The Enviromoonbattery-Industrial Complex

Bjorn Lomborg — an environmental writer who went off the reservation — shines some light on the climate-industrial complex, a corrupt alliance far more threatening than the military-industrial complex Eisenhower once warned about:

The world’s largest wind-turbine manufacturer, Copenhagen Climate Council member Vestas, urges governments to invest heavily in the wind market. It sponsors CNN’s “Climate in Peril” segment, increasing support for policies that would increase Vestas’s earnings. A fellow council member, Mr. [Albert “The Goracle”] Gore’s green investment firm Generation Investment Management, warns of a significant risk to the U.S. economy unless a price is quickly placed on carbon.

The Copenhagen Climate Council is setting the stage for an economic suicide pact along the lines of Kyoto, which our government would now be irresponsible enough to sign.

Even companies that are not heavily engaged in green business stand to gain. European energy companies made tens of billions of euros in the first years of the European Trading System when they received free carbon emission allocations.

American electricity utility Duke Energy, a member of the Copenhagen Climate Council, has long promoted a U.S. cap-and-trade scheme. Yet the company bitterly opposed the Warner-Lieberman bill in the U.S. Senate that would have created such a scheme because it did not include European-style handouts to coal companies. The Waxman-Markey bill in the House of Representatives promises to bring back the free lunch.

U.S. companies and interest groups involved with climate change hired 2,430 lobbyists just last year, up 300% from five years ago. Fifty of the biggest U.S. electric utilities — including Duke — spent $51 million on lobbyists in just six months.

As for the effect this politically correct corruption will have on our already crippled economy:

Spain has been proclaimed a global example in providing financial aid to renewable energy companies to create green jobs. But research shows that each new job cost Spain 571,138 euros, with subsidies of more than one million euros required to create each new job in the uncompetitive wind industry. Moreover, the programs resulted in the destruction of nearly 110,000 jobs elsewhere in the economy, or 2.2 jobs for every job created.

Since the green agenda makes absolutely no sense to those who will have to pay the price for it — i.e., virtually all of us — climate crusaders make heavy use of hysteria.

The World Business Summit will hear from “science and public policy leaders” seemingly selected for their scary views of global warming. They include James Lovelock, who believes that much of Europe will be Saharan and London will be underwater within 30 years; Sir Crispin Tickell, who believes that the United Kingdom’s population needs to be cut by two-thirds so the country can cope with global warming; and Timothy Flannery, who warns of sea level rises as high as “an eight-story building.”

Give us your money, or the planet is doomed! It’s hard to believe that even the left-leaning audience of NBC — owned by global warming profiteer GE — would fall for such a naked swindle.

On a tip from Byron. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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