by Julian Rose
The new President of France, Emile Macron, announced on 2nd
June, that all Europeans must now come together to "Make our Planet
This, in response to the
news that the American President,
Donald Trump, confirmed that
United States is pulling out of the Paris
Climate Accord - in order to make "America Great again."
So let me make a shrewd guess at what Emile Macron wants us to
understand with his particular take on 'making the planet great
again.' And I would add, all other signatories to the climate change
accord, along with him.
They are all supposedly dedicated and committed supporters of the
supposition that an excess of CO2 (primarily) is
warming the Earth to a dangerous
degree, and must be prevented from doing so further via actions
which greatly reduce carbon emissions in everyday life. Right?
OK, so all you wise and earth-caring politicians, if you really
believe in your own rhetoric, will you answer a few questions from a
These same questions also
apply to many others who share Mr Macron's views.
Firstly, why are
you so openly promoting the invasions of foreign countries,
arms sales and general rhetoric of 'war
against terrorism' when it is a well established
fact that the military, including air force and navy, are
amongst the single greatest contributors to climate
Are you aware
that the military (US, - see 'The
Pentagon's Hidden Contribution to Climate Change'
NATO, national forces) are amongst the highest, if not
highest, users of fossil fuels on the planet; releasing vast
volumes of toxic materials directly into the earth's
atmosphere and doing immense physical damage to the planet's
fabric at the same time?
Secondly, why do
you promote, or at least fail to limit, the widespread use
of monocultural agrichemical farming practices which greatly
inhibit the soil's capacity to absorb CO2
Thirdly, why do
you continue to allow the expansion of commercial airlines,
the building of new runways and the concreting over of green
spaces, when you know that high flying jet aircraft disrupt
the ozone layer and deposit toxic carbons over vast regions
of the upper atmosphere - and indeed on Earth as well?
come you support, and fail to control, freight carrying
cargo ships that ply their trade from one end of the planet
to the other, yet have been identified as emitting high
levels of CO2, contributing further to overall
volumes in the atmosphere?
Fifthly, why are
you so proud to parade around in large CO2
emitting limousines; making your domicile in large power
hungry homes or palaces; taking holidays in far flung
resorts and generally showing your admiration for all facets
of industry that extract the maximum amount of energy from
the earth, at the cost of potential ecocide?
"making the world great again" ?
In fact, why, if
you believe in what you say, do you support the current
global economic agenda at all, now that you know that
'maximum growth neoliberal globalism' is the chief cause of
the very problem you swear is bringing the planet to its
Please can you
answer these questions Mr. Macron?
Please can you
answer these questions leaders of the European Union and
other countries that signed the Paris climate accord?
Please can you
deliberate over these observations climatologists,
environmentalists, greens and all others who say 'the
science must be right' without ever bothering to examine the
question themselves, or indeed change their life styles.
I think I can second
guess Mr. Macron's response, not that it would be heard in public.
So here it is:
"Oh, but the economy
is far too important to allow anything to get in the way that
might be contrary to its continuous growth and expansion.
Arms sales are our
biggest earner. Invasions of foreign countries are, err...,
necessary to defeat terrorism.
essential to feed the world. Airlines promote global tourism,
easy business and exports.
We must get our priorities right, after all, we cannot go
against 'the laws of the market place'. People must have easy
access to the widest possible range of 'affordable goods'.
We cannot arbitrarily
limit people's choice, can we..."
May I interrupt for a
moment Mr Macron?
What if the price of
these 'affordable goods' is inhuman, sweat-shop slave labor in
Southern hemisphere countries, leading on to the mass production
of both commodities and foods that are then packaged, shipped
and flown all around the world, contributing hugely to global CO2
Maybe you didn't know
that a typical range of foods you see being dumped into a
supermarket trolley has traveled more that 7,000 kilometers. Is
that mitigating climate change? Is that supporting short supply
chains and ecologically benign footprints?
And what about your
military exploits in other countries? In light of the fact that
you now know that the CO2 spewing war-machine, a
product of the military industrial complex that you are so proud
of, is entirely antithetical to your insistence that 'in order
'to make the world great again there must be a united effort to
reduce CO2 emissions' - are you willing to radically
revise your foreign policy position?
Lastly, Mr President
and all other masters of hypocrisy, are you happy with dumping
barely disguised 'carbon taxes' on ordinary people striving to
earn a basic living, while
you and your business and banking elite
plunder the national coffers - and the planetary ones - so as to
acquire ever higher salaries, pay-offs and luxury perks for
yourselves and your families?
So in fact, Emile
Macron and similar protégés, you either don't believe one iota
in CO2 provoked climate change in the first place, or
you couldn't give a damn' about it, even if you might agree with
It should be plain by now, to all uncritical believers in the
'climate accord' that it is a giant hoax.
That none of those
'important people' who stand up on a world stage and state that
'counteracting climate change is the single most important concern
of the decade' demonstrate any personal interest in their public
They are fakes...
And all those who are
genuinely concerned about this issue, should return to square one,
do their own research and seek to find their own answers. Leave
aside the hypocrisy that surrounds the mass coordinated 'scientific
accord' driving a blind faith in the idea that CO2 emissions are the
prime cause of a changing climate.
Don't be led by the