The New York Times concerning the forceful displacement of tens of thousands of Ugandans from their land so that a carbon trading scheme can be enacted:
Across Africa, some of the world’s poorest people have been thrown off land to make way for foreign investors, often uprooting local farmers so that food can be grown on a commercial scale and shipped to richer countries overseas.
But 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.
In 2005, the Ugandan government granted New Forests a 50-year license to grow pine and eucalyptus forests in three districts, and the company has applied to the United Nations to trade under the mechanism. The company expects that it could earn up to $1.8 million a year.
But there was just one problem: people were living on the land where the company wanted to plant trees. Indeed, they had been there a while.
This is the green agenda.
The United Nations, the governments of its members, and private enterprise colluding to fuck people over in order to realize a political goal. If you fail to bow down to their demands, they have no problem with using force to make it happen. Because, you know, growing some fucking trees in a “carbon trading” scheme is WAY more important than people.
Anyone who thinks that environmentalism is about conservation is a fool. It’s all about money and power.
2011-09-23 :: madlibertarianguy