(WND) – Acting on global warming fears, the United Nations and the World Bank urged the spending of $600 to $800 billion a year on “sustainable energy” as an alternative to continued reliance on oil and natural gas.
by Jerome R. Corsi
U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim declared the massive infusion of cash is necessary in the face of a “rising global thermostat.”
The move made clear the U.N. and the World Bank continue to pursue an energy agenda that presumes a causal link between human-generated carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and a global warming phenomenon of sufficient magnitude to cause catastrophic consequences.
No mention was made at the joint press conference of the accumulating scientific evidence that global warming theories are based on faulty scientific research or that the Obama administration has lost billions of taxpayer dollars pursuing “green energy” projects that have failed to prove economically viable.
“Sustainable energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, social equity, a stable climate and a healthy environment,” Ban Ki-moon told reporters after chairing a meeting of the Advisory Board of the U.N. Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
At the meeting, the U.N. chief called for action in four areas: finance, energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Launched in 2011, the U.N.’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, currently involving 81 countries, seeks to achieve three broadly stated goals by 2030.
The initiative aims for universal access to modern energy, doubling energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy. The objective is to provide services such as lighting, clean cooking and mechanical power in developing countries, as well as improved energy efficiency, especially in the world’s highest-energy consuming countries.
Ban praised Brazil’s “Light for All” program that he claimed has reached 15 million people with needed electricity and Norway’s commitment of $330 million in 2014 for global renewable energy and efficiency. He also noted Bank of America’s Green Bond that has raised $500 million for three years as part of its 10-year $50 billion environmental business commitment.
Also singled out for praise was the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Companies, OPEC, for its announcement of a $1 billion fund for energy access.
“The global thermostat is rising, threatening development goals and economies small and large,” Ban Ki-Moon added. “It is clear that we need a transformation in how we produce, use and share energy.”
A key theme of the conference was the need for international cooperation between governments worldwide and private industry, known as “Public-Private Partnerships,” or PPP initiatives, to pursue alternative energy. The assumption is that global warming theory has scientific justification and that green energy projects can become economically viable, operating profitably without the continuation of government subsidies and tax breaks that amount to billions of dollars in government assistance worldwide.
At a press conference in Sweden in September, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, reported that scientists are 95 percent certain that humans have been the “dominant cause” of global warming since the 1950s.
“Our assessment of the science finds that the atmosphere and ocean have warned, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, the global mean sea level has risen and that the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased,” said professor Thomas Stoker, IPCC co-chairman, in announcing the publication of a 36-page document issued as the first part of a IPCC trilogy due over the next 12 months.
The credibility of the IPCC was badly impaired in a 2009 scandal known as “Climategate,” in which emails archived at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. exchanged between IPCC scientists were made public. The emails showed widespread use of fraudulent data by noted “experts” working with the U.N. on global warming research.
Just prior to the IPCC, a new group of documents leaked to the Associated Press showed various scientists sought to suppress scientific evidence demonstrating the earth has experienced a lull in surface warming since 1998.
The evidence of a lull in global warming casts doubt on the “scientific consensus” the U.N. asserts exists among scientists worldwide regarding whether or not the utilization of carbon-based fuels by humans is the cause of rising levels of carbon dioxide measured in the earth’s atmosphere.
In April, Gallup reported U.S. worry about global warming is headed back up after several years of expanding public skepticism, exemplified by the 58 percent of Americans who say they worry a great deal or a little amount about global warming.
The trend is up from 51 percent in 2011, but still considerably below the 62-72 percent levels seen in the 10-year period 1991 through 2000.