Feb 3, 2020
Translated from Lutte Ouvrière (Workers’ Struggle), the newspaper of the revolutionary workers’ group active in France.
The World Economic Forum brings leading billionaires and their political servants together in the Swiss resort of Davos each winter. This year’s theme was global warming and the environment.
French ministers there promised big companies the unfailing support of the government as the environment changes. The directors of the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund promoted investments in “low-carbon economy” as “good economic stimulus.” They said it’s necessary to “integrate environmental risks into investors’ portfolios.” Meanwhile Trump showed up to ward off “perennial prophets of doom” and “radical socialists” allegedly threatening the USA.
It was nothing but a grotesque farce. After polluting the oceans and groundwater, plundering the resources, warming the climate, and choking hundreds of millions of people, the capitalists are preparing to make a lot of money with “environmentalism.” In the name of renewable energy, governments are preparing to give the bosses unlimited subsidies. Until the moment the workers expropriate them, the capitalists will seek to speculate on the skin of the last polar bear and make a profit by selling clean air, even if there is only one puff left!