The entire world needed the new paradigm of environmentalism. The problem is that a few grabbed it for a political agenda.
They used it as a vehicle to take the moral high ground, to claim only they cared about the environment. They argue that everyone else was guilty of environmental destruction because of their avarice and wasteful ways.
Environmentalism as a political agenda is pushed by extremely wealthy and powerful left wing people who made their money exploiting the environment. The psychology of that is beyond the realm of this discussion, but consider the hypocrisy of George Soros, Maurice Strong, Bill Gates, the Rockefeller’s, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ted Turner among many others. The confusion is similar to surrounding another person who most people think was a right wing fascist, but was in fact a socialist promoting environmentalism, Adolf Hitler. (Nazi stands for "National Socialism.")
Collectively, most of these environmentalists people acted through their privileged group called the Club of Rome. The founding meeting of the Club occurred in 1968 at David Rockefeller’s estate in Bellagio, Italy. In their 1994 book "The First Global Revolution," they declared:
“The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself."
They claim the list of enemies is designed to unite people. In fact, it is needed to overcome what they see as the divisiveness of nation-states and to justify the establishment of one-world government or global socialism. Global warming is a global problem, they insist, that national governments alone cannot resolve.
They finally settled on global warming as the environmental issue best suited for their goal. Of course, the plan is just the beginning. One of my favorite cartoons from "The New Yorker" showed Moses on the mountain with the Ten Commandments. The caption read “Great idea, who is going to fund it?” Global warming and the identification of human produced CO2 as the problem suited all the political, financial, and religious controls, a socialist group desire.
The Kyoto Protocol was presented as a solution to the problem of human-caused global warming. Those who created the Protocol also created the problem. Through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) they produced the science required to support their claim. It is a well-thought out, well-planned, classic circular argument. Create the problem, create the proof of the problem -- then offer the solution.
They said, incorrectly, that a CO2 increase causes temperature increase. They provided proof. They programmed their computer models so that a CO2 increase caused a temperature increase. They ran the model(s) while keeping all else steady, what in science is called "ceteris paribus." Naturally, the model results showed a temperature increase, which they then claimed proved their thesis.
CO2 through Kyoto provided the religious basis for the socialist agenda. Nations who developed their economies and became wealthy using CO2 were now supposed to pay for their sins by giving money to those nations who suffered. It was a penance. In the medieval Catholic Church, you could buy indulgences to bypass the punishment of hell. Carbon credits are the modern equivalent, and Al Gore was the equivalent of The Pardoner selling indulgences, depicted in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
CO2 through Kyoto provided the political basis for the socialist agenda: the redistribution of wealth with money taken from the successful developed nations and given to the less successful developing nations. This operation required one-world government and a world banking agency.
CO2 through Kyoto provided the financial basis for the socialist agenda. Money needed to fund the socialist government was to come in the form of a global carbon tax. The November 2009 Conference of the Parties 15 (COP15) in Copenhagen, involved finalizing details of the Kyoto Protocol, including a carbon tax gathered by the International Monetary Fund.
Somebody knew the political agenda was based on the false science and leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) as evidence. The major scientists controlling the IPCC worked at the CRU. The disclosure effectively delayed the political process because the COP can only act on the science provided by the IPCC. The delay was only temporary because most didn’t understand the science or know the implications of the leaked emails.
In 2010 at COP16 in Durban they produced the replacement socialist program called the Green Climate Fund (GCF). COP21 in Paris in December 2015 authorized the process.
Vaclav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic, was the only world leader to identify what was going on. I heard speak at the Heartland Climate Conference in New York in 2004. His opening comment was that the world went through 70 years of communism, so why the hell would you want to go back to it?
He made his case effectively in his book "Blue Planet in Green Shackles" where he wrote:
“It should be clear by now to everyone that activist environmentalism (or environmental activism) is becoming a general ideology about humans, about their freedom, about the relationship between the individual and the state, and about the manipulation of people under the guise of a “noble” idea. It is not an honest pursuit of “sustainable development,” a matter of elementary environmental protection, or search for rational mechanisms design to achieve a healthy environment. Yet things do occur that make you shake your head remind yourself that you live neither is Joseph Stalin’s Communist era, you’re in the Orwellian utopia of 1984.”