North and Booker on Amazongate: A billion dollar cash cow

Dr. Richard North of the EU Referendum sends word of this new revelation. North and Christopher Booker were the first to point out the money trail with Pachauri. Now the have followed the money on IPCC’s “Amazongate” all the way to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).  Here’s an excerpt from both.

Appearing in the Booker column is an account of how the “conservation” group WWF hopes to turn Amazonian trees into billions of dollars, all in the name of saving the planet. The background briefing on which Booker relied is posted below, detailing how the rainforests are to become a monstrous cash-making machine.

The Amazon – a “green gold-rush”

The WWF and other green campaign groups talking up the destruction of the Amazon rainforests are among those who stand to make billions of dollars from the scare. This “green gold-rush” involves taking control of huge tracts of rainforest supposedly to stop them being chopped down, and selling carbon credits gained from carbon dioxide emissions they claim will be “saved”.

Backed by a $30 million grant from the World Bank, the WWF has already partnered in a pilot scheme to manage 20 million acres in Brazil. If their plans get the go-ahead in Mexico at the end of the year, the forests will be worth over $60 billion in “carbon credits”, paid for by consumers in “rich” countries through their electricity bills and in increased prices for goods and services.

The prospect of a billion-dollar windfall explains the sharp reaction to the “Amazongate” scandal, in which the IPCC falsely claimed that up to 40 percent of the rainforest could be at risk from even a slight drop in rainfall.

Here, the IPCC was caught out again making unsubstantiated claims based on a WWF report. But unlike the “Glaciergate” affair where its claim that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 was conceded to be an “error”, the IPCC stood firm on its Amazon claim, stating that the assertion was “correct”. What makes the difference is that there is no serious money locked into melting glaciers. Amazonian trees, however, are potentially worth billions.

In standing its ground, the IPCC was strongly supported by the WWF, and by Daniel Nepstad, a senior scientist from the US Woods Hole Research Centre. Relying on an assiduously fostered reputation as a leading expert on the effects of climate change in the Amazon rainforests, Nepstad – who works closely with the WWF – posted on the Centre’s website a personal statement endorsing “the correctness of the IPCC’s statement”. Bizarrely, his own research failed in any way to substantiate the claim.

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Read the rest of this entry at the EU Referendum here

Also see the Booker column in the Telegraph

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Henry chance

So where do I enter the ground floor of the vitrtual carbon cartel?
In Papua New Guina, they charged the land holders 500 dollars to be qualified to recieve credits. The land holder is unlikely to see any penny of this hoax.
Nearly 100% of the carbon funny money will remain with the handlers.

Curiousgeorge

Economic WMD – > Carbon Credit Bomb. The scam continues. By the way, I can give you a real good deal on Tulip futures.

Allan M

This is just organised crime. World Worshippers-of-the-great-god-onan Fund.

Cap and tradegate is also coming here in the US just as soon as healthgate is passed and then amnestygate and greengate and ….. Hello socialism. Oh, and gungate.
I still have not seen any penatlies for Mann, Hansen, Jones, Gore, ETAL. They are going to get away with all of this nonsense.

As always.. follow the money

penalties—- darn teachers.

George Turner

Wow.
Of course I was way ahead of everybody in saving the rainforests. A few decades ago I was working in Lagos, Nigeria on a factory job and was approached by their minister of finance. He explained that Nigeria was poor because people there had trouble moving funds to overseas banks, and that to help connect his citizens with foreign bank account holders he was going to send out daily mass mailings to “EVERYONE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.” (Nigerians talk in all-caps, for some reason.) The letters would go out on converted supertankers, several hundreds thousand tons per day.
I explained that producing that much paper would strip all of Africa’s rainforests bare in just a few years, and suggested using a new invention called “e-mail.”
He was delighted, Nigerian’s were able to contact everyone in the entire world about transfering funds, and I saved trillions of acres of rainforest, for which I now receive about $200 billion in annual carbon credits, which I’m willing to share with anyone who wishes to invest with me by sending me their personal VISA, Mastercard, and bank account numbers.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

BillyV

As I understand, a current large carbon sink is the “greening” of the oceans thru Phytoplankton. There must be a way to duplicate the Amazon scam with a mechanism for carbon offsets involving somehow getting credit for stewarding, and taking “ownership” for vast cubic miles of undisturbed ocean. Imagine the possibilities for getting rich from that.

RhudsonL

Mr. Booker includes an off-putting photo to hearald an important topic.

Cassandra King

The bought off media like CNN/BBC/ABC et al are deaf and blind to the gigantic fraud and cynical exploitation, the age old dance of money and power playing out before our eyes.
The truth is both wonderful and terrible to behold, its frightening to witness just how far and deep the corruption of our society goes and for so long covered up by a client media fed a diet of press releases and puff pieces.
We find ourselves in a sea of sharks it seems, an Alice in wonderland nightmare where bad is good and wrong becomes right and fantasy become reality.
The supposed good guys are the bad guys the the supposed villains are? In retropsect it was easy to see groups like the WWF go bad, turning to the dark side where power and money are the currency.
The scale and depth of the fraud makes enron look like a penny ante deal.

R. de Haan

Blue Planet in Green Shackles!, Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic:
“Thank you for giving me the chance to address this distinguished audience and for asking me to speak on one of the issues I consider absolutely crucial.
I am convinced that the ideology of environmentalism, particularly its extreme variant, the global warming alarmism, and its widespread acceptance by politicians, journalists and all kinds of leftist intellectuals is the main threat to freedom and prosperity we are facing today”.
http://www.klaus.cz

BillyV (12:56:12) :
As I understand, a current large carbon sink is the “greening” of the oceans thru Phytoplankton. There must be a way to duplicate the Amazon scam with a mechanism for carbon offsets involving somehow getting credit for stewarding, and taking “ownership” for vast cubic miles of undisturbed ocean. Imagine the possibilities for getting rich from that.
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REPLY:
It’s been attempted, with rather hilarious results!! Please see:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/03/24/iron-dumping-experiment-is-a-bust-it-feeds-crustaceans-doesnt-trap-carbon/
They tried to fertilize the ocean with iron to stimulate the phytoplankton, BUT the little phtyoplankton got gobbled up by copepods!! LOL!!
At least two companies who planned to make a fortune on this ocean-fertilization scheme (Phytos and Climos) are bankrupt thanks to the hungry copepods and other problems with the scheme.
Next scam, please?

Its worse than I thought

R. de Haan

The World Bank, the UN, The UN IPCC, GeenPeace, WWF, the EU, the Obama Administration, the Roman Catholic Church, Pension Funds investing in AL Gore’s
Green Empire, the BBC, The NYT, CNN, the Banks, Virgin, Shell, etc. etc they are all into this!
They all underwrite the Consensus stating that Global Warming is real and we need to shut down our carbon fueled economy!
How big a jail do we need imprison the perpetators of this criminal conspiracy against humanity?

Methow Ken

Paul of Alvhem beat me to it:
It really is a blatently obvious case of ”follow the money”.
Remember the old saying:
”Power (money) corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
Also:
There are people stick up 7-11 stores to get (maybe) a couple 100 $ in cash.
What will eco-opportunists like WWF be willing to do for potentially getting a big piece of a $60 BILLION dollar pie ??…
Obvious answer:
ANYTHING they think they need to do to hit the jackpot.

kadaka

RhudsonL (13:04:21) :
Mr. Booker includes an off-putting photo to hearald an important topic.

Huh? Where? His article only has one photo and that’s of a hilltop.
Now Richard North slipped in a “National Geographic special” in his article. Is that what you were referring to?

Off topic, but I strongly encourage everyone to call their congressmen to vote no on this healthcare “reform” bill. This is merely the first snowball and after the administration turns congress into malleable putty they’ll get the momentum to pass cap and trade.
I called and emailed my congressman (DeFazio) after I heard he’d changed his vote to a yes.

hmccard

So, Woods Hole Research Center supported the WWF in this scheme. It is rather interesting to note that John Holdren, Obama’s Science Advisor, has had a long-time association with the WHRC:
http://www.whrc.org/about_us/whos_who/cv/jholdren.htm
Woods Hole Research Center: Woods Hole, Massachusetts:
•1992 – 1994: Visiting Scholar
•1994 – 2005: Distinguished Visiting Scientist
•1994 – 2005: Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
•2004 – 2005: Director-Designate
•June 2005 – Present: Director

Errata in my earlier post = the companies with the “fertilize the ocean with iron” scam were Planktos and Climos, not Phytos as I claimed.
Planktos is bankrupt, but Climos is still hanging on…..for now.
Here’s another great article on the “iron fertilization to grow phytoplankton and fix carbon” experiment gone awry:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/03/090327-iron-seeding.html

Curiousgeorge

@ thegoodlocust (13:48:05) :
Not so far off topic. The whole basis of the CO2/global warming argument is that it’s hazardous to human health and well being. Refer to the abundance of proclamations to that effect by EPA, et al.

JustPassing

On British TV we have regular SKY/WWF commercials asking the viewers to donate £3 a month to sponsor/asopt an acre of Amazon rainforest. So that’s also a constant drip feed of extra cash coming in from gullible well meaning people.
http://www.wwf.org.uk/adoption/skyrainforestrescue/
The world is getting stranger by the day.

WWF = Gang Green

“So, Woods Hole Research Center supported the WWF in this scheme. It is rather interesting to note that John Holdren, Obama’s Science Advisor, has had a long-time association with the WHRC:”
That’s the next project … WHRC seems to be a nexus of influence, playing a key role in the whole scam.

Dodgy Geezer

@Curiousgeorge
“.. By the way, I can give you a real good deal on Tulip futures…”
Got any black ones?

Chuckles

hmccard,
Woods Hole Research Centre should not be confused with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. They are not the same, or connected in any way.

I followed the link to the carbon sequestration project. (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/03/24/iron-dumping-experiment-is-a-bust-it-feeds-crustaceans-doesnt-trap-carbon/ )
The article said the experiment was a failure because the iron fertilization led to a large ecosystem bloom but not ocean life dying to deposit CO2 on the ocean floor. A long comment claims the article is misleading, and the experiment was a success on many levels.
The success of this experiment, and of other iron fertilization projects, is in demonstrating that oceans can yield vast quantities of food for fish and fish for people. As soon as property rights are secured, investment dollars will fund needed technology development. The CO2 sequestration angle has been an effort (or ploy) to attract funding.
How many tens of millions of dollars were invested in fish farms before the technology kinks were worked out and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fish started making their way to customers worldwide?

u.k.(us)

WWF:
Wretched Whoring Fraud

Fernando (in Brazil)

WWF is an extremely evil organization. It has done this trick in lots of parts of the world, kicking poor people off the land. They are the equivalent of those who cleared the Scottish Highlands of inhabitants in the 18th and 19th centuries in favour of sheep. Some would say that their policies are tantamount to genocide. Never forget that the founder of WWF had a vast area designated as nature reserve in Tanzania so that he could go big game hunting.
See what sort of people have worked for WWF: eco-imperialist Robert Napier in UK, former CEO of WWF-UK, now has his hands in all the pies of social control:
http://buythetruth.wordpress.com/2009/08/24/eco-imperialism-every-environmentalists-dream/
This post also has the following to say about WWF:
“The WWF is one of the most strident of malthusian organizations, which, under the guise of conservation, has stolen vast areas of the globe from native inhabitants, and has policies of depopulation. Some have claimed its policies amount to genocide. Its public image about saving animals, right down to its panda logo, is a front and a decoy. Its first president, a former Nazi Stormtrooper and member of the SS, loved to go big game hunting in Africa. WWF transferred huge sums of money to bankroll a private army of mercenaries, who trained UNITA and Renamo guerillas in their nature reserves, carried out assassinations, and infiltrated and became deeply involved in the illegal ivory trade.”

Stephan

The more people learn about meteorology and climate the less likely they are to even contemplate AGW as a serious proposition.. which means that AGW is finished as a concept long term anyway… The added diversions..politics this posting etc just confirm it less (AGW).

The WWF are in this scandal up to their armpits.
Robert Napier Chairman of the UK Met Office 2007:
“Long before I picked up this mantle, I was aware of the Met Office and the important work that it does. Like most people, I watch, listen to or read my local weather forecast each day; but I became particularly familiar with the Met Office through my work as Chief Executive of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Everyday weather events and the longer term implications of climate change have a considerable impact on the species and habitats around the world that WWF is seeking to protect and the Met Office helps inform the decisions that we have to make.”
(http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/publications/annualreport/ARA0607.pdf)

Phillip Bratby

Thank goodness there a few people like Christopher Booker and Richard North who are prepared to stick their heads way above the parapet. We owe the likes of them and Anthony and Steve more than we can ever hope to repay.

ShrNfr

And of course Woods Hole Research Center has nothing to do with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute except to try and crib a name that sounds authoritative. If I were to try that with Microsoft or something similar, I would be talking to their lawyers real fast.

JustPassing

A wry smile will eminate every time I see a sponsor/donate a rainforest WWF advert.

Brian G Valentine

Why does the Government allow some Communist front organization like WWF to operate a Ponzi-like fraud scheme out in the open like that?
This is just organized crime, that’s all it is.

I thought everyone knew this. I guess I am mistaken. Advocacy groups or lobbies, of and for anything, are all the same. They are populated by sophists and demigods. Propaganda and enlightened self interest (money in my pocket, power in my hands) has always been with us and always will be. That said, if I stop smoking my pipe can I get someone to pay me? I wonder what that carbon credit would be worth?
dn

Also check out the REDD program with the UN and REDDforests – you will find the money trail and control mechanisms growing.
http://www.reddforests.com/
Also the head of REDD Forests is none other than a WWF ex employee.
http://www.reddforests.com/people.html

Al Gore's Holy Hologram

Shocking. I get lent money from a global bank whose bankers are also preparing for carbon credits exchanges, I buy up land, do nothing with the land, then earn billions from carbon credits. My initial investment was zero. My work was zero. Yet millions of people around the world have to work themselves to the bone to earn the money and pay higher bills to pay for my profits.

“Brian G Valentine (15:03:48) :
Why does the Government allow some Communist front organization like WWF to operate a Ponzi-like fraud scheme out in the open like that?”
Because forest credits are a “get out of jail free” card. By having a huge influx of cheap credits, the Western governments can talk big about climate change, while their industries – on which they rely for taxation and keeping up employment – can go round the back door and offset their carbon emissions very cheaply.

Bulldust

No doubt Madagascar is next on the WWF hit list because they have had the temerity to log some of their forests:
http://www.panda.org/wwf_news/?190809/WWF-calls-to-stop-illegal-logging-as-plundering-of-Madagascars-rainforests-continues
Perhaps the WWF can have the loggers declared as eco-terrorists and mobilise a green army to stamp out the logging… as long as no Lemurs are hurt in the process >.>

pesadilla

You can see now, how and why the WWF had such a big imput into the IPCC 4th report. It doesen’t take a genius to add 2 and 2 together, it’s just a case of working out which is the dominant partner in this scam. I hope that this information finds its way to senator Inhofe because i am sure he will be able to use it against the EPA.
What am i saying, they are too big for us and too well organised to be threatened, regrettably.
The WWF should have their right to use the polar bears as a logo withdrawn, and should be forced to use two upright fingers in all their promotional material. They truly are a disgusting group of subhumans.

Curiousgeorge (14:14:02) :
“Not so far off topic. The whole basis of the CO2/global warming argument is that it’s hazardous to human health and well being.”
Since when, other than lip service, does the green movement care about human well being?

“Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world
Aha-ahaaa
All the things I could do
If I had a little money
It’s a rich man’s world ”
ABBA

Dr T G Watkins

More first class investigation by the estimable Chris Booker.I am in awe of his persistence and courage.
How long must we wait for these scandals to be recognised by politicians and the MSM?
It is really like living in ‘Wonderland’.

Gareth

Is a mature patch of rainforest a carbon sink?
If you wanted to ensure it swallowed plenty of carbon you’d have to regularly fell trees and use the timber for something else (letting it neither rot or combust to get the best ‘sink’ out of it).
Seems to me like WWF have wangled their way onto a massive patch of rainforest that isn’t capable of being managed in that way even if they wanted to. How can it be a credible carbon sink?

RockyRoad

Brian G Valentine (15:03:48) :
Why does the Government allow some Communist front organization like WWF to operate a Ponzi-like fraud scheme out in the open like that?
This is just organized crime, that’s all it is.
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Reply:
Because, just like the Lottery, government makes a huge amount of money from it. Sadly, those getting dinged the hardest are those that can least afford it.
I say to the gallows…

Al

Hold on a minute, I’ve been donating to WWF for years. It just struck me.
I have absolutely no idea what WWF is. I presume they would spend enough of their ‘income’ to appear respectable, that would always be necessary for a charity. Sort of blending into the background.
But who the hell are they? Who controls the organization?
I’m genuinely ignorant about this, they seem to have been part of the landscape for years.

Richard Telford

This story is incredible. Literally. The total amount of money that has been proposed for REDD is about $30 billion for 2010-2012. This is half the amount that Booker thinks the WWF is going to get from 20 million acres of Brazilian rainforest plus an undisclosed area in Mexico. 20 million acres is a tiny fraction of the 1.4 billion acres of Amazonian forest – how could it possibly get all the REDD money.
Does this blog check the credibility of what it publishes? Or will it publish anything, no matter now absurd, that puports to find fault in the IPCC and others?

OT
Latest Livingston solar observations data are available (Dr. Svalgaard’s file).
Although general trend lines appear to be there, but since the contrast and magnetic field critical limits appear to be intact, whole process of the ‘sunspot dimming’ appear to be uncertain.
http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/LFC20.htm

pesadilla (15:37:16) :
“The WWF should have their right to use the polar bears as a logo withdrawn, and should be forced to use two upright fingers in all their promotional material. They truly are a disgusting group of subhumans.”
It’s supposed to be a panda. There’s a parody of it (more fitting for what WWF are really like – promoting genocide) on my post:
http://buythetruth.wordpress.com/2009/08/24/eco-imperialism-every-environmentalists-dream/