It’s fashionable among “respectable” libertarians and other small-government types to make fun of their more extreme brethren, especially when it comes to the United Nations. And yet the UN’s “Negotiating Text”–draft language containing options for the delegates who will meet in Paris in December–doesn’t need any wild imagination to appear sinister. We can just quote from the thing.
I give a more comprehensive explanation in my post for the Institute for Energy Research, but for our purposes here let me give you some of the highlights. Again, these are all quotes taken from the suggested text that the UN has released:
5.1. Option (a): Ensuring significant global greenhouse gas emission reductions over the next few decades or a 40–70 per cent reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions below 2010 levels by 2050 and near-zero emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other long-lived greenhouse gases by the end of the century… [UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Negotiating Text, p. 5]
92. [Scale of resources provided by developed country Parties shall be based on a percentage of their GNP of at least (X per cent) taking into consideration the following:
a. The provision of finance to be based on a floor of USD 100 billion per year, and shall take into account the different assessment of climate-related finance needs prepared by the secretariat and reports by other international organizations;
b. Based on an ex ante process to commit quantified support relative to the required effort and in line with developing countries’ needs… [UNFCCC Negotiating Text, p. 43]
[Stressing that all actions to address climate change and all the processes established under this agreement should ensure [a gender-responsive approach][gender equality and intergenerational equity], take into account [environmental integrity][the protection of the integrity of Mother Earth], and respect human rights, the right to development and the rights of [youth and] indigenous peoples, [as well as ensure a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work, in accordance with nationally defined development priorities and strategies,]] [UNFCCC Negotiating Text, p. 4]
One does not need a tinfoil hat to see that the treaty that some want to come out of the December meetings will establish a giant international bureaucracy, beyond the control of any one national State, with the ability to disburse more than $100 billion, and to pass judgment on every manner of human life, but particularly operations in the energy sector. Moreover, the goals of this organization will not be limited to the projections of climate change shooting out of computer models, but will also involve traditional social reforms favored by anti-capitalist Leftists.
This isn’t a conspiracy theory, these are the simple facts for anyone who wants to click the UN document and begin skimming.