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September 26, 2011

Climate Change May Kill People Eventually

But Carbon Credits Eliminate The Wait!

A followup to Andy's sidebar headline from this weekend.

Arson and murder, brought to you by environmentalism. Which now resembles a stereotypically nasty form of corporate imperialism. This is a NYT link, just so you know.

KICUCULA, Uganda — According to the company’s proposal to join a United Nations clean-air program, the settlers living in this area left in a “peaceful” and “voluntary” manner.

People here remember it quite differently.

“I heard people being beaten, so I ran outside,” said Emmanuel Cyicyima, 33. “The houses were being burnt down.”

Other villagers described gun-toting soldiers and an 8-year-old child burning to death when his home was set ablaze by security officers.

Yikes! How awful! What on Earth for?

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.

They're planting trees for the carbon credits market. Well then, all's well that ends well! I'm sure that 8 year old child burning to death in his home was a worthy sacrifice to Gaia the multi-billionaires who are still trying to make money off their feculent carbon credits scheme.

It's a revealing conceit too, that growing food is considered less of a "good" cause for uprooting people than growing trees for absorbing carbon.

Feh. People. Bleh. Why grow food for them? If you keep feeding them, they'll only keep eating!

Pine and Eucalyptus. That's what they are planting, by the way. Isn't that nice?
What?

Maathai said apart from the negative impact on water systems, the eucalyptus, which is called the water drinker or guzzler in her native Kikuyu, is also hostile to other species and almost the entire local biodiversity.

“When you go into these monoculture plantations, they look like dead forests because it’s only them,” she said. “You don’t see birds, butterflies, other trees, animals—anything other than them because they don’t allow any other growth.”

In Maathai’s country, Kenya, eucalyptus planting is already being restricted. The country’s Environment minister, John Michuki, three months ago ordered the uprooting of eucalyptus trees from wetlands and banned their planting along rivers and watershed. He said the species was a threat to the environment especially in water catchment areas.

So. These...environmentalists, for lack of a word denoting lower intelligence, are planting non-native invasive species as carbon sinks. A species that parches the land and squashes the native biodiversity (in researching this post, I learned over and over again that virtually nothing else will live among imported eucalyptus forests).
A species so loaded with flighty oils, that the conditions for fire cause it to literally explode and form enormous, spreading conflagrations.

Well, look on the bright side; they're not planting food. PHEW.

Because of 'environmentalists' here in the good ol' US, I'm not allowed to put a potted plant too close to the water in my yard for fear of making the skunk cabbage taste a little 'off' to the muskrats downswamp; but the ideological confreres of these same motherf*ckers can go to Africa and murder people for land and rape Gaia with a flaming torch.

And get this: this is all happening because someone with more money than brains is paying these folks to IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT ON HIS BEHALF. Because he feels guilty about his carbon footprint.

Well done, pal. Look what your money bought. Hey, you know what makes me feel better when I'm feeling guilty? Doing more of what made me feel guilty in the first place. Go on, enjoy yourself. Trust me, it makes not one iota of difference to your imaginary carbon accountant. And nobody's house has to burn down with the baby inside.

Environmentalism! Is there anything it won't do to you?
Thanks again to Andy.


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