Not all of the deleterious consequences of liberal authoritarianism are deliberately malevolent. Many are simply unintended. Assuming that progressives really do believe in anthropogenic global warming, this serves as a classic example:
When the United Nations wanted to help slow climate change, it established what seemed [to moonbats] a sensible system.
Greenhouse gases were rated based on their power to warm the atmosphere. The more dangerous the gas, the more that manufacturers in developing nations would be compensated as they reduced their emissions.
But where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity.
They quickly figured out that they could earn one carbon credit by eliminating one ton of carbon dioxide, but could earn more than 11,000 credits by simply destroying a ton of an obscure waste gas normally released in the manufacturing of a widely used coolant gas. That is because that byproduct has a huge global warming effect. The credits could be sold on international markets, earning tens of millions of dollars a year.
That incentive has driven plants in the developing world not only to increase production of the coolant gas but also to keep it high — a huge problem because the coolant itself contributes to global warming and depletes the ozone layer.
Our supranational moonbat rulers couldn’t care less about pouring vast amounts of our money down the drain, especially if the drains are located in non-Western countries. But how can they live with themselves, knowing that they contributed to the oppression of polar bears by creating more gases alleged to make it be hot out? Simple: from their point of view, good intentions trump anything that happens in the real world.
On a tip from Byron.
From Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com/