“Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, the use of fossil fuels, electrical appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable.” ~ Maurice Strong
Austerity…in a nutshell. The solution to environmental ills and climate change rests on the shoulders of the “affluent middle class”, not the ultra-rich elite or huge corporations.
People in France, especially rural people, are rejecting austerity. I wonder if the people in yellow vests are considered to be part of the affluent middle class.
Why would anyone listen to what Maurice Strong said about the environment; who was this guy?
Maurice Frederick Strong, PC, CC, OM, FRSC, FRAIC (April 29, 1929 – November 27, 2015) was a Canadian oil and mineral businessman and a diplomat who served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Strong had his start as an entrepreneur in the Alberta oil patch and was President of Power Corporation of Canada until 1966. In the early 1970s he was Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and then became the first executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme. He returned to Canada to become Chief Executive Officer of Petro-Canada from 1976 to 1978. He headed Ontario Hydro, one of North America’s largest power utilities, was national president and chairman of the Extension Committee of the World Alliance of YMCAs, and headed American Water Development Incorporated. He served as a commissioner of the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1986 and was recognised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a leader in the international environmental movement.
What Wikipedia does not mention specifically is that this oil man/environmentalist was a dedicated henchman of the Rockefellers and Rothschilds and clearly of higher status than the affluent middle class. (More about Strong is this article, Meet Maurice Strong: Globalist, Oiligarch, “Environmentalist” by James Corbett.)
I have to think that the French protests are making the powers that be a bit nervous. France has a pretty “green” economy already and has one of the world’s highest tax rates. The addition of a carbon tax seems to be pushing average, non-wealthy citizens over the brink. The protests are a reaction to forced austerity. And, France may be the bellwether.
There seems to be some naïveté about the proposed “solutions” to climate change. Jimmy Dore, a self proclaimed progressive, that supports global warming initiatives and legislation says this about the protests in France…
“They’re raising gas prices…which is a form of austerity in a sense…so, they’re putting the burden on the workers and people who have to use their car to get to work are being burdened, instead of rich people. Again…it’s austerity for you and socialism for the wealthy.”
Link to the video.
Jimmy, rightly, praises the protesters but doesn’t seem to grasp that they are protesting against a carbon tax that is exactly the type of measure put forth by the ruling elite and organizations like the U.N. I can understand it when the establishment media promotes the scenarios, carbon taxes and cap and trade etc., provided by the ruling elite because those outlets are owned and controlled by the ruling elite. But, it’s a bit maddening when “alternative media” pundits buy in to such schemes without considering the origins of them or the consequences.
1. Carbon taxes and exchange schemes were designed by the power elites (the same ones that are big oil)
2. Carbon taxes and exchange schemes won’t negatively affect the power elites.
3. Forced austerity negatively affects the middle class and poor.
4. Forced austerity = power over the middle class and poor.
The situation in France demonstrates the absurdity surrounding conversation of climate change. Beyond the name calling, the “solutions” extended aren’t genuine or practical. Indeed, the news today is that France is suspending the fuel tax raises in an effort to stave off the protests.