A con­ve­nient lie by the sec­u­lar utopi­ans

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

Rad­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists are forg­ing a new so­cial­ist post-democ­racy that is slowly un­der­min­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive gov­ern­ment.

The myth of global warm­ing along with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency have be­come the ham­mer and sickle of ecoMarx­ism — the new green-red al­liance that seeks to de­stroy cap­i­tal­ism and the sov­er­eign na­tion-state. The United Na­tions cli­mate-change sum­mit in Copen­hagen rep­re­sents a ma­jor victory for in­ter­na­tional so­cial­ism. It also marks the tri­umph of ide­o­log­i­cal fa­nati­cism over re­al­ity.

Na­tional gov­ern­ments will an­nounce at Copen­hagen ma­jor cuts in green­house-gas emis­sions. Pres­i­dent Obama vows to com­mit the United States to re­duc­ing car­bon-diox­ide lev­els by 83 per­cent from 2005 lev­els by 2050. To achieve this tar­get, the Amer­i­can econ­omy will have to be trans­formed — in ef­fect, it will be­come dein­dus­tri­al­ized.

Dra­co­nian taxes on tra­di­tional en­ergy sources — oil, gas, elec­tric­ity, coal — will need to be im­posed to dis­cour­age their use. Mas­sive reg­u­la­tions to cre­ate a low-car­bon so­ci­ety will per­ma­nently re­tard growth rates, em­pow­er­ing the state to erect a com­mand-and-con­trol econ­omy. This will lead to a cor­po­ratist bu­reau­cratic rul­ing elite — one that fuses big gov­ern­ment, big la­bor and big busi­ness in the ser­vice of a new statist green econ­omy.

The 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall should have ex­posed the fail­ure of so­cial­ism. It didn’t. In­stead, the left sim­ply moved from cham­pi­oning the class strug­gle to global-warm­ing alarmism. Its goal, how­ever, re­mains the same: to smash free mar­kets and im­pose eco­nomic col­lec­tivism. The revo­lu­tion con­tin­ues, only to­day it is be­ing fought un­der the green ban­ner.

Just like the com­mu­nists be­fore them, rad­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists are driven by sec­u­lar utopi­anism. They are fol­low­ers of a pseudo-re­li­gion, ex­cept sal­va­tion is to be found in this the United Na­tions In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change — re­veal that sci­en­tific data has been de­lib­er­ately ma­nip­u­lated and sup­pressed to fur­ther a politi­cized agenda. Cli­mate-change alarmists have been dis­tort­ing their com­puter mod­els to pre­serve the fic­tion that the Earth’s at­mo­spheric tem­per­a­tures have been climb­ing be­cause of car­bon diox­ide emis­sions. This is not sound sci­ence, but vul­gar pro­pa­ganda.

Yet fear-mon­gers such as for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore refuse to con­cede the truth. For Mr. Gore, global warm­ing is not an “in­con­ve­nient truth”; rather,

Mr. Gore’s an­swer is false. The e-mails were not 10 years old. They were very re­cent — some as late as a few months ago. Like most global-warm­ing alarmists, Mr. Gore is an ob­tuse ide­o­logue who has in­vested in en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism a re­li­gious fer­vor im­pen­e­tra­ble to ra­tio­nal de­bate.

The sem­i­nal les­son of the 20th cen­tury is that utopi­anism leads to to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism; the road to Utopia goes through Gol­go­tha. Mr. Gore and his fel­low green so­cial­ists have been warn­ing about Ar­maged­don for more than a decade. Melt­ing ice caps, ris­ing sea lev­els, cities like regime to im­ple­ment its rad­i­cal green agenda.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) two weeks ago made a his­toric an­nounce­ment: Car­bon diox­ide will be con­sid­ered a “pol­lu­tant.” Us­ing clean-air laws, the EPA claims the au­thor­ity to im­pose mas­sive taxes and reg­u­la­tions across the en­tire econ­omy. The EPA will un­leash car­bon po­lice to ha­rass busi­nesses and in­dus­try — es­pe­cially coal-burn­ing power plants and heavy man­u­fac­tur­ing. The reg­u­la­tory state will es­tab­lish a de facto cap-and­trade sys­tem in the ab­sence of con­gres­sional action.

The EPA’s an­nounce­ment marks a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal wa­ter­shed: the rise of a so­cial­ist rul­ing class that is un­ac­count­able to the vot­ers. In­stead of re­ly­ing on demo­cratic con­sent and per­sua­sion, Mr. Obama is us­ing reg­u­la­tory agen­cies to im­pose his “Green New Deal.” The orig­i­nal New Deal was passed through Congress - in other words, through the reg­u­lar leg­isla­tive process and demo­cratic de­bate.

Lib­er­als once be­lieved in re­spect­ing the pop­u­lar will and demo­cratic pro­ce­dures. Now, even those val­ues can be aban­doned in the mad dash to “save the planet.”

Jef­frey T. Kuh­ner is a colum­nist at The Wash­ing­ton Times and pres­i­dent of the Ed­mund Burke In­sti­tute, a Wash­ing­ton think tank.

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