Anti-3rd world politics of global warming

At Spiked.com, an article by Alexander Cockburn.

A must-read for anyone convinced that the crusade to end global warming is motivated by a politically disinterested care for Mother Earth, and that ever-greater regulations on normal people will enhance their quality of life.

This turn to climate catastrophism is tied into the decline of the left, and the decline of the left’s optimistic vision of altering the economic nature of things through a political programme. The left has bought into environmental catastrophism because it thinks that if it can persuade the world that there is indeed a catastrophe, then somehow the emergency response will lead to positive developments in terms of social and environmental justice.

This is a fantasy. In truth, environmental catastrophism will, in fact it already has, play into the hands of sinister-as-always corporate interests.

More generally, climate catastrophism is leading to a re-emphasis of the powers of the advanced industrial world, through its various trade mechanisms, to penalise Third World countries.

And other good stuff in the piece, so go check it out.

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