Profound lifestyle changes heading your way

Ruling elites would ban energy development and live well, while commoners cut way back

“Dangerous man-made climate change” still animates Democrat and liberal politics.tesla

The mantra is driven by computer models that assume carbon dioxide drives climate change, temperature data “homogenized” by activist scientists, and billions of taxpayer dollars spent annually on biased climate “studies.”

It’s used to justify a war on coal, restrictions on drilling and driving, cap-tax-and-trade schemes, wind and solar mandates, subsidies as high as $45,000 per electric car, higher fuel and electricity prices, and racketeering laws to prosecute anyone who questions the catechism of climate cataclysm.

But even all these actions are insufficient, we’re now told. The 2015 Paris climate pact necessitates even stronger actions – “profound lifestyle changes,” according to a new European Commission report.

Even though carbon dioxide emissions have declined significantly overall and per unit of economic output, it’s not enough, European Union regulators claim. People must significantly reduce their energy consumption, “greenhouse gas” emissions, and living standards.

The document targets EU families, but its assertions apply with equal or greater force to Americans. Its prescriptions will likely be draconian.

However, they will certainly be embraced by the Obama Administration and any government under Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders – all of whom espouse climate chaos claims and prefer a heavy-handed bureaucratic state to seeking compromise and accommodation with a reluctant Congress.

hungryNearly two billion people still have extremely limited or zero access to electricity. Even environmentalists want to change that and improve those people’s living standards, health, and welfare – just not too much, as that would be unsustainable and harmful to the climate. Meanwhile, significantly reducing developed nation levels would be “environmental justice,” equitable, sustainable, and better for the climate.

The EU document did not specify the exact nature of these profound lifestyle changes. It merely said they would require a “wide societal debate.” Executive edicts are much more likely.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says one approach could be eating less red meat. That would reduce cancer and heart attacks, he argues – and help prevent climate change, since cattle, pigs, and sheep emit carbon dioxide and methane, another supposedly “dangerous” greenhouse gas that constitutes an infinitesimal 0.0002% of Earth’s atmosphere (two cents out of $10,000).

As an alternative protein source, Annan paraphrases Marie Antoinette: Let them eat bugs. “Insects have a very good conversion rate Marie-Antoinette-2-ABfrom feed to meat,” he says. “They make up part of the diet of two billion people and are commonly eaten in many parts of the world.”

It’s difficult to imagine the next UN-IPCC climate conference serving roasted roaches, instead of the usual 5-star cuisine – in Lagos, Dhaka, or some other locale on the World’s Worst Cities list, instead of in Bali or Paris. Ditto for the White House or the EPA cafeteria.

The worlds’ ruling elites prefer to tell citizens to do as they say, not follow their example. One can easily picture an Eco-Hunger Games, where The Capital’s inhabitants live very well, while offering commoners out in The Districts savory recipes for boiled low-salt seaweed and solar-roasted locusts, accompanied by little cups of recycled “gray water” as a wholesome alternative to super-sized sodas.

Cowboy comedian Will Rogers used to say, “with Congress, every time they make a joke it’s a law. And every time they make a law it’s a joke.” But this is no laughing matter.

Those who seek to regulate our lives, livelihoods, and living standards want us to pay more for virtually everything, especially the energy that heats our homes, cooks our food, and powers the cars they don’t want us to drive. They prefer to blanket America with subsidized wind turbines and solar panels, and make reliable, affordable oil, gas, and coal off limits.

Thanks to hydraulic fracturing, U.S. oil and natural gas production has soared, numerous jobs have been created, foreign oil imports are down, and lower oil and natural gas prices have put an extra $1,200 a year in the average American family’s bank account.

Now Mr. Sanders is sponsoring a bill to keep America’s energy “in the ground.” Ms. Clinton would ban all resource extraction on federal lands and regulate “fracking” into oblivion. They will make sure we “run out” of hydrocarbon energy, by locking it up.

Climate alarmists are upset that average annual global temperatures have risen 1º C (1.8º F) since around 1850, when the Industrial Revolution began – and the five-century-long Little Ice Age ended. They claim that banning fossil fuels, slashing emissions of plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide, and shriveling modern economies and living standards will prevent a “disastrous” additional 0.5º C increase.

They never explain how plant, animal, and human lives are worse today than during the pre-industrial, Little Ice Age era – or why faster CO2-driven crop and forest growth is bad for a slightly warmer planet. They focus solely on alleged risks of using fossil fuels – and ignore their incredible blessings.

The stakes are high in these 2016 elections. Not only our energy, economic and employment future, not just our freedom of speech and association in the face of IRS, EPA, UN and leftist intimidation are at risk – but maybe also the right to enjoy a juicy steak, instead of a bug or slug.

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About the Author: Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for CFACT and author of Cracking Big Green and Eco-Imperialism: Green Power - Black Death.

  • Arizona

    THE COMMIES are destroying this country,and NO ONE who has a brain in their head,is saying ITS “NIBIRU DUMMIES” if this nation weren’t so cowardly and yellow,ALL these climate scientists,and politicians would be looking for a place to hide,as they’d be the most hunted animals in the forest,BUT yes that day is coming and real soon too…….HELL is coming to breakfast,and its only days away……….

  • Sam

    Hasn’t the world already heard, “let them eat cake” before and how well did that condescending shit go for the controlling career criminal elite class in France?

  • william mony

    These people want us to sacrifice but they will not-look at the clown Obama and his mate Michael to see what these moochers will travel the world polluting but you and I foot the bills
    hell awaits them

  • Dano2

    Mendacious: driven by computer models that assume carbon dioxide drives climate change

    Best,

    D

  • Dano2

    Weak accusation with no evidence: “homogenized” by activist scientists,

    Best,

    D

  • Dano2

    Unable to quantify in any way whatsoever: biased climate “studies.”

    Best,

    D

  • Dano2

    Evidenceless whine (unless poor hapless Paul means “the market’s war on coal”, then accurate): a war on coal

    Best,

    D

  • Dano2

    Profound ignorance or blatant pandering to the undeducated: another supposedly “dangerous” greenhouse gas that constitutes an infinitesimal 0.0002% of Earth’s atmosphere –

    Best,

    D

  • Dano2

    More mendacity: average annual global temperatures have risen 1º C (1.8º F) since around 1850

    Much more than that in a shorter time.

    Best,

    D https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16b900c575e7618b29996c3406ab623d7c78ab6a37fd3c9fd07f6bbbdb9c6d1e.jpg

    • ninetyninepct

      Pretty graph. How did you make it?

      • Dano2

        I didn’t make it, I got it from here.

        Best,

        D

  • Dano2

    Utterly false: They never explain how plant, animal, and human lives are worse today than during the pre-industrial, Little Ice Age era

    Literally scores of papers doing so.

    Best,

    D

  • Dano2
  • william mony

    Dano2, don’t you know our attorney general will prosecute you for being a non believer in the agenda of lies…
    never mind real crime, and ignore the following-giving weapons to terrorists, black on white crime, whites should commit suicide for guilt(as explained by the professor at Harvard)
    the real criminals are deniers of the following:
    that our government, holy and true, and criminals, should only own guns, white people must be immediately disarmed..so we can take their stuff that much quicker and given to those who “want” it but don’t feel like earning it, it is their right and even more so It is “fair” ,
    anyone who wants lower taxes or “change”. the true change is defined by the democrats, once again non believers will be harassed
    anyone who wants to speak out against the holy of holies(us govt) and their policies,
    and of course last but not least, anyone who denies people more free good and services at the expense of others who work 15 hours a day

  • Alleged Comment

    Why do Americans put in people that pound them to the ground at every chance they can get using various excuses??

    Most of them are sociopath lieberals that can’t wait to get up there to keep you Americans down.

    Look at that sociopath Hillary, WILD and CrAzY EYED every chance she gets on stage. She can hardly wait to put a NOOSE on around your necks!

    One can almost detect a FRENZY in her!