Many environmental groups claim their actions and policies are necessary to save the planet from all sorts of real and imagined problems. As I’ve reported in a previous post (Climate and Communism) radical environmentalists don’t like capitalism because it impedes their utopian fantasy. For instance, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is reported to have said that democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. The really good model is communist China.
Recently, at a conference in Venezuela, 130 environmental groups signed a document called the Margarita Declaration (It’s in Spanish) in which they declared we must end capitalism to save the world from global warming. (See story in the Daily Caller.) “The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system,” reads the final draft of the report. These same activists not only want to end capitalism, but also U.N.-backed efforts to fight global warming — namely, cap-and-trade and forest conservation programs.
The enviro war on capitalism is not new, they have opposed almost all forms of energy, many mining ventures, and almost anything else that would disturb the environment (and it’s always the “pristine” environment.)
Back in 2011, an article in Forbes, asked “Does a liberal democracy have sufficient resolve to stomach the economic and political sacrifices required to stabilize global warming? A growing number of climate scientists believe the answer is ‘no.’ In their view, democratic institutions are perpetuating climate change by precluding implementation of the politically unpalatable actions needed to reduce the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”
What we really need according to the enviros is more command and control by government. And the Obama administration is complying. A 2012 report from the Heritage Foundation begins:
“During the first three years of the Obama Administration, 106 new major federal regulations added more than $46 billion per year in new costs for Americans. This is almost four times the number—and more than five times the cost—of the major regulations issued by George W. Bush during his first three years. Hundreds more regulations are winding through the rulemaking pipeline as a consequence of the Dodd–Frank financial-regulation law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s global warming crusade, threatening to further weaken an anemic economy and job creation.”
British journalist James Delinpole has a book titled “Watermelons – How environmentalists are killing the planet, destroying the economy and stealing your children’s future.” A review by John Brignell of Number Watch, begins:
“They are green on the outside, but under the skin the deepest of reds. Their methods are neo-Marxist, especially in the adoption of a form of Trotskyite entryism. The green veneer derives from their first successful coup in achieving control of the environmentalist group Greenpeace, resulting in the departure of original members such as Patrick Moore, the co-founder. Their subsequent success in infiltrating and taking control of leading institutions of politics, science and the media has been nothing less than extraordinary. The organization is diffuse, largely invisible and contains members who are highly various, ranging from violent revolutionaries to failed politicians who have turned their attention to personal wealth creation. In an age of specious conspiracy theories they have created the greatest and most lucrative conspiracy in the history of human civilization.”
Just think of the environmental state of capitalist countries versus dictatorships which the enviros seem to favor. In most communist countries in Europe, for instance, the environment was trashed in endless failed five-year plans.
Capitalists realized that it is in their best interest to keep the environment healthy because wealth is created from natural resources to produce capital goods and services. The more goods available to a society, the wealthier that society is. Reasonably unfettered capitalism is the best engine to produce those goods. In a capitalist society, even the poor are better off than those in non-capitalist countries; just compare the U.S. with some African countries. Many politicians, including many in the current crop, think the economy is a zero sum game. Hence they attempt to “redistribute the wealth” in the name of fairness. But their attempts to make things “fair” just decreases the size of the economic pie, to the detriment of all.
Beware of the environmental sophists, the self-appointed elitists who think they know better.