Fjärde statsmakten med Lars Bern om klimatskrämseln som får oss att satsa fel.


Svensk Webbtelevision


Published on Mar 26, 2019

In the program, we give a number of examples of areas where the climate scare that is misleading Sweden. Business executives who get snowed by the climate question , important issues about the environment and food supply that are marginalised, risk of food shortage, investment in biofuel leading to devastated rainforests, and finally questions about waste management. We also discuss the miserable competence of our power brokers, especially in matters concerning science.

We comment on articles in Expressen and in Dagens Industri, DI.
DI has had a number of articles on sustainability in which, among others, H & M's CEO Karl-Johan Persson believes that their most important environmental issue is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Scania's CEO is on the same track, which is another example, according to Lars Bern, of today's corporate executives uncritically mirroring the 'doom and gloom' sect about the climate.

There is a risk that Swedish business leaders are getting snowed in by an extreme climate alarmism unique to Sweden, while the rest of the world focuses on real issues.

The fact that the climate scare leads companies in Sweden to investment errors becomes a risk, especially for Swedish companies that sell globally.

In the United States, Donald Trump has now launched an investigation to provide a comprehensive illumination of the climate issue, which has not been done before.

Lars comments on Maria Wetterstrand's investigation of biological aviation fuel and points out two problems. It is flatly inappropriate for her to order an inquiry that directly concerns her own financial interests as a shareholder.

In addition, the biofuel is almost entirely dependent on imported substances produced by deforestation of rainforest. Paradoxically, this increases carbon dioxide emissions.

He believes that decision makers are oblivious to scientific fundamentals and lack contact with reality, and this has poisoned the Swedish debate climate. This is the result of a political class that is completely uneducated, especially in the natural sciences.

We go on and discuss another issue where the climate scare leads to malinvestment, namely in food production and its affect on our health. The one-sided focus on the climate issue means that agriculture and important issues related to agriculture do not come under decision makers' radar.

The gigantic industrialisation of agriculture in some parts of the world has greatly increased global agricultural production. However, there are major problems associated with this type of agriculture. These are monocultures that require large amounts of pest control, which means that important insects are eradicated. In addition, soil is depleted. Lars Bern is worried that soil will gradually become less fertile, so that the increase in global agricultural production will decline, or even that production will decrease.

Swedish agriculture cannot compete with industrial land use in countries with a lot of sunshine, and we do not have customs duties or other tools to protect agriculture. This means that Swedish agriculture will eventually disappear. This, in turn, reduces our self-sufficiency even more.

Global bad harvests will result in lack of food. Failure could occur at any time as a result of a large volcanic eruption, for example. Lars Bern thinks that we should once again establish contingency reserves enabling us to manage at least one year.

We change to discussing another area where the climate scare risks provoking malinvestment, namely waste management.

First, we discuss how sorting waste means that our plastic bags end up in the sea. This is probably a consequence of the plastics being sorted and collected without there being sufficient reuse or destruction. As a result, plastic is sent away to remote countries where it is simply dumped into the sea. It would probably be better to lump plastics together with general waste incineration and extract the heat energy for production of electricity.

Another area that raises questions is the collection of food residues used for the production of biogas. One wonders why we do not get paid for the leftovers if they are valuable. It is also strange that the costs of getting rid of the garbage constantly rise despite it being claimed that sorting of waste leads to reuse of valuable components.


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