Claim: Government Policy Must Curb the Climate Excesses of the Rich

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Berlin Hot or Cool Institute has affirmed the green position that only global communism can save us from the carbon demon.

The polluting elite: Why the climate needs ‘radical’ lifestyle changes

by Beh Lih Yi | @BehLihYi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 5 October 2021 11:09 GMT

You may not feel able to fight global warming on your own – but government policy nudges could help wealthy consumers shift to greener lifestyles, says a new report

By Beh Lih Yi

Oct 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From banning private jets and yachts to cutting back on meat-eating, researchers on Tuesday urged the world’s major economies to adopt “radical” policies to limit the impact of luxury lifestyles on global warming – even if they prove unpopular.

Today’s “lifestyle” carbon footprints in the 20 largest economies are out of line with an internationally agreed goal to keep temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial times, says a new study by the Berlin-based Hot or Cool Institute.

Individual behaviour changes alone will not be sufficient without a major shift in government policies to push citizens to lead greener lifestyles, the researchers said.

The U.N. climate science panel warned in August that global heating is dangerously close to spiralling out of control and will bring climate disruption globally for decades to come.

Which lifestyle choices have the biggest impacts?

Food, housing and personal transport have the largest impact on climate change – representing about four-fifths of total lifestyle carbon footprints, compared to other areas like goods, leisure and services, according to the research.

But individual behaviour shifts alone will not be enough to transition to a low-carbon society, with researchers arguing those must happen alongside broader system change.

“Behaviour change can only do so much without a full turnaround from our pro-growth politics, financial and economic models towards a more holistic wellbeing economy,” said   Sandrine Dixson-Declève, co-president of the Club of Rome, a Swiss non-profit.

Read more: https://news.trust.org/item/20211005110948-0t9b6

The referenced study page has the following passage;

… The study also highlights the huge inequalities and differences in lifestyle-related greenhouse gas emissions among the world’s major economies. An average person in Canada, the country with the highest per-capita emissions among the economies studied, has a lifestyle footprint six times larger than a person in Indonesia.

I’m afraid the sheer absurdity of this comparison collapsed my interest in reading on. I’ve been to Singapore, close to Indonesia. The standout feature of an extreme tropical climate is you don’t need home heating.

Maybe if Canada had a tropical climate, their per capita energy footprint would be more like Indonesia’s.

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Gregory Woods
October 7, 2021 10:04 am

global heating is dangerously close to spiralling out of control and will bring climate disruption globally for decades to come

And just when is this ‘disruption’ supposed to begin? (Inquiring minds want to know)

Leo Smith
Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 7, 2021 10:08 am

And just when is this ‘disruption’ supposed to begin? (Inquiring minds want to know)

As soon as the activists with the cordless hair driers invade the weather stations…

Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 7, 2021 10:50 am

It began when the 179 nations signed the UN “Agenda 21” plan — including President George Bush … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkM0W1401dg

Dennis
Reply to  John Shewchuk
October 7, 2021 8:16 pm

Now UN Agenda 30 (2030) – Sustainability, signed by nations circa 1990 then targeting 2021.

An example is state owned public forests converted into UN registered National Parks that are financed by each nation’s taxpayers but effectively locked up to prevent sustainable logging, new dams, extraction of minerals and energy, limits on camping etc., and Marine National Parks where commercial fishing is prohibited resulting in the example of Australia with an abundance of seafoods those products being imported.

The impact of the Agenda now 30 is widespread and damaging to an economy and related economic prosperity.

Reply to  Dennis
October 7, 2021 8:29 pm

Yes — and they keep changing the name to confuse the public. At least we know the USA version of the Agenda — the Green New Deal. The recently declared UN Red Alert should really be called the Green Alert … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vb7JRK4Yko

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Dennis
October 8, 2021 12:13 am

“The impact of the Agenda now 30 is widespread and damaging to an economy and related economic prosperity.”

Then again, that’s the whole point of Agenda 21 from the get-go!!!

Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 7, 2021 11:47 am

It’s like commercial fusion power, its always decades in the future. Enough time for the folks making the claims can comfortably retire from professional life and not have to face the lies they told.

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Natalie Durdle
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 8, 2021 2:18 pm

Why do you assume fusion is the future?

Vuk
Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 7, 2021 12:39 pm

It sounds to me as call of desperation from those who are starting to realise that their extreme lunacy has nowhere further to go.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Vuk
October 7, 2021 1:41 pm

I hope you’re right that this nonsense stems from “desperation”. What bugs me is that I think these Misanthropic Marxist Malthusians sense victory.

H.R.
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
October 8, 2021 7:40 am

And won’t they be surprised when they win.

“Wait! I’m sitting here starving and freezing in the dark. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.”

bill Johnston
Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 7, 2021 3:20 pm

Better yet. How would they define disruption?

Leo Smith
October 7, 2021 10:06 am

That will go down like a glass of cold sick with the Islington Climaratti

October 7, 2021 10:09 am

They want all us peons in mud huts. Of course, the Leninist/Green intelligensia will maintain their current lifestyle.

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Reply to  Tom Halla
October 7, 2021 10:51 am

Exactly. They want us to suffer — while they party party party … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtBT3M-RIZ0

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  John Shewchuk
October 7, 2021 11:33 pm

“Let them eat cake”?

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
October 8, 2021 4:52 am

More like crumbs if the great reset occurs. Business is terrific for those companies selling survival (equipment and food) products.

Duane
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 7, 2021 11:28 am

The aparatchiks always did and always do live well, far better than their proletariat, in commie dictatorships.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 7, 2021 11:50 am

They want us off “their” beaches and ski slopes. They don’t like the competition to middle class creates for resources, including the supply of oil they need for their yachts and jets.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 7, 2021 1:34 pm

Someone should tell these idiots that real environmental degradation will only happen when 7 billion people are “nudged” into a subsistence existence.

bill Johnston
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 7, 2021 3:21 pm

Well, somebody has to suffer for it.

Reply to  bill Johnston
October 8, 2021 4:53 am

And that’s their plan for us — not them … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtBT3M-RIZ0

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 8, 2021 12:15 am

Good old fashioned Champagne Socialists!!!

Sara
October 7, 2021 10:15 am

I have to confess that the headline – “Curb the climate excesses of the rich” – is what caught my eye.

The rest of it? Why should the lower classes be expected to do what the overfed wealthy are unwilling to even address?

PaulH
Reply to  Sara
October 7, 2021 11:03 am

It seems the Green Blob’s definition of “the rich” is “the average person in Canada”. The Blob will never attack their wealthy benefactors.

JamesD
Reply to  Sara
October 7, 2021 12:58 pm

Because you can’t hire lawyers and lobbyists to get loop holes in the fascist regulations.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  JamesD
October 8, 2021 12:24 am

More importantly, I cannot speak for the USA or Canada, but in the UK, the laws are made by lawyers, for lawyers, to make pots of money, for lawyers, it is the way of the world, sadly. I’ll say it again ad nauseum, “Why is it that a vampire will never suck the blood of a lawyer,…………..It’s called professional courtesy!!!” 😉

Doc Chuck
Reply to  Sara
October 7, 2021 10:49 pm

Sara, didn’t you see the UN climate science panel’s descriptive “dangerously close to spiraling out of control” —- dangerously, and spiraling I tell you! Just visualize all that excess heat driving a globally averaged temperature spiraling in its ascent no less. Never mind that the greatest elevations of that average of daily high and low temperatures over the past century (during 1920-40 and 1980-2000) were actually largely confined to (wait for it) Canada, Scandinavia, and Siberia; and were mostly elevations of their nightly low temperatures that then impacted their calculated average upward, while the averaged daily highs themselves were rather little changed overall.

And had that not been so, the per-capita energy use multiple of shivering Canadians over their equatorial Indonesian counterparts would be greater yet than 6 fold. In any case from this UN report and the likewise spiraling woke interest in global equity, we may anticipate Indonesians will soon be flooding across Canada’s southern border, first via the currently porous U.S. one and then the further if the Dakotas won’t suffice, for a much sought-after cooling relief as world temperatures spiral their way upward out of sight any time now.

Sara
Reply to  Doc Chuck
October 8, 2021 4:37 am

Yes, I did see that, while I was in the middle of drinking ice tea. Forgot to put the glass down and some of it was hit by my giggle-snort.
I’m trying to figure out just how delusional those people are. 🙂

Natalie Durdle
Reply to  Doc Chuck
October 8, 2021 2:22 pm

It’s a sky-diving reference, aka a death spiral.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Sara
October 8, 2021 12:20 am

Simply because, Sara, we must learn to know our place!!! We mustn’t be allowed to afford to fly to the same exotic holiday locations which were their preserve, to sunbathe on the same beautiful sun-kissed beaches that were their personal beach territory, oh know, we must KNOW OUR PLACE!!! 😉 AtB.

Sara
Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 8, 2021 4:41 am

OK, Alan (the Brit), my place is in the kitchen making a big pot of soup for the rest of us, along with some really good, crusty whole grain bread.

When Those People show up in the cold, looking for a handout, well – they’ll just have to wait at the end of the line where they belong. 🙂

But this entire evolution of climate insanity (on their part) has persuaded me to finish a project I started a while back, but wasn’t sure where to go with it.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Sara
October 8, 2021 6:48 am

A big pot of soup with crusty whole grain bread? Can I come, please?

My place is also in the kitchen as I live alone, & there’s nothing like home made soup IMHO!!! 😉

Sara
Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 8, 2021 6:15 pm

Of course, you can come! All are welcome at my table, and no, I don’t do vegan cooking, but I do do flavor-filled cooking.

H.R.
Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 8, 2021 7:48 am

Alan the Brit: “[…]we must KNOW OUR PLACE!!!”


Don’t forget to doff your cap or tug your forelocks when they pass by, Alan.

Natalie Durdle
Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 8, 2021 2:23 pm

Word salad creates idiot minds.

Doonman
October 7, 2021 10:16 am

Behaviour change can only do so much without a full turnaround from our pro-growth politics, financial and economic models towards a more holistic wellbeing economy,” said  Sandrine Dixson-Declève, co-president of the Club of Rome.

And there you have it.

In order to save the earth, we must do a “full turnaround” of everything that built the western world, so says The Club Of Rome, who obviously knows best because of “research”.

But a full “turnaround” would mean going back to feudalism, monarchy or religious rule since that’s where we came from. As we all were taught, that worked out so well.

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Redge
Reply to  Doonman
October 7, 2021 10:34 am

What do you expect from the Club of Rome, the idiots who claimed man was a cancer on the earth

Reply to  Redge
October 7, 2021 11:52 am

Club of Rome needs to be declared a terrorist organization, its assets frozen and impounded, and their leadership put under Interpol arrest warrants.

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Redge
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 7, 2021 10:38 pm

Wish I could upvote more than once

Sara
Reply to  Redge
October 8, 2021 4:42 am

Ditto.

Duane
Reply to  Doonman
October 7, 2021 11:29 am

Yup – live short, miserable lives in huts, starving, barely keeping alive, for Gaia!

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Doonman
October 8, 2021 12:27 am

Look on the bright side, they can keep their carbon footprints to a minimum because they are based in Switzerland, just up the road from where they keep their low tax bank accounts!!!

October 7, 2021 10:28 am

urged the world’s major economies to adopt “radical” policies to limit the impact of luxury lifestyles on global warming – even if they prove unpopular.

Ah, and there’s the rub. Democracies don’t do things that are unpopular because the ruling party gets thrown out in the next election. And if they’re seriously going to go after the lifestyles of the rich and famous, guess where all their campaign donations start to flow to?

Which leaves the dictatorships. Who don’t much care unless they can get something out of it.

Spetzer86
Reply to  davidmhoffer
October 7, 2021 10:36 am

Getting thrown out could depend on who gets to count the votes, no?

Reply to  Spetzer86
October 7, 2021 12:11 pm

and on who gets to turn in completed ballots at the polls.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Spetzer86
October 8, 2021 12:33 am

Don’t forget, AGW promoting slimey duplicitous elites like Lord Peter Mandelson, stated categorically some years ago, that we are living in a “post-democratic world”!!! In other words, people like him want to do away with the very system that brought them to power in the first place, to be replaced with one of dictatorship!!! Now, where have I read about something like that happening before??? 1930s Western Europe, perhaps???

Reply to  davidmhoffer
October 7, 2021 12:09 pm

In Venezuela, once the most prosperous Latin American country, the Hugo Chavez regime followed by Maduro imposed austerity, poverty, and a low carbon lifestyle on most of its own population, at least the ones too poor or too stupid to get the Hell out while they still had money worth anything. Once they voted in socialism and gave Chavez the tools to political power, the people could never rid themselves of that cancer. Funny thing that it was cancer that took out Chavez, but didn’t help the people because he left a taxi driver in charge. Almost as bad as putting a former bar tender in charge.

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Redge
October 7, 2021 10:32 am

The paper (link) starts with the following sentence:

Given the fact that unsustainable lifestyles, which are rooted in household consumption, have a key bearing on total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they are being increasingly focused on as a key to unlocking actions that can be taken to mitigate climate change.

Fact?

Is this a fact?

Where are the citations?

Peer-reviewed my arse

Reply to  Redge
October 7, 2021 2:00 pm

They mix a fact with a conjecture. Total GHG emissions are a reality of lifestyle, fact. Unsustainable is a conjecture, an unproven assertion.

The logical fallacy of truth by assertion. It’s unsustainable because they say it is unsustainable. They then mix in a provable fact to claim if you don’t accept the entire statement you are denying a fact, that you are science denier.

The fact that the Green Leftists stridently oppose emission-free nuclear power as a way to lift and maintain the world out of poverty is strong evidence it’s the life-style they are attacking (freedoms, individual liberty) and not emissions relating to any supposed climate change.

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Alan the Brit
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 8, 2021 12:39 am

I have said it until I’m blue in the face, I am not a “climate” denier, whatever that is when it’s at home, I have never denied that the Earth’s climate changes, it’s has always changed, & always will, it’s something a puny species like Humanity has no control over whatsoever!!! Anyone have any idea when ET & his buddies are going to come down to Earth & wag their shiny index fingers at us for our carbon sins???

ResourceGuy
October 7, 2021 10:33 am

I would suggest free ad space for them in October and early November next year before the U.S. elections.

ResourceGuy
October 7, 2021 10:34 am

Well, maybe they have a point in a way they did not intend.

Russian court orders bailiffs to enforce fine on Facebook – ABC News (go.com)

ResourceGuy
October 7, 2021 10:35 am

Could we see the free pass for John Kerry.

Ron Long
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 7, 2021 11:37 am

John Kerry just ratted out Joe Biden, re being totally oblivious to the upset of France missing the submarine deal with Australia, so he gets a free pass. For awhile.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ron Long
October 7, 2021 2:10 pm

That was kind of crazy seeing John Kerry throw Biden under the bus like that, telling French reporters that Biden wasn’t aware of the submarine deal that cut France out of the deal and made them very angry.

I wonder why Kerry did that? He’s smart enough to know that is going to make the evening news. Well, on Fox News anyway. So why embarrass your president like that?

Gary K Hoffman
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 7, 2021 2:53 pm

Maybe Kerry thought that he was absolving Biden of guilty intent. And whoever said Kerry is smart enough to know X, don’t count on it.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Gary K Hoffman
October 8, 2021 12:42 am

John Kerry is a politician so stop listening to him the minute his lips start to move!!!!!!!!

Reply to  Ron Long
October 7, 2021 3:29 pm

I still think the French missed something by not offering their own nuclear submarine technology to Australia.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 7, 2021 7:25 pm

The French don’t have nuclear submarine tech. Nuke plants for subs are whole different game from France’s large land based reactors running low to moderately enriched uranium. France could get there. They have technical expertise in nuclear designs, but they’d have to test and evelop a lot, which is very expensive.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 8, 2021 6:37 am

The French do have independently developed nuclear submarines, and were noted or building ballistic missile subs before attack submarines.
The British did get aid from the US in building their first nuclear submarine, buying the reactor from the US.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 7, 2021 12:13 pm

“White House climate czar John Kerry traveled to Iceland by private jet in 2019 to accept an environmental award and defended his transportation choice to a reporter at the time by calling it, “the only choice for somebody like me.”
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/kerry-defended-taking-private-jet-171410846.html

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 8, 2021 12:47 am

the only choice for somebody like me.”???

Oh I get it, he’s a god so not affected by puny Human laws/rules/ morals/ethics, etc!

DAISNAID!!! Do As I Say Not As I Do!!!

October 7, 2021 10:48 am

The United Nation’s “Agenda 21” program is designed to fix Climate Change and all that troubles the world — even if they have to make up troubles (little climate change) … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vb7JRK4Yko

ResourceGuy
October 7, 2021 10:49 am

Unfortunately, there is no crisis for them to come in and solve by force along with all their other claimed mandates. Oh but wait…

Robert of Texas
October 7, 2021 10:50 am

How about we curb the excesses of the government officials while we are at it. No more air travel, no more personal cars, and no more vacations requiring travel? Oh, and they only get electricity for about 8 hours a day and even then it is rationed.

That should get their attention.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Robert of Texas
October 7, 2021 10:53 am
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 7, 2021 2:16 pm

That is just the first trial contract. If GM delivers what the StateDept wants in 2022, then GM gets a long-term contract for 200 of those armored Suburbans per year to 2030.
As the article points out, 2030 is when supposedly half of GMs production is supposed to be EVs and the other half hybrids.
Climate Change policy is for us little people to carry the burden

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Danley Wolfe
October 7, 2021 10:50 am

This is background noise… and detracts from the issue and focus. Better get the little people to recognize the massive mind and thought manipulation going on.

John Bell
October 7, 2021 10:54 am

Here is how the systems works, or WILL work, in the minds of the alarmists: the more you project doom and gloom, and the more you agitate for communism (by writing alarmist articles) then when the BIG RESET occurs, the higher rank and pay you will be given by the leaders. It is like going to heaven, rewards for good works.

Jon R
Reply to  John Bell
October 7, 2021 7:47 pm

You must have spent time with humans, you seem to understand them well.

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  John Bell
October 8, 2021 4:31 am

then when the BIG RESET occurs,
you will be treated like the useful idiot you are.

Tony Sullivan
October 7, 2021 10:56 am

Going forward (for me at least) when I see articles like this on WUWT, after minimal reading, my standard post will be: Gobbledygook.

So, Gobbledygook.

Cheers.

Rob_Dawg
October 7, 2021 11:03 am

John F. Kerry is our nation’s first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and the first-ever Principal to sit on the National Security Council entirely dedicated to climate change.

Kerry measures his frequent flier miles in the millions.

Lead by example. Kerry you need to promise to conduct all future activities virtually.

Ron Long
Reply to  Rob_Dawg
October 7, 2021 11:39 am

“…conduct all future activities virtually.” That will be difficult for John Heniz Kerry as he has no virtue.

Reply to  Rob_Dawg
October 7, 2021 12:02 pm

Kerry deserves to have his security clearance yanked for betraying foreign government secrets entrusted to the US on Israeli military operations in Syria to the Iranians. Kerry should then be prosecuted.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 7, 2021 2:14 pm

Kerry should be prosecuted for a lot of things. Just about everything he does harms the United States. Kind of like Joe Biden.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 8, 2021 1:00 am

Why waste all that taxpayers money, stick him up against a wall & be done with it!!! 😉

Garboard
Reply to  Rob_Dawg
October 7, 2021 1:30 pm

Private planes , numerous yachts and houses : he married well , that John Kerry Heinz .

Reply to  Garboard
October 7, 2021 1:47 pm

John “Lurch” Kerry, Secretary of Ketchup

“You Rang?”

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Rob_Dawg
October 8, 2021 12:59 am

But where’s the fun in that, no travelling to exotic places, all on the taxpayers expense – trust me, regardless of the nation, the taxpayer always pays in the end for someone else’s balls-up!!! (FYI “balls-up” is a nautical expression, for those of you who may find it offensive, & it bears no reference to male genitalia!!!)

Smart Rock
October 7, 2021 11:17 am

Maybe if Canada had a tropical climate, their per capita energy footprint would be more like Indonesia’s.

And if it wasn’t 7,800 km from coast to coast (by road), that would help too.

Garboard
Reply to  Smart Rock
October 7, 2021 1:32 pm

And no more summer hockey would help,

Peta of Newark
October 7, 2021 11:18 am

same old same old
The Green Eyed Monster raises its ugly head, YET again = because I’m too dumb to make a life for myself, nobody can

sooo childish. so pathetic. so dumb. Do try getting a life you people

PS I am not berating children, faaaaarrrrrr from it
Kids ‘know’ how this world works, it’s in their genes. As kids though, they don’t know the words to explain it. They’d normally learn the words as they grow.
Go meet them, dance with them, then you’ll realise.

Trouble is, muppets like these waste that inheritance by bottle-feeding them then getting them addicted to sugar ASAP and bring that growth to sickening (literally via Obesity) thud before it even kicks off.

so sad – such a waste

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Duane
October 7, 2021 11:24 am

So Canada is supposed to emulate Indonesia?

Let’s unwrap that. The IMF estimated GDP per capita of Canada this year is $49,222 while the IMF estimated GDP per capital for Indonesia this year is $4,256.

Meaning, Canadians, who enjoy an economic wealth generating economy nearly a dozen times higher per person that of Indonesia, should voluntarily downsize their economy?

I mean, even commies would have a hard time justifying that as their “revolution of the proletariat”. What would their motto be:

“Live short lives, miserably, and starve, in the name of 1.5 deg C!!!”

I’m sure that would be really popular with the masses.

SMH cubed.

John Bell
Reply to  Duane
October 7, 2021 3:48 pm

The article by Willis showed we already passed 2.0 deg C

Duane
Reply to  John Bell
October 8, 2021 8:07 am

No we have not. Only about 1 deg C in the last 170 years when you filter out all the erroneous urban heat effect data.

Joao Martins
October 7, 2021 11:30 am

“… by the Berlin-based Hot or Cool Institute.”

From their webpage:

“While behaviour change is important at all levels, it is vital to change the norms, laws, provisioning systems, and infrastructure that dictate the actions of individuals. Sustainable change is both individual and systemic change.”
So, no more hot chocolate over vanilla ice-cream, it MUST be the other way round: hot vanilla ice-cream over cold chocolate!

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Joao Martins
October 8, 2021 1:40 am

How very “group think/speak”!!! They’re letting the covers drop exposing their true intent. They’re getting careless!!!

2hotel9
October 7, 2021 11:40 am

I have no problem with those who keep screeching this shyte being forced to live it. Identify the greentards, round them up, lock them in “facilities” for their own protection and let them sit in the dirt and starve. Their sick a$$ed anti-human ideology would be removed from society. Meanwhile geneticists can isolate their damaged dna and eliminate it from the human race. Only then can we take the next step forward in our evolution.

October 7, 2021 11:41 am

They aren’t coming after the billionaires, they are coming after you and me. The billionaire claim is just a false-flag operation. It’s our ability to afford an annual holiday trip or two to nice destinations and the resources in toto that travel consumes by the West’s large affluent middle class that the Club of Rome gangsters wants to end.

The very wealthy and the political elites (traveling on the taxpayer dime) know they will always have the resources to live the lifestyle they think they deserve.

The “behaviour change” and the totalitarian government policies they want to eanct are through energy prices skyrocketing. That will drive the cost of essentials from food, clothing, housing, healthcare to levels that entirely consume a former middle class wages, and forcing welfare dependency on a once prosperous, independent middle class. This of course pushes travel niceties and to faraway vacation spots out of financial reach, and pushes the middle class into s servile serfdom in a welfare state. The government that gives you everything you need can also take it away if your social credit score falls below threshold lines for things like refusing a needle jab in the arms, today for a vaccine, tomorrow for a tracking implant.

The pursuit to destroy the West’s middle class is also the only reason evil men like George Soros push open borders for Western countries to flood this country with immigrants unable to read and write or communicate in the native language.

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Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 7, 2021 2:20 pm

Meanwhile, it is reported that the average American is paying $150.00 per month more because of current inflation.

This extra $150.00 is coming out of all our pockets including the poorest people among us who can least afford these price increases.

Biden has no clue how to fix this problem.

Jon R
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 7, 2021 8:51 pm

Problem, I don’t think he sees it that way.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Jon R
October 8, 2021 6:45 am

I think you are correct.

I’m not sure what’s going through our Dear Leader’s mind. To date, his thinking has been detrimental to the interests of the United States. My expectation is this will continue at least until the 2022 elections roll around. Apparently, we can’t count on a small number of Republican U.S. Senators to hold the line.

We’ll just have to wait until the 2022 elections and then we can replace these wishy-washy Republicans with America First Republicans.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 8, 2021 6:40 am

I got the number wrong. It’s not $150.00 extra per month, it’s $175.00 extra people are having to spend on the essentials they buy every day.

That means that $175.00 won’t be spent on discretionary things, which will lower the profits of businesses that would have provided those goods had the customer had the money to purchase them.

The economy slows down as economic activity slows down because people have less discretionary income to spend.

And, of course, this $175.00 per month takes the biggest chunk out of the poorest people’s pockets.

TonyG
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 8, 2021 12:08 pm

“Biden has no clue how to fix this problem.”

I don’t think that he, or anyone else in “leadership” WANT to “fix” it.

Dave Fair
October 7, 2021 12:07 pm

“Tax the rich” schemes always fail. One of the most prominent (that people don’t remember) is increased taxes on yachts. It had to be dropped when it (predictably) put people in the yacht construction and servicing sector out of work. Envy and green self-righteousness are ugly.

Sparko
October 7, 2021 12:21 pm

Please let them try. If there is anything that will burst the bubble it’s going after the rich.

bonbon
October 7, 2021 12:30 pm

“Behavior change can only do so much without a full turnaround from our pro-growth politics, financial and economic models towards a more holistic wellbeing economy,” said  Sandrine Dixson-Declève, co-president of the Club of Rome, a Swiss non-profit.

Club of Rome – the blueprint for ‘limits to growth’ creative destruction of industrial civilization.

Hardly ‘communist’ rather western genocidal eugenics.

Curiously, the nominal ‘communist’ nation is torpedoing this genocidal lurch, not the exceptional USA!

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meab
Reply to  bonbon
October 7, 2021 7:27 pm

bonobo,

What western genocidal eugenics are you going on about? You do know that communist leaders have killed far more of their own people than western democracies ever have, don’t you?

John the Econ
October 7, 2021 12:57 pm

Yeah, not gonna happen. Especially now that the Democrats are the party of the very wealthy and very poor in America. Even America’s “Climate Envoy” isn’t willing to give up his jet travel.

October 7, 2021 1:20 pm

If all those that scream hardest about emission control would stay off their computers the problem would be solved with no economic disruption.

Mumbles McGuirck
October 7, 2021 1:24 pm

John Kerry be like…

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IanE
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
October 7, 2021 1:29 pm

Precisely so!

Garboard
October 7, 2021 1:26 pm

When Reagan tried putting a luxury tax on yachts thousands of boatbuilders in Maine , Rhode island and elsewhere became unemployed from the Unintended consequences .

John the Econ
Reply to  Garboard
October 7, 2021 1:38 pm

Wasn’t Reagan. Bush.

IanE
October 7, 2021 1:27 pm

Well, at least their approach would be unpopular with the likes of Al Gore, Bill Gates, etc!

Not that I am claiming that my enemy’s enemy is my friend.

Walter Sobchak
October 7, 2021 1:28 pm

This is a point they need to sell to the rich and the famous.

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Paul Johnson
October 7, 2021 1:35 pm

Ground John Kerry (and Leo Dicaprio).

Rich Davis
Reply to  Paul Johnson
October 7, 2021 4:10 pm

how fine? 200 mesh?

michael hart
October 7, 2021 1:53 pm

So the beatings will continue until morale improves?

Geoffrey Williams
October 7, 2021 2:14 pm

Beh Lih Yi, from the Berlin Hot or Cold Institute, who the hell are these people who put out this rubbish ?! But then it is Germany isn’t it . . the biggest bunch of left wing apologists in the world.
History shows that they messed badly last century and they are still trying to come to terms . .

Jon R
Reply to  Geoffrey Williams
October 7, 2021 9:20 pm

China and Germany ideologically represent a clear and present danger to free humanity. Problem is China is just trolling, Germany actually believes the crap.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Geoffrey Williams
October 8, 2021 1:49 am

Berlin Hot or Cold Institute!!! The kind of title that inspires belief in their scientific & technical competence, sounds more like a title a kiddywink would invent to sound scientifcky & teknikal!!! Then again, begging the question, which is it, Hot or Cold???

Peter W
October 7, 2021 2:49 pm

So this global warming is all the fault of the capitalist countries!?!?!? It has been widely reported that China has been building and putting into service more coal burning plants than any other country. Does this mean that China is capitalist?

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Peter W
October 8, 2021 1:51 am

No!!! Have you ever heard of the saying, “A sheep in wolves clothing”??? The next bizarre step will be when the West start buying all our defensive weaponry from China, because it is so cheap, the circle will be complete!!!

D. Anderson
October 7, 2021 3:01 pm

Communists are great environmentalists. See the Aral Sea and the air just about anywhere in China (it’s very easy to see)

Dennis
October 7, 2021 8:19 pm

A definition of “the rich” as viewed from the crazy leftist warped perspective, a person of means who must be cancelled and forced to accept welfare payments like them.

Otherwise known as killing the golden goose.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
October 7, 2021 11:31 pm

I don’t travel by private jet (anymore), I don’t travel on yachts (anymore), and my cardiologist has stopped me eating my favorite meats. How will this affect my lifestyle?

But it will cut into the lifestyles of the elites.

Terry
October 7, 2021 11:43 pm

Bet you this idiot girl girl has never even seen snow.

Dean
October 7, 2021 11:50 pm

Its not just heating, its the madness of comparing per capita emissions of a food and mineral exporting first world country with one of the largest landmasses in the world, to a food importing, high density developing country.

These watermelons want everyone down to a subsistence level of survival.

Alan the Brit
October 8, 2021 12:10 am

Yet again, the AGW true objective rears its ugly head!!! The writings of mass slaughter one way or the other are on the wall!!! I almost gave up reading this trash after the first couple of sentences!!! It’s utter drivel, then again, what’s new???

Alba
October 8, 2021 3:12 am

towards a more holistic wellbeing economy,”
Sounds wonderful, but what does it mean? Does the person who used the expression have any idea? Has she any idea how we can create such an economy? And has it been approved by the advocates of Critical Race Theory?

whatlanguageisthis
October 8, 2021 7:51 am

Food, housing and personal transport have the largest impact on climate change

Behaviour change can only do so much without a full turnaround from our pro-growth politics

Attacking the basics of a happy life – food, shelter, liberty and locking everyone in their current economic status by ending pro-growth policies. Sounds like tyranny to me.

TonyG
October 8, 2021 10:09 am

“From banning private jets and yachts”

How about we start with John Kerry, Al Gore, et.al?

Andrew Wilkins
October 8, 2021 1:30 pm

Weapons grade bollocks.

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