If you or I did this, we’d be labeled “Defendant” in a heartbeat.
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has abandoned a unique and ambitious plan to persuade rich countries to pay his country not to drill for oil in a pristine Amazon rainforest preserve.
Environmentalists had hailed the initiative when Correa first proposed it in 2007, saying he was setting a precedent in the fight against global warming by reducing the high cost to poor countries of preserving the environment.
“The world has failed us,” Correa said in a nationally televised speech. He blamed “the great hypocrisy” of nations who emit most of the world’s greenhouse gases.
“It was not charity that we sought from the international community, but co-responsibility in the face of climate change.”
The guy was demanding $7.2 billion or he would cut down some trees, build some roads and put a few holes in the ground. The majority of the sane planet told him to go drill himself. His final total was $13 million cash and $116 million in promises.
Which I’m sure he will not return.
The eco-socialists already let people pay penance for their imagined “sins”, now they’re standing behind blackmail. Is it rationalizing murder that comes next or just violent assault?
Found via Samizdata