|Piebalgs in the Pacific - He who pays the piper calls the tune.|
In March this blog highlighted EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs´s grand tour of the Pacific islands, where he was preaching bogus EU climate change propaganda for the native peoples of these "sinking islands". There is reason to pay attention to one more aspect of the Commissioner´s journey:
Pacific island states on the frontline of climate change are to receive €90m (£76m) in EU cash for climate-related projects in return for siding with the European bloc at international climate negotiations.
The European Union’s development commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, headed to Vanuatu Wednesday to unveil funding for climate-related projects.
The funding comprises redirected resources, according to the European Commission, and will back projects such as mangrove replanting, watershed reforestation, rainwater harvesting, soil retention, raising of infrastructure, disaster preparedness and moving hospitals to higher ground.
The cash may appear small in EU terms, but represents as much as 19.5% of the nominal GDP of Vanuatu, and more than 12 times the GDP of the Pacific Islands Forum’s poorest member, Niue.
Such an injection of cash does not come without strings attached however. Piebalgs is to make the funding announcement at a high-level climate conference on Vanuatu organised by the European commission where the he will present an EU-Pacific action plan for the island states to sign.
The document requires the states to embrace “joint positions on the international stage” as part of a “stronger Pacific-EU political dialogue on climate change”.
Climate negotiations have been at a stalemate with only moderate advances made since the global UN conference in Copenhagen in 2009, as Western countries try to convince the developing world to commit to binding emissions reductions.
Since 2009, the EU has revamped its climate diplomacy strategy, with France and the UK dispatched to try to pry some African states away from what Brussels officials describe as an “awkward squad” of refusenik nations. Germany has been tasked with the Pacific.
Isaac Valero-Ladron, the EU’s climate spokesman, said that the bloc has had a lot of success in the region, which contains countries with some of the lowest GDP per capita in the world. “If we put money on the table, it really creates a constructive atmosphere and good policies.”
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Previously the EU climate change bribery has been disclosed in the Wikileaks cables:
In a cable about a conversation with European Union climate boss Connie Hedegaard, the prospect of bribing nations to support the agenda was revealed even more clearly, though this time, it was the EU making suggestions. Hedegaard wanted to know, first of all, if the United States would need to engage in "creative accounting" to meet its climate-financing pledges.
Next, EU climate chief Hedegaard “suggested the AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States) countries ‘could be our best allies’ given their need for financing,” according to the cable. And indeed, given the AOSIS’ vocal and aggressive demands for more money, the analysis is probably correct.
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The European Union never misses an opportunity to position itself as the "global leader in the combat against climate change". The unelected, overpaid eurocrats, like Piebalgs, travel all over the world in order to spread this false message of " climate leadership" (often reminding others about the failings of the US in this regard).
However, myth and reality seldom meet, particularly when it comes to the European Union:
The reality is that the EU (with several members in dire straits economically) is spending hundreds of millions of taxpayers´ euros in order to bribe poor countries to join its bogus crusade against (illusory) human caused global warming. Some eurocrats even seem to take pride in this bribery: “If we put money on the table, it really creates a constructive atmosphere and good policies”. (In Brussels they seem to know the message of the old saying "He who pays the piper calls the tune").
It is easy to understand why poor countries, like Vanuatu, are going along with the EU climate corruption; who would say no to free money (worth almost 20% of the country´s GDP)? But it is more difficult to understand why European taxpayers should accept this corruption and enormous waste of money.
And just imagine what an uproar there would be in the leftist and liberal media, if a private company would be caught bribing foreign governments! But when the EU and its unelected bureaucrats do it, nobody seems to care.