Terence Corcoran: Mark Carney’s war against The fossil fuel industry Is just The beginningNational post #Mark_CarneyJanuary 14, 2020
Terence Corcoran January 9, 202010:07 AM EST
Propelled by Greta Thunberg, who attempts to live without consuming energy, the 2019 extremist policy options range from $250-a-tonne carbon levies to new climate taxes on ice cream, restaurant dining, meat and alcohol.
“Might taxing ice cream help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?,” said a Globe and Mail column headline this week.
The food tax idea is a bit of a retreat from an earlier Globe opinion piece that described climate change as a war that required such wartime measures as national rationing .
These schemes go by many names and cover many aspects of corporate finance beyond climate: ethical investing, sustainable financing, green financing, social financing, impact investing, ESG investment, responsible investing.
Cutting off the flow of money to fossil fuel as a “socially undesirable” activity is certainly the prime objective of Mark Carney, who is about to become the world’s leading public proponent of the idea that global financial markets need to be controlled and manipulated.
The former Bank of Canada governor leaves his post as head of the Bank of England to take up a new role as the United Nations’ “special envoy on climate action and finance.”
More than markets are being manipulated.
A recent article by the University of Colorado’s Roger Pielke Jr. — “How Billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg Corrupted Climate Science” — describes how they helped fund and promote the most extreme and improbable climate scenarios they are now hyping as part of their platforms.
The focus on fossil fuels is only one small part of the emerging sustainable/green/social investment movement.
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