Sunday, March 28, 2010

Politics, Environmentalism and "Science" - The Italian Connection

Have you ever heard the name Aurelio Peccei? No? Neither had I until just a few days ago. That is exceedingly interesting considering that Aurelio Peccei has had such a profound effect on you, your family, your wallet and your future.

Aurelio was born way back in 1908 and he had the misfortune of having met his maker in 1984, which, as you will see is quite ironic.

Aurelio was a very capable and successful industrialist, having rebuilt the auto maker Fiat after the second world war. He then went on to create Concorde Fiat in South America and later he turned the office machinery manufacturer Olivetti around and made it a very successful enterprise.

Let's examine his accomplishments and his connections to the global warming movement.


The Politics

In 1968 Aurelio was instrumental in founding The Club of Rome. The goals of The Club of Rome can be found here. The Club of Rome is a major player in world politics with special emphasis on influencing the world response to the perceived threat of global warming. This is a part of their short term plan:
International Conference on Mobilising Social Change to Achieve a more Equitable and Sustainable World

Background and Objectives

To focus on the issue of social transformation, the Club of Rome will convene in Basel in June 2010, a high-level expert conference on the topic: “Mobilising social change to achieve a more equitable and sustainable World.” This conference is an essential component of the Club of Rome’s programme of international research and consultation to define the elements of “A New Path for World Development.”

The two day conference will bring together a high-level group of around forty practitioners, experts and officials from across the world. The participants will come from a wide range of fields of expertise, including, the social sciences, religious institutions, education, government, city management, business, the media and civil society. The conference will be followed by a public event where the results can be more widely presented and discussed.

Besides making intellectual progress in understanding the fundamental importance of attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviour in the new conditions of the 21st century, the conference is intended to produce practical insights and proposals for policy and action. The Club is positioned to insert the conclusions and recommendations of the Conference directly into the policy process through many channels, in particular through GLOBE International, an organisation of senior legislators from the G20 countries.

The aims of the conference are:
  • to clarify the goals of social transformation to create conditions for the re-orientation of societies and economies onto an equitable and sustainable path;
  • to propose how the necessary changes in attitudes, values and behaviour can be encouraged in different cultural contexts;
  • to recommend how governments and city authorities, business and financial institutions, education, the media and civil society can contribute to motivating the necessary social transformations.
In fact, underlying the crises in the fields of economics, finance, environment and development lies a deep moral and social crisis. The issues on which the Conference is focused are therefore of fundamental importance: how must attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviour be transformed to lay the foundations for a new economy and a new society which will be more just and inclusive and more respectful of the natural systems on which we depend.

The Environmentalism

At about the same time as Aurelio was setting up the Club of Rome, he became a leading figure with WWF the World Wildlife Fund. The WWF has recently seen some unwelcome press when it was revealed that the IPCC used some highly questionable grey science that originated from WWF sources. WWF is an international NGO, a non-governmental organisation that essentially reports to no one. They have huge resources mostly gotten from UN and other governmental sources. They are big players at IPCC conferences. 

These are some of their expectations from the IPCC's Copenhagen conference:

Developing countries as a group should pledge to reduce their actual emissions substantially
by deviating by at least 30 % below a business as usual pathway by 2020, including
REDD, provided they receive guaranteed adequate finance, technology and capacity
building support from industrialized countries.
 They should put forward Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions ( NAMAs ) and develop
visionary long-term strategies : Low Carbon Action Plans ( LCAPs ), the roadmaps to their
transition to low-carbon economies by 2050.

And this:
To create the right incentive structures, REDD will need substantial and predictable amounts
of funding, starting immediately, reaching US $ 42 bn per year in the long-term. Developed
countries should commit to provide such funding – both for developing national
REDD systems and for the subsequent actual reduction of emissions – as part of the overall
financial set-up described below.
And this:
Substantial flows of secure and predictable public funding additional to overseas
development assistance (ODA) targets, to be provided by developed countries, and
delivered through well-governed and effective funding mechanisms under the authority
and guidance of the supreme body of the new Copenhagen Protocol. This funding
should be in the order of at least US $ 63 bn per year in 2013-2017 increasing to at least
$ 100 bn per year by 2020.

The "Science"

Aurelio's biography states the following: "As a result of activities that started in the 1960s and continued into the 1970s, Peccei was one of the principal architects of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria in 1972."

From IIASA's website:
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is a multi-national, independent organization devoted to interdisciplinary, policy-oriented research focusing on selected aspects of environmental, economic, technological and social issues in the context of global change. IIASA’s research is organized around fields of policy importance rather than academic disciplines and serves as a neutral forum for sustained investigation and discussion of global and international issues. 
This is not an unbiased group of scientists. They are synonymous with the IPCC. Here is a short excerpt from their 2008 annual report:
2007
IIASA scientists share the Nobel Peace Prize with authors of the IPCC reports and Al Gore for “their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”
Literally ALL of their work involve environmental and global warming. From their `What is IIASA?` page:

IIASA's Research
IIASA’s research investigates the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century. The researchers, some 200 mathematicians, social scientists, natural scientists, economists, and engineers, develop assessment and decision-support methodologies, global databases, and analytical tools to study the issues. IIASA concentrates its research efforts within three core research themes:

    * Environment and Natural Resources;
    * Population and Society;
    * Energy and Technology.

The Italian Connection

Aurelio Peccei may not be the founder and the father of the modern global warming scam, but he certainly has had a direct connection to the Unholy Trinity of the movement.

There is much more to this story. Stay tuned.

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