Climate change is predicted to change a lot of things, but it’s already having a profoundly negative effect on what you are permitted to publish, say or read, writes Tim Blair.
ANOTHER $1 BILLION OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY
CORRUPT AFRICAN ‘LEADERS’ ENJOY FIVE-STAR HOTELS AT GLASGOW CLIMATE CONFERENCE WHILE THEIR OWN PEOPLE STARVE
Given the mainstream media only reports what sleepy Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison said at the FLOP26 climate conference, ADVANCE thought it’d be worth discussing the other less notable attendees.
First there was Belize – a central American country that has the following “current concerns”, according to the Central Intelligence Agency:
- Heavy foreign debt burden.
- High crime rates.
- High unemployment, combined with a majority youth population.
- Growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade.
- One of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.
- Corruption and official complicity in trafficking [of children and adults] is a concern, however no investigations, prosecutions, or convictions of government employees are reported (2020).
Given these issues you’d expect, the Belizean government would be better things to worry about than a climate gabfest run by billionaires, European royalty and career politicians.
Well, think again.
Belize sent 33 delegates to Glasgow, about as many as Pakistan, New Zealand and Belarus combined. One degree Celsius of warming since 1900 seems to be their top priority.
Next was Burkina Faso – one of the world’s poorest countries which boasts the following issues:
- Three million of its own people starving.
- A scourge of radical Islamist terrorism.
- Over one million internal refugees.
- Eighty per cent of the population doesn’t have electricity.
- Population pressures (worsened by Killary Clinton’s questionable war against Gaddafi’s Libya) causing over-grazing, desertification, deforestation as well as a booming slave trade (which is no doubt blamed on climate change by Western elites).
Forget addressing any of these boring problems. After sending over 100 delegates to the 2019 COP25 in Madrid, Burkina Faso decided to send 109 delegates to Glasgow, who are no doubt living it up in five-star hotels while their people starve.
Thanks, United Nations!
Then there was Equatorial Guinea – another impoverished African nation that sent 28 delegates to Glasgow on behalf of Vice-President Teo Nguema who is described as “[ferrying] his glamorous blonde girlfriends around Paris in his fleet of Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Bentley and Porsches” and the lucky man who “bought the original gloves Michael Jackson used to wear”.
Unfortunately for the people of Equatorial Guinea the Glasgow conference will be of little use to them given the nation suffers from:
- The world’s tenth-highest rate of HIV-AIDS.
- The world’s ninth-worst infant mortality rate of 63 deaths per 1000.
- A government that only spends 3 per cent of GDP on health (compared to Australia which spends 10 per cent) even though the CIA describes the risk of contracting a plethora of horrid tropical diseases as “very high”.
- A booming human trafficking industry that targets children and women.
Ironically, Equatorial Guinea has become the richest country, per capita, in sub-Saharan Africa since the discovery of oil and natural gas reserves in the 1990s. However, the majority of its people remain extremely poor because the proceeds go to the ruling class – the very same mob who flew to Glasgow to save the world.
Succeeding the Guineans were the Pacific Islanders.
The Marshall Islands sent 35 delegates even though they only have a population of 60,000.
Palau, which has an even lower population of 18,000, sent 27 delegates. Palau’s President told the United Nations climate change is a “ticking time-bomb – no one knows when or where the next disaster will strike – but we are keenly aware that it can wipe out years of progress in a span of hours.”
Tuvalu’s President impressed with his dramatics, saying “we are but on one canoe for humanity, no one country must jump ship! We either must paddle together to keep us afloat and safe. Or allow the canoe to sink, and we all drown.” Nevermind the fact there was a net increase in land area in Tuvalu of 73.5 ha (2.9 per cent). Money talks.
To top it off, a large delegation of ten turned up from the Mom Loves Taiwan Association; Burundi sent 32, including a “Church of England Climatologist”; the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation sent 20 delegates; the Workers of the World sent a team to smash capitalism; and the Women’s Environment and Development Organisation flew 51 delegates over.
As ADVANCE has been saying for years now, the decarbonisation agenda has nothing to do with helping the poor and the environment.
It is a way for corrupt leaders of poor nations to extort money from taxpayers in Western nations.
It undermines the sovereignty of Western nations, given globalist elites are greenmailing Australia into sacrificing our manufacturing and energy-intensive industries on the Chinese-made altar of solar panels and wind turbines.
Even worse, the climate hysterics pat China on the back, while they build 100+ coal-fired power plants to further boost their monopolisation of heavy industry.