Special feature on the Cancun Climate Conference
Bolivia aims to protect “Mother Earth” with “tough action” to limit a rise in world temperatures at half the level set at the climate conference in Copenhagen last year. Reuters said Pablo Solon, Boliva’s UN ambassador, “assailed rich nations.” I assume he did that as he promoted theo-science which is very similar to tree and animal worship in primitive times. But Bolivia has a redwood-sized double standard and I can guarantee you big media will not say a word about it. Solon’s country is anything but a good steward of “Mother Earth.”
The CIA World Factbook sheds light on Bolivia’s environmental practices: “[Bolivia is the] world's third-largest cultivator of coca (after Colombia and Peru) with an estimated 29,500 hectares under cultivation in 2007, increased slightly when compared to 2006; third largest producer of cocaine, estimated at 120 metric tons potential pure cocaine in 2007; transit country for Peruvian and Colombian cocaine destined for Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Europe; cultivation generally increasing since 2000, despite eradication and alternative crop programs…”
Mother Earth is groaning as I write.
In 2008, the vice-president of Colombia spoke about the impact of cocaine on the rain forest. VP Francisco Santos told the Associated Press when people use cocaine, they should realize they’re destroying the rain forest. Somebody call Hollywood and spread the word.
The AP said, “The Colombian government says four sq. meters (4.8 sq. yards) of rain forest have to be cleared to produce a gram of cocaine—and 2.2 million hectares (5.44 million acres) of Colombian tropical forest have been cut down to grow coca in the last twenty years.”
Aside from producing a drug that is a top killer of humans, Bolivia has a management problem that has resulted in 60 percent of the population living below the poverty level. The CIA WFB said, “A decline in commodity prices that began in late 2008, a lack of foreign investment in the mining and hydrocarbon sectors, a poor infrastructure, and the suspension of trade benefits with the United States will pose challenges for the Bolivian economy in 2010.”
The Bolivian government has a socialist approach, having “passed a controversial hydrocarbons law that imposed significantly higher royalties and required foreign firms then operating under risk-sharing contracts to surrender all production to the state energy company in exchange for a predetermined service fee.”
Bolivia, like other poorly governed nations, has an eye on wealth in developed countries.
Theo-science—a discipline blending theology and science into consensus based on politics rather than fact—is the current weapon of choice for proponents of wealth redistribution. This is not new in the scheme of human history; it’s as old as the world’s two oldest professions, politics and prostitution which are at times indistinguishable from one another.
Bolivia, like Venezuela, has a double standard when it comes to Mother Earth. In October, I wrote about Venezuela touting the country’s 47.7 million hectares of forests as assets in selling carbon offsets.
The U.S. has more than 300 million acres of forestland and an abundance of environmental regulations that should make an eco-nut get down on his knees and offer a hymn to the nearest forested hill.
US government policy under leftwing Democrats in Congress and in the White House have caused energy prices to increase for Americans and the same politicians want to raise taxes on some levels of income—not to benefit Mother Earth but to benefit select crony bank accounts.
The looters are in Cancun and by all accounts, they’re having a grand time at the Cancun Climate gala after stomping a carbon footprint the size of Jupiter. Now that the theo-science devotees have gathered at the ocean, let them pass the wine tequila and praise Bolivia’s double standard.
Thanks to the website Watts Up With That? we can worship via video with the climate faith devotees in Cancun.
Marc Morano's website has in-depth coverage of the Cancun 'fiesta' and the climate movement in general.
The Climate Conference Echo Chamber
by Caleb Howe at Red State (11-29-2010)
BBC admits dispute over global warming as Copenhagen looms
by Kay B. Day at The US Report (10-11-2009)
[Analysis by Kay B. Day/Dec. 1, 2010]