Climate and the Money Trail

F. William Engdahl – New Eastern Outlook Sept 25, 2020

Greta Thunberg signals to those “in the know”. Click to enlarge

Climate. Now who wudda thought. The very mega-corporations and mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy over recent decades, whose pursuit of shareholder value and cost reduction who have wreaked so much damage to our environment both in the industrial world and in the under-developed economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, are the leading backers of the “grass roots” decarbonization movement from Sweden to Germany to the USA and beyond. Is it pangs of guilty conscience, or could it be a deeper agenda of the financialization of the very air we breathe and more?

Whatever one may believe about the dangers of CO2 and risks of global warming creating a global catastrophe of 1.5 to 2 degree Celsius average temperature rise in the next roughly 12 years, it is worth noting who is promoting the current flood of propaganda and climate activism.

Green Finance

Several years before Al Gore and others decided to use a young Swedish school girl to be the poster child for climate action urgency, or in the USA the call of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a complete reorganization of the economy around a Green New Deal, the giants of finance began devising schemes for steering hundreds of billions of future funds to investments in often worthless “climate” companies.

In 2013 after years of careful preparation, a Swedish real estate company, Vasakronan, issued the first corporate “Green Bond.” They were followed by others including Apple, SNCF and the major French bank Credit Agricole. In November 2013 Elon Musk’s problem-riddled Tesla Energy issued the first solar asset-backed security. Today according to something called the Climate Bonds Initiative, more than $500 billion in such Green Bonds are outstanding. The creators of the bond idea state their aim is to win over a major share of the $45 trillion of assets under management globally which have made nominal commitment to invest in “climate friendly” projects.

Bonnie Prince Charles, future UK Monarch, along with the Bank of England and City of London finance have promoted “green financial instruments,” led by Green Bonds, to redirect pension plans and mutual funds towards green projects. A key player in the linking of world financial institutions with the Green Agenda is outgoing Bank of England head Mark Carney. In December 2015, the Bank for International Settlements’ Financial Stability Board (FSB), chaired then by Carney, created the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), to advise “investors, lenders and insurance about climate related risks.” That was certainly a bizarre focus for world central bankers.

In 2016 the TCFD along with the City of London Corporation and the UK Government initiated the Green Finance Initiative, aiming to channel trillions of dollars to “green” investments. The central bankers of the FSB nominated 31 people to form the TCFD. Chaired by billionaire Michael Bloomberg of the financial wire, it includes key people from JP MorganChase; from BlackRock–one of the world’s biggest asset managers with almost $7 trillion; Barclays Bank; HSBC, the London-Hong Kong bank repeatedly fined for laundering drug and other black funds; Swiss Re, the world’s second largest reinsurance; China’s ICBC bank; Tata Steel, ENI oil, Dow Chemical, mining giant BHP Billington and David Blood of Al Gore’s Generation Investment LLC. In effect it seems the foxes are writing the rules for the new Green Hen House.

Bank of England’s Carney was also a key actor in efforts to make the City of London into the financial center of global Green Finance. The outgoing UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, in July 2019 released a White Paper, “Green Finance Strategy: Transforming Finance for a Greener Future.” The paper states, “One of the most influential initiatives to emerge is the Financial Stability Board’s private sector Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), supported by Mark Carney and chaired by Michael Bloomberg. This has been endorsed by institutions representing $118 trillion of assets globally.” There seems to be a plan here. The plan is the financialization of the entire world economy using fear of an end of world scenario to reach arbitrary aims such as “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.”

Goldman Sachs Key Actor

The omnipresent Wall Street bank, Goldman Sachs, which spawned among others ECB outgoing President Mario Draghi and Bank of England head Carney, has just unveiled the first global index of top-ranking environmental stocks, done along with the London-based CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project. The CDP, notably, is financed by investors such as HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, American International Group, and State Street Corp.

The new index, called CDP Environment EW and CDP Eurozone EW, aims to lure investment funds, state pension systems such as the CalPERS (the California Public Employees’ Retirement System) and CalSTRS (the California State Teachers’ Retirement System) with a combined $600+ billion in assets, to invest in their carefully chosen targets. Top rated companies in the index include Alphabet which owns Google, Microsoft, ING Group, Diageo, Philips, Danone and, conveniently, Goldman Sachs.

Enter Greta, AOC and Co.

At this point events take on a cynical turn as we are confronted with wildly popular, heavily promoted climate activists such as Sweden’s Greta Thunberg or New York’s 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal. However sincere these activists may be, there is a well-oiled financial machine behind promoting them for gain.

Greta Thunberg is part of a well-connected network tied to the organization of Al Gore who is being cynically and professionally marketed and used by such agencies as the UN, the EU Commission and the financial interests behind the present climate agenda. As Canadian researcher and climate activist, Cory Morningstar, documents in an excellent series of posts, young Greta is working with a well-knit network that is tied to US climate investor and enormously wealthy climate profiteer, Al Gore, chairman of Generation Investment group. Gore’s partner, ex-Goldman Sachs official David Blood as noted earlier, is a member of the BIS-created TCFD. Greta Thunberg along with her 17-year-old US climate friend, Jamie Margolin, were both listed as “special youth advisor and trustee” of the Swedish We Don’t Have Time NGO, founded by its CEO Ingmar Rentzhog. Rentzhog is a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Organization Leaders, and part of the European Climate Policy Task Force. He was trained in March 2017 by Al Gore in Denver, and again in June 2018, in Berlin. Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project is a partner of We Don’t Have Time.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), who made a huge splash in her first days in the US Congress for unveiling a “Green New Deal” to completely reorganize the US economy at a cost of perhaps $100 trillion, is also not without skilled guidance. AOC has openly admitted that she ran for Congress at the urging of a group called Justice Democrats. She told one interviewer, “I wouldn’t be running if it wasn’t for the support of Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress. Umm, in fact it was it was these organizations, it was JD and it was Brand New Congress as well, that both, that asked me to run in the first place. They’re the ones that called me a year and a half ago…” Now, as Congresswoman, AOC’s advisers include Justice Democrats co-founder, Zack Exley. Exley was an Open Society Fellow and got funds from among others the Open Society Foundations and Ford Foundation to create a predecessor to Justice Democrats to recruit select candidates for office.

The Real Agenda is Economic

The links between the world’s largest financial groups, central banks and global corporations to the current push for a radical climate strategy to abandon the fossil fuel economy in favor of a vague, unexplained Green economy, it seems, is less about genuine concern to make our planet a clean and healthy environment to live. Rather it is an agenda, intimately tied to the UN Agenda 2030 for “sustainable” economy, and to developing literally trillions of dollars in new wealth for the global banks and financial giants who constitute the real powers that be.

In February 2019 following a speech to the EU Commission in Brussels by Greta Thunberg, then-EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, after gallantly kissing Greta’s hand, appeared to be moved to real action. He told Greta and the press that the EU should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next 10 years. Juncker proposed that between 2021 to 2027, “every fourth euro spent within the EU budget go toward action to mitigate climate change.” What the sly Juncker did not say was that the decision had nothing to do with the young Swedish activist’s plea. It had been made in conjunction with the World Bank a full year before in September 26, 2018 at the One Planet Summit, along with the World Bank, Bloomberg Foundations, the World Economic Forum and others. Juncker had cleverly used the media attention given the young Swede to promote his climate agenda.

On October 17, 2018, days following the EU agreement at the One Planet Summit, Juncker’s EU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Breakthrough Energy-Europe in which member corporations of Breakthrough Energy-Europe will have preferential access to any funding.

The members of Breakthrough Energy include Virgin Air’s Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, HRH Prince Al-waleed bin Talal, Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio; Julian Robertson of hedge fund giant, Tiger Management; David Rubenstein, founder Carlyle Group; George Soros, Chairman Soros Fund Management LLC; Masayoshi Son, founder Softbank, Japan.

Make no mistake. When the most influential multinational corporations, the world’s largest institutional investors including BlackRock and Goldman Sachs, the UN, the World Bank, the Bank of England and other central banks of the BIS line up behind the financing of a so-called green Agenda, call it Green New Deal or what, it is time to look behind the surface of public climate activist campaigns to the actual agenda. The picture that emerges is the attempted financial reorganization of the world economy using climate, something the sun and its energy have orders of magnitude more to do with than mankind ever could—to try to convince us ordinary folk to make untold sacrifice to “save our planet.”

Back in 2010 the head of Working Group 3 of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr Otmar Edenhofer, told an interviewer, “…one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole.” Since then the economic policy strategy has become far more developed.

F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook.”



8 responses to “Climate and the Money Trail”

  1. To recycle a quote from quite a few years ago, originally made about the repulsive Maggot Thatcher, these politicians and their banker controllers aren’t as green as they think we are.

    A warmer world, if it really happened (as in, for example, the medieval warm period), would be a better, more productive world, and the more Carbon Dioxide (=plant food) we can get, the better for everyone. To eliminate this life-supporting gas entirely would be to eliminate life itself.

    We continually hear of “fossil fuels”, but the truth is that oil and natural gas are being produced in the Earth all the time. The key here is the word “mineral”. Animal fats and vegetable oils do not change their character to become mineral oils.

    We should be alerted to the fact that “something isn’t right” when (((they))) go after our children. If there was any truth in the climate argument, why would they need to indoctrinate the very young instead of allowing a reasoned discussion among adults? The answer is, of course, that though children aren’t stupid, they don’t yet have the life experience to know when they’re being lied to.

    Every few years (((they))) come up with another “end of the world” scare story. That’s all this is, but it’s not about money. The bankers create all the imaginary money they could ever want simply by typing numbers on a computer. The REAL agenda is control, enslavement, reducing us to the same status as farmed animals.

  2. Green is the new Red!

  3. While the ideal of “green” may be laudable, it doesn’t take a genius to see the
    proposed Green New Deal is not do-able fiscal insanity. The markets have shown common sense; solar panels, wind generators, electric cars, better fuel economy and more, who knows where they’ll all be in 12 years? The science is NOT settled, not gonna be either, no matter who says what.

  4. “Green is the new Red!”
    Yes, as a watermelon, which is red from the outside and red inside.

  5. So, when do they start directly killing us off since they have already started doing so with toxins causing infertility in the food chain, vaccinations and plastics, and also with every conceivable social-engineering method, media brainwashing to destroy family values and limit children? Ever get the feeling you are being pushed out of your own nation as well? It doesn’t matter if your ancestors go back generations or even centuries, if by state fiat you have to move out of your home or your town to make room for newcomers who are given more rights than you, you just have to shut up and move along. We can’t really even talk back to our governments, can we? Not effectively anyway. If we were in anyways effective on this site, for instance, it would be shut down. Look what the bastards did to poor Alison the other day.

    Reading Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins, the modus operandi of the elites, the banksters, and the corporatocracy is clearly revealed. The IMF and the World Banks so debt rigg the nations below the US border with loans they are unable to repay that they not only lose their resources but also their ability to run their own nations. Sound familiar? You say that sounds like a conspiracy theory. Read Perkins. He was a bankster who converted to a whistleblower. He got to the point that he could not live with himself. He had a conscience which is a thing which all the people who run our nations totally abandoned as soon as they started their political climb.

    Surely the same is not happening in our own nations, you ask? It happened over 100 years ago when the same bastard cabal debt rigged our nations with their easy money they generated out of nothing.

    The reason all this happened and why we the people no longer have any real power is not just because we have been deliberately fractured and fragmented as a society through multi-cultural programs, media and entertainment getting people into as many diverse lifestyles and value systems as possible, it is also that in our dissociated state we are always on the take, living beyond our means, with deficit financing and while being totally conscience being a member of a debtor nations, and dependent on the money lords.

    Under a vast burden of debt, with more and more economic uncertainty, we become increasingly insecure, vulnerable and subservient as a people. We are dependent on them and that is exactly what they want. Who do our elected representatives really represent? It is not us and why should they represent us? We have neither the money nor the power to either generate or control even the vote, but the benefactors of our politicians in fact do. Underneath we know our politicians are only really accountable to the money lords who paid for their campaigns and who create money by their own fiat out of nothing, at our expense, are who are really in charge. It is not us. Now they make decisions on a global scale on the pretext of fake necessities to manipulate and control us, and outright get rid of majority of us, as they said they would, without hardly even a whimper of protest, as we sleepwalk into oblivion.

  6. Greenies seem to be inumerate. 0.04% is 1 part in 2,500. Also only about 1 part in 25 of the atmospheric CO2 is manmade. Most of i comes from rotting vegetation, wilfires an volcanoes.

    So th amount of MANMADE CO2 in the atmosphere is 1 part in 2,500 X 25,


  7. @FredB Friend. The chickens are coming home to roost. Europe and USA has constantly made use of their troops to murder, destroy and steal. All to fund their economies. And ironically enslaving them into the insurance, banking and branding sectors.

    Now. The what’s left of those countries are being brought in, and they’re bring replaced with the aged and weary, pension funded old farts In your countries.

    Why? Because they’ll be productive little slaves to ensure they get to keep what they’ve been given. Coming from their war torn counties means they will hustle to make ends meet no matter the cost.

    And your government is fine with that. Because they want slaves. You should thank them. They’re killing of the white race. You don’t want your great grandchildren to end up slaves to the system do you?

    Don’t worry mate. The Arabs got this. Those savage murdering rapists whose fellow brethren your countries droned and bombarded to hell in their own countries are now in your country to have your back.

    Thank them. Your great grans will never have to see the effed up future. The Arabs got your backs.

    Like I said at the beginning.

    The chickens are coming home to roost.

  8. Carney is tied in with Mervyn King of the IMF who said “Financial Armageddon” is upon us unless we let the central bankers wind up those printing presses to max.
    On the green deal he states “no one can doubt we are once more living in a time of political turmoil, but there has been no comparable questioning of the basic ideas underpinning economic policy. This has to change”.
    Carney`s main project is “Hegemonic Digital Currency” a replacement for the US dollar based system.
    Carney said “The firms that anticipate these developments will be rewarded handsomely. Those that don’t will cease to exist”.
    And that is the lowest common denominator to climate change. You don’t buy in expect to be part of population control in the guise of sustainable development.