BY ALEX STORY
We live into the epoch of Utopia. We have left reality firmly behind.
Seeking Utopia in this life, as the good book says, is to will “Hell on earth”.
Nothing demonstrates our descent into extremist folly more than Net Zero.
Few believe but many submit to this craze for fear of denunciation.
The concept is hazy, which is the basis of its all-encompassing power.
Most think it has something to do with “Saving the Planet”, requiring in the process a great deal of personal sacrifice for Joe Bloggs.
Nothing can come in the way of its implementation in either speed or intent.
Even wishing to slow down the green revolution by a few years brings howls of opprobrium.
Prime Minister Sunak found out recently when he announced a more measured pace to Net Zero implementation. Although the terminus was unchanged, and only the vertiginous speed of execution was questioned, he became a “denier”.
The West is invested in its self-destruction and hoping to rebuild everything anew to achieve abstract concepts, fully detached from mankind’s concerns.
The European Commission, that fully unelected – but self-evidently wise and incorruptible – body formally adopted the European Climate Law a couple of years ago.
Having left the European Union on paper, we find that in the UK “the net zero target was made legally binding by the Climate Change Act 2008”.
Our parliament proudly boasts that “the United Kingdom was the first major economy to pass a net zero emissions law.”
Not for the first time have our leaders bragged about shooting Britannia in the foot in the hope that others might follow suit.
Surprisingly the madness, having, as is often the case, originated from Fabian think-tanks on our Sceptred Isles, spread faster and more devastatingly than a virus manufactured in a leaky Wuhan laboratory.
Indeed, the United Kingdom’s Co2 emissions have fallen by close to 60% since 1990 to 339 million metric tons – (and are we happier than back then?)
Our country represents 1% of global emissions, 30 times less than China.
The EU is a little bit behind the curve.
In some EU countries, however, targets are being imposed by the cudgel.
Indeed, in Holland, the government is actively forcing its farmers into bankruptcy.
The country was hitherto one of the world’s most productive food producers.
To reach arbitrary Co2 emissions targets, Holland is hellbent on destroying the industry.
Dutch government proposals include the closure of 11,200 farms. Another 17,600 farmers will have to reduce their livestock significantly.
Ireland, having accepted the EU’s shilling in 2011 after the country’s Euro-induced bankruptcy, and wishing to be seen as the submissive partner France and Germany paid her to become, is pushing ahead with her own self-destruction.
The Irish government is planning a massacre of 200,000 beasts over the next three years to reduce emissions by a quarter in seven year’s time.
The cost, for such as small country, at EUR 600million is astounding.
The Irish taxpayer will pay to witness the destruction of his livelihood.
Ireland represents 0.1% of global emissions, a couple of rungs above notorious polluters such as Trinidad & Tobago and Angola.
On the highest step of the Climate Cult, John Kerry stated during an expensive shindig in Washington recently that “we can’t get to net zero, we don’t get this job done, unless agriculture is front and centre as part of the solution.”
Note that not one of his predictions have ever come true.
But agriculture, the cornerstone of our civilisation, is in his and the Global Green lobby’s Maoist sights.
Worse, they see their people as part of the problem.
People are too dumb, they say, too selfish and care too much about their own lives to understand the pressing concerns of Mother Earth, that old Roman deity, which in yesteryear fed off human sacrifice.
Having been forgotten for millennia, she made an astounding comeback of late and is now centre stage.
As a result, the West is dismantling its food production capability, thoughtlessly.
The industry has developed over thousands of years to unbelievable levels of productivity, at a time when the world population could conceivably grow by another quarter, to 10 billion by 2050.
Judging them by their deeds not their words, we see that decisions made by our governments are set to increase the cost of food, and therefore, of life.
Worse, by producing less food, we will depend on imports.
First, the transport of food will offset whatever Co2 savings our efforts have produced.
Secondly, we will rely on imports from countries that are not concerned about Co2 emissions.
We will in effect subcontract our “pollution” to poorer parts of the world, as has in fact been the wont of our hypocritical elite over the decades, specifically in manufacturing, textiles, and now agriculture.
Cheap food is the target of our eco-zealots because they are in fact Malthusians.
They hide their misanthropy behind the highfalutin pretexts of caring for the planet.
In short, our governments do not have our best interest at heart and cannot have it so long as they are wedded to Net Zero. Quite the opposite.
Indeed, most of our institutions – regional, national, and supranational – have been conquered by theorists, who, like Stalinists of old, put theoretical and arbitrary targets above the lives of their own citizens.
That is not a good place to be.
Alex Story is Head of Business Development at a City broker working with Hedge Funds and other financial institutions. He stood for parliament in 2005, 2010 and 2015. In 2016, he won the right to represent Yorkshire & the Humber in the European Parliament. He didn’t take the seat.