Dear Editor:

In a letter to this paper in September 2015, I brought to light an eye-opening and game-changing development that went virtually unreported prior to the finalization of the U.N. Paris Climate Agreement which President Barack Obama signed and President Donald Trump promptly nullified as prom­ised during his presidential campaign. 

Mr. Trump’s show of resolve marked the first official engagement in his battle against the subtle infiltration of socialism that is slowly infecting this nation.

I wrote: “At a press conference earlier this year in Brussels, Belgium, U.N. Climate Chief Christiana Figueres revealed the real endgame behind a global climate treaty she longs to broker with President Barack Obama’s assistance in Paris this December, when she enthusiastically announced ‘This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally changing the economic-development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.’ In other words, the treaty seeks to eradicate capitalism under the guise of saving the planet.”

Fast forward to February of this year, when the face of the radical wing of the Democratic Party, the socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched the Green New Deal with Democratic Sen. Ed Markey. The proposed legislative framework centers around reversing modern-day life­styles and conveniences in a 12-year doomsday approach to battle man-made global warming — a theory that remains unproven.

But in a stunningly unexpected moment of candor during an extensive Washington Post Magazine interview earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff and strategist Saikat Chakrabarti echoed Ms. Figueres: “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all. We really think of it as a ‘how do you change the entire economy’ thing.” 

With the preceding revelations in mind, there was a Letter to the Editor in the News-Review July 17 titled “Counties, cities urged to support HR 763,” in which Ted Griggs of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), Chequa­megon Chapter stated: “The Douglas County board voted last month to ‘postpone indefinitely’ consideration of a resolution supporting HR 763, a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would put a fee on all sources of carbon fuels and give the collected funds back to American households to spend as they choose.”

Griggs continued “Delaying serious action to fight climate change has led the world to its current predicament, just as nations worldwide, by delaying action in confronting a growing menace before World War II, delivered the world into years of mayhem and carnage that might have been made significantly less destructive.”

But in a coordinated display of solidarity immediately after the Green New Deal was announced, CCL from its Washington, D.C., headquarters officially responded to the proposed legislative framework: “Today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey released a non-binding resolution that would recognize the duty of the federal government to create a Green New Deal. CCL and our supporters understand the urgency of the climate crisis and agree that it requires big solutions. The resolution calls for a swift transition away from fossil fuels and CCL shares that important goal. A rising price on carbon pollution can go a long way toward achieving the deep decarbonization we need. 

“The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act currently in the House (HR 763) provides a strong incentive and would reduce carbon emissions at least 40% in the first 12 years and 90% by 2050. These targets track closely with the recommendations from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

Cheers to Douglas County.

Frank Gabl

Prospect Heights, Ill.