French President Emmanuel Macron is doubling down on his climate agenda.
He told the UN General Assembly Tuesday that he’ll no longer make trade deals with countries that aren’t in the Paris Agreement. (The only country that hasn’t gotten on board is the US.)
Then on Wednesday, Macron said one third of the global finance community needs to shift focus “from the day to day business, to the climate business.”
“It’s good for the planet, but it’s good for you as well,” Macron said.
NEW YORK — French President Emmanuel Macron says when it comes to dealing with our warming Earth, “we are late,” and that it’s time for the world’s wealthiest financiers to keep the global temperature in check.
I wonder how Macron imagines that the world’s financiers can keep the global temperature in check? Does he think that they are omnipotent, and there’s no problem that can’t be solved with a large injection of cash?
I also wonder why Macron believes that the Earth is warmimg. In recent months, I’ve swung over to the view that it’s more likely to be cooling. But that’s because since January I’ve been slowly constructing my very own climate simulation model. I’ve been thinking for myself. Is that what Macron’s been doing?
I bet it isn’t. I bet Emmanuel Macron wouldn’t have a clue how to build a climate simulation model. He relies on experts. He believes the experts in the field of climate science. He believes James Hansen and Michael Mann and the IPCC and the University of East Anglia.
How do you determine who the experts are? Are there any “experts” in the field of climate science? Are there any “experts” in any field of science? It’s not that long ago that the climate scientists were saying the opposite of what they’re now saying. For example, in 1973:
The suspicion that winters are getting colder is no longer merely a suspicion among climatologists. Over the last 30 years permanent snow on Baffin Island in Canada has expanded. Pack ice around Iceland in the winter is increasing and becoming a serious hazard to navigation. Warmth-loving armadillos that migrated northward in the first half of this century are now retreating southward toward Texas and Oklahoma.
If all indications are correct, worse is yet to come. Judging by what has happened in the past, it may very well get cold enough to allow great glaciers thousands of feet thick to cover North America as far south as Long Island, burying the highest peaks of the White Mountains and Adirondacks.
So 40 years ago, that’s they were thinking that world was cooling. And then 20 or 30 years ago they started to think it was warming. And it’s essentially in the nature of a toss-up whether the world is warming or cooling. You can toss a coin: heads it’s warming, tails it’s cooling. Or, to put it a slightly different way, it’s a toss-up what these climate scientists will believe next.
In such a circumstance, how can anyone be certain of anything? Even though I’ve built my own climate model, I’m very far from certain that it’s telling the truth. And if I’m not certain about my own model, why should I be certain about anyone else’s model? It’s precisely because I’ve been building my own simulation model that I’ve come to realise how many assumptions go into it, assumptions that may be wrong. Shouldn’t we all be saying something like: “We don’t really know what’s going on. Climate is very complex. There are some indications that it’s warming (the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is real), and there are some indications that it’s cooling (the Earth has been cooling for thousands of millions of years, and has recently been in the grip of an ice age).”
So why is Emmanuel Macron so utterly convinced that the Earth is warming? So utterly convinced that he won’t even make trade deals with countries which haven’t signed up to his doctrine? He’s not a climate scientist. He’s not any sort of scientist. He’s a pianist, and a philosophy student.
[he] received his diploma for his piano studies at Amiens Conservatory… He studied Philosophy at the University of Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense, obtaining a DEA degree (a master level degree, with a thesis on Machiavelli and Hegel).
No science whatsoever there. And perhaps most tellingly:
Raised in a non-religious family, he was baptized a Roman Catholic at his own request at age 12.
What sort of child becomes a Roman Catholic at the age of 12? Some sort of religious zealot, I can only suppose.
And perhaps that explains it. Macron is a religious zealot. He’s a passionate believer. He believes most intensely. And his belief in global warming is not different from his belief in Roman Catholicism. He will believe the Pope, and he will believe the climate scientists – for both are experts in their respective fields.
Is it surprising if he regards himself as being almost a divinity?
In an interview in October 2016, when he was a candidate, he compared himself to Jupiter, the king of Roman gods, declaring that “France needs a ‘Jupiterian’ head of state.”
But if Macron is a religious zealot, aren’t there such religious zealots everywhere these days? They are to be found in climate science, and they are to be found in Tobacco Control as well. For the belief that Smoking Causes Lung Cancer is yet another religious belief, and the zealots in Tobacco Control are true believers just like Macron (who I am convinced must also be a virulent antismoker).
Can Macron get France to finally quit #smoking ?
Keeping to a campaign pledge Macron’s ministers have held to, France upped the price of a pack of cigarettes one euro to €8 on 1 March.
It all fits together. In a time when there are people who want to use the 25th amendment to relieve Trump of his presidency, on the grounds of insanity, I would guess that some people in France may be entertaining similar ideas about Emmanuel Macron.