- - Thursday, June 29, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Ljubljana | While on a recent vacation in Slovenia — the land of my (and Melania Trump’s) ancestors — I broadened my perspective on global issues. During an extended tour of a nation of truly astounding expansive vistas of wooded Alps, regal castles, and quaint villages (like Austria) and hospitable folks (as in a friendly hometown), I took time to reflect on serious matters weighing on the worldwide community.

Take the angst over climate change.

Apparently, global socialists in Europe (and the U.S.) see a changing climate as the result of evil capitalism affecting a worldwide community of peace-loving people whose salvation is rooted in socialism. So, for global socialists, cooperative agreements like the Paris climate accord are essential to uniting all peoples to a common goal of saving the Earth from the ravages of capitalism. This goal supersedes all other concerns and must be achieved by any means necessary.

On the other hand, national capitalists — like those in the U.S. where nationalism is strongly connected to patriotism that embraces all citizens regardless of ethnic origin — evidently see a changing climate, regardless of cause, as secondary to more immediate concerns such as those related to economics and national security. Thus, programs aimed at increasing employment opportunities for all citizens, reduction of national debt, and protection of the populous through a strong military come front and center.

In this paper a few days ago, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt announced “Energy Week.” Their commentary explained that “Mr. Trump wants America to utilize our abundant domestic energy resources and technological innovations for good, both at home and abroad. An energy dominant America means a self-reliant and secure nation, free from the geopolitical turmoil of other nations that seek to use energy as an economic weapon. … [Furthermore, innovative technology] is what will clean up the environment, not bad deals for the American people like the Paris agreement.”

The Paris climate accord of late 2015, agreed to by the global socialist leaning Obama administration, seems to provide practically no substantial thermal relief for the planet’s supposed changing climate brought on by carbon contaminants from Adamic affluence. More likely, the climate accord is yet another vehicle to transport U.S. wealth — generated from its successful capitalist economy — to struggling socialist systems worldwide.

As astutely observed by Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., in his June 3 editorial, “Trump Skips Climate Church”: “[O]nly one large national economy has been reporting sizable emissions declines, thanks to fracking. The same economy may soon also be able to take credit for slowing China’s prodigious emissions growth thanks to natural gas exports to displace Chinese coal. That country is the U.S. under the unthinkable monster Donald Trump. Whatever evolution toward a lower-carbon energy system takes place in the future, it will also certainly be driven overwhelmingly by technology and markets, not policy.”

America has a free-market economy and is a leader in innovative technology. Yet socialists, who also claim the euphemistic title of “progressives,” tend to shun energy derived from advanced extraction techniques, such as fracking and nuclear power, in favor of yesterday’s intermittent sunbeam catchers and wind mills. Besides, how social is leaving more than a billion people without electricity, when proven, low cost, abundant fossil fuel resources are readily available? And, how about the more than 2.7 billion without clean cooking facilities? Instead of schemes to redistribute wealth, how about programs to distribute reliable boundless energy to all those in dire need?

To be sure, such distribution is not easy in an unstable world plagued by political corruption and terrorism. That’s why political systems of any stripe must be constantly checked by those subjected to them. Plus, the world must unite around defeating the immediate threat of terrorists who care little for a healthy environment or even a reduced carbon footprint.

Slovenia, especially its pristine alpine regions, is exceptionally beautiful and its people quite welcoming. It’s hard to imagine how difficult life must have been for my ancestors to emigrate in the early-1900s to a smoky industrial city in America (by the way, that same city, Pittsburgh, can now boast clear skies and the title of one of the nation’s most livable cities). But, across the ocean and the decades, even the exceptional beauty of Slovenia can be obscured when violence is imminent and there is no bread on the table.

• Anthony J. Sadar is a certified consulting meteorologist and author of “In Global Warming We Trust: Too Big to Fail” (Stairway Press, 2016).

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