Paris Agreement Architect: “… Governments Are Failing To Protect Citizens From COVID-19, Climate Change”

Christiana Figueres
Paris Agreement Architect Christiana Figueres. By International Maritime Organizationhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/imo-un/39536174340/, CC BY 2.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Christiana Figueres has scolded the USA, UK and Brazil for not doing enough to protect their people. During her time as UN Executive Secretary for Climate Change, Christiana Figueres’ gift to the world was the Paris Climate Agreement.

Why “Irresponsible” Governments Are Failing To Protect Citizens From COVID-19, Climate Change

David Vetter

The U.S., the U.K. and Brazil have been “nothing but irresponsible” in their isolationist approaches to the coronavirus crisis, and such stances will weaken the global response to climate change, climate action advocate Christiana Figueres has said. At the same time, she claimed, the pandemic had created an opportunity to “reinvent” the economy in a way that valued sustainable outcomes over growth.

Figueres, the former UN Executive Secretary for Climate Change, made the comments yesterday to an online audience at the U.K.’s Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, which this year is being held digitally because of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

There is one responsibility that governments everywhere have, and that is to protect their citizens,” Figueres said, referring to the huge death tolls from COVID-19 seen in Britain and America. On the other hand, she said, “those countries that have managed to protect their citizens from the worst of COVID-19 have done their job, and they are probably the ones who are doing a better job on climate change.” Figueres singled out Germany, Iceland, Finland, New Zealand and Denmark as countries that in her view had dealt effectively with the pandemic threat.

“For years we have structured our economic process according to a linear trajectory in which we extract, we use and we discard. That is something that we can no longer afford to do.” Instead, she said, economies should move from “extract, use and discard” to a “circular economy,” whereby the end goal was not to increase economic output, but rather to regenerate resources.

The coronavirus pandemic had created conditions in which people were less resistant to change, Figueres added, and as a result humanity had an opportunity to “reinvent the way we do what we do,” from working habits and travel habits to communication and food production. “We’ve never seen anything like this,” she said, “so we shouldn’t let that opportunity go to waste.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidrvetter/2020/05/26/why-irresponsible-governments-are-failing-to-protect-citizens-from-covid-19-climate-change/

Figueres didn’t mention Australia, perhaps because Australia totally contradicts her green anti-capitalist narrative; Australia has a right wing government, elected by voters who soundly rejected more intense climate action during the last election. A government which keeps greens seething with Australia’s Federal commitment to dispatchable energy, yet whose Covid infection numbers look just as good if not better than Christiana’s examples of “good” countries.

Having said that it is difficult to pinpoint exactly why Australia is doing so well. President Trump made a lot of the same moves as the Australian government; Trump was one of the first leaders to ban travel from China.

I had a quick play with the numbers, the most likely explanation I can think of for the difference between say the USA and Australia or New Zealand is low population density (population density is a strong predictor of Covid infection rates), and perhaps a little luck. The disease struck Australia during the height of our Summer, when Coronaviruses tend to be at their weakest.

105 thoughts on “Paris Agreement Architect: “… Governments Are Failing To Protect Citizens From COVID-19, Climate Change”

  1. I will not bother to discuss this in terms of «right-wing» or «left-wing» or «anti-capitalism» or «free-markets» or whatever… Companring appels with bananas may be interesting if one wants to compare the nutritious properties of those different fruits but not for any other purposes. In short, comparisons should be made only between entities under similar circumstances.
    As to responses to Covid-19 one should compare various European countries, with different governments responses. For example compare Greece, Portugal or the Czech Republic, with Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands or Sweden. You will find out that those countries where the governments took initial strong measures, fared much better than those countries where the governments took a lenient «laisser-faire» attitude.

        • Unfortunately Ms Figures fails again to realize that globally the EU (United States of Europe) Tops the death toll with nearly 150,000 deaths within the Union while the United States of America is only at 100,000
          Ms Figures, do you want to be the Pot or the Kettle???

          • The greens are frustrated that Covid is stealing the spotlight. Must be Trump’s fault. Clearly. Never mind the cuddly panda Chi-Com’s, poor dears.

          • 100,000 virus death / 331,002, 651 U.S. population = .000302115 Not bad at all.

        • Yes, the Chicoms planned it, they sure did. They will pay for what they have done.

      • Certainly a major factor in UK and USA ( NYC ) .

        So Figgyass thinks govts. should “protect their citizens” by making fuel prices “sky-rocket” and abdicating sovereignty over energy – and hence everything which depends on energy – to the unelected, unaudited, legally immune UN bureaucrats.

        • Figueres’s line about “protecting” citizens is an incomplete thought. Govt’s role is both to protect their citizens and to promote their interests….defensive and positive roles which should be in balance. And “protecting” includes protecting their freedom.

          Totalitarians are regrouped and back in force after their abject failures with Marxist -Leninism in the 20th century. Their lust for power over our lives has rebounded. Using both climatism and covid-ism as rationales, they still wish to control our most private moments as well as our public lives. Their lust for power is something to resist and defeat.

          This is not to argue that sound public health measures should be discarded….but that public health arguments must always scrutinized, doubted, required to stand on empirical science, not convenient, artificial models.

          Todays’ young, bereft of historical sense and complacent with the tradition and reality of personal freedom we enjoy, cannot understand the phrase, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Yet our current freedoms only exist because of those who came before us, embraced the deep meaning of that phrase, and sacrificed for freedom.

          Lockdowns are inherently anti-American, anti-freedom, and disrespectful of the American people. Voluntary social distancing embraces the notion that a free people can mostly govern themselves.

    • “You will find out that those countries where the governments took initial strong measures, fared much better than those countries where the governments took a lenient «laisser-faire» attitude.”

      I’ve looked at that data and I disagree with you.
      https://www.euromomo.eu/graphs-and-maps

      The significant difference in mortality is not the lockdown – it is the degree of care given to the elderly.

        • Vuk, Belgium has a much higher mortality rate. Spain has 58 deaths per 100.000 persons, Belgium 81.

      • On the other hand England is the only country shown to have ‘extremely high execs’ , this might surprise many across the pond, but some people over-here think that the UK is turning into ‘banana republic’ despite it’s not a republic and it’s not growing bananas.
        BoJo the PM has lost the gravitas required, once darling of the masses but now is overwhelmed by the ‘rough and tumble’ of corona virus politics, the is a tragicomic farce, while the actual power behind the throne, once the Kingdom’s biggest brain, is prematurely exhibiting the alzheimer’s syndrome transposing reality into a verbal hologram.

      • Allan; there may be some truth in that. Norway and Sweden are neighbours, with very much of the same political and social systems. Pop. 5 mill. in Norway, 10 in Sweden. As of today, Norway has 235 deaths, Sweden 4220. Sweden did not go into lockdown like Norway, but they also failed to protect their old and vulnerable citizens, for instance by allowing visits to nursing homes for a much longer time than in Norway (and Denmark). In Sweden, the government let the health authorities decide virus policies, thus avoiding responsibility, in Norway the government made these decisions themselves, some times against the advice of the health specialists. This was probably not always the best thing to do, like refusing people to use holiday homes, while allowing malls to be open, and also closing schools and kindergartens for no good reason. In Sweden there were for a long time recommendations about behavviour, not mandatory rules. Peopke met and partied in ski resorts long after everything was closed in Norway. The big failure of Sweden is that their stated priority was to protect the old and weak, and they failed miserably. When it comes to economic effects, a study has now been made between the lockdowm country Denmark, and Sweden. It turns out that Denmark had a 29% decrease in economic acticity, whereas it was 25% in Sweden. This is very surprising, as most people believed that keeping most of society open would protect against economic misery. So Sweden got the worst of both worlds. To the east of Sweden lies Finland, wheer the situation is practically the same as in Norway and Denmark. So the Nordic nations, which are like siblings, chose dramaticaly different paths with dramatically different results.

        • You seem to have missed the point. Sweden enforced some measures such as banning gatherings of more than 50 people, no drinking at the pub bar and increased distance between tables at restaurants. Apart from that, people were allowed to continue their lives as normal and make their own judgements about what risks they are prepared to take and modify their behavior accordingly. The Swedes have not imposed laws that, for instance, fine people £1,000 for just sitting on a park bench or sunbathing on a beach, and there are no supermarkets and banks forcing customers to wait for ages outside until someone allows them in because of “social distancing” – which was dreamed up by a 14-year-old girl 20 years ago and has no scientific backing whatsoever. Apart from the care home deaths, Swedes made all the right choices, and when asked in private most people in lockdown countries would choose to follow Sweden than the idiotic approach of (say) Britain.

  2. Judging from some of the examples mentioned on this site and others , “extract , use and discard” perfectly describes the life history of solar panels and concrete embedded wind turbines.
    For those unfamiliar with “Hay” , it is Hay- on- Wye a rundown market on the Welsh-English border which was rescued by becoming a centre for bookshops and related media , both for physical and online browsing and purchase.
    Why this political rant is doing in a festival supposedly devoted to literature and the arts?
    I presume Figueres is getting bored with not being able to jet around the world to lavish conferences where she can abuse the working people whose taxes subsidise her privileged lifestyle.

    • Mike I thought exactly the same thing as you when I read “extract, use and discard” in regards to a description of the life of wind and solar renewables, it’s perfect.

      In regards to the little artsy bookshop, you will find that almost all people from any field of the arts are going to be leftist/socialists. And it’s likely that many activists come from the arts too.

  3. If Christiana said it, it must be true.

    Even though she doesn’t know sh*t from clay.

        • “Does anyone, honestly, give a flying frack what these UN people say?”

          Only Boomers who still watch CNN.

          • I doubt even the Boomers are still watching CNN. Time was James Earl Jones would proudly state “You are watching CNN.” now a days, that should be a question “You are watching CNN?” or a statement of incredulity “(I can’t believe) You are watching CNN.”

  4. Figueres has it all figured out, hasn’t she? Governments must protect their citizens. Which citizens should governments protect, those with end of life conditions waiting to die from natural causes, or the rest of the population that is least affected and can ultimately provide herd immunity? The COVID 19 crisis appears to be driven by a substantial degree of psychosis affecting public administrations and journalists desperately seeking to be politically correct at enormous cost and burden to the rest of society.

    ‘The disease struck Australia during the height of our Summer when Coronaviruses tend to be at their weakest.” It implies UV as a controlling factor and the low sunspot numbers producing less UV as a significant spreading factor right from the start. Wet markets may need to be fitted with UV radiation.

    • “The COVID 19 crisis appears to be driven by a substantial degree of psychosis affecting public administrations and journalists desperately seeking to be politically correct at enormous cost and burden to the rest of society.”

      It’s the fallout from a the political left that’s bcome apoplectic to the core because 1) they have mostly bad ideas whose intended consequence are to destroy economies and 2) their mantra is their way or the highway and it you don’t think so, you’re can’t possibly be a good person.

    • She doesn’t necessarily want your wallet, that is just the outcome of her economic plan.

      “Instead, she said, economies should move from “extract, use and discard” to a “circular economy,” whereby the end goal was not to increase economic output, but rather to regenerate resources.”

      She & her kind would use the initial resources as they see fit. Others spend their days regenerating/recycling the left-overs after she is done with them. Others still reuse the more expensive re-generated stuff. She & people like her will manage the process because there is no individual incentive for anyone (‘cept the managers … and their incentive is to keep their cushy positions), so the process needs to be managed/controlled.

      It is green socialism, except it is less efficient the regular kind of socialism because they need to shove in one more rationalization/step to justify it. The regular most ‘efficient’ kind of socialism doesn’t have to justify anything they just say screw you, do what I say (see china).

      • Absolutely true. Their vision of the perfect society doesn’t allow innovation or production in any way. It is wholly a suppression of the people and what they are allowed to own.

        Socialism of the worst kind.

      • The lede picture is a perfect representation of a socialist person that loves to spend other people’s money.

    • Yes. Excellent picture, she really does look like Satan.

      Physiognomy has been true all along.

  5. “There is one responsibility that governments everywhere have, and that is to protect their citizens,”

    There is one responsibility the U.S.Government has, and that is to protect their Citizens liberties under the Constitution. There fixed it.

    Unfortunately the Federal Government is paying extortion money, in the form of debt obligations for future taxpayers who are as yet unborn, to the States to institute and enforce tyrannical lock downs that walk all over individual liberty under the guise they are saving lives from a virus with a .03 percent fatality rate. A fraction of the deaths increase from suicide, drug abuse and domestic abuse.

    • Actually, the fatality rate in the US, based on total deaths attributed to COVID-19 divided by the total number of diagnosed cases of COVID-19, is hovering around 6%. This is consistent with the same math applied to global numbers.

      • You have to love statistics. Change the verbiage and the numbers and you have the above two values of .03% and 6% both reasonably true.
        I myself would move towards the former number since several of people I know, myself included, had the mild “symptoms” of the virus and were never tested.

        Glenn

        • There’s three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. — popularized by Mark Twain

          • It is a statistical fact that a very, very small percentage of US citizens live beyond age 100 (approximately .017% even today). Mark Twain died at age 74, relatively old by those damned statistics in effect at the time of his death.

            I won’t go into the statistical probability that people rely on for not worrying that the Sun will go supernova tomorrow . . . after all, those statistics may just be lies.

            /sarc

        • Glenn you didn’t die? You weren’t hooked up to ventilator?
          You recovered?

          My mind is blown 😉

          • I have friends near Milan and yes they did test positive and felt only mild symptoms.

            One of those friends however lost 5 people in his family and his dad was sick for a good week. He did say the 5 that passed were all over 70 but sad none the less.
            I am also aware of entire villages in Northern Italy with no one left over 80 in them.

        • The seasonal flu can present the same “mild symptoms” as COVID-19. You can never establish if someone is/has been infected by COVID-19 just by symptoms . . . you need a specific test to determine such.

          That is why I prefer the specific definition of lethality given in my OP.

          The lethality number of .03% has no basis in fact unless one wants to ASSUME all of the (US) population has been exposed to COVID-19 at one time or another.

          • Gordon

            Correct you can not assume my symptoms, nor any of the others that I talked about, were related to Covid-19 .

            The deaths include people that the doctors were assume to have had Covid-19, based on the CDC reporting requirements. My Googlefu failed and I could not find a link for the video I watched on that, so you can ignore if you want.

            We are also told it is highly contagious so one would have to assume I had it. /sarc

            FYI I spent around 100 hrs in airplanes since January 6 until the lock down at the end of March.
            I flew to Michigan, Florida and Texas and Southern Cal, multiple times in that time period.
            My last day flying was a few days after the start of Michigan’s lock down. The only place I could get food was at the fast food restaurants using their drive threw. Flying home was nice though only 10 people on the first plane and 25 on the last. I fly in and out of SMF by the way.

            Glenn

          • 6% is beyond ridiculous

            We’d be using front end loaders to dig pits and push the bodies in to burned and buried.

            If you say 6% in long term care homes where the state government insisted sick people be sent, the equivalent of tossing smallpox infected blankets into native villages back in the bad old days, then I’m with you.
            Otherwise, completely ridiculous

  6. “There is one responsibility that governments everywhere have, and that is to protect their citizens,” Figueres said,

    And governments world wide must protect their citizens from globalist megalomaniacs like Figueres and their supporting bureaucracies who abuse science in a vain attempt to support the unsupportable.

  7. From the above article: “On the other hand, she said, ‘those countries that have managed to protect their citizens from the worst of COVID-19 have done their job, and they are probably the ones who are doing a better job on climate change.’ Figueres singled out Germany, Iceland, Finland, New Zealand and Denmark as countries that in her view had dealt effectively with the pandemic threat.”

    Interesting that Christiana Figueres did not include China on that list. By the numbers they report to the WHO, China (or perhaps its just the CCP) is doing the most amazing job in controlling COVID-19 within its borders. Why, they report daily rates of new infections and new deaths in single digits each, this with a total population exceeding 1.4 billion people. Just phenomenal . . . no other country in the world approaches their low per capita percentages in this regard!

    Since it is obvious to Ms. Figueres, and to most of the WHO bureaucrats, that China would never lie about such things as the origin, spread and current status of COVID-19 in China, by her logic China must be at the top of list of countries that are fighting climate change™.

    So all those reports of China planning to build hundreds of new fossil fuel power plants must just be disinformation spread by other jealous countries, especially the United States. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

    • Why, they report daily rates of new infections and new deaths in single digits each

      Both in single digits? then they must have a super-high fatality rate, near 100% in fact. Either that, or their numbers aren’t worth spit.

      • WHO Situation Report-127, dated May 26, 2020 (https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200526-covid-19-sitrep-127.pdf?sfvrsn=7b6655ab_8 ) reports that China had 7 newly-confirmed case of COVID-19 and ZERO new deaths from COVID-19 in the previous 24 hour period.

        To help you out with the math (which you appear to be struggling with), 7 divided by 1.4 billion is an infection rate of .0000005% per day. And 0 divided by 1.4 billion is a death rate of .0000000000…% per day. In my world, these are very small rates, nowhere close to 100%.

        • You said both were in single digits, that implies both were positive numbers “IE greater than zero but less than 10”, if you meant zero you should have said “no deaths and single digit new cases” (Hint: if there are no deaths, that isn’t a single digit of deaths, that’s the total absence of death IE no digits of death)

          (BTW Does anyone really believe they’ve had so few cases and deaths?).

          to help you out with the math, Gordon, if they report 1 new case and 2 news deaths (both within your single digits territory) that’s a 200% death rate. 2 of each would be 100% on the nose. Granted its marginal death rates, but extremely high. That’s the thing with small numbers, they make it easy to get high rates. even at the most extreme ends of single digits (9 cases, 1 death) it’s a little over 11% (not as high as 100%, so mea culpa on the exaggerating hyperbole, but still much higher than any reported percentage number).

          • Gordon take note: The absence of something is *nothing* not a digit, not any positive number. Again, if you meant zero you should have said zero. period. You fail to communicate what you meant, own it and get over it.

    • Exactly, Gordon. The first thing that jumped out at me was the absence of mention of China, which was the most irresponsible in handling the virus by orders of magnitude, matching their action against climate change which consists of making no attempts to cut emissions and increasing them at ever greater volumes.

      What she’s done is confirm that the supposed concern over climate change has nothing to do with CO2 emissions, or even climate change at all.

  8. So, yes, countries are supposed to protect their people. That’s why we have an army and federal police and courts and laws, etc. On the other hand, the left’s instinct that the government has to protect us from everything is bunk and counterproductive.

    Taiwan stands out as a rebuke to Beijing’s claim that its totalitarian system is superior to democratic states in controlling infectious diseases, and Taiwan’s accomplishment has particularly enraged Beijing, which has long maintained a specious claim that Taiwan is a breakaway province that rightfully belongs to the People’s Republic of China. Most significantly, Tsai’s government accomplished its victory over SARS-CoV-2 by ignoring the calamitous advice of the World Health Organization’s director-general, the Beijing sycophant Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. link

    Taiwan’s success at battling the Wuhan flu has been remarkable. As far as I can tell, it was done without shutting down the economy. Folks attribute Taiwan’s success to its experience with SARS. One of the family members with deep roots in Taiwan tells me that another reason is that the Taiwanese people trusted the government and pretty universally complied with its directives. Ah, yes, social cohesion. The left doesn’t like that either because it might marginalize minorities or something like that.

    • The alternative is to trust the Chinese which they vehemently do not. Nobody should trust the Chines.

  9. Huge death tolls?

    I’d like to see an ACCURATE death toll – of which no country has one. Everybody is using a different metric, yet these talking animals act like they have solid information.

    Get back in your cage, Christina. We’ll let you know when we want the circus back.

    • I’d like to see an accurate infection rate because a death fraction is meaningless if the denominator is grossly under-sized. T he comparisons above are hot air.

  10. There seems to be a coordinated campaign to get the global warming meme back at to the top of the news agenda. I wonder who is organising it?

  11. Would it be out of order to suggest to this woman that she should “mind her own ****ing business” and stop telling the people of the world how to run their lives. We don’t want her climate lies nor her totalitarian world government nor her miserabilist subsistence-level existence.

    We tried that for several thousand years and didn’t like it and if she fancies the idea let her find her own self-sufficient niche — sans fossil fuels, sans TV/radio/internet (except when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining), sans transport (unless she knows how to look after a horse) — and leave the rest of us to live as suits us, not her and her fellow doom-mongers.

  12. The United Nations and Leftists everywhere are now advancing directly to: The Grand Unified Theory of Global Warming and Pandemic and the Need To “Reinvent The Economy”. This is a direct attempt to go straight to Communism. Don’t let any socialist say they have a lesser intention, because Socialism is simply Communism Light. Work? Optional! Save for retirement? No! Voter Cheat by Mail? Bring it!

    • They know they’re running out of time. Nationalism is rising everywhere, and they either get their global communism now… or never.

      But even that won’t work, because only Western governments have been corrupted to the point where they’ll go along, and some countries like the US are doing what they can to root out that corruption. Without India and China, the UN’s plans are pretty much irrelevant.

    • Note that the EU “Virus Recovery Plan” which means borrowing a vast amount of money (which will be in part given to some countries, mostly in the south, and in part lent out to other membrts), is directly linked with the shift to the “Green Economy”. This is a magnificent chance for the Eurocrats (something very different from democrats) to pressure members into accepting a new economic climate policy, under the guise of relief. But so far it is only a proposal, several members are not happy about it.

      “The EU now has a genuine chance to invest in ways that jointly address the current health crisis, the economic crisis the pandemic has triggered, and the ongoing climate crisis that will otherwise drive our next health emergencies.”

      https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/06/the-eu-s-covid-19-budget-and-recovery-plans-must-ensure-a-safe-and-healthy-future-view

  13. Help us all we need protection form the UN. You can see all over the world the massive attempts at muzzling of free speech. Beware censorship, the tool of the ignorant fools (yes I mean you Liberal Party of Canada, among others). The talk of “fake news” is nauseating, when it is your government who has been lying to you for decades about CO2 how the hell do these people actually think I’m going to listen to them?
    I have thoroughly enjoyed completely turning off my televisions as I cannot stomach the constant doom sayers on the MSM. Without sports I have quite happily kicked the TV habit and am free to pursue knowledge through research – something that the Ilk of Justin Trudeau hate. And guess what “Climate Change ” is the same damn political lie it has always been, as it was created to be from the very start. The like of Maurice Strong empowered very dangerous people like the above mentioned CF.

  14. This shows how lefty media will bend over backwards to avoid talking about the real threat to our lives — governments (including state and local ones) willing to keep us imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial, allegedly in order to protect us from a flu virus with an 0.026% death rate. Give me a break.

    But this is a great opportunity to post replies pointing out that the large number of people who will now want to move out of affected areas (blue states and urban areas, in the US) should do so quickly, before their ability to go there is taken away under the UN “smart growth” agenda. There is no rational reason for those of us who can work remotely to go on living anywhere near a city.

  15. This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution — Christiana Figueres

    Still looking to change the economic development model it seems.

  16. The only connection between Wuhan virus and climate change is they have both been designed BY China to benefit China. That is the ONLY connection.

  17. The lady should walk down the hall at the UN and skold Dr. Tedros of the WHO (a UN entity), who not only failed to warn the world of the dangers of Covid-19, he has run interference for China, and has otherwise pro-actively impeded the actions of UN member states to deal with the resulting catastrophe.

    • The only actual catastrophe was caused by governments. First under-reacting when they could have stopped the spread by closing borders, then over-reacting by closing down their own countries after it spread there.

      And the UN’s solution…? More and bigger government.

      The real solution is to end the UN. Turn the building into a plague hospital for next time.

  18. Funny she didn’t mention Vietnam on her list of Covid19 beating countries. 270 total cases and zero deaths seems pretty impressive from a country of 97M that borders China. Oh I forgot- they burn lots of dirty Indonesian coal. Can’t say anything good about them.

    • Close neighbors of China did well because they know not to trust China. When China announced the virus and said there is no human to human transmission of the virus, they immediately set to work to protect their citizens.

      I learned in February from my doctor about wet markets and viruses in China when I asked why vitually every flu seemed to come from China. He said he’d been to Vietnam a couple of years before and was told the gov there had closed all their wet markets and legislated that one could not raise animals for food in their own dwellings, but needed separate buildings and hygenic practices. A lot of poor people were doing this “farming” for extra income.

      • “Close neighbors of China did well because they know not to trust China.”

        Exactly!

        • Taiwan warned the WHO very early, but was ignored , becuae the WHO is controlled by China. Vitenam has a border with China, and a large amount of trade, but closed down travel almost immediately there was information about the virus in China. As a result, this poor communist country has not suffered any deaths from the virus.

  19. I have no doubt she thinks a One World Government led by the UN with her somewhere in that body of Kleptocrats thinks they could do it better. History of course tells us Ms Figueres is wrong and is only a self-dealing elitist snob who could care less about the unwashed masses who she undoubtedly hates.

  20. Very good article – and it agrees with me. 🙂

    HOW FEAR, GROUPTHINK DROVE UNNECESSARY GLOBAL LOCKDOWNS
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/05/21/how_fear_groupthink_drove_unnecessary_global_lockdowns_143253.html

    By Yinon Weiss
    May 21, 2020

    Reliance on Faulty Models

    In the face of a novel virus threat, China clamped down on its citizens. Academics used faulty information to build faulty models. Leaders relied on these faulty models. Dissenting views were suppressed. The media flamed fears and the world panicked.

    That is the story of what may eventually be known as one of the biggest medical and economic blunders of all time. The collective failure of every Western nation, except one, to question groupthink will surely be studied by economists, doctors, and psychologists for decades to come.

    To put things in perspective, the virus is now known to have an infection fatality rate for most people under 65 that is no more dangerous than driving 13 to 101 miles per day. Even by conservative estimates, the odds of COVID-19 death are roughly in line with existing baseline odds of dying in any given year.
    ___________________________

    MY ASSESSMENT OF COVID-19 – MID-MARCH, 2020 –CORRECT-TO-DATE

    The Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama provided excellent data on the morbidity/mortality of Covid-19 for different age groups – it had little or no effect on the majority younger healthier population, but was highly dangerous to the old and infirm. That was my confident conclusion by mid-March. I wrote that the full-lockdown was NOT necessary on 21-22Mar2020.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/03/21/to-save-our-economy-roll-out-antibody-testing-alongside-the-active-virus-testing/#comment-2943724
    [excerpt- posted 21Mar2020]

    LET’S CONSIDER AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH, SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION OF THE ABOVE CONCLUSIONS:
    Isolate people over sixty-five and those with poor immune systems and return to business-as-usual for people under sixty-five.
    This will allow “herd immunity” to develop much sooner and older people will thus be more protected AND THE ECONOMY WON’T CRASH.

    https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/end-the-american-lockdown/comment-page-1/#comment-12253
    [excerpt- posted 22Mar2020]

    This full-lockdown scenario is especially hurting service sector businesses and their minimum-wage employees – young people are telling me they are “financially under the bus”. The young are being destroyed to protect us over-65’s. A far better solution is to get them back to work and let us oldies keep our distance, and get “herd immunity” established ASAP – in months not years. Then we will all be safe again.
    ______________________________

    Much of the data for Covid-19 is poor quality – the one stat that is difficult to mess up is “Total Deaths From All Causes.”

    Examine “Total Deaths From All Causes” and when it peaks – and it peaked in 2020Week14-15 across Europe, regardless of full lockdown or minimal lockdown.
    https://www.euromomo.eu/graphs-and-maps

    Total Deaths peaked 1-2 weeks later in North America.

    From infection to death takes ~3-4 weeks, so peak infections happened 3-4 weeks prior, about mid-March2020, before the lockdowns had any effect.

    I therefore concluded the lockdowns were too late and had little or no effect on mortality but did a great job of destroying the economy and impoverishing the young and the low-paid and wasting trillions of dollars.

    Statistician William M. Briggs subsequently reached the same conclusion based on more data:
    “THERE IS NO EVIDENCE LOCKDOWNS SAVED LIVES. IT IS INDISPUTABLE THEY CAUSED GREAT HARM”
    https://Wmbriggs.Com/Post/30833/

    The full-Gulag lockdowns were an unnecessary, costly debacle.
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    • “The full-Gulag lockdowns were an unnecessary, costly debacle.”

      So, when would a full lockdown be necessary? Are there any circumstances where this would be a good move?

      • The Zombie apocalypse. And you’ll know it’s the Zombie apocalypse because of all the brain chomping Zombies wandering the streets. (do I really need a /sarc when the mention of zombies should be obvious enough?).

      • Difficult question Tom.

        Lockdown has to be done before the virus is widespread.

        But this lockdown was too late – the stampede had left the barn.

        • “Difficult question Tom.

          Lockdown has to be done before the virus is widespread.”

          Allan, I think those are the essential questions that need to be answered for any future appearance of an unknown virus.

          I think just about everyone can agree that if we do get another unknown infectious virus then society will have to take steps to minimize the damage until the extent of the danger is known.

          If a virus was as infectious as the Wuhan virus and as lethal as the Ebola virus, then society would have to shut down social interaction just as soon as possible. So that’s what we have to know before we can breathe a sigh of relief.

          How long will it take to idenfify the lethality? Probably not long if it were to be as bad as Ebola.

          This shutdown has taught us valuable lessons, both good and bad, that can be applied to the next one. Instead of a full shutdown, we can probably get away with a limited shutdown, unless the virus is extremely lethal, or maybe even no shutdown at all, if we can get on top of the virus quickly enough..

          And our medical science on this subject is advancing by leaps and bounds, and we may be able to put ourselves in a position where we can detect unknown viruses in the wild much quicker, and the vaccine work we are doing now will be applicable in the future.

          We will be in a better position to handle the situation next time. Now, we just have to get through this one.

          • Hi again Tom,

            Specific to Covid-19 – there was no need to lockdown the workforce – that was a huge error.

            Covid-19 was dangerous to the elderly and infirm, and much less dangerous to the young and healthy majority,
            – so protect the elderly from infection – double-down on that; and
            – let the workforce carry on with reasonable precautions; and
            – establish herd immunity ASAP;
            – and everyone would soon be safe again.

            This was obvious to anyone with general analytical skills by mid-March – I published that conclusion with high confidence on 21Mar2020.

            Because Covid-19 was an “intermediate-level flu”, that is of intermediate severity, more stringent steps were NOT needed.

            The more serious the flu is, especially among the younger population, the greater the need to lock down schools, the workforce, etc. Covid-19 was NOT that serious flu.

            If we had a recurrence of the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919, that would warrant a strong lockdown – assuming we could lock it down before it became widespread.

            The Covid-19 lockdown was not at all necessary – it was a monumental overkill – a huge, costly, wasteful debacle.

            Regards, Allan

  21. The Totality coming out of the woodwork to preach and whinge were already beaten when Trump took USA out of the Plan. The rest of the western world was in the bag. With covid now using up resources. They really should be planning a funeral for their climate fronting of Marxbrothers NWO Plan meeting in Glasgow or wherever .

    The developing economies weren’t fooled, but were in it for the cash that never showed up. China negotiated a business as usual stance going ahead with massive coalfired power development. Ditto India and the rest of Asia.

    Also in keeping with long range plans for acquiring raw materials to supply planned global domination, economic and otherwise, China is building large numbers of coal based electrical in Africa. They are the new colonial masters there and they are going to show how its done.

    So, 6 billion people have opted out of the Plan and 1.5 billion have their heads in the sand and delusions of grandeur. Folks we are helpless to prevent doing the big CO2 experiment. We will have the finest of big data to measure the effect of rising CO2 on the climate, its sensitivity, transient and full effect, will be known to decimal places. Don’t these people know this yet?

  22. Why “Irresponsible” Governments Are Failing To Protect Citizens From COVID-19, Climate Change, rogue meteors, dangerous ladders, Reptilian Overlords, Supernovas, cosmic rays, smothering KARENs

    • Why “Irresponsible” Governments Are Failing To Protect Citizens From COVID-19, Climate Change, rogue meteors, dangerous ladders, Reptilian Overlords, Supernovas, cosmic rays, smothering KARENs…

      .. Hemorrhoids, Toenail fungus, Planters warts, Explosive diarrhea, The heartbreak of psoriasis, Global warming, Wilder weather, Human sacrifice, Dogs and cats living together, Mass hysteria…

      • Why “Irresponsible” Governments Are Failing To Protect Citizens From …., Reptilian Overlords,

        yes, David Icke has been warning us for years about that, but would anybody listen? Noooo!!! /sarc

  23. There’s that word again, “reinvent”. It’s like the socialists are passing around a “Approved Language” book.

  24. “For years we have structured our economic process according to a linear trajectory in which we extract, we use and we discard. That is something that we can no longer afford to do.”
    This sounds exactly like breathing, drinking and eating, all activities that extract and discard. How bloody selfish of me because I’ve been doing this all my life.
    What an intellect and I’m so glad she has gained such a lofty position of influence. So what exactly has she invented or discovered or made?

  25. The EU staff live in their created bubble. There are absolutely clueless.

    When economic active goes goes down. Government spends a pile more. The money is gone. The GDP machines are broken. Spending a pile more is not going to change that.

    When some of the EU countries were rich… there was money to waste, by creating and an entire new layer of chaotic government to waste money…

    The EU countries are 30% poorer (tourism demand is gone, unemployment is 30%) and they must cut expenditures to pay pensions, police, run healthcare, and so on.

    First on list?

    Not a trick question. The EU is gone. Some governments are also going.

  26. the only figures even vaguely known at this point are population and deaths. Figueres is showing her politics as usual:

    Statista: Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths worldwide per one million population as of May 27, 2020, by country
    #1 Belgium (home of EU) 817.19
    #9 United States 391.95
    #15 Brazil (behind Ecuador & Peru)
    coronavirus-deaths-worldwide-per-million-inhabitants

    AUDIO: 27 May: news.com.au: Countries are ‘reverting back to economic nationalism and we must respond’: Canavan
    Countries are ‘reverting back to economic nationalism and we must respond’: Canavan
    Nationals Senator Matt Canavan says “the world has changed” and he thinks Australia should remove itself from the Paris Climate Agreement as “there doesn’t seem to be a lot in it for us”. He said, “while China is not even honouring a trade agreement,” the nation is “tying ourselves down” by remaining within the agreement. “We’re increasingly seeing those agreements not being worth the paper they’re written on, including in the trade space,” he said. “We are seeing countries revert back to a greater form of economic nationalism and we need to respond”. US President Donald Trump had previously removed the United States’ support of the agreement saying the country’s continued participation would be bad for the economy.
    https://www.news.com.au/national/countries-are-reverting-back-to-economic-nationalism-and-we-must-respond-canavan/video/655e60179fe1ebc126e88fabacc6f603

    behind paywall:

    27 May: Carbon Pulse: Senator renews push to withdraw Australia from Paris Agreement
    Queensland senator and former Australian Resources Minister Matt Canavan on Wednesday called for Australia to pull out of the Paris Agreement, just days after Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor confirmed the nation would not consider a new target under the treaty until 2025.

  27. omitted Brazil’ stat:

    #15 Brazil 117.02 (behind Ecuador & Peru)
    coronavirus-deaths-worldwide-per-million-inhabitants

  28. found the Canavan video:

    VIDEO: 27 May: Facebook Sky News: Countries are ‘reverting back to economic nationalism and we must respond’: Canavan
    Nationals Senator Matt Canavan says “the world has changed” and he thinks Australia should withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement as “there doesn’t seem to be a lot in it for us”.
    https://www.facebook.com/SkyNewsAustralia/videos/countries-are-reverting-back-to-economic-nationalism-and-we-must-respond-canavan/672763226856269/

    27 May: Climate Home: Next UN climate summit to be delayed to November 2021, UK hosts propose
    The Cop26 negotiations in Glasgow, UK, are likely to be held a full year later than planned, to allow time to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control
    by Megan Darby
    After consulting public health experts and key participants, the British hosts have recommended holding the talks later rather than sooner
    “The primary considerations were to safeguard the health and safety of Cop26 participants, to ensure inclusiveness and to maximise the potential to build climate ambition,” according to a leaked letter signed by Cop26 envoy John Murton and lead negotiator Archie Young.
    “The incoming presidency has concluded that, given the uneven spread of Covid-19, this date would present the lowest risk of further postponement, and the best chance of delivering an inclusive and ambitious Cop.”…

    It opens up the possibility that the US could re-enter the Paris Agreement and arrive at the summit with a more ambitious contribution, if Democrats win the November election…
    https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/05/27/uk-proposes-hold-cop26-climate-summit-november-2021/

  29. 27 May: Renew Economy: The Australian government has officially given up on climate action
    by Ketan Joshi
    Today, the plan has changed. Instead of going to COP26 with an adjusted but blatantly weak target, Australia plans to go with no new target. The ‘tech roadmap’ that will be proffered instead is explicitly something that features no empirical baseline to test against. It is not the wrecking or manipulation of a target – it is anti-target. It is there to distract both from the open rejection of any update to the existing Paris target and the rejection of a ‘net zero’ policy. Australia…

    Nationals Senator Matt Canavan has just published a piece in The Australian, in which he argues that “We should end our participation in the Paris Agreement, given the more immediate need to secure our manufacturing jobs”, wrote Canavan, moving on to nervously agitate for new coal mining and burning…
    https://reneweconomy.com.au/the-australian-government-has-officially-given-up-on-climate-action-95609/

    the joke is only 3 countries put forward more ambition prior to the deadline that the CAGW mob have been revising ever since this was written:

    10 Feb: Climate Home: Marshall Islands, Suriname, Norway upgrade climate plans before Cop26
    The three nations account for 0.1% of global emissions. Norway says 9 February was the deadline for new plans before climate talks in November.
    By Alister Doyle
    The Marshall Islands, Suriname and Norway have submitted plans for tougher action to tackle climate change before a five-year milestone of the Paris Agreement in 2020, with almost 200 others ignoring an informal 9 February deadline…

    Documents implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement say countries are meant to bolster their NDCs every five years and submit the plans at least nine months before the relevant UN conferences, or Cop. This year’s Cop26 will be in Glasgow from 9-19 November, making 9 February a theoretical date for submissions…
    https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/02/10/which-countries-updated-ndc-2020-marshall-islands-suriname-norway-cop26/

    21 May: Climate Home: Rwanda submits tougher emission-cutting plan to the UN
    By Chloé Farand
    Rwanda is the first African country to submit a tougher climate target to the UN, promising to cut emissions at least 16% by 2030 compared with a business-as-usual baseline…
    Rwanda will need around $11 billion to achieve the full potential of its climate plan, including $5.7bn for carbon-cutting measures and $5.3bn for adaptation – with measures conditional on international support accounting for 60% of the estimated cost…

    Mohamed Adow, director of Nairobi-based think tank Power Shift Africa, urged leaders in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to “take heed and ensure their own new climate plans are equally radical”.
    Earlier this year, New Zealand told the UN it was waiting for official advice on how to align its climate target to the 1.5C temperature goal due in early 2021 before revising its national plan…
    https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/05/21/rwanda-submits-tougher-emission-cutting-plan-un/

    27 May: Climate Home: Next UN climate summit to be delayed to November 2021, UK hosts propose
    The Cop26 negotiations in Glasgow, UK, are likely to be held a full year later than planned, to allow time to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control
    by Megan Darby
    After consulting public health experts and key participants, the British hosts have recommended holding the talks later rather than sooner
    “The primary considerations were to safeguard the health and safety of Cop26 participants, to ensure inclusiveness and to maximise the potential to build climate ambition,” according to a leaked letter signed by Cop26 envoy John Murton and lead negotiator Archie Young.
    “The incoming presidency has concluded that, given the uneven spread of Covid-19, this date would present the lowest risk of further postponement, and the best chance of delivering an inclusive and ambitious Cop.”…

    It opens up the possibility that the US could re-enter the Paris Agreement and arrive at the summit with a more ambitious contribution, if Democrats win the November election…
    https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/05/27/uk-proposes-hold-cop26-climate-summit-november-2021/

  30. Does anyone else think that Christiana Figures is looking more and more like Naomi Oreskes as time goes by? I think that maybe Naomi and Christiana are distinct personalities from the same physical body, as in the case of Sybil [1], or The Three Faces of Eve or other persons with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). And then there are the disorders that each of the identities suffers from individually, delusions of grandeur, saving the planet, megalomania… So sad.

    [1] – Shirley Mason, the person who’s life was allegedly outlined in the book Sybil, later admitted in a letter to her therapist, Cornelia B. Wilbur, that she faked her multiple personalities to get her therapist to pay more attention to her. Wilbur, who’s career was made by the publication of the book Sybil, written with her cooperation by Flora R. Schreiber, claimed that Mason was lying in her admission letter, and that the multiple personalities were all real and involuntary expressions of DID. Did she get played? Probably. Most of the abuses outlined in the movie, starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward, were almost certainly false, and yet knowingly permitted to stand in the book.

    Practicing good science and good medicine and good journalism in the face of competing incentives is hard, isn’t it?

  31. she doesnt criticise Sweden when it has had almost no lockdown! Classic! Criticise those countries that have right wing anti globalist governments. Can this woman, can the UN get any more vile?

    Oh, and this virus kicked off in Australias summer too.

  32. Australia is the lucky country.
    When Ava Gardner came to Australia to film “On the Beach” in 1959 with Gregory Peck she joked that Australia was not the end of the world but you could see it from there.
    Suddenly Australia is looking terrific at the end of the world with closed borders.

  33. The evidence is pointing to the coronavirus having been created in a lab, based on the evidence from scientists at Flinders University in South Australia. What the heck has the virus go to do with weather or climate? Nothing.

    • “You never want a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before” – Rahm Emanuel

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