UN Sustainability Advisor: "The next human-caused climate disasters should be named Typhoon Donald, Superstorm Ivanka, and Megaflood Jared"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network has accused President Trump of being a sociopath, while at the same time directing hate speech towards President Trump’s wife daughter and son in law Jared.

Trump’s Climate-Change Sociopathy

Jeffrey Sachs

JUN 7, 2017 24

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement is not just dangerous for the world; it is also sociopathic. Without remorse, Trump is willfully inflicting harm on others. The declaration by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, that Trump believes in climate change makes matters worse, not better. Trump is knowingly and brazenly jeopardizing the planet.

Trump’s announcement was made with a bully’s bravado. A global agreement that is symmetric in all ways, across all countries of the world, is somehow a trick, he huffed, an anti-American plot. The rest of the world has been “laughing at us.”

These ravings are utterly delusional, deeply cynical, or profoundly ignorant. Probably all three. And they should be recognized as such.

Here’s more simple truth: With its large, rich, fossil-fuel-intensive economy, the US has done more than any other country to bring about the global peril of climate change, so it should accept its responsibility in helping to get us all out of danger. At a minimum, America should be eagerly cooperating with the rest of the world.

Instead, Trump’s sociopathic behavior, and the corruption and viciousness of those surrounding him, has produced utter disdain for a world nearing the brink of human-made catastrophe. The next human-caused climate disasters should be named Typhoon Donald, Superstorm Ivanka, and Megaflood Jared. The world will not forget.

Read more: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/sociopath-trump-paris-climate-agreement-by-jeffrey-d-sachs-2017-06

What a nasty anger filled rant.

I can understand a climate true believer directing criticism towards President Trump. But to include his family – what influence did Jared have over President Trump’s Paris decision? What did Jared do to be included in Professor Sachs’ nasty rant, other than to have a father in law for whom Professor Sachs cannot contain his hatred?

Update (EW) – h/t Tom Halla corrected Jared’s name

Correction (EW) – I Called Jared President Trump’s son, he is Trump’s son in law. Included President Trump’s wife in the first paragraph.

Correction (EW) – Ivanka is President Trump’s daughter

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What is a “human caused climate disaster”?

Joey

Well, the UN itself is a human caused disaster.

Greg

Professor Jeffrey Sachs:

A global agreement that is symmetric in all ways, across all countries of the world…

These ravings are utterly delusional, deeply cynical, or profoundly ignorant.

Doodle

Are communists actually human though? I thought slavery was an anti-human thing…

He see’s the end of his slush fund. Spending Billions of other peoples money is a “blast”, beats Monopoly. And that little bit of “shrinkage”, that’s in every gov’t transaction, still ends up to be in the Million’s of mostly U.S. taxpayer $$.

Sachs is also involved with the UN’s Global Pulse data push to get to the Marxian Human Development Society they call Dignity for All by 2030. https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/sustainable-development-data-by-jeffrey-d-sachs-2015-05
In addition he is the co-editor of their World Happiness Report commenced in 2012. Guess what creates happiness and well-being? That’s right, the omnipresent Human Development Society.
Busy man dedicated to quite the grasping global agenda where climate change is the excuse. Remember this week’s release of “Co-Creating the Urban Future” stated that the Paris Accords were only one leg of the three being used to implement the UN’s transformational agenda.

Rob Duncan

Any academic with Sustainable Development in their title.

Nothing says “sustainability” like “keeping black people in their place”:
Obama: ‘Planet Will Boil Over’ If Young Africans Are Allowed Cars, Air-Conditioning, Big Houses
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-planet-will-boil-over-if-young-africans-are-allowed-cars-air-conditioning-big

john harmsworth

The IPCC is a climate cause human disaster.

MRW

These ravings are utterly delusional, deeply cynical, or profoundly ignorant.

Well, this is the idiot who helped to destroy Russia after the fall of the USSR with his privatization schemes, which contributed to hundreds of thousands of suicides of ordinary citizens left bereft and impoverished by Sachs’ policies.

Leo G

A nuclear winter I expect. President Trump is a critical threat to UN political aspirations.

Chimp

Nuclear winter was the Progressive faux-catastrophe du jour before Hansen hatched CACA.

The most likely consequence of geoengineering.
For example, dropping a nuke into a volcano.

Leo Smith

10,000 windmills per square mile?

Greg

NO, 5 wind turbines ( not windmills ) per sqr mile would be catastrophe and that is what would be needed if they think we can convert the entire transport network to electricity derived from “renewable” sources.

Well, Vash the Stampede was called “the human typhoon.”

Felflames

It is where billions of dollars are spent in a futile attempt to change the Earths temperature, while billions of people who can’t afford food and shelter kill the last of the endangered species, and burn down “protected” forests to stay warm in winter.

What is a “human caused climate disaster”?

ANSWER: It’s when countless trillions of dollars and countless man/woman/? hours are invested to mitigate a fantasized catastrophe, based on fundamentally flawed premises and known-but-obfuscated uncertainties, in order to achieve virtually nothing with regard to stated objectives, thereby diverting countless trillions of dollars and countless man/woman/? hours away from research that would have anticipated and thoroughly prepared for a major solar storm and a major asteroid strike that both occurred on the same day.

Sociopathic behavior = more proection from another looney tune. Perhaps we should have kept the mental institutions open, after all.

Projection, sorry

Goldrider

Barack Obama’s HI beach house.

John Bell

How I would love to follow Sachs around for a day and remind him not to use any fossil fuel, or the products thereof.

Leonard Lane

Great idea. First get him to not use fossil fuel products. Then take away all his clothes with elastic, synthetic clothes, eye glasses stems, fillings in his teeth, shoes, automobile, pacemaker if he has one, any implants, food harvested ( unless he grew it himself without irrigation,fertilizers etc. Because commercially harvested foods use lots of fertilizers, tillage, planting, transportation, etc. They use lots of fossil fuels. Also domestic water supplies, classroom and on and on…

AussieBear

+1 Leonard! I always like to make most of your points when these eco-loons rage on about “Keep it in the ground!”. There is a lot more to the use of Petro Chemicals then just for energy.

AllyKat

Something tells me he wrote his missive on a device containing plastics and other materials produced by and/or using fossil fuels…

rogerthesurf

I think Donald Trump is the very first president who does not give a toss for politics or political stances but understands economics and finance.
Furthermore I believe he genuinely takes his duty towards the people of the United States of America seriously.
He does not need to do this at his age but he recognizes the problems the US and the world faces and unflinchingly has stepped into the breech.
What a man!
Roger
http://www.thedemiseofchristchurch.com

TA

I agree completely, Roger
This ole world wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without Trump being president. I see a bright future ahead, if we can get some of the roadblocks out of the way.
Imagine if Hillary had won. We, and our future would be totally screwed.

Greg

He does not give a damn for political correctness. That’s great. However, I fear that he does not understand politics either, which is BIG problem with the job he has taken on.

Greg,
the objective of a politician is to be popular. The objective of businessmen is to be successful.
I suspect Trump’s disdain for popularity ratings may be to his benefit, assuming he does get America back to work.

ron long

HotScot, I don’t know if America is going back to work, but I do know that my investment portfolio has gone up substantially since Donald J. Trump was elected President. When I was in Charm School for CONOCO they pointed out that a businessmans objective should be to “maximize shareholder wealth”. President Trump is attempting to apply this general principle to America, but the obstruction is unprecedented. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is an integral part of this as it was a wealth redistribution scheme based on political science.

MRW

ron long,

When I was in Charm School for CONOCO they pointed out that a businessmans objective should be to “maximize shareholder wealth”.

That means you went to this Charm School after 1980 when the idea was spawned. You might be interested in this historical info about the real purpose of granting public corporation status to businesses. It was not to maximize shareholder wealth. It was to serve the public purpose, to serve the needs of society, not shareholders. This is just one article. Writer Ken Jacobson wrote a five-part series on it, and there are fascinating podcasts as well if you wish to delve.
http://www.alternet.org/story/154789/whose_corporations_our_corporations!/

President Trump is attempting to apply this general principle to America, but the obstruction is unprecedented

I agree. Truly amazing. And so mean-spirited apart from being effing stupid.

rogerthesurf

MRW,
Thank you for your comment.
“You might be interested in this historical info about the real purpose of granting public corporation status to businesses. ”
Although Public Companies may fulfill all the things you listed, one cannot ignore that the main, essential and lasting function of a Corporation or a Joint Stock Company is the legal option to raise a Limited Liability Company for a venture where the losses cannot exceed the funds invested by the total investment of all the share holders.
Just in case you have forgotten,
since about the early 17th century, the Joint Stock or Public Limited Liability company
has enabled capital for an enterprise to be spread among a number of investors which
not only spreads the risk, (and limits the risk), but ensures that profits are fairly divided
according to each investment.
This is not only a basis of capitalism and a very large contributor to the rising wealth in
Europe, Britain and the US but is a bulwark of our global wealth to this day.
If you look at the business page of any newspaper, you are likely to see the shares and information of current Public Joint Stock Companies listed on that page.
Cheers
Roger

MRW

rogerthesurf,

This is not only a basis of capitalism and a very large contributor to the rising wealth in
Europe, Britain and the US but is a bulwark of our global wealth to this day.

I agree completely. However, priorities of obligations can vary within that definition and distinction. I think it was economic historian Michael Hudson who wrote a great article about the history of these captains of capitalism…I know it’s on a podcast I have buried somewhere.
I’m winging it here and drinking my brandy so unwilling to look it up, but Hudson describes how CEOs before 1980 were different. In the 30s and 40s, they were men (invariably except for the cosmetics and fashion industries) who worried how they were contributing to society, and if their employees were getting a fair deal. Henry Ford was a prime example; he made sure his employees earned enough to buy the product they were producing. Revolutionary. [I have a 1956 Republican poster that bragged how unions had upped the standard of living for 60 million working Americans, before unions became a dirty word.] After WWII, they changed to what were called “captains of industry.” People like Jack Welch of GE. And I forget the other examples.
Then the number-crunchers took over. Circa 1981. The financialization guys for whom the bottom line was the main–and in most cases, only–consideration. (The scourge of all media companies today.) Shareholders and stock prices. It also began the period of the stock buyback because the top people’s bonuses were tied to the price of the stock which they could produce with a stock buyback. The execs and top managers got the benefits, not their employees, whose wages have been dormant compared to the wealth accumulation of the top guys ever since.

Instead of reinvesting profits in their businesses, management uses stock buybacks to inflate their earnings per share so they can reap windfalls with their stock options. Rather than invest in real innovation, they choose to loot the company for their own benefit, underpay their workers, and deprive consumers of true value. Recently, buybacks even exceeded operating income, which means CEOs are pillaging reserves to pay themselves. This is pirate capitalism at its finest.

http://www.dark-bid.com/SEC-engineered-every-stock-market-bubble-since-1982.html

fredar

Roger. Well, i’m not really convinced that Trump is good for the economy. He is not only a big government man but also a protectionist. Both of them are not very good for the economy. Trump is a big businessman which traditionally has ment crony capitalism and is the enemy of a healthy free-market capitalism. I’m not from US, but I think both Trump and Hillary are terrible candidates for presidency. Add to that the stupid blunders, lies and insults he makes which makes him seem like 15 year old rather than the president of the most important country in the world. There is a difference not being a politically correct and being an idiot.
I’m a skeptic and I think pulling out from the Paris agreement was maybe the only good thing he has done, but i’m not convinced that he is destined to be great or something. Luckily he doesn’t seem to care about ideology and is more pragmatic. So there is always hope.

rogerthesurf

fredar,
Thanks for your reply.
First of all there are some irregularities in what you say so I hope you will not mind if I point them out.
1. Donald Trump is a big government man.
Donald Trump has promised to embark on a extensive implementation of tax cuts.
For your information, if there is even a significant decrease in taxation, the government shrinks. This is because 1. Fewer government employees are needed in order to spend the taxation. 2. With a fall in tax revenue, whole government department will become redundant. Trump has promised to weed out the most intrusive of these and I believe has already made some progress here.
2. Donald Trump is a protectionist.
Well maybe, but the US is a huge economy and has every imaginable resource and skill within its own borders. What you say about protectionism may be true in the world economy, but the US does not need to care about that. Everything imaginable can be manufactured or grown within the US. Remember they have a multi trillion debt. This is from looking after most of the free world including NATO. The US economy cannot sustain this indefinitely. Trump has clearly stated that he is for the American People and a certain amount of isolationism will do them good. Wont help you and me much though.
3 Lies and insults.
My gosh, he only gives out a fraction of what he receives. I do not think he is a liar by the way, but Barrack Obama has quite a number of serious lies recorded against him and the Democrats and news media did nothing. If I were you I would dismiss the news media and try to look for facts. You can do this by corroberating news with confirming facts.
4. Crony Capitalism.
Economics is my thing, and Donald Trump is the only politician I have ever heard who has stated an economic policy that is standard modern economic thinking. I think he is pretty clued up here and I have never heard a politician that risks a shrinking government just because of economic policies. See 1. above.
5. Idiocy.
You have been watching CNN and co. They and most Democrats and reporters do not even understand how a government can stimulate and economy without more spending, (and taxation). They are completely lost and are simply pushing a far left political agenda.
They even criticise and under report his middle east and european tour where he showed courage and minced no words. I listened to every speech on that tour. Did you?
I think Trump is a breath of fresh air, and the attitude of most media shows how far left the West has slipped in the last 50 years or so.
Yup he is pragmatic and let us hope that trait will eventually get the US Economy going again.
At least we agree some where.
Cheers
Roger

/sisyphus

Does a fascist know he’s a fascist?

johchi7

If a person wants more government control over their lives while wanting it for everybody else in everything they do by regulations and higher taxation, and wants that government to force everybody into compliance by the police state, while silencing any opposition to the agenda…would be along the lines of Fascism if a dictator is elected that ignores all the other mandates of the governing body and their charter like a constitution…would define a Fascist.

Barbara

Yale Climate Connections, Sept.30, 2010
Re: Mass.v. EPA, 2006
‘Mr Mass v. EPA: An interview with the Man Who Put Climate Change on America’s Map’
Interview with James Milkey
Interview includes background information about the case, the case itself, and the cap-and-trade-issue.
At:
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2010/09/mr-mass-v-epa-an-interview-with-the-manwho-put-climate-change-on-americas-legal-map

Barbara

FindLaw
Massachusetts, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency
No. 05-1120, 2006
For Petitioners Massachusetts, et al.: James Milkey
Follow the links for case information and references cited.
http://supreme.findlaw.com/supreme_court/docket/2006/november/05-1120-massachusetts-v-emvoronmental-protection-agency.html

Barbara

Mass. v. EPA, 2006, U.S. Supreme Court
Parties for the Writ of Certiorari
Petition for Writ of Certiorari includes:
New York City
NRDC
Sierra Club
Union of Concerned Scientists
Environmental Defense
Friends of the Earth
Greenpeace
Conservation Law Foundation
And others
Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City 2002-2013.
Use link from above FindLaw > Petition for Writ of Certiorari > Parties for the Proceeding

Barbara

United States Court Of Appeals For The District Of Columbia
Re: PJM Interconnections
Petition for review filed July 8, 2016
BY:
NRDC
Sierra Club
Union of Union of Concerned Scientists
Parties also involved in (Mass. v. EPA, 2006) Supreme Court case.
Link to filing at:
https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/petition_for_review_natural_resources_defense_council_sierra_club_and_union_of_concerned_scientists_v_federal_energy_regulatory_commission.pdf

They likely look upon themselves as saviors of their people.

Kalifornia Kook

Sachs may be on to something. When we talk about mega-scams, for instance, like anthropomorphic climate change, it could be shortened to just a ‘sachs’.
“I was the victim of a sachs, like a billion other people!”

Kalifornia Kook

Or, “I was sached, like a billion other people!”

Pop Piasa

This guy’s been forced to drop back and punt.

MRW

Sachs may be on to something. When we talk about mega-scams, for instance, like anthropomorphic climate change, it could be shortened to just a ‘sachs’.
“I was the victim of a sachs…”

Funny. Accurate.

MRW

Correction: ““I was the victim of a sachs…” is my comment. Not Kalifornia Kook’s.

Butch

So, we now have proof that these U.N. people are not sane ? Or are they just inept liars ?

paul

This guy is just a putz.

MRW

This guy is just a putz.

And an opportunist. He doesn’t have one science credential under his belt. None. Zero. Zilch.
After destroying Russia (immediately after the fall of the USSR with his misguided and ridick ideas of privatization a la Clinton that impoverished ordinary Russian citizens in a stupendous display of imposed cruelty on ordinary folk), he found the next hot topic he could latch onto and milk. Climate change. He has about as much right to speak about the subject as my three-year-old nephew. [No wonder the Russians adore Putin.]
How he came to be head of the earth sciences thing he runs at Columbia beggars belief. He is a contemptible political hack, and I have felt this way about him since 1996.

Greg

Inept liars and sociopaths.

Rhoda R

Not a putz nor an inept liar. He is part of a cabal that is attempting a coup against the entire world. Unfortunately, much of the world’s leadership is part of that cabal as well. But I agree with the sociopath part.

Joey

What an idiot. Sachs should be investigated under RICO.

DeLoss McKnight

If Professor Sachs doesn’t know the difference between a weather event and climate, why does he hold the positions that he does? And if he does know the difference, what a cynical and intentional misuse of his authority. Great virtue signalling to the faithful, though.

Samuel C Cogar

HA, ……. Professor Sachs knew exactly what he was doing when he did this, to wit:
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network …… has published commentary stating that, to wit:

Trump’s sociopathic behavior, and the corruption and viciousness of those surrounding him, has produced utter disdain for a world nearing the brink of human-made catastrophe. The next human-caused climate disasters should be named Typhoon Donald, Superstorm Ivanka, and Megaflood Jared. The world will not forget.

And when a bystander quietly asked Jeffrey Sachs what his reason was for publishing such dastardly devious defaming disinformation about the President of the US, …… his reply was short, sweet and to the point …… to wit:
Listen you, ….. I get paid a couple hundred thousand a year, plus expenses and entitlements, ….. for doing a good job, ……. and by damn a “good job” is what I am doing.

Kamikazedave

How about Megadiasater UN, for the United Nations, not Kim Jung Un.

Rhoda R

Like, maybe the US withdrawing from the entire corrupt organization?

john harmsworth

I believe the threat of that is what is needed to make the U.N. a little more focused and a lot less political. Their utter lack of economic acumen makes their Socialist stupidities very, very dangerous for the world. Especially the poor people who desperately need cheap energy for development, food production and education.

alfredmelbourne

Just another economist who has never studied a hard science subject.

SteveT

And doesn’t understand economics either!
SteveT

Glixx Zontar

Then next climate disaster will be the first.

Curious George

I believe in climate change. I believe in ice ages. I don’t believe we can fossilize the climate.

Janice Moore
John Robertson

Self projection is all these fragile fools have.
Having been cocooned in their urban habitat all their lives they have no idea that we have weather.
or the classic rule of self projection, if you be an insecure opportunist, you tend to see everyone else as yourself reflected.
Can’t cure stupid.

That is it in a nutshell, “…if you be an insecure opportunist, you tend to see everyone else as yourself reflected…”
I have been following the Comey action today, gleefully. Comey got up today and told us that AG Lynch ordered him to tone down the wording on the Hillary investigation. Comey said he complied against his better judgement, because he did not want to engage Lynch in a battle, the coward. The point being is that once again the false accusations made against Trump for obstruction would directly apply to former AG Lynch. The Dems have actually committed just about every accusation thrown at the Trump administration. It disgusts me to think of what they are doing to this nation and to the world at large with their Orwellian based attack against good men and women.

TA

“Comey got up today and told us that AG Lynch ordered him to tone down the wording on the Hillary investigation.”
The reporters at Circa News said tonight that they have evidence of more meetings between Comey and Attorney General Lynch that they are going to be making public over the next few weeks.
The Democrats have been pushing this Trump investigation for all it is worth, but there is a good chance this is all going to come back to bite them. One new investigation of Hillary is already being taken up by the congress. Many more to come. And as revelations become public, the Special Counsel may see some of these things and enter their own investigations of Hillary and the Obama administration.
The Special Counsel said today they hope to wrap this current investigation up within three months. Good luck with that! There are a lot more past Democrat illegal actions that need to be investigated.

Greg

That sounds like much more direct perversion of the course of justice than Trump “hoping”.

I listened to half of today’s hearing. One interesting question asked of Comey was “Have you ever heard of anyone ever being prosecuted for “hoping” something. That was a terrific question to which Comey had to answer “No”. The climate has indeed changed, and it only took a couple of hours. That is certainly unprecedented.

Greg

What about the meeting between ex-pres Clinton with Lynch on the tarmac? What was that about, sharing selfies ?!

@ TA…I just heard that regarding Lynch/Comey and more to the story. Also, some are now asking why is there even going to be a special counsel. This is really getting interesting. I agree with you that the left wingnuts are about to get sheared.
I would not be surprised either if the public starts voicing strong dismay at the level of propaganda/lies which the media have inundated the nation with for many months now. I even heard a bit by Chris Matthews who finally voiced thoughts suggesting that the entire story has holes through out. That was amazing on its own. Imagine Chris Matthews questioning his Democrat overlords.

graphicconception

“What about the meeting between ex-pres Clinton with Lynch on the tarmac? ”
According to Hillary they were talking about golf and grandchildren but the NSA says that they cannot release a transcript because of national security concerns.
Makes perfect sense. /sarc

MarkW

Comey declared in his October statement that while Hillary had broken many laws when she set up her private e-mail server, since she didn’t mean to break the laws, he wasn’t going to prosecute her.
I think I’ll use that excuse next time I get caught running a stop sign.

Janice Moore

Lol, MarkW — And I am going to just fill out my income tax return however I want to without checking the Code (that way, I can say I had no idea that deduction wasn’t allowed). lolololol

Tom Halla

A minor erratum: Jared Kushner, not Trump. Invanka Trump uses her maiden name.

Tom Halla

Damn, Ivanka not Invanka

Miles

I merely see that as a ‘Freudian Slip’.
And one I’d probably make as well.

Retired_Engineer_Jim

And Ivanka is the President’s daughter, not his wife.

john harmsworth

Who’s on first?

Rob

It’s not about global warming / climate change. The claim to want to save the world has always been used as a guise by those who want to rule the world.
DICED is UN’s Environmental Constitution for the World and our own Constitution Will Be Diced
The Covenant’s 79 articles, described in great detail in 242 pages, take Sustainable Development principles described in Agenda 21 and transform them into global law, which supersedes all constitutions including the U.S. Constitution.
All signatory nations, including the U.S., would become centrally planned, socialist countries in which all decisions would be made within the framework of Sustainable Development.
In collaboration with Earth Charter and Elizabeth Haub Foundation for Environmental Policy and Law from Canada, the Covenant was issued by the International Council on Environmental Law (ICEL) in Bonn, Germany, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with offices in Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.
http://canadafreepress.com/article/diced-is-uns-environmental-constitution-for-the-world-and-our-own-constitut
Now Pushing U.N. Agenda 2030 with Social Engineering of the Elderly
The Paris Climate Agreement signed in 2016 by 178 countries, the same nations that ratified the 1992 U.N. Agenda 21, was touted as an “incredible achievement.” According to Dr. Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center in Denmark, “the Paris Agreement will cost a fortune, but do little to reduce global warming.
http://canadafreepress.com/article/now-pushing-u.n.-agenda-2030-with-social-engineering-of-the-elderly

A C Osborn

Absolutely terrifying in it’s scope and I thought Agenda 21 and Sustainability were bad enough, thanks for the link.

Scary reading.
“The UN was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell.”
— Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General from 1953 to 1961
“The Utopian attempt to realize an ideal state, using a blueprint of society as a whole, is one which demands a strong centralized rule of a few, and which is therefore likely to lead to a dictatorship.”
― Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies
“It can’t happen here” is always wrong: a dictatorship can happen anywhere.”
― Karl Popper, Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography
“Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.”
– Bertrand Russell
United Nations is a dangerous construction.

A global agreement that is symmetric in all ways, across all countries of the world, is somehow a trick(my underline).
OK prof Sachs, how is an agreement that allows China and India permission to continue to surpass the US in CO2 and continue increasing until 2030, while the US has to start immediately to reduce below 2005 levels symmetrical?!?

Somehow “<" formatting did not take.

Janice Moore

If you were trying to underline with the “<" formatting, WordPress just plain doesn't have it.

Geronimo

because each country gets to choose the size of the voluntary reductions. The USA chose to reduce its
emissions immediately, China and India chose not to. The USA has the same freedom as every other country to choose its targets.

Eugene WR Gallun

Geronimo —
Are you implying that O’Bummer is an idiot who made a bad deal for the US? That seems to be what you are saying.
And even worse — tell me which way the money flows — from whom to whom? Both China and India both expect to be payed while not reducing their emissions. Don’t you understand that?
Don’t reduce emissions = get payed big bucks.
Reduce emissions = pay out big bucks.
Eugene WR Gallun

Greg

US commits to cuts emissions , China commits to increase theirs.
US pays billions per year into a climate slush fund with not legal oversight. This is given to banks in other countries so that they loan it to poor people for interest.
don’t you understand what the word “symmetry” means ? It means the same on both …. errm … sides. 🙁

Geronimo

The Paris Accord is a non-binding voluntary agreement in which each country gets to chose independentantly what reductions if any they want to make. The fact that it is so flexible is why all but two countries signed up to it.
The green climate fund is competely different. But again all contributions are voluntary and no one is forcing the US to pay anything into it. Currently the US have pledged $3 billion in total. Of which they have only actually paid $500 million.
Confusing the two leads to confusion and mistakes. For instance the green climate fund cannot be used as an argument for or against leaving the Paris Accord because the two are completely seperate.

SteveT

Geronimo
June 8, 2017 at 8:17 pm
because each country gets to choose the size of the voluntary reductions. The USA chose to reduce its
emissions immediately, China and India chose not to. The USA has the same freedom as every other country to choose its targets.

The wording of the Paris Agreement implies that emissions targets can be changed, but only increases to the target not decreases. Obviously, this has not been tested and now the US won’t need to, having pulled out.
SteveT

Retired_Engineer_Jim

The “symmetry” is that every country got to pick their own goals. The fact that the US administration in power picked different goals then the PRC or India was just free choice.
(Do I need a \sarc?)

Curious George

Does the title of “Sustainable Development” really imply an IQ under 50?

Why don’t they just rename Sandy as Superstorm Jeffrey Sachs? What an idiot. How did he get as far as he did in the climate world? Or any world?

ATheoK

Great idea, only leave out “super”.
How about “Sachs storm, Jeffrey danger level”?

PaulH

Let’s call the next war not prevented by the UN “The War of Sachs”
Let’s call the next famine not prevented by the UN “The Sachs Famine”
Let’s call the next refuge crisis not solved by the UN “The Sachs Refuge Crisis”
…etc.
/snark

Your comment really . . . Sachs . . .

Eugene WR Gallun

Janice The American Elder — Your comment really …Sachs — The obviousness of genius. — Eugene WR Gallun

RockyRoad

It’s the man who really…. Sachs. (That’s obvious genius +.)

Latitude

the US has done more than any other country to bring about the global peril of climate change…
reparations everywhere….

Leonard Lane

Nonsense.

RockyRoad

I suppose you haven’t see the pollution China or India, or even Russia is causing. The US is cleaning up its act; the aforementioned are still wallowing in their mire.

Latitude

uh guys….that was a quote from the article

Rhoda R

Quote marks may be your friend in cases like this.

Clearly over the target. The gravy train may have taken a hit. 😉

Barbara Skolaut

+1000

KT

Out of the UN…now!

Barbara Skolaut

FOAD, Jeffrey. Loser.

Logoswrench

The utter arroganc, of these bloviating wealth redistributing, poor people killing, bureaucratic jackasses is simply amazing.

John F. Hultquist

Jeffrey Sachs is one of the reasons I did not renew a subscription to Scientific American magazine.

Alan McIntire

Same here. . You beat me to the punch.

Janice Moore

Nice try, Sachs, but the Democrats have some real disasters on the books. They are called:
— “Dodd-Frank”
— “Obamacare”
— “Benghazi”
— “Detroit”
and I could go on…..

Here are a couple of points: The President withdrew from the Paris Agreement for economic reasons not because of the climate change issue and said he is open to re-negotiate the financial deal and re-enter into the agreement. He took no position on the climate issue.
His Daughter Ivanka and her husband Jarred, both with offices nearby in the White House are Democrats and personal friends of Al Gore and believe in his climate change frenzy. They had Gore to Trump Tower during the transition and the President-elect sat down with him for an hour. Ivanka did not attend the Rose Garden withdrawal meeting. So to place any blame them, as the writer did, is ridiculous and uninformed.
We skeptics have a huge task ahead of us to reach the President and get him to part with his daughter’s views on this issue. I am happy that three of our best campaigners from Heartland Institute including Joe Bast were invited to the Rose Garden function and that William Happer is still in the running to be the Science Advisor (none has been named as best I know) and that Scott Pruitt is doing great work for we skeptics at the EPA. For more detail see my blog.

Edith Wenzel

High Five to what you said. I agree.

TA

“His Daughter Ivanka and her husband Jarred, both with offices nearby in the White House are Democrats and personal friends of Al Gore and believe in his climate change frenzy. They had Gore to Trump Tower during the transition and the President-elect sat down with him for an hour. Ivanka did not attend the Rose Garden withdrawal meeting. So to place any blame them, as the writer did, is ridiculous and uninformed.”
Uninformed is right. I guess the writer doesn’t ever read the New York Times or the Washington Post. If he did, then he would know that those reporters think Jared and Ivanka were pushing to stay in the Paris Accord.
The U.S. didn’t stay in. What does that say? Does it mean Jared and Ivanka don’t have as much influence in the climate game as the NYT and WP reporters think? Or does it mean that the NYT and WP are wrong and Jared and Ivanka were not pushing the Paris Accord?
After all, all it appears we really have are dubious NYT and WP reporters reporting wishful thinking since there is no public record of either Jared or Ivanka speaking out in support of AGW/CAGW and the Paris Accord. It would be interesting to know the truth of this matter.

+10… all good points

john harmsworth

My daughter keeps the books for my businesses. She is very strong minded and stubborn. I am proud of her that she is no push over but of course, I have to deal with her when her views differ from mine. Having known her for over 30 years I understand that I have to be strong myself if I have conviction about an issue. That’s the way it is with strong people.

Imo, that was wise of Trump to state that maybe there can be further discussion. The reason being that it will help to some extent those Republicans who will face elections in 2018 from facing to many possible irate voters, who may hold worries about the AGW story.

john harmsworth

His daughter seems to be a fairly typical, bright modern girl. Her mind is no doubt infested with the common eco-Socialist ideology of our universities and her peers but I would expect that she does not like being off side with her father. It would, therefore be a very good thing if she could be persuaded to take a fresh look at the whole issue and talk to some of our best informed and credentialed denizens. How might we arrange that? Pruitt should be trying to achieve that!

Gunga Din

For more detail see my blog.

For those who don’t know to put their cursor on a person’s name to see if it is a link,
https://johncolemanblog.com/

In a sentence: That’s what Tenure can do to a bag of protein. Make them invincible and better than the riff raff. /sarc. But I digress. I’m usually quite meek.

David A Smith

We could call the next failed climate prediction Nothing Burger Sacks.

Robert of Texas

All the public liberals seem to have become unhinged, not just this one. They seem to have forgot how to exist in a polite and thoughtful society. They seem to want to create a society full of hate and intolerance where disagreement is not allowed.
It is shameful behavior and I hope people will turn away from it.

Robert of Ottawa

Professor Jeffrey Sachs is an ad hominem

Jared is Trump’s son-in-law, not his son.

Ktm

“Without remorse, Trump is willfully inflicting harm on others.”
Where is this imaginary harm?
It’s bad enough when they prophesy that harm is imminent, but to assert ongoing harm that simply doesn’t exist takes a special kind of crazy.

Ernest Bush

He has definitely harmed individuals who were lining their pockets with tax payer money. Many will be permanently harmed.

ATheoK

Wow!
Jeffrey Sachs is a bad winner and a worse loser.
Not that we’re surprised; just another progressive elite throwing a public childish tantrum.
He does propose a decent idea though.
They might as well use known public personalities to really drive home what disasters are.
How does earthquake Jeff Sachs sound? Perhaps, refer to the next deadly tsunami as the “Sachs Tsunami”?
Or issue “containment pool jeff disaster” warnings?
On a closer note, there would be other event names like “reallyskeptical dust devil” attacked a playground; or “bby ben kiddie pool disaster”. Perhaps “vvussels bustle failure”?

Richmond

Sachs is not qualified to describe sociopathic behavior or diagnose it. He is outside of his field of competency.

Eugene WR Gallun

Richmind —
He has a field of competency? In what?
It has been established that if you display high intellectual abilities in one area then you are probably competent in others.
But the reverse seems also true. Showing incompetence in one area probably means you are incompetent in all others. Have we not seen Sach’s total incompetence on display?
Eugene WR Gallun

NorwegianSceptic

Takes one to know one……

Edward Katz

According to this logic, the 1900 Galveston hurricane, which killed between 7000 & 12,000 people, should be renamed Hurricane McKinley because Pres. William McKinley was allowing Americans to burn too much coal and wood for heating and cooking. In addition, the Tri-States tornado of 1925 which killed nearly 700 in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana and destroyed 10,000 homes and buildings should be called Tornado Coolidge because Pres. Calvin Coolidge also was allowing too much wood, coal and unleaded gasoline to be burned. Chances are good that Sachs is one of these academics that was getting generous research grants for some dead end climate studies under the Obama administration and now sees these drying up. That’s the real reason for his ranting, not the planet’s welfare.

Neo

That would be Hurricane Edward VII since in 1900, England was still the leading industrial world power, and most likely carbon polluter.

Neo

That would be Hurricane Edward VII since in 1900, England was still the leading industrial world power, and most likely carbon polluter.

john harmsworth

What about all the people who froze to death during the Little Ice Age because not enough coal, wood and gas was burnt to maintain the world’s temperature? who are we naming that after?

Edward Katz

Actually it should have been called Hurricane Victoria since she was still the British monarch in 1900 and had been since 1837.

commieBob

We have a bunch of academic wusses calling President Trump a sociopath. He’s actually a warrior but they wouldn’t know the difference. He’s a lot like Andrew Jackson. The academic wusses don’t like him either.

Bill Illis

According to the Annual Report,
Jeffery Sachs’ daughter “Lisa” is another “Director” as in another head of this institute in addition to Jeffery Sachs’…
http://ccsi.columbia.edu/files/2013/10/CCSI-Annual-Report-2015-2016-FINAL.pdf
And his Wife is “Sonia” is the “Director, Health Sector” …
http://csd.columbia.edu/who-we-are/our-team/
And the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Association just gave him $10 million to set up this institute. (After he was a “special Advisor to Ban Ki-Moon on something climate related).
http://jeffreysachs.center/columns-op-eds/unsdsn-announces-launch-jeffrey-d-sachs-center-sustainable-development
I “hate” doing this kind of thing but everytime I just look a little deeper at this climate change science, this is what pops out.

Chimp

Bill,
You find the same corrupt incestuousness throughout government. Just look at the National Endowment for the Humanities.
They’re all rackets, in which “Power to the People!” means “Money to Me and My Friends!”

Bill Illis

And THEN Lisa Sach’s is the “Co-Chair” of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network Solutions Association thematic solutions something. ???? $10 million to her own organization ???
http://ccsi.columbia.edu/author/lsachs/
Call Comey in.
Oh right. Not there anymore. Does anyone think there is serious problem here that needs investigation?

hunter

Yes, Bill. The industry of NGO’s and other tax dodging institutes make all of who actually work pay more taxes to support their condescending bullshit lives.

Mickey Reno

The big crisis is that we have a government funding teat shortage and too many piglets.

Great catch – keep telling about it.

JohnWho

You know, I “hate” to admit it, but for 10 million dollars I’m willing to state that humans are causing climate change, too.
I’ll be lying, but I’ll also be laughing all the way to the bank.

Curious George

Good detective work, congratulations. The swamp, indeed.

Neo

As if “rent seeking” leaches aren’t bad enough at the national level, this leach wants to suck on the international teat.

dennisambler

He is also a “climate advisor” to the Pope!

Tsk Tsk

He’s still pissed off that his massive planned welfare state has been a complete disaster. Just remember that the original WMD is government.

Eugene WR Gallun

Tsk Task —
I am stealing that. There is a poem there. — maybe cover up the theft a bit by saying — the most dangerous Weapon Of Mass Destruction is big government.
Good poet borrow. Great poets steal. Don’t expect credit.
Eugene WR Gallun

Good old politics, the biggest growth industry on the planet.
Recruiting now.

ToddF

Yet he didn’t tell me just how less intense typhoons would be if Paris was followed. Go figure.

Neo

Did I miss the announcement that politicians can now cure a rainy day ?

Gandhi

So you have Jeffrey Sachs, who sounds like a psychopath, calling the President a sociopath? This man has some deep-seated paranoia disorders. Is he afraid of alien invasions, too?

Here’s more simple truth: With its large, rich, fossil-fuel-intensive economy, the US has done more than any other country to bring about the global peril of climate change
As a non-American, I must rise to the defense of the United States.
This is the country that pulled the world from the clutches of ultimate evil, not once but THREE TIMES. Twice against Germany and their allies, and after the second time, enabled the rebuilding of not just our allies, but of our enemies as well, turning Germany and Japan into democracies wedded to a peaceful (and prosperous!) existence with the rest of the world. The third time, the Unite States defeated the USSR, fighting them to a stand still through the cold war, and ultimately bringing about the collapse of a regime that may well have murdered three times as many people as did the Nazis, and did so without a global war.
The United States has brought about the longest period of stability and economic growth since the Roman Empire, and possibly, ever in history depending on what criteria you use to measure these things.
If the United States has done more than any other country to bring about the global peril of climate change, then I must observe that the entire free world (much of which would not be free without the United States) has gone along with the whole affair with enthusiastic zeal. For every fictitious nickle of damage that rests upon the shoulders of the United States, the world has benefited a thousand times over.
Thank you America.

Gary Pearse

I’m another non American who vigorously defends this country. I can’t go to my own gov to see the things done that need to be done. They are in the bag with the тоталэтаяуаиz of elitist world govnance. I don’t even watch our broken news organs anymore.

Rhoda R

Thank you both. It is nice to hear foreigners say something nice about my country instead of winging.

Pat Frank

All the excess hypothermia deaths in the UK this winter due to sustainabilitized fuel poverty should be called ‘Jeffrey Sachs’ voluntary homicides.’
All the birds and bats mangled to death by sustainabilitized windmills and the birds fried to death at sustainable Tonopah should be called ‘Jeffrey Sachs’ sanctimony slaughter.’
All the tax money siphoned off benefiting eco-troughers should be called ‘Jeffrey Sachs’ sustainability stealage.’
The smooth educated face of modern evil — suffused with the inner glow of righteous intent.
I seem to be angry. Can’t imagine why.

drednicolson

Most only manage to pave the road to hell with their good intentions. Jeffrey Sachs drives the steamroller than smooths it out.

Merovign

Only the best and the brightest 7-year-old spoiled brats at the UN!
Human-caused climate disaster? Whatever, punk.

charles nelson

The way I see it is that Sachs is preaching to the faithful, who are in full agreement with him. But in my opinion as their language becomes more extreme and their claims of disaster more outlandish and irrational, ordinary people will be able to identify the likes of Sachs as nutty alarmists with no real credibility. Either scientific or moral.

Gary Pearse

Nuttiness is fine with me as long as I’m not paying for it.

AllyKat

First of all, anyone who is so ignorant that they think that a typhoon, superstorm, or megaflood is a “climate disaster” rather than “weather” has no business commenting on anything related to weather or climate.
Going after a person’s children is reprehensible, regardless of the age of the child(ren). One might even say it is vicious. In this case, it is also nonsensical, as both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner supposedly encouraged the president to remain in the agreement. Now they are problems?
As usual, most, if not all of Sachs’ arguments could apply to AGW advocates. It really galls me that people insist on wasting time and money on crap like the Paris Accords while ignoring actual immediate problems. Concerned about desertification? Tackle land management, since practices like overgrazing are the major culprit. Endangered species? Tackle poaching, poverty, and land use. Deforestation? Tackle poverty, land use and management, and provide affordable energy. Air pollution? Replace aging power plants and factories with more efficient ones, and tackle poverty. Access to clean water? Provide affordable energy for larger scale water projects (treatment plants, pipes, etc.) and tackle poverty. See a pattern? Poverty, poor land management, lack of affordable energy. These are three of the biggest threats to people and the environment.
Self-appointed elites are going on luxury vacations where they castigate the general public for daring to want to have affordable, reliable energy. Governments are blowing money on “renewables” that are not particularly environmentally friendly, affordable, or reliable. “Scientists” are rejecting observations that do not support their assumptions and projections, and advocating massive spending on projects that will have negligible effects on temperatures (at best) according to their rosiest projections and negatively affect people’s lives according to all projections.
Talk about willfully inflicting harm on others, corruption, disdain, and sociopathic behavior.

hunter

Well said. Sachs, and apparently most of his family, are enriching themselves greatly with tax payer money off of the great climate fear while doing nothing to actually help people or the environment….or the climate.

J Mac

Sachs can add ‘Counter Punch Pruitt’ to his list.
EPA Delays Obama Air Pollution Rule
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/08/epa-delays-obama-air-pollution-rule/
“Pruitt stated that his decision to delay the air pollution rule relies on a stipulation in the Clean Air Act that would allow the agency to suspend rules up to a year if the agency has “insufficient information” to make compliance decisions.
EPA chief Pruitt said that the agency will undertake a review of the rule in response to Republican states and industry suing the Obama-era EPA. Pruitt himself was part of the lawsuit when he was Oklahoma’s attorney general.”

jclarke341

“Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network”
This title is a meaningful as “Director of Columbia’s Center for Unicorn Development and of the UN Unicorn Development Solutions Network”.
Unicorns do not exist. Sustainability also does not exist. Yet, the whacky world of modern environmentalism is founded on the belief that nature, sans humans, is some kind of perfectly balanced, unchanging harmonious construct. While this assumption is completely irrational, it is widely and subtly accepted without argument or discussion. Given this faith-based environment, words like ‘sustainability’ become a form of virtue. But in the real world, the only thing that is truly sustainable is death, and one can even argue that isn’t even true.
Life, by definition, is change. If there is life, there is change happening. Even if there is no life, change is happening, but usually at a slower pass. Living worlds, like our lovely Earth, are very dynamic and always have been. The life forms that do best in this environment are the ones that are most adaptable. There is name for those life forms that fail to adapt to this dynamically changing planet. They are called ‘extinct’!
In reality, any life form that needs things to be ‘sustainable’, has a death sentence. If sustainability is what Jeffrey Sachs wants for humanity, then we should give him the titles that he truly deserves: Director of Columbia’s Center for Death Development and of the UN Death Development Solutions Network.
At least that would be honest.

hunter

He should be very familiar with the legacy he is part of: Spanish Inquisition; Cromwell’s New Army; SS; KGB; etc.

Griff

Nothing wrong with Cromwell’s New Army…
Cromwell is a great British historical figure.

Patrick MJD

Like Churchill who was a profound supporter of eugenics and supported the “Feeble Minded Persons” act of 1912. Maybe some of your coal mining forebears would have been save by that bill (Thankfully never passed in to law)? We now have the, unelected, EU to do same. Ever wonder why most Brits want out of the EU?

Akatsukami

And Genghis Khan is a great Mongolian historical figure.