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$3 Mil for Philippine Project to Combat Global Warming in Pacific Rim

As if it weren’t bad enough that the U.S. has already wasted billions of taxpayer dollars to save the developing world from the presumed ills of global warming, millions more will go to a Philippines-based project that aims to combat climate change in the Pacific Islands.

Is there no end to this madness? Last year a congressional report revealed that during the Obama presidency, American taxpayers have already doled out a ghastly $3 billion to help poor countries fight global warming and the money will continue flowing. The goal, according to the administration, is to make climate financing efficient, effective and innovative since global warming threatens to diminish the “habitability of our planet.”

The administration has created this heightened drama to justify funding this preposterous worldwide initiative. In the last few years the U.S. government has produced or funded a number of sensational reports warning that climate change could cause everything from mental illness and cancer to a more violent world with a “dangerous” food supply. One recent taxpayer-funded study said the Washington D.C. area and surrounding government infrastructure will be virtually destroyed by global warming over the next century. Click here to read Judicial Watch’s ongoing coverage of this outrageous nonsense.

Now we learn that the Obama administration has created a special Pacific American Climate Fund (known as PACAM) to distribute cash to “civil society organizations throughout the Pacific Rim in support of climate change adaptation measures.” Though mostly funded by Uncle Sam, the project is based in the Philippines and the money goes to a dozen islands throughout the Pacific, including Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Marshall Islands and Kiribati. The ultimate goal is to “strengthen the resiliency of vulnerable communities in Pacific island countries to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change,” according to the U.S.

With an astounding national debt of more than $17 trillion and perpetually high unemployment in this country, most Americans probably don’t consider filling the coffers of these remote islands a priority. The government agency funneling the cash, the famously corrupt U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), explains in a lengthy report that the money will finance regional activities that aim to reduce “long-term vulnerabilities associated with climate change and achieve sustainable climate-resilient development.”

Does anybody know what this really means? More importantly, why should Americans care? USAID explains: “Many Pacific Islands countries depend on tourism, fisheries, and agriculture as their main source of income, foreign exchange, and economic livelihood. Climate change impacts such as beach erosion, sea level rise, warming temperatures, reduced freshwater access, bleaching of coral reefs, increased incidence of vector borne disease, and increasing storm intensities pose risks to these sectors and other economic activities.”

 


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