The expensive U.N. gabfest and attempted power grab known as Rio+20 finally collapsed. Two days before Rio+20 ended in disarray, CFACT held a press conference to explain why failure was the best, the only, the most decent option for rich and poor countries alike.
“Failure in Rio would be good for the world’s poor,” ClimateDepot.com director Marc Morano said. “Failure is the only option if you truly care about the environment or poor people. Carbon-based energy has been one of the greatest liberators of mankind in the history of the planet.”
Even the great environmentalist James Lovelock agrees. “Sustainable development is meaningless drivel,” he said recently.
“Real sustainability is oil, gas, and coal,” Morano added. “It is energy that works, energy that lifts people out of poverty.”
Watch excerpts from the June 20 press conference here:
In the Financial Post, Peter Foster offers another dose of sanity:
The “failure” of Rio+20 is a cause for celebration, even if you can’t afford the champagne and foie gras that ecocrats served themselves as their hopes for “Sustainia” retreated into the policy fog.… The high priests of the new green world order crave cash, but calls for humanity to fork over for Gaia’s“services” are falling on deaf ears.…
One wonders if these aged eco-doomsters were embarrassed by support from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called for rich countries to eschew “materialist” desires and pursue “spiritual” development.
In the Daily Telegraph, Louise Gray lets us in on what green activists really think:
British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has blamed a ‘neocolonial world’, where China is more powerful than Europe, for a “disappointing” new global deal on saving the environment.… Mr Clegg admitted that the deal is “disappointing”. Plans to shift to a ‘green economy’ by scrapping fossil fuel subsidies and pumping money into new technologies like wind and solar have been watered down.…“We no longer live in a neocolonial world where a small number of Governments can get together and write a text and say to the rest of the world you have to accept this,” he added. “The developing world is much more assertive.”
“Good for them!” said CFACT president David Rothbard. “Their future is much brighter, because they have caught on that these ‘global warming’ and ‘sustainability’ charades are actually anti-development and sustained poverty schemes masquerading as environmental protection.”
— David Rothbard is president of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow.