Dogmatism is a dangerous thing – especially when dealing with economics and when it attempts to dictate markets. Some examples follow below.
1.) EU climate policy leads to more CO2 emissions
German blog Oekowatch writes about a press release from the German Association of Energy and Power Economics (VIK), which concludes that ever stricter EU climate policies cause economic damage to Europe while resulting in increased CO2 emission.
The press release states that many studies conducted do not take an honest look at the CO2 picture. Shifting CO2-intensive industries away from Europe does not lead to a rescue of the climate, but winds up resulting in even more CO2 getting produced overseas instead. Here’s an example:
And so German CO2 emissions between 2006 and 2010 actually dropped 13%; but when CO2 emissions that are involved in the imported products are taken into account, the picture changes. Then the total net CO2 output rises by 23%. The picture is similar in other EU countries.”
The press release offered some stern advice for our action-hero climate-rescuing politicians in the EU:
The politicians in the EU really have to wake up and recognise that the unilateral leading position in climate position is producing completely false results.”
The press release summarises that EU draconian climate policy harms everything – environment, economics, and the basis for future generations:
The current climate policy in the EU and also in Germany harms the the environment and the people in Germany /EU. The EU cannot rescue the world’s climate alone. ‘It is also part of generational justice to not deny our children and grandchildren a functioning economic basis.’ says Dr. Annette Loske, General Managing Director of the VIK.”
2.) Biofuel deforestation, slavery, and hunger
Another brilliant example of how master plans to hypothetically rescue the planet turn into real death and destruction is described by warmist site Klimaretter here. Ethanol production from sugar cane in Brazil has gotten so out of hand that it is leading to massive deforestation, slavery, inhumane work conditions, less production of food crops, and widespread hunger. Reuters warned recently:
Surging global prices of basic foodstuffs raise the risk that the food crisis of 2007-2008 in developing countries will be repeated, the head of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization said on Monday.
The FAO has asked developed countries to re-examine their biofuels strategies — which include large subsidies — since these have diverted 120 million tonnes of cereals away from human consumption to convert them to fuels.
Developed countries give $13 billion in annual subsidies and protection to encourage biofuels production, Diouf said. In the United States, corn stocks have dipped to near 15-year lows as more of the crop is used for making ethanol.”
3.) 200,000 deaths per year and more misery
Benny Peiser’s Global Warming Policy Foundation website here has a story on how U.S. and European policy to increase production of ethanol and other biofuels has added to global death and disease.
Research by the World Bank indicates that the increase in biofuels production over 2004 levels would push more than 35 million additional people into absolute poverty in 2010 in developing countries. Using statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Indur Goklany estimates that this would lead to at least 192,000 excess deaths per year, plus disease resulting in the loss of 6.7 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) per year.”
4.) 500,000 kids going blind annually – because of green dogmatism.
Finally, we all remember how the activist banning of DDT led to the deaths of millions. Another example of how blind and dogmatic thinking leads to disaster is the ban of golden rice. EIKE features this video where Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore explains the disaster of Golden Rice (starting at the 2:05 mark):
Half a million kids go blind every year in the rice-eating countries because of vitamin A deficiency. Golden rice, which Ingo Potrykus invented 12 years ago, could cure this overnight, and yet the activists have prevented it from being planted in Asia and Africa.”
Read more here about golden rice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_rice.
Clearly the people who are suffering the most from climate and green schemes are the poor in Africa, Asia and South America. These dogmatic policies are all concocted by folks in Europe and North America with the intent to preserve the planet – poor people be damned. Call it eco-colonialism.