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Hoping for a Depression

By Alan Caruba



The watery inundation of low-lying islands and the coastal areas of Bangladesh was predicted in a recent speech given by United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan. The culprit cited, of course, is global warming. He warned that millions of people would be exposed to a sea-level change that would lead to the disappearance of vast areas of the region.

In Germany, the Environmental Minister suggested that, if the United States continues to resist the UN Kyoto Climate Control Treaty, it may be necessary to ratify the Protocol without us. The talks resume in Bonn this July and, if the various nations who are committed to the treaty go ahead without the US, you can confidently predict a worldwide depression on a scale undreamed by anyone.

Want to know what happens when you cut back on energy use? Think California. Think rolling brownouts and blackouts. Then extrapolate that to every State and every nation that has failed to meet this most fundamental need of an advanced, technological society.

This has been the intent of the radical environmental movement for decades. Their most concerted effort has been to force industrialized nations to cut energy use and, thereby, plunge the world in economic chaos.

Much of this effort has been orchestrated out of the United Nations whose second in command to Kofi Annan is the little known Maurice Strong. Within the shadowy world of the international environmental movement, Strong is the moving force behind the effort to destroy the sovereignty of nations and the free market power of corporations. "Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring this about?", said the head of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Out of the chaos a worldwide depression will come the Communist one-world government towards which the United Nations and international environmentalists have been working. They know their history.  The National Socialist Party, better known as the Nazis, arose out of the chaos in Germany that followed World War I. It was the chaos in Russia, precipitated by its involvement in World War I, that led to the Communist takeover in 1917. The same kind of takeover occurred in what is now Red China following World War II.

Economic hardship is the launch platform for Communism. To achieve their goals, the Greens and their fellow Red travelers must plunge the world into the kind of chaos that has the masses calling for "a dictatorship of the people." It is always a dictatorship that destroys freedom.

So the UN Kyoto Climate Control treaty and the global warming hoax on which it is based is essential to the achievement of the goal shared by Greens and Reds. There is no difference between the two.

These so-called bad times are, indeed, very good times for the UN goons and their slavish Socialist partners in Europe and elsewhere. They are praying for the US economy to collapse and have been doing everything in their power for decades to bring that about.

Why else would the Clinton-Gore administration so aggressively have supported the UN Kyoto treaty? Why else would they have seized millions of acres of the nation, some of which contains huge reserves of coal, the primary source of electric energy production?

Why else would they have banned oil discovery and extraction in Alaska with its estimated untapped l6 billion barrels? Or banned drilling for oil off the coasts of California and Florida? Why else would they have proposed closing down dozens of dams that provide hydroelectricity? Why else hasn't a single new coal mine been opened in this nation for years? Or a single new utility using nuclear energy? Those who oppose the development of this nation's natural resources are, quite simply, the enemies of this nation.

Why else would the Clinton-Gore administration have waged a ceaseless war on property rights, the keystone of Capitalism? Using regulations and programs such as its Council on Sustainable Development, the Endangered Species Act, wetlands regulations, the Clean Air Act, forest regulations, land trusts, UN Heritage sites and corridors, UN Bio-Regions, and countless other devices, the federal government has positioned itself to force the sale of private property. Countless government regulations make the development of private property either impossible or extremely costly.

The government's partners have been the so-called "conservation" groups that sweep in, purchase such property for a song, sell it to the government, and make a killing.

In Congress today, there's a bill that would take funds from a trust to preserve marine areas and divert it to the purchase of more, and more, and more land by both the federal and state governments. The government is not supposed to own all the land in America. That's what Communist nations do.

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Why else has the timber industry been under such attack for years in this nation? The Spotted Owl hoax has closed down sawmills and other logging operations throughout the entire Northwest, throwing thousands of people out of work and creating ghost-towns where vibrant communities once existed. Our national forests have been so deliberately mismanaged for years that millions of acres of timber have been lost to commercial sale and use, and new catastrophic fires are anticipated in the year ahead.

Why else would the Clinton-Gore Justice Department have sought to weaken Microsoft, arguably the technological engine driving the greatest advances in productivity in the history of mankind? The decline the stock market has experienced, particularly among technology stocks, can be traced directly to the deliberately destabilizing effort to break up Microsoft.

Why else would ranchers and farmers find themselves under constant attack, having their water rights challenged, their grazing rights reduced? Why do the so-called animal rights fanatics constantly propagandize against the eating of meat?

This is why Kofi Annan can be found bloviating in Bangladesh or the German Environmental Ministry pressing for the UN Climate Control treaty or the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Fund, and all the other Greens calling for more and more restrictions on the economic life of this and other nations.

Americans must not fall into the trap of the global warming hoax, a massive fraud intended to wreck our economy. Instead, we must demand the repeal or at least major revisions of the environmental laws harming our economy. A third or more of all federal laws and regulations on the books today reflect environmental requirements and restrictions.

In recent weeks, President Bush has given indication he knows there is no valid science, nor any "precautionary principle", that can justify the demand that this nation agree to the deep energy cuts demanded by the UN Climate Control Treaty.

What matters right now is that Americans, despite an economy that it is worth trillions, are facing increasing loss of jobs, rising prices for energy needs that have gone unattended for too long, and have lost confidence in the Federal Reserve and other branches of government to maintain the economic boom of the past decade. Do they know something those in charge of our banking system and our government do not? What we are witnessing is a crisis of confidence.

While Congress debates campaign finance reform that runs contrary to our First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech, it is failing to address the immediate need for a tax cut to jump-start our economy and restore confidence. Rather than engage in political theater, it needs to authorize the development of known resources of energy such as exist in Alaska and initiate the construction of the 1,300 new utilities this nation will need within the next two decades.

There are those hoping for a Recession and then a Depression. They are poised to impose mandates that would force us to drive less, to use less electricity, to eat less meat, and to end our use of time and labor saving appliances of all kinds. They tell us to give up the dream of a home in the suburbs. Instead, they plan to force us into already crowded cities, returning at least fifty percent of the nation to wilderness. They have nothing to offer us except sweat and breadlines. They tell us this is necessary to "save the earth."

The earth has been around for 5.4 billion years. It does not need saving, but our economy does, our freedom does.

Alan Caruba is a frequent contributor. He is the founder of The National Anxiety Center. (

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