Green revolution set to follow red

Achmin Steiner

Rearguard UN action will fail to ­prevent retreat of the new green order

by Peter Foster, National Post

Between the world wars, when the march of Communism suffered a local setback, a representative of the Comintern, the organization set up by Lenin to spread global revolution, would turn up to rally the non-uniformed troops. This week, Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Program, UNEP, turned up in Toronto to put some backbone into the cadres down at the editorial boards of The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

Mr. Steiner’s visit was no doubt timed to provide stiffening in the wake of Stephen Harper’s victory, but he also seemed to be here on Monday to support Ontario’s Green Energy Act. His timing turned out to be a little off. On Tuesday, provincial Conservative leader Tim Hudak promised to deep-six both feed-in tariffs and the Liberal government’s sweetheart deal with Korean giant Samsung if he becomes premier after the provincial election on Oct. 6.

Mr. Steiner has become a prominent source of green alarmism and a leading shill for rent-seeking green energy companies, who were already in mourning at Mr. Harper’s victory.

According to the Globe, Mr. Steiner suggested that those who complained about green energy’s enormous costs were using a “simplistic argument” to undermine “a crucial policy in boosting Ontario’s economy.” The Globe did not report whether his nose started to lengthen when he claimed that the green shift was going smoothly “and in a less costly manner” in places such as Germany.

We are apparently to ignore that solar-powered electricity costs up to 20 times as much as the conventional type. Just concentrate on the fantasy that there is no trade-off between growth and greenery. Meanwhile, think of Canada’s reputation as an environmental “leader.” (For those not familiar with greenspeak, “leadership” means doling out subsidies. Mr. Harper’s culpable lack of green leadership has been much bemoaned in the wake of his victory.)

At the Star, Mr. Steiner reportedly expressed amazement that anybody might object to having their views blighted and their electricity bills padded by wind turbines. What about the oil sands? But then the oil sands are a bit difficult to spot from the Scarborough Bluffs.

Who is Achim Steiner anyway? You might think it’s a bit extreme to compare a UN agency to an organization set up to overthrow the “international bourgeoisie” and abolish the nation state. But not if you know anything about UNEP.

UNEP was set up by Canada’s own Maurice Strong — perhaps the leading figure in trying to save socialism from the dustbin of history by painting both socialism and the dustbin green. He created it after his first great UN environmental doomfest in Stockholm in 1972. Its importance was indicated by the man Mr. Strong selected to be its first head: himself.

In 1990, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Jan Tinbergen, who had been the first Nobel laureate in economics and was unashamed to admit that he had entered economics “to find a scientific base for a socialist order,” specifically cited UNEP as an organization that would keep the socialist dream alive.

In his 2004 book, The Role of Business in the Modern World, British author and former chief OECD economist David Henderson fingered the creation of UNEP as a “landmark” in the development of what he called “new millennium collectivism.”

UNEP has always reflected Mr. Strong’s genius for using global taxpayers’ money to further his political agenda. As Mr. Strong’s successor, Mr. Steiner controls not only UNEP but the United Nations Office in Nairobi, UNON, “which provides the administrative, conference, security and logisitics services to the UN family in Kenya, which hosts offices and projects of more than 60 UN agencies, funds and programs, and over 5,000 staff.” UNEP is also a co-parent of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, the main agency that pushes climate alarmism. We might note that one piece of “capacity” that the hefty UN presence in Kenya has failed to “build” is that of honest government.

It is astonishing that anybody, especially editorial boards, would take Mr. Steiner any more seriously than they might take a Libyan official bloviating about human rights. He has for years reflected His Master’s Voice, such as in promoting a World Environmental Organization, with “disciplinary powers.” Mr. Steiner persistently accuses his opponents of being “ideologically” motivated, as if he were without either ideas or personal interests. He has called for the outlawing of plastic bags and has rejected the notion that biofuel policy might have been responsible for food-price escalation — a consequence that even Fidel Castro spotted. He perpetually invokes the voiceless future as his true constituency, and castigates big carbon-footed tourism, even as he clocks up more air miles than George Clooney in Up in the Air. He talks of a “Third Industrial Revolution.” What he really means is a revolution to end human betterment by government fiat.

Mr. Steiner was quick to leap to his colleagues’ defence in the case of Climategate. Mere doubts about the scientific facts were no excuse to slow down the agenda, he said. Questions about IPCC head Rajendra Pachauri amounted to a “witch hunt.” Glaciergate was a “typographical error.” The notion that the IPCC was “sensationalist” was, he claimed, “risible… Indeed, caution rather than sensation has been the panel’s watchword throughout its existence.”

Mr. Steiner will no doubt be mortified to read of Mr. Hudak’s promise to disassemble those parts of the grand UN plan that Dalton McGuinty has been persuaded to introduce in Ontario. Despite the increasingly desperate rearguard action of Mr. Steiner and his ilk, the green global revolution seems to be going the same way as its red predecessor.

8 thoughts on “Green revolution set to follow red

  1. Interesting article. I’ve had a gut full of Green ideology to last for ever. Industrial Wind Turbines are proof that there is more at work than caring about the Earth. They kill endangered species and put human health at risk. How can worshiping these false idols be good for our future?

  2. I love the definition of leadership as being the doling out of subsidies. That just about sums up Green Leadership globally.

    People need to understand that wind turbines are really just symbolic. They are a symbol of the environmental left. Whne they are spinning away they say “We are here!’. Think about it; they don’t generate much power; they don’t reduce carbon emissions so why do the environmentalists love them so much? They are tall, white, they spin and they are always located smack in the middle of conservative territory. When they are spinning away they give the greens a warm and fuzzy feeling. That’s it. Geothermal power for example, is a far better form of alternative energy than wind; they can be placed anywhere and they generate power 24/7. But the power plants are stark and industrial looking. The greens don’t get that warm and fuzzy feeling from geothermal. Thus Geothermal is ignored. Wind turbines are a symbol of the left, that’s all they really are. Until the public realizes this we are all going to continue to pay for them.

  3. It is disconcerting to realize these globalist creatures are sneaking around behind the scenes in an attempt to destroy our democratic freedom and find new ways of sucking the economic lifeblood from our country.

  4. This fellow was interviewed on TVO last night (Steve Paiken’s Agenda show). He was extremely well spoken, conciliatory and diplomatic when asked about Ontario’s green energy dreams. A very smooth performance from a wolf in sheep’s clothing (based on the above story). Thank goodness we’re not in Europe where smooth-talkers like this fellow have the run of the place – committing all members to legally binding (and draconian) measures to meet their lofty “green” objectives. He and his ilk are the folks we need to keep an eye on as they conduct their behind the scenes manouvering.

  5. This is the reason UK people now find themselves in energy poverty. At least this was an opportunity for Ontarians to learn what a UN representative has to say about sustainability issues also known as “green” issues.

    Last night’s Agenda program presented only a preview of what’s to come from the “greenies”.

    • It was interesting that Steve Paiken was so uncritical. He didn’t challenge any of Mr. Steiner’s assertions – just let him have his say.

  6. Here is an article from The Star. No problem – they just want to shut down our oil, agriculture and fisheries.

    “investing 2 per cent of global GDP annually — or currently around $1.3 trillion — in 10 key sectors could kick-start a green economic transition if backed by smart enabling public policies and measures.

    Financing could in part come from the phasing-down close to a trillion dollars-worth of “harmful” subsides covering fossil fuels, agricultural and fisheries sectors.–green-economy-canada-s-opportunity-for-prosperity

    • Lynne,

      Kick-start = creating an artifical demand for renewable energy like wind and solar.

      And The Star printed this BS without questions!

      Seems there was mention somewhere recently about how well the Chinese solar water heaters work. Does anyone remember?

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