The Empty Spectacle of the U.N. Climate-Change Summit

Activists symbolically set George Square on fire with an art installation ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, October 28, 2021. (Russell Cheyne/Reuters)
By staking out a maximalist position that leaves no room for negotiation, the climate doomsayers guarantee that nothing will get done.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s President Joe Biden limps into Glasgow, there are only two things holding back his big, showy climate agenda: politics and economics.

If you happen to be one of those people who insists that climate change should be “beyond politics,” then you are certainly entitled to the sentiment — but spare us any lectures about “democracy” in the future, because politics is how liberal-democratic societies go about their public business.

And the politics here do not favor dramatic action, whatever is said or notionally agreed to in Glasgow.

Joe Biden and his Democratic allies face the same problem as other would-be climate saviors

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