Greenwashing Snakes are crawling into Paris
Financiers of Canada's tarsands, and global coal-fired power plants, among top sponsors of COP21 -- while President Obama announces private sector green scheme
By Brenda Norrell
Update: Video: Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara from North Dakota, confronts Greenwashers in Paris at COP 21:
The snakes are crawling into Paris, ready to make bucks on 'Greenwashing.'
These schemes often are disguised as philanthropies. One of the investors is Bill Gates, already exposed for his investments in GEO private prisons, the human rights abuser targeting migrants and people of color. Gates says he pulled out his other investment in G4S, the global security and prison human rights abuser, whose buses snake along the Arizona border.
One of the slick abuser strategies was exposed earlier in the Clinton Foundation. Bill Clinton went into countries, claiming to be carrying out human rights efforts, with his Canadian mining buddy and they came away with massive mining deals, including uranium mines in Khazakistan. A leaker exposed the millions that then flowed to the Clintons.
Another slick operation ready to invest in greenwashing in Paris is the Children's Investment Fund, a hedge fund in the UK.
Watch for the snakes to crawl out in Paris.
President Obama is ready to do a deal for 'clean energy research' with Gates, the hedge fund investor and others in Paris. It is called Mission Innovation.
The private sector in Mission Innovation is called Breakthrough Energy Coalition and no doubt they smell green money. Facebook's Zuckerberg is part of it. It is no surprise to see Hewlett Packard Enterprise's CEO in there.
Keep an eye on it.
You know the pattern: The people get peanuts and the rich get richer.
In the news: COP21's dirty sponsors
Financial Times reports COP21 sponsor BNP Paribas financed dirty tarsands exploration in Canada.
The Ecologist reports on BNP Paribas financing tarsands. "BNP Paribas, also a COP21 sponsor, continues to be a massive financial driver behind fossil fuel expansion globally. For almost 50 years, it has been behind Canada's tar sands extraction. It is now one of the largest coal financiers in France, having provided half of the total financial support (€15 billion) for the country's coal industry between 2005 and 2014."
Internatonal Business Times reports, "Engie and EDF are reported to own 46 coal-fired power plants worldwide, which produce more than 190 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions a year, according to a study by Corporate Accountability International, an environmental group."
COP21 sponsors include coal financier HSBC, caught money laundering Mexico's drug money, and Coca Cola, caught spying on activists.
The New Internationalist points out in its headline, 'Paris closed to civil society, open to greenwashers.'