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Cash & Kerry: US spends over $7 billion in 3 years helping other countries deal with climate change

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By Doug Powers  •  January 4, 2014 12:44 PM

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Don’t worry, taxpayers, because I’m sure all this money is being spent responsibly (warning: dripping sarcasm).

From CNS News:

American taxpayers spent $7.45 billion to help developing countries cope with climate change in fiscal years 2010 through 2012, according to a federal government report submitted to the United Nations on a subject that Secretary of State John Kerry described as “a truly life-and-death challenge.”

That sum of $7.45 billion, which reached more than 120 countries through bilateral and multilateral channels, met President Obama’s “commitment to provide our fair share” of a collective pledge by developed nations to provide a total of nearly $30 billion in “fast start finance” (FSF), the report stated.

The pledge was made at a Dec. 2009 U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen, and the FSF funding aims to support developing countries adapt to and cope with phenomena blamed on climate change, such as droughts and rising sea levels.

To put $7.45 billion into language we can better understand, that’s almost 14 Solyndras.

One example of the “climate change” Kerry warns about that the U.S. is paying to combat came to light on his recent trip to Vietnam (little known fact because Kerry is shy to mention it: he served there during the war). One cause of “man made climate change” has nothing to do with greenhouse gases, but rather China’s dams:

Kerry announced that the U.S. is providing an initial $17 million through USAID’s Vietnam Forest and Deltas Program to help communities “reverse environmental degradation” and adapt to climate change.

Kerry also found time to warn China about Mekong River dam projects that could damage regions downstream, noting it’s “vital that we avoid dramatic changes” in water flow and sediment levels.

China has built a number of dams and is planning more, and Chinese companies are involved in projects in the other nations along the river.

“There are several countries that get the waters of the Mekong before Vietnam, but they all share the benefits of these important waters,” Kerry said.

“And no one country has a right to deprive another country of the livelihood and the ecosystem and its capacity for life itself that comes with that river. That river is a global asset, a treasure that belongs to the region,” he said.

Kerry has to keep calling it “climate change” because headlines like “US gives Vietnam $17 million to combat effects of China’s dams” don’t have the same global doom and gloom impact.

A map of all the Mekong dams finished, under construction or planned is here. Meanwhile, John Kerry and the Obama administration will blame the ecological impact of all those dams on incandescent light bulbs, coal, bovine flatulence and poor hybrid sales.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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