What Doug said times a billion. Are you ready for this?
“Natural Resources Marketplace” – selling bullshit indulgences at obscene profits, taking advantage of the guilt-ridden gullible and hassle averse public. Oh, and to undermine private property ownership – there’s that as well.
You want a permit for that? You may get your permit if you let us put a conservation easement on your property. We will then sell that easement as mitigation to a developer across the world and rake in the dough. Meanwhile, you have just lost some use of your property and paid the government a permit fee to boot! Some racket, eh?
What “currencies” does the NRM use? Carbon credits are so yesterday! There are water banks, species diversity banks, and such intangibles as will make your head spin. A real auditor’s nightmare, among other things.
What a great concept!!! Activity X is deemed to be Harmful to the Planet, but if you give us a few million $$, we’ll let you go right ahead with Activity X.
There’s a pretty good novel, Biodiesel, about an anthropology professor who decides to start making his own diesel fuel from cooking oil. Along the way he butts up against a greedy businessman, who naturally intends to corner that market.
The writer has a website, Green Tremayne.com. This part is in the form of a blog, run by his wife, Daphne, a not-too-bright VP of Publicity.
The most recent post is
WE MUST SUBSIDIZE CARBON CREDITS FOR THE POOR”
ColJ, I’ll pass on the anti-Dragon repellant (unless Pelosi is coming to my town) but after hearing clips of Commander Benghazi’s flippant presser today, I sure could use some anti-Bullshit repellant.
Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — November 14, 2012 @ 7:15 pm
Carbon markets are pure, unadulterated corruption. They exist to make bureaucrats and politicians rich at the expense of everyone else.
You don’t think Al Gore, the numerous millionaire bureaucrats of the EU and the new green millionaires sucking the life out of business here (through mandates, subsidies, and setup bankruptcies) got rich by making products the public wanted, hard work, or accident, did you?
It’s not like people are attracted to power because it smells like grilled cheese sandwiches.
What is the point of a market or auction of a product that has no demand, that has no useful purpose, and can be “manufactured” infinitely at zero cost to produce? Good racket indeed. The only thing missing is the law to force people to buy them.
The laws do sort of exist. You want to build, you have to buy a permit. They look at your permit application and determine that you are causing some sort of “harm” to the environment or have some other issue that requires “mitigation”. They will allow you to obtain your permit if you pay a mitigation fee and/or give them something, some aspect of your property, that they can use in their mitigation bartering. It is all unicorn farts, but they make the rules and the money.