Mastercard Releases Carbon Footprint Calculator For Banks
There will come a time when your bank will discriminate against you for exceeding your allotted carbon footprint. Mastercard’s new footprint calculator app states,
“A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases generated by our actions. Greenhouse gasses, like carbon dioxide, are harmful to the planet. “
Mastercard doesn’t bother to mention that if there was no CO2 in the atmosphere that all living plants on the earth would die. Given that you exhale CO2 some 20,000 times per day, Mastercard is suggesting that you are the biggest threat to the future of humanity.
They can help you with that. The app explains,
Many things go into your carbon footprint, including where you live, your daily habits and your purchases.
Just put all those things into the app and you can find out just how bad you are. The Mastercard website states,
Learn how your carbon footprint is calculated and get tips on how to reduce your footprint when you spend. Designed in collaboration with industry leaders, these insights can help you make practical and simple modifications leading to more mindful spending.
Mindful spending? This means buying the things they want you to buy and giving up your old habits. Consider it a redistribution of purchasing habits.
But, what if you still fail to measure up? What if your carbon footprint is still over-quota? Well, you can do penitence by donating to the Priceless Planet Coalition to help restore forests around the world.
Technocracy’s Plan For The World Excludes The Existence Of America
The evidence is overwhelming that Scientific Dictatorship seeks to crush the middle class in America, which largely represents the Populist movement. It will destroy the right to own property and turn a large percentage of our population into vagabonds. ⁃ TN Editor
Two things occurred this week that should have your attention.
And, no, one of them is not the cartoonish second impeachment trial of a former president. Don’t let the media lure you into this drama.
As the first two days of the trial proved, this is nothing more than emotion-driven theatrics.
Democrats are notorious for murdering the facts and appealing to people’s base emotions, and this trial is more of the same.
Its purpose has little to do with the former president and everything to do with you, Mr. and Mrs. Conservative American.
If they can criminalize the former president, or at the very least tarnish his reputation beyond repair, they will use that to criminalize and/or tarnish those who supported his America-first policies. That’s what they’re really after, so don’t let them get into your head. Call it what it is, openly and boldly. Dramatic theater meant to sway the ignorant and uninformed.
The ignorant will be ignorant. Let them go.
While millions are immersed in that sideshow, the globalist elites at the Davos-based World Economic Forum and their comrades at the United Nations, the IMF, E.U., the British Royal Family and the Vatican are scheming behind closed doors with China and China’s new puppet regime in Washington on how to implement their reset of the global economy.
The “Great Reset,” as they have branded it, is really about the destruction of the American middle class. They want to make everything more expensive, from the fuel that powers your automobile and the trucks that haul your food, to utility rates and all manufactured goods. Food prices are sensitive to fuel prices and so you can count on your food bill rising with the rest of the items you need to survive.
The designers of the Great Reset openly boast that under their planned new system you will “own nothing and be happy.” Fossil fuels will be eliminated, except for in China, which gets to use them for another 30 years, per the Paris Climate Accords, which Biden signed us back onto after the previous president got us out. If these people are successful, you will be so poor that you will be forced to rent what they call an “efficiency dwelling” from the government or some government-supported boot-licking corporate crony capitalist.
So, what should you be paying attention to this week if not the impeachment?
First off, America’s new transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, the son of a communist, says we need to have a “national conversation” on whether the government should mandate airlines to require a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination for people boarding all flights, foreign and domestic. I predicted this would happen months ago and now Buttigieg becomes the first government official to suggest it would be a great idea. Imagine a communist wanting to restrict people’s freedom of movement. What a shocker.
The next step after requiring Americans to show their papers before boarding flights will be to require the same for them to renew their driver’s license. It’s coming. If the momentum toward health tyranny is not slowed, it’s coming.
Assuming the industry is able to ramp up production, you should expect to be propagandized, coerced, incentivized, bribed and lied to by people who want to get this experimental biological agent into your veins by the end of this year.
That in itself should make you leery. Why are they so desperate to get this unknown bio-chemical agent injected into everyone, even kids? Sorry but I just don’t believe they are that concerned about the health of old people, who are most susceptible to the Wuhan virus. We know the CDC and its supporting cast of media liars greatly exaggerated the death count and under-emphasized the fact that there are several very effective therapeutic treatments for the Wuhan virus.
But they can’t let the virus fade from the realm of scary things that keep you distracted and in fear.
As long as you are distracted and in fear you will continue to be uninformed about the things you should legitimately be fearing – permanently life-altering things that will soon be coming down the pike with the Green New Deal and Great Reset, which are planned to work hand in hand to destroy your jobs, your savings, your health and your way of life.
Watch the World Economic Forum’s latest propaganda video on the Great Reset below:
Remember, they need you to be mentally and emotionally off your game, totally desperate, weary, confused and depressed in order to get you to accept the horrific plans they have concocted for your future. That includes a life in a tiny apartment in the city where you don’t own anything and conduct most of life’s basic functions in a virtual online world. There will be no cash, meaning every transaction is trackable, and every expression of your individuality is watched and listened to in order to make sure it’s approved by the Big Brother overseers in Big Tech. Oh, but they want your input into the new system, they say, and they are designing that system to be more “inclusive” than the old capitalist system. Yeah. Right. Is that why conservatives can’t even stay on social media and those who do manage to keep their accounts are having them censored and fact-checked when leftists can get away with saying whatever they want on those platforms?
The left are masters at incrementalism. But if you know how they think, it’s very easy to predict where they are going two or three steps down the road.
The left is always about curtailing basic freedoms, whether that be freedom of speech, of assembly, of movement, the right to bear arms, they are 100 percent against all of the traditional freedoms that people take for granted in America. But they know that if they outlawed them all at one time they would cause people to wake up and push back, hard. So instead they move methodically, but always pushing the envelope.
True to their totalitarian leanings, these leftists are also globalists. That means they hate America, not because it is America, but because it is free. A strong, free and independent people are not easy to lead around with a government nose ring. But desperate, impoverished, fearful people are easily led.
So turn off the “news” and tune into the real dynamic that is playing out right in front of our faces, the slide into totalitarianism under the guise of the global Great Reset.
Be prepared to be called names. You will be deemed dangerous to these ruling elites because they know that you know what they’re all about. They will call you a “conspiracy theorist” and a spreader of “misinformation.” But that’s a small price to pay for saving our country. And the only way to save it is to speak out more boldly than ever with the light of truth.
Instead of letting the fake-news media distract us and lead us to their distracting sideshows, let’s focus our minds and creative energies elsewhere.
The focus, in my opinion, should be on educating our families and friends about what’s coming and getting our children out of the clutches of the state-sponsored indoctrinators who are raping their young minds and filling them with harmful lies.
Here are my priorities for 2021:
Spreading the truth about the experimental non-vaccine being pushed by the establishment.
Preparing for the coming economic onslaught of debt and hyper-inflation, which will create so much misery as to make people beg for something new. The globalists will be ready with their Great Reset, which will require the replacement of global currencies with a new digital non-currency.
Preparing for food shortages and possibly water challenges. Bill Gates isn’t buying up farmland for nothing. He hopes to influence the food and water supplies. Most of the farm acreage he is buying is along waterways. There must be a reason.
Finding a church that doesn’t focus on social gospel/social justice but recognizes the signs of the times and the urgency of the hour, which requires spiritual warfare to get Christians battle-hardened and prepared for persecution under the coming technocratic global governance.
Rejecting and defying government restrictions based on falsified data about the Wuhan virus. Every minute spent defying these unconstitutional edicts and convincing others to do the same will pay dividends in freedoms preserved for your children and grandchildren. It starts with the mask. Take it off whenever possible. That means every store. Push the limits with your doctors as well. I have heard countless cases in which a doctor’s office tried to tell a patient to come masked and the patient refused, only to see the doctor back down.
Find an alternative schooling option for your children that doesn’t involve brainwashing and training “global citizens.” We want our youth to be American citizens.
Take stock of all your business relationships – where you bank, where you buy goods and services, where you find sources of entertainment – and cut off all that are actively supporting through money or policies the globalist agenda to destroy America by destroying its middle class and its Judeo-Christian values.
Figure out a plan for how you will live in an increasingly hostile, totalitarian society. This involves things we never had to think about before. The most important one right now is the experimental non-vaccine that is being pushed by the government, media, many corporate employers, airlines, etc. If you ever had a dream of starting a small business, maybe this is the time to quit your corporate job and take the leap.
Even conservative media have been disappointing in their coverage of the experimental non-vaccines that our government has allowed to be put to market before they could even be tested for the long-term effects on human health.
There are a few independent sources of health news that I trust: Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny’s website and Technocracy News. But I don’t see Fox, Newsmax, or even One American News Network [OANN] doing any in-depth reporting on the safety, both short and long term, of these experimental non-vaccines.
This is dangerous. One of the things that made America great was its strong, independent middle class where people could afford to own property and move about freely in automobiles. But the car and home ownership are both under attack by the Great Reset and the Paris Climate Accords, from which John Kerry and the rest of Biden’s elitist advisers take their cues.
The truth is that the Wuhan virus was never as scary and deadly as the media made it out to be when the previous president was in office.
Not only are the number of cases overblown, so are the number of deaths.
The CDC admitted months ago that only 6 percent of the people counted as having been killed by COVID died from COVID alone. The other 94 percent had at least one other co-morbidity.
My concerns about the experimental vaccines being delivered by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson are not relegated to the fact that they used cell lines from aborted babies to either test or develop their treatments – this is reason enough for any Christian to reject them – but it’s also based on the fact that they are not really vaccines at all. The government and media are once again lying to us by promoting these experimental bio-chemical agents as “vaccines.”
A vaccine is a one-time treatment that offers a lifetime of immunity to an extremely deadly or debilitating disease like smallpox or polio. A vaccine requires growing the pathogen and injecting a small portion of it into a person’s body, just enough so they are able to fight it off and their immune system then recognizes and attacks the same pathogen should it ever be encountered again in the natural world.
The treatment they are pushing for COVID, which they are calling a vaccine, does not meet any of the above criteria.
Two doses are not guaranteed to protect you against COVID and even if the double-dose does protect you it’s only for a few months, possibly up to a year, not for life. You will need a new shot every year, just like the flu shot. That’s not a vaccine!
Those pushing the vaccine have lied about what it will take to achieve herd immunity. At first, Dr. Anthony Fauci, perhaps the most dishonest man I have ever seen hold a government position [and that’s saying a lot], said it would take 60 percent of the population being vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Now he’s upped that to 80 percent, He’s also now campaigning for parents to have their young children vaccinated.
The same folks who lied about the effectiveness of mask wearing are now lying about the vaccine. Go figure.
Former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Promotes ‘green new deal’
During his 34 years in Congress, Harry Reid used every dirty political trick in the book to further his radical, progressive agenda, including Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development, aka Technocracy. Now he is in the center of an effort to subvert more conservative states into a ‘green new deal’. ⁃ TN Editor
A green new deal is emerging from the ground up in one of the most unlikely places in the country: Nevada. The leader at the center this new pragmatic environmental politics—unlikely as it may seem to observers outside the state—is former Sen. Harry Reid, who represented Nevada in Congress for 34 years.
During that time, Reid helped usher in some of the hallmark elements of what has come to be called a “green new deal.” He used federal stimulus money to support a just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and build a power grid for the future. He expanded public land protections and made the outdoors accessible to diverse urban residents. He settled a century-long water war with respect for Native American tribes and endangered species. At the same time, a booming gaming industry brought good-paying union jobs to the growing service economy in Las Vegas, transforming Nevada politically.
The New West and the Politics of the Environment, a feature-length documentary we helped produce for the public television environmental news magazine “Earth Focus,” makes the case for placing Reid and Nevada at the center of a lowercase green new deal struck in a politically purple region of the country.
When Reid retired, he donated his congressional papers to the University of Nevada, Reno. As the first researchers to have access to the papers, we discovered that at least half of them dealt with the environment. But when we asked Reid if he had a grand vision for a new environmental politics, he said, “Not at all.” He just did what needed to be done, what could be done, one step at a time.
That’s why we distinguish between Reid’s efforts and the comprehensive, far-reaching, and frankly left-leaning Green New Deal proposed in Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Ed Markey, and others. If the Democrats take control of the White House and Congress, as some observers now believe possible, there will be urgent calls for rapid and radical action. The Green New Deal will be pushed to the center of the debate. We believe a lowercase green new deal would be a better strategy even if the Democrats win—and especially if they don’t and need to govern with a divided government.
Reid’s legacy in Nevada offers lessons for crafting a green new deal that avoids the overreach and backlash that we’ve already seen in reaction to the Green New Deal, especially in purple states. Pragmatic approaches in Nevada and in other western states strongly suggest that states should be given room to work as laboratories of democracy, as Supreme Court Chief Justice Louis Brandeis suggested they could be during the Depression. This approach also provides opportunities to build constituencies in purple states for change over time.
So how do the “Green New Deal” and “green new deal” compare?
They share a commitment to a just energy transition, protecting vulnerable populations from pollution, and conserving public lands while enabling equitable access to the outdoors, economic stimulus, and good-paying jobs.
But the “Green New Deal” is radically aspirational. It wants to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, while creating millions of high-wage jobs, investing in infrastructure and industry, promoting justice and equity, and securing clean air and water as well as climate and community resilience, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all. Oh yes, and provide everyone with high-quality health care, affordable housing, and a guaranteed job.
The “green new deal” is, admittedly, less ambitious—but more flexible. States are already implementing this green new deal: Thirty-four states, including Nevada, are implementing between five and 12 of the 30 state-level mitigation-related activities identified by the US Global Change Research Program in the National Climate Assessment it delivered to Congress and the President last year. There are outliers, like California, which are going all in with 25 strategies, but every state is doing something. Some cities, such as Los Angeles, have their own “Green New Deal,” and 455 cities across the country have their own emission reduction targets, as do 20 states.
Democrats Try To Sneak ‘Green New Deal’ Through Tax Code
Technocrats are fixed on realizing the Green New Deal, aka Technocracy, by hook or by crook. The GND is regressive and will result in economic destruction rather than nirvana, and many Republicans are on board with “deep transformation” spoken of by the United Nations. ⁃ TN Editor
In recent weeks, House Democrats have begun to signal how they would govern if given unified control of the federal government. While they will take what they can get from COVID-19 relief bills and conventional extender-type legislation, they have also begun to introduce “shoot for the moon” measures that reveal their unified government ambitions. One area in which this has been crystal clear has been the “Green New Deal,” a series of proposals to bring a radical environmental agenda to all areas of our lives.
The most straightforward way to conduct a major reform campaign in modern government is through the tax code, and that’s true for both parties. Want to promote school choice? Create a tax credit voucher. Ditto for helping people pay for health insurance premiums, or save for retirement, or afford child care, or invest in new business equipment.
The reason is simple: the Senate. Unlike the House of Representatives, which has a Rules Committee dominated by the speaker and allows for virtually anything to pass with a bare majority vote, the Senate has always had slower, super-majoritarian roadblocks to hasty lawmaking. Most notably, a determined Senate minority may try to block a motion to proceed or a cloture motion, which in practice requires 60 votes out of 100 senators to overcome. This may be a moot point in a Senate overseen by current Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has expressed a willingness to explore invoking the “nuclear option” on the legislative calendar, allowing bills to pass with a simple majority vote. In order for this to occur, a resolved and ample Senate Democrat majority would have to do so, which may or may not materialize in 2021 no matter how well their party does this fall.
Advocates of the “Green New Deal” know this, and they want to use the tax code to put in place most of their domestic policy goals for a simple reason — there is a workaround to the Senate’s hoary super-majority impediments called “budget reconciliation.” Under these rules, which have been used by both parties to advance everything from Obamacare to the Trump tax cuts, a simple Senate majority is all that’s required to pass entitlement spending and tax legislation, provided the deficit is not increased outside the budget window. Democrats are sure to include enough tax increases to more than offset “Green New Deal” junk tax credits, so reconciliation is an attractive option. Why make 60-vote law when you can accomplish the same goal with a 51-vote tax bill?
That strategy emerged not once, but twice, in the past couple of weeks. The first is a catch-all “Green New Deal” plan called the “Moving Forward Act,” a kind of “Contract with America” for radical environmentalists. The second was a more conventional highway funding reauthorization pork-barrel bill, but it contained a raft of green tax credits and other tax code atrocities.
By way of example, each of these bills contains an extension of the supposedly-phasing out investment tax credit, which provides tax breaks for the purchase of green energy equipment such as solar panels and geothermal converters. They also want to expand the investment tax credit to include energy storage devices. The bills would extend this expanded tax credit to 2025.
The investment tax credit began in 2005 as a “temporary” market support to then-emerging green energy providers. It was supposed to wind down by 2015 but was extended all the way to 2021. Last December, Congress decided to keep this phaseout schedule in place, except for certain aspects of windmill energy. By advocating a further extension to 2025, congressional Democrats have made it clear they never want the credit to go away.
It’s not as if these “Green New Deal” companies are startup firms struggling to claw out market share. Renewable energy is now nearly one-fifth of all electricity produced in the country. These companies are great investments, with or without a consumer tax credit to spur demand for their products — that’s why private equity firms are getting in on the act.
Green New Deal Leads GOP Into Compromise Over Fighting Climate Change
The Green New Deal doesn’t just belong to radical greens and Democrats, but also to the Republicans. Climate alarmists have successfully changed the political narrative into one of finding the best ways to limit carbon and Republicans are eating it up. ⁃ TN Editor
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of every American. More than 118,000 people have died in the U.S. due to the coronavirus and over 45 million Americans have filed for unemployment assistance. Communities have shut down entirely, and while officials are following public health guidelines to safely reopen, getting to a new normal will take time.
Shutting down our economy also significantly impacted emissions levels. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates U.S. emissions could decline by more than 14 percent this year.
And as the pandemic ravages health and economies worldwide, the International Energy Agency reports that global energy emissions may decline this year by almost 8 percent – the largest reduction ever and “twice as large as the combined total of all previous reductions since the end of World War II.”
Still, even with the pandemic driving major economic devastation and emissions declines, global emissions barely met the United Nations’ target of cutting annual emissions by 7.6 percent. And, of course, developed countries like the United States are supposed to cut an even larger share, while the world allows China to continue to increase its emissions without consequence for the next decade.
Simply put, even though the arbitrary U.N. climate standards may have been temporarily met in theory, it took pushing the global economy to the brink of collapse and jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions of Americans to do so.
Unprecedented pandemics require a robust response, which is why Congress has passed the largest relief package in U.S. history to provide aid to American small business owners, workers, seniors and families.
Unfortunately, some Democrats say COVID-19 is “a dress rehearsal for addressing the catastrophic impacts of climate change.” We agree, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
This financial devastation is a preview of Democrats’ Green New Deal that is supposed to give us a socialist, emission-free utopia. For Republicans in Congress, the answer to addressing climate change and bringing our country back to prosperity is clear: American innovation.
The Democrats have made clear the direction their party is headed. Their presumptive nominee for president, former Vice President Joe Biden, recently said in his climate platform that “our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected,” but added that, “the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.”
While we agree the U.S. needs to utilize clean energy, lower emissions, update infrastructure, and work with our allies for a cleaner world, we vehemently disagree that shutting down our economy is the way to do it.
It’s no coincidence that the same communities that have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic are the ones that have suffered most because the economic devastation it has caused.
Democrats are creating a false choice between combatting climate change and having a prosperous economy. We can have both, and America can supply the innovative technologies that will reduce global emissions. With millions of Americans already losing their jobs, we must find a better way to leave our world better than we found it.
For example, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies promise to reduce emissions, create jobs and provide cleaner energy. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 created tax credits for deploying CCUS infrastructure.
According to the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, the use of these credits could create 4.3 million to 6.1 million more jobs. Just recently the Internal Revenue Service released guidance to help implement these tax credits, and now American innovators have even more incentive to utilize these technologies.
Eco-Tyrants: Only ‘Ecological Leninism’ Can Stop Global Warming
In every conceivable way, climate and pandemic alarmism are dancing to the same music while racing toward the same common goal of Sustainable Development, aka Technocracy. TN first revealed this within days of the very start of the COVID-19 panic.
To survive the schemes of these eco-tyrants, their titanic war against Capitalism and Free Enterprise must not be ignored or underestimated. America’s future will be determined by our near-term response. Inaction on our part means victory on their part. ⁃ TN Editor
Prominent Swedish progressive Andreas Malm has urged using the full coercive power of the state to curb fossil fuel emissions, modeling the response on global coronavirus lockdowns.
The global response to the coronavirus pandemic, which justified massive incursions into civil liberties in the name of public health, offers a model for how to address climate change, Mr. Malm contends, by taking decision-making out of the hands of individuals and delivering it over to the state.
In an interview published Monday with the leftist magazine Jacobin, Malm, who runs the master’s program in human ecology at Lund University, suggests that the moment may have finally arrived to empower governments to dramatically rearrange the world economy to stop climate change.
“There was a moment in March 2020 when many of us in the climate justice movement felt a degree of surprise to find that governments in Europe and elsewhere were prepared to basically shut down their entire economies in an effort to contain the pandemic,” Malm notes. “This is striking, given that the same states had never contemplated undertaking any kind of intervention in the economy for the sake of the climate crisis.”
The reason for this difference in response, Malm suggests, is that the coronavirus disproportionately struck the rich, whereas the effects of climate change seem to never reach the affluent. Moreover, the lockdowns were a luxury that the rich could afford, whereas the poor and middle class suffered their effects more acutely.
“This is a moment where we can say to governments: ‘If you were able to intervene to protect us from the virus, you can intervene to protect us from the climate crisis as well, the implications of which are much worse,’” Malm proposes. “The current juncture therefore provides us with an opportunity to oppose the return to business as usual, to push for the transformation of the global economy and the launch of something like a Green New Deal.”
Malm rues the “sudden obliteration of the climate justice movement” effected by the coronavirus in terms of environmental movements such as Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion, and Ende Gelände.
“Prior to this, there had been a growing momentum toward aggressively disrupting business as usual, and while there have been attempts to temporarily move these actions online, there is simply no way to exert the same kind of pressure through digital means,” he laments.
In analyzing which political forces will be best positioned to benefit from the situation of mass unemployment and social dislocation wrought by the lockdowns, Malm suggests that “it will be the far right, simply because it was in a much stronger position prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 and also because the pandemic has reinforced certain nativist political paradigms, in terms of closing the borders, putting one’s nation first, and a suspicion of foreigners.”
Politically, therefore, “there can be no climate mitigation without a massive defeat of the far right in advanced capitalist countries and in many developing states as well,” he contends.
“A successful strategy to address the climate crisis will need to find a way to weave together environmental justice, working-class struggle, and opposition to the far right,” he declares, and yet the actual destruction of fossil capital itself, including the closure of coal mines and the termination of mass aviation can only come about through “increased state control over large swaths of the economy.”
The sort of dramatic change that is needed is “totally impossible to do simply by tinkering with market mechanisms or introducing some carbon taxes; rather, it will require a massive expansion of state ownership and comprehensive economic planning.”
The “Great Panic of 2020” literally killed legislation designed to ensconce the national Green New Deal rhetoric in California law. Supporting legislators will not go away quietly, however, and vow to return with more bills to flip the state into Sustainable Development, aka Technocracy. ⁃ TN Editor
The author of California’s “Green New Deal” legislation, which aimed to tackle climate change with a focus on environmental, health and economic justice for low-income, immigrant and communities of color, says the COVID-19 crisis was likely the final blow for the bill this year.
“I can’t tell you it was going to be the law this year, but certainly COVID made it much more difficult,” said its lead author, Oakland Democratic Assembly member Rob Bonta.
With the legislature focusing on fewer bills because of a greatly reduced state budget, Assembly Bill 1839 didn’t get a hearing. Bonta says that meant the bill won’t continue on this year, but the ideas baked into it could remain.
“The California Green New Deal is alive and well … I thought it was important for us to move a bill and to show that it can happen,” Bonta said. “If it can happen in the fifth-largest economy in the world, it can happen anywhere.”
Fourteen Democratic lawmakers pushed for a California Green New Deal in January. It was supposed to be bold and big, accelerating the state’s climate goals amid the threat of drought, sea-level rise and deadly wildfires. Many environmental advocates valued the broad bill that was supposed to get fleshed out this session because it aimed to tackle climate change equitably.
In response to the pandemic, the authors turned the bill into a California COVID-19 Recovery Deal with a focus on stimulating the economy justly as the pandemic lingers. Part of the goal was to make sure communities disproportionately impacted by climate change continue to recieve support as threats (pollution, warming, wildfires and seas level rise) to lives worsen.
The bill was a spinoff of the national Green New Deal — which was sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — that failed to pass.
Bonta says the bill was important because it safeguards disadvantaged communities and people of color who “have been an afterthought with respect to the fossil fuel economy and the harm it caused for them,” Bonta said.
But Bonta notes just because the bill isn’t moving forward this year doesn’t mean its tenets can’t live on in legislation that moves forward.
He says the values could live on within the state task force aimed at stimulating the economy or as part of a climate resiliency bond, AB 3256. It’s focused on economic recovery, wildfire prevention, safe drinking water, drought preparation and flood protection. The bill would authorize bonds for the November statewide ballot to help pay for costs associated with the state’s changing climate.
“You have to combine equity and support for vulnerable, disadvantaged communities with the work to address our existential threat of the climate crisis,” Bonta said.
EU Sponsors Green New Deal To Conquer Economic Shutdown
At the beginning of the Great Panic of 2020, TN stated that recovery stimulus funds would be purposefully directed into financing the global Green New Deal, aka Sustainable Development and Technocracy. The EU is the first to lay it out. ⁃ TN Editor
World leaders know their countries face one of the most severe recessions in history thanks to the coronavirus restrictions.
That presents a unique challenge, but also a massive opportunity.
Politicians know they are going to need to spend huge amounts of money to kick-start economic activity as the threat of coronavirus finally recedes.
It is a one-off, never-to-be-repeated chance to transform their economies. So the question is, what will they spend it on?
This week the European Union put its cards on the table. On Wednesday it unveiled what it is billing as the biggest “green” stimulus package in history.
“This is about all of us and it is way bigger than any one of us,” announced Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, when she told European Parliament members what was planned. “This is Europe’s moment,” she said.
As well as being a big step towards federalism, the recovery package puts fighting climate change at the heart of the bloc’s recovery from the pandemic.
The scale of what is being proposed is mind-boggling. The headline figure is €750bn, but add in spending from future budgets and the total financial firepower the European Commission says it will be wielding is almost €2tn ($2.2tn).
There will be tens of billions of euros to make homes more energy efficient, to decarbonise electricity and phase out petrol and diesel vehicles.
The idea is to turbo-charge the European effort to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
“If we do not do it we will be taking much more risk,” Teresa Ribera, the deputy Prime Minister of Spain told me.
“The recovery should be green or it will not be a recovery, it will just be a short-cut into the kind of problems we are facing right now.”
A Green New Deal
If you are thinking this is just something that sandal-wearing European liberals might get behind, think again.
Donald Trump may be an avowed supporter of fossil fuels, but his Democratic opponent in the November presidential election is not.
Joe Biden is reckoned to be planning a similarly huge green stimulus package for the US.
The model is the vast investment projects of the New Deal that helped lift America out of the Great Depression in the 1930s.
That was the defining policy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Club Of Rome Calls For Green Reboot After Pandemic
The writers state that “we can use the science to design economies that will mitigate the threats of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pandemics.” In fact, science has already designed such as system and it is called Technocracy, aka Sustainable Development. ⁃ TN Editor
The COVID-19 coronavirus has forced entire countries into lockdown mode, terrified citizens around the world, and triggered a financial-market meltdown. The pandemic demands a forceful, immediate response. But in managing the crisis, governments also must look to the long term.
One prominent policy blueprint with a deep time horizon is the European Commission’s European Green Deal, which offers several ways to support the communities and businesses most at risk from the current crisis.
COVID-19 reflects a broader trend: More planetary crises are coming. If we muddle through each new crisis while maintaining the same economic model that got us here, future shocks will eventually exceed the capacity of governments, financial institutions, and corporate crisis managers to respond. Indeed, the “coronacrisis” has already done so.
The Club of Rome issued a similar warning in its famous 1972 report, “The Limits to Growth,” and again in “Beyond the Limits,” a 1992 book by the lead author of that earlier report, Donella Meadows. As Meadows warned back then, humanity’s future will be defined not by a single emergency but by many separate yet related crises stemming from our failure to live sustainably. By using the Earth’s resources faster than they can be restored, and by releasing wastes and pollutants faster than they can be absorbed, we have long been setting ourselves up for disaster.
On one planet, all species, countries, and geopolitical issues are ultimately interconnected. We are witnessing how the outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China can wreak havoc on the entire world. Like COVID-19, climate change, biodiversity loss, and financial collapses do not observe national or even physical borders. These problems can be managed only through collective action that starts long before they become full-blown crises.
The coronavirus pandemic is a wake-up call to stop exceeding the planet’s limits. After all, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and climate change all make pandemics more likely. Deforestation drives wild animals closer to human populations, increasing the likelihood that zoonotic viruses like SARS-CoV-2 will make the cross-species leap. Likewise, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that global warming will likely accelerate the emergence of new viruses.
Governments that succeed in containing epidemics all tacitly follow the same mantra: “Follow the science and prepare for the future.” But we can do much better. Rather than simply reacting to disasters, we can use the science to design economies that will mitigate the threats of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pandemics. We must start investing in what matters, by laying the foundation for a green, circular economy that is anchored in nature-based solutions and geared toward the public good.
Economic Destruction Is A Preview Of The Green New Deal Economy
Let this article sink in: Sustainable Development and the Green New Deal, aka Technocracy, depend on economic destruction such as is seen with the Great Panic of 2020. If you can imagine the current economic doom lasting until 2030, then you will know what they are trying to do. ⁃ TN Editor
Eric Holthaus, a popular online climate-change activist, points out that the allegedly positive environmental effects of the coronavirus crisis are on “roughly the same pace that the IPCC says we need to sustain every year until 2030 to be on pace to limit global warming to 1.5C and hit the Paris climate goals.”
“We’re doing it. It’s possible!” he adds.
It’s nice to see an environmentalist finally acknowledging the inherent economic tradeoff of their vision. Holthaus is absolutely correct that implementing a plan like the Green New Deal would hold approximately the same gruesome economic consequences as the coronavirus crisis — except, of course, forever. The point of modern environmentalism, as Greta Thunberg has hinted, is the destruction of wealth. This process is what Holthaus, and others, euphemistically call “degrowth.”
Holthaus, who doesn’t celebrate coronavirus, reminds us that merely to keep pace with the IPCC recommendations on carbon emissions, Americans would be compelled to shut down virtually the entire economy. They would need to restrict air travel, place most Americans under virtual house arrest (or raze all the suburbs), halt international and interstate trade, destroy millions of jobs, shut down large swaths of manufacturing, and stop people from using their cars — or buying gas.
How would it work? The only “Green New Deal” that we’ve ever actually seen was authored by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her plan, one supported by the Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, calls for the banning of all fossil fuels, 99 percent of cars and planes, and meat-eating, among many other nonsensical regulations, within the next decade.
Now, AOC has struggled to understand that a marketplace with cheaper fossil fuels wouldn’t herald a new age of expensive “clean energy,” but destroy it. In normal times, Americans use around 20 million barrels of petroleum every day. You’d have to layer every inch of the country with solar panels and windmills, and then print tens of bazillions of dollars to pay people for unproductive work. This is what Holthaus calls a “transition for workers.”
Also, you’d have to compel people to participate. I feel confident that Americans won’t voluntarily relive the 19th century because, whether intuitively or not, they comprehend that by nearly every quantifiable measure their lives are better because of the affordability and reliability of fossil fuels. One day that reality might change. Today is not that day.