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Monday, August 23, 2010

Multi-billion dollar UN carbon trading deals halted on suspicion of fraud

Grabbing taxpayer billions from the UN for the alleged purpose of saving the planet has been easy until now, with some companies apparently getting paid to gas up production of noxious substances.
  • A low profile environmental investigation group has forced the cocktail set at the UN to look at signs of massive fraud:
8/21. United Nations: "An obscure UN board that oversees
  • a $2.7 billion market
  • intended to cut heat-trapping gases has agreed to take steps that could lead to it eventually reining in what
  • European and U.S. environmentalists

At a meeting this week that ended Friday, the executive board of the U.N.'s Clean Development Mechanism said that

until the environmentalists' claims can be further investigated.

The "CDM" credits have been widely used in the carbon trading markets of the European Union, Japan and other nations that signed onto the 1997 Kyoto Protocol requiring mandatory cuts in greenhouse gases.

Rather than cut their own carbon emissions, industrialized nations can

But environmentalists say rich nations could be

"perverse financial incentives," because some of the largest projects funded by the U.N.-managed CDM are a

  • golden goose for chemical makers

without making meaningful cuts in emissions.

  • The CDM executive board, based in Bonn, Germany,

has asked for a decades' worth of data on the gases from those five plants in China

The controversy revolves around the apparent

the 1987 Montreal Protocol for repairing the Earth's fragile ozone layer.

The money from the CDM-authorized fund goes to pay the

  • carbon offset credits claimed by more than 20 chemical makers

but also in nations such as South Korea, Argentina and Mexico.

The chemical makers are paid as much as $100,000 or more for every ton they destroy of a potent greenhouse gas, HFC-23. The price for destroying it is based on its being 11,700 times more powerful as a climate-warming gas than carbon dioxide.

  • But that gas is a byproduct of an ozone-friendly refrigerant, HCFC-22, which those chemical makers also are paid to produce under the U.N.'s ozone treaty.

Environmentalists say there is so much money in getting rid of HFC-23

  • that the chemical makers are overproducing HCFC-22 to have more of the byproduct to destroy.

"The evidence is overwhelming that manufacturers are creating excess HFC-23 simply to destroy it and earn carbon credits," said Mark Roberts of the Environmental Investigation Agency, a research and advocacy group.

  • "This is the biggest environmental scandal in history and makes an absolute

HCFC-22 is widely used in hair sprays, air conditioners and some refrigerators because it less damaging to the seasonal ozone hole over Antarctica than previous coolants. It has been promoted under the ozone treaty, often considered one of the world's most successful environmental treaties, as a replacement for chloroflourocarbons, or CFCs."

via Tom Nelson

2/8/2007, Climate Change Corp.,"Cleaning up or cashing in? CDM's in focus" by Oliver Balch. (Very cheery, excited about 'method of financing.' That is, the result of decades of corrupt politicians stealing taxpayers blind for the purpose of creating a racket. ed.)

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