Protests caused by failed energy policies at Santiago, this year’s UN venue

The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are conferences held each year in various locations, where thousands of officials, NGOs and politicians jet in with their fossil-fuel guzzling planes.  I note from the “Conference of the Parties” website they present a “Fossil of the Day” award to shame any country burning coal or not meeting it’s UN targets – but they can’t see the irony.

But this time I’m not talking about hypocrisy, I’m going to talk about the effects of UN Goal 13 – Climate Action.

This year, right now – from the 2nd to 13th December 2019, the UN conference was going to take place in Santiago, Chile.  The reason it’s not is massive protests and rioting caused by failed energy policies.

How a $0.04 metro fare price hike sparked massive unrest in Chile. Source: Vox

How a $0.04 metro fare price hike sparked massive unrest in Chile. Source: Vox

Demonstrations against a hike in metro ticket prices in Chile’s capital exploded into violence on October 18, unleashing widening protests over living costs and social inequality.

Here’s the reason for the price hike in living and metro costs: in 2018 the Chilean government, in a step towards achieving the country’s climate action targets, opted for expensive wind and solar to power most of Santiago Metro’s energy sources.

As a result, Chileans are now burdened by higher Metro fares reflecting unnecessary energy price hikes.

Chile does not lack natural resources – they could have used water and coal, but this is a no-no as far the UN is concerned.  The country cancelled two power projects because of aggressive opposition, one a coal-fired plant and the other a hydro-electric scheme.  These cancelled projects cost Chile billions.

Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet (from 2006 to 2010 and 2014 to 2018) called it “a pioneering project of the entire world.”  Chilean engineer Douglas Pollock said, “She was probably right because I don’t know of any other country which has done such nonsense.  Electricity cost for the subway rose 210%.”

The government also hit the portion of conventional power that remained with new carbon dioxide taxes.  Just like France.

Vox reported that 50 percent of Chilean workers earn less than 400,000 pesos per month (roughly $550), making a small change to public transportation costs a plausible breaking point.

Results: riots.  This is the effect of climate alarmism, carbon ideology and governments that are UN-concerned with their people.  The green policies introduced there have proved so disastrous and unpopular that Chile is in flames.

It seems Chile’s been getting the wrong things into power.  Is it time to get out of the UN and find leaders that don’t serve the UN or its partner the World Bank?

Santiago

An aerial view of a burnt metro station in Santiago. Source: NDTV Metro Stations Burned, Buses Set On Fire In Chile’s Worst Riots In Years.


Links

United Nations Climate Change conference

Chile’s largest metro network to be powered by solar and wind

Expensive Climate Policies Sparked The Chilean Riots, Just Like In France

Green Policies Are Turning Chile Into Venezuela

“Chilean engineer Douglas Pollock (he has an ancestor buried in Westminster Abbey but despite the name, he is very much a Chilean) spoke with tears in his eyes as he outlined the terrible damage that environmentalism has done to his country in such a short space of time.

“You can hear Douglas talk about the tragedy that has befallen his country in the interview above.  You can also find his speech, in which he talks in more detail about the damage done by green policy to Chile’s economy here.

Nice one, greenies. You have no claim to the moral high ground. What you are doing to the planet is pure evil.”


UN goal 5 is ‘Gender equality’ and goal 8 is ‘Decent work and economic growth: ‘Buy from green companies that are equal opportunity employers.’ 

How did that work out for Chile?

After leaving the presidency in 2010 and while not immediately reelectable, Michelle Bachelet was appointed the first executive director of the newly created United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

It seems the current president, oligarch Sebastián Piñera is no better,  he was unconcernedly eating at a pizza restaurant during the Santiago riot.  His lapses, errors and inconveniences have been labelled “piñericosas” in Chile.
“Chile burns and he eats pizza”: storm against president Pinera

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