Fight against gas emissions not joint effort
July 23, 2009
Freedom New Mexico
Resistance is building to utopian schemes to combat global warming as nations refuse to sacrifice their own economic prosperity.
The Obama administration’s domestic powers to tax and regulate industries and individuals into compliance lose their clout at the border.
Nations like China, India and Brazil see little to gain by going along with drastic greenhouse gas reductions that would dramatically curtail their economic growth. Even presumed allies in this needless war against carbon dioxide flinch as real costs become evident.
The best the Group of Eight industrialized nations could muster this month was a nonbinding agreement to try to prevent global temperatures from increasing 2 degrees Celsius by cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Even so, these self-appointed leaders in the war on global warming couldn’t even reach consensus on what year to use as the starting point.
“How can you say you will achieve a cut of ‘x’ amount if you don’t even define what the baseline is, what the benchmark is?” scoffed Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change.
Then there’s the problem of global compliance. “Even if all G-8 countries cut their emissions, we will not meet the 2-degree goal without the emerging economies,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel confessed.
Recent talks between the administration and China resulted unsurprisingly in nothing substantive. China insists industrialized nations must transfer green technology to poorer nations to curb their emissions, and even commit 1 percent of their own economic worth to underwrite poorer nations’ efforts. In short, developing nations will retard their own economies only if developed nations pay for it.
“Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa questioned the G-8 resolution and rejected the imposition of aims that would adversely affect their development and fight against poverty,” China’s Xinhua News Agency reported.
As Congress rams through a Draconian global warming bill to raise domestic electricity rates $846 billion in the next decade, momentum beyond our borders is waning.
One of Great Britain’s largest so-called green-energy employers, the type supposedly to prosper from such global warming legislation, announced it will move production of 7,000 wind turbines to Germany, Denmark and China. Even subsidized, favored green industries feel the pinch when government increases costs of carbon-intensive energy to promote a switch to greener power.
Global warming alarmists and their champions in the White House fail to consider that nations, like corporations and individuals, ultimately act in their own interest. China fears U.S. efforts to reduce developing nations’ carbon footprint will slow economic growth, as do India, Brazil and other nations outside the hubristic G-8.
Utopian global warming pipe dreams are running up against reality.