Joe Biden’s minister of climate propaganda, U.S. “climate envoy” John Kerry, has been reintroducing many of the radical global warming environmental policies of the Obama administration, policies that will turn America into a defacto third-world country if they are successfully implemented.
Shortly after being hired for his made-up job, Kerry was asked in a CNN interview about how Biden’s “Climate Day” executive orders were killing jobs. In response, Kerry defended Biden, saying that coronavirus was a perfect opportunity to make the necessary changes to the economy required to fight global warming. Not really a new idea because coronavirus has been used by the far-left to advance radical climate policies all along.
Under Kerry’s “leadership,” the creation of a New World Order via the Great Reset has been identified as key to his and Biden’s plans to address so-called climate change:
“[The need for the Great Reset is] a reflection of the inability of democratic governments in many parts of the world to deliver. And I just have to put it bluntly. We’re certainly the primary exhibit. We’re exhibit number one.
“I think …. that the notion of a ‘reset’ is more important than ever before. I personally believe that we’re at the dawn of an extremely exciting time.
“I believe no government is fundamentally going to make the climate crisis go away. Government’s best effort is going to be to create a structure which will make it possible for certain things to happen. And the next opportunity for that structure to be fully defined is Glasgow.
“Now, I don’t believe—and I think Joe Biden, I know Joe Biden believes this—it’s not enough just to rejoin [the Paris Climate Accords] for the United States. It’s not enough for us to just do the minimum of what Paris requires.” (emphasis mine)
Ironically, but not surprisingly, Kerry admitted back in January that his far-left Green Agenda is doomed to fail because it won’t change anything in the end: “Almost 90 percent of all of the planet’s global emissions come from outside of U.S. borders. We could go to zero tomorrow and the problem isn’t solved.” (emphasis mine)
Now, if you’re wondering why Kerry would push policies when they have no chance of success, it’s because you’re assuming that global warming is the issue. It isn’t. The real issue is a Great Reset approach to the global economy where the entire world is one, great, big, Marxist Utopia. And the only way America can do her part in this global-warming scheme is to become a third-world country.
At least, that’s the conclusion reached by a group of researchers in a just-released study (via Reason.com):
In order to save the planet from catastrophic climate change, Americans will have to cut their energy use by more than 90 percent, and families of four should live in housing no larger than 640 square feet. That’s at least according to a team of European researchers led by University of Leeds sustainability researcher Jefim Vogel. In their new study, “Socio-economic conditions for satisfying human needs at low energy use,” in Global Environmental Change, they calculate that public transportation should account for most travel. Travel should, in any case, be limited to between 3,000 to 10,000 miles per person annually.
Vogel and his colleagues set themselves the goal of figuring out how to “provide sufficient need satisfaction at much lower, ecologically sustainable levels of energy use.” Referencing earlier sustainability studies they argue that human needs are sufficiently satisfied when each person has access to the energy equivalent of 7,500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per capita. That is about how much energy the average Bolivian uses. Currently, Americans use about 80,000 kWh annually per capita. With respect to transportation and physical mobility, the average person would be limited to using the energy equivalent of 16–40 gallons of gasoline per year. People are assumed to take one short- to medium-haul airplane trip every three years or so.
In addition, food consumption per capita would vary depending on age and other conditions, but the average would be 2,100 calories per day. While just over 10 percent of the world’s people are unfortunately still undernourished, the Food and Agriculture Organization reports that the daily global average food supply now stands at just under 3,000 calories per person. Each individual is allocated a new clothing allowance of nine pounds per year, and clothes may be washed 20 times annually. The good news is that everyone over age 10 is permitted a mobile phone and each household can have a laptop. (emphasis mine)
Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? But it gets better. According to the study, the only way for America to succeed in becoming a third-world country is to embrace Marxism and abandon liberty.
Vogel and his colleagues are undaunted by the fact that there are absolutely no examples of low-energy societies providing decent living standards—as defined by the researchers themselves—for their citizens. So they proceed to jigger the various provisioning factors until they find that what is really needed is a “more fundamental transformation of the political-economic regime.” That fundamental transformation includes free government-provided high-quality public services in areas such as health, education, and public transport.
“We also found that a fairer income distribution is crucial for achieving decent living standards at low energy use,” said co-author Daniel O’Neill, from Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment. “To reduce existing income disparities, governments could raise minimum wages, provide a Universal Basic Income, and introduce a maximum income level. We also need much higher taxes on high incomes, and lower taxes on low incomes.”
Two things that humanity for sure doesn’t need according to the study are economic growth or the continued extraction of natural resources such as oil, coal, gas, or minerals. Vogel concluded: “In short, we need to abandon economic growth in affluent countries, scale back resource extraction, and prioritize public services, basic infrastructures and fair income distributions everywhere.” He added, “In my view, the most promising and integral vision for the required transformation is the idea of degrowth—it is an idea whose time has come.” (emphasis mine)
Fundamental transformation. Now where have I heard that before?
If you’re sitting there thinking that Republicans will prevent such a scenario, let me remind you that Republicans have been working with Democrats for years on a creating a “conservative alternative” to radical global-warming plans, and there has been growing support within the party for creating and implementing a “carbon tax.”
So don’t be surprised when Democrats and Republicans announce a “bipartisan” plan to implement new Green Agenda policies. And don’t be surprised when you find out that their plans will fight global warming by turning America into a third-world country.
After all, what’s a little Marxism compared to the need to “save” the planet?
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.