CROSS: Environmentalism’s Zero-Sum Game

The Wall Street Journal published a piece by Caleb Rossiter titled, “Sacrificing Africa for Climate Change.”  The author, a self-admitted leftist, concedes that today’s environmental movement is no longer concerned with global warming…er…climate change, but rather de-industrialization at any cost.  He notes the substantial role electricity and fossil fuels have played in making life on Earth happier, longer, and healthier, but the author also reveals the inherent contempt for humanity within the environmental movement.  In this regard, Rossiter could not have picked a better title for the piece…

Every year environmental groups celebrate a night when institutions in developed countries (including my own university) turn off their lights as a protest against fossil fuels. They say their goal is to get America and Europe to look from space like Africa: dark, because of minimal energy use.

But that is the opposite of what’s desired by Africans I know. They want Africa at night to look like the developed world, with lights in every little village and with healthy people, living longer lives, sitting by those lights. Real years added to real lives should trump the minimal impact that African carbon emissions could have on a theoretical catastrophe.

You can read the whole thing here.

  • James

    “global warming…er…climate change” – don’t worry, both are correct.

    The article also asks, ” Where is the justice for Africans when universities divest from energy companies and thus weaken their ability to explore for resources in Africa?” – funny how the only time Africans see those resources is between when they leave the ground and when they are loaded onto ship or train.

    • DRT

      “global warming…er…climate change” – don’t worry, both are correct.

      You mean both are used whenever one is more easily politicized. If it’s about temperatures increasing its called global warming, if its about a blizzard it’s referred to as climate change.

      • James

        I don’t really see your point here. Yes, increased temps are warming. A change in blizzard frequency or intensity is climate change.

        Now if you are trying to imply that these terms get thrown around to sensationalize things that are just a hot day, or a snowstorm, then I agree.