Did America sign WEF treaty to ration meat, electricity + gas?!

Did American leaders just sign a WEF treaty to ration meat, electricity and gas in America, to combat climate change?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : American Leaders Signed WEF Treaty To Ration Meat, Electricity + Gas!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claims that American leaders just signed a WEF treaty to ration meat, electricity and gas in America, to combat climate change!

Here is an excerpt from the long, and (intentionally?) rambling article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

American Leaders Sign WEF Treaty To Ration Meat, Electricity and Gas

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Truth : American Leaders Did Not Sign Any WEF Treaty To Ration Anything!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : America Did Not Sign Any WEF Treaty

Let me start by simply pointing out that America did not sign any WEF treaty, because there is no such thing.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), and has no power over governments. It can lobby governments, but it cannot decide on their policies. It certainly did not create a treaty rationing meat, electricity or gas.

The WEF Head of Media Engagement, Vann Zopf described this claim as “fake”, and said that there is no such treaty by the World Economic Forum.

As usual, The People’s Voice offered no evidence to back up its “fact checked” claim. Perhaps that’s why the article is so long and rambling – so it’s hard for you to make any sense of it at all!

Fact #2 : C40 Cities Group Is Run By Mayors

Interestingly, The People’s Voice article used a photo of US President Joe Biden, even though he has absolutely nothing to do with the C40 Cities group, which only involves those participating cities and their mayors.

Needless to say, the screenshot of Joe Biden allegedly posting on X (formerly Twitter) that “I’m fiercely loyal to @wef – our global government” is a complete fabrication.

Not only does Joe Biden have a grey (not blue) check mark, he never posted that tweet. If he did, it would have gone viral. Naturally, The People’s Voice offered no evidence that Joe Biden ever posted that tweet.

Fact #3 : C40 Cities Group Was Not Created By US Cities

The People’s Voice article claimed or suggested that US cities formed a coalition called the “C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group”. That’s not true.

According to the C40 Cities website, its genesis goes way back to 2005, when the Mayor of London at that time, Ken Livingstone convened representatives from 18 megacities to create the C20. Then in 2006, the C40 Steering Committee invited a further 22 mayors to join from the Global South, to create the C40 group.

Ultimately, the C40 Cities group comprises of cities from all over the world, as the official list and map shows.

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Fact #4 : There Are No Mandatory C40 Cities Rules

The People’s Voice article also claimed that C40 Cities have pledged that their residents will comply with mandatory rules to reduce meat and dairy consumption to zero, limit purchase of new clothing items, eliminate car ownership, and allow every person only one short-haul return flight every 3 years.

That’s utter nonsense that’s based on the 2019 report by the University of Leeds, Arup and the C40 Cities organisation, called “The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5°C World“.

If you just skim through the entire report here, you can quickly see that there is no mandatory requirement. That’s because it’s just an analytical report that imagines what could happen if people did this or that. Nothing more.

As a C40 Cities spokesperson pointed out, it was just a report that provided “an analysis of consumption-based emissions in C40 cities“, and it was “not a plan for cities to adopt“.

The report calculates, for example, that if residents of C40 cities changed their eating habits to reach a “progressive target” of consuming 16 kg of meat, and 90 kg of dairy per person per year, then greenhouse-gas emissions from meat and dairy could be cut by 51% between 2017 and 2050 (pages 78-79).

Similarly, the report calculates that reducing car ownership, and increasing vehicle lifespans could cut emissions by 23% (pages 84-86). It never advocated banning private cars.

Why on Earth would people just make this up? Did they read the report? Or did their poor command of the English language led them to misunderstand what it said?

Fact #5 : C40 Cities Has Nothing To Do With WEF

The People’s Voice article claimed or suggested that the C40 Cities is somehow related to the WEF (World Economic Forum).

That is simply not true. The C40 Cities group is not affiliated with the WEF, and receives no funding from the World Economic Forum.

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Fact #6 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Publishing Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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