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White House to South Africa: Let them eat cake April 1, 2010

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White House to South Africa: Let them eat cake

April 2, 2010

South Africa is becoming a high-carbon zone to attract foreign investment

The Guardian, April 1, 2010

Extract:

“Recognising that a tonne of CO2 from a South African coal plant is just as damaging as a tonne from anywhere else, the White House has signalled they won’t offer their support to subsidise the Eksom mega-coal plant in South Africa when it comes up for a vote at the World Bank next week.”

You can read the full article from the Guardian here

South Africa is fast running out of affordable electricity and a coal plant is the cheapest and most effective option.

Whilst Obama and Gore fly around in their private jets, people in Africa are living in poverty and the West seems intent on keeping it that way. How many more deaths and suffering do the poor have to endure in the name of “preventing climate change”. The world has gone mad.

For more examples of this sort of climate change madness affecting the poor, click here and here

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Al Gore uses more electricity in a week than 28 million Ugandans together use in a year July 30, 2009

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Al Gore uses more electricity in a week than 28 million Ugandans together use in a year

Al Gore's Nashville home

Africa’s real climate crisis

By Fiona Kobusingye
Townhall, July 29, 2009

Life in Africa is often nasty, impoverished and short. AIDS kills 2.2 million Africans every year according to WHO (World Health Organization) reports. Lung infections cause 1.4 million deaths, malaria 1 million more, intestinal diseases 700,000. Diseases that could be prevented with simple vaccines kill an additional 600,000 annually, while war, malnutrition and life in filthy slums send countless more parents and children to early graves.

And yet, day after day, Africans are told the biggest threat we face is – global warming.

However, the real problem isn’t questionable or fake science, hysterical claims and worthless computer models that predict global warming disasters. It’s that they’re being used to justify telling Africans that we shouldn’t build coal or natural gas electrical power plants. It’s the almost total absence of electricity keeping us from creating jobs and becoming modern societies. It’s that these policies KILL.

The average African life span is lower than it was in the United States and Europe 100 years ago. But Africans are being told we shouldn’t develop, or have electricity or cars because, now that those countries are rich beyond anything Africans can imagine, they’re worried about global warming.

Al Gore and UN climate boss Yvo de Boer tell us the world needs to go on an energy diet. Well, I have news for them. Africans are already on an energy diet. We’re starving!

Al Gore uses more electricity in a week than 28 million Ugandans together use in a year. And those anti-electricity policies are keeping us impoverished.

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Al Gore explains why he snubbed Earth Hour April 1, 2009

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Al Gore explains why he snubbed Earth Hour

April 1st, 2009

Al Gore has finally come out to explain why his house was lit like a Christmas tree during Earth Hour on Saturday night.

He explained that he started feeling guilty at the plight of those starving to death in Africa, particularly those in Chad where the government has banned the use of charcoal to “prevent climate change”.

He said he has realised the impact his global warming alarmism has had on those in developing nations. He said he feels guilty and ashamed that he has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars whilst the poorest in the world are suffering due to the lack of basic electricity. He said the fact that the world was no warmer today than it was in 1998 and that apocalyptic climate disasters haven’t materialised, have made him look like a fool.

He said that he snubbed Earth Hour to draw attention to those in the world who do not even have electricity and that he has promised to start building coal fired plants in Africa to enable the locals access to what we in the developed world have taken for granted.

Eco-Colonialism Degrades Africa February 16, 2009

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Eco-Colonialism Degrades Africa

By Paul Dreissen and Willie Soon

Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of Earth’s most impoverished regions. Over 90% of its people still lack electricity, running water, proper sanitation and decent housing. Malaria, malnutrition, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and intestinal diseases kill millions every year. Life expectancy is appalling, and falling. And yet UN officials, European politicians, environmentalist groups and even African authorities insist that global warming is the gravest threat facing the continent. They claim there is no longer any debate over human-caused global warming – but ignore thousands of scientists who say human CO2 emissions are not the primary cause of climate changes, there is no evidence that future warming will be catastrophic, and computer models do not provide valid projections or “scenarios” for the future.

Warming alarmists use the “specter of climate change” to justify inhumane policies and shift the blame for problems that could be solved with the very technologies they oppose. Past colonialism sought to develop mining, forestry and agriculture, and bring better government and healthcare practices to Africa. Eco-colonialism keeps Africans “traditional” and “indigenous”, by insisting that modern technologies are harmful and not “sustainable” in Africa.

Abundant, reliable, affordable electricity could power homes, offices, factories, schools and hospitals, create jobs, bring clean running water, and generate health and prosperity. But Rainforest Action Network and other pressure groups oppose coal and natural gas electricity generation on the grounds of climate change, and hydroelectric and nuclear power for other ideological reasons. They promote wind turbines and solar panels that provide electricity unreliably and in amounts too small to meet any but the most rudimentary needs.

Biotechnology could produce bumper crops that overcome droughts, floods, insects, viruses, and even global warming and cooling. But Greenpeace and Sierra Club oppose this precision hybrid-making technology, and instead promote land and labor-intensive subsistence farming. DDT and insecticides could slash malaria rates that al Gore and other climate alarmists falsely claim are rising because of global warming. But Pesticide Action Network and other activists stridently oppose their use, and the European Parliament recently imposed new pesticide restrictions that will further restrict African access to life-saving chemicals.

So this is where radical climate change alarmism has taken us. When the health of Planet Earth is at stake, human life means little – even if the “disaster” are nothing more than worst-case scenarios conjured up by computer models, headline writers, Hollywood, and professional doomsayers like Gore, Hansen and NOAA alarmist-in-chief Susan Solomon.

“Every time someone dies as a result of floods in Bangladesh, an airline executive should be dragged out of his office and drowned,” British arch-environmentalist George Monbiot lectured readers of The Guardian, in a typically hysteria-laced column. One has to wonder if he would apply the same standard to eco-colonialist executives who continue to perpetuate poverty, disease, malnutrition and death in the name of preventing “global warming disasters” that fewer and fewer respectable scientists still believe are caused by human greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s time to address Africa�s real problems and replace lethal eco-colonialism with fact-based science and humane public policies. Read more here.

CHAD: Panic, outcry at government charcoal ban January 16, 2009

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Note from the blogowner, honestclimate:

It’s with great sadness and disbelief that I bring you this story of a government ban on charcoal in Chad, Africa. Chad is is one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world with most Chadians living in poverty as subsistence herders and farmers. According to the United Nations’ Human Development Index, Chad is the fifth poorest country in the world, with 80% of the population living below the poverty line. Charcoal is the sole source of household fuel for about 99 percent of Chadians. Without charcoal they CANNOT cook or heat water.This is what the Environment Minister Ali Souleyman Dabye recently told the media in N’djamena:

“Chadians must find other ways to cook and forget about charcoal and wood as fuel. Cooking is of course a fundamental necessity for every household. On the other hand…with climate change every citizen must protect his environment.”

The world truly has gone mad. Chadians must now starve to death to combat climate change? In the mean time the likes of Al Gore are making millions out of climate change alarmism whilst living it up in mansions with limos and yachts etc. Evidently they never have to worry about where their next meal will come from. Whilst people starve to death in Africa, they are living off the rich pickings of their climate change alarmism. I’ll say it again, the world truly has gone mad.

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CHAD: Panic, outcry at government charcoal ban

H/T  Tom Nelson


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The Chadian government says its ban on tree-cutting for household fuel is essential to fight desertification (file photo)

N’DJAMENA, 16 January 2009 (IRIN) – A government ban on charcoal in the Chadian capital N’djamena has created what one observer called “explosive” conditions as families desperately seek the means to cook.

“As we speak women and children are on the outskirts of N’djamena scavenging for dead branches, cow dung or the occasional scrap of charcoal,” Merlin Totinon Nguébétan, head of the UN Human Settlements Programme (HABITAT) in Chad, told IRIN from the capital. “People cannot cook.”

“Women giving birth cannot even find a bit of charcoal to heat water for washing,” Céline Narmadji, with the Association of Women for Development in Chad, told IRIN.

Unions and other civil society groups say the government failed to prepare the population or make alternative household fuels available when it halted all transport of charcoal and cooking wood into the capital in December in a move, officials said, to protect the environment.

Charcoal is the sole source of household fuel for about 99 percent of Chadians, N’djamena residents told IRIN.

With the government blocking all entry of charcoal into N’djamena, and reportedly confiscating any found in the city, charcoal has become nearly impossible to come by, aid workers and residents said. And when it is found, a bag that used to cost about 6,000 CFA francs (US12) is now sold, clandestinely, at about four times that.

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Government officials said the charcoal ban was part of an effort to halt tree-cutting for fuel, which they said was essential to fight desertification. The government has attempted to block tree-cutting in the past but has severely cracked down in recent weeks, aid workers and residents told IRIN.

“Chadians must find other ways to cook and forget about charcoal and wood as fuel,” Environment Minister Ali Souleyman Dabye recently told the media in N’djamena. “Cooking is of course a fundamental necessity for every household. On the other hand…with climate change every citizen must protect his environment.”

Officials said the ban includes only charcoal made from freshly-cut trees, not that made from dead wood lying about. But all wood and charcoal is being blocked from entering N’djamena, residents said.

''…Women giving birth cannot even find a bit of charcoal to heat water for washing…''

Amid panic and protests over the ban another government official said at a 14 January press conference that the government made a mistake in not preparing the public, but he announced no change. “It is a gaffe; to err is human,” said Nouradine Delwa Kassiré Coumakoye, president of the government’s Social, Economic and Cultural Council.

He called on Chadians to stay calm, saying: “The government can resolve this crisis and find a solution.”

The Chadian Prime Minister on 15 January met with the leader of a national consumers’ rights association, according to the government website.

“Crying out”

Residents and aid experts told IRIN the charcoal ban has complicated already dire living conditions in the city.

“All families in N’djamena are crying out,” Delphine Djiraibé Kemneloum, coordinator of the Monitoring Committee for Peace and Reconciliation, told IRIN.

UN-HABITAT’s Nguébétan said: “This is quite a grave situation because Chadians have always used charcoal for cooking and for heating water.” Many Chadians also make a living from selling charcoal.

“We all agree that desertification is a serious problem that Chad must address,” he said. “But the government must supplement its measures with alternatives for the population.”

The government has mentioned alternatives such as propane but “only abstractly,” Nguébétan said.

Residents said few people use propane in N’djamena, and it is scarce. People who can afford to are traveling across the border to Cameroon to buy gas.

Protest put down

Soldiers and police on 14 January dispersed crowds who gathered in the capital to protest the government’s action as well as the overall high cost of living, people in the capital told IRIN.

“They hit demonstrators, who were mostly women,” said the women’s association’s Narmadji, who was among the marchers.

“Until the government makes a change we will not give up,” she said. “Better to die swiftly and en masse than to continue dying slowly as we are now.” Then she added: “We are already dead.”

http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=82436

Let them eat cake December 13, 2008

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Let them eat cake

They may be starving to death, but at least they'll have protection from "rising" sea levels.

They may be starving to death, but at least they'll have protection from "rising" sea levels.

By the blogowner, honestclimate, December 13, 2008

$60 million to be spent helping poor countries adapt to the effects of global warming…

Let them eat cake

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Africa burns, but did they buy Carbon Offsets? December 12, 2008

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Africa burns, but did they buy Carbon Offsets?

 Police try to save a man who was set alight by a mob during clashes linked to recent anti-foreigner violence in South Africa

Police try to save a man who was set alight by a mob during clashes linked to recent anti-foreigner violence in South Africa

By the blogowner, honestclimate, December 12, 2008

Whilst co2 levels are at record highs, the world is no warmer today than it was in 1998 and a recent cooling trend has begun. Surely natural forces must therefore have a larger impact on the earth’s climate than human C02. What looked good in theory is clearly not happening in the real world.

Whilst millions upon millions are being squandered on trying to stop climate change, something we don’t have much, if any, control of, there are other pressing global issues which need serious urgent attention right NOW!

The issue in Zimbabwe is a case in point. The world idly stands by whilst Robert Mugabe and his goons wreak havoc on the lives of many innocent people forcing them to flee Zimbabwe. Some of those who fled from Zimbabwe to South Africa recently got the treatment as depicted in these photos by those with anti-foreigner sentiments.

If Zimbabwe was an oil rich country, would the West still be standing idly by?

Climate changes, always has and always will.

Meanwhile Africa Burns

Police try to save a man who was set alight by a mob during clashes linked to recent anti-foreigner violence, in South Africa

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