Op-Ed by Emily Thompson
This year’s gathering in Davos, Switzerland for the 53rd World Economic Forum (WEF) brought together nearly 3,000 attendees, including world leaders, businessmen, activists and everyone in between.
The forum’s theme this year was “Cooperation in a Fragmented World” and numerous presenters spoke about political, social, military, and economic events taking place around the globe. Many of the points made were harmless and run-of-the-mill stuff expected at such a forum.
WEF President Børge Brende spoke of unity, saying, “In an uncertain and challenging time, one thing is clear. We can shape a more resilient, sustainable and equitable future, but the only way to do so is together.”
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN warned of climate change: “Without further action, we are headed to a 2.8C increase. The consequences, as we all know, would be devastating.”
Chancellor of Germany Olaf Shulz said, “The 2020s will be years of change, renewal and rebuilding. We will not walk this path alone…the European Union seeks to ensure that the course is set for climate neutrality by 2050 in Europe, too.”
Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain said, “Our present struggle is not only against [Russian President Vladimir] Putin or the energy shortage. It is also against fear, mistrust, selfishness, xenophobia, and environmental disaster.”
These are fine words, although they will most likely not lead to any significant or meaningful action.
But other speakers were mocked as being downright elitist, hypocritical, and delusional.
Al Gore, former Vice President of the US during the Clinton administration, ranted about climate change and some observers suggested he went off the rails.
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Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, climate czar in the current Biden administration, demonstrated in his speech just how bizarre he and his cohorts are. Kerry was widely quoted as telling his audience they were part of a “select group of human beings” and that an “extraterrestrial” force brought them to Davos to “save the planet.”
Kerry said that time was running out for the world to tackle climate change and he was not convinced it would get to a low-carbon economy in time to avoid the worst impacts for some of the most vulnerable people.
What was most needed to tackle climate change and to deliver a low carbon economy Kerry said was “money, money, money.”
Kerry’s self-importance was glaring when he also said, “When you stop and think about it, it’s pretty extraordinary that we select group of human beings because of whatever touched us at some point in our lives, are able to sit in a room and come together and actually talk about saving the planet.”
It appears Kerry believes he and his elitist cohorts are the only ones who are smart and talented enough to save the planet. That is the height of obnoxiousness and demonstrates how removed from reality Kerry is.
As the DailyMail notes,
Republicans have mocked Kerry for criss-crossing the globe on emissions-heavy planes while trying to underscore a sense of urgency about the climate. Over around 15 months, Kerry flew more than 180,000 miles on flights that emitted more than 9.5 million pounds of carbon, roughly 300 times an American’s average annual carbon footprint, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis. Kerry’s office now says he flies commercially or on military aircraft after he was pummeled for using his wealthy wife Teresa Heinz Kerry’s private jet to accept a climate award in Iceland in 2019.
It is true that the world may not reach a low-carbon economy before significant damage is done to the Earth’s environment. While many countries and organizations have committed to reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to renewable energy sources, progress has been slow in some areas and there is still a long way to go to reach the goals set by the Paris Agreement. Leftist and activists demand that it will require a significant and sustained effort from governments, businesses, and individuals to transition to a low carbon economy and mitigate the effects of climate change.
But there is a counter argument to the insistent claim that we must transition to renewable energy sources.
Some claim that the Earth’s warming is not primarily caused by human activity and that the warming trend observed in recent years is within the range of natural variability. Other factors, such as solar radiation and volcanic activity, play a larger role in climate change.
There is room to argue that the cost of transitioning to renewable energy sources and reducing emissions will be too high and will harm economic growth. Some argue that the costs of renewable energy are still too high and that the development of fossil fuels is necessary to meet growing energy demand. In addition, the technology to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy is not yet advanced enough to meet energy demand, it is too expensive, and is not reliable.
Some argue that the impacts of climate change will not be as severe as predicted and that there is time to wait and see how the situation develops before taking action. The current solutions proposed to reduce carbon emissions, such as carbon pricing, will have a regressive impact on the economy and will disproportionately harm low-income individuals and communities.
Leftists dismiss these arguments as being based on misconceptions, misinformation, or out-of-date information. They claim the overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that climate change is real, caused by human activity, and poses a significant threat to the planet. Leftists also claim that renewable energy has become increasingly cost-competitive with fossil fuels and is continuing to become cheaper over time.
And this is what makes John Kerry and his fellow extraterrestrials so … extraterrestrial. They are not in touch with reality and truly seem to believe they live in some sort of dystopia which needs to be transformed into whatever utopia exists in their spoiled, wealthy, privileged, minds.
Republican political strategist Jason D. Meister ripped what he called the hypocrisy of the “select group,” asking,
Ever wonder why globalist elites like @BarackObama & @JohnKerry love spending millions on mansions on the sea shore built within a few feet of sea level if they’re so worried about climate change causing a melting of the polar ice caps and a dramatic rise in sea level?
Climate activist Greta Thunberg said it best:
We are right now in Davos where basically the people who are mostly fuelling the destruction of the planet, the people who are at the very core of the climate crisis, the people who are investing in fossil fuels etcetera, etcetera and yet somehow these are the people that we seem to rely on solving our problems. They have proven time and time again that they are not prioritizing that. They are prioritising self-greed, corporate greed and short-term economic profits above people and above planet. These people are going to go as far as they possibly can as long as they can get away with it. They will continue to invest in fossil fuels, they will continue to throw people under the bus for their own gain.
If nothing else, the arrogance of the leftist elitist crowd was on full display. There’s change on the climate front, but it is safe to say there is no change on the snobbery front.
Image: Almas Jacob/YouTube
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