Search For Carbon Offsets Pushing Poor Africans Off Farms
Hey, they should be happy to do their part to help lefties feel good about themselves, right?
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.
So, rich lefties in America buy carbon credits, or do business with companies that buy them… and poor Africans get pushed off the land they’re farming. As for the statement that the farmers were there illegally:
Tensions brewed. The company and government said the residents were living illegally in a forest. Residents said they had rights. Community members took the company to court in 2009 and a temporary injunction was issued, barring evictions. Nevertheless, Oxfam and residents say, evictions continued.
So now who’s acting illegally, i.e. in violation of a court order?
AGW has been nothing but a money-grubbing scam since Day One–just look at the mansions Al Gore has been able to purchase with what he’s pocketed from it–so things like this are to be expected, and will probably continue until people rise up and tell the Church of Global Warming what circle of Hades to go to.