Guest essay by Eric Worrall
The British Financial Times has admitted there is a grain of truth behind the idea that China is using climate ideology to exploit the West.
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The writer, a former head of the Downing Street policy unit, is a Harvard senior fellow
Today, only 39 per cent of Republicans and independent voters who lean right think environmental issues should be a priority for the US president and Congress, compared to 85 per cent of Democrats and left-leaning independents. And intriguingly, if you’re a Democrat, knowledge and understanding of science is highly correlated with a belief that human activity contributes to climate change, but it makes almost no difference if you’re a Republican, according to Pew research.
It makes no sense that one group of voters should care less about conserving nature and protecting their homes than another. Yet in the UK, people who voted for Brexit are much less likely to agree that climate change is definitely happening than those who voted to remain in the EU. The painful irony for climate campaigners on the progressive left is that environmentalism has come to be seen as synonymous with being anti-business, playing into the hands of deniers.
US president Donald Trump was almost wholly wrong when he tweeted in 2012 that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive”. But he was also just a tiny bit right: China has long used calls for climate justice to demand concessions to help it industrialise.
Twice in one week. First a mildly positive review of prominent climate skeptic books, now a grudging admission that President Trump might be a tiny bit right about climate change.
Still a long way to go though. The suggestion that people who are against climate action don’t care about nature is just intellectual laziness. The climate activist plan to sterilise millions of acres of pristine wilderness and cover the landscape in concrete, solar panels and bird killing wind turbines is not a convincing expression of love for nature.
Video: Bird vs Wind Turbine
via Watts Up With That?
September 19, 2020 at 12:46PM