'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'
'A royalty on all undersea mineral resources extracted more than 100 miles offshore of any nation's territory...would transfer hundreds of billions, and even trillions, of dollars from the rich nations of the world — especially the U.S. — to poorer ones, in line with U.N.-directed economic, social and environmental development'
Green groups urge Clinton to 'support a financial transaction tax to help fund the fight against climate change. A transaction levy, or 'Robin Hood Tax,' could help fund $100 billion of climate change aid that developed countries have pledged by 2020'
Lisa Jackson 20th January 2012, 'As Rio+20, the 20th anniversary of [UN's] 1992 Earth Summit, approaches in June, we have a chance to learn lessons, build partnerships and put in place innovative strategies that can reshape the economic and environmental future of our entire planet. It is the rarest of opportunities to truly change the world, and make a difference that will benefit billions of people'
'It should be part of a rethink of the world's economy, in which green issues and social questions should be integrated into the search for profit...'The new capitalism which emerges from the crisis has to be environmental, or it won't be new...We are looking for a new kind of environmental governance, something more inclusive, in which all parties have a stake and it's not just governments which have the right to speak'
UN panel: 'Current global development is unsustainable' - EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, said report should be a 'wake up' call for action. Hedegaard said the Rio+20 summit was an opportunity to 'kick off this global transition towards a sustainable growth model for the 21st century'
Andrew Montford: The programme of agricultural reform, which caused a collapse of the food supply. Estimates of the death toll range from 15million to as high as 55million. It was a disaster of historic proportions. The Great Leap Forward was an astonishing example of unchecked ideology – a secular religion with no rationality, no humanity, and which tolerated no dissent. Does any of this sound familiar? We are setting out to transform the most extraordinary society, in which wealth and abundance have spread across the world, into … what? An agrarian society of the kind Mao and his followers were trying to escape? ...
We might look back in astonishment at the irrationality of the Great Leap Forward, but is what we are doing any more rational? We have mandated decarbonised electricity systems, with no idea of how to deal with the intermittency of renewables – we are literally crossing our fingers and hoping someone invents something.
We install solar panels in places where the sun barely shines. We have suppressed the fossil fuel industry in the full knowledge that we have no way to replace its output in many applications.
Helen Raleigh: "The government ordered farmers to meet unrealistic quotas. Local party officials initially compelled farmers to experiment with ineffective and sometimes harmful techniques, such as deep plowing and sowing seeds much closer than usual. When these radical methods failed to increase yield and depleted the soil, local leaders had no choice but to lie to their political superiors about how much had been produced (a practice referred to as “launching a Sputnik”). Based on these false production figures, the state demanded villages sell more grain than they could spare. In a vicious circle, the more the local officials lied about their output, the higher the central government set the quotas. Farmers were forced to hand over every bit of grain they had, including the following year’s seeds, to meet the quotas. Resistance was violently suppressed. ... The combination of lies, failed experiments, absence of labor and violent requisition practices led to famine. From 1959 through 1961, an estimated 30 million to 40 million Chinese people died from hunger. ...
Western green-energy revolutionaries have launched their own version of the Great Leap Forward in Europe and the U.S. Today’s greens operate in a democratic system unlike Mao, but they have resorted to government coercion to replace fossil fuels (and nuclear power) with renewables on an aggressive deadline. ... One of the essential lessons from China’s Great Leap Forward is that catastrophic failures inevitably follow from politicians’ insistence on ignoring reason, logic, truth and economics.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sept 22, 2022: "We saved the planet. We're saving the planet with record $360 billion to save the planet, generating jobs and cleaner air and cleaner water and jobs and security for our country.”
Climate Depot's Morano response: Yea! Now can we go back to driving cars, eating meat and using appliances, and controlling our own home thermostats?!
Cheers! Take a moment to let it sink in! With the Inflation Reduction Act going into law, the long battle to fight 'global warming' has finally been solved! Let the good times roll! "Roll out the barrel, we'll have a barrel of fun. Roll out the barrel, we've got the blues on the run. Zing boom tararrel, ring out a song of good cheer!"
BUT WAIT...The pork-barrel Inflation Reduction Act will not even impact global CO2 levels, let alone the climate!
Al Gore on UN Paris pact in 2015: “Years from now, our grandchildren will reflect on humanity’s moral courage to solve the climate crisis and they will look to December 12, 2015, as the day when the community of nations finally made the decision to act,” Gore said.