Climate Misanthropes Say Fighting Climate Change is More important than Food, Reliable Energy, and Peace

By H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D.

In the face of unbearable human tragedy around the world, children starving, women and children being bombed, homes and businesses without power, climate scolds continue to insist climate change is the most important danger the world faces.

With pictures streaming daily out of Africa and Ukraine showing grossly malnourished and starving children as well as leveled cities, callous Biden administration officials, environmental reporters, and researchers are more concerned about continuing the flow of research dollars than saving human lives. What’s more, they continue to insist governments focus their attention on preventing hypothetical future climate harms, rather than present humanitarian crises.

People are starving in Africa today. People are being killed by Russia’s unconscionable actions in the Ukraine as I write. Yet, misanthropic climate alarmists are concerned temperatures might be a little bit hotter 10, 30, 50 or 100 years from now—and insist working to prevent the latter should be the main focus of government efforts. They decry the fact that war and lack of food is diverting attention away from the purported climate crisis.

Proof of this heartless inattention to very real human suffering by climate obsessives arises almost daily, promoted by the corporate media no less. Just a few days before Vladimir Putin launched his deadly invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden’s climate czar, John Kerry, bemoaned on BBC news the effect the war would have, not on people, but on peoples’ focus on climate change, saying:

But it [the war] could have a profound negative impact on the climate obviously. You have a war and obviously you’re going to have massive emissions consequences to the war. But equally importantly, you’re going to lose people’s focus, you’re going to lose certainly big country attention because they will be diverted and I think it could have a damaging impact. . . .”

Kerry then expressed the hope that Putin would remain focused on climate change, regardless of any actions he took in Ukraine. Kerry’s statements were both clueless and vile.

I and others at The Heartland Institute have previously detailed how Europe’s and America’s energy policies, and their dependence on Russian oil and natural gas, were contributing factors to the war in Ukraine as well as global food shortages and price hikes.

Biden surely recognized at least part of the problem and signed an agreement to ship U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe to supplant the loss of Russian gas supplies. The reaction from the progressive climate left was predictable, perhaps exemplified best by an article in The Hill, titled “LNG exports will add to climate change.” The authors of the article warn of the increased greenhouse gas emissions from the production of natural gas, and the added infrastructure, pipelines, shipping terminals, etc., from ramping up U.S. LNG production and shipping it to help Europe out of its energy crisis.

Rather than helping Europeans heat their homes, cook, and run their lights on U.S. natural gas, the academics behind this article say, in effect, let Europeans’ heat pumps, electric appliances run on wind turbines and solar panels. Of course, this call for electrifying Europe with renewable power is disingenuous, and the writers know it. Europe is far ahead of every other region on Earth in the use of wind and solar power, which, as wind and solar have failed spectacularly in recent months, has contributed to the trading bloc’s energy woes.

Never fear, climate harpies, Biden got the message. Even as he was talking the talk of helping our European allies with LNG, his administration was putting in place new rules to make the proposed expansion of gas development and shipments nearly impossible. Just a week after saying he would expand LNG exports to Europe, Biden rescinded Trump-era National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations allowing the expedited construction of critical infrastructure. Biden’s NEPA rules virtually guarantee no new gas pipelines or LNG shipping terminals or associated infrastructure can be built. So much for sticking it to Putin and helping Europe.

Then there is the food crisis. People, thousands of them, many children, are not just going hungry but starving to death daily.

“More than 13 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia already are experiencing extreme hunger, according to a recent report from humanitarian aid organization Mercy Corps,” writes the Scientific American (SA). “Humanity now is feeling the rumblings of a ‘seismic hunger crisis,’ the World Food Programme warned earlier this month.”

Based on these facts, if you thought the SA article was a clarion call for countries to do whatever was necessary to immediately reverse this humanitarian crisis, you’d be wrong. The title of the article says everything you need to know about SA’s true concern, “Responses to Rising Hunger Could Threaten Climate Goals European.”  The article goes on to decry the fact that “policy makers are considering easing environmental protection measures to allow for increased crop production.” Imagine the temerity of Europe considering allowing an increase in crop production to save lives today, despite climate models projecting modestly rising sea levels in the future; the horror of it!

Never fear, in America, we are much more sensible. Despite rapidly rising food prices and often empty store shelves, the Biden administration seems unwilling to pause its inane attempt to control future weather in order to enhance food security. So far, despite pleas from members of Congress and farm groups, the U.S. Agriculture Department has thus far refused to grant waivers to allow the import of fertilizer or to allow farmers to farm on fallow fields enrolled in the Conservation and Wetlands Reserve programs. The crop season has begun, people are starving, prices are higher, and the Biden administration fiddles as the world’s food supply is figuratively burning.

Peoples around the world face many more immediate, pressing, and deadly problems than climate change. That is an indisputable fact. It’s immoral and inhumane for the media to keep giving climate alarmists a platform to claim otherwise.

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. (hburnett@heartland.org) is the director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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Tom Halla
April 25, 2022 6:06 am

The Green Blob hates people.

c1ue
Reply to  Tom Halla
April 26, 2022 5:27 am

Precisely.
To be more clear: expensive food = starvation = less people.
Expensive energy = more expensive everything, including food = less people.
War = less people.
I read in the April London Review of Books: a writeup by Arianne Shahvisi in which she said that some people were turning down free rice or pasta because it was too expensive to boil water to cook it. I don’t know where she got this from, but it is EXTREMELY sad if true.
The UK just had a 54% jump in household energy costs on April 1; the government there has already told people to expect another jump on October 1. In her writeup, Shahvisi noted that the expected increase in household spending due to these energy increases would be more than the present annual household budget for food, so maybe the boiling water thing is true.

Matt Dalby
April 25, 2022 6:18 am

Part of the reason people are going hungry in developing countries is the after effects of covid lockdowns. Back in 2020 the UN predicted that over 200 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty and food insecurity because of disruption to the global economy. Despite this, and the disproportionate effect lockdowns had on the less well of in Europe and the U.S. it was the progressive left that were most in favour of lockdowns. These people helped to cause hunger and are now trying to prevent it being rectified. Vile and evil are the only way to describe them.

Spetzer86
Reply to  Matt Dalby
April 25, 2022 8:40 am

Just wait. Without sufficient fertilizer, USA crop yields are going to be in the gutter. Add increased diesel costs, with spill over increases in parts and other necessities, and there won’t be as many farmers come 2023. The time for doing much that would aid 2022 is pretty much over, but Brandon can probably make things a lot worse.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Spetzer86
April 25, 2022 9:34 am

“but Brandon can probably make things a lot worse.”

Given how Brandon acts, he’s well on his way to achieving that goal!!! 😮 😮 😮

Chaswarnertoo
April 25, 2022 6:25 am

These greentards need to show us sceptics how committed they are. Stop breathing out, right now.

Ian Magness
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
April 25, 2022 7:10 am
paul
Reply to  Ian Magness
April 25, 2022 5:21 pm

he walked the walk….. probably used evil gas too

fretslider
April 25, 2022 6:28 am

“Climate Misanthropes Say Fighting Climate Change is More important than Food, Reliable Energy, and Peace”

Climate Misanthropes“? Ah, David UN Earth Champion Attenburghee

Well, there’s starving and then… there’s starving…

“All the doctors have got away with it’ says parents of young woman who ‘starved to death’ in hospital”

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/all-doctors-away-it-says-23746681

“A woman of 82, struggling to care for herself and her middle-aged, disabled son and daughter, starved to death, an inquest was told last week.”

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/camberley-mother-82-starved-death-4822472

It’s more common – or is that worse? – than they thought.

Albert H Brand
April 25, 2022 6:44 am

Since hindsight is always 20-20 at the end of this year we can tally up how well modern civilization was able to cope with a food famine. I believe we have seen nothing yet of man’s inhumanity to man. It will be dog eat dog.

Redge
Reply to  Albert H Brand
April 25, 2022 9:50 am

It’ll be man eat dog

Boff Doff
Reply to  Redge
April 25, 2022 12:26 pm

>In Bucha it was dog eat man

Olen
April 25, 2022 6:51 am

Those are the actions of communists.

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Olen
April 25, 2022 7:33 am

To be fair, their previous actions were also the actions of communists.

The mask is slowly slipping a little more each day. Hopefully, at some point we will reach a critical mass of normal people that actively oppose the authoritarians.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Olen
April 25, 2022 9:57 am

Uncle Joe & Chairman Mao used starvation as an efficient way to get rid of unwanted “extras” &
& political enemies without leaving any evidence of wrongdoing. The Kims & others have learned
that lesson well, too! 🙁 🙁 🙁

Derg
Reply to  Old Man Winter
April 25, 2022 12:20 pm

But we are taught/told to care about Ukraine and eff the people of China and North Korea.

MarkW
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 2:26 pm

What you hear, and what was actually said, rarely coincide.

I see you are still desperately pushing the lie that unless we simultaneously solve all the world’s problems, we should ignore Putin’s massacres in the Ukraine.

Derg
Reply to  MarkW
April 25, 2022 2:32 pm

That’s my boy mark. Fail to have outrage when non whites are purged 😉

See how the game is played

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 5:50 pm

Who do you think Mao & the Kims murdered, white people?

MarkW
Reply to  Old Man Winter
April 25, 2022 6:12 pm

Derg’s only goal is to distract from any criticism of Putin.

Derg
Reply to  MarkW
April 26, 2022 3:51 am

No, but to keep you honest.

MarkW
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 6:11 pm

And once again, rather than deal with his own deficiencies, Derg provides even more irrelevancies to distract from the evil Putin has been doing.

One of these days Derg will actually respond to one of these criticisms. But that probably won’t happen until Putin tells him what to say.

TonyG
Reply to  Derg
April 26, 2022 7:53 am

“That’s my boy derg. Fail to have outrage when whites are purged”

Same game.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 5:48 pm

Just cuz people teach/tell you things doesn’t mean you have to believe it to be true.
That’s what your mind, will & emotions are for! It’s obvious that their gangster leaders
did some awful nasty things which is not the same as the people of those countries!

Bruce Cobb
April 25, 2022 6:57 am

Wait, did we run out of cake?

Floyd Looney
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 25, 2022 9:31 pm

The cake is a lie. Oh, that was unrelated

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 25, 2022 10:19 pm

Actually it was brioche.

David Dirkse
April 25, 2022 7:27 am

Climate policies are (or will become) the new class struggle. Read : http://www.davdata.nl/math/piedpiper.html
(some thougts about the origin of climate activism)
It’s not about nature, not about climate, but about global control over resources.

Coach Springer
April 25, 2022 8:02 am

Nice try and true. But with the way the global problem is posed, the whole world concern (global climate) always looks bigger than any single problem or groups of related problems within the world.

commieBob
April 25, 2022 8:02 am

If you really truly believed that human contributions to atmospheric CO2 were going to lead to our extinction, obviously that would trump everything else.

So, what do the greentards actually, really, truly, believe? You can judge by their actions. Do they all ride bicycles everywhere? Do they forsake any product produced using fossil fuels (including most food)? Have they disconnected their houses from the electric grid until all electricity comes from wind and solar? Are they campaigning for more nuclear power? etc. etc.

Somehow, hypocrisy doesn’t quite cover the situation adequately.

Floyd Looney
Reply to  commieBob
April 25, 2022 9:33 pm

Pelosi and a bunch of other lefties buying ocean front property tells me they do not believe Oceans are rising

TonyG
April 25, 2022 8:17 am

It’s almost like they WANT people to d!e.

greg
April 25, 2022 8:33 am

Climate alarmism is killing people. No.1 alarmist propagandist, The Guardian, still applauds their “fearless act of compassion”.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/apr/25/climate-activist-death-supreme-court-fire-washington

mkelly
April 25, 2022 8:50 am

Bravo Dr. Burnett for calling evil evil. There is no comprise or trying to find common ground with evil.

Gregory Woods
April 25, 2022 9:34 am

People are starving in Africa today. People are being killed by Russia’s unconscionable actions in the Ukraine as I write. 

Why is everybody ragging on Russia? For years now Putin has been explaining the reasons: No NATO and recognition of Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine. Do any of you have a dog in this fight?

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Gregory Woods
April 25, 2022 9:36 am

The Minsk Accords

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Gregory Woods
April 25, 2022 10:01 am

Seriously? All democracies, and indeed, the entire civilized world has a “dog in this fight”. Russia as a country will be spat upon for decades hence.

Derg
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 25, 2022 12:21 pm

Are you giving the same compassion to the people of North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia….

MarkW
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 2:29 pm

Who has N. Korea, China or Saudi Arabia invaded recently?

Are you really this desperate to distract from what Putin is doing?

Derg
Reply to  MarkW
April 25, 2022 3:00 pm

Why does it matter that people are invaded? Innocent people are dying in North Korea, China…why don’t you care about them?

MarkW
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 6:14 pm

It matters because that’s how international law goes.
BTW, I love the way you assume that unless we try to solve every problem we shouldn’t solve any problem. Or at least that’s what Putin wants you to say.

HotScot
Reply to  MarkW
April 26, 2022 12:01 pm

14,000 Russian speaking Ukrainians killed in the Donbas by western Ukrainian insurgents since 2014.

Not a peep from our MSM until someone cracks the whip to condemn Russia for invading Ukraine.

I don’t agree with what Putin’s doing, but there’s only a big deal made of it because it’s Russia and, shock horror, two of the three founding members of the EU (Common Market as it originally was) are dumb enough to get 40% of their natural gas from Russia so they can pursue their virtuous march to NetZero.

A referendum in Crimea with ~80% turnout, and ~80% of that supporting some form of independence from Ukraine, criticised because the region was peacefully occupied by Russian forces.

No one mentions, however, the corruption and abuse Ukrainian forces have historically imposed on voting in their own elections.

It seems whilst Republicans are up in arms about the stolen 2020 election, the same can’t possibly happen in Ukraine.

Does anyone really imagine the biggest country in the world needs anything a flat broke Ukraine has? The nation which has been courting the EU and NATO so it can get all the handouts it needs?

There is more to this than just ‘Putin man bad’, but the Democrat’s record is stuck. Did no one learn anything from the fake impeachment of Trump over Russia?

If there’s nothing worthwhile that emerges from the Ukrainian crisis other than exposure of western conceit over it’s utterly insane energy policy then, whilst the lives lost are tragic, at least the western public are waking up to the reality of the climate scam.

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  HotScot
April 26, 2022 1:24 pm

Gonna need some verification of that 14,000 killed number. Sorry.

Richard Page
Reply to  Matthew Schilling
April 26, 2022 2:52 pm

14,000 may be the numbers killed or missing on both sides of the war from 2014 to just prior to the Russian invasion. Ukraine government forces lost somewhere in the region of 4,500 killed or missing (including large numbers that deserted to the rebels), Donetsk and Luhansk lost somewhere in the region of 7,500 killed or missing and international observers have stated that there are still large numbers of people missing or unaccounted for in the Donbass region.
It does seem strange that in the midst of this sudden upwelling of support for the ideals of self-determination and independance coming from UK, EU and USA that no-one was willing to show the same support for Donetsk, Luhansk, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, instead supporting an aggressor trying to take them back by force. Apologies – rant over now as I’m perfectly well aware that no-one is interested, then or now.

HotScot
Reply to  Matthew Schilling
April 26, 2022 3:20 pm

In other words, the rest I posted is fine……

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  HotScot
April 26, 2022 4:23 pm

More like, if that doesn’t pan out the rest of what you wrote dips in value

LdB
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 10:25 pm

That is a sovereign country issue, we may criticize the country but beyond that nothing we can do short of becoming the invader.

Russia invaded another sovereign country start with that as your start point.

commieBob
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 26, 2022 8:34 am

… a country will be spat upon for decades hence.

Arguably, the enforcement of reparations against Germany after WW1, caused WW2.

We should not give the Russian people a reason to fear and hate us. On the other hand, nobody should be in any doubt that Putin has had his ass kicked.

There should be regime change and the Russians should hand Putin and his buddies over to face war crime trials.

I used to think Putin should spend his remaining days in a luxurious mansion in the middle of the Gobi Desert. I changed my mind. The middle of the Victoria and Albert Mountains on beautiful and scenic Ellesmere Island would be more appropriate.

Here’s a question for you. Given that there are many pictures of the Gobi on the internet, why are there so few of the Victoria and Albert Mountains? 🙂

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  commieBob
April 26, 2022 1:47 pm

WWI Reparations against Germany were vindictive and harmful. As a symbol of German victimhood, they certainly exacerbated the situation. But the hype exceeded the actual damage. “Caused WW2” seems a bridge too far to me.

Hitler was a sociopath bent on mass murder decades before his poisonous ideas went kinetic. An argument could be made that the paradigm of “survival of the fittest” greased the skids into war as much as or more than the reparations. To Hitler, the Slavs were in the way, squatting on prime real estate that the Germans needed to seize and cleanse. He saw them as vermin that needed to be exterminated.

Yet, how much did Germany owe to Poland or the Soviet Union, etc.? Not much, me thinks. I don’t know of any Nazi plot to exterminate the French and they were the most vindictive of all after WWI.

Of course, his ideas needed to take root (the Depression could have that effect on a surly nation), but he was never hugely popular. He stole all power when he got a hold of some, murdering friend and foe in his way.

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commieBob
Reply to  Matthew Schilling
April 26, 2022 2:57 pm

All true, but he had a willing audience because of the pain they were feeling.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  commieBob
April 26, 2022 6:37 pm

Maybe reparations caused germany to adopt Nazism, but how do you explain the actions of Japan which was aliied with the USand UK druing WWI and did not pay reparations? They started fighting in China well before the Germans invaded Poland.

commieBob
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
April 26, 2022 8:01 pm

Humans are complicated.

Machiavelli wrote two books. One was the Discourses on Livy. It attempts to extract lessons from Roman history.

Machiavelli observes that it is a mistake to humiliate vanquished foes. That causes them to become a problem for you. He gives two choices to deal with the vanquished:

1 – Exterminate them.
2 – Befriend them.

Certainly, punishing a people for the sins of its leaders was going to cause trouble.

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
April 26, 2022 8:26 pm

The Japanese were infuriated that the US and Great Britain demanded they needed much larger navies because they operated in more oceans than Japan. (They were all parties to a naval treaty on total ships and tonnage).

The Japanese also felt betrayed by Great Britain, since Great Britain sided with the US, even though they were both island nations who had long histories of fending off large, hostile continental powers. Hell hath no fury like an insecure nation scorned!

TonyG
Reply to  Gregory Woods
April 25, 2022 10:08 am

So you’re ok with mass slaughter of civilians?

Derg
Reply to  TonyG
April 25, 2022 12:22 pm

Are you giving the same compassion to the people of North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia….

TonyG
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 1:35 pm

What does that have to do with anything, Derg, given that I was specifically responding to a statement about Russia (and Ukraine)? You want me to mention EVERYTHING that concerns me anytime I mention ANYTHING?

And the question right back to you, with your whataboutism – are YOU ok with the mass slaughter of civilians? I notice you didn’t address that at all with your deflection.

MarkW
Reply to  TonyG
April 25, 2022 2:30 pm

Derg has been dragging up the same nonsense since the first civilians were massacred.

Then again, it’s not like he actually has any good arguments.

Derg
Reply to  MarkW
April 25, 2022 2:33 pm

C’mon Mark you can help the North Koreans..or don’t you want to ?

MarkW
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 6:15 pm

One of these days, Derg will get a new argument. I guess the memo from Moscow has been delayed. Putin’s too busy setting up new gulags filled with people kidnapped from Ukraine.

LdB
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 10:27 pm

No Derg we can’t help North Koreans no-one is currently occupy it 🙂

Derg
Reply to  LdB
April 26, 2022 3:54 am

What is the difference?

People are being held down

LdB
Reply to  Derg
April 26, 2022 6:03 am

I don’t care about people being held down unless they are in my country. I will voice a protest but I am against any invasion of any country. Australia and USA spent 20 years in Afghanistan supposedly building an army to defend the country and it lasted less than a week when pushed by a ragtag mob … you can’t save a country that the population majority aren’t prepared to lay down their lives.

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TonyG
Reply to  Derg
April 26, 2022 7:44 am

“What is the difference?”
Quite simple but apparently too difficult for you to comprehend:

I WAS RESPONDING TO A COMMENT ABOUT RUSSIA, NOT ANY OF THOSE OTHER PLACES.

I guess context is too complex for you to grasp.

Derg
Reply to  TonyG
April 25, 2022 2:34 pm

I can’t possibly be the worlds police. Do you want to?

LdB
Reply to  Derg
April 26, 2022 6:04 am

I certainly don’t … however if you invade another country I may well decide to help it defend itself by providing arms.

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HotScot
Reply to  LdB
April 26, 2022 12:15 pm

Very altruistic of you. The problem is, governments are not altruistic.

TonyG
Reply to  Derg
April 26, 2022 7:51 am

“I can’t possibly be the worlds police.”

You seem to want everyone else to be.

HotScot
Reply to  TonyG
April 26, 2022 12:07 pm

Did you mention the 14,000 deaths in Russian speaking Donbas region since 2014 by western Ukrainians? No, but you can be forgiven because the western MSM completely ignored it.

But ‘Putin man bad’ sounds almost as good as ‘Orange man bad’ to the Democrats and left wing MSM.

MarkW
Reply to  Gregory Woods
April 25, 2022 2:28 pm

Are you really this dense?
Unless Putin gets everything he wants, then he is entitled to invade as many countries and kill as many people as he wants?

Derg
Reply to  MarkW
April 25, 2022 2:35 pm

Why hasn’t he leveled Kiev?

paul
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 5:37 pm

simple, he got his ass kicked when he tried

commieBob
Reply to  paul
April 25, 2022 6:07 pm

There is an excellent website: criticalthreats.org

By the time Russia withdrew its units from near Kyiv, their combat effectiveness was nearly zero.

My favorite advice to Russians:

Better be a deserter than fertilizer.

link

MarkW
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 6:16 pm

He tried his best, but unfortunately for the two of you, the Ukrainians turned out to be a lot tougher than you thought they would be.

commieBob
Reply to  MarkW
April 25, 2022 8:22 pm

I agreed with my old buddy Vlad that his invasion of the Ukraine would be a cake walk. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to be wrong.

The big lesson is the difference between Russian soldiers and Ukrainian soldiers.

The Russians treat their conscripts like cannon fodder whose main purpose is to cause the enemy to use up its ammunition.

On the other hand, the Ukrainians, army and reserves, are well trained, well motivated, well armed, and apparently pretty autonomous. Each soldier has considerable value as a thinking human being.

The trouble with Marxism is that it doesn’t recognize the importance of individual human beings. In this case, orders come from the generals and everyone else is just supposed to do what they’re told in the manner they’re told to do it.

Compare that with the American and Canadian armies. There’s a functioning NCO corps. The sergeants have considerable autonomy deciding exactly how to implement a command from above. So, instead of central planning, meaningful decision making is distributed almost to the bottom of the ladder. That way, the system benefits from the experience and intelligence of every individual. The motivational effect is that each individual, feeling valued, fights a heck of a lot harder and more effectively.

HotScot
Reply to  commieBob
April 26, 2022 12:27 pm

On the other hand, the Ukrainians, army and reserves, are well trained, well motivated, well armed, and apparently pretty autonomous. Each soldier has considerable value as a thinking human being.

I’d love to know how you know this, other than by recognising NATO has been in Ukraine doing work with Ukrainian armed forces they shouldn’t have been doing.

The trouble with Marxism…..

……is that Russia is no longer the USSR.

commieBob
Reply to  HotScot
April 26, 2022 3:03 pm

I’d love to know how you know this …

There are many articles like this one.

HotScot
Reply to  commieBob
April 26, 2022 3:38 pm

Sadly, this is yet another journal/news outlet which seems to get its information from the usual official sources. It doesn’t appear the euobserver has any journalists embedded with troops in Ukraine.

However, what it does do is present something I pointed out elsewhere on this thread:

Since the 2014 crisis in Ukraine, eight Nato members provided hands-on training for Ukrainian instructors.

Through classes, drills, and exercises involving at least 10,000 troops annually for more than eight years, Nato and its members helped the embattled country shift from rigid Soviet-style command structures to Western standards.

This rather confirms what Putin maintains. That NATO has been infiltrating Ukraine for years to prop up a corrupt government which appears to have operated a rigged election in 2014 (I wonder if they used Dominion machines) and criminalises both media and political opposition.

Ukraine isn’t a member of NATO, so why are NATO troops in there training their military? And why wouldn’t Putin be concerned that Ukraine was being set up to run a NATO war by proxy against Russia?

HotScot
Reply to  MarkW
April 26, 2022 12:20 pm

Putin could have flattened Kiev with artillery.

LdB
Reply to  Derg
April 25, 2022 10:28 pm

He ran out of armor and troops otherwise he would have.

In the old days we would say he lost the battle for Kiev badly but I guess if you are only on a special operation you don’t have to say that 🙂

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HotScot
Reply to  LdB
April 26, 2022 12:48 pm

He ran out of armor and troops otherwise he would have.

LOL.

Russia has more land forces than the USA.

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commieBob
Reply to  HotScot
April 26, 2022 3:48 pm

I would say you haven’t been paying proper attention.

Do a web search on Putin’s Potemkin Military. You will get many hits.

Floyd Looney
Reply to  Gregory Woods
April 25, 2022 9:40 pm

Putin can say whatever he wants. It ain’t true. Putin didn’t attack NATO, there is no NATO in Ukraine. Putin does not care about his own people why would he care about some Ukrainians? Putin is trying to rebuild the Russian empire, Moldova might be the next target.

Russia is no democracy, has no free media, opposition is imprisoned, poisoned or killed. The government has control of the centralized economy. Notice most of the oligarchs are former KGB – they got rich by printing rubles.

Also why is the Russian army erecting Lenin statues in conquered cities and declaring parts of Ukraine “peoples republics”?

HotScot
Reply to  Floyd Looney
April 26, 2022 1:14 pm

there is no NATO in Ukraine.

It’s well documented that NATO has been training Ukrainian forces for years.

Putin is trying to rebuild the Russian empire,

The largest country in the world wants to rebuild the Russian Empire by invading Ukraine? There’s nothing in Ukraine other than a Russian gas pipeline, the country is flat broke and the playground for the Biden crime family.

Russia is no democracy, has no free media…..

Funny that, I have an acquaintance, a British journalist who has lived and worked in Russia since the wall came down. He publishes and travels freely in and out of the country.

Notice most of the oligarchs are former KGB – they got rich by printing rubles.

Roman Abramovich is the eleventh richest man in Russia. He began his business life as a street trader. No suggestion he was ever in the KGB.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Abramovich

Pavel Durov is the third richest man in Russia. He made his name in Russian social media, including founding Telegram. Born long after the KGB ceased to exist.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavel_Durov

Vladimir Lisin is the richest man in Russia. He’s a former coal miner and foreman welder. He made his money in the iron and steel industry. No mention of a background in the KGB.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Lisin

Also why is the Russian army erecting Lenin statues in conquered cities and declaring parts of Ukraine “peoples republics”?

And your reliable, independent evidence of this is?

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  Gregory Woods
April 26, 2022 1:23 pm

I guess because he started a war that is killing thousands of innocents and ruining the lives of 100x as many are outright killed? That would be my guess…

Richard Page
Reply to  Matthew Schilling
April 27, 2022 4:25 am

Arguably the war started in 2014 when Donetsk and Luhansk, inspired by the ideals of self-determination and independence, wanted their own government’s as they no longer felt that the government in Kyiv represented them or their interests. In attempting to crush this ‘rebellion’ it may have been Ukraine that started the war. Having said that, the Russian invasion has been a brutal, violent act that was in no way justified by the actions of Ukraine, even propped up by the EU, USA and UK.

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  Richard Page
April 27, 2022 5:23 am

So, instead of “he started a war” perhaps I should’ve written “he launched a whole new phase to an age-old conflict and that new phase is orders of magnitude worse than anything that has happened there, at least since WW2.”

Keep in mind though, a big enough difference in degree is a difference in kind. That’s why we shrug at the breeze but give hurricanes names and record detailed info about each one for posterity.

Nicholas McGinley
April 25, 2022 9:54 am

“Climate Misanthropes Say Fighting Climate Change is More important than Food, Reliable Energy, and Peace”
Even when they do not say it, they are saying it.
What galls me the most is when they say “climate change effects the poor the worst.”
If by “climate change” they mean the increase in prices from their policy prescriptions, they are correct.But that is not what they are trying to imply.It is galling for being so utterly disingenuous and cynical.Every single thing they advocate for raises the cost of energy, and raising the cost of energy raises the cost of everything.And the least able to afford the increases are the ones who are the most negatively impacted.As usual, what they claim is the exact opposite of what is true.
This cannot be a coincidence.They must deliberately say the opposite of what is true.

DaveS
April 25, 2022 10:14 am

 I think it could have a damaging impact”

A statement of the bl**din’ obvious from that great mind, John Kerry, though not in quite the way he intended.

huls
April 25, 2022 11:08 am

It is simply their misanthropic nature. They hate themselves and they hate other people even more. All people must die according to their sick and twisted ideas.
Lefties are loonies. They admit this themselves. They declare themselves to be mentally ill:
(PDF) Mental illness and the left

These people need urgent treatment because they are a danger to themselves and normal people

Paul Johnson
April 25, 2022 11:48 am

No sacrifice is too great to avoid the dire consequences of the computer-projected weather forecasts for the 22nd century. Really?

Andy Pattullo
April 25, 2022 12:23 pm

Just as Biden sabotaged the energy industry the first day in office, he could make amends by lowering food prices simply by stopping all government incentives for ethanol in gasoline. In fact he should ban the addition of ethanol made from edible crops all together. 40% of the corn crop would immediately be on the market for human or livestock nutrition and food prices would fall thus helping to alleviate the coming food crisis. Simple, easy and logical – not a chance in hell that Biden or the puppet-masters behind this shell of an imbecile will do any such thing. These people are the definition of evil, unscrupulous carpetbaggers who would eat their own young before they would shed a tear for the starving children of others.

Izaak Walton
April 25, 2022 2:22 pm

It is worth pointing out that there is no “global food shortage”. In 2020 the world produced over 2900 calories per person per day. Which is evenly distributed would be enough to make the entire world’s population obese. And the amount of available food would be even greater if we didn’t feed so much of eat to cows.

The reason that people are starving is that we do not care enough. In the west about 1/3 of food is thrown away either because it is not nice enough for the supermarkets to stock or people leave it to go off at home etc etc. Better food distribution networks could allow everybody to have plenty to eat.

MarkW
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 25, 2022 6:21 pm

Isn’t that typical. Everything is the fault of people in the west not caring enough. No talk about the problems with food storage and losses due to pests.

Regardless, the “food shortage” is not current but rather projections of the near future due to the loss of production in Ukraine as well as the reduced use of fertilizers due to the rapidly rising cost of fertilizers.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  MarkW
April 25, 2022 8:00 pm

Mark,
the problem is not just the west but also corrupt and incompetent governments around the world where officials prefer to enrich themselves rather than help others. Food storage and losses due to pests are minor compared to corruption as well as being easily solved. Governments in the UK and the USA printed trillions of dollars in 2007-2008 to solve a banking crisis so surely if they wanted to they could spend a fraction of that on stopping people from needing to use food banks to feed their kids.

And I am willing to bet that despite all the gloomy predictions the world will still produce more than 2000 calories of food per person per day in the next few years.

LdB
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 25, 2022 10:34 pm

Governments of the west are there to act in interest of their country no-one elected them to save every country. Your prediction will be true and it will remain unevenly distributed because the world is made up of sovereign nations. I get a laugh at leftards who think the world will suddenly become a place of equality given the background of the world.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  LdB
April 25, 2022 10:39 pm

So you are happy for people to starve to death as long as you get to eat cheap food? I am not suggesting that the world will become a place of equality but just pointing out that it isn’t and that people are dying as a result of our selfish behaviour.

LdB
Reply to  Izaak Walton
April 26, 2022 6:08 am

I am fine with that … I place my fellow citizens above all others as I would hope they do me. What I am sure of is if the situation was reversed the rest of the world won’t come to save me. If we have excess then I have no issue distributing it to those in need but don’t confuse that to somehow thinking I believe everyone in the world should have equity.

Yes I am selfish and I don’t have an issue with that. Really everyone is selfish just many are to gutless to admit it because it’s NPC.

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John Klug
April 25, 2022 5:59 pm

Isn’t the effort to produce more E15 a heartless effort? When Reuters is reporting that Indonesia won’t export any palm oil, and there are shortages of vegetable oil? Fertilizer is supposed to be tight. Presumably farmers could produce more corn oil, or plant soybeans instead? What about wheat shortages? Couldn’t some of those corn acreages be used for wheat? The Biden administration has the wrong priorities.

Floyd Looney
April 25, 2022 9:27 pm

Yep. Funny how starving to death and hiding from Russian bullets puts a crimper on your climate virtue signaling.

Focus, people. Focus!

April 25, 2022 10:16 pm

Or democracy

David Long
April 25, 2022 10:17 pm

I was fine with everything in this piece until the last sentence:
‘It’s immoral and inhumane for the media to keep giving climate alarmists a platform to claim otherwise.’
I would hate to see the side of sanity and science stoop to the same tactics as the climate fanatics.

HotScot
April 26, 2022 3:56 am

I’ll add to this a point I have made elsewhere on WUWT. In around 2015 the WHO issued a report stating that by 2050 120,000,000 people across developing nations will have died from respiratory diseases caused by inhaling smoke from open fires used for cooking and heating. Most of them women and children. A well publicised report at the time, but like many other things, lost to the sands of time as more ‘pressing’ political events unfold. Sadly, however, these people are still dying.

A few years later, from memory, there was a report compiled by British doctors claiming 40,000 people in the UK had died from air pollution over a given period (I can’t recall how long it was) which, upon examination was found to be entirely fanciful. The data showed the assessment of these people to be entirely subjective and that remaining life expectancy was being measured in days, if not hours and that any type of respiratory condition was largely secondary to underlying comorbidities.

Whatever any of us think of the WHO following the Covid screw up, even if we accept they are exaggerating, 60,000,000 deaths of young people is a consequence of failed energy policy dictated by the west is unacceptable.

The logistical problem of power distribution in Africa is, of course, mind boggling. But isn’t this just what SMR nuclear is almost custom designed for? Almost self sustaining electricity provision placed in remote regions to service modest communities?

If we want to save lives and further the human condition on the planet are we not obligated to embark on a program to begin where life is most fragile?

2hotel9
April 26, 2022 4:45 am

I 100% agree. Strip all these leftards of their access to all energy sources, products produced with or from petroleum, running water, sewage and foods they don’t grow themselves. Problem solved.

roaddog
April 26, 2022 8:31 am

Theoretical problems 50 years in the future are much easier solved than real problems that exist today.

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