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?”

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