COP-27: A Window into How the UN Keeps the Poor Poor

From the MANHATTAN CONTRARIANFrancis Menton

Even as we give thanks today for the wonderful benefits of a freedom-based political and economic system, the UN’s big annual “climate” conference, this year going by the moniker COP-27, has only recently wound up. As with most everything the UN does, there was nothing in this conference for anyone to be thankful for.

This year, with the activists’ beloved wind and solar energy sources manifestly failing to solve Europe’s energy crisis, there was little prospect for any major new agreements to limit CO2 emissions. And thus there was far less media coverage than of past such conferences.

But we should not let the event pass without noting the extent to which this conference, like most of what the UN does, evidences the alliance between elite rich-country activists and corrupt developing-country interests, all to keep the poor poor.

Now, you might ask, why would anyone want to keep the poor poor? The world continues to have at least a billion or more people who live in grinding poverty, without basic things like safe water, sanitation, home heat, or electricity. A plurality of those people live on the continent of Africa, with a population of about 1.4 billion, some 500 million of whom live in “extreme poverty” according to the definition and data of the UN itself. Surely, every moral person would want to find a way for those poor people to exit poverty and move up to at least what we consider a middle class lifestyle.

But of course, that is not the case. In the wealthy countries, the elites find themselves hypnotized by the pagan climate cult, with the fundamental belief that use of hydrocarbon fuels is the ultimate mortal sin. These people might mouth platitudes about wanting to help the poor to exit poverty, but at the same time they have no practical idea where their own prosperity comes from, or that it completely depends on abundant energy from fossil fuels. Meanwhile, they are only too willing to use their influence to prevent the poor from using fossil fuels, in the absence of any functional alternative, thus leaving the poor to languish in poverty.

And how about the people that govern the developing countries? You might think that they would badly want to help their people to exit from poverty, but most often that is not in fact the case. Consider developing countries’ policies as to the use of fossil fuels. Their posture on the issue is not completely uniform, and some countries that have abundant fossil fuel reserves, particularly if controlled by the government, are ready to push to develop those resources. However, many other countries go willingly along with the Western pressure for no development of fossil fuels. It’s simple. If you allow exploration and development of these resources, you risk the rise of wealthy local rivals for your power. Much better to accept handouts from the rich countries, which you can package as “climate reparations,” and then use for palace guards and secret police to cement yourself in power. Or maybe just put the money straight into your Swiss bank account. Meanwhile, you can mouth some empty words about “saving the planet,” and probably get yourself fawning attention from the liberal Western press, if not a Nobel Peace Prize.

And the UN? Its institutional interest is to be the intermediary in the massive wealth transfer from the rich to poor countries. The more wealth is transferred, the more need for UN staff and bureaucracy to administer the process. And God forbid that the poor countries should get rich and not need the wealth transfers any more. What then would be left for the UN to do?

Once you understand these perspectives, the proceedings at COP-27 and the events leading up to it all come to make sense.

Paul Driessen of CFACT, writing at Shale Directories on November 22, rightly calls COP-27 the “Anti-African” conference:

[T]he greatest hypocrisy of all was on full-throated display at the COP-27 climate circus in Egypt November 6-18 – where attendees kept asking whether Africa should be allowed to exploit its oil, natural gas and coal reserves to improve living standards, feed families and save lives! . . . Even worse, it’s not just energy these arrogant eco-totalitarians want to obstruct in Africa and other developing regions. It’s also modern fertilizers — indeed, all aspects of modern agriculture – everything that can actually help farmers feed hungry people and make enough money to build a home or barn, send their children to school, and buy tractors and other equipment.

In a piece on November 7 — as COP-27 was getting under way — Reuters summarized the position of Western environmentalists toward the idea of Africa developing its fossil fuel resources:

Climate campaigners have pitched themselves against African governments that believe they should be allowed to use gas – which emits less climate-heating carbon dioxide than coal and oil when burned – to develop their economies and provide power to 600 million Africans who still lack access to electricity. Activists raised the alarm last month when Tarek El Molla, Egypt’s minister of petroleum and mineral resources, told a ministerial meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) that fossil gas is “the perfect solution” to “achieving the energy trilemma for security, sustainability and affordability”. . . . But advocates for renewables are calling for no more investment in gas. . . .

Al Gore of course weighed in with a call for the entire world to “turn away” fossil fuels. And in the run-up to the conference in September, U.S. “climate envoy” John Kerry “warn[ed] Africa not to rely on natural gas to bring power to millions.”

Also in the run-up to the conference, the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) put out a big Report titled Emissions Gap Report 2022, calling on all countries, even the poorest, to eliminate use of fossil fuels. Over at DW on October 27, they quote John Christensen of Danish think tank Concito on the UN’s findings:

[T]he UNEP report authors explored deeper solutions via . . . “system-wide transformation.” This includes the decarbonization of the electricity supply, industry, transport, buildings and food systems. . . . “It’s about all countries in all sectors, but needs to reflect national contributions and circumstances,” said Christensen.

Read the full article here.

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Ron Long
November 25, 2022 2:12 pm

As someone with direct personal knowledge of how corruption functions in third world countries, I can verify that the UN, Dictators, Corrupt politicians, and some pretentious supposedly civilized persons don’t care a whit about poor people, except they always scheme to get their vote, or tacit support. Officials in corrupt countries that are themselves honest are rare, but they exist, and they lead a difficult life. UN? I was an official country representative at one of the IAEA/UN Redbook proceedings, in Vienna, Austria, and repeatedly came face to face with corruption. Brandon Crime Family? Yes. The Global Warming scare as another tool? Perfect. Solution? None (never saved anyone from themselves). Some good college football games on this weekend. Stay safe.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Ron Long
November 25, 2022 3:35 pm

I am watching the only two college football games of interest this year, tomorrow. The game (Michigan v Ohio State), the the Iron Bowl (Alabama v Auburn). The Bowl is a biggie. since both teams are 11-0.
I did not watch the most ceremonious game this year, Harvard v Yale. Yale won bigly. But I was in the stands for the end of their OTHER big game, when Harvard ‘beat’ Yale in 1969 by coming from behind to tie producing 16 points in the last 2 minutes of regulation.

Ron Long
Reply to  Rud Istvan
November 25, 2022 4:36 pm

Oregon State vs Oregon. Go Beav’s. Sorry about joking when poor people are in such dire straits, but I do not know anyway to help them.

aaron
November 25, 2022 2:31 pm

Pay corrupt leaders to keep their people from developing their economies.

cognog2
November 25, 2022 2:45 pm

Why does the UN continue to advertise how much of a SCAM it’s Propaganda Machine is at these COP# Fiascoes? I’m puzzled at the tactics here; for they seem counter productive from the Marxist perspective.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 25, 2022 2:45 pm

The tinpot, piss ant dictators learned long ago that the populace can’t rise up against them if they are starving.

bnice2000
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 25, 2022 5:44 pm

“The tinpot, piss ant dictators”

And the UN is full of them and their lackeys !

Rud Istvan
November 25, 2022 3:02 pm

COP27 ended predictably. An unfunded ‘Loss and Damage’ fund. No fossil fuel reduction progress, because none is possible given ruinable realities.

As for Africa, there are three additional insurmountable realities. First is government corruption, which prevents copious Western aid from having any measurable effect. Second is tribalism, which ‘fractures’ countries like Ethiopia (Tigray), Somalia (Al Shabab), and Nigeria. Third is ingrained behaviors that result in things like AIDS, FGM, and Ebola from bushmeat. On these, Africa will have to sort itself out. Even aggressive western ‘nation building’ at almost unlimited intervention (force and expense) over 20 years FaILED in Afghanistan.

My personal view, you reap what you sow. Africa, fix yourselves. We should simply not impose additional climate burdens on them to also fix at the same time.

Rick C
Reply to  Rud Istvan
November 25, 2022 8:25 pm

Where the heck are all the anti-racist liberal activists when rich white Northerners like Kerry, Gore, Trudeau, Macron, Greenpeace, and the whole EU decide what Africans should be allowed to do with African resources? Is this just the global version of the Democrats’ approach to ‘helping’ African Americans in US big cities? It seems like they think the best solution to poverty in Africa is to depopulate the continent. One might think that these people don’t really care about the welfare of folks with dark skin.

Nick Graves
Reply to  Rick C
November 26, 2022 2:02 am

Aside from making African nations debt-slaves instead of actual persons, I am of the opinion that governmental colonialist attitudes haven’t changed much over the last couple of centuries.

I wonder whether the Chinese government will treat African nations any better with the BRI? Doubt it.

Gums
November 25, 2022 3:36 pm

Salute!

Finally heard a “truth” about “climate change” from the USA “national propaganda radio”, aka NPR. It wasn’t about causes of “climate change” due to our evil use of coal, oil and natural gas for energy. It was about migration. And they are prolly correct that some folks are migrating due to climate change. But they failed to identify WHY folks are migrating due to climate change.

Folks are migrating to the “developed” nations due to climate change. Huh? Is it too hot or too cold ( remember change can be one way or the other)?. Is it because the ocean is less than an inch or two higher than 30 years ago? Maybe the storms or more frequent and stronger? Nope, the real reason they are migrating is for basic economic, quality of life and freedom reasons.

The insane attack by “developed” countries on fossil fuel as a source of energy has restricted the “developing” countries from getting natural gas, coal or oil at a decent price and/or building an effective distribution infrastructure. This is because the “developed” folks are paying more or exploiting the resources the developing countries and shipping it home. So many of the immigrants are tired of burning dung or wood to make a meal or heat the home. They see americans and others go home, turn a switch to light the house, get the oven or microwave going to cook dinner, watch a flat screen TV, take a warm shower, and the beat goes on. Wonder why they “migrate”?

Gums sends…

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Gary Pearse
Reply to  Gums
November 25, 2022 6:55 pm

In a way, the people migrating out of the (non) Developing Countries are escaping from the fiefdoms of hell and corruption presided over by their own ‘Elites’. This is no different than what elites of the WEF/UN/EU and Western Developed World heads have planned for us.

Fortunately, the whole shiteree is collapsing because the Developed World is headed by the stupidist ‘heads’ of state the West has ever known. They (and advisors) had no idea what obstructing and crippling the fossil fuel industry would do to even their own silly plans. They didn’t know that you need to use natural gas to make cheap (once cheap!!) nitrogen fertilizers and cheap petroleum to plant harvest, ship, manufacture, mine everything we eat wear or use!

Their own shelves are empty. Their own lights are going out. Their own industries are shuttered and there is a run on the pitchfork and torch supplies.

n.n
November 25, 2022 4:06 pm

Redistributive change is a trickle-down economic model, exacerbated by a diversity model that keeps the elite and transnationalists fat but not satiated, and Green deals that blight land and sea to reach flatline.

Steve Case
November 25, 2022 4:55 pm

Black Lives Matter
But Not in Africa

Rick C
Reply to  Steve Case
November 25, 2022 10:07 pm

Black Lives Votes Matter. (FIFY)

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Coeur de Lion
November 26, 2022 12:45 am

Gore and Kerry are racists and don’t believe Black Lives Matter, the worst you can be these days.

gdtkona
November 26, 2022 1:48 pm

BLM. Just not in Africa. Or if they are in American and conservative in any way.

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