The Guardian Demands a General Strike to Force Climate Action

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Students march against climate change on Rue de Treves in Brussels on 24 January 2019. Bence Damokos [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

In the wake of serial failures like the collapse of AG climate litigation initiative, climate activists are desperately searching for other means to force the rest of us to accept their policy ideas.

Greta Thunberg is right – only a general strike will force action on climate change

McEver Dugan and Evan Cholerton
Thu 25 Apr 2019 00.16 AEST

Every day at work we all contribute to a system that is burning us alive. Downing tools on 27 September will help change it

Climate change is hurling humanity towards disaster. There is no more room to question the science, when nearly every climate scientist is in agreement that the implications of a global rise in average temperature will spell drastic changes for human civilisation. In the face of such a rapidly encroaching threat, political niceties and traditional incrementalism and compromise cannot come close to the level of change and upheaval required to solve, or even mitigate, the problem of global climate change.

The current ineptitude and impotency of the ruling class is unacceptable when the consequences of inaction are so far-reaching. More than ever, it is time for workers – those who will be hardest hit by soaring food and healthcare costs, and by property destruction caused by natural disasters and the rising sea – to exert their power and force the hand of major players (governments and corporations) to avert what is almost certain to be the next global mass extinction.

Through all of this, as Greta Thunberg has said, one thing must be made clear. There is no greater way to capture the attention of the public, and the powers that be, than a general labour strike. An old and effective strategy, it is the holy grail of activism. And in such dire times, there is no question that a general strike is sorely needed once more. Earth Strike is seeking to revive the general strike in service of a global, apocalyptic problem – one that encompasses the lives of every creature on the face of this planet.

The reason Earth Strike exists is that shutting off the global labour supply will force governments and industry giants to listen. There’s no way to avoid the conversation when profits are in danger of eroding, and production has stalled to a halt. Every day we go into work and spend our time and labour building a system that is burning us alive. The top polluters in the world are directly dependent on this effort. It is time to withhold it.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/24/greta-thunberg-general-strike-action-climate-change

What do you think? Are you worried about the impact of the upcoming climate change general strike?

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109 thoughts on “The Guardian Demands a General Strike to Force Climate Action

    • Yeah. I am not questioning the science at all I am questioning the interpretation of the science, and why there is so much post-science being applied to the real science.

      Now that we see clearly there is no catastrophe coming and no reason to act in haste to overthrow the dominant paradigm, what’s an activist like me to do? Planting trees is one way we can improve the environment. I like trees.

      The science says the ECS is low, probably under 1 degree per doubling. The models say otherwise therefore the models are unscientific because they are invalidated.

      A general circulation model is not “science” it is an unvalidated iterative calculation of a future climate state that will not happen – it is too unlikely.

    • Even sadder is the fact that they disagree with their CAGW bible:

      nearly every climate scientist is in agreement that the implications of a global rise in average temperature will spell drastic changes for human civilisation.

      When the IPCC states that changes in technology and society will mitigate most of the problems their ‘projected’ GW ‘may’ cause.

      • It should be noted that this is an “opinion” article not part of Guardian’s reporting.

        This means they have very little checking or standards: it’s “opinion”.

  1. As they say, “the stupid it burns”, and mostly it will be burning the workers and those who will be hardest hit by soaring energy costs, transport costs and by taxation imposed by Global Warming/Climate Change Alarmists.

  2. “There is no greater way to capture the attention of the public, and the powers that be, than a general labour strike.” ?

    I guess they don’t realize that 97% of their supporters don’t work for a living….D’OH !

  3. Hell, yeah.
    Let’s pretend that a neurotic teenager is a Messiah.
    To Hell with reason and logic and facts and all that rot.
    We all need a full blown psychotic episode.

      • Alan, Exactly! What a bunch of recycled proletariat-facing propaganda for the “precariat” masses, old-school mid-1800’s guilt-tripping reinvents itself as new age identity politics with irrational nihilist climate-alchemy thrown in.

      • Alan Robertson:
        ..”Workers of the world reunite.”

        Or how about ” Workers of the world Ignite”?
        Cheers
        Mike

    • What is the difference between the Messiah and the Green messiah?

      When the Messiah went to Jerusalem two milennia ago He came on a donkey. When now the Green messiah comes to the New Jerusalem only the donkey appears.

    • They’re quite desperate and unhappy, and filled with fear and hate, that people knock down their straw clowns with liberal and gay aplomb. #HateLovesAbortion

  4. Does anyone out there know where we are at with the investigation into the “Science?” Trump is putting the pieces in place but I would say far to slowly as elections around the world are being influenced by this insane bullshit. Trumps timing may be for the American elections, and it is essential that he is reelected, but a lot of damage is being done in the meantime.
    I have the TV on while I write and the ABC just said that Tasmania’s forests are endangered by climate change, because as it gets hotter there will be less rain and so therefore the bushfires will destroy the ancient forests….that is just a fucking lie in every way, but the morons eat it up in advance of a Fed election in Australia in three weeks.
    This must end!

  5. Of COURSE we all should go on strike. Lets start with the folks who grow the food, then with the guys (and gals) who get it to the factories where it is made into things we want to buy, then with the shippers who get it to the grocery stores (and restaurants) where we buy it, and then we should walk or take our horses and buggies to the store to get it, and they when we get it home we will have to chop wood to prepare it (the only thing we will be able to afford is mush) on a wood burning stove. And it is going to be very hard to find wood in Atlanta!
    This sounds like a TERRIFIC idea!
    The worst thing is that even if we DID all that, the idiots proposing the general strike won’t learn anything from it.

    • Mush??? How did you afford Mush??? My pot is full of water, sticks and dirt…I can smell the fiber from here

    • What occurs when the psych wards are closed and dope is legalized, the crazies are still crazy but now they’re self-‘medicating’ and using extremist politics to derange and disable society, and the next generation is their primary target.

      • ” Using extremist politics to derange and disable society” Consider it war, which targets infrastructure first. You note the USA is first to opt out of self-destruction. I don’t suppose that is accidental. If the rest of the world puts up a trade barrier the least you would expect is a tariff advantage for scoffers. South Australia is reported by some to have a flight of energy intensive manufacturing – going to where supply is reliable and cheap. But I don’t worry about druggies outside the deaths from prescription drugs.
        Portugal decriminalised drugs 14 years ago – and now hardly anyone dies from overdosing
        The country has 3 overdose deaths per million citizens, compared to the EU average of 17.3
        https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/portugal-decriminalised-drugs-14-years-ago-and-now-hardly-anyone-dies-from-overdosing-10301780.html
        It’s rather silly that someone observing the dysfunction of the state and its control of illegal drugs cannot add 2 + 2 and come up with druglord state ( narco kleptocracy ). Not that law enforcement does any better at piercing the bafflegab.
        Law Enforcement Action Partnership UK |
        ukleap.org/
        LEAP UK is a global network of law enforcement figures which seeks an alternative to our failing, punitive … Card Tricks – The Propaganda Fuelling Prohibition.
        The guys who belong in psych wards are in charge.

    • “then with the guys (and gals) who get it to the factories where it is made into things we want to buy”

      Good luck getting China to strike.

      • Yes, “[t]he top polluters in the world are directly dependent on this effort [labor]. It is time to withhold it.” Absolutely necessary, then, that the General Strike start in the PRC. Good luck with that.

  6. They are, ironically, the old Guard-ian, and unbelievably, unforgivably green. They are also concerned about “too many white girls next door in the Olympics.” So, rabid diversity on one hand, and conflation of logical domains, including prophecy, on the other. Either way, they are monotonically divergent.

  7. the coming climate crisis will cut production and efficiency in 10 years..
    or we can avoid that by going on strike now,and suffer tomorrow

    • Ummm…. Not sure. Isn’t a strike a denial of labour? So if you are providing a product the market doesn’t actually care for and you put no effort into producing, then is striking even possible?

      Given that the legacy MSM are trying (or at least should be trying) to compete with the growth of unregulated nuMedia, I would suggest that people like the Grauniad should think very hard about taking the day off and daring the public to try and get their news from elsewhere.

    • Juan…Only a one day strike by The Guardian? How about the virtuous lead by example.
      How about 30 days of striking and no pay for that month. Also all Guardian employees, subscribers and posters will agree to leading a CO2 free lifestyle for that month. Other than breathing out of course.
      The Aussie Conversation…academic luvvie site which got 3 million taxpayer dollars as a start up and another 3 million top up is also invited to this action.

      • Thirty days! You must be joking. The Global Warming Crisis is so serious that all true believers, like Guardian Journalists and Readers, owe it to us all to lead from the front and close down this CO2 generating monstrosity and practice post birth abortions on themselves.

      • Guardian readers do a lot of shopping in the exotic places they fly half the globe to find where they can shed crocodile tears over the way humanity (them) are damaging the world by flying so much.

        They all suffer from EHS (Extreme Hypocrisy Syndrome).

  8. nearly every climate scientist is in agreement that the implications of a global rise in average temperature will spell drastic changes for human civilisation.

    Say it often enough and loudly enough and eventually the sheeple will believe.

    ‘nearly every climate scientist’ can be interpreted as ‘every climate scientist that agrees with me. The rest (possibly the majority) can be ignored’

    • Every climate scientist is in agreement…

      Bit like saying nearly every Flat Earther believes in the Ice Wall at the edge of the world or every Disney marketing employee says Captain Marvel and the latest Star Wars are really popular.

      (also, in case you were wondering, Brie, yes that is some sort of attack 😀 )

      The ‘every climate scientist’ claim is a closed shop attempting to shut down discussion. “What would you/he/her know? You/They are not climate scientists!” That sort of denial is the same as saying you can’t discuss religion unless you are a pope or are incapable of recognising a crime if you are not a police officer.

  9. Let them strike. In the end it will be like Earth Hour, they’ll lose a days pay and none will notice. If it goes longer than a day, after a week most will be back to work as they will be unpaid days.
    Of course we could always take over their protest with Yellow Vests and signage calling for affordable energy prices and no Carbon Taxes.

    • Most gaudian “readers” work for the public sector where their immediate boss (not the real boss: the public) .. their boss will be fully supportive and give them leave to create chaos with full pay.

      It’s a strike by public sector employees for the rest of us to give more money to the public sector in the name of the climate religion. What’s not to like about that if you’re in the public sector?

      (I found your six comments from the SPAM bin today, checked to see that you have a legitimate IP and nearly clean spam blacklist, your computer clean?) MOD

    • I’m not only unwilling to work, but I’m willing to strike to make sure I don’t have to work.

      No, wait… striking is just too much work. I’m staying home.

    • I’m struggling with finding the website where I can get paid not to work.

      If I use all my e-mail addresses, I think i could get a whoppingly huge salary. Am I missing something …. ? Why doesn’t everybody do this? Screw capitalism, let’s all be rich.

  10. “There’s no way to avoid the conversation when profits are in danger of eroding, and production has stalled to a halt.”

    Out of all the nonsense and blatant lies in the above article, this one is perhaps the worst, as well as the most subtle. The implication here is that the activists are striking because ‘others’ don’t want to have a conversation. Yet it is the activists that have no desire for conversation. They have always claimed that the science was settled and not open for discussion. The subjects of adaptation and nuclear are not to be talked about. There is only one solution for the activists, and that solution is not open for discussion!

    We must obey them; give up our wealth and freedom for their greater good. End of discussion!

  11. So, what happens with all this insanity if we arrest emissions and we can return to 280 ppm CO2 levels by 2050-2100, but the weather and climate doesn’t change? It is becoming more apparent every passing year that that the sensitivity of atmospheric CO2/emissions is minimal, if indeed even a real problem. I think our descendants are going to have a field day laughing at this early 21st century lunacy. Just like we now think of sacrificing virgins and prisoners for better harvests by temple priests was lunacy.

  12. Going on strike to demand LESS? A new era in labour relations is about to dawn.

    Surely it would be much simpler for GT and her ilk to just walk home or swim if necessary. There they could produce less for their own use and save the world by example. If they need shoes, they can make rope sandals from reeds cut from the local swamp. Of course they would need a stone axe, steel being out of the question.

  13. Meanwhile China and India are building coal fired power stations as though there is no tomorrow, increasing their CO2 emissions by far more than any reduction we can make. So we cripple our economy through idiocy, yet find that CO2 continues to rise anyway with barely a perceptible blip due to our efforts. Then we wake up one day to find that China and India have taken over the world economy to such a degree that they have become the defacto world government what then? Will the fact that the world did not warm to destruction despite the continued rise in CO2 be a suitable solace? What will happen when ordinary citizens realise just how much the activists have damaged us through their hubris? Just maybe some of the activists should apply the precautionary principle they so love to that scenario?

    • Coal-fired power stations last what? 30 to 50 years? Someone should tell them that the world ends in 12 years and that solar and batteries would be cheaper and more in tune with the timeline to total destruction of the planet. See what they say back?

  14. The CAGW conjecture is nothing but a political construct.
    Gullible people have been sucked in to “movements” of all kinds since time immemorial.
    I’m just watching a documentary on Netflix about the Baghwan Sri Rajnesh and Shiela cult in the 1970s – 80s.
    The belief of their disciples was absolute (and scary!)
    But really, it’s no different to the CAGW cultists who commit to Al Gore’s “Climate Champions” movement.
    Remember, Al took divinity studies at university – basically studying to become a preacher.
    Later on, all he has done is used his preacher training to start a new variation of religion.
    And the first essential for preachers is – “you have to convince yourself of the truth of your message. Or at least do a good job of faking your conviction in your message”
    On the latter score, Al has nailed it!

  15. I get so confused by Climatology,I thought Monty Python was humour,not an instruction manual.
    Yet these artists have created a incredulous meme out of so few facts as to rival the “professionals” at the world bank.
    The weave is fabulous they tell us.
    The colours sublime.
    Only the ignorant and unlearned cannot see this wonderful Global Warming.

    As for STRIKE.
    I say go for it.
    Like a government shutdown.
    Who would know the difference.

  16. Anyone know the significance of the September 27th date?

    Also, if my fingers and toes are correct, that is 5 months away. I thought we now had less than 12 years. 5 months out of this total is a mildly significant percentage.

    I suggest that McEver and Evan are not really committed to this strike thing. If they truly were the entire article could have been slimed down to, “Strike! Now! Climate Change! Bring Friends!” and they could have both been out on the footpath before their morning tea had even gotten cold.

    Maybe they were waiting for Greta to give instructions?

    • Three possibilites: Sept. 27th is the anniversary of…
      2013 Lorde releases her debut studio album “Pure Heroine”
      2015 A “Supermoon” coincides with a lunar eclipse creating a “Blood Moon” over much of the earth
      2017 Researchers confirm existence of giant tree rat “Vika” in the Solomon Islands that can crack open coconuts

  17. Eric Worrall asks: “What do you think? Are you worried about the impact of the upcoming climate change general strike?”

    Not a bit worried. The only ones striking will be those who have the time because they are out of work or activists who are being paid to strike… which is a bit contradictory if you think about it.

  18. I’m not sure whether this article is just plain stupid, or is inciting its readers to subversion or economic sabotage. Time will tell.

  19. I have a prediction for juvenile climate worriers like Greta. (Just a thought – could she be a 10 year older version of Kevin Rudd’s “Gracie” at the Copenhagen CoP?)

    Anyway, here’s what going to happen –
    in about 2 decades or less, all the currently installed wind and solar installations will be due for wholesale replacement.
    But next time, there will be no “no questions asked” public subsidies for the replacement costs of these installations.
    And they will still be under-performing big-time.
    Retail power costs for the vast majority of voters will be at an 11-level of painful.
    So about now, peeps will start to conclude – “hang on, there’s nothing happening out of the ordinary with weather in my neck of the woods. We’ve been had. Stick your climate catastrophes where the sun don’t shine. Let’s get on with the standards of life we have developed”

    • ”in about 2 decades or less”

      Climate change freak out will be severely waning in 5 years and in 2 decades, a distant memory.
      That’s unless it doesn’t get too cold of course…

    • I have a simple prediction for juvenile climate worriers like Greta – she will grow up and realised she was being used. And then she and many others will be the biggest thorn in the backside of the remaining few climate crazies.

  20. “The Guardian Demands a General Strike to Force Climate Action”

    The Guardian Demands a General Strike to Force WEATHER Action

    FIFY

  21. Why don’t they simply strike by refusing to use fossil fuels for heating, cooking, electricity, travel etc? And not just for day, try a week.

  22. Now this is something new and innovative. A strike by people that provide no services or anything useful to society! Does this mean that they will no longer scream their (insert psychosis here) meaningless drivel at us anymore? Oh, probably not.

    • The activists are not striking themselves. They are trying to claim solidarity with the workers, and asking the workers to strike. Of course, these activists have nothing in common with workers, having avoided the concept for most of their lives. Hopefully, productive people will realize that the activists do not have their best interests at heart and ignore them.

  23. And here I thought the “Guardian” was supposed to be a NEWSpaper…..but all along it has been nothing but a propaganda organ! Color me surprised! Not.

    Oh….and as for Shell, we also hear great things from China about how they are going to “clean energy”….meanwhile building coal fired power plants at a furious rate.

  24. Maybe this is just a ploy to basically consolidate all alternatives to gas under one roof and then shut them all down. That would be a brilliant maneuver. Sort like buying a competitor to put him out of business. I

  25. Socialists, gonna socialist. They have no eyes to see, no ears to hear, but their mouths shout nonstop agitprop.

  26. As an investor I’m watching long dated bonds to see if the market is pricing in the catastrophe. Not a tremor so far. How can that be?

  27. There was a time when climate as a subject was exciting, because there was the chance that despite the lack of any trends in severe weather and temperature, we might just be in the “lull before the storm”. Despite the fact I could see not a single piece of scientific justification behind the alarmism – perhaps I was missing something.

    That was a decade ago – when yes I was prepared to debate the subject. However, a decade on, and any reasonable dispassionate person looking critically at the subject can only draw one conclusion: it’s a total sham. I am prepared to debate people who want to discuss the science, but they’re all silent now, leaving the only people still with any interest in climate being the religious nutters.

    And my view is this: if people want to believe in a cliamte religion, then it makes as much sense as any other religion so why stop them. But they should do it with their own money and not bother the rest of us.

  28. What do you think? Are you worried about the impact of the upcoming climate change general strike?

    I’m totally for a strike in the Guardian. The longer the better.

  29. Just a thought, will the Guardian still be around by Sept ? Their financial state is very precarious. If it were not for the imaginative ways money is funnelled through to them from …. and if it was not for the support from its sister organisation the BBC, it would have died and curled up its toes years ago. Global warming is killing off the Guardian, 97% of scientists agree.

    • +1

      Promise?

      I’m getting tired of the information and media pollution by this gross offender.

  30. “The current ineptitude and impotency of the ruling class is unacceptable”

    I find it tiring to read this fake claim of a ruling class, over and over….

    Now, I kind of understand that the aim of the zombie alarmists is to try and convince people that we need to rid ourselves of democracy and instead embrace a green totalitarian state. Which not so ironically does indeed have a ruling class. It is therefore understood by most skeptics that alarmists would very much enjoy to set up a totalitarian state, so as to become part of a ruling class and live a life of luxury off the wealth of the hard working conservative persons that have accumulated more wealth than the average alarmist protester’s collection bucket on the sidewalk.

    Notice to all climate zombie alarmists – WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY. THERE IS NO RULING CLASS IN A DEMOCRACY. WE VOTED TRUMP BECUASE WE CAN !!!

  31. Quite clear what is the greatest thread to the democratic system: not the climste or any change by whatever but the green movement. GP, WWF, FotE are enemies of the state, a clear and present danger.

    • Indeed!

      They should earn “terrorist organization” designations by our government, the sooner the better!

      • ‘They should earn “terrorist organization” designations by our government” I don’t know as Popeo wants to formally recognize the competition.

  32. Great idea!

    The fossil fuel industry should lead in this and could be very helpful.

    It should stop the supply of all fossil fuel products for, say, a week. Oh, and all petrochemicals etc.

    Lets see how that goes down.

  33. Based on the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, the climate change that we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. There is nothing that mankind can possible do to keep the climate from changing. If all of mankind committed suicide, global climate would continue to change unabated. There is nothing that we can do to fight climate change. We just do not have the power.

  34. The attempt to rejuvenate the tired old cliches of the left by the left in the name of climate activism has nothing to do with genuine old school Marxism. Marx was not an anti-capitalist. He wrote reams of stuff on how liberating Capitalism was for the development of the Human potential. He was a futurist, a believer in the idea that capitalism pointed to a future beyond itself. The current anti-capitalist/environmentalist movement is not based on any post-capitalist vision of the future. It wants to wind the click back to pre-capitalist society. It want undevelopment. Marx’s ideas were an extension of the idea of a Brotherhood of Man. The current left are representatives of the Otherhood of Man. The belief that it is Humanity itself that is the enemy. It is an extension of the Nazi denigration of minorities – Jews in particular – to humanity as a whole. Even the language is the same. We are lice, vermin, an infestation of the planet.

    The idea that Greta or the climate activists represent anything positive is not challenged enough. This is a deeply dangerous, irrational, anti-humanist and anti-democratic movement. There is a widespread though passive acceptance of at least some of the ideas among the majority of people due to the relentless bombardment of propaganda. This has established a spectrum of acceptance extending all the way to the extremists of the extinction rebellion, and the collaboration of the vacant political class. We are witnessing a global power-grab by the denizens of Davos according to the principles laid out in agenda 21, and the Club of Rome.

  35. might be interesting watching the runup to the proposed strike date..if anyone remembers,
    any continuing pushing and by whom will be worth noting also
    hope for usa sake Trump stays in.
    in Aus it would appear we have a looming 30% going to vote inedpendant/small parties which will be interesting also. and i doubt the greens are happy as theyre not included in that breakaway voter prefs. neither major is promoting them as partners but Labor is likeliest to accept green prefs.

  36. From the article: “The current ineptitude and impotency of the ruling class is unacceptable when the consequences of inaction are so far-reaching. More than ever, it is time for workers – those who will be hardest hit by soaring food and healthcare costs, and by property destruction caused by natural disasters and the rising sea”

    These authors are seeing the movie 2012 in their minds with whole cities sliding off the coasts and into the sea. They are about as out of touch with reality as one can possibly be.

    Before you go rioting and shutting down governments and causing all sorts of problems, shouldn’t you confirm that there is actually a problem to get that exercised about? These authors, and those who think like them are operating on *hearsay*. They don’t know there is a catastropy coming, they just heard there was and they have chosen to believe it and get all worked up over it without ever confirming any of the climate science that so worries them is true.

    The authors ought to go ask the “consensus” to tell them just how much additional heat is added to the Earth’s atmosphere for each increase in CO2. Will they be surprised to find that the “consensus” can’t give them a definitive figure? They should be, because that’s what all their angst is based on, an uncertain number, with uncertain consequences. So you want to tear up everyone’s lives over such an uncertainty? Yes, you do.

    The Climategate Charlatans have a lot to answer for, including detrimentally affecting the mental health of tens of millions of people, these authors being a good example of the detrimental effects. They have driven a lot of people nuts, and cost us unbelievable sums of wasted money with their Climategate Lies.

    I hear there is a late spring snow storm coming to the U.S. upper midwest.

  37. “There is no greater way to capture the attention of the public, and the powers that be, than a general labour strike.” ?

    I guess they don’t realize that 97% of their supporters don’t work for a living….D’OH !

  38. Really! Burning us alive? These people need a strong dose of sedative and a place with soft, padded walls, and leave the rest of us alone to enjoy life and make life better for the rest of us on this beautiful planet.

    • Bingo. The comparison to stimulating stampede in a theatre is brilliant. I call it “The air is on fire and we is gonna fry!”, complete with added excitation marks.

  39. Ooooh nooo! What would we do with a day without internet journalists, social workers, and teachers.

  40. The only strike I’ll ever attend is the one protesting “Climate Action,” because THAT will be infinitely more damaging than the imaginary crisis these idiots think we need to protest!

  41. Oh and of course, the deluded idiots that participate in “strikes” or other “protests” demanding “climate action” will be taking selfies and videos of their collective stupidity with their Chinese made cell phones, and uploading them to the internet.

    Thereby supporting the biggest “Carbon Bigfoots” on the planet.

  42. When the Parliament moves to “ACQUIRE” the petrol industries, those companies should execute a general strike…to let the folks know what it will be like when they cease to exist.

    Most likely, they’ll pull out as many assets as possible and sell energy to China and Southeast Asia. Trump might help them find a home to prevent that. THAT level of economic disruption will kill the stock market in London…$Trillions will flee the country…mostly to the US and Hong Kong.

  43. If this takes place I can see people suddenly finding out just how much they rely on reliable, affordable and constant power and how quickly things get bad when it goes off.
    I for one will be turning up for work as normal.

    James Bull

  44. NYTimes
    The Next Reckoning:Capitalism and Climate Change
    Fixing the planet is going to be expensive. Can we stomach the bill for human survival?
    By NATHANIEL RICH APRIL 9, 2019

    The most fundamental question is whether a capitalistic society is capable of sharply reducing carbon emissions. Will a radical realignment of our economy require a radical realignment of our political system — within the next few years? Even if the answer is no, we have some decisions to make
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/09/magazine/climate-change-capitalism.html

    Central bankers demand action on climate change
    Their recommendations address environmental risks that also represent financial risks
    https://www.investmentexecutive.com/news/from-the-regulators/central-bankers-demand-action-on-climate-change/

    Central Banks Are the World’s Newest Climate Change Activists
    http://fortune.com/2019/04/26/climate-change-central-banks/

    Paulson takes on China and climate change
    September 19, 2008
    One thing Paulson makes clear is that it’s in everyone’s interest to promote clean technology and energy efficiency in China, to curb global warming. According to Paulson, if China today was as efficient in its use of energy as the U.S. was in 1970, it would save the equivalent of 16 million barrels of oil a day, or almost 10% of the world’s daily oil consumption.
    All of the world must learn to make do with less, he argues. “There simply are not enough energy resources to allow the world’s entire population, or even the third of it represented by the Chinese, to lead the resource-intensive lifestyle that Americans currently enjoy,” Paulson says.
    Paulson’s an environmentalist – he is the former chair of the Nature Conservancy and the reason why Goldman Sachs, under his watch, became the first investment bank to call for federal regulation of greenhouse gases.
    http://archive.fortune.com/2008/09/19/news/economy/gunther_paulson.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2008091916

    THE WORLD POPULATION AND THE TOP TEN
    COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST POPULATION
    https://internetworldstats.com/stats8.htm

    • I think you are completely wrong. The billionaires are the longest standing supporters of environmentalism. The club of Rome, and agenda 21 make this explicit. If you really want to reduce carbon emissions then you need to open up trading relations more, increase wealth creation, and thus reduce population growth. A brute force attempt to cut CO2 will only frustrate this kind of development and thus on a cost/benefit metric it will fail. It will enrich the green blob however.

      • Hello Martin,
        None of the above “comments” are mine. Make of them what you will..
        I have my own perspective however I haven’t articulated it in above post
        cheers
        brent

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