I’m seriously considering using Major Clipton (who has the last word after the mind-blowing and bridge blowing finale of “The Bridge on the River Kwai”) exclusively for unethical climate change policy craziness. There is plenty—as in “an outrageous amount” already—with more to come.
The Dutch government is going to buy and close down up to 3,000 farms near environmentally sensitive areas to comply with EU nature preservation rules. These will be forced sales. How will the elimination of the livelihoods of thousands of Dutch families prevent a speculative climate-created cataclysm at some undetermined point in the future, if it would occur at all? That’s easy; it won’t. The European Union, however, like the United Nations and the Biden administration has swallowed whole the complex, imperfect, ideologically-biased climate science that remains speculative, Thus the EU is committed to taking draconian measures that will do certain harm immediately for extremely uncertain results far into the future. It isn’t just magical thinking, it’s incompetent magical thinking, by policy makers who couldn’t read a cliamte change model if their lives depended on it. Just once I would like to see an interviewer of a climate change-obsessed politician or elected official ask the passionate individual to explain exactly what data they are basing their position on and how he or she explains the various phenomena involved. This never happens, of course, because most journalists are ardent supporters of crippling the economy and industry to avoid amorphous climate change effects without having a sufficient understanding of the science themselves. It also never happens because the typical woke journalist would never ask a question guaranteed to make a member of their favorite party go “huminahuminahumina…” on national TV.
Would the Biden administration or some future climate-obsessed regime emulate the Dutch? Right now, the conservative Supreme Court makes that unlikely, but I wouldn’t assume that it won’t try. It wouldn’t be the first time the Biden gang attempted blatantly unconstitutional measures “for the greater good” (eg. keeping themselves in power) like the cynical student loan scheme. I can see the Justice Department arguing that eminent domain under the Fifth Amendment’s Taking Clause can and should be used to forestall climate change, because what could be a more legitimate government purpose, or “public use,” than preventing the end of the world?
Remember, a primary operating assumption of progressives is that the United States would benefit by emulating the very nations whose culture and values it deliberately rejected by beginning the American experiment, which, historical revisionists, woke academia and the 1619 Project notwithstanding, has been a spectacular success. What the Dutch are doing undoubtedly looks wonderful to them. They are envious. They are relentless, and yes, their ethics are the “ethics” of Big Brother.
Stay vigilant, and watch out.