August 19, 2012

This Week in Green Politics: 8/19/12

Financial Heavyweight Warns of Global Food Crisis

Hedge fund manager Jeremy Grantham, whom Joe Romm calls "one of the few leading financial figures who gets both global warming and growing food insecurity" has released a new analysis on the global food crisis.

Summary of the Summary: We are five years into a severe global food crisis that is very unlikely to go away. It will threaten poor countries with increased malnutrition and starvation and even collapse. Resource squabbles and waves of food-induced migration will threaten global stability and global growth.


He lists several contributing factors, including weather instability, increasing heat, and bad farming practices. His comments on energy policy are especially interesting, coming from a Wall Street type:

On paper, though, the energy problem can be relatively easily addressed through very large investments in renewables and smart grids. Those countries that do this will, in several decades, eventually emerge with large advantages in lower marginal costs and in energy security. Most countries including the U.S. will not muster the political will to overcome inertia, wishful thinking, and the enormous political power of the energy interests to embark on these expensive programs. They risk being left behind in competiveness.

A panel of food security experts recently spoke about the food crisis as well. Reuters has the story.

Republican Party Officially Adopts Agenda 21 Conspiracy Theories

Passed at the 1992, Rio Earth Summit, Agenda 21 is a non-binding framework that sets loose goals for communities looking to become more sustainable. But recently, some conservative activists have discovered a much more insidious motive behind the UN guidelines: Agenda 21 is actually a tool to create a one-world socialist government.

This rather bizarre idea seems to have originated with the John Birch Society, the same folks that said fluoride in our tap water would convert children to communism. Amplified by right-wing pundits and politicians, the Agenda 21 conspiracy theory shows how far from reality the political conversation has shifted.

George H.W. Bush didn't think Agenda 21 was a socialist plot. Neither did Bill Clinton. And neither did George W.

But the Republican National Convention has adopted a resolution "exposing" Agenda 21 and pretty much quoting the conspiracy theorists verbatim. You might be forgiven for thinking it's an Andy Borowitz piece.

The United Nations Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control…

The United Nations Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States of America through the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) through local “sustainable development” policies such as Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and other “Green” or “Alternative” projects….

The Republican National Committee recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21 and hereby exposes to the public and public policy makers the dangerous intent of the plan.

You just can't make this stuff up.


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