Did Secretary of State Anthony Blinken actually claim at a UN Meeting on 23 September that every problem currently besetting the world is a result of a climate change crisis?

In so many words, yes.

During comments at a UN Security Council Meeting on Climate and Security, Blinken tied a wide list of conflict spots to the supposed climate crisis:

“Look at almost every place where you see threats to international peace and security today – and you’ll find that climate change is making things less peaceful, less secure, and rendering our response even more challenging. 

That’s the story of Syria, Mali, Yemen, South Sudan, Ethiopia, many other places beset by strife.  By agreeing that the issue belongs here in the Security Council, we’ll also send a clear message to the international community of the serious implications that climate change has for our collective security.”

The breathtaking analysis ignored the effects of political strife and competing ideologies in various countries and regions, ethnic and religious differences, and geopolitical maneuverings of jockeying powers like Russia, China and the U.S..

Blinken’s talk sounded more like a treatise of a self-designated climate expert, than a diplomat.

In his address, Blinken also fingered flooding in NYC from Hurricane Ida as a manifestation what he claimed were more frequent “extreme weather events”:

“Right here in New York City where we’re gathered today, earlier this month, a punishing storm caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida killed dozens of people, including a two-year-old boy, and inflicted tens of billions of dollars in damage.  More than three inches of rain fell in Central Park in a single hour, breaking a record set only a few weeks earlier.”

The upshot of Blinken’s markedly un-nuanced analysis was an urgent plea to instill more regulation and controls to force an energy and economic transformation that would reduce freedoms, power and wealth of average Americans.

The changes were couched as promoting sustainability and economic growth: 

“We agree that to prevent cataclysmic consequences, all our nations must take immediate, bold actions to build resilience, to adapt to the unavoidable impacts, and move swiftly to a net-zero world.  That is our shared charge for COP26, which is now only weeks away.  And if we’re to keep within reach the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, every nation will need to bring their highest possible ambitions to the table.

“But these efforts—and the investments they will require from all of us—also present an unprecedented opportunity to expand access to affordable, clean energy; to build green infrastructure; to create good-paying jobs—all of which could be the spur to long-term economic growth, reverse growing inequities within and between our nations, improve the lives of people around the world.”

But the goals and technologies often have dubious claims to being clean, reliable or practical.
Most agree advances in solar energy represent a huge positive.

But forcing moves to electric vehicles, and initiatives to drive people into clustered and pervasively controlled “Smart Cities,” range from problematic to nightmarishly dystopian. 

The Trends Journal has chronicled some of the dangers in articles including:

Migration policies are another example of using a battle cry of “climate change” to shift power into the hands of elitist corporations and bodies, at the expense of the middle classes of western societies. 

Finally, Blinken’s proscriptions failed to specifically address the fact that China, which controls more of the world’s industrial output than ever, has already signaled they have no intention of taking orders from the U.S. or the UN regarding their energy and other climate related policies.

Their population dwarfs those of Europe and the United States by orders of magnitude. And as noted by, China produces more emissions than the EU and U.S. combined:

“In 2019, China’s emissions not only eclipsed that of the US—the world’s second-largest emitter at 11% of the global total—but also, for the first time, surpassed the emissions of all developed countries combined … When added together, GHG emissions from all members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as all 27 EU member states, reached 14,057 MMt CO2e in 2019, about 36 MMt CO2e short of China’s total.”

John Delingpole observed in a February 2021 Breitbart article about green energy and the China equation:

“There are two key points to be made here. First, China is not remotely interested in green issues—or ‘clean’ energy—except insofar as it enables it to gain a competitive advantage over the West while it continues full steam ahead with its fossil fuel-powered industries.

“Second, the ‘green jobs’ promised by everyone from President Joe Biden to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as one of the benefits of their proposed Net Zero revolutions are a myth. Or, if you prefer, a blatant lie.”

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