Mexico Asks for US Work Visas in Exchange for Climate Action

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has a neat idea by which the USA could solve climate change and illegal immigration with one policy initiative.

Trees for visas: Mexico suggests US citizenship for reforestation

April 23, 20213:55 PM AEST

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday suggested the U.S. government offer temporary work visas and eventually citizenship to those who take part in a vast tree planting program he hopes to expand to Central America.

In remarks at a White House virtual climate summit, Lopez Obrador said that Mexico aimed to expand his administration’s signature “Sembrando Vida,” or “Sowing Life,” program to Central America, which he said is planting 700,000 trees.

Calling it “possibly the largest reforestation effort in the world,” Lopez Obrador said the program aims to create 1.2 million jobs and plant 3 billion additional trees through expansion into southeastern Mexico and Central America.

At the two-day climate summit attended virtually by leaders of 40 countries, Lopez Obrador said U.S. President Joe Biden “could finance” the program’s extension to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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I do not believe Mexico takes Biden’s climate initiative seriously – as WUWT reported earlier in April, President Obrador is pushing for a significant expansion of Mexico’s coal fleet. But you have to admire his sense of humour.

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Coach Springer
April 29, 2021 6:16 am

Having been in Honduras once, I noticed that they were largely energy poor and fairly deforested because they cut everything down to burn it. But I did not notice any need to actually plant something that grows like weeds in that environment. The answer may be Mexican coal, at least much more so than Mexican trees.

Ron Long
April 29, 2021 6:28 am

I’ve been all over Central America and in-and-out of Mexico many times. You could harvest any crop you wanted all over the place, it’s a jungle out there. Juan Valdez? Chiqita? Mexico has strict immigration laws, but allows Central Americans, fleeing socialism (more than 1,000 per week from Venezuela illegally cross into USA per week) free passage to the northern border. Mexico now offers what is basically extortion to modify its policies? The puppet masters behind Biden will go for this. The Biden Administration allows Covid positive illegal immigrants to pass freely into the USA, but demands face masks and lockdowns for citizens?

Jeffery P
Reply to  Ron Long
April 29, 2021 8:55 am

Why shouldn’t Mexico ask for something in return? Just wait to see what China demands.

Reply to  Jeffery P
April 29, 2021 1:44 pm

Yes, many industries are in need of stimulus.

The sex tourism industry has been particularly hard hit.

Why, only last week a deviant voyeur from Chicago who used to regularly haunt the brothels of Asia, South America. East Europe etc was haranguing his travel agent pimp to find him a destination to practice his proclivities.

The agent told this deviant voyeur –
“sorry, travel is so limited now.
All can offer you is a trip to Washington DC where you can catch a free public exhibition of a couple of old whores and their pimp f^<king their country”

Jeffery P
Reply to  Mr.
April 30, 2021 6:49 am

Not sure of the relevance of your reply.

April 29, 2021 6:36 am

why fool with a visa…..

Bruce Cobb
April 29, 2021 6:56 am

Oh good grief, not the Tree Scam again.

Tom Abbott
April 29, 2021 7:28 am

The Democrats raised unemployment compensation to the point that Americans are now making more money sitting at home collecting unemployment checks than they would by going back to work, and as a result, American small businesses can’t get enough employees to go to work to keep their businesses viable. This was another effort to make Americans more dependent on government handouts and more dependent on the Democrat Party to keep those handouts coming.

So maybe we ought to bring people in to fill the jobs these lazy American won’t do.

Then, when the unemployment checks run out (and Republicans won’t renew them), the lazy Americans can go look for jobs, but they won’t find any because illegal aliens have taken them all. I guess the lazy Americans can go on welfare then.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 29, 2021 1:58 pm

Happening big time in Canada with Trudeau’s post-CERB transition to increased UI benefits for ‘covid relief’. Local merchant tried to hire a delivery driver, and the guy said he could only work 2 days/week or he would lose his UI.

David Kamakaris
April 29, 2021 7:32 am

Climate action my a$$.
Their climate action won’t add up to anymore than what our modern day ecotards in the developed countries do, basically just sit in Starbucks sipping on a mocha latte, listening to Yanni’s Song For Antarctica while contemplating the wonders of nature.

Reply to  David Kamakaris
April 29, 2021 8:05 am

“Yanni’s Song For Antarctica”, David? Somehow I’ve missed that and never added it to my daily playlist.

Woe is me!

David Kamakaris
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
April 29, 2021 8:25 am

My pleasure, Bob. But make sure you contemplate the wonders of nature while listening to the 🎶 if you want to be in with the woke climate crowd.

April 29, 2021 7:56 am

All Hail Universal Basic Income!
This stupid scheme will just hasten the day UBI finally arrives in the US.

Reply to  yirgach
April 29, 2021 8:33 am

It’s too bad that productive, let alone functional, and public smoothing functions (e.g. welfare) are diverse, inequitable, exclusive, and progressive… one step forward. two steps backward.

Joel O’Bryan
April 29, 2021 8:09 am

Finish the wall.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
April 29, 2021 8:37 am

… and emigration reform to mitigate catastrophic anthropogenic immigration reform and collateral damage at both ends of the bridge and throughout. A Rainbow of inclusive exclusion.

April 29, 2021 8:27 am

I never thought I’d see the day when a President of Mexico stood out as the most credible & rational leader out of all Western democracies.

(Mind you, the standard at the moment is at its lowest point in modern times – Biden, Johnson, Trudeau, Merkel, Macron, Morrison, etc)

Richard Page
Reply to  Mr.
April 29, 2021 12:56 pm

Credible and rational? At a climate summit with that particular line-up of speakers? Was this just by comparison, or a completely objective assessment?

Reply to  Richard Page
April 29, 2021 1:08 pm

Comparatively of course.
Mexico was there to syphon $$$$s from the climate rubes.

April 29, 2021 8:32 am

Obrador said U.S. President Joe Biden “could finance” the program’s extension to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

So, as everybody breathes a sigh of relief that things are relatively back to normal in Washington, it’s back to handing out huge wadges of cash, continuing where Obama left off…

But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy…One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy any more.” — Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-chair of IPCC WG III, New American, Nov. 19, 2010

Obrador is on script. Will Biden be?

Climate believer
Reply to  fretslider
April 29, 2021 8:46 am

What’s Bin li den managed to promise so far? around a million squillion trillion willion.

He needs to add at least another billion zillion to that if he wants to be taken seriously.

Steve Z
April 29, 2021 8:52 am

Why should the USA offer work visas and/or citizenship to Mexicans who plant trees in Guatemala or Honduras? What is the USA gaining in exchange for welfare payments to the new citizens? If we are to offer work visas to Central Americans, at least let them work in the USA!

Of course, such an idiotic idea might appeal to Biden–more voters for Democrats!

Richard Page
Reply to  Steve Z
April 29, 2021 12:57 pm

It’s for the climate so why not give them the visas? What could possibly go wrong? sarc

April 29, 2021 9:01 am

Once again the ROW is willing to help save the world if the West pays for it. Can’t blame them for trying to bail themselves out of self inflicted Socialist decline by leaning on Capitalist countries but what happens when there’s no more Capitalist economies remaining to fund the welfare states? Will the world follow in the steps of the old the Soviet Union?

April 29, 2021 9:12 am

Obrador, like most other leaders, can smell the stench of festering stupidity in the White House and acts accordingly in his country’s best interests. They want to improve their economy by sending more workers to the U.S. The clowns in charge want to slay the imaginary climate change dragon so Obrador preys on their ignorance. Good for him.

Trump had a better idea. Have Mexico fix its rampant corruption and dysfunctional government. Functional governments naturally precipitate freedom, robust economic activity, and prosperity.

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Reply to  stinkerp
April 29, 2021 1:18 pm

Emigration reform.

April 29, 2021 9:25 am

I suppose these will be counted in the new green jobs created by Biden Harris and GND.

April 29, 2021 9:28 am

Send Kerry to the beach conference with Greta.

April 29, 2021 9:46 am

What is Mexico’s largest source of foreign earnings again?

Richard Page
Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 29, 2021 2:16 pm

The big lump a little way north of the Rio Grande?

April 29, 2021 10:02 am

Meanwhile AMLO is having PEMEX build a new refinery in his home state even though the other two are operating far below capacity. He is also seizing new oil discoveries of foreign investors.

April 29, 2021 10:34 am

Yes Joe, just make sure those new jobs don’t disrupt the river of foreign dollar transfers to Mexico from our people and gangs.

April 29, 2021 10:52 am

The U.S. is the relief valve for a great many countries. Cuba is the next one to exhale.

April 29, 2021 12:21 pm

Climate blackmail, what’s not to like? Here’s a story about the real environmental threat.

One charming day in my early middle youth, as the consequence of certain unforeseen choices, chances, and circumstances, I found myself in a lovely town in the interior of Costa Rica. The town was near a National Park. Some friends and I were having a bite of food in the little restaurant attached to the one gas station in town … or more precisely, in the gas station/restaurant that comprised the entire town.

While we were sitting and eating, a totally clapped-out pickup truck came down the road that led from the National Park back to San José, the capital city. He pulled up to get some gas. His truck said “Leña” on the side, “Firewood”. The back of the truck was filled way over the brim with tree branches and trunks of all kinds, mostly of a smaller size, but lots of them. A single rope over the top gave the load a precarious air of semi-stability.

The driver came into the restaurant. He had the global standard poor man’s uniform—the cheapest stuff, factory seconds, and used clothing that is imported by the 100 kg bale in every poor country, and resold by some local merchant at usurious markups. Poorly made jeans. Used t-shirts. Plus the usual sandals and sombrero.

Me, I’m eternally curious about what people do to earn their supper. So I started talking to him in Spanish about his load of firewood and the firewood business.

He said that many people in Costa Rica cooked with wood. He’d started his own business. He had an axe, no chain saw. The truck belonged to his father-in-law, paid for at so much per mile that he drove it. It wasn’t much of a living, but he got by.

Now, I grew up on a cattle ranch surrounded by forest and we heated with wood. Like most ranchers, we always cut our own firewood. And as a young man, I’d made money myself cutting firewood, putting a cord of it into a pickup truck, and selling it as five quarter-cords to the over-educated and under-experienced professors and professionals in Berkeley who couldn’t tell a loose stack from a tight stack.

As a result, I know the ways of the ax and the wedge, of felling and cutting and splitting, limbing and barking, and hauling the final product to market and selling it. So I had plenty to talk to him about. We discussed the ins and outs of how firewood was priced in Costa Rica, who his customers were, and the like. We talked about the fact that firewood was getting harder to find, and how these days he had to drive too far, it was cutting into his income.

Then, after kind of a delicate dance around the subject, I asked him where he’d cut his load of wood.

Now, I knew that’s kind of like asking a fisherman where the good fishing holes are, or asking a hunter where the big bull elk hang out. It’s not a topic you open the conversation with, and most of the time you don’t touch on it at all. But I figured it was clear to him that I wanted to know in the spirit of knowledge and appreciation, and that I wasn’t a threat to his rice bowl.

So when I asked where he cut his wood, “¿Donde corte la leña?”, he answered frankly.

“Oh”, he said, “lo corto en el Parque Nacionál.”

“In the National Park?”, I said.

“Si, señor”

“¿Porque?”, I asked, “Why?”

He explained that most other places there was little firewood to be found.

I asked politely whether he knew that cutting firewood in the National Park might possibly be, well, you know … illegal and all … not to mention destructive to the environment …
“Oh, si,” he said, “no es legal”.

He thought about that for a minute, and said in essence “I feel very bad about that, I know it’s wrong, but when my children are hungry, what can I do?”

I had no answer for him. It merely confirmed what I’d seen in my travels to all of the continents. This is the ugly underside of environmentalism, the unpleasant truth, which is:

The biggest threat to the environment is poverty.


Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 29, 2021 1:04 pm

Dynamite fishing. Same problem. The sound is unmistakable on a boat, even at long distances.

One yacht tried to shut it down in Saba/Kinabalu Marine Park. Someone placed a lit oil lamp under his furled boom/mainsail.

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Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
April 29, 2021 2:30 pm

Environmental arbitrage.

April 29, 2021 1:44 pm

A con game within a con game. Interesting.

April 30, 2021 11:05 am

So says the White Spanish president of Mexico.

April 30, 2021 12:45 pm

masterclass trolling by Mexico’s President.

April 30, 2021 2:37 pm

How about Americans planting their foot up the illegals arse.

will FORD
April 30, 2021 3:39 pm


Roger That
April 30, 2021 8:21 pm

Mistranslated. What he really said: [I’m snipping this because I know I’ll get emails about it if I don’t-cr]

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