In the tumultuous 1960s, environmentalism became a part of the national agenda amidst the anti-war movement, free love, heavy metal and various other “free thinking” and “progressive” concepts. Not since the days of John Muir and the creation of the Sierra Club, had the concept gathered such momentum. As the movement gathered momentum, Maurice Strong recognized an opportunity to achieve a lifelong dream, a New World Order.
Strong, a brilliant Canadian entrepreneur with an unparalleled penchant for networking, made his first $5 million before the age of 23 and was president of Power Corporation of
Canada at age 30. Six years later he was named assistant under-secretary general of the United Nations where he began to advance his vision of a “One World Oder” under U.N. administration under the guise of a unified environmental plan. In 1971 he commissioned a study entitled “Only One Earth: The Care and Maintenance of a Small Planet,” which was presented at the first U.N. Environmental Summit in Stockholm in 1972. The success of the summit and the acceptance of the study led to the U.N.’s creation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) with Strong at its helm.
In 1990 the World Economic Forum held a meeting in Davos, Switzerland inviting 1,000 diplomats CEOs and politicians to discuss global issues. From the conference Strong reported that the group had decided that the “principal risk to the environment comes from the actions of the rich countries. “In order to save the planet, isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrial nations collapse? And isn’t it our responsibility to bring this about?” The die was cast in Davos.
Soon thereafter, Strong was named secretary general of the U.N. Conference on The Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The very name of this meeting is telling. It is the first time that “development” was boldly linked to the “environment.” At this summit, the concepts of “carbon credits” and “cap and trade” were hatched. The Kyoto Protocols followed, which introduced the concept of restricted development and huge expenditures to reduce carbon emissions in lieu of heavy penalties.
Once again Strong was quoted as saying “The western world has developed and benefited from the unsustainable patterns of production and consumption which have produced our present dilemma. It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class — involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and processed foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work place air conditioning and suburban housing are not sustainable. A change is necessary toward lifestyles less geared to environmentally damaging consumption patterns.”
Sound ominous? It should, because a once-pristine, well-meaning movement has become a banner for a movement which is dedicated to the redistribution of wealth amount the nations of the world. The Cap & Trade legislation pushed so hard by the Obama administration is a scheme to redistribute the wealth of this nation through a new form of taxation; all in the name of “saving the planet.”
The Congressional Budget Office recently calculated that the administration’s goal of reducing emissions by 14 percent from 1995 levels by the beginning of the next decade will
produce taxes of $902 billion, money which will be largely paid by the middle class taxpayer.
As the Wall Street Journal put it recently, “Cap & Trade is a scheme to redistribute income and wealth — but in a very curious way. It takes from the working class and gives to the affluent; takes from Miami, Ohio and gives to Miami, Florida; and takes from an industrial America that is already struggling and gives to a rich Silicon Valley and Wall Street ‘green-tech’ investors who already know how to leverage the political class.”
One last note: Maurice Strong who now lives full-time in the People’s Republic of China is involved in the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) which is the only firm in the U.S. that trades carbon credits — no doubt because he cares about saving the planet.
Stay tuned, it will only get worse.
P.S. It’s interesting to note that the above CCX went bankrupt. Poor Al Gore, I’m sure he lost millions as well as many others. Portions even Obama, GED Soros, so much for the great Obama is presently working very hard to Cap & Trade and carbon tax. Watch for it.