Not that I care about any of these climate goals or treaties or whatnot, but what is this guy smoking. Since when do we vote on federal laws, or treaties, or executive orders? This is a republic, not a democracy.
From the air-conditioned comfort of his private jet, he has fumed that the presence of oil and gas companies at the conference somehow delegitimizes the entire proceeding.
He may have a point about the legitimacy of the operation. But the idea that the presence of energy companies is out of bounds — at an event littered with people who have the largest carbon footprints on the planet and which would be literally impossible without aviation fuel, natural gas-generated electricity, gasoline-powered limousines, etc. — is the kind of thing that makes normal people derisive toward self-parodying figures like Mr. Gore.
Back to the legitimacy of the proceedings for a moment. Given that the United Nations presents itself as a quasi-government organization, it is worth wondering how these particular people came to make these decisions, even if they are comically unenforceable.
I didn’t vote for any of these people, and I don’t know of anyone who did. No one voted for the Kyoto Protocol, which forms the basis of the U.N.’s efforts on climate change. No one voted for the Paris Accord, which supposedly committed the United States to reduce greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050 or to net zero by 2050. It’s a little unclear.
Here at home, no one voted for net-zero emissions by 2035 or 2050 or whatever the date might be. No one voted to ban gasoline-powered automobiles by 2035. Those were wisps of ideas by former President Barack Obama that President Biden and his stenographers in the legacy media talk about as if they represent some grand, universally accepted national commitment.
They are not. In fact, just last week, in the first actual vote on any of this, the House of Representatives — all of the Republicans and eight Democrats — voted to amend the Clean Air Act to specifically preclude a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles.
He wouldn't last 2 minutes without fossil fuel.
Speaking at a New York Times event, he observed heavy-handed policies won’t work: “If you try to do climate brute force, you will get people who say, ‘I like climate but I don’t want to bear that cost and reduce my standard of living.’”
As Gates noted, many of these people are in middle-income countries, like China and India, that are the biggest contributors to carbon emissions today and whose emissions (unlike those of the United States) have been growing.
The co-founder of Greenpeace Canada told podcast host Dan Proft that “climate alarmism is 100% untrue.”
“They said it was the hottest year in the history of the earth the other day, and it’s not,” Moore told Proft on the “Counterculture” podcast. “That’s just, period, a lie.”
“The whole climate alarmism — ‘climate catastrophe’ — is 100% untrue,” said Moore. “We are not in a climate crisis.”
Moore told Proft that “there is nothing really that radical happening” with the climate, and it’s essential to “seek the truth” and “sort out what is true and what isn’t.”