Poor being thrown off Ugandan land for carbon credits

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When you think about the effects of global warming hysteria, you might think of higher electricity prices, not people being thrown off their land and having their homes burned down. But that is exactly what’s been happening in the East African country of Uganda, where a British company called New Forests has been seizing land to grow trees and then sell the so-called “carbon credits” for a profit that could reach nearly $2 million per year. According to reports published in the New York Times and Telegraph of London, New Forests is backed by the World Bank and has been using armed troops, with the government’s permission, to forcibly evict over 20,000 poor people from their homes. This certainly gives terrible new meaning to the concept of Green neo-colonialism.

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About the Author: David Rothbard

David Rothbard

David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.

  • http://twitter.com/orach24463_cj CJ

    http://orach24463.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/neo-colonialist-green-activists-are-they-bloody-well-near-a-paedophile-ring/

    Your article confirms what many in the Green Movement don’t want people to know. “They are bloody well near a Paedophile ring”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Van-Grungy/100000069253213 Van Grungy

      “It was wrong to force the indigenous people of America to
      transform from their Native culture into the Western culture of the
      Colonialist’s”

      too bad so sad. It was very right to destroy the Aztecs. The people gladly helped get that done.
      I wonder now, would the Aztecs be protected by the multiculti morons that protect muslims today?

  • Lani Roscoe

    Just another huge scam by to large governments, to take advantage of the ‘little people’

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507896506 Melissa Griffith Powell

      Not large governments taking from little people, but greedy fraudulent bastards who use the government to take from others, little or not. Like Obama (CXX) and ICE. Wonder how they are related to this story? Oh, yeah, there is a Clinton in there, too.

  • Paul Burtwistle

    Nothing new here as Oxfam reported on New Forests in 2011 for being involved in the foreceful evictions of thousands of farmers from Ugandan land. This behaviour is despicable but unfortunately seems to be common among western corporate’s in Africa. After all, its just black Ugandans they target, so who cares, they can do what they like to them. This disgusts me.
    Now just imagine if a corporation did this to New Yorkers or a group of midwest farmers…..
    The Oxfam report on this is here for anyone who’s interested — http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/cs-new-forest-company-uganda-plantations-220911-en.pdf

  • J.P. Katigbak

    I wonder why the ideological and philosophical doctrine of environmentalism is responsible for justifying the removal of poor people in Uganda in order to declare the forests as “nature reserves”.

    That means nobody would live and work in the forests there.

    Mr. Rothbard, you must understand even further that the doctrine of environmentalism betrays people, their values, their customs, their traditional leaders, their histories, and their economies of various around the world – and the situation also applies to that political-shell-game idea called democracy (or perhaps, say, “de-MOCK-racy/demo-CRACY/de-MOB-cracy” or any other term related to).

    Say, haven’t you listening to what I say about that? Thanks, Mr. Rothbard.

    And by the way, I support neither OXFAM nor any other organization (including the very scandalous Green Movement) who exploits the twin ideological and philosophical doctrines of environmentalism and “democracy” they impose upon various societies and economies around the world. Why? Because they are just activist ideolouges who are exploiting every situation across the globe and allowing their local allies to resort to violent tactics that disturb the peace in rural villages, towns and cities. BE WARNED!

    - J.P.K.

  • klem

    I can’t find where the NYT or Telegraph have reported this. Links please.

  • jameshrust

    I think similar programs to create land for food fuels have taken place in Indonesia and maybe New Guinea. Food fuels used by the U. S. and E. U. probably have used enough material to feed one-half billion annually.
    Over the past 50 years, the “Green” movement has accounted for hundreds of millions of deaths. Examples are malaria deaths in Africa, etc.
    James Rust

  • http://twitter.com/supertx Supertx
  • So

    I can understand how these greedy carbon-trading scammers can sleep at night all tucked into their comfy king-sized beds with a champagne buzz in five-star suites complete with all the comforts imaginable.
    What really puzzles me though, is how they look at themselves in the mirror every morning and not shudder at the monsters they have become.
    I don’t just weep for the poor Ugandans but for all countries of the world that tolerate/support these despicable creatures…to their own peril.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.vance1 Adrian Vance

    CO2 is a “trace gas” in air, insignificant by definition. It absorbs 1/7th as much IR, heat energy, from sunlight as water vapor which has 80 times as many molecules capturing 560 times as much heat making 99.8% of all “global warming.” CO2 does only 0.2% of it. For this we should destroy our economy?

    Carbon combustion generates 80% of our energy. Control and taxing of carbon would give the elected ruling class more power and money than anything since the Magna Carta of 1215 AD.

    See The Two Minute Conservative via Google or: http://tinyurl.com/7jgh7wv When you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • J.P. Katigbak

    Personally, I still do not believe in the dubiously ideological and philosophical doctrine of environmentalism – and I challenge the political-shell-game sort of system called “democracy” which I can describe as “demo-CRAZY/de-MOCK-racy/de-MOB-cracy” or any other term related to as I mentioned recently.

    Why? The situation right now is as depressing as some people thought about it.

    It is best for people like me to understand the historical and current realities and tackle political, economic, and social issues that affect various societies and economies around the world.

    There also has to have a case for recognising truly tried-and-tested traditional values and customs that need to be applied appropriately to today’s world in respected countries across the globe. That would include the recognition and respect for the institution of monarchy which I understand about while reading the different websites, including blogsites I know of.

    As for CO2, it remains a “trace gas” in the air, insignificant by definition. Adrian Vance said it absorbs 1/7th. as much IR, heat energy, from sunlight as water vapor which has 80 times as many molecules capturing 560 times as much heat making 99.8% of all so-called “global warming”. Remember, CO2 does only 0.2% of it.

    Controlling, taxing, and denigrating carbon dioxide could open a Pandora’s box of depressive ideological politics, namely ideological and philosophical justifications of environmentalism that are supposed to be challenged.

    Do the activist ideologues really understand what I say about this situation right now? I am afraid they ignore today’s realities, especially while on the ground, while abusing power to justify ideological gains in supporting their pet ideals of political correctness that are truly against human ingenuity, tried-and-tested traditional values and customs and other meaningful stuff.

    I hope CFACT and other meaningful groups will come up with answers genuinely consistent with the principles of sound science, personal responsibility, economic and social stewardship, the recognition of good traditional values and customs, the recognition of originally traditional institutions (including the institution of Monarchy), the recognition of a meaningful rule of law, the respect for sovereignty of various nations, etc.

    Please let me know and try to understand regarding what is happening on the ground, not only in Uganda but also in various other nations as well. Thank you very much. – J.P.K.