The UN Secretary General is following Rahm Emanuel’s advice to “never allow a crisis go to waste.” He is in sync with Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), a leading champion of the Green New Deal. She tweeted recently that “it’s the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our planet.”
The International Monetary Fund has predicted that the global lockdown will create an economic crisis not seen since the Great Depression. Job losses are already catastrophic, with far more job losses to come. With a combination of fiscal and monetary policies, governments are trying to rescue businesses that are willing to save the jobs of their workers. But as far as Secretary General Guterres is concerned, only “green jobs” are worth the expenditure of taxpayers’ money to support. He said that “as we spend huge amounts of money to recover from the coronavirus, we must deliver new jobs and businesses through a clean, green transition.” He is pressing for an end to fossil fuel subsidies.
Mr. Guterres can afford to make such sweeping statements. Unlike President Trump and other government leaders, he is not accountable for the welfare of the millions of people in their countries at risk of losing their jobs today that