How to Get Rich By Scamming the Climate

Mon, 2008-01-21 07:01Ross Gelbspan
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How to Get Rich By Scamming the Climate

A cartoon in The New York Times brilliantly captured the mentality behind the latest green trend. It showed a man kneeling at the confessional praying, “Forgive me, but I have SUV'd.”

The minister takes the proffered bag of money and replies:

Go thy way, thy sins are offset. You too can be forgiven of your carbon emitting sins and achieve the exalted status of being 'carbon neutral' without trading in your SUV or cancelling that overseas vacation.”

Here's a collection of articles we've written on the issue carbon offsets:

Enron-Type Accounting Used to Calculate “Carbon Offsets”

Romm on trees and carbon offsets

The Latest in Offsets: Homelessness

Carbon Trading: “Bad for the South, Bad for the North, Bad for the Climate”

Monbiot: Methane Findings Highlight the Scam of Carbon Trading

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I noticed you were talking about carbon trading, and I thought you might be interested in a new documentary that has just been released that examines the impact of carbon trading around the world.

The Carbon Connection –looks at two communities affected by one new global market – the trade in carbon dioxide. In Scotland a town has been polluted by oil and chemical companies since the 1940s. In Brazil local people's water and land is being swallowed up by destructive monoculture eucalyptus tree plantations. Both communities now share a new threat. As part of the deal to reduce greenhouse gases that cause dangerous climate change, major polluters can now buy carbon credits that allow them to pay someone else to reduce emissions instead of cutting their own pollution.

What this means for those living next to the oil industry in Scotland is the continuation of pollution caused by their toxic neighbours. Meanwhile in Brazil the schemes that generate carbon credits gives an injection of cash for more planting of the damaging eucalyptus tree. The two communities are now connected by bearing the brunt of the new trade in carbon credits. The Carbon Connection follows the story of two groups of people from each community who learned to use video cameras and made their own films about living with the impacts of the carbon market. From mental health issues in Scotland to the loss of medicinal plants in Brazil, the communities discover the connections they have with each other and the film follows them on this journey.

40 minutes | PAL/NTSC | English/Spanish/Portuguese subtitles

More information at http://www.carbontradewatch.org/carbonconnection/

"Former Vice President Al Gore has built a Green money-making machine capable of eventually generating billions of dollars for investors, including himself, but he set it up so that the average Joe can't afford to play on Gore's terms. And the US portion is headed up by a former Gore staffer and fund raiser who previously ran afoul of both the FEC and the DOJ, before Janet Reno jumped in and shut down an investigation during the Clinton years."

Read the whole thing:

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2007/03/al_gores_inconv.html

Dan Riehl's not exactly a reliable source.

Here he tries to blame the sun for earthly climate change:

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2007/03/mars_melt_hints.html

Oh, well, at least the Cons (some of them, anyway) are now admitting that climate change is real. Maybe in another decade they might admit that Big Business is behind it.

Offsets are, indeed, usually a marketing scam.

 

this IS the biggest scam ever, you’d expect that there would be more to this than merely the “Hcokey stick”.
We’ll conveniently skip over the fact there is NO empiracal proof as well…..
So, how about the next big corner stone of AGW. Which is,
Mauna Loa CO2 measurements.

How are they done. Well, on a machine that no one else was allowed to verfiy or check before it was pressed into service in the middle of the Pacific (a well known area of massive oceanic de-gassing of CO2), on a volcanic island (volcanoes emit a lot of CO2 by the way), to measure, wait for it……
man’s contribution to CO2 levels globally…
The machine/s in question used a brand new process for measuring CO2 levels in parts per million, but no one was allowed to look at or test / compare the machines..

 

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