Chavez (and Marx) a hit at Copenhagen

by Fran Smith on December 17, 2009

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez couldn’t resist another opportunity to bash capitalism — and the COP15 Copenhagen Conference on global warming gave him a perfect setup. Protesters against globalization, capitalism, energy use, and other aspects of modern life thronged in the streets, while in the conference center, leaders from rich nations that want to “level the playing field” for CO2 emissions and poor countries looking for massive handouts gave Chavez a warm response.

In his harangue posted on YouTube, Chavez hit the “group of countries who think they’re better than us” and that provide a “world imperial dictatorship.” He, of course, made reference and deference to his hero Karl Marx:

There’s a ghost lurking…and Karl Marx said…a ghost running through the streets of Copenhagen.  And I think that ghost is silent, somewhere in this room…amongst us…coming thru the corridors and underneath.  And that ghost is a terrible ghost.  Nobody wants to name him or her…it’s capitalism.  Capitalism is that ghost.  (applause)

Chavez got a lot of applause here too. He tied capitalism to the degradation of the earth: “the destructive model of capitalism is eradicating life.”

President Robert Mugabe, credited with destroying the economy of his own country,  Zimbabwe, also railed against Western countries and capitalism:

“When these capitalist gods of carbon burp and belch their dangerous emissions, it’s we, the lesser mortals of the developing sphere who gasp and sink and eventually die.”

And this is the conference where “world leaders” are supposedly coming together to plan the world’s energy future?  It’s a scary thought.

Neophyte December 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Chavez and Mugabe pushed commie propaganda to already convinced audience of water-melons (thin green layer on the surface, big red lump inside)? What's new? Where is surprize?

richb313 December 17, 2009 at 4:20 pm

This only shows the political reasons that so much has been done to support AWG. The Science only made it easier for the one world government types to take control. The proposed treaties effectively give a faceless International body the ability to usurp any countries own soverinty. This is just a backdoor method for the committed communists someplace to hang thier hopes on.

If AWG is even remotely true we should be sending our time and money adapting to the expected changes instead we are in effect trying to stop the planet. I say follow the Dutch Model and adapt to changing condidtions.

Stu Strickler December 23, 2009 at 9:32 am

Climate change? Oh yeah, there is climate change, the earth has been warming and cooling for millions of years. These clowns are out of their minds!

This is just a whacko ploy to shaft you out of your money. Anyone that sells *carbon credits* is a fraud! Don't believe these idiots. The US Congress Cap and Trade Bill is another farce.

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