Biden Administration Slammed for Signing Away $1 Billion in Climate Reparations
Despite Climate Czar John Kerry’s assertion, if it walks like reparations, and talks like reparations, it is reparations.
When I wrote about the climate “loss and damage pact” yesterday, I noted that Climate Czar John Kerry distanced himself from the term “reparations.”
The US and other developed nations have long sought to avoid such provisions that could open them up to legal liability and lawsuits from other countries. And in previous public remarks, US Climate Envoy John Kerry had said loss and damage was not the same thing as climate reparations.
“‘Reparations’ is not a word or a term that has been used in this context,” Kerry said on a recent call with reporters earlier this month. He added: “We have always said that it is imperative for the developed world to help the developing world to deal with the impacts of climate.”
Details on how the fund would operate remain murky. The text leaves a lot of questions on when it will be finalized and become operational, and how exactly it would be funded. The text also mentions a transitional committee that will help nail down those details, but doesn’t set specific future deadlines.
It turns out I wasn’t the only one who concluded that the fund is, indeed, reparations. The Wall Street Editorial Board slammed the Biden administration for agreeing to this inanity.
In return for climate reparations, Mr. Kerry tried to force an agreement to phase down “unabated” fossil fuels. Low-income countries understandably refused since doing so would consign their citizens to poverty. The Biden climate agenda has increased energy prices in the U.S., and the climate lobby doesn’t mind if this misery spreads around the world.
Details about the reparations fund—such as which countries will pay, how much, and which countries will benefit—will be fleshed out over the next year. Biden officials claim the agreement doesn’t create new liabilities for Americans. But the U.S. and Europe are conceding the principle that their emissions cause climate damage even though there isn’t a definitive link between rising CO2 levels and natural disasters such as the monsoon flooding in Pakistan this year.
All of this ignores the benefits for humanity, rich and poor, that economic growth spurred by capitalism have provided. American taxpayers are being asked to pay because the U.S. industrialized first and then lifted billions of people out of poverty via investment and trade.
The New York Post Editorial Board was just as disparaging. It noted that the funds would likely end up going to the politically connected and encouraged the new Republican majority in Congress to nix the funding before a penny is sent.
No matter that Western nations already ship billions to poorer ones, in the form of general economic aid and to promote climate measures. Nor are most of the Third World “climate-caused disasters” clearly that: It’s just that global media, fully on board with the hysteria, refuse to check the favored narrative.
Nor will average citizens of countries that get funds likely ever see a cent of the new aid themselves: The narrative demands ignoring how their kleptocratic leaders behave. These countries count as “victims,” so no questions can be asked.
Americans have suffered enough thanks to green-agenda idiocy at home: Limiting fossil-fuel production, despite a lack of viable alternatives, has energy prices skyrocketing, while most green subsidies amount to nothing more than corporate welfare.
Republicans, who now narrowly control the House, need to block any US money from being shipped out to fund “climate reparations.”
Fox Business pundit Larry Kudlow notes that the US is already a world leader in emission reductions.
Now, for the umpteenth time, I will note that the U.S. is the world leader — at least among the advanced countries — world leader in reducing carbon emissions — by far. We will talk to climate scientist Bjorn Lomborg later in the show, who has steadfastly argued that the poor countries would like as much energy as they can to improve their poverty-stricken economies. Most of them would very much like to have oil and gas power, including fertilizer to solve the plague of food scarcity.
In fact, most of the low-income countries have no interest in abolishing fossil fuels. They’re way smarter than Mr. Kerry and his radical New Green Deal followers. Heck, even Germany and the European Union has now relabeled natural gas as a clean-burning green fuel. In other words, the European greenies are a lot smarter than the U.S. greenies.
There is one upside to the agreement if the funding goes through: By the time Bidenflation hits its maximum level, that $1 billion dollars will be as worthless as the United Nations and its “loss and damage” pact.
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to the full extent allowed by law.
Are they able to do this legally without consent of the Congress?
This is a giant grift on a global scale.
What a load of horse sh*t.
Take it form the ukraine budget
Like Biden’s unconstitutional “student loan forgiveness” scam, no they can’t.
Until 2019 global hunger and poverty was declining even as population grew. Now, the restrictions on Fossil Fuels are leading to global shortages of fertilizer.
Because of Climate Restrictions, Hunger and Poverty will triple in the next 5 years.
Indeed, Biden needs to pay personally the billion to the Third World as reparations for the damage done BY his Climate Change policies.
Just what they want
All those hungry, poor people who die will make fine fertilizer.
How much of that money made a u-turn back to Kerry and company?
They’re doing it until somebody forces them to stop.
They literally DO NOT CARE if they can ‘legally’ do it or not, they pay no penalty for being struck down by a court.
Appointing a “Czar” is always an admission of incompetence, as well as expedience. Your job is to run the administration. If you can’t wrangle the agencies n orgs in the administration to do the thing, you can’t do your job.
The Orange Crush was interesting in this. He appointed plenty of WH staff, BUT WH staff, accountable to him. I’m thinking The Abraham Accords, moving the embassy in Israel, and rejiggering relations with NATO.
He didn’t hide special agenda, buried in a quasi-agency delegated position. He was a tad accommodating of freelance foreign policy for my taste. Contra the once and again approach of the apparatus currently in power — deniable freelance foreign policy is the point.
Compared to this administration Trumps was sent from God
I’m pretty sure God could have ensured a Trump win in ’20 if He wished it. Probably wouldn’t take him a millisecond of our time.
Only Joe Biden would pay the Danegeld.
Obama would have. Like the Bush’s as well.
Gentle but still a grizzly, and no one’s doormat.
Fur shure, big bear.
“Fur Shure”. A microphone with a pelt?
You’re probably referring to the cute little furry mircophones that come from the factory in Russia where Brittany Griner works.
The Bush’s would have tried to lower any taxes associated with it and stretched it out longer. But yeah.
Dictator BUYden and his regime seem to forget that’s not their money. That in fact don’t have.
They could’ve hooked up the incoming reparations funds to the racial reparations pipeline we will be turning on in a year or so.
Percentage of this money is coming back to the politicians. That’s how the game is played. If they gave African Americans reparations they would NOT get their cut so it has to be this way. Our money goes overseas where regulation is lax and somehow politicians get rich.
Politicians only get rich overseas? Really? 😉
It’s definitely one way they make money. For example, FTX funneled big money from Ukraine back to the DNC for Political donations. As to your point, Nancy has a good track record picking stocks. Who knew she had mad skills. many politicians write books andget large advances to tell their stories.
A billion dollars is only $9,263 pre Biden inflation dollars so it’s not that big a deal. Even with that I’m still against spending even 1 PENNY on this climate scam BS.
If they used the climate scam BS for fertilizer it would solve the world food crisis.
For people gardening, human and animal urine is good, though it has to be stabilized to store over winters. The process is simple.
What the hell – it’s only taxpayer money. It’s not like our political elitists are actually going spend a single dime of their own ill-gotten gains to these shakedown artists.
Whoa? What gives the pedophile-in-chief the authority to spend one red cent without the approval of Congress? If this is a treaty, it is not valid until the Senate ratifies it (67 votes).
Nah. Look up “Bricker Amendment” (which never passed, which is the problem). There are a lot of international agreements that “fall short of” treaties that need no approval whatsoever. Consummate “Republican” Ike was a major opponent responsible for its defeat. Now, where to get money like that is an entirely separate problem.
Free money to poor countries will only keep them poor.
… and Swiss bank accounts full
I think we have given enough, and by the looks of our lack of border, they are giving us the worst of their populist from their sh!tholes
This $1 billion is just the ante to sit at the table.
The plan needs $11 trillion a year.
In reality, it’s probably just the crumbs on the floor.
What do you expect from John Kerry, one of my generation’s most disgraceful public figures, and that is saying a lot? It has been a seemingly never-ending effort to undermine his own country, while living with wealth that makes him immune from the effects of what he advocates; from the time that he returned from Vietnam, where he wrote his own after-action reports to get his medals, to his throwing someone else’s medals away at a demonstration while claiming they were his own, to participating in the Winter Soldier Project whose aim was to defame American soldiers in Vietnam and paint war crimes as American policy, to his dishonest testimony about that war before Congress, using that phony patrician accent, to his refusal to make public his entire military record after promising to do so, to his incompetent negotiations that guaranteed Iran the bomb and plane loads of cash, to his flying in his private gas-guzzling jet to conferences, the purpose of which is to keep us from getting inexpensive petroleum. If there were justice in this world, Kerry would be in a bread line, pushing a grocery cart with all his belongings in it.
Throwing someone else’s medals away, throwing someone else’s money away, spending his wife’s money on stuff, it’s the top skillset on his resume.
“We have always said that it is imperative for the developed world to help the developing world to deal with the impacts of climate.”
As far as I can tell, most of the money sent to developing countries goes to graft and is otherwise wasted.
This is more or less the same as the carbon credit scam. Both are meant to transfer money from developed countries to shiftless countries, usually full of dull people. America should stop most aid to these countries..
Elect President trump and we might have a chance
He’s a politician, not your Saviour.
He is a hell of a lot better than Quisling Biden. He never took bribes from our enemies Russia and China. Russia only invaded Ukraine because they could could on Biden to not send forces into Ukraine to fight Russia. China threatens Taiwan because they know Biden won’t do anything to defend Taiwan.
Right about now he’s pretty freaking close to the only savior this country has!
And he’s no politician, he’s a businessman that gave up
Billions and golden bathrooms for you and me
Know anyone else with billons that is willing to do that for US, you and me small Potatoes?
Trump is not at all like the vast majority of politicians I have known, I spent over 20 years lobbying Congress.
Both are meant to transfer money from developed countries to shiftless countries
Well, no. It’s mostly intended to transfer money from the peons under some world leaders to other world leaders, who do not pass that money on to their actual countrymen. (See snark above about Swiss bank accounts.)
Afraid they are going to kill President Trump
I’m a lot more worried about Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito and Neil Gorsuch.
really? They just gave a unanimous decision to give President Trumps taxes to the Democrats
If he’d had a leg to stand on, they wouldn’t have done it. They’re pretty unique in following the law and not the politics of the moment.
Maybe with Hillary’s help? Would that spark a civil war?
Don’t be silly. He’s never been weaker, why would they kill him now? It would just make him a huge martyr. I’m pretty sure “they” learned that lesson after Kennedy.
And got their Great Society, and their Vietnam War, and to this day still haven’t been forced to release the after-event investigations?
I think they learned an entirely different lesson than you think they learned.
they probably have an agreement with FTX to manage the collection and distribution of funds
I love it when they pledge other people’s money to pay for something they consider a “good”.
No, that’s not authoritarian, at all….
Another money laundering scheme perhaps?
Is that really a question?
The vile and stupid Dumb-o-crats are transparently and staunchly committed to implementing an “America Last” agenda, at every opportunity.
Biden: The UNMAGA
This is patently and flagrantly unconstitutional. Where is Kerry donating his private jet?!
Is John Kerry still flying around the world in private jets? When he goes commercial perhaps I might begin to believe he actually believes the nonsense he and Al Gore have been pushing. Speaking of Al Gore, he also continues to fly on private jets. Perhaps his position might also become more credible if he too flew commercial. Just saying!!!!
Global “climate change” is a scam, and we all know it. The global temperature has risen one-degree centigrade.
that the earth has gone through cycles of heating and cooling for thousands of years gives climate scientists, the wealthy, and political elites, along with the media, the vapors. Once again, “trust the science” fails the smell test.
Lest we forget the number of private jets at the Climate Conference and the U. S. political elite that own waterfront property, Obama 2 properties, Kerry 1 property, and Biden 1 property in Delaware.
As we deal with budgets and deficits in the trillions, a billion doesn’t sound like a big deal. However, with inflation rising and people in the United States having to decide on food, energy, and housing, a billion is a big deal.
Rather than continuing the farce of climate change and globalization, it is time for government to end virtue signaling and pay attention to the 99%.
I, myself, am fine if Secretary Ketchup and La Paltroon de Familia Biden kicked in a billion to whatever, ill-gotten though it may be.
Really, it’s theirs, and squandering though it may be, at least this puts the booty back in circulation. Indeed, I count Parmesan Vacuum’s hooker donations as legit commerce: you know they earned it…
Wait, what? They “signed away” a cool billion of *our* money, money we don’t even have, yet?
Nominate Trump and you will have four more years of today’s Democrat insanity. Trump’s best day was the 2016 election when 53% of the country voted against him. It will be worse in 2024 if he’s the nominee. It’s time for a better candidate who has more self-control and who thinks more clearly.
See, if I were a Democrat troll, that’s exactly what I would be saying.
Politics is tough to understand and dirty politics is tougher to see behind.