February 03, 2023

COLUMN: Davos deception

“Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.” G.K. Chesterton

Davos, Switzerland, became prominent in the 19th century as a mountain health resort. With a permanent population of about 12,000, Davos is one of Switzerland’s largest ski resorts, and has hosted an international ice hockey tournament almost every year since 1923.

Davos has another, less sports oriented, claim to international fame – The World Economic Forum (WEF) held in January every year since 1971. Founded by German engineer and economist Klaus Schwab, the foundation is funded primarily by its 1,000 plus corporate members. Typically, these global enterprises each generate revenue of over $5 billion every year.

The WEF views its own mission as: “improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.” Put simply, the global elite will tell us how to live and what to do.

The annual meeting, lasting for about a week, brings together some 3,000 paying members and invited participants. The participants include investors, business leaders, political leaders, economists, celebrities, journalists and others.

In 2017, Chinese Communist leader, Xi Jinping attended. He sharply rebuked the populist movement that would introduce tariffs and hinder global (think “Communist China”) commerce. We recall that this is the time when former United States President Donald Trump was strengthening U.S. trade agreements with many of our trading partners around the globe, including Communist China.

A recurring theme of the conference is “global warming.” We are told over and over again that we are destroying the world by our reckless climate actions. We are told, without any verifiable evidence, that humans are causing disastrous global warming. We are scolded for continuing to use too much carbon-based energy to fuel our economy.

We are told that our climate is being destroyed by cattle, who emit too much methane gas. So, it is no longer rational to eat meat. We must eat a plant base diet. Oh, by the way, artificial fertilizers are processed and transported with carbon based inputs, so we must discontinue the use of manufactured fertilizers. We cannot eat meat, and without fertilizers we cannot grow enough crops for subsistence. Remember Sri Lanka!

We are inundated with false problems with unworkable solutions. We are indoctrinated that fossil fuels are pollutants that are destroying the world’s climate. The carbon level in the atmosphere is at a supposedly dangerous level, The balance is about to tip, and the end of the world is near. We hear this at Davos, from climate experts like teenager Greta Thunberg, and politicians, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Vice President, Al Gore, who was almost in tears after an impassioned diatribe during the conference this year. John Kerry, husband of the Heinz pickle heiress, also warns us of the imminent disaster of climate change. From every side we hear: “Electric autos and trucks are the solution to global warming.”

In the meantime, California forests burn every year because the electric grid is old and failing.

Nuclear generation of electricity is forbidden. Why? No one knows. Nuclear electric power is about the “cleanest” way to generate electricity known to man. It is also the safest way. Jane Fonda made a movie called “The China Syndrome.” In this movie there was a near nuclear disaster that supposedly would have melted a hole in the earth’s crust. In an effort to control us, the climate police will use any made-up Hollywood science.

The solution is obvious – we have too many humans on the earth. We must reduce the population!

This year, one of the first news reports from the Davos Conference was that over 1,000 private jet airplanes were parked at the Davos airport. Think about that. Every year, thousands of wealthy people fly by private jet airplanes to an expensive ski resort in Switzerland. While there, they discuss ways to reduce the standard of living for people who are not wealthy. They are untouched by inflation.

“All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” James Madison (1787)

James Madison warns us to be skeptical of powerful people who claim to have our best interests at heart. By the way, Klaus Schwab is paid an annual salary of over $1,000,000.

Mike Lang, Chairman, Union County Republican Central Committee