The article “Falling Fertility” in the October 31st issue of the Economist is yet another example of the immense effort by some in the media and other positions of influence to use “climate change” as a vehicle to guilt people into surrendering their personal freedoms in order to “save the Earth”.
The article suggests that while the slowing of population growth is a step in the right direction to save the planet from impending disaster, technology and tyranny “governance” are the two additional necessary solutions to end the global climate “crisis”.
Such an effort continues to be lost on this reader who remains a vigorous skeptic of the charge that government control over my carnivorous diet and vehicle choice will result in the planet’s salvation and a better way of life for all.
This reader maintains that the climate change “crisis” is simply a well-orchestrated ruse to achieve redistribution of wealth in the name of social or green justice. The call for “governance to shift the world’s economy toward cleaner growth” is really a license for tyrannical control by the world’s elite over the people and a means to steal prosperity from the hands of those who earn it and redistribute it to others as they see fit, while personally profiting mightily both in power and monetary wealth.
Ultimately, those with the biggest megaphones who proclaim the necessity of reducing consumption and urge the use of “green” technology and government regulation to achieve “cleaner” growth have yet to personally demonstrate the sacrifices they are demanding from others and will likely be the last to do so (e.g., here and here). Such individuals also continue to ignore the scientific evidence that challenges the climate “crisis” they espouse and often assail those who bring the evidence to light (e.g., here).
Instead of addressing the science, which disputes their claims that consumption is responsible for the alleged doom of climate change, they respond by yelling more loudly into their megaphones in between bites of filet mignon as they fly around the world in their Gulfstream jets.
Despite the best efforts of the Economist’s writer and others to condemn the economic success of industrialized countries, blame us for the demise of the planet, and assert that government control will deliver us from global disaster, a skeptic I remain.