Global class war: Western elites’ climate obsession is impoverishing the world’s poorest

Global class war: Western elites’ climate obsession is impoverishing the world’s poorest. By Joel Kotkin.

At the recently completed COP27 gabfest-turned-guiltfest … the assembled woke corporations, bureaucrats and obscenely financed nonprofits have now been compelled to offer reparations to poorer countries for their carbon sins. They call it ‘climate justice’. …

The US alone has pledged up to $1 billion to mostly corrupt Third World countries. But it is unlikely to be popular among hoi polloi. Moreover, much of this ‘blood money’ will simply line the pockets of kleptocrats at the helm of many countries. And so far, oddly, nothing is being demanded of China, the world’s preeminent and growing emitter of greenhouse gases. …

Global cooling is setting in (as I predicted in 2015), and western elites have deliberately ruined their energy systems. Going to be a nasty winter for many in the west.

This new class conflict is redefining politics across the West, and it may become more intense with the onset of winter. …

Impoverishing the poor nations:

Developing nations are fed up of being harangued by Hollywood stars and the heirs of the Kennedys or the Gettys, who are all desperate to prevent their access to fossil fuels. …

In nations in Africa and the Middle East, authoritarianism and state power are on the rise. Like their working- and middle-class counterparts in the West, these struggling regimes are widely sceptical of the West’s green austerity, even if they are more than willing to take ‘reparations’. They are also sceptical about the promise that ‘green energy’ will be cheaper — indeed, it is in the most green-centric places, like Germany and California, where energy prices are highest.

The neoliberal elites could be miscalculating on a grand scale. The brighter bulbs in the developing world do not want alms and permanent second-class status, but dollars to build their economies. They may pocket the blood money and then turn to other countries — notably China — to build nuclear, gas and even coal plants. They want to sell their resources to places that do not have bureaucratic nonprofits telling them what they can and cannot trade or consume.

This is simply self-interest at work. When climate-conscious Western governments, increasingly woke corporations and nonprofits try to restrict access to fossil fuels, they are also blocking the path to prosperity for the world’s poorest nations. …

This also explains the widespread reluctance of these countries — including democracies like Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and most importantly India — to join the West’s crusade against the brutal Russian actions in Ukraine. For them, Russia isn’t seen as a major problem. It is also a major exporter of both energy and food to many of these countries.

The developing world has other things to worry about than jeremiads from the White House, patronising mega-billionaires or Greta Thunberg. The people of Africa and in other developing nations are essentially a global proletariat. …

Global class war:

Although they may be pulling from different ends, the global South and the non-elites of the West have much in common. They are both challenging the putative global ruling class. Together, they may plunge the neoliberal order into a well-deserved existential crisis, and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of people.