WEF G20 Climate Democracy Score. Source World Economic Forum

WEF: “The colour of democracy is green”

The World Economic Forum thinks there is a correlation between democratic freedom and commitment to renewable energy. But their green metric gives coal burning China a pass, and their freedom metric puts the USA behind Australia, Europe and Argentina.

The colour of democracy is green: Why a clean energy transition is also vital to safeguarding liberty

Jul 11, 2022
Edward B Barbier
University Distinguished Professor, Department of Economics, Colorado State University

Climate change and the decline of democracy are two global crises that have come to a head in recent years.

Transitioning to green energy is key to both tackling climate change and creating sustainable economies.

Collective action on a green transition is thereby not only good for the climate but also vital for protecting democracy.

Two global crises have come to a head – climate change and the decline of democracy.

If global warming is to be kept below 1.5 oC, the world must act now to reduce carbon emissions. Achieving this objective requires substantially lowering fossil fuel use through a clean energy transition.

For the past 15 years, democracy has been in decline worldwide. To protect and promote freedom, leading democracies must strengthen their economies and safeguard liberty.

These two aims are not mutually exclusive but complementary. Reducing reliance on fossil fuels and transitioning to low-carbon alternatives also make democratic economies more sustainable. Major democracies should work together to achieve these two goals.

The leading democracies of the G20 should collectively commit to phasing out cost and tax breaks for the production and consumption of fossil fuels. They should also phase in more efficient pricing of fossil fuels through taxes or tradable permits to cover the costs of local air pollution, global warming, and other economic damages. 

Read more: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/07/colour-of-democracy-clean-energy-transition/

WEF founder Klaus Schwab was born in NAZI Germany in 1938.

I’m not sure how imposing a new regime of trading permits and forcibly phasing out cheap energy equates to democracy.

I also question giving a high green score to China, which burns more coal than anyone, or a high freedom score to Canada, where police horsemen were filmed trampling unarmed protestors last February, and Australia, where rubber bullets were fired at unarmed protestors in 2021.

The lower freedom score for the USA is suspect in my opinion. In the USA people are protected by a strict bill of rights, including the right to free speech, and the right to bear arms for self defence. Not so much in countries like Canada and Australia. People in the USA also get to vote for town sheriffs, attorney generals and other important executive positions which are appointed jobs in most other countries.

Australia and Canada scoring top marks for freedom is questionable. Australia is not as repressive as countries like China, but Australia has no bill of rights, so the treatment of citizens is at the whim of politicians – as we discovered during the 2021 protests. Canada has a bill of rights, but going by recent treatment of protestors in Canada I’m guessing the Canadian bill of rights is more of a guideline than an inalienable guarantee.

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Alexy Scherbakoff
July 11, 2022 10:15 pm

Lack of freedom is one state of emergency away.

Dennis
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
July 11, 2022 10:31 pm

In the Commonwealth of Australia, Federation of States, state of emergency is State Parliament legislation and State Government imposed and enforced.

TyTy
Reply to  Dennis
July 13, 2022 9:17 am

And Co2 Greened an area x2 the size of the continental united states… the only thing green in the ‘green movement’ is lining their pockets.

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Richard Page
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
July 12, 2022 7:35 am

It’s no surprise – the rise in climate alarmism IS the decline in democracy. You cannot have a healthy democracy when climate activists demand authoritarian powers to combat the delusion.

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  Richard Page
July 12, 2022 2:21 pm

R. Page— Au Contraire Democracy is Mob Rule, therefore climate alarmism is Democracy at work. Our Founding Fathers in the USA established a Constitutional Representative Republic. If you don’t understand the difference either you are a foreigner, or politically misinformed.

Richard Page
Reply to  Carbon Bigfoot
July 12, 2022 3:37 pm

I’m a foreigner and quite obviously don’t have your precise first-hand experience of, what did you call it again, a Constitutional Representative Republic – which does a good job of describing the country but not the form of governance. I think you might be surprised to find that your Constitutional Representative Republic uses a form of Representative Democracy where they elect those citizens chosen to represent the will of the whole adult population of the country. If it shifts to some form of authoritarian state, you be sure to let me know, ok?

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  Richard Page
July 13, 2022 4:36 am

Richard Page:
Because of an fraudulent election the authoritarian state is being dismantled. Essentially throwing the baby out with the bathwater .The company, the United States of America, Inc., established in 1871 is now bankrupt. The FED exists in name only being part of the US Treasury by prior administration executive order. Watch what will happen in the near future as the USA returns to the Founding Fathers ( mostly Brits) vision of our Constitutional Representative Republic.The process is nearing completion. My advice to you and others— buy hard assets including gold & silver. Your currency and others will become worthless.

Izaak Walton
July 11, 2022 10:25 pm

are we going back to blaming children for the sins of their parents? And if not why mention that Klaus Schwab was born in Germany in 1938?

As for Americans being protected by the bill of rights that depends more on your ability to pay for a lawyer than anything else. Joseph Heller’s line that “Yossarian was jepordising his tradition rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them” seems truer now than when it was written.

Dennis
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 11, 2022 10:34 pm

“Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, created the Forum of Young Global Leaders in 2004 to help the world meet increasingly complex and interdependent problems. His vision was to create a proactive multistakeholder community of the world’s next-generation leaders to inform and influence decision-making and mobilize transformation. 
Through the Forum of Young Global Leaders, Klaus Schwab envisioned facilitating earnest dialogue and friendships across cultures to bridge divides, fostering fresh thinking and dynamic new ways of collaboration to shape a more positive, peaceful and prosperous society.”

WEF

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Dennis
July 12, 2022 3:17 am

and so many of our leaders ARE schwabs young leaders mobs trulya dope ,ardern, mant more. ardern bolted to aus to sweet talk Albo re climate cons and is pushing to allow NONcitizen Kiwiws to Vote in Aus!!
and albos not said outright NO

Flash Chemtrail
Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 12, 2022 7:04 am

Can ozspeaksclearly translate this mumbo jumbo?

MarkW
Reply to  Flash Chemtrail
July 12, 2022 8:50 am

I’m not sure about the above sample, but it usually resolves to US bad, socialism good.

Brazos Valley Chuck
Reply to  Flash Chemtrail
July 13, 2022 7:40 am

Brevity is generally a good thing, however punctuation and complete sentences are more likely to make the point more clearly. Riddles have their place, but are not always useful.

jeff corbin
Reply to  Dennis
July 12, 2022 7:23 am

WEF raising the next generation of central planners. WEF is interventionistic. They shape and state the problems and put the right people together to solve them. When did we need WEF to tell us our problems and what the solutions are. Fishy to the max. Smells like a gigantic power grab.

Redge
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 11, 2022 11:46 pm

are we going back to blaming children for the sins of their parents? And if not why mention that Klaus Schwab was born in Germany in 1938?

I agree with you on the Nazi jibe

However, we should acknowledge the criticisms heaped on Klaus Schwab and the WEF

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 3:18 am

because schwab IS carrying the ideology of state controls over peoples live to the global scale just like he was raised in

Pflashgordon
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 5:14 am

Fool. Who pays you to waste our time here? Big Green?

Schwab’s parentage is not the point. The fact is, he was a child of Nazism and now uses his enormous power and influence to act on his ingrained totalitarian principles.

As for American jurisprudence, Izaak, you apparently have never been part of a jury trial in the U.S. Yes, there are disparities, but anyone in America (except political targets of public vendettas) can have a fair hearing and defense before his peers. Thugs and criminals are put in jail by juries selected from among their own neighbors after a careful consideration of the facts. Furthermore, with activist judges and prosecutors, we are currently on a rapid path to pardoning all but the most hardened, egregious criminals, sending waves of the lawless back out onto the streets and empowering others to commit crimes with no guilt and no fear of justice.

MarkW
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 8:48 am

The bigger government gets, and the more laws there are, the more you need lawyers in order to do anything.

Izaak, like our other socialists is always demanding bigger government and more regulations, yet he seems to feel that the natural result of these trends is a bad thing.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 10:36 am

Izaak, have you ever been to the US? You don’t seem to know much about it.

J. R.
July 11, 2022 10:36 pm

The color of “green” is red.

Scissor
Reply to  J. R.
July 12, 2022 4:46 am

Yes, definitely.

Go woke, go broke. Go green, go without.

LdB
July 11, 2022 10:37 pm

ROFL did it occur to the genius that it was the greentard policies that lead to the decline of democracies. His answer do more 🙂

J. R.
July 11, 2022 10:40 pm

“… but Australia has no bill of rights….”

Reading that made my blood run cold. I always thought Australia was rather like a second USA as far as freedom goes. To discover otherwise is frightening.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  J. R.
July 11, 2022 11:04 pm

Those documents are meaningless in the face of governments and bureaucrats, no matter the country. Australia runs on ‘a fair go’ principle. A little vague but seemingly works in most cases.

Chris Nisbet
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
July 12, 2022 12:41 am

Yep, NZ has a bill of rights, but it wasn’t worth the paper it was written on when our government decided to lock us all down.
Here’s some of what it has to say…
“Everyone lawfully in New Zealand has the right to freedom of movement and residence in New Zealand.
(2)
Every New Zealand citizen has the right to enter New Zealand.
(3)
Everyone has the right to leave New Zealand.

NZers did _not_ have freedom of movement (with the exception of gang members)
NZers were prevented from returning to NZ and from leaving (not that anybody would have taken us).
I really had no idea just how ‘free’ NZers were until a couple of years ago.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Chris Nisbet
July 12, 2022 12:48 am

If the paper is used judiciously it can minimise skid marks.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Chris Nisbet
July 12, 2022 1:51 am

Chris,
You are forgetting section 5 “Subject to section 4, the rights and freedoms contained in this Bill of Rights may be subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

And during a pandemic enforcing a lockdown is a reasonable limit to freedom of movement in order to save lives. And was upheld as such by the supreme court.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 3:23 am

limiting people to house arrest pretty much and a 5km limit to walk etc wasnt reasonable or fair

Scissor
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 4:50 am

Call quarantine of the healthy what it is, “tyranny.”

observa
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 5:21 am

And with Covid mutating and rising infections again it would seem freedom of movement has suddenly taken precedence? Can I suggest no more appetite for lockdowns and helicopter money from all those eggsperts as the costs are now very apparent.

Kevin kilty
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 7:55 am

I did not down vote you for this comment, which I find to be ignorant in the extreme. But I should have. One would think after 2+ years that you “lock downs save lives” folks would have had the decency to investigate the efficacy of your ex cathedra pronouncements and also evaluate the collateral damage. Of course you don’t as it wouldn’t support your beliefs. Can’t learn.

MarkW
Reply to  Izaak Walton
July 12, 2022 8:52 am

Translation, if the government wants to take away your rights, nothing in the constitution will prevent it.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  MarkW
July 12, 2022 10:43 am

I think the 2nd Amendment effectively curtails a complete authoritarian takeover in the US.

Drake
Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
July 12, 2022 4:01 pm

And, luckily, due to the election of TRUMP!, the US may be returning to a constitutional basis for the “limited” nature of the federal government.

I am hoping that the continued extreme actions of the left in attempting to “overturn” SCOTUS decisions by executive orders and bureaucratic dictates will empower the originalists on the court to overturn the 1930’s ruling expanding the “commerce clause” to include anything statists want it to mean.

Then courts gave the federal government “powers” not given to it by the constitution, only the SCOTUS, or a convention of the states, can take those powers away.

I vote for a convention of the states.

J.R.
Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
July 12, 2022 11:05 pm

That’s the idea.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
July 12, 2022 3:21 am

used to, hasnt actually done so since maybe the 40s

michel
Reply to  J. R.
July 12, 2022 12:15 am

I know little about Australia. However I think its legal system, like that of other former UK colonial countries, is based on English Common Law. This does put limits on arbitrary government conduct towards citizens, albeit not encoded in any one document, but the result of decisions on a case by case basis.

It shouldn’t necessarily make your blood run cold. Until very recently the UK was in a similar position, no explicit charter of rights, but a series of statutes and decisions, including the Bill of Rights of 1688, which gave a patchwork of rights.

I don’t know how much of British statutory law carried over to Australia at independence – whether for instance the 1688 Bill of Rights is carried over. Be interested to hear from someone better informed.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  J. R.
July 12, 2022 3:21 am

what passes for a constitution is all for the rulers and govt(read UK controllers priorly) and sweet fanny adams for personal rights or freedoms. hell we even have bans on certain groups associating like meeting up at homes pubs or other places under guise of anti biker gang laws. all to easy to add/change that any time they choose to

jeffery P
Reply to  J. R.
July 12, 2022 5:00 am

US is the only country that acknowledges our rights preceed government. These are often call “God-given” rights. In all others, rights are granted by government. Consider the difference.

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Richard Page
Reply to  jeffery P
July 12, 2022 7:47 am

Hmm no. Considering that France used almost exactly the same framework for the declaration of rights of man and the citizen (still used today by France and former French colonies) as the US constitution (no coincidence – both authors knew each other and collaborated on both) then there are other countries that do the same.

Mr. Lee
July 11, 2022 10:45 pm

“If global warming is to be kept below 1.5 C, the world must act now to reduce carbon emissions”

I’m old enough to remember when they said, “if we don’t act by year 2000, it will be too late.” What I don’t understand is why my brothers, sisters, and father don’t recall this…or at least show the slightest bit of skepticism as a result.

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Dennis
Reply to  Mr. Lee
July 11, 2022 10:47 pm

Sydney Opera House predicted to go under water from ocean rising by 2000.

And as the fourth flood crisis since 2020 is being dealt with a reminder that climate change was by now to have reduced rainfall and dams would never fill again.

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Tom Abbott
Reply to  Dennis
July 12, 2022 4:51 am

The dire predictions of the alarmists are always wrong.

This should tell a reasonable person something.

TonyG
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 12, 2022 10:35 am

Too bad most people are not reasonable…

J.R.
Reply to  TonyG
July 12, 2022 9:33 pm

I think you have it backwards. I think most people don’t pay that much attention to the dire predictions of alarmists.

Redge
Reply to  Mr. Lee
July 11, 2022 11:50 pm

I’m old enough to remember when they said, “if we don’t act by year 2000, it will be too late.”

The Warmongers have been saying the same thing for the last 50 years, and let’s not forget the scare stories from the start of the 20th Century

Art
July 11, 2022 10:59 pm

I see the correlation differently…..those countries at the right of the graph are throwing taxpayer money to those on the left side……particularly China.

Alan the Brit
July 12, 2022 12:17 am

Welcome to the Holocene Inter-Glacial, peeps! A shame it’s not as warm as the previous four Inter-Glacials dating back over half a million years!!! It’s amazing what temperature makes people do, say, think, etc! Not heard anything about those awful wildfires in Australia, & America a while back, have they determined who had the box of matches???

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Alan the Brit
July 12, 2022 3:25 am

matches and lightning strikes in dry storms were heavily to blame. of course that wont be mentioned it isnt on their agenda

Hans Erren
July 12, 2022 12:23 am

An arbitrary freedom score is compared with an arbitrary green score hence the trendline is meaningless.

MarkW
Reply to  Hans Erren
July 12, 2022 8:57 am

I remember a “survey” that claimed to show which cities were the safest. Because actually trying to dig up and compare statistics on different types of crime was “difficult”, the authors decided to just compare police budgets per capita. Under the theory that a city that spends more on cops, must be safer than one that spends less.

Patrick Maher™️
July 12, 2022 12:55 am

It cracks me up when they label their side “Green” when more CO2 means more green and their plans will reduce green.

Peter Wells
Reply to  Patrick Maher™️
July 12, 2022 5:05 am

We need to use that line more often!

RayB
July 12, 2022 1:04 am

Even a country with zero Freedom Score will still have 30 Green Score.

Reply to  RayB
July 12, 2022 5:49 am

Considering what the WEF says on their websites and openly in their speeches, I would say that the less freedom a country has, the higher their green score.

Ed Zuiderwijk
July 12, 2022 1:58 am

Another ‘distinguished’ professor somewhere.

But distinction, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Or is it the brain?
In any case, it’s absent from mine.

Stoic
July 12, 2022 2:07 am

The nation of Sri Lanka has an almost perfect ESG rating of 98.1 on a scale of 100, according to WorldEconomics.com.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Stoic
July 12, 2022 4:54 am

And look what that got them.

Jeroen B.
July 12, 2022 2:49 am

The only green that democracy really thrives on is money.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Jeroen B.
July 12, 2022 4:54 am

Money and a Free Market.

ozspeaksup
July 12, 2022 3:14 am

Aus feels a lot more like democracy in name only and has done for a looong time. we have no rights, we have priveleges like in colonial times at the whim of the govt ie landed gentry and political appointees. you cant scratch your butt even on land you own without some pratt in powers approval, and at a cost of course. for over regulation wed be on par with china almost
maybe worse. and state leaders like AndroOZE in Vic think being like China would be a good thing pop controls wise, hell we are more than 3/4 there anyway

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 12, 2022 5:03 am

The Chicoms must be salivating at the weakness and delusion shown by Western leaders. Like taking candy from a baby. Right, Xi?

We make it too easy for the bad guys.

Is Donald Trump the only guy in the world who sees the situation clearly?

No, probably not, but he’s the only politician who says it out loud.

The world needs Trump’s leadership back. He sees the Big Picture and the dangers posed by the Bad Guys, and can take the world to a much better place. The Left is lost and foundering in delusion. The Left’s stanglehold on power must be broken or we are all going off the cliff with these fools.

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Tom Abbott
July 12, 2022 4:20 am

From the article: “The World Economic Forum thinks there is a correlation between democratic freedom and commitment to renewable energy.”

Yes, there is a correlation: All the democratic nations have a radical Leftwing Media that promotes renewable energy as the answer to all our problems.

The Democratic populations are being propagandized by their partisan, political Media.

Tom Abbott
July 12, 2022 4:23 am

From the article: “Transitioning to green energy is key to both tackling climate change and creating sustainable economies.”

Well, we are screwed then, aren’t we, since green energy will not sustain our economies. This guy is living in a dreamworld.

Tom Abbott
July 12, 2022 4:34 am

From the article: “Australia and Canada scoring top marks for freedom is questionable.”

Isn’t that the truth! Trudeau has a lot of Castro coming out in him. He is definitely dictator material. You guys need to get him out of power as soon as possible if you value your personal freedoms. The guy is a natural-born tyrant.

And I was pretty shocked at some of the things politicians imposed on Australian citizens over the China virus. Here in the U.S., in my State, I was never on any lockdown of any kind and the State government never issued a mask mandate. And we did just fine with the China virus, or at least as good as others who took more drastic actions.

Petty dictators come out of the wordwork in such situations. The People’s enemies have revealed themselves with their actions. Vote their butts out of office at the next opportunity.

Peter Wells
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 12, 2022 5:13 am

Sounds like Florida to me. But we have an advantage over most states, being surrounded by lots of ocean water and with only one somewhat overlong isolated border with other states.

mmohr2016@tds.net Old Man Winter
July 12, 2022 4:47 am

I referenced an article by Tony Heller about WEF’s role in the Sri Lanka disaster.
WEF had an article by PM Wickremesinghe- This is how I will make Sri Lanka Rich by 2025
(Aug 29, 2018)- that they’ve “disappeared”. Luckily, the Sunday Times (of Sri Lanka)
ran the same article (9/2/18, which I saved). Both the search result to find the
article & the WEF link say “we will make” vs the “I will make” in the actual article
implies to both searchers & their readers ownership in the PMs work which is now
a total disaster. Also @ the end of the Times article, it states this: “(Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be participating in the World Economic Forum on
ASEAN in Ha Noi, Viet Nam from Sept 11-13.) Courtesy the World Economic Forum”.
It’s obvious they wanted to remove any implications of their role in this tragedy
& “disappeared” it on the WEF website ASAP, but there are obvious links to their
involvement on the Times page.

Lesson learned: If you find any article, graphic, … on a potential perp’s web site,
you may want to save it as it could get “disappeared” if that info will implicate
them in their role in any future disasters that occur or positions on policies that
change.

Note: The PM presented his 2025 Vision at the 2018 WEF.

https://realclimatescience.com/2022/07/the-wef-plan-for-sri-lanka/

(The graphic below is the beginning of the WEF article Tony cited.)

https://www.sundaytimes.lk/180902/news/pm-this-is-how-i-will-make-my-country-rich-by-2025-309660.html

SriPMWEF.jpg
Elliot W
Reply to  mmohr2016@tds.net Old Man Winter
July 12, 2022 11:55 pm

After the “I own nothing and I’m happy” WEF piece became well-known, it too got disappeared. One week it was on WEF website and widely circulated, the next it was gone off the internet everywhere but Forbes. (Then the BBC ran an article saying the piece never existed and if you thought it did you were deluded; very bizarre.) Chilling how coordinated it all was.

Tom Halla
July 12, 2022 4:55 am

Canada has the “notwithstanding” clause in their Constitution, which is a specific cutout of rights.
The issue in the US is getting the government to follow unfavorable court decisions. Biden et al lost in West Virginia v EPA, but it trying to do Obama’s Clean Power Plan anyway. That says nothing about Kochul and Newsom’s defiance of NYSRPA v Bruen, on carrying guns.
The only real hope is that a certain party loses big in the midterms.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Tom Halla
July 12, 2022 6:29 am

I assume you mean ‘bigly’. 😃

Regardless of the midterm election outcome, I think we’ll soon see more defiance of Federal over reach at the state level. While NY and CA are clearly in league with the Federal government to subvert the rights and well being of their own citizens, the emerging disparity of results will only accelerate the emergence of state nullification of unjust Federal edicts, or what Jefferson referred to as ‘the rightful remedy’ against Federal tyranny.

Pflashgordon
July 12, 2022 4:59 am

The writer has it entirely backwards. He misses the fact that loss of democracy (whatever that means to him) or better yet freedom and liberty and the climate policy crisis are inversely proportional. He talks about so-called “democracy,” but then reverses himself and urges collective action, the very antithesis of freedom and liberty. To satisfy the lunatic fringe regressives, the developed nations are intentionally snatching away freedoms and their national identities to force a transition to costly, parasitic and damaging “renewable energy” and fanciful green ideas. If their populations go along with this or even vote for it, then they have only themselves to blame, although they are deceived at every turn by “scientists,” “experts,” the media, NGOs, elected politicians and government bureaucrats.

The chart mainly provides a snapshot illustrating what was achieved historically by adherence to freedom, markets and enterprise, while falsely giving “green cred” to China. China is still at least a generation behind on environmental quality and far behind others in “freedoms.” Were the chart to show the trajectories of the individual countries, it would show that green ascendency begets loss of freedom. Go Woke, Go Broke.

Old Man Winter
July 12, 2022 5:14 am

Dan Bongino links the use of disinformation by globalist Great Reset libs (Scary Poppins-
Disinformation Minister, Klaus Schwab (initiative for public & private cooperation to
solve global problems), & ESG promoter Blackrock) to bypass Constitutional rights.
(beginning @ 36:15)

https://bongino.com/ep-1805-devastating-new-leak-means-trouble-for-joe

WSJ- Andy Kessler- “The Many Reasons ESG Is a Loser”

(only the first part of his WSJ article)
https://www.andykessler.com/andy_kessler/2022/07/wsj-esg-investing-business-model.html

Serge Wright
July 12, 2022 5:51 am

“Reducing reliance on fossil fuels and transitioning to low-carbon alternatives also make democratic economies more sustainable.”

You have to wonder about the mental state of these commentators. Europe is becoming a basket case and other western countries are not far behind, all because of their drive to net zero. In Sri Lanka, people are literally dying in the streets after taking the advice from the Glasgow climate summit to ban nitrogen fertiliser.

ResourceGuy
July 12, 2022 7:19 am

Now add dimensions for rate of losing freedom and losing prosperity and rate of loss of debate entry and agenda news bias conformity.

Carlo, Monte
July 12, 2022 7:20 am

Transitioning to green energy is key to both tackling climate change and creating sustainable economies.

What a liar, I am ashamed to admit I am an alumnus of the same university from which this clown hails.

Kevin kilty
July 12, 2022 7:35 am

E. Barbier is likely a person who presumes in advance what he intends to find, and then carefully paws through his data to prove it. Any number of academics are like him. Why are people fooled by them? How do they get hired? How do they win awards? Why does no one call out their circular reasoning?

I don’t disagree with him that democracy seems to be on the decline. But it is just possible that when we speak of democracy we, E. Barbier and I, are speaking of very different things. I rather like a republic in which we get to vote directly on a number of proposals, but in which the levers of power are isolated from rash, venal, and demented people. I like that the levers are very difficult to operate. Making momentus and far reaching decisions should be very difficult. Schumpeter at one time said that most of the world’s problems stem from men of ability who lack the will to wait.

And the concept of accountability should be, in my humble opinion, that people with the greatest power should be held to the very, very highest standards. Sell influence in public office, directly or through a family member — go to prison forever. My views of course are upside down from those of Schwab. Perhaps too from those of Barbier.

E. Barbier’s idea of democracy could be that people he agrees with get to make sweeping decisions with a “pen and phone” and can’t be held to account. This, I suspect, is the root cause of democracy’s decline.

BCBill
July 12, 2022 8:02 am

Canada is firmly in the clutches of the Schwabists cult. The consequences are the curtailment of fundamental human rights, the Government using the court system to promote political persecution, the collapse of state medicine to the point of dangerous disfunctionality, huge wait times for of all government services (months to deal with passports, tax returns, etc., delays at border crossings, failing infrastructure at each administrative level, soaring costs, etc. In the above the countries seem to have been ranked in freedom by the degree to which their leaders were in the thrall of the Schwabists. Canada is wholly in their thrall and like every socialist experiment and kleptocracy before, the destruction is terrifying.

Desert Bob
July 12, 2022 8:11 am

According to the chart, the UK, Canada, and Australia are have more freedom than the US, even though they have strict gun control and the UK doesn’t even have any freedom of speech that an American would recognize as “freedom of speech”

MarkW
July 12, 2022 8:45 am

To a socialist, freedom means not having to pay for stuff yourself. You can live in a total police state, but as long as medical care is free, then so are you.

MarkW2
July 12, 2022 8:46 am

‘Freedom score’ and ‘green score’?! We’ve seen some absurd stuff come out on climate change over the past 20 or so years, but this has to be one of the most absurd of all.

Academics can’t surely be taking this stuff seriously.

markl
July 12, 2022 8:58 am

The WEF is Marxism on steroids. Klaus Schwab is a huckster who has convinced elites that they will have a bigger place in history and at the table of the One World Government if they follow him. ESG is the tool he uses to measure compliance with his dictates …. literally, scaled from 1 to a 100. These are people that money means nothing to because they can buy/have anything they want except lasting homage as the saviors of the world and Schwab promises it to them. Until they are no longer needed and then they will be cast aside. One World Government means equal poverty for all.

Björn Eriksson
July 12, 2022 9:10 am

No. USA isnot “green”

Joe
July 12, 2022 9:13 am

Burning question; Does anyone have actual access to publish the algorithms for calculating the “Green” and “Freedom” scores?

I can’t seem to find it! I live in the inner-south-west of Sydney, 4 miles from Center-Point tower, and my fingers are cold, I’m sitting in an un-heated (except by LED lights and a PC) double-brick free-standing house, in the middle of the night in a typical Australian winter. The main room is 13C, (55.4F).

Knowing that mysterious WEF algorithm would certainly warm me up!

AGW is Not Science
July 12, 2022 10:01 am

Climate change and the decline of democracy are two global crises that have come to a head in recent years.

Climate POLICIES are the crisis, not climate “change.” And any “decline of democracy” is directly due to the imposition of tyranny in the name of “saving us” from the purely imaginary “climate crisis.”

Transitioning to green energy is key to both tackling climate change and creating sustainable economies.

There IS NO “green” energy. If the idiot is talking about “wind and solar,” those are 100% dependent on fossil fuels for their existence. You know, like everything else. There is nothing “sustainable” about “transitioning” to a less effective, less efficient way to produce electricity from fossil fuels – and the “green energy” being promoted will do far more environmental damage than all the fossil fuel use by humanity has EVER done.

Collective action on a green transition is thereby not only good for the climate but also vital for protecting democracy.

There is no “green energy,” and therefore nothing to “transition” TO. This idiot believes his own hype, apparently. And the top-down government DICTATION of this “transition” to NO energy is the antithesis of “democracy.” Also note the use of “collective,” along the lines of “if you like your democracy, you can keep your democracy.” (Now where have I heard something like that before?!)

Two global crises have come to a head – climate change and the decline of democracy.

Repetition much? But then that’s how you keep the “message” in the mind of the “sheep” you’re trying to herd, I suppose. Again, the first is no “crisis” and the second, to the extent it is, is directly caused by the efforts to “fix” the nonexistent “climate crisis.”

If global warming is to be kept below 1.5 oC, the world must act now to reduce carbon emissions. Achieving this objective requires substantially lowering fossil fuel use through a clean energy transition.

First, an increase in temperature of a lousy 1.5 degrees from the Little Ice Age, the coldest period during modern human civilization and a period of misery, suffering, disease and starvation is cause for celebration, not “bad news.” Second, the notion that we can not only control(!) the climate, but specifically limit the amount by which it will change, and all through adjustments to our minuscule emissions of CO2, which has never been empirically shown to have ANY influence on the Earth’s temperature/climate in ANY amount, is laughable – AND delusional.

For the past 15 years, democracy has been in decline worldwide. To protect and promote freedom, leading democracies must strengthen their economies and safeguard liberty.

And how does this buffoon think that “economies” will be “strengthened” by depriving them of ENERGY?! And how does this buffoon think that “liberty” will be “safeguarded” by depriving people of their basic needs?!

These two aims are not mutually exclusive but complementary. Reducing reliance on fossil fuels and transitioning to low-carbon alternatives also make democratic economies more sustainable. Major democracies should work together to achieve these two goals.

There is nothing “sustainable” about “low carbon” anything. And again, democracies must “work together” to achieve this “goal” – apparently through “global governance” (that whole “working together” thing) to, you know, “save” democracy. Reminds me of Rudolph’s Hermie – “Let’s be independent together!” You can’t make this up!

Never have I seen such an unmitigated spew of such absolute twaddle. There is clearly a disconnect from reality at our institutions of “education” that needs fixing!

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Trying to Play Nice
July 12, 2022 10:34 am

Liberals in the US have a new definition for the word “democratic”. To them it is a measure of how hard you push for the goals of the Democratic Party. They love to try to change the definition of words.

MarkW
Reply to  Trying to Play Nice
July 12, 2022 1:01 pm

Democracy is when they win.
Fair is when they get what they want.

Diegovizc
July 12, 2022 11:12 am

From a dark funded, unelected and unaccountable organization like the WEF, that has arrogated to itself powers that nobody has given to, and whose slimy repugnant leader boasts of having under his control more than half of the Western rulers, the word “democracy” can only be assumed to refer to “adjectival democracies”, either in its “totalitarian” or in its “popular” version, hence the praise to “green” chinese “popular democracy” a.k.a. commie dictatorship, or to totalitarian democracies like Australia or Canada, the later with the little bastard of Castro at the head, in which the freedom of their citizens is conspicuous by its absence, displayed by the minion author of the article as “beacons of democracy”.

We only have to remember how the Australian government violated with impunity the constitutional rights without any judicial intervention, locking its citizens in concentration camps during the pandemic created by globalism, or how the government of the
caribbean blooded autocrat, seized the funds of citizens who protested against his mad & hysterical policies, again without any judicial control and showing afterwards that curtailing the freedoms of citizens pose no problem for this totalitarian “democrats”. The impunity of the new autocrats prove how degenerate these totalitarian democracies have gone.

n.n
July 12, 2022 11:14 am

Demos-cracy is ideally white, democracy/dictatorship is a dual construct, perhaps green, often blue or red, but because of past, present, and progressive diversity [dogma] it is often a rainbow of rarefied color judgments and class-based bigotry.

MarkW
Reply to  n.n
July 12, 2022 1:04 pm

???

Brazos Valley Chuck
Reply to  n.n
July 13, 2022 7:53 am

Again, while brevity can be useful, its overuse combined with riddles is not. At least you didn’t try to work “hand made” into this one.

Richard Page
Reply to  Brazos Valley Chuck
July 13, 2022 9:21 am

I think the ‘hand made tale’ is implied by now!
I always enjoy n.n’s comments – they’re like a pebble dropped into a pond; the pebble might not be anything special but the ripples radiating outward can be magnificent!

Editor
July 12, 2022 1:19 pm

The perception of freedom is often very subjective. You make very good points, thanks.

Tombstone Gabby
July 12, 2022 6:40 pm

Whoops — Sheriffs are law enforcement for Counties, not towns/cities.

Sheriffs are elected. City ‘Chiefs of Police’ are appointed, generally by the City Council, or in some places by just the Mayor.

andic
July 13, 2022 1:54 am

What utter bollocks.

Countries with vaccine (actual or defacto) mandates, lockdowns etc move to the left please.

Oooh what is that emerging; High green index linked to other inhumane freedom suffocating tendencies? Who’d-a-thunk-it

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