Global so­cial­ists vs. na­tional cap­i­tal­ists

The cli­mate ac­cord is an­other ve­hi­cle to trans­port wealth to strug­gling so­cial­ist sys­tems

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - By An­thony J. Sadar An­thony J. Sadar is a cer­ti­fied con­sult­ing me­te­o­rol­o­gist and author of “In Global Warm­ing We Trust: Too Big to Fail” (Stair­way Press, 2016).

While on a re­cent va­ca­tion in Slove­nia — the land of my (and Me­la­nia Trump’s) ances­tors — I broad­ened my per­spec­tive on global is­sues. Dur­ing an ex­tended tour of a na­tion of truly as­tound­ing ex­pan­sive vis­tas of wooded Alps, regal cas­tles, and quaint vil­lages (like Aus­tria) and hos­pitable folks (as in a friendly home­town), I took time to re­flect on se­ri­ous mat­ters weigh­ing on the world­wide com­mu­nity.

Take the angst over cli­mate change.

Ap­par­ently, global so­cial­ists in Europe (and the U.S.) see a chang­ing cli­mate as the re­sult of evil cap­i­tal­ism af­fect­ing a world­wide com­mu­nity of peace-lov­ing peo­ple whose sal­va­tion is rooted in so­cial­ism. So, for global so­cial­ists, co­op­er­a­tive agree­ments like the Paris cli­mate ac­cord are es­sen­tial to unit­ing all peo­ples to a com­mon goal of sav­ing the Earth from the rav­ages of cap­i­tal­ism. This goal su­per­sedes all other con­cerns and must be achieved by any means nec­es­sary.

On the other hand, na­tional cap­i­tal­ists — like those in the U.S. where na­tion­al­ism is strongly con­nected to pa­tri­o­tism that em­braces all cit­i­zens re­gard­less of eth­nic ori­gin — ev­i­dently see a chang­ing cli­mate, re­gard­less of cause, as sec­ondary to more im­me­di­ate con­cerns such as those re­lated to eco­nomics and na­tional se­cu­rity. Thus, pro­grams aimed at in­creas­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for all cit­i­zens, re­duc­tion of na­tional debt, and pro­tec­tion of the pop­u­lous through a strong mil­i­tary come front and cen­ter.

In this pa­per a few days ago, En­ergy Sec­re­tary Rick Perry, In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke, and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency ad­min­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt an­nounced “En­ergy Week.” Their com­men­tary ex­plained that “Mr. Trump wants Amer­ica to uti­lize our abun­dant do­mes­tic en­ergy re­sources and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions for good, both at home and abroad. An en­ergy dom­i­nant Amer­ica means a self-re­liant and se­cure na­tion, free from the geopo­lit­i­cal tur­moil of other na­tions that seek to use en­ergy as an eco­nomic weapon . ... [Fur­ther­more, in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy] is what will clean up the en­vi­ron­ment, not bad deals for the Amer­i­can peo­ple like the Paris agree­ment.”

The Paris cli­mate ac­cord of late 2015, agreed to by the global so­cial­ist lean­ing Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, seems to pro­vide prac­ti­cally no sub­stan­tial ther­mal re­lief for the planet’s sup­posed chang­ing cli­mate brought on by car­bon con­tam­i­nants from Adamic af­flu­ence. More likely, the cli­mate ac­cord is yet an­other ve­hi­cle to trans­port U.S. wealth — gen­er­ated from its suc­cess­ful cap­i­tal­ist econ­omy — to strug­gling so­cial­ist sys­tems world­wide. As as­tutely ob­served by Wall Street Jour­nal colum­nist Hol­man W. Jenk­ins, Jr., in his June 3 ed­i­to­rial, “Trump Skips Cli­mate Church”: “[O]nly one large na­tional econ­omy has been re­port­ing siz­able emis­sions de­clines, thanks to frack­ing. The same econ­omy may soon also be able to take credit for slow­ing China’s prodi­gious emis­sions growth thanks to nat­u­ral gas ex­ports to dis­place Chi­nese coal. That coun­try is the U.S. un­der the un­think­able monster Don­ald Trump. What­ever evo­lu­tion to­ward a lower-car­bon en­ergy sys­tem takes place in the fu­ture, it will also cer­tainly be driven over­whelm­ingly by tech­nol­ogy and mar­kets, not pol­icy.”

Amer­ica has a free mar­ket econ­omy and is a leader in in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy. Yet so­cial­ists, who also claim the eu­phemistic ti­tle of “pro­gres­sives,” tend to shun en­ergy de­rived from ad­vanced ex­trac­tion tech­niques, such as frack­ing and nu­clear power, in fa­vor of yes­ter­day’s in­ter­mit­tent sun­beam catch­ers and wind mills. Be­sides, how so­cial is leav­ing more than a bil­lion peo­ple with­out elec­tric­ity, when proven, low cost, abun­dant fos­sil fuel re­sources are read­ily avail­able? And, how about the more than 2.7 bil­lion with­out clean cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties? In­stead of schemes to re­dis­tribute wealth, how about pro­grams to dis­trib­ute re­li­able bound­less en­ergy to all those in dire need?

To be sure, such dis­tri­bu­tion is not easy in an un­sta­ble world plagued by po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion and ter­ror­ism. That’s why po­lit­i­cal sys­tems of any stripe must be con­stantly checked by those sub­jected to them. Plus, the world must unite around de­feat­ing the im­me­di­ate threat of ter­ror­ists who care lit­tle for a healthy en­vi­ron­ment or even a re­duced car­bon foot­print.

Slove­nia, es­pe­cially its pris­tine alpine re­gions, is ex­cep­tion­ally beau­ti­ful and its peo­ple quite wel­com­ing. It’s hard to imag­ine how dif­fi­cult life must have been for my ances­tors to em­i­grate in the early-1900s to a smoky in­dus­trial city in Amer­ica (by the way, that same city, Pitts­burgh, can now boast clear skies and the ti­tle of one of the na­tion’s most liv­able cities).But, across the ocean and the decades, even the ex­cep­tional beauty of Slove­nia can be ob­scured when vi­o­lence is im­mi­nent and there is no bread on the ta­ble.

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