Glasgow Extravaganza Tempts Climate Zealots to make ruinous pledges to United Nations
Politicians and their entourages converging on Glasgow for Cop26 threaten to pile additional economic handicaps on their countries as they showily compete with each other in displays of climate warming zealotry.
United Nations which is staging Cop26 will be the main beneficiary just because it diverts attention away from its own failure in regard to the real crisis, the pandemic, which it failed to intercept and then stonewalled in determining its origin.
Europe is facing an energy shortage due low fuel stockpiles following last winter, which was colder and longer than usual.
Neither will any questions be asked as to why British householders have discovered that a quarter of their power bill is comprised of a green levies surcharge
United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres the ring master for the gathering is already whipping up his audience by claiming that global warming is at an alarm of “fever pitch” crescendo.
This cry will not be taken up by independent power suppliers in the UK going out of business due to the shortage-induced skyrocketing wholesale power rates.
Neither will anyone at the UN feel it necessary to explain for example why as the pandemic, the one they failed to detect, gathered force they egged on such pious devotees as New Zealand at the start of 2020 to declare a distracting official climate emergency.
British prime minister Boris Johnson is a recent convert to the political trade secret that climate is the key to the vote of the electoral aristocracy.
With the hyperbole for which he is famous he likens the world to a perpetual thoughtless adolescent conveniently forgetting that London the city of which he was once mayor introduced the Clean Air Acts.
The platoon-sized delegation from New Zealand scheduled to attend the Glasgow convocation demonstrates the neo-religious brazen immunity attached to any association with the United Nations climate fervour.
At a time when families remain split and cannot unite because of tightly rationed quarantine accommodation there were no qualms about the extensive Glasgow entourage elbowing aside their distressed taxpayers in their own quest for the angelic limelight.
Boris Johnson’s customary bragging and bluster will overcome any reservations from these true believers as Britain enters another winter that may be colder than the last and with fill in energy supplies from Europe uncertain.
His presence at the Glasgow conference will add a new theatricality which is likely to evoke among participants an enhanced tendency to show-off by committing their countries to extreme self-sacrificial economic hobbling.
Already hit in the New Zealand Labour government’s determination to demonstrate to United Nations its climatic purity is the nation’s natural gas supply vital to home heating. Bovine production which underpins the export economy is another example.
Those at the conference are theorists who have never worked at wealth-building careers. Their task is one usually associated with mystics, fakirs, and instant cure peddlers. It is to persuade the voters back home, the ones paying for it, that the damage being inflicted on them is for their own good.
The winner is United Nations which is kept afloat by payments from these nations and about which the taxpayers so levied are told little.
Adding to the unreality of Cop26 is an acute shortage in the United Kingdom of carbon dioxide essential to such essentials as healthcare and food production.
One sideshow at Cop 26 is bound to be the New Zealand side ardently proving that it can out run in the climate stakes anything from newly nuclear Australia whose citizens may feel themselves on home turf due to the Glasgow Stock Exchange (above) site reminding them of the Sydney Opera House.