Writing at Scientific American, Gary Stix says that the real problem in dealing with global warming isn't the solution (radical control on carbon emissions that would negatively impact every American) but the power to control the human element, or as Stix calls it "social engineering."
If that phrase didn't set off alarm bells Stix goes further. His idea is to force people to believe and to act on what he and the others Warmers insist is the urgency of the global warming crisis. And to accomplish that change in human behavior Stix proposes an authoritarian global government.
To be effective, a new set of institutions would have to be imbued with heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers. There would have to be consideration of some way of embracing head-in-the-cloud answers to social problems that are usually dismissed by policymakers as academic naivete. In principle, species-wide alteration in basic human behaviors would be a sine qua non, but that kind of pronouncement also profoundly strains credibility in the chaos of the political sphere. Some of the things that would need to be contemplated: How do we overcome our hard-wired tendency to “discount” the future: valuing what we have today more than what we might receive tomorrow? Would any institution be capable of instilling a permanent crisis mentality lasting decades, if not centuries? How do we create new institutions with enforcement powers way beyond the current mandate of the U.N.? Could we ensure against a malevolent dictator who might abuse the power of such organizations?Stix worries about a "malevolent dictator" abusing these "heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers" whose goal is "species-wide alteration in basic human behaviors." But could such power be anything but malevolent? Who would decide where the line was drawn between a benevolent dictatorship and a malevolent one? Both would sacrifice our freedom and our even our national character on the altar of some unaccountable world government imbued with the power of mind control and presumably punishment for disbelievers.
Since the beginning of time various demented ideologies throughout history have sought one thing: world domination. In the 20th Century fascism and communism both made their bids for ultimate power and the result was the deaths of tens of millions. Now, the Warmers are taking their shot at it. Since history repeats itself, we can only conclude that the result will be the same.
One more thing. Even if we followed the Warmer's CO2 demands to the letter there is not one credible scientist who can truthfully say such a move would alter the climate trajectory in any significant way. There just is no link between CO2 and global warming.