lördag 24 september 2011

The Reality of CO2 Alarmism

  • According to a report released by the aid group Oxfam on Wednesday, more than 20,000 people say they were evicted from their homes here in recent years to make way for a tree plantation run by a British forestry company, emblematic of a global scramble for arable land.
  • In this case, the government and the company said the settlers were illegal and evicted for a good cause: to protect the environment and help fight global warming.
  • The case twists around an emerging multibillion-dollar market trading carbon-credits under the Kyoto Protocol, which contains mechanisms for outsourcing environmental protection to developing nations.
  • The company involved, New Forests Company, grows forests in African countries with the purpose of selling credits from the carbon-dioxide its trees soak up to polluters abroad.
  • Its investors include the World Bank, through its private investment arm, and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, HSBC.
  • But there was just one problem: people were living on the land where the company wanted to plant trees. Tensions brewed. The company and government said the residents were living illegally in a forest. Residents said they had rights.
The event illustrates the reality of CO2 alarmism: Emission control of CO2 at the price of human suffering. Since there is no science showing that CO2 emission control is needed, the eviction serves only the purpose of generating profit for the company.

The article marks a shift in NYT editorial policy from politically correct alarmism to correct reality.

I write this during a visit to Nairobi meeting my 2 year grand-daughter being adopted by my son and his wife from a Mother Theresa orphanage located in the middle of the Horuma slum. The people in the slum are not asking for meaningless CO2 emission control at the price of even more suffering.

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