White House using global warming as a tool against capitalism?

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President Barack Obama will star in next week’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, and is expected to push his “climate accord in lieu of treaty” strategy to bypass the necessary two-thirds Senate ratification vote, seeking a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” recalcitrant countries into emissions control commitments. But Obama’s speech may not be the most influential performance on the New York stage.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited heads of state to the Summit nine months ago, beginning the scramble to persuade world leaders to show up for his all-ceremony, no-negotiations pep rally, which was rejected by the heads of state of China, India, Germany, Australia, and Canada – and gave plenty of notice for left-leaning Non-Governmental Organizations to steal the show.

While Ban desperately hoped his Summit would “put climate change back on top of the international agenda,” to kickstart stagnated treaty talks and stifle yawns from the world public, veteran anti-fossil fuel campaigner Bill McKibben ramped up his 350.org network for a 2014 replay of his 2009 blitz of 5,200 simultaneous climate demonstrations in 181 countries trying to support the failed Copenhagen climate talks.

While Ban looked in dismay as world polls relegated global warming fears to dead last (including one which showed that half of Britiain’s members of parliament reject man-made climate change as a fact), 350.org was recruiting 1,207 allied groups with its $3.6 million revenue – 25 of them local 350.org chapters – to launch the progressive Left’s dream, a “grassroots global revolt as the key answer to the climate crisis.”

While Ban asked heads of state for “bold announcements and actions to reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will to build momentum for a meaningful universal climate agreement” at the crucial 2015 Paris climate talks, 350.org commissioned filmmakers to produce a new documentary film called Disruption, a melodramatic call for “social justice” in the form of “a mass social movement to disrupt the status quo and business-as-usual approach which is inhibiting the bold actions necessary to protect the planet’s future.”

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Two days before Obama’s Summit speech, “Climate Week NYC” will launch 350.org’s “bold actions” with the Climate People’s March & Mobilization. McKibben hopes to bus in over 100,000 protesters from the U.S. and Canada to bolster thousands of New Yorkers, all demanding that governments do a “fast” changeover to a no-carbon economy. So far, McKibben mobilizations are also set for London, Berlin, Paris, Delhi, Rio and Melbourne.

McKibben’s mobilization has its own handbook, written by 350.org board member Naomi Klein and titled, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. The newly published book concentrates on the evils of corporations, Big Green groups colluding with industry, the infallibility of climate science, and more evils of corporations.

However, the real core of 350.org’s mobilization is more bluntly stated in a cover article Klein wrote for the November 2011 issue of The Nation (the self-described “flagship of the left).” Klein reported on one of the conservative Heartland Institute’s International Conferences on Climate Change with its hundreds of climate skeptics who saw political agendas behind climate alarmism, and she did something remarkable: she admitted that the left really is using global warming as a tool in its campaign against capitalism, and urged leftists to stop denying and trying to hide the fact.

Klein wrote, “It is true that responding to the climate threat requires strong government action at all levels. But real climate solutions are ones that steer these interventions to systematically disperse and devolve power and control to the community level, whether through community-controlled renewable energy, local organic agriculture or transit systems genuinely accountable to their users. Arriving at these new systems is going to require shredding the free-market ideology. So when the Heartlanders react to evidence of human-induced climate change as if capitalism itself were coming under threat, it’s not because they are paranoid. It’s because they are paying attention.”

Her shredding machine is adapted from standard Leftist Utopia dogma: government will pay for everything

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein

with seized corporate profits, it will dismantle the fossil fuel infrastructure, mandate public transit instead of cars, allow only no-carbon energy sources, pretend to feed 318 million Americans from community organic farms, create make-work jobs for the disemployed, regulate personal incomes with caps and subsidies, and so on. Read The Nation article and see for yourself.

Heartland’s President, Joseph Bast, said, “Naomi Klein is willing to say publicly what everyone in the climate change debate knows, that the left is only interested in the topic because it can be used to justify its anti-capitalist agenda. The only science they care about is political science, not climate science. Klein is no farther to the left than President Obama, just a lot more honest when discussing climate change.”

The words may be different, but it’s a good bet that President Obama will be reading from Naomi Klein’s Capitalism vs. the Climate mobilization handbook at Climate Summit 2014.



About the Author: Ron Arnold

Ron Arnold

Ron is a free enterprise activist, author, and newspaper columnist. He pioneered methods to expose the money and power of Big Green in nine books and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. He mentors promising activists and writers as a civic duty.

  • tapscottmark

    Guess that pretty much wraps it up in one neat little ball – What global warming is about is global warming, it’s finishing what Karl Marx started.

  • EcoAnalyst

    As usual, Ron gets it absolutely correct. He has been following, examining, interviewing and “outing” these fanatical groups and their ideologies and programs for decades. Whether they call it global warming, climate change, extreme weather, sustainable development, the precautionary principal, resource depletion or environmental justice — their true goals have always been shackling, slashing and ultimately ending fossil fuel use, free enterprise capitalism and modern living standards. And when people’s lives are disrupted or people die, they are to be held absolutely blameless and unaccountable. AND they have no intention of being held to the same standards of law and living conditions they impose on everyone else.
    But as a $13-billion-a-year industry in the USA alone, and with legions of government bureaucrats supported by billions of taxpayer dollars, they can and do get away with it.
    How long will the rest of humanity stand for it?

  • Timothy_Bair

    It is quite clear given the exposure of emails in recent years and even despite the clear criminal fraud against US and other taxpayers by various members of these groups worldwide exposed for all to see and their organized crime and conspiracy and espionage against the United States and others to exact and extort revenues to further their globalist totalitarian agenda, NOT ONE of these people has yet gone to prison for these crimes.

    This is not going to end well for them. We rely faithfully upon those with evidence to maintain their due diligence and bring forward that evidence when the time comes for their trials for seditious treason, espionage, extortion, and other High Crimes when the time comes.

    Ex Injuria Jus Non Oritur

  • Mr_Constitution

    EcoAnalyst, AMEN brother. The key is destroying these darn NGOs. Even more important is our constant re-education of the great unwashed, uninformed that line our streets. It is THE reason that Obama was re-elected. I was just out to western NC on Saturday picketing FOR Fracking in NC even though NC doesn’t have many good mining ops for same. Most if any would have to be off shore.

    But the ANTI_Frackers tried their Pseudo science against us. I did get a minute or so on TV to present my support for not having to buy ARAB oil. We have to win. Perhaps by continuing to push for clean oil, gas etc. methods and selling it to ourselves, we could become totally independent. Wouldn’t that be something?

  • WAX

    Breaking News–The 1576 active Volcanoes Worldwide have declined to attend the UN Climate Summit next week. “THE VOLCANO NATION” is responsible for over 99%of CO2 injected into the atmosphere ,but have refused thus far to be EPA Regulated or participate in purchasing Carbon Credits,The Obama Administration will direct Joe Biden,John Kerry and Valerie Jarret to meet with the “THE VOLCANO NATION” this weekend to work out guidelines they feel appropriate .Obama has promised to Issue an Executive Order to force THE VOLCANO NATION to comply.He has his pen and phone and ready to issue that this entity conform or quit spewing prior to the mid-term election.We’ll update as information becomes available-On Guard Til Seal is Broken!!!

  • alpha2actual

    Tapia Granados in the online Marxist magazine, The Monthly Review, argues that the current capitalist system “has to die to allow for human progress” such as dealing with supra-national issues such as global warming. Threats such as these are so serious, he believes, that not only capitalism, but also national government must go. Only world socialism, it seems, can save us. “Capitalism will have to disappear to allow for a system more in agreement with the present stage of human civilization. That stage has led us to form a global society in which national states and governments have become historical relics, increasingly unable to cope with worldwide problems that require worldwide solutions.”

    Gus Hall, National chairman of the Communist Party: “Human society cannot basically stop the destruction of the environment under capitalism. Socialism is the only structure that makes it possible.”

    Christine Stewart Canadian Environment Minister said, “No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral environmental benefits . . . Climate change provides the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.”

  • alpha2actual

    Welcome to the mindset of the Eco Socialist, no kidding look it up. Their vision is a Post Capitalist Utopian conformist society. Their most pressing challenge, how to redistribute wealth from the producers to the parasites.The liberal billionaire who clamors about sustainability likes progress. What he dislikes is the middle class with its mass produced cars and homes, cheap restaurants full of fatty foods and television sets and daily deliveries of cardboard boxes full of stuff and shopping malls. He thinks, in all sincerity, that they would be happier and more spiritually fulfilled as peasants. Beneath all the empty chatter about social riches and sustainability is that need to impose progressive misery. Beneath the glossy surface of environmentalism is a vision of the American middle class learning to dig through bags of garbage, the detritus of their consumerism for which they must be punished, to become better people.