Ever since Obama’s re-election the climate campaign and the energy-from-carrot-juice enthusiasts have had a new spring in their step. They really think that a carbon tax, global climate treaty, and a windmill in every garage is now assured because of The One.
So it’s been hard to pick a truly deserving Power Line Green Weenie from among the horde of preening weenies certain salvation is at hand. Take, for instance, Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary—I emphasize “executive” because that’s how you tell she doesn’t take dictation from the Security Council—of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change or UNFCCC. (Idle curiosity: If the UN Special Commission, UNSCOM, was acronymically pronounced “uns-com,” what is the UNFCCC called in colloquial speech? I think even Power Line’s dimmest trolls can make this out.)
Anyway, Figueres thought she’d advance the climate cause in a recent interview in The Guardianthat has to be read in its entirety to appreciate the serial vacuousness of the climate campaign’s tired clichés, but if you’re short of time, just take in her concluding comment, where she described the drive for global climate policy as
the biggest transformation that [modern nations] have ever undertaken. The Industrial Revolution was also a transformation, but it wasn’t a guided transformation from a centralized policy perspective. This is a centralized transformation that is taking place because governments have decided that they need to listen to science. So it’s a very, very different transformation and one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different.
Yeah, that’s the ticket: call for centralized global policy. The lack of central government planning and control really was the shame of the Industrial Revolution, wasn’t it? Is she secretly on Marc Morano’s payroll?
“What if I told you pedophilia is good for children, or that asbestos is an excellent inhalant for those with asthmatics, or that smoking crack is a normal part and a healthy one of teenage life, to be encouraged? You’d rightly find it outrageous, but there have been similar statements coming out of inexpert mouths, distorting the [climate] science.”
And I thought our Robin Williams (the actor/comedian) could be a bit nutty at times. After this, I won’t feel so bad about being charged with being the moral equivalent of a tobacco scientist. Next time a climateer calls me the moral equivalent of an evil Nazi tobacco scientist, I’ll enjoy mocking him as an underachiever.