And More Warmists Demand That Coronavirus Relief Plans Include “Green” Initiatives

Green on the outside, red on the inside

Covid-19 economic rescue plans must be green, say environmentalists

The economic rescue packages to deal with the impact of the coronavirus must also be green, a growing chorus of environmental campaigners have urged, concerned that hasty measures will lock the world into a high-carbon future.

“Governments need to put huge amounts of money into trying to sustain jobs and livelihoods,” said Mary Robinson, a former Irish president and UN high commissioner for human rights, who served twice as UN climate envoy. “But they must do it with a very strong green emphasis. The threat from climate change is as real as the threat from Covid-19, though it seems far away.”

“Money has poured into the fossil fuel industry since the Paris agreement [of 2015],” she said. “That can’t continue.”

But she said the changes wrought in societies around the world by dealing with Covid-19 would also demonstrate to people that the changes needed to achieve a low-carbon future were much less drastic and far more palatable. As far as the climate was concerned, “we must not go back to bad habits afterwards”, she said. “It will be easier to persuade people, as we have had to change so dramatically because of this threat.”

In other words, she’s saying that what the world will look like when instituting their wish-list of ‘climate change’ policies will be like Coronavirus lite. So, maybe only 20% unemployment. Only half the shelves will be empty. Lines waiting for TP and paper towels will only be half as long. Companies will stay open till 9 instead of 8. You know what’s going on.

Economic plans worth trillions of dollars in public money are being rolled out to stave off the immediate collapse of some badly hit businesses, such as airlines and tourism – and to protect the incomes of workers in danger of redundancy as normal life becomes impossible across Europe and large parts of the US, as it already has in many parts of east Asia.

But while people’s health and the immediate welfare of workers caught up in the crisis are paramount, campaigners and experts fear that if the longer-term packages are not carefully designed they will only entrench fossil fuel dependence across the global economy.

I’ll believe Warmists are concerned with fossil fuels when the big-shots like Mary Robinson give up their own use of fossil fuels. The world-wide economy won’t get back to running without fossil fuels. Boats shipping product, planes flying product, trucks moving product, people driving to work, people going places to buy stuff and take vacations and just go do something for the day. Again, it’s easy for these rich climate cultists to push this stuff, because they aren’t being hurt.

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One Response to “And More Warmists Demand That Coronavirus Relief Plans Include “Green” Initiatives”

  1. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host quoted:

    “Governments need to put huge amounts of money into trying to sustain jobs and livelihoods,” said Mary Robinson, a former Irish president and UN high commissioner for human rights, who served twice as UN climate envoy. “But they must do it with a very strong green emphasis. The threat from climate change is as real as the threat from Covid-19, though it seems far away.”

    Thing is, these supposed ‘green’ jobs didn’t already exist. That means that new government bureaucracies companies must be created in which to have these jobs, which means many months, if not years of building and development until those positions are ready for people to fill them. But the oh-so-edumacated warmunists are too ignorant to be able to understand that.

    We’re already seeing some of that, when thankfully private citizen Hillary Clinton and other Democrats are combitching that President Trump isn’t using some executive powers to order increased production of ventilators and surgical masks and gloves and the like. With the existing high demand, the companies which produce such things are already working at full capacity; the left don’t seem to realize that new production lines don’t appear at the snap of the President’s fingers. Infrastructure takes time to build — and even more time during ‘social distancing’ — and it’s quite probable that by the time they are built, the crisis will be over.

    The left have also been combitching that so much of the production is overseas, but they also complained when President Trump increased tariffs to try to make American industry more competitive with the foreign manufacturers, saying that it won’t be the Chinese and the Mexicans who would be paying those higher tariffs, but American consumers.

    The left are just so highly educated, but most of that is in things which have given them zero understanding of economics and production and engineering; they love the wealthy world in which they live, but have no flaming idea from where all of their luxury products came.

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