Without a doubt, the climate-obsessed green movement is the dumbest self-destructive force in the world today, leaving a trail of irrationality and madness wherever it goes.
Consider its recent record of destroying the country of Sri Lanka, making Western Europe unnecessarily vulnerable to Vladimir Putin’s energy blackmail and stoking rising energy prices in the United States that have contributed to the fastest decline in wages. real in 40 years.
The Greens are rapidly catching up to the Socialists as the early economic and social saboteurs of the modern world (and, of course, the two are now working hand in hand).
If a hostile actor were to consider the best way to harm a society from within, it would undoubtedly be to increase the grip of climate alarmists and other environmentalists who believe it is their rightful duty to make it harder and costlier to power a modern economy. , as well as to build and develop things.
They seek to turn the tide in the millennial human quest for cheaper, more abundant and more reliable sources of energy, while putting new obstacles in the way of other human activities.
Since they are driven by a quasi-religious view of an existential climate crisis on the verge of ending planet Earth, they reject cost-benefit analysis, let alone basic realism. The resulting wreckage is all around us.
Sri Lanka achieved one of the highest ESG, or environmental, social and governance, scores in the world and destroyed its economy in the process. The country banned chemical fertilizers in April 2021 as it raced to become the world’s first all-organic country. It turned out to be a small step forward for environmental pieties and a giant leap backward for Sri Lankan farmers. Much of the land became idle and the production of rice, tea and other crops fell precipitously. The resulting economic calamity led to the collapse of the government.
It is essentially the Green New Deal in miniature.
Sri Lanka is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean. Germany is a power in the middle of continental Europe. But the green disease does not discriminate on the basis of size or wealth.
For years, Germany has pursued a policy of dependence on oil and (especially) Russian gas, while boasting of its great environmental virtue by closing nuclear power plants and developing renewable energies. Berlin cannot say that it was not warned of the risks of this approach. The whimsical grip of climatic orthodoxy is such that it has blown all the flashing red lights. Sure enough, now Russia may well cut gas supply this winter, at the same time as renewables haven’t proven ready for prime time (they’re too intermittent, among other technical issues that won’t be fixed anytime soon ).
In its wisdom, Germany has decided to shut down the source of energy that is clean, reliable and does not require dependence on an authoritarian state hostile to the West, namely nuclear. It has fallen prey to the superstitious hostility of the environmentalist left towards nuclear power. Even now, Germany is forging ahead with the closure of its last three factories. It is turning to coal again to try to fill the void this winter, pointing out its disastrous mistake in prematurely avoiding such tried-and-true energy sources in the first place.
Here in the United States, of course, Biden has pledged to “end fossil fuels” in 2019, a pledge – given our prodigious reserves of oil, gas and coal – that would make almost as much sense as Russia or Saudi Arabia pledging to do the same. Even if inflation, led by energy prices, destroys Biden’s presidency, he and his supporters are determined to pursue a climate agenda that will drive up costs and create inefficiencies at home while doing next to nothing to help. affect global temperatures.
It makes no sense, but for the greens it has never been a particularly important criterion.
Rich Lowry is on Twitter @RichLowry.