UN climate chief says communism is the only hope for environmentalism

Earlier this month Business Insider wrote an article agreeing with a Rolling Stone piece that proclaimed communist economic principles were a ‘pretty good’ idea, and Glenn explained why it proved the masks are coming off. A new declaration from Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, further illustrates that very point.

China is the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases, but during an interview at Bloomberg News headquarters in New York last week, Figueres said she believes the communist country is “doing it right” when it comes to addressing global warming.

“They actually want to breathe air that they don’t have to look at,” she said. “They’re not doing this because they want to save the planet. They’re doing it because it’s in their national interest.”

According to Figueres, China has some of the toughest efficiency standards and its support for photovoltaic technology helped reduce solar-panel costs by 80% since 2008. She claims China is able to implement such policies because its political system avoids the legislative hurdles seen in countries like the United States.

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“At least they are coming out and saying it,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “The EU decided they are going to stop with their climate change nonsense. The EU is going into fracking and everything else because they can’t meet their energy needs. They know this is communist redistribution, and they know now this whole thing is falling apart. Meanwhile, we are still forging ahead. And China, the UN is now saying that communism is the only way to save the planet. It will kill all the people, but it’s the only way to save the planet.”

Michael Schaus’ recent article for Townhall summarized the hypocrisy of the situation quite nicely:

Of course it’s a strange statement, given the Soviet Union’s abysmal record on environmental issues, and red China’s horrific display of environmental abuse. Figueres even went so far as to suggest that communist China is leading the world, and should be viewed as a role-model, in the fight against environmental damage.

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She went on to suggest that China is a better steward of environmental concerns than the United States, Socialist Europe, or any capitalistic entity on the face of the planet. And, to an extent, she’s right… China would like to breathe air they didn’t have to look at… Of course, their solution so far has revolved around handing out face masks, and erecting giant LCD screens to broadcast the sunrise and sunset.

Yes, the so-called global leader on climate change has installed giant screens around its capital so people can actually see the sunrise and sunset. According to the UK Mirror, [the] “screen is now the only chance Beijing residents have of seeing the daily sunrise in their city.”

Glenn shared a picture of what one of the screens looks like:

The Mirror reports:

A lack of sky vision has become such an issue that people now flock to the screens which are located at several points.

Air pollution monitors issued a severe air warning to inhabitants on Thursday and urged the elderly and school children to stay inside until the air quality reached a safer level.

“They are putting up these videos… [because] you can no longer see the sky,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “And communism is the solution to all this? I mean it drives me nuts… Now, what was the world like 150 years ago when everyone was burning coal in their home and in their office… People would bring two white shirts to work. One you would wear until noon because the coal dust was so bad your shirt was black by the time that you got to lunchtime, so you would change shirts. That was common practice.”

“Well, hello, we’re talking about how bad it is now? I don’t know anybody who has ever had to bring two shirts to work because the air pollution was so bad,” he continued. “We look at people from Asia wearing the masks all the time, and we’re like, ‘What is their deal with the masks’… It is so far removed from our capitalist society… And yet, our society is holding up that society as the great hope?”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Anonymous

    How does Communism….Unite-Nations…?

  • Ocellus Lucanus

    With violence!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    And liberals mocked when we say Climate science has nothing to do with science and all to do with pushing Marxism and here is yet more proof.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    The mask came off and Global warming is marxist propaganda.

  • Anonymous

    The U.S. should completely defund the useless, money sucking, corrupt, anti-American U.N. and bulldoze their NYC headquarters. They are nothing but ineffective parasitic leaches that are essentially a front organization for massive wealth redistribution.

  • Anonymous

    That nitwit needs to look at The Soviet Union and Chinas environment and see what communism has done for it over the last sixty or more years , they are both environmental disasters .

  • Anonymous

    The Arctic has more Ice than ever, so can we Now sue them over falsely claiming Global warming?

  • Anonymous

    China did not approve of global warming and they are Communist, what a misleading story by Business Insider

  • Fat Lip

    Maybe if these green freak’s shut there mouth’s we could buy a couple more years ?

  • Anonymous

    Big Hint: The ‘Green’ movement was spearheaded by Communist mastermind Mikhail Gorbachev. He left the USSR in ruins, after he and his fellow commies pillaged it for a few decades, and then went global by creating Green Cross International. It’s the new Communist operation to pillage all the nations of the world in the name of fighting ‘climate change’.

    Green really IS the new Red.

    There was a time when free people were smart enough to fight commies to the death, as a matter of self defense.

  • Wizzardly

    The Agenda 21 plotters do not care about the environment; only about gaining control.

  • Anonymous

    The way advocates for socialism rationalize advocating for communism despite its failures is they separate the ideology from its results. They say they can identify “what went wrong” in each instance, and they blame the usual suspects–the rich and powerful, who exploited the people, and gave them “communism in name only.” They promise, “We won’t repeat the same mistakes the next time,” choosing not to realize that communism *is* the mistake! How could it be the mistake when what it advocates seems so morally right to the utopians who want it?

  • rp

    Looking at some numbers… Based on numbers from the Carbon Dioxide information Analysis Center for 2010 (http://cdiac.ornl.gov/trends/emis/top2010.tot), China did lead the way for emissions coming in at a total of 2259856 thousand metric tons of carbon and the US in a close second at 1481608. Numbers for population during the same year according to World Bank (http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.TOTL) has China at 1.337Bn and the US at 3.093Bn. So, per capita, China is at 0.00168936 and the US is at 0.0047898 which puts us at about 2.8 times that of China. India, the third largest listed producer of CO2 has a per capita of 0.00045438, a factor smaller.

    So, maybe China is “doing something right” when it comes to emissions. But I think it’s much the same as saying Saddam Hussein was doing something right with preventing terrorism. His iron fist did a much better job than US diplomacy and military (not a knock on the military, I am military) but that doesn’t necessarily mean his was the right way.

    Most intentions of liberals, or at least their stated rational, is honorable – ending poverty, affordable healthcare for all, jobs for everybody. But these are all things that will never be successfully achieved through big gov’t or a communistic power. These are all things that must be taken on by the people for the people. Unfortunately, society in the US, as whole, has gone so far the way of “give me what I want and I’ll chose to be lazy and get what I want now rather than making the sacrifice and doing the hard work that it takes to live the right way” that we’ve done it to ourselves. If everybody in America truly believed this to be the case., those making the big decisions and having the influence would never have made it to where they are.

    Ami talking out of my arse or does this make sense to anybody else?

  • Anonymous

    Someone ought to kicked Figueres in the head have the U.N. out of this country. Stinkin Pink Commie F@G lovers.

  • Anonymous

    ONE MORE REASON WHY WE DON’T NEED THE UN!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Well duh!!!

  • landofaahs

    I can only imagine because nothing works in communism and therefore no resouces would be used except by the politically connected elite pols.

  • Anonymous

    What an idiot! She should move to a Communist country.

  • Anonymous

    The Communists were and are the biggest polluters on this earth!. In some cities in China you can no longer breath the air, in Russia there are places you no longer can live because everything is polluted. In East Germany rivers and land were polluted badly and it cost West Germany Billions to clean up the mess. When do we get sane people into this world organization?

  • Anonymous

    You are so right!!!!

  • Anonymous

    go to http://www.ICLEI>org, and read their plans, ideas, and under members who has signed on to this PC BS.

  • Anonymous

    Your numbers are screwed up (US population is 313M, which is 0.313B not over 2 times as large as China’s. The worldbank site you link calls US emissions at 17.6 metric tons per capita, while China was at 6.2 in 2010.) So despite the numbers being wrong the ratios are correct. As far as this being a sign China is doing something right, it is a sign that billions live in abject poverty in China and don’t produce much. The US produces much more with fewer people. Of course our per capita emissions are higher. That means nothing.

  • Anonymous

    Disband the UN! It, and it’s leaders are not only useless, they are destructive to the world.

  • Anonymous

    And take Obama and his admin with.

  • Jeremy Armour

    The United Nations is the single biggest waste of time, effort & money (mostly our money unfortunately) in the entire history of mankind!

  • Jeremy Armour

    She’s completely sane. Her mistake isn’t believing that Communism is good for the environment; it’s letting the cat out of the bag about what the so-called ‘Environmental Movement’ is really about! The plain truth of the matter is that the ‘Environmental Movement’ hasn’t been about protecting the environment in decades. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall & the old U.S.S.R. the so-called ‘Environmental Movement’ has simply been the cover story for advancing the Communist agenda throughout the world, something the scumbags of the U.N. are happy to do.

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking that she’s just another total moron who doesn’t have a clue about the history of Communism & the environment disasters it’s left in its wake over the years. She’s not. She, like pretty much every other major player in the modern ‘Environmental Movement’, quite simply doesn’t give a rat’s ass about protecting the environment. Just like the rest of them, all she cares about advancing Communism. I’m just glad they finally admitted it.

    BTW, this isn’t a new thing. The co-founder of Greenpeace left the organization years ago because of the Communist takeover!

  • James Mitchell

    You should watche this link — the U.N. and the Occult Agenda http://amazingdiscoveries.tv/media/139/226-the-un-and-the-occult-agenda/

  • Anonymous

    What a Giant Surprise—NOT!! The New World Order wants to enslave ALL OF US! Perched alongside New York City’s East River, just below the 59 St. Ed Koch Bridge, many believe the New World Order directed the September 11, 2001 operation from their U.N. Headquarters just a few miles away. What would America be like today if those jetliners had instead flown up the East River to Dag Hammarskjold-U.N.Plaza? http://youtu.be/h9JIKngJnCU

  • Memphis Viking

    So one of them finally reveals the purpose of ‘man-made global warming’. They know that communism is a spectacular failure, so they make up a reason to say “we know it sucks, but without it everyone is going to die”.

  • melissa

    This proves without a doubt that environmental politics was never about the environment, it was about the implementation of communism/socialism/marxism through the environmental back door. Watermelon politics to put it simply.

  • melissa

    And give everyone their hard-earned money, with interest, back as well!!

  • Anonymous

    You are right. China was mostly an agricultural nation, unlike the US.
    We are for hundred years an industrial nation. China is catching up fast, but with all those people to feed they will probably stay mostly an agricultural nation. But, like all communist nation they do not care if they pollute the land. They need the money they make to supply their military with enough funds so they can invade the next weak nation.
    This nation might be us if the Democrats keep defunding our military.

  • melissa

    Get the U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of the U.S., and pay back the money that was stolen from the American tax payer t prop up this organization!!!

  • Anonymous

    And why don’t we send these stupid UN blabbermouths to china and let them eat the sh.t fed fish (tilapia) and go and check the circumstances of filth that country lives in. the production facilities must be just so grosss and of course there is no oversight – I do not buy anything made in China the fact’s are known (animal food – poison, killed many pets, Toys painted with poison paint – making our kids sick? canned fruit from china really and it is supposed to be california grown fruit, fish being fed by extending wire racks with chicken cages placed on it over the fish ponds and that is what the fish eat – and that my fellow americans is what communism does for you ! I can’t understand how anybody can look at these hellholes of communist countries and find that desirable. let’s get rid of this communistic garbage heap called the UN once and for all – NO MORE $ from US!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see the problem, the Communist system is definitely the best way to return our planet to its original form. My problem is that I really don’t see the advantage of having a planet comprised of boiling lava with no oxygen and no water.

    Perhaps they don’t want to go that far back, they do like plant life. Perhaps the Carboniferous is their goal – giant trees and plants and oceans filled with primitive life, and a CO2 level about double our current one. But to do that we would have to increase our burning of fossil fuels (which are the remains of those giant plants, not of dinosaurs as in popular parlance). They have their program backwards if that is what they want.

    Then again, perhaps they only want to go back 20,000 years to an ice age – after all the land bridges with the lower ocean levels allowed man to travel between continents without boats (Bering land bridge, dry English Channel, South Pacific close island chains). Not too good for locating Soviet daschas or the Liberal’s retreats in CA, Fla, or the Hamptons.

    Enough foolishness. The Progressives first though they could change mankind, and now they have added the belief that they can change the Earth – both with their superior intelligence, sensitivity, and academic learning. Oh my, sounds as they think they are God – but that can’t be as they deny the possibility.

  • Melissa Montana

    On a related note, I’ve found this to be a steadfast beacon in the fog of illusions conjured up by today’s liberals and progressives: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878