COP21 And The Global Propaganda Show
The big problem with trying to convince everyone that global warming is catastrophic to the human existence is that the campaign to do just that is being led by the very people we trust the least – governments. Just 16% of people in Britain believe that politicians tell the truth.
Currently, 47 percent of American’s believe the government should do more to deal with global warming, down from 61 percent in 2008. A poll by The Times conducted by the UK Energy Research Centre suggests the proportion of people in the UK who don’t think the world’s climate is changing has more than quadrupled since 2005
Propaganda, disinformation, misinformation and truth all become part of the confusing mix for the general population to navigate. For instance, 1 in 4 citizens is skeptical of global warming and yet nearly 60 per cent blame humans for global warming. Americans show low levels of concern for global warming whilst at the same time, their concerns for Global warming is on the rise. All of these headlines are from one polling company.
Climate change propaganda is superbly demonstrated by Al Gore’s (45th US Vice President) famous Academy Award winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” which, in the end proved to be somewhat short on truth. Subsequently, a British court went so far as to identify nine significant scientific errors in the film, and directed that it could only be shown in British schools with guidance notes to prevent political indoctrination.
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A 2014 Gallup poll showed climate change ranked 13th as an issue of importance, with only 3% of voters ranking climate change as the number one election issue, which proves that most people are really worried about the issues that are affecting them today, not in 2050 and beyond.
To prove that point, another Gallup poll showed that in 1990, 70% agreed that protection of the environment should trump economic growth, today that figure stands at 46%.
If the big energy corporations have their way though it will become almost impossible for any governments to take the necessary measures to prevent what many see as catastrophic global warming. The COP21 meeting in Paris demonstrates that governments are keen to show they are doing something positive without actually doing anything. They agreed on targets that are not binding.
Serious measures to legislate against energy corporations would massively bite into their profits, that would breach investor privileges in treaties such as the proposed TTIP, therefore, putting governments, or more accurately, taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of billions all over Europe.
Take the existing oil, gas and coal reserves. Climate scientists agree (pdf) that a large share of these resources needs to stay in the ground if we do not want to wreck the planet. They estimate that if we are to stay below a total global temperature increase of two degrees, humankind can only emit 565 more gigatons of CO2 into the atmosphere. However the amount of carbon that is already in the reserves of the major oil, gas and coal companies is much higher than that, totalling 2,795 gigatons. This means that the fossil fuel industry has five times as much oil, coal and gas assets in its books as climate scientists think is safe to burn.
If COP21 was binding, these same global corporations would have their share-prices plunging to nil with the threat of capping resource use by such a massive margin, whilst at the same time destroying pensions funds, employment and economic activity the world over.
What should alarm us all is that the governments of 150 nations, representing almost all of humanity sent more than 38,000 delegates to Paris for the COP21 climate talks. They represented countries, UN agencies, charities, campaign groups, universities, companies and media organisations. More than 15,000 were delegates of countries alone. Think about that for one moment – the representatives of almost all of humanity agreed on a deal, in their words, to significantly change our quality of life.
This so-called agreement states that the cost of reaching global climate change targets is $16.5 trillion over 15 years.
And yet, these very same politicians can’t agree to stop the global forced displacement of people topping 50 million for first time in post-World War II era. They can’t agree on a single strategy to beat just 40,000 bandits masquerading as the West’s new foe in the form of ISIS, whilst the threat of global conflict increases in Syria. They can’t agree on how to stop the catastrophe at Fukushima that is now poisoning the planet. They can’t even agree on whaling, if mass surveillance or Uber is legal, let alone simply being nice to each other.
Nuclear war is now identified as the No1 risk to humanity and yet we spend billions of dollars getting 38,000 delegates in a room to agree on something that most citizens don’t believe in. Bio-engineered pandemics, robotics and out of control nanotechnology ranks as a higher risk to humanity than climate change.
COP21 is nothing more than a propaganda show piece. It is a counterfeit and bogus argument that will culminate in the strangulation of economies, elimination of jobs, and provide billions of taxpayer dollars/euros/ pounds as a corporate coups d’état takes place, with deals such as TTIP as its centrepiece.
Were you asked by your government what your opinion is on climate change? Were you asked if TTIP is a good economic platform for your country?
Don’t be fooled. Profit taking will be contractualy binding within TTIP, climate change is not. There are bigger issues with more pressing need to humanity anyway.
Political propaganda is deployed when the target audience fails to fall in line with the government narrative. They shape public belief in replacement of persuasive, logical and reasoned debate.
Graham Vanbergen – TruePublica