IPCC Shows Us All Why Trump Was Right To Pull America Out of the Paris ‘Climate Agreement’
Oct. 8 (EIRNS)—Less than two years after the Paris Climate Agreement was adopted, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from it, charging correctly that it would carry huge economic costs and eliminate employment without achieving its stated intention of improving the environment.
Now the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has, in effect, repudiated the Paris Agreement as not carrying huge enough economic costs. It threatened terrifying consequences to the planet if all nations do not “take rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” Holding “global warming” below 2°C over the 21st century is not enough, says IPCC in its new report released Oct. 7. The carbon emissions reduction pledges of all the countries in the Paris Agreement “are not enough.” Rather, large steps backward in human productivity and industrial activity, and in the human diet, must commence right now. Cutting industrial activity, livestock and meat, cutting carbon emissions by 1 million tons every year, must start immediately and be pursued until there are no carbon emissions—i.e., no petrocarbon fuels, and no nuclear power either—by 2050 or earlier.
This is an attack on Trump’s pro-growth policies. Even more, it is an attack on China’s policy of spreading its economic growth and poverty reduction to Africa; on its Belt and Road Initiative as a whole and particularly its enthusiastic acceptance in Africa. The IPCC report expresses Barack Obama’s disgusting, absurd and deadly threat to young African leaders at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto in 2013: “Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over….”
Most fundamentally the IPCC is attacking the science of human economic development itself, a science stemming from the universal genius Gottfried Leibniz three centuries ago and revived by Lyndon LaRouche and his movement in the very teeth of the British Empire’s post-World War II neo-Malthusianism.
Central to that science is what LaRouche calls the rise of potential relative population density, the sign of progress both of the human species and of the Earth’s biosphere which human beings, uniquely, can consciously improve.
Rising energy flux-density of human power sources—leading upward from conversion of solar insolation and biomass, through wind and wood power, through petrochemicals to nuclear fission, pointing now to nuclear fusion and plasma technologies—this means higher potential population density of the human species at rising standards of living. That “progression up from fire” also means higher technology industry and greater potential to improve the environment, Earth’s water supplies, its agricultural productivity and sustainability—thus, higher potential population density still.
This is what is needed in Africa, where poverty reduction has at last begun to occur along with increasing Chinese investments in power, along with rail, roads, water transfers, ports—and in Southwest Asia, South America. It is the reason Asia is pursuing nuclear power technologies while the environmentalist paradigm in Europe abandons them.
America is fortunate that President Trump has turned more of its people against the IPCC’s enviro-terror campaigns. If the “Russiagate” coup against him is decisively turned back, in this midterm election and afterwards, he may be able to work with the other major powers which embrace industrial progress, on a higher level.
Among those countries, the United States, China, Russia and India could launch a new international monetary system designed for high-technology foreign direct investment. Then with their space and nuclear capacities, they could jointly concentrate on the breakthrough to inherently safe small, modular nuclear reactors, the key to electricity for all human beings at last.
And while improving this planet they could jointly work on our species’ ability to travel rapidly elsewhere in the Solar System.
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
Presidential Advisor Roger Stone Endorses Kesha Rogers for Congress in Texas
Oct. 8 (EIRNS)— Roger Stone, the legendary presidential advisor, political activist, and long-time friend of Donald Trump, issued an endorsement today of Kesha Rogers, who is on the ballot on Nov. 6 as an Independent candidate for the 9th Congressional District in Texas. Stone, who had encouraged Trump to run for President since 1988, and who played a leading role in shaping his Presidential campaign, has been outspoken in his opposition to the regime change coup being run against President Trump.
“Endorsement of Kesha Rogers, From Roger Stone
“I am delighted to announce my endorsement of Independent candidate Kesha Rogers, for Congress in the 9th Congressional District of Texas. Kesha is a veteran fighter, having twice won contested primaries for the Democratic Party nomination for Congress, in spite of fierce opposition from establishment Democrats. That she has chosen to run this time as an Independent is an important sign, that, by rejecting the Democratic Party, she recognizes that the ‘two party system’ has been replaced by a duopoly, with both parties dominated by neo-cons and neo-liberals, with no loyalty to the American people.
“Make no mistake, these midterm elections are about more than which ‘party’ wins. It is a matter of whether the American people choose war or peace, a downward economic spiral, or economic development, through growing the real economy. Kesha understands this. That’s why she has denounced ‘Russiagate’ as a coup against the election of Donald Trump. He has been targeted by the networks of the Bush-Obama-Clinton duopoly, not because of ‘collusion’ with Russia—as there is not a shred of evidence of his collusion produced by the Mueller ‘witch hunt’—but because of collusion between British intelligence networks, which represent the bankrupt City of London, and Obama’s intelligence officials, such as Brennan and Clapper, and the corrupted elements of the Justice Department and FBI, who are running an unconstitutional coup to prevent President Trump from pursuing a policy of peace through negotiations, and support for the sovereignty of all nations, including the United States.
“Her opponent, Congressman Al Green, is an open supporter of the coup, saying Trump should be impeached, even though there has been no impeachable offense committed. Instead of showing concern for the people of his district, which is one of the poorest in the country, he is joining with the establishment elites who are out to overturn the decision of the voters in the 2016 election. At this moment of history, when voters can determine whether we will have a better future, whether we will ‘Make America Great Again,’ Green is campaigning to overturn the sovereign choice of the American voters, acting instead as a sorry representative of a bankrupt, and dangerous establishment.
“That is why I am happy to endorse Kesha. She has demonstrated the courage to stand up against both the Bush and Obama machines in Texas, and to stand above the parties. She is ‘unbought’ and ‘unbossed,’ the kind of independent voters should be proud to cast their ballots for.
“I urge you to demonstrate that independent spirit that Texas is famous for, and send Kesha to Congress.”
Intelligence Chair Nunes Unveils DNC Lawyer Caught in Russiagate; Urges, Declassify the Documents!
Oct. 8 (EIRNS)—With Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein likely to come before his committee this week, House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes yesterday demanded that President Donald Trump quickly break Rosenstein’s block on declassification of “Russiagate” documents, ordered by Trump three weeks ago.
In a new break, Nunes confirmed Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo’s report that Democratic National Committee’s lawyer with Perkins Coie, Michael Sussman, was the “second source,” along with the notorious dossier by British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, that launched the FBI’s “Russia collusion” investigation of Trump’s campaign. Sussman, before joining Perkins Coie, had formerly been a Justice Department lawyer in the Obama Administration. Nunes’ comments appeared in an interview with Bartiromo on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” Oct. 7.
Numerous officials at the DOJ and FBI have told the House Intelligence Committee, under oath, that nobody at the FBI or DOJ knew about “Russiagate dirt” (allegedly on Trump) prior to the British intelligence interventions which included the Steele dossier. But, said Nunes, “now you have absolute proof that that wasn’t told to the FISA Court. So you want your evidence of FISA abuse? There it is, right there. A secret warrant was placed on American citizen, during a political campaign, and yet, the FBI did not tell the court that they were getting this information directly from the opponent of that campaign….
“And not only that … many officials have told us numerous times that they have no idea where it’s coming from. And don’t forget, you had originally the story from FBI and DOJ was that Republicans had started this information and given this information. … Republicans had nothing to do with it, and the top levels of the FBI absolutely knew this. You can’t possibly argue that the top lawyer for the FBI meets with the top lawyer for the Democratic Party and just doesn’t tell anyone.
“Then you fast forward four months later … when they come and present the information to Congress, they say, ‘Well, we believe that Republicans were behind this.’ No, Republicans were never behind it. You knew the whole time who was behind it—the Democrats were, and it was so explosive and so damaging that that’s why they didn’t want us to know. And this is why the President of the United States has got to declassify the information we’ve been asking for,” said Nunes. “If he doesn’t declassify it, he’s going to let this criminal activity, and fraudulent behavior, people are going to get away with it, if this information is not declassified so that all the American people can see.”
Nunes said, “he ordered it done three weeks ago. He said he was ordering immediately, with no redactions…. And then, a few days later, you have Rod Rosenstein convene all the top people … they all met with the President and told the President ‘we can’t do it, because Allies might get concerned.’ ” (Emphasis in original.)
State Department Says Pompeo’s Talks with Kim Jong-un Were ‘Productive’
Oct. 8 (EIRNS)—The U.S. State Department reported, late yesterday, that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a very productive meeting while he was in Pyongyang yesterday. According to the official readout of the meeting, Pompeo and Kim “discussed the four elements contained in the U.S.-D.P.R.K. Singapore Summit Joint Statement signed by President Trump and Chairman Kim. They also discussed the upcoming second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim and refined options for the location and date of that next summit.”
Pompeo and Kim “also agreed to instruct their respective working-level teams to meet soon to intensify discussions on the key remaining issues to deliver on the Singapore Summit Joint Statement.” It concludes by reporting that “President Trump looks forward to continuing to build upon the trust established with Chairman Kim in Singapore and anticipates meeting again soon.”
In remarks to the press, Pompeo said that the two sides were very close to working out the logistics of a second summit between Kim and Trump, but more importantly, “both the leaders believe there’s real progress that can be made, substantive progress that can be made at the next summit, and so we’re going to get it at a time that works for each of the two leaders in a place that works for both of them,” he said. “We’re not quite there yet, but we’ll get there.”
Pompeo clearly indicated that the real work to bridge the gaps that still exist, will be getting under way. “We will be having more frequent and higher-level working group discussions than we’ve had in some time on a set of issues. So that was important good news,” he said. “So we really hope we can deliver some good outcomes when the summit takes place. But we do think, right, this is a place where, ultimately, some of these big, difficult issues have to be resolved by the nations’ most senior leaders, and we’re hoping to have those presented in a way that the two leaders can resolve them when they get together.”
Pompeo reported that Kim had told him that he was ready to let international inspectors in at both the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and the rocket engine test facility.
“As soon as we get it logistically worked out, Chairman Kim said he’s ready to ready to allow them to come in, and there’s a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that, but when we get them we’ll put them on the ground,” he said. When asked about the Yongbyon reactor site, Pompeo would only say “we’re not going to talk about where we are in these negotiations except for things we have agreed to release with the North Koreans.”
The North Korean side also appears to be pleased with the outcome of the discussions with Pompeo. Pyongyang’s state media said on today that Kim lauded his talks with Pompeo, where Kim “explained in detail the proposals for solving the denuclearization issue,” reported Reuters.
“Kim Jong-un expressed satisfaction over the productive and wonderful talks with Mike Pompeo at which mutual stands were fully understood and opinions exchanged,” North Korean news agency KCNA said. Kim said the bilateral dialogue would continue to develop, “based on the deep confidence between the two leaders,” and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a sincere effort to implement the agreement made at their June summit, KCNA said.
In addition to Pompeo’s diplomacy, the South China Morning Post reported this morning that South Korean President Moon Jae-in told his cabinet that Chinese President Xi Jinping will be making his first visit to North Korea since 2013, though he gave no further details, and he even suggested that a North Korea-Japan summit was possible.
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
India Joins ‘Emerging Economies’ Hit by Big Corporate Defaults
Oct. 8 (EIRNS)—Currencies of a half-dozen leading “emerging market” countries have continued falling for two months now, or have been “stabilized,” as in Turkey, by very large interest rate increases, which have set off corporate defaults. Now in India are seen the first signs of the “contagion” among financial companies, which is the harbinger of a financial crisis, though so far the contagion is limited to some sections of India’s financial system.
The Indian government-guaranteed large lending company for public-private infrastructure projects, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. (IL&FS), was nationalized Oct. 1 after starting to default on potentially $12 billion in debt. Reuters wrote, “The company’s downfall has undermined confidence in India’s shadow banking sector, triggered declines in the nation’s stock and bond markets, and stoked fears of outflows from the mutual fund industry which has a large exposure to such financing companies.” IL&FS is one of the biggest “shadow banks” in Asia.
Two-thirds of IL&FS’s debt was from public sector banks. The government’s nationalization court filing stated: “The future impact of more defaults in the group may be catastrophic for the country’s financial stability.”
By Oct. 6, according to Hindu Business Line, contagion was spreading anyway: “Faced with the risk that their short-term liabilities may not be rolled over, non-banking finance companies [NBFCs] may step up securitization of their receivables to pull in liquidity to pay off short-term debt. The roll-over risk stems from the recent defaults by IL&FS…. These defaults have had a knock-on effect on NBFCs.” In typical language a bank analyst is quoted: “ ‘NBFCs have good assets such as affordable housing and loans against property, which can be securitized.’ ” Hindu Business Line continued: “Though NBFCs’ loan book will shrink due to securitization, they will have liquidity. ‘Pool purchase (of assets) is done by all banks in a limited way. Maybe this is the time to back all NBFCs.’ ”
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Discovers Africa Needs Tractors—As LaRouche Movement Long Insisted
Oct. 8 (EIRNS)—All of a sudden, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has discovered that agricultural output in African countries would be much higher if the farmers there had tractors to work their land, instead of using wooden ploughs and oxen (at best) to pull them. The output would be five to ten times higher, experts told FAZ. Swiss globalization critic Jean Ziegler had stated in 2013 that, whereas in 2011, there were only 85,000 tractors on the entire African continent, in Germany alone there were almost 2 million tractors.
One problem faced by African farmers is that, with their miserable income, they cannot afford to buy tractors and other agricultural machinery on the world markets, not even the simple tractor models produced by Brazil’s AGCO, which have no fancy equipment and no GPS, and which cost only $10,000. Another problem is that tractors need diesel fuel, which is not available in such volumes in most parts of Africa because of the lack of the transportation and storage infrastructure.
The implication is that generous low-interest, long-term loans, plus substantial grants, must be made available—a challenge for all those in Europe and Germany who want to really do something constructive in Africa.
The BüSo party in Germany headed by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, and the LaRouche movement internationally and on many other occasions, demanded decades ago that farming equipment be brought to Africa—and eventually produced there—in sufficiently high numbers to make a difference in the agricultural output. For car-making companies which, like Germany’s Opel, fell into serious trouble 10 years ago, the BüSo elaborated a re-tooling program to start mass production of tractors for Africa. At that time, the idea was rejected by the Opel company; since the company still is not out of its troubles, even after its takeover by France’s Peugeot, the reconversion proposal remains as good as before.
SCIENCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Russia and India Sign Agreement for Six More Nuclear Plants
Oct. 8 (EIRNS)— During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two-day (Oct. 4-5) visit to New Delhi to hold the annual summit with the Indian Premier Narendra Modi, Russia and India signed an agreement to develop construction of six Russia-designed nuclear power plant units in India at a new site, RT reported.
Russia is already building six VVER-1000 nuclear power reactors at Kudankulam in the state of Tamil Nadu. The construction began in 2002, and first two units are in operation now. Russia is now in the process of building units 3 and 4 at the plant with plans to build units 5 and 6 in the next two years.
The agreement to build six more nuclear power plants in the coastal Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, located north of Tamil Nadu, was signed by Rosatom CEO Aleksey Likhachev and Indian Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas on the sidelines of the Russian-Indian summit in New Delhi on Oct. 5.
In addition, a feature of the signed agreement is the two countries’ intent to enhance nuclear cooperation in “third countries” and in “new perspective” nuclear technologies, with joint construction of nuclear power plants, Rosatom said. The parties plan, in particular, to develop the project on construction of six Russia-designed nuclear power plant units in India at the new site, to expand cooperation in third countries and cooperation in new promising areas in the nuclear power industry, RT reported from Rosatom.
Presidential Election Sets Brazil Up for Dangerous Polarization
Oct. 8 (EIRNS)—Since none of the 13 candidates won at least 50% of the vote in Sunday’s first round of Brazilian presidential elections, a second round will be held on Oct. 28 between the two front runners, retired Army Capt. Jair Bolsonaro and the Workers’ Party (PT) candidate, Fernando Haddad. Haddad won 29.3% of the vote, and will gain the support in the second round of some of the defeated centrist candidates, but whoever wins, the conditions for driving Brazil—South America’s largest nation—into political breakdown and outright confrontation are building.
This outcome of the first round became possible when the leading candidate in the polls, former President and PT leader Lula da Silva, was convicted and jailed earlier this year on fraudulent corruption charges cooked up by the U.S. Department of Justice-run “Lava Jato” operation.
In that heated environment, Bolsonaro took 46% of the vote by campaigning as the “tough guy” anti-communist “outsider” who will clean up crime and corruption, which he equates with the working-class- and poor-based PT party. His profile is that of a British asset provocateur. His reputation as an international figure was created by the New York Times, which regularly quoted him in their coverage of Brazil for decades, when in Brazil he was viewed as the resident loudmouth nutcase of the Congress.
His core base in the country are the militant shock troops trained and financed by London’s radical free marketeers (the Atlas Foundation) who led the demonstrations demanding that President Dilma Rousseff be impeached. Bolsonaro dedicated his vote in favor of her impeachment “to the memory of Col. Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra”—the military officer who tortured Rousseff under the military dictatorship in the 1970s. His running mate is ultraconservative retired Gen. Hamilton Mourao, and his leading economic advisor is University of Chicago-trained hedge-fund owner, Paulo Guedes.