Foreman isn't alone. Two more progressives at The Breakthrough Institute, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, say the climate justice movement disregards history and the successes of carbon-fueled capitalism to bring people out of poverty.
"Hundreds of millions of desperately poor people went from burning dung and wood for fuel (whose smoke takes 2 million souls a year) to using electricity, allowing them to enjoy refrigerators, washing machines, and smoke-free stoves."
In short, those who truly care about the impoverished of the world should be worried more about how to get cheap, reliable electricity to a remote village rather than using the plight of the poor to advance the nebulous notion of "climate justice."
Don't get Foreman, Shellenberger and Nordhaus wrong; they're environmentalists, but they're also realists who are interested in practical solutions to global poverty and climate change.
In doing so, they avoid the pie-eyed convenience of extremist groups who have co-opted the justice movements.
The great miscalculation of the climate justice movement is that it is rooted in reparations and redistribution, and based on the concept that the industrialized world has benefited at the expense of the rest of the planet, which still has to pay the environmental cost.
What they miss entirely - which Foreman, Shellenberger and Nordhaus get - is that what the world really needs is more development with the cheapest, best-available fuel, to help elevate people out of poverty.
Now that would be justice.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.