Green New Deal Plagiarized From 2009 UN Environment Programme Report
In a stunning revelation from a 2009 UN document titled “Rethinking the Economic Recovery: A Global Green New Deal“, it is discovered that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ (AOC) Green New Deal is not a new movement of the people, but rather a crafty (and plagiarized) creation of a small group of global elite working through the United Nations.
This 144-page report was headed by Edward B. Barbier, a professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Wyoming at the time, but specifically prepared for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
It was UNEP that sponsored the infamous 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro that catalyzed the doctrine of Sustainable Development and produced the Agenda 21 book labeled The Agenda for the 21st Century. UNEP has been at the root of every intellectually bankrupt scheme to flip the world into its resource-based economic system while driving a fatal nail into Capitalism and Free Enterprise. In my books Technocracy Rising and Technocracy: The Hard Road to World Order, I have extensively documented that Sustainable Development is nothing more than warmed-over Technocracy from the 1930s.
Barbier credits a number of people as important contributors to his paper, but two in particuiar ring a loud bell: the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. (PIIE)
Center for American Progress
CAP was founded by John Podesta, a prominent member and operative of the Trilateral Commission. Podesta was the principal architect for the U.S. environmental policy for well over 2 decades. He served as Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, Special Counselor to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign Manager. In July 2002, the UN Secretary-General appointed him to the High-Level Panel On Post-2015 Development Agenda that created the text for the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.
The Board of Directors for CAP includes Sen. Tom Daschle (Chairman), Stacey Abrams, Donald Sussman, and California billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer.
Peterson Institute for International Economics
PIIE was founded by Peter G. Peterson (1926-2018), a principal member of the Trilateral Commission for decades. PIIE’s Board of Directors is a Who’s Who of the Trilateral Commission and includes Lawrence Summers, C. Fred Bergsten, Richard N. Cooper, Stanley Fischer, Robert Zoellick, Alan Greenspan, Carla A. Hills, George P. Schultz, Paul A. Volcker, and Ernesto Zedillo. The PIIE paper cited by Barbier was A Green Global Recovery? Assessing US Economic Stimulus and the Prospects for International Coordination
Plagiarized: Familiar Language
Echoing AOC’s rhetoric, the Barbier’s UNEP report states,
The multiple crises threatening the world economy today demand the same kind of initiative as shown by Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s, but at the global scale and embracing a wider vision. (p. 5)
In an article by VOX titled Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making the Green New Deal a 2020 litmus test, it stated,
Until now, the Green New Deal has been more of an idea than an actual policy. This week, an Ocasio-Cortez resolution is set to make its debut. The plan prioritizes climate change, but its strength lies in its symbolic ties to one of the Democratic party’s biggest historical successes: the original New Deal under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The comparison to Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been prominent from the first day that Ocasio-Cortez became a public figure.
The official Global Green New Deal objectives are also reminiscent of the modern propaganda:
- Revive the world economy, create employment opportunities and protect vulnerable groups.
- Reduce carbon dependency, ecosystem degradation and water scarcity.
- Further the Millennium Development Goal of ending extreme world poverty by 2015.
If rewritten to current Green New Deal standards, it would look like this:
- Revive the U.S. economy, create employment opportunities and protect vulnerable groups.
- Reduce carbon dependency, ecosystem degradation and water scarcity.
- Further Sustainable Development Goal #1 of ending extreme world poverty by 2030.
Under the section, Reducing Carbon Dependence, more Green New Deal language, almost word-for-word, is discovered:
- Retrofitting buildings to improve energy efficiency
- Expanding mass transit and freight rail
- Constructing a “smart” electrical grid transmission system
- Developing renewable energy, i.e. wind power, solar power, next-generation biofuels and other bio-based energy.
Five Crazy – and Failed – Predictions
The report Rethinking the Economic Recovery: A Global Green New Deal made five nutty predictions, all of which have failed miserably.
- Global energy demand will rise by 45 per cent by 2030, and the price of oil is expected to rise to US$180 per barrel.
- Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will increase by 45 per cent by 2030, leading to an increase in the global average temperature up to 6oC.
- The world economy will sustain losses equivalent to 5-10 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) and poor countries suffer costs in excess of 10 per cent of GDP.
- Ecological degradation and water scarcity will increase.
- There will be over 1 billion people living on less than US$1 a day and 3 billion living on less than US$2 a day by 2015.
Currently, the price of oil is $59, the rise in greenhouse gas emissions is not on its way to a 45 percent increase by 2030, the world economy never sustained losses of 5-10 percent of GDP, ecological degradation is not quantifiable, water scarcity is a myth and poverty levels of people with less than $2.00 per day is only 767 million (World Bank, 2018).
The predictions from the current iteration of the Green New deal are just as crazy as the Global Green New Deal from 2009.
The modern “creators” of the Green New Deal claim that they developed it over a weekend. If true, it was only because they had a copy of Rethinking the Economic Recovery: A Global Green New Deal sitting in front of them to copy text and then localizing it for the United States.
Furthermore, these policies are not popular with the American people, as constantly claimed, but have been consistently rejected by citizens.
The Green New Deal is simply not a movement of the people, nor has it ever been. Rather, it has been purposely created by the same global elite that started Sustainable Development in the first place, namely, by members of the Trilateral Commission and the Club of Rome working through the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Programme.
Shame on you Green New Deal ideologues. Plagiarism by any other name is still plagiarism. You will be rejected as certainly as the global elite has already been rejected.
Note: tip of the hat to Dr. Willie Soon for forwarding this story to me, as originally highlighted in an email by Joseph Bast of The Heartland Institute
Additional Info from Joseph Bast – Director and Senior Fellow – The Heartland Institute
Here is 144-page document: https://www.cbd.int/development/doc/UNEP-global-green-new-deal.pdf
The report, dated April 2009, proposes a Global Green New Deal. It was “prepared for the Economics and Trade Branch, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, United Nations Environment Programme” by Edward B. Barbier, then with the Department of Economics & Finance at the prestigious University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, now at the University of Colorado. It’s well-written, carefully researched, and wrong on every point that matters.
This paragraph from the acknowledgements is interesting:
This report was prepared with the assistance of Manish Bapna, Andrea Bassi, William Becker, Joanne Burgess, Heewah Choi, Jan Corfee-Morlot, Robert Heilmayr, Alberto Isgut, Sharon Khan, Jacqueline McGlade, Edward Naval, Peter Poschen, Weishuang Qu, Sanjeev Sanyal, Benjamin Simmons, Fulai Sheng, John Shilling, Pavan Sukhdev and Kristof Welslau, and based on consultations held at the United Nations, New York, February 2-3, 2009 with experts, from amongst others, the European Environmental Agency, ICTSD, ILO, IMF, OECD, UNCEB, UNCSD, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNDP, UNECE, UNEP, UNECLAC, UNESCAP, UNFAO, UNFCCC, UNIDO, UNSD, the World Bank and the UN Secretary General’s Office. A separate consultation meeting was held at the UN Foundation, Washington DC, February 4, 2009 with experts, amongst others, from the Center for American Progress, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Union of Concerned Scientists, UN Foundation, World Resources Institute and the Worldwatch Institute. The author thanks all participants at these meetings for their helpful comments and suggestions, and for sending material for use in subsequent revision of the report. The author is also grateful to Hussein Abaza for his support and encouragement.
Fifty cents says you don’t know the names of all the organizations whose acronyms are listed above, but you probably recognize the affiliations of the other “experts.”
The Wikipedia entry for “Green New Deal” says:
Economist Edward Barbier, who developed the “Global Green New Deal” proposal for the United Nations Environment Programme in 2009, opposes “a massive federal jobs program,” saying “The government would end up doing more and more of what the private sector and industry should be doing.” Barbier prefers carbon pricing, such as a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system, in order to “address distortions in the economy that are holding back private sector innovation and investments in clean energy.”
Given its provenance, I think this report may pass as the intellectual foundation of the “green” in the GND. Dr. Barbier has written a few books since that probably recycle these ideas and sources, I haven’t read them. It might behoove serious students of the subject to review this document. In particular, I note the author makes numerous predictions about energy costs and the impacts of climate change which, ten years later, could be fact checked.