African Climate Summit Demands a Slice of All Western Movements of Goods or Money

Essay by Eric Worrall

But we should look on this demand as an investment opportunity.

Africa proposes global carbon taxes to fight climate change

By Wedaeli Chibelushi & Mercy Juma

BBC News, London & Nairobi

African leaders have proposed a global carbon tax regime in a joint declaration.

The Nairobi Declaration capped the three-day Africa Climate Summit in Kenya’s capital.

The document, released on Wednesday, demanded that major polluters commit more resources to help poorer nations.

African heads of state said they will use it as the basis of their negotiating position at November’s COP28 summit.

The Nairobi Declaration urged world leaders “to rally behind the proposal for a global carbon taxation regime including a carbon tax on fossil fuel trade, maritime transport and aviation, that may also be augmented by a global financial transaction tax“.

Human rights activist Graça Machel told the BBC the declaration was “a huge step forward”.

“Africa is a player, the world cannot go without having Africa at the centre,” she said.

“Africa is not here to be helped. Africa is here to offer opportunities to offer investment, to offer solutions.

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Where are we supposed to get the capital for investment in Africa, if Africa has already taxed all our money?

This demand for handouts is shameful. It is like being approached in the street by a stumbling drunk who begs money for food. We all know exactly how that money would be spent, if we were foolish enough to agree to the absurd demand for cash.

If Africans need more money for development or weather resilience projects, they could start by arresting their corrupt Wabenzi kleptocratic rulers, and extracting a few Swiss bank account numbers from them.

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Tom Halla
September 7, 2023 2:09 pm

But it is all the afteraffects of colonialism! Just ask the Wabenzi!

Bryan A
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 7, 2023 3:49 pm

BRICS countries Brazil, Russia, India, China, S Africa are responsible for 50% of all annual global emissions. Until they start paying their 50% of Africa’s climate extortion demand no other country should be required to pay anything, nor should they.

Reply to  Bryan A
September 7, 2023 7:27 pm

But what kind of extortion? As if the various African nations would ever give up development. Western woke-munists will sign anything and hand over blank cheques for a photo-op and virtue signaling cred, yet are pathetically oblivious that regardless of what they do the African continent’s emissions will eventually reach that of China and pass them.

Bryan A
Reply to  PCman999
September 7, 2023 10:30 pm

Exactly, the US could go full on NutZero tomorrow
No more gas or diesel transportation
No more overseas Goods shipping
No more Aviation
No more diesel locomotives
No more coal locomotives (if any still run on a daily basis)
No more gas cooking
No more gas heating
No more gas or coal generation
Only Wind, Solar, Hydro and Nuclear with BEV
Anyone without goes without and energy is severely rationed


Global emissions would still rise with a minor blip similar to the COVID blip and the US would become the NeoThirdWorld Country
With Horse Drawn …
Mini Vans
Pick-up Trucks
Station Wagons
Even PHEVs (they can only reliably go 30 miles on a full charge)
Well Drawn Water
A lot of wood burning for hot water, home heating and cooking

September 7, 2023 2:14 pm

Very sad but true. A lot of countries are simply using this entire fiasco as a way of getting money from the Western nations even though Chinese emissions over just a few years are greater than the entire emissions from countries such as the UK since the industrial revolution.

But, of course, they’re not demanding the money from China. It’s just about politics, nothing else. What a joke, except it isn’t funny.

September 7, 2023 2:15 pm

I demand a slice of a new carbon tax on private jets headed to COP and those used by John Kerry and Al Gore. I’ll use the proceeds for climate policy victims and truckers.

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Reply to  ResourceGuy
September 15, 2023 7:11 am

Let’s pass a special carbon reduction landing fee on all private jets at all US airports. Maybe a minimum of $25K and a reverse per passenger fee. What I mean is the more passengers, the lower the additional fee. Maybe another $50K minus $1K per passenger.

Edward Katz
September 7, 2023 2:24 pm

No doubt this money would be used strictly for green projects to fight the alleged man-made climate change, and none would wind up in the private bank accounts of the dictators who run most of these countries. Nor would any of it be diverted to equip their militaries and police forces whose jobs are to keep them in power. And even if the money were supposed to be used for clean energy, who would take any action if it wound up being used for coal plants as has been the case in at least one east African country? Could the donor nations demand a refund? The best thing to do with these countries is to give them nothing and let them decide what sort of energy they want with their own money. They’re not going to have any significant effect on reducing global emissions anyway..

Reply to  Edward Katz
September 7, 2023 6:09 pm

“none would wind up in the private bank accounts of the dictators”

Well, you see, there is this email pen pal who is my friend in Nigeria and is working very hard to make sure that is the way it works. He is the third cousin, twice removed, of the wife of the assistant undersecretary of Nigeria’s finance minister and has discovered an amount of $200 million USD that is to be quietly deposited into the account of one corrupt administrative assistant of the President of Nigeria.

I can help him prevent this corruption, and thereby earn a $7 million reward of gratitude, by just sending him a certified check for $65,000 USD so he can pay the involved bank to divert the funds to him. As I emailed to him yesterday, the check is in the mail.

Boy, do I feel good in doing my part to fight crime in developing countries . . . even if I do gain some coin in the process. You see, they had it right all along,”It’s not what you know, but who you know!”

Reply to  Edward Katz
September 7, 2023 6:28 pm

Then what is wrong —-the money will just be recycled back to the West. When the politician who hid his ill gotten wealth is out of office, the western governments could just freeze his account. The politician out of office is no longer useful . Then the cycles goes around— the new government promises to get rid of corruption and does what the old regime did. The western governments supports the new regime and allows him and his cronies to deposit their ill gotten wealth in the west. Money after all is just a piece of paper and often it is just data. It is the common man who work hard to earn his money that feels it has a high value because of the effort he exerts to get that money that is almost negligible under the current global financial structure.

September 7, 2023 2:39 pm

I think that on a worldwide basis, most people recognize Africa as simply being primitive, with each ruler selfishly stealing all he can for himself. Why would a sane country get involved?

Reply to  mikesigman
September 7, 2023 6:30 pm

Every supposedly ‘sane’ country sends millions (if not billions) to many african countries already along with IMF/World Bank aid and direct food/medicine aid.
Call it ‘Climate Change Compensation Funds’ if you want, but don’t send a penny more until there is more oversight on these countries’ budgets etc.

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Reply to  mikesigman
September 15, 2023 7:13 am

You can’t say that unless you blame western colonialism and/or imperialism in the same paragraph.

Rud Istvan
September 7, 2023 2:49 pm

Africa is late to this game. Pacific Islanders tried climate ransom (we gonna drown) a decade ago. Did not work for them then, won’t work for Africa now.
Probably plays well with local junta politics, though. Demand western climate dollars so Africa can pay off Chinese Belt and Road loans. Works for China.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Rud Istvan
September 7, 2023 6:52 pm

Some years ago, the Pacific Islanders held an emergency meeting sitting on the Pacific ocean floor, around a table, in scuba gear, to emphasize their dire situation, claiming the island they lived on was going to disappear under the waves because of human-caused climate change and they needed money to stop the sinking.

The island is still there. The people didn’t drown, and the politicians didn’t get any climate change money.

The African Elites see an opportunity and want in on the CO2 tax money. The People they rule over won’t see a dime.

Richard Page
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 8, 2023 6:54 am

Oct 2009, the infamous Maldives underwater cabinet meeting stunt. Shortly before the Maldives began a massive expansion of the airport, hotels and tourist areas on the islands. Draw your own conclusions.

September 7, 2023 2:53 pm

This is not only stupid but extremely greedy. If they want to play that way they should follow my rules.

Number one only tax those whose emissions are increasing. Number two I will give you a list Asia (especially China) Oceania and India. Number three China is the number one emitter so you should start with them. Number four give us a heads up when you demand the tax from China because we all want to watch. Number five buy some Preparation H cause baby you are going to need it.

September 7, 2023 3:23 pm

From the above article:
“Africa is a player, the world cannot go without having Africa at the centre”
— Graça Machel, human rights activist

Thereby implying that for the last 200 years or so, all the action has taken place at the edges.

Reply to  ToldYouSo
September 8, 2023 11:46 am

The world has gone without Africa at the center for the last 2000 years or so. On what grounds should I believe that this has changed?

September 7, 2023 4:00 pm

Yes just hand over power and money to a hand picked race based bureaucracy and all your timeless guilt will be assuaged folks-
‘Insane’: Professor warns students opposing the Voice at NT university (
That includes the 400,000 new immigrants and refugees in the last year with more to come naturally.

Reply to  observa
September 7, 2023 5:17 pm

We’re all aboriginals if this stupid measure gets passed, the alternative is being a second class citizen.

Reply to  foo_test
September 7, 2023 6:24 pm

Australia the nation of wandering tribes whereby a population of around 300,000 aboriginals was joined compulsorily from the First Fleet in 1788 by 164,000 convicts in chains-
Population of Australia 1800-2020 | Statista
Herded flogged and occasionally hanged by the impeccable members of the NSW Rum Corp life was somewhat harsh brutal and short for most whatever impact the merciless sun had on their skin. You’ll note 164,000 had no choice in the matter but then-

The discovery of gold started a series of rushes that transformed the other Australian colonies. Significant deposits were discovered in Tasmania from 1852, in Queensland from 1857 and in the Northern Territory from 1871.
In the 1890s a new series of rushes were triggered by the discovery of huge gold fields at Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie in Western Australia.
Between 1851 and 1871 the Australian population quadrupled from 430,000 people to 1.7 million as migrants from across the world arrived in search of gold.
Gold rushes | National Museum of Australia (

….and in the last year another 400,000 new immigrants to add to the growing housing and infrastructure backlog thanks to Covid? Welcome to modernity folks and one vote one value whether you’ve just turned 18 or stepped off the boat or plane and no good living in the past. We don’t speak Druid Shakespearean or like Watkin Tench anymore either by the way but you’ll need modern Strine to get ahead-
A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson (

We need some real truth-telling about the wandering tribes of Australia rather than the fairy tales from the usual suspects.

Reply to  observa
September 7, 2023 6:39 pm

PS: Still the wandering tribes keep coming and the winner is Sidonee!
Sydney’s housing is now officially more expensive than New York and London (

Reply to  foo_test
September 7, 2023 6:49 pm

The Australian Voice referendum has nothing to do with the aborigines. Menzies was the longest serving Australian PM after the Labor Party was broken. Now the Labor Party would like to break the conservative party with the referendum with the Woke factions going all the way for the Yes vote. Right now it is working. The Woke factions are moving hand in hand with the greens, and the left faction of the Labor Party. The strategy could backfire if the working class that traditionally supports Labor will go with the conservatives. Just like in US, the traditional parties seems to be swapping its base and political advocacy.

Reply to  observa
September 7, 2023 8:16 pm

How would this evil disgusting non-entity know what her students voted anyway. ! !

Reply to  bnice2000
September 8, 2023 2:42 am

And you thought that the ballot was secret?

Reply to  observa
September 8, 2023 12:08 pm

What’s scariest about that professor is her assumption that only people who agree with her politically, should be allowed to work in this industry.
How long till she starts demanding jail for those who disagree with her?

September 7, 2023 5:11 pm

What makes anyone believe that the money will go anywhere outside of a Swiss bank account ?

September 7, 2023 5:47 pm

All of the rich world is headed for or already in population decline. Only Africa will grow enough population to stabilize the world economy.

A tax in the name of climate change is nonsense, but could educate people in Africa enough to provide substantial benefits to the rest of the world.

Reply to  vboring
September 7, 2023 6:26 pm

Most of the sub-saharan african countries are led by corrupt dictators (in fact if not in law) whose sole purpose is siphoning aid funds into their family’s bank accounts by any means possible.
I highly doubt any ‘climate funds’ would improve outcomes for ordinary africans.

September 7, 2023 6:23 pm

“African Climate Summit”
aka ‘Organizing the Blackmail of the Mugu* West’

*mugu = nigerian pidgin for fool/con victim

September 7, 2023 8:03 pm

This demand for handouts is shameful. SHAMELESS

They feel absolutely zero shame in making this “demand”

Mumbles McGuirck
September 8, 2023 5:58 am

John Kerry was looking particularly Lurch-y at this African conference…

September 8, 2023 9:41 am

How about a voluntary “Climate Tax” ?

Vote with your wallet.

September 8, 2023 2:01 pm

They want to “fight climate change” because that is how they can snooker a lot of gullible people into supporting GOVERNMENT efforts to control you and your money.

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September 15, 2023 7:03 am

IF carbon were truly the driving force behind climate change and IF we really want to reduce “carbon” emissions, a carbon tax is probably the best method for this.

Of corse that is…

IF we can avoid a self-defeating cap and trade or carbon credit nonsense and

IF we can avoid carve outs, exemptions and

IF we can trust other nations to not cheat and

IF we can trust international organizations to distribute the funds equitably and

IF we can trust the recipient nations to not just funnel funds into the pockets of the leaders and their cronies.

Yeah, right.

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