This past Friday, Charles Krauthammer wrote: “One of the major goals of the Copenhagen climate summit is another NIEO shakedown: the transfer of hundreds of billions from the industrial West to the Third World to save the planet by, for example, planting green industries in the tristes tropiques. “Politically it’s an idea of genius, engaging at once every left-wing erogenous zone: rich man’s guilt, post-colonial guilt, environmental guilt. But the idea of shaking down the industrial democracies in the name of the environment thrives not just in the refined internationalist precincts of Copenhagen. It thrives on the national scale, too.” I’ll have to keep “left-wing erogenous zone” in mind for future comments. I’ve often had the impression lefties’ brains were lower down on their anatomy. Krauthammer made a point in a past column that since the modern day feudal barons cannot burn the crops of the peasants, they will try to shut off access to energy in order to maintain their control. The full column is at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/10/AR2009121003163.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter Cheers!