Way back in the 1984 presidential campaign, the eloquent Warren Beatty explained his enthusiasm for Gary Hart thusly: “He stands for ‘new ideas.’ And ‘new ideas’ mean, ‘You pay, mother——.’” Of course, that is not a new idea at all; it’s perhaps the Left’s oldest idea.
This burst of clarity came back to mind this morning when a new climate policy report from a consortium of European NGO goo-goos came over the transom, The Greenhouse Development Rights Framework. Now, there’s really nothing new in this report, but it is always helpful to be reminded of the irrepressible nature of these clowns, the essence of which can be found in just one or two sentences of the report, such as this:
To be clear, this does not mean that the countries in which poor people live are not required to cut their emissions, but rather that the global consuming class – both within these countries and especially in the industrialized countries – are the ones who must pay.
Doesn’t take much to decode what this means: it means, for wealthy industrialized nations, “You pay, mother. . .” As I told the House Foreign Affairs Committee in testimony last May:
The German newspaper Neue Zurcher Zeitung observed shortly before the Cancun summit last year: “The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.” What prompted this conclusion was a candid admission from a UN official closely involved with the climate negotiations, German economist Ottmar Edenhoffer: “But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. Obviously, the owners of coal and oil will not be enthusiastic about this. 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.”
It’s always useful to keep this in mind when talking about climate change, no matter what the scientific evidence might say (or not say).