Moving millions of people from under-developed nations to more advanced countries means higher energy demand, more C02
United Nations officials made front-page news recently, issuing a report claiming the purported consequences of climate change in the coming years will be more dire than previously estimated.
The report chiefly blamed increased greenhouse gas emissions for a rise in global temperatures and warned that transforming the world economy on an unprecedented scale will be required to avoid catastrophe.
Compiled by over 90 authors from 40 countries, the report also details the effects of climate change on migrants. Nowhere to be found in the report, however, is the problem whose name apparently must not be spoken: the destructive impact of mass migration on the environment.
For reasons presumably tied to conflicting political agendas, few governmental organizations are willing to admit that mass migration is harmful to the environment. The research we have on this topic is damning.
Quite simply, immigration-generated population growth is fueling an increase in energy demand and the waste product that accompanies it. Immigrants to the United States alone produce about four times more CO2 in the United States as they would have in their countries of origin.
U.S. immigrants produce an estimated 637 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually — equal to Great Britain and Sweden combined. Strangely, governments that stress the urgency of addressing climate change are also some of the biggest opponents of border enforcement and immigration limits.
One of the most popular talking points of climate change advocates is that the United States has less than five percent of the world’s population, yet consumes about a quarter of the world’s fossil fuel resources.
If that is true, then why do some of the same people support immigration policies that significantly increase American fuel consumption as well as its carbon footprint? The two positions are wildly inconsistent.
The UN is among the worst practitioners of this hypocrisy. While issuing apocalyptic warnings about climate change, the UN simultaneously encourages countries to accept even more migrants.
This recently caused Poland’s interior minister to recommend that his country quit the UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration because it may encourage more illegal alien arrivals and is not in the interests of the host country. Hungary has announced it will not sign up for the pact, and the United States pulled out last year.