I’m simply shocked!!!! Shocked, I tell you!!!!
The United Nations body that oversees greenhouse gas reductions is reeling from another cap-and-trade scandal that may have put 600 million tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere — roughly speaking, the annual CO2 output of Canada or Britain — while the emissions were ostensibly suppressed, according to an independent study.
In the process, the fraudsters, largely in Russia and Ukraine, were likely able to transfer credits for more than 400 million tons of their apparently bogus greenhouse savings by April 2015 into Europe’s commercial carbon trading system — the largest in the world –thereby undermining that continent’s ambitious carbon reduction achievements.
Perhaps significantly, the vast bulk of the assumed fraud took place in countries that are — or were, in the case of Ukraine — notorious for their kleptocratic leadership under the regimes of Vladimir Putin and ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled his country in 2014. In Russia, much of the contract work for carbon project approval was carried out by state-owned Sberbank, which has been sanctioned by the U.S. and the European Union as part of the Western response to the Ukraine crisis.
The bulk of the fraud occurred under the battered Kyoto Protocol for greenhouse gas emissions, but researchers who detailed the scandal warned that without tough international policing and clear definitions of what every country involved in the climate deal aims to achieve, something similar could happen in the global climate change deal that world leaders are expected to endorse in Paris in December and that is intended to start up in 2020. ……
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Well, this was, as anyone who bothered to look at the idiotic scheme can avow, entirely predictable. This is one of the many motivators for developing nations to sign on to playing with the dolts in the UN and the governmental enviro lunatics.
It’s unclear, to me, which type of carbon credits these are. From a Reuters article a few months ago ….
The U.N.-backed offsets currently trade at around 0.50 euros a tonne, while benchmark EUAs cost about 15 times more at 7.50 euros. ….
It doesn’t matter. Regardless of the price of the fraudulently gained credits, it amounts to a wealth transfer from the West to developing nations who have no intentions of ever complying with the rules they nominally agreed to.
Further, the issue of fraud in regards to obtaining carbon credits isn’t anywhere close to being confined to Russia or the Ukraine. I would estimate that China and India engage in such a fraud on a much more larger scale than Russia. And, I don’t blame them. I would, too! It’s simply not in the interests of these nations to play the idiotic games the UNFCCC, IPCC, and the rest of the lunatic bodies want to play. OTOH, if they give them free money to say they will play the game, even though they have no intention of actually playing the game ……. well, that’s on the idiots who thought this was a good idea.
It’s simply more proof the climate lunatics have absolutely no clue as to anything, much less, economics.