in an interview with Neue Zürcher Zeitung on November 14:
… it’s a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization. The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War. … we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. … One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore ….
The reason? Edenhofer explains: “causes of climate change lie in the north and the consequences in the south.” Consequently, “one cannot solve the climate problem alone, but it has to be linked to other problems. There must be penalties and incentives: global CO2-tariffs and technology transfer.” I.e., for the climate change it’s allegedly already caused, the developed world’s got to pay the developing world—and the bill will be trillions of dollars.
Last year in Copenhagen for COP-15 I viewed thousands of protesters carrying signs saying, “System Change, Not Climate Change!” Edenhofer’s comment makes the signs’ meaning clear: Reject capitalist, economic globalization and replace it with socialist, governmental globalization—and redistribute wealth from the West to the rest and political power from dispersed, sovereign nations accountable to their citizens to the centralized, unaccountable U.N.
COP-16 has the same aim. In 1994, the U.N. Development Program, in its Human Development Report, said:
We strongly believe that the United Nations must become the principal custodian of our global human security. … Global taxation may become necessary … to achieve the goals of global human security. Some of the promising new sources include tradable permits for global pollution, a global tax on non-renewable energy, demilitarization funds and a small transaction tax on speculative international movements of foreign exchange funds.
That, not climate fixing, is what COP-16 is really all about. COP-15 was a dud. Pray that COP-16 will be, too.
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