Carbon Fraud

Third World countries are bilking the silly first world countries out of billions in payments for climate mitigation. It is a fraud:

Millions of pounds of British taxpayers? money has been spent on a scheme aimed at reducing the flatulence of Colombian cattle, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

A ?15million grant to ranchers and other organisations in the South American country was part of a ?2.9billion package of ?climate aid? to developing countries which critics called ?ludicrous?.

The initiative aimed to improve animal diets by cultivating trees and plants on their grazing lands ? in doing so reducing the amount of methane escaping through belching and flatulence.

As well as being seen as a waste of money, the scheme has darker undertones, with The Mail on Sunday learning that the recipients, Colombian ranchers? organisation Fedegan, has been linked to a murderous paramilitary group.

Our investigation unearthed:

  • A total of ?14million of climate aid finance to projects in Uganda, despite the Government recently stopping all aid to the country because of corruption.
  • ?31million of British money going to Turkey ? a middle-ranking economy ? to help develop geo-thermal and wind power.
  • The Department for International Development (DFID) funding meetings between tribal ?rain-makers? and meteorologists in Kenya.

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said: ?After an Autumn Statement where people are making significant cuts, to have a ?2.9billion budget for a random collection of projects which have questions hanging over them as to whether or not they are corrupt is just an extraordinary waste of money.

?The Government does not exist to make charitable donations ? that?s something people should do privately. We?re looking for a further ?10billion of cuts and this seems to me the easiest place to start.?