EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2021
IPCC Report Release Drives the UN Secretary Power-Mad
Aug. 9, 2021 (EIRNS)—The reaction of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to the latest report of the UN’s climate panel is an outburst against the economies and livelihoods of most of the nations in the world, an attempt to issue orders to these nations, which is no part of the UN’s authority and cannot be tolerated. This official, who is elected to seek reconciliation of nations and non-interference in their internal affairs, has instead handed down the brutal orders of financial elites and governments of a few advanced nations, as mandatory for all the rest, especially the developing nations for whom these orders impose economic backwardness, deaths and population reduction.
“This report must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels before they destroy our planet,” ordered Guterres today. “Countries should also end all new fossil fuel exploration and production, and shift fossil fuel subsidies into renewable energy”—thus he demands nuclear power investments be banned as well. “As today’s report makes clear, there is no time for delay and no room for excuses,” pronounces this Secretary General, apparently, of BlackRock, Inc., the Davos billionaires and Prince Charles.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report itself, the rushed work of some 200 climatologists studying other scientists’ studies, makes some astonishing claims. All warming for 2,000 years and more is asserted to have occurred since the World War I period—a “hockey stick curve” already discredited 15 years ago. All this warming is emphatically claimed to be caused by human activity alone with fossil fuels; no natural factor plays any role. Because the warming is associated with higher atmospheric CO2 levels, it is caused by those levels. And the climate change is “irreversible” and will breach the 1.5° Celsius rise in temperatures above the 1850 level, so long dreaded by the IPCC and all greenies, already by 2030 no matter what nations do. Just three or four years after that, the planet, in Guterres’ rant, will have been “destroyed” unless fossil fuel energy production and industrial use has been eliminated in every country, including the developing nations for which this will mean the end of development hopes and the threat of depopulation.
This report is an attempt by the City of London-Wall Street-Davos forces and certain central bankers to beat down the opposition to a great economic leap backward—especially the opposition of China and India who feel responsible to defend the development needs of many other nations, but also the opposition of economic organizations and local all over the United States. They have to beat down that opposition to the “great leap backwards” before their COP26 environment summit in Glasgow. And it is far from clear that Wall Street, London and the royals and billionaires have the ability to do it.
The Schiller Institute of Helga Zepp-LaRouche has been holding international conferences with scientists who really know something about energy, physical economy and the climate. Those scientists know that new and improved economic infrastructure is the way to respond to changes in climate and weather. They understand, as Prof. Augustinus Berkhout of Climate Intelligence (CLINTEL) expresses it, that humanity should be preparing for an optimistic future with nuclear power and advanced nuclear technologies, not for depopulation and despair.
Economic development is a right of nations and populations, and the unique way to peace. The Schiller Institute intends to defeat this Davos Green Deal for which the UN’s Guterres tried to drive so arrogantly out of his lane today. It would be a fitting next step to carry forward Lyndon LaRouche’s 50-year battle against the financial oligarchy and for great projects of development.