(Riccardo Cascioli) From Draghi to the Vatican, the new slogan is “The climate emergency is like the pandemic”. In reality, the two are closely linked, because one after the other they serve to maintain a state of emergency that leads to the end of democracy and personal rights.
“It is true that we are still fighting the pandemic, but this is an emergency of the same magnitude and we absolutely must not reduce our determination to tackle climate change.” Thus Prime Minister Mario Draghi spoke the other day at the Climate Summit which inaugurated the UN General Assembly. And, not surprisingly, L’Osservatore Romano, in the edition of 21 September, became the megaphone of alarmism by making the message its own with a headline in large letters on the front page: The climate emergency is like the pandemic.
In Draghi’s speech follows the usual litany of urgent measures to be taken before it is too late, and which essentially concern the “energy transition”, or the passage from the use of fossil fuels to any form of renewable source. We do not dwell on the consequences of these “green” economic choices, of which we are already tasting the bitter taste (see soaring costs of the electricity bill).
Here we would like to point out instead this ideological union between climate and pandemic, which is by no means accidental. The point is that everything serves to maintain the state of emergency, to which we have already become dramatically accustomed. For at least twenty years the climate emergency has been propagated to us, and even if the populations in large part find it hard to truly believe in the prevailing catastrophism – which always refers to future disasters – nevertheless this has already deeply influenced the policies of Western governments. And above all it has led citizens to accept measures that have heavily affected their pockets and their freedom. We are thinking of the forced renewal of the car fleet in order to be able to circulate freely with the various, last, Euros with which “clean” engines are classified; or the devaluation of dated homes thanks to the mandatory energy certification.
In this perspective, the pandemic was an opportunity to make the state of emergency even more concrete and stringent, complete with the suspension of individual freedoms and democratic guarantees. This in turn will facilitate the perpetuation of the restrictive measures also for the alleged climate emergency. It is probably no coincidence that the pass so much talked about these days has been called the Green Pass. What does green have to do with the pandemic? Nothing, but it recalls a lot of ecology.
And then, once the idea of the Green Pass has been accepted, the time when it will be extended to ecological behaviors is not far off: the green pass will be issued to those who have electric cars, to those who have their home in energy class A, to those who use public transport or bicycles to move around the city, and so on. All this according to a scheme – perhaps some will surprise – which has already been theorized and even realized. Already in 2006, the British Labor politician David Miliband advocated a Carbon Credit Card , a credit card that works as a “prepaid”, with a fixed amount, which goes down according to the choices made for purchases of food, energy, trips.The greener you are, the more freedom you have to buy and move. And still there are those who carry out this project , indeed they are carrying it out.
It is no coincidence that the American expert Marc Morano, in his recent book Green Fraud (The green scam) defines the anti-Covid lockdowns as “the dress rehearsal for the climate emergency”. And he notes how the measures so much invoked by ecologists, thanks to the pandemic, have been implemented overnight by governments around the world: from the stop to air travel to the blocking of economic activities (not for nothing everyone has favorably emphasized that in 2020 they are decreased CO2 emissions); from the drastic reduction in travel to the closure of recreational activities (from restaurants to cinemas and theaters, considered unnecessary consumption). The protraction of the state of emergency, from the pandemic to the climate, will lead all of this to become the “new normal”.
The perennial state of emergency also generates at least two consequences that are worth highlighting. The first is the end of democracy. This is not a side effect, but an explicitly desired goal. In a report by the Club of Rome, even from 1991, entitled The First Global Revolution (The First Global Revolution), we read: «Democracy is not a panacea. (…) As sacrilegious as it may sound, democracy is no longer appropriate for the goals we have before us. The complexity and technical nature of many of today’s problems do not always allow elected representatives to make the right decisions at the right time “. The direction is that of a technocratic world governance capable of dealing “scientifically” with global emergencies (or that are presented as such). Looking at how the media presents the pandemic and climate change to us, there is no doubt about it.
The second consequence is the growing intrusiveness of the state in every area of life. Subsidiarity, personal initiative is banned, everything depends on the decisions of the government. Resume Mario Draghi’s speech in the Senate of 17 February 2021 (presentation of the government to the Chambers) is instructive in this sense: the economy has been massacred by the pandemic, he said in essence (but it would be better to say by the management of the pandemic), now the government will help to restart, but deciding who restart and how. Meanwhile, even the businesses blocked by lockdowns (restaurateurs in the lead) have been forced to depend on government alms. And still in these days, following the announcement of the sensational increase in electricity and gas bills, the government has assured that it will help the poorest. More and more people and families are pushed to the margins of the economy, forced into poverty, only to find themselves dependent on the magnanimity of the state.
Anyone who thinks that December 31 will really mark the end of the state of emergency is deluded.