This is one of the most terrifying things you will read this year so buckle up…
Plans Are Being Rushed Like A Freight Train
June 14 (King World News) – Gerald Celente: The days of easy and fashionable climate virtue signaling are fast coming to a close.
Just ahead, rushing like a freight train, are climate dictates that are going to catch many people by surprise, flattening their finances and freedoms.
Privileged elites will continue to have travel freedom, live large and perhaps pay their carbon offset indulgences.
But the average bulk of humanity is in for something far different. As a May 2023 World Economic Forum document has outlined, and as governments across the globe, but especially in the West are signaling, unprecedented social engineering is underway.
By the marker points of 2030 and 2050, if unopposed, technocrats will radically change and reduce the freedoms, wealth and consumption of large swathes of human populaces.
Their dictates are ushering in an age of diminished material expectations, dystopian political control, and extreme stratification between technologically empowered god-like haves, and increasingly miserable, de-humanized have-nots…
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Impossible Cali Truck Standards, and the “Great EV Reset” Bait and Switch
In California, mandates that will trigger in January 2024 will force trucking companies to switch from diesel to electric trucks.
The problem? Truckers say the technology and infrastructure largely isn’t there, and the costs and logistics of even trying to transition to EVs is currently unknown and even unknowable, since the technologies haven’t been vetted or don’t even exist yet.
No trucks? No food transport, not to mention other crucial goods.
As Nelson Sibrian of Sibrian Trucking told The Epoch Times, as noted by Zerhedge.com, it adds up to a disaster in the making:
“If we don’t know the actual range, it makes it impossible to schedule, and they can’t give me a straight answer on how long [trucks] will take to charge.” (“‘Literally Impossible’: Trucking Companies Brace For California’s Electric Mandate,” 7 Jun 2023.)
Sibrian, who owns the California based trucking business, said manufacturers of EV trucks currently can’t provide any substantial information concerning maintenance and replacement costs.
Those are numbers businesses need to know in order to budget and survive.
Another trucking professional, John Williams, pointed out, “ “Even if I had the $500,000 to buy a new electric truck, there aren’t any for sale.”
Everyday drivers are also in for a squeeze aimed at ending car ownership for many.
A WEF whitepaper released in May in collaboration with Visa, envisions transitioning people to urban environments and reducing private car ownership and travel.
The paper, titled “The Urban Mobility Scorecard Tool: Benchmarking the Transition to Sustainable Urban Mobility,” makes clear at the outset that reducing car ownership is a primary goal:
“The cities of the future need to move more people with fewer, cleaner vehicles. Investment in electrification, public transport and shared mobility is the solution.”
How big are the goals to slash car ownership. The paper says it wants to reduce ownership from the current 1.6 billion, down to 500 million:
“By mid-century, demand for urban travel is set to double. Along our current trajectory, that would mean 2.1 billion passenger vehicles emitting 4.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide by 2050.2 But there is another way. Growing the use of shared, electric, connected and automated (SEAM) transport modes and a shift to more compact cities could reduce projected vehicle numbers in 2050 to just half a billion.”
Trends Journal readers shouldn’t be shocked concerning this EV bait and switch. We have warned readers concerning the deceptive climate agenda policies and goals in many articles. For example, we noted in “2023: RAMPING UP THE DE-HUMAN MOVEMENT” (10 Jan 2023):
“The pretty apparent effective result of the transition to EVs won’t really be to provide a better form of transportation at a comparative price to current average masses who enjoy the freedom and advantages that owning and operating a car provides.
“The goal is to effectively sunset transportation ownership for a substantial portion of people who won’t be able to afford EVs. The less wealthy can look forward to metered, and relatively inconvenient rentals, corporate driving services, or prods to move to more urban environments where public transportation or micro travel aids can substitute.”
The new WEF whitepaper states that reducing options with respect to private vehicles and travel—and not any simple swap of abundant clean energy for current “dirty” energy—is an essential part of “sustainability”:
“Electrification needs to be accelerated in sync with a powerful push towards more efficient, accessible and connected public transport, improved infrastructure and priority for cycling and walking, and integration of emerging mobility solutions such as shared mobility to create a suite of options to meet the wide-ranging needs of people moving about cities. It is only with a combination of these solutions that we can cut emissions to address the urgent climate emergency, reduce the number of vehicles on the road to make our streets safer and more accessible, all while transporting a growing urban population.”
One creepy assumption of the WEF document is that by 2050, more people will be living in urban environments.
Especially since the onset of the COVID War, people, at least in relatively free countries, have been opting to leave big cities in droves. The recent trend has been movement out of highly urban areas.
How do technocratic planners intend to herd people back into cities? The skyrocketing costs of buying homes might provide one clue.
Though the median price of a home in the U.S. is expected to rise by “only” 5.4 percent in 2023, over the past several years, home prices have seen double-digit annual rises, far outpacing earnings increases.
And that doesn’t even account for the sharp rise in interest rates from 2021 to the current moment, which is putting the prospect of home ownership out of reach for an entire generation of those aged 25 to 45.
The impacts on those wishing to start families, and the correlative ramifications for society in general, are incalculable.
Whether intentional or just horrendously incompetent, the housing crunch may result in many resigning themselves to apartment-living in depressed urban environments, and having fewer–or no–children.
It’s well documented that women in urban environments have fewer children than those in rural and suburban settings:
“A higher percentage of women living in rural areas had two births (25.7%) compared with women living in urban areas (20.9%). A higher percentage of women living in rural areas had three or more births (24.8%) compared with women living in urban areas (19.0%)”
(“Urban and Rural Variation in Fertility-related Behavior Among U.S. Women, 2011–2015,” CDC, January 2018.)
Climate Will Be Changing, Alright…In Your Home
On the national stage in the U.S., the Biden administration is finalizing regulations that heating manufacturers say will force the price of gas furnaces to skyrocket.
The regulations, which will require exorbitantly expensive technology, impose a 95 percent fuel-to-heat efficiency standard. Under current standards, new furnaces must be 80 percent fuel-to-heat efficient.
Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Ben Lieberman told Fox News concerning the coming mandates:
“The efficiency standard would effectively outlaw non-condensing furnaces and condensing alternatives would be the only ones available. Those are more efficient, but they cost more. And installation costs could be a big problem for some houses that are not compatible with condensing furnaces.”
(“Biden admin is preparing to target Americans’ gas furnaces amid stove crackdown,” 6 Jun 2023.)
Lieberman said that forcing use of the specialized and expensive furnaces in all homes would create a level of hardship that will prove anything but sustainable for many.
In another perversity, experts say that the growing war against natural gas—an abundant and relatively clean emissions fuel in the U.S.—may actually increase emissions, since other energy sources and infrastructure being imposed don’t add up to comparative overall reduced “greenhouse gas” carbon and methane emissions.
Fox News noted that the Biden administration has been on an appliance regulation warpath, rushing to impose standards “upgrades” on dozens of appliance types that may put many of them out of reach of many people already squeezed by what Gerald Celente has aptly described as ongoing “dragflation”: higher inflation and dwindling economic performance, where wages aren’t even close to keeping pace.
Appliances on the government hit list to undergo energy efficiency standard hikes that may explode costs while affecting little change in the weather: ovens, clothes washers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, pool pumps, battery chargers, ceiling fans and dehumidifiers.
The Trends Journal has long warned readers that the Biden Administration was pursuing radical energy regulations using a “crisis” rationale. See, for example, “BLINKEN: EVERY PROBLEM IS RESULT OF ‘CLIMATE CRISIS’” (28 Sep 2021). That article also noted that China is responsible for more annual greenhouse emissions than the U.S., EU and OECD nations combined.
Meanwhile, over in the U.K., people are receiving notices that smart metering of their thermostats and electric use are no longer optional. Deadlines for switching to smart meters—which can be monitored and controlled by authorities—have been set. Citizens must make the switch, or go without heat and power.
Track and Trace Shopping and Social Credit
Also in the U.K., a London-based Aldi’s grocery is piloting a store where customers must download and register with an app, in order to gain entry to aisles, in order to purchase items.
Many are saying it’s the beginning of comprehensive “track and trace” purchasing that will likely be rolling out more widely in the near future, including a Twitter account that alerted people via a video about the store’s procedures:
#FtheWEF till the day I die
ffs… So I’m in London overnight, and I’m trying to buy some food
I drop into the local Aldi’s, only to be told that in order to enter the store I have to download an app and scan a QR code
Resist this BS
Resist digital ID
Resist app-based everything
In the U.S., it may come first to urban commercial districts hit hard by shoplifting and theft abetted by laws that have emboldened criminals while hamstringing the ability of law enforcement and stores to protect their merchandise.
But cries of unfair targeting of minority communities could see the “track and trace” purchasing model expand to every store, in the name of ensuring there is no “bias” in the use of such systems.
Instituting purchase and usage surveillance—and limits—in the name of combating climate change has been an explicit goal of bodies like the UN and closely linked NGOs like the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Forced downloading of tracking apps at retail stores is the building out of a practical physical and digital infrastructure that could lead to implementation of purchasing limits.
Climate extremists even have a rosy name for it all: micro-sustainability.
Climate groups advocating for radical policies have been pushing for voluntary adoption of track and trace technologies. But as the COVID War showed, an ever spiraling demand that all be conformed to the strictures, will likely be progressively pressured as a climate version of “no one is safe until we’re all safe.”
And predictably, some are envisioning AI overseeing the system:
The concept of micro-sustainability, which emphasizes the importance of individuals in making more environmentally sustainable decisions in their daily lives, is gaining popularity. Green technology can play a significant role and the development of AI-assisted carbon footprint tracking technology can help individuals understand and lessen their environmental impact. The goal is to offer individuals with a thorough understanding of their daily activities and behaviors that contribute to their carbon footprint, as well as concrete recommendations on how to lessen their environmental impact. In this blog post, we’ll look at the concept of AI-assisted carbon footprint tracking, its benefits, and its potential to help people live more sustainably.
(“AI-assisted Carbon Footprint Tracking for Individual Sustainability,” https://fundtheplanet.net, 3 March 2023.)
This shouldn’t be news to Trends Journal readers. We have long been predicting that AI would become the practical overseers of radical human degrowth objectives of elites.
Waking Up to the Faux Pro-Human Mask of Climate Change
“Our results show that the percentage of the total CO2 due to the use of fossil fuels from 1750 to 2018 increased from 0% in 1750 to 12% in 2018, much too low to be the cause of global warming.”
(“World Atmospheric CO2, Its 14C Specific Activity, Non-fossil Component, Anthropogenic Fossil Component, and Emissions 1750–2018,” February 2022.)
That summary statement is from a 2022 carbon dating study published in the journal Health Physics in 2022.
It’s just one of many examples offering science-based rebuttals to climate catastrophe narratives that are pushed lock-step by governments and allied media, in much the same way that the COVID War was prosecuted.
It remains to be seen whether the painful reality of radical climate dictates will lead more people to finally begin re-examining the narratives surrounding that agenda.
If so, they will find that true debate on the matter has been long suppressed. There are many prominent scientists who argue that claims of climate catastrophe have been overblown by players with self-interested ideological and financial agendas.
And there are many studies that have shown the biases of climate modeling, and climate data cherry-picking.
The Trends Journal has been covering some of the contrary science, and the deeper ideological and financial motives of climate activists and mega billionaire elites manipulating policies.
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