Climate change is presented to us as a technical problem: science has detected the concern and has issued an injunction that society must be reorganized around the issue.
Many skeptics have taken the proposition at face value and have challenged the cascade of argument that begins with the observation of CO2’s properties, and ends with your car, your boiler, your warm home, your savings, and your job being taken away.
But we should recognize that any demand for the reorganization of society is categorically ideological, whether or not it has been issued by ‘science’.
Is environmentalism a remedy in search of a malady? Greens seem desperate to diagnose and cure society’s relationship with the natural world, which they argue is deeply broken.
When the cure is applied, a Green Industrial Revolution will have created millions of Green Jobs, and a modest bounty of Green Growth. Or so they claim.
But notice something: Green Jobs have been promised but have not materialized. According to an unusually critical Financial Times article recently, the Brown government predicted 70,000 jobs in offshore wind by 2020, but the Green lobby’s own analysis finds just 11,000.
‘Britain is yet to enjoy a manufacturing and jobs boom,’ explains the FT’s standfirst. Only emissions-reduction targets are written in statutes, not the promises that have been attached to them.
This is significant because the very same organizations that lobbied the main political parties, each of which has been in recent government, have taken the government to court to enforce what they lobbied for.
Last year the Court of Appeal ruled that the proposed Heathrow Airport expansion was illegal because it was not compatible with Britain’s obligations to the Paris Agreement.
Even if you object to the Heathrow plan, you should be worried, because it has established a precedent on which any vital infrastructure plan can be obstructed, not by democracy, but by Green NGOs with bottomless bank accounts.
Nobody will be taking the government to court to enforce politicians’ claims to ‘Build Back Better’. Politicians’ empty promises to create opportunities and growth and revitalize industry are not enforceable.
And worse, no party stands against the agenda, such that the voter can hold the promise-breakers to account by removing them from office.
I hope that if you were not convinced that environmentalism is ideological when you started reading this article, you are persuaded now.
A political agenda has been embedded in law, which in turn has given the power to an undemocratic movement, which can assert itself over the entire population merely by applying to the court.
No matter the consequences, and no matter the public’s views, the Green movement has been given the power of veto over Britain’s economy, industries, and people by zombie politicians’ preoccupation with the environment, and their utter indifference to voters.
The following video demonstrates the problem with just one organization at the forefront of lawfare – the use of the courts to further an anti-democratic movement’s ideological aims.
It shows that, rather than being driven by democratic will, billionaires and faded pop stars use their diminished talents and inflated net worth to engineer social values and to inflict their designs on society.
For instance, Brian Eno, elevator musician par excellence and trustee of legal campaign ClientEarth, expresses his palpable excitement about ‘global governance’, and the use of the law to circumvent democracy.
It’s so modern . . . So science fiction, you see . . . It is his music, rewritten as legislation – the tune to which we are all forced to dance. That is what using the law to enforce ideology means.
You can watch the video, Climate Lawfare in the UK, here, Climate Lawfare in the UK – YouTube and a transcript follows.
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