December 6, 2012

Corruption? Naaaa - nothing here

From the UK Telegraph:
Climate change funds earmarked for Africa 'are going to corporations'
At the latest round of climate change talks in Doha, Qatar, the UK pledged almost 2bn over the next two years to help poor countries cope with climate change.

But the World Development Movement said the money is going to large companies rather than helping poor people likely to suffer from climate change.

A recent example was 385m, channeled through a World Bank project to promote clean energy in poor countries.

WDM say that most of the money went to private companies to build wind turbines or solar panels for profit.

Some 10m ended up going towards a 27-turbine farm in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico, operated by the French energy giant EDF, to be paid back in 15 years.

WDM claim that all of the electricity is being used by Walmart, the owner of the Asda supermarket chain, rather than for local people. Also land owned by indigenous people was used without their consent.
More:
Greg Barker, the Energy and Climate Change Minister, insisted that public money will continue to go directly to help poor communities adapt to floods and droughts and other impacts from global warming.

But he said that channeling money through the private sector could ensure billions more cash is spent on helping the developing world to go green.
Yeah and I have this really nice older bridge in Brooklyn, NY that I would like to sell you. Make you such a deal. Posted by DaveH at December 6, 2012 8:47 AM
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