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Ecuador Tries to Blackmail the World to “save” its Forests

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | MAY 3, 2012

If you are tired of hearing so-called environmentalists parading their idea for a New World Order, be patient, because they’ve got another great idea. In preparation for the United Nations Environmental — I use the term loosely — Summit in Rio, politicians supported by green ONGs are already calling for the implementation of a Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help “save” the world’s forests. In a previous article, we informed how the UN Climate Fund is seeking diplomatic immunity, an unprecedented request if one takes into account that all what this organ is supposed to do, is to redistribute wealth. About two weeks ago, we asked where does the need for immunity stem from, and part of the answer is that although the GCF is a child of the UN, it is not covered by the immunity that protects other UN organizations, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).

Why would the Green Climate Fund need immunity, though? I would like to hear your suggestions.

As explained before, the Green Climate Fund’s only purpose is, as UN members have confessed, a plan to redistribute the wealth of the planet, except that wealth does not seem to be going to the neediest people in the poorest countries. Additionally, politicians and unelected participants in previous UN meetings plan to obtain the funding for their Green Climate Fund from taxpayer money taken from middle and lower classes in developed countries, to give it to rich folks in underdeveloped nations. How will that contribute to saving the planet from the nonexistent condition they fear so much?

The GCF was created during the last Durban climate talks, in which 194 member states voted for the formation of an interim body that sought to establish the best way to spend around $6.7 million up until June 2013. Well, now there seems to be a great opportunity to get the GCF started. The South American country of Ecuador has officially embraced the Green Climate Fund as the only way to “save” its valuable Yasuní National Park. Ecuadorean ambassador to the United Nations Ivonne A-Baki, has requested that cash given to the GCF be used to pay for its plan to trade oil for forests. The plans says that Ecuador will maintain its forests intact, as long as the GCF pays the country for not using its natural resources, many of which are below protected areas and national parks such as the one cited Yasuní

The model to be established by the GCF is similar to the failed carbon credit scheme — for as little as it lasted –, where countries and corporations could pay fees that enabled them to pollute. This time, however, countries like Ecuador seek a financial incentive not to develop their natural riches, and instead choose to keep its population poor and underdeveloped. Don’t take me wrong, there is nothing negative about wanting to preserve nature in its original state. The problem comes when a country like Ecuador requests financial incentives as a condition to protect their forests. No country in the world needs financial aid in order to protect its environment if it actually intends to conserve. The planet does not need a global welfare system and no country requires money from middle class or poor folks in other nations to conserve.

Ecuador is one of several countries in Latin America with plenty of natural resources, many of which have been already opened for industrial use. The problem with Ecuador is the same that other nations in Latin America face: Government corruption. Although most of its population lives in deplorable conditions, and anyone may say that international financial aid may be a solution to the country’s poverty, it is important to say that Ecuador is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the cartel that feels at liberty of manipulating oil prices to their liking. The nation of Ecuador is one of the largest exporters of oil  in Latin America’s, with a net amount of about 285,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) as of 2010. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, in 2011, Ecuador’s oil sector accounted for about 50 percent of Ecuador’s export earnings. Why can’t the Ecuadorians enjoy the benefits of their natural riches, then? Government collusion with corporations has forced the country to import refined petroleum products due to the lack of sufficient domestic refining capacity — not by chance — to meet local demand. Most of Ecuador’s oil is sent to China, in exchange for loans from the China Development Bank.

Why is Ecuador’s Ambassador to the UN using a threatening tone to request funds in order to preserve the Yasuní National Park? Well, the call came out of the office of the president Rafael Correa, who sad that he would not drill there as long as the international community subsidized the country’s welfare state — $3.6 billion — which is about half of the value of the oil reserves. In other words, politicians agree to hand over the country’s natural resources to the United Nations in exchange for only half of the value. Now that is a steal, isn’t it?

When politicians and large international organizations talk about preserving forests and natural resources, they usually employ spiritual and collectivist talking points, and in Ecuador’s case, it is not an exception. The country’s Ambassador to the UN appeals to people’s religiousness when she says that Yasuní is a sacred land and that is protected by God, as she shows a bracelet that reads “Together for the Yasuní”, her charm bracelet. “You stay there just one day, and you are rejuvenated like being in a spa for the month. It’s so pure, so clean.” Something like a spa is what many national parks or conservation areas end up turning into, once they are yielded to the United Nations. It is the UN through its supposed conservation policies, and in association with known globalist organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, among others, the one attempting to end with private property around the world; all in the name of conservation. In modern times it all stems from the UN Biodiversity Assessment, a document driven by the so-called “sustainable development” and the writings of Agenda 21.

Countries like Ecuador have stopped begging and have started demanding that industrialized nations and international unelected organizations do something in order to “help” them maintain natural reserves and national parks as a condition not to drill for oil and other resources. There is a sense of self-entitlement in some developing nations whose socialist and communist forms of government have alienated free market capitalism — not corporatism — and therefore have seen their dreams to become a first world nation disappear as fast as they have kicked out foreign enterprises, or eliminated local private entrepreneurship by using the power of the State to keep people under control and ever more dependent. Now, given their isolationist policies, they find it kosher to request bribes in exchange for driving the globalist agenda of fake environmentalism and conservation. The most commonly used term is “climate justice” which is associated to industrialized countries’ “obligation” to pay poor countries to remain underdeveloped and to finance the cost of what they call ecological damage that those developed nations have caused to the planet.

Those pushing the agenda of make-believe sustainable development will have a great opportunity to express their concerns during the June 2012 Rio+20 Summit, where nations like Ecuador will once again demand that middle-class and poor people in the developed nations sustain — through taxation — the bribery system that has existed at the highest levels of government all over the developing world. But the gravy train seems to be running out of fuel even as more bureaucrats and well-intentioned environmentalists climb on to carry out the real agenda that is little known by most of them. “At its root, some of what this Yasuní initiative is about is ‘Who owes who?’ and this idea of the North paying the South to keep oil in the ground, said Kevin Koenig of Amazon Watch. So, the whole conservation agenda is not even about conservation. On one hand, it is about a resentful group of third world wannabe leaders, who are happy to keep their people hungry and poor as long as someone pays them to do so. On the other hand, it is about a corporate global deindustrialization program aimed to make the rich even richer and the poor even poorer.

Just a month before the Rio+20 summit, it’s easier to see they’ve figured out a way to carry out their plan and both sides expect the same result: Swindle the people of the world into believing that humans are bad, that the world will end if property is not given to the United Nations as the largest land-owner on the planet. In turn, the UN will keep the third world poor and underdeveloped in the name of saving us all. In order to make it look cool and trendy, they’ll use celebrities, movie stars and famous politicians who will push the false agenda of conservation. However, such conservation will not be for future generations as they publicly claim, but for the global oligarchs that finance and control almost every single environmental agency and NGO that pushes for sustainable development. Do you like it the idea? Feel free to jump on.

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