Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Conspiracy Against Soil Carbon Credits

The Carbon Coalition has been conscious of a deep undercurrent running against us in our attempts to have the issue discussed openly in poublic forums and the media in the 18 months of campaigning. While not naturally believers in conspiracy theories, our reading of the book SCORCHER recently published by Clive Hamilton of the Australia Institute revealed a complex network of anti-climate change forces which was focussed on the "dirty power" industries. We have now been made aware that this network stretched beyond the fossil fuel industries into agriculture, the second largest emitting industry. Senior office holders of a prominent industry association and an indutry research organisation have conducted a spoiling campaign. Four individuals have been identified. Documents have been handed on to the Coalition.
One of these appears below:

EMAIL RECEIVED FROM NSW FARMER EXEC***********************************************

Sent: 18/03/2007 10:02 PM
Subject: Barking up the wrong tree

Dear Mr Truman,

Thank you for copying me in on your round robin.

Please have a read of and tell me what you think

My feeling is that agriculture is a net contributor to green house gas emissions so we might be barking up the wrong tree to raise our heads above the parapet and ask to be checked out by the scientists in the hope that we'll get a payout!

They're more likely to ask for some money from us than pay us out anything.

My FEELING is that a native forest is an equal consumer and producer of carbon and is therefore in balance with the world however a wheat field or a beef property are producing more CO2 than they consume.

It would be interesting to hear your views




We know who you are and what you are doing. But we don't care anymore.

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