Support For Carbon Price Means Support Killing Black People: Oxfam Report

14 Oct

See all the happy little politicians, dear reader?

And see all the happy little carbon tax / trading supporters?

What all these people are really supporting … is genocide.

Of black people.

From the New York Times (via Oxfam):

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. | Credit: Sven Torfinn for The New York Times

In Scramble For Arable Land, Groups Says, Company Pushed Ugandans Out

KICUCULA, Uganda — According to the [New Forests 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.

“They said if we hesitated they would shoot us,” said William Bakeshisha, adding that he hid in his coffee plantation, watching his house burn down. “Smoke and fire.”

William Bakeshisha, farmer and local chief, lost his house and land and now rents a room in a neighboring village. In his briefcase, he keeps documents that provide proof that he inherited the farm from his father | Credit: Sven Torfinn for The New York Times

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.

“Too many investments have resulted in dispossession, deception, violation of human rights and destruction of livelihoods,” Oxfam said in the report. “This interest in land is not something that will pass.” As population and urbanization soar, it added, “whatever land there is will surely be prized.”

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…

An evicted woman shows proof of land ownership | Credit: Sven Torfinn for The New York Times

Olivia Mukamperezida, 28, said her house was among the first in her community to be burned down. One day in late 2009, she said, her eldest son, Friday, was sick at home, so she went out to find medicine. Villagers suddenly told her to rush back. Everything was incinerated.

“I found my house when it was completely finished,” she said. “I just cried.”

Ms. Mukamperezida never found the culprits. She buried Friday’s bones in a grave, but says she does not know if it is still there.

“They are planting trees,” she said.

(Read the rest of the NYT story here.)

And then there’s this:

Armed troops acting on behalf of a British carbon trading company backed by the World Bank burned houses to the ground and killed children to evict Ugandans from their homes in the name of seizing land to protect against “global warming,” a shocking illustration of how the climate change con is a barbarian form of neo-colonialism.

The evictions were ordered by New Forests Company, an outfit that seizes land in Africa to grow trees then sells the “carbon credits” on to transnational corporations. The company is backed by the World Bank and HSBC. Its Board of Directors includes HSBC Managing Director Sajjad Sabur, as well as other former Goldman Sachs investment bankers.

The company claims residents of Kicucula left in a “peaceful” and “voluntary” manner, and yet the people tell a story of terror and bloodshed.

Villagers told of how armed “security forces” stormed their village and torched houses, burning an eight-year-child to death as they threatened to murder anyone who resisted while beating others.

“We were in church,” recalled Jean-Marie Tushabe, 26, a father of two. “I heard bullets being shot into the air.”

“Cars were coming with police,” Mr. Tushabe said, sitting among the ruins of his old home. “They headed straight to the houses. They took our plates, cups, mattresses, bed, pillows. Then we saw them getting a matchbox out of their pockets.”

An Oxfam report documents how the British outfit has worked with the Ugandan government to forcibly expel over 20,000 people from their homes using terror and violence as part of a lucrative scramble for arable land that can be used to satisfy the multi-billion dollar carbon trading ponzi scheme, which is worth $1.8 million a year to the company.

(Read the full article here.)

This is just one example of the unintended (?) consequences of the universally-ignorant support by multitudes of morally self-righteous, urban rich white people, for “pricing carbon” in the name of “saving the planet”.

But that’s ok … those are just dirt poor BLACK people, aren’t they? And the urban white self-righteous hate everything black … think black balloons coming out of air conditioners … except perhaps for their oh-so-fashionable “wicked” little black dress for an indulgent night out.

As has been demonstrated countless times on this blog – including from the government’s legislation – the “carbon tax” has never had anything whatsoever to do with climate change.

It is, and always has been, all about money. Derivatives, to be precise.

“Putting a price on carbon” is all about legally enabling the predatory financial sector to rape the world all over again, with a new derivatives-based ponzi scheme, after their Western world real estate derivatives bubble exploded (GFC1).

It is a very simple scam.

Carbon “pricing” creates in law a new artificial ‘commodity’ called “carbon ‘units’, having an artificially-created (by proclamation) monetary value.

Who benefits?

On the lower level, governments. The basic carbon “price” for selling (on threat of gaol) their “permits” to “pollute”, represents a new cashcow for politicians. For handing out to their mates, favouring special interests, and bribing the ever-more welfare-dependent electorate to vote for them (ie, keep them in power).

On the higher (unseen) level, the international shadow banking sector. “Pricing carbon” means they can (a) cream off billions in fees and commissions on the trade in those permits, but far more importantly (b) instantly create unlimited quantities of wholly unregulated carbon derivatives, to gamble on unregulated international trading markets.

Exactly like the Western real estate bubble.

If you support “putting a price on carbon”, then what you are really supporting is two outcomes.

Impoverishing the West.

And genocide of black people.

All for the benefit of … not the environment … but bankers.

15 Responses to “Support For Carbon Price Means Support Killing Black People: Oxfam Report”

  1. Jazza October 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I was feeling angry, now I’m feeling sick!

    The B****y B*****d watermelons!!

  2. Team Oyeniyi October 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Well, I must say a very emotive way to argue against a carbon tax and totally inappropriate. I am disappointed in you. These are two entirely different problems and should be dealt with as entirely different problems.

    White people are knocking down trees at an amazing rate to build dams to generate electricity. The total opposite of your argument, yet with the same result – killing non-white people. Tackle white people’s abuse of the planet as a WHOLE problem, yes. Use this argument in this way? Inappropriate.

    And I can asure you, I care a lot more about the welfare of black people than you do, unless you also have a black family, which I am reasonably sure is not the case.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus October 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

      Disagree. It is not “emotive” … it is fact. Politely suggest you reread the news story. In the example cited, there is a direct connection between carbon trading, and the forced evictions and deaths caused by greedy profiteers financed / owned by banks. The argument stands.

      I’d not dignify your closing comment, except to point out the fact that I am from a large family including 3 adopted, very much-loved multi-racial siblings. You have never met me, and know nothing of my personal circumstances, or what I “care” about, and thus have zero basis for comparing our relative “care” quanta.

    • bushbunny October 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      Team Oyeniyi. I am sorry I don’t see your logic here. You mean to say,
      that its only white people who knock down trees (where?) are you talking or referring to South America? So you believe it is only white people who are abusing the planet? I would say this report is referring to black people abusing the rights of their own people. If carbon credits is a con, and it is, then it has nothing to do with knocking down trees? The rush for bio fuels, growing trees on agricultural land and displacing food crops, carbon credits for nothing but to supplement investors (agree I would say most who buy them, are probably industrialized countries, or corrupt African governments selling them! This does nothing put push around useless trading in banks) Heard of the South Sea bubble, then now think about the carbon bubble. You Green or AGW alarmists started this, mate, now you are trying to pass the blame onto Australia. It’s easy for you a white person, to get on your self righteous high horse, without wondering how that high horse got into political and investment arena in the first place!

  3. JMD October 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    This is worth a read TBI;

    Not entirely unrelated to booting Africans off of their farms to ‘profit’ from political decisions. I wonder how long before these people show up as refugees at Christmas Island?

  4. Daniel October 14, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    really? you pushing it a bit far with this one, unless you are just trolling, in which case. . haha. Oh wait, i forgot that the NYT is a bastion of truth.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus October 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

      My own blogpost is “trolling”? Interesting perspective.

    • bushbunny October 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

      I think you may be a troll so to speak, Daniel, maybe extend your criticism and opinion without name calling.

  5. Andrew Johnson October 16, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Excellent article. I’m sharing this with as many as i can

  6. Tomorrows Serf October 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Great article BI,

    I read that the Ugandans were in cahoots with some Western-backed “global Warming” tree planters, (funded by the likes of the Banking Cabal and their mates) and in typical African, “don’t argue with me, I have a gun and I have govt. authority” style, simply terrorised the local population into leaving or killed them in the process.

    No doubt, there was a little tribal vindictiveness involved, (as usual), however, one must feel ashamed that circumstances have come to this sorry state in the interests of saving the world from catastrophic climate change.

    We resist the Carbon Dioxide tax/derivatives trading platform here in Aust. because we know it is a BANKSTER ORIGINATED SCAM and will do nothing but line the pockets of the Pollies initially, and eventually be the MOTHER OF ALL FREE LUNCHES for the traders and the scamsters/banksters…but, despite all our gripes about the evils of the CARBON “X”, we are not having our homes burnt down by govt. authorised thugs.

    How any right-thinking, sane, privileged, non-delusional Western individual can still support this Global Warming/Climate change abomination of science and economics is beyond my humble ability to comprehend. I guess Goebells had it right when he said 65 years ago, “If you tell a big enough lie often enough, it becomes the truth”..

    I read “1984” and “Brave New World” when I was a kid at school many years ago. I thought they were fiction.

    I never realised that they were forecasting our future.

  7. Noni Doll (@NoniDoll) October 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Very, very interesting, and absolutely horrifying. I don’t think you’d get any of the pro-carbon price brigade vindicating this. It is truly disgusting. This is truly corporate greed at its worst.

    However, I do think there are a few more questions that need to be considered:

    1) Do the actions of one company stand for the whole? Is this a problem right across the carbon trading industry, or is this the exception?

    2) Was the company aware that this was the way that the landholders were being evicted? Could this violence have been ordered from further down the chain? (See end note)

    3) Why is the Ugandan government not getting ripped into in this post? Are there tribal influences impacting on this crime? (See end note)

    4) And why only focus on the carbon credit traders, rather than including the commercial food companies, “often uprooting local farmers so that food can be grown on a commercial scale and shipped to richer countries overseas”? Why did they escape your ire? Surely, “morally self-righteous, urban rich white people” who support a carbon price (and those who don’t) are also consuming food products that are also contributing to the problem? (Coffee for one.)

    5) If carbon pricing is not the answer, what is? I believe in climate change, and believe something needs to be done. But if not carbon credit trading, what?

    That last question is the one that many against the carbon price refuse or are at least reluctant to answer – what should be done instead?

    If you don’t believe carbon emissions are an issue, and that climate change is all a crock, then I shan’t challenge your views. I’m more interested in what you think we should do *if* climate change IS real. (Make it a hypothetical if need be.)

    PS. I just read your ‘About’ page. While I applaud you for making this post, I’m a little lost as to what this has to do with the angle of raising “public awareness of Australia’s impending debt crisis.” It seems to be more about a humanitarian crisis, arising from an economic scheme, not unlike those seen in other areas of the world (which too aren’t getting enough media coverage).

    Like I said, a valid point, but potentially off topic for the main drive of this blog?


    End note: The following is quoted from the same article that makes up the bulk of the above post.

    “A Ugandan government spokesman said residents in Namwasa were illegal encroachers, but he acknowledged and deplored the use of violence to remove them, saying it was done by corrupt politicians and police officers operating outside the law.”

    I think there is probably a lot more to this than meets the eye. There will be a lot more questions, and none of them will be comfortable.


    Hopefully the email notification will work for me – I look forward to the discussion!

    • The Blissful Ignoramus October 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

      “If you don’t believe carbon [Ed. “dioxide”] emissions are an issue …”


      “.. *if* climate change IS real.”

      It is. Climate has always changed. Dispute is over man’s alleged contribution via CO2 emissions.

      “I’m a little lost as to what this has to do with the angle of raising “public awareness of Australia’s impending debt crisis.””

      The “solutions” for “man-made” “climate change” all centre around wealth transfer from public to the international rich; increasing indebtedness of “rich” society and their sovereign governments, via mechanisms that increase risk of financial systemic collapse. Examples are myriad, documented at great length on this blog.

      “I think there is probably a lot more to this than meets the eye…”

      No doubt. There always is. Clearly this example cited for that reason … as an example.

    • JMD October 19, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

      Noni, carbon credit is just another in a long line of ‘credits’ (read debts) guaranteed by the credit of the government, in other words, you, since the government produces nothing of value.

      The credit of the government cannot be stretched indefinitely, though governments everywhere are certainly trying. Financial or credit (debt) ‘bubbles’ always burst. Government debt is already stretched well past any hope of redemption, it is the biggest bubble in human history, particularly the US Treasury bond but Australian government debt is also out of control..

      The failure of the credit of government inevitably leads to disaster. My favourite example is the Solomon Islands a decade or so ago as a result of the Asian Financial Crisis. The Solomon Islanders quite literally returned to headhunting as the social order collapsed around the failure of the government’s credit.

      Don’t think that we are different or smarter or more prudent.


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