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U.S. gives $1 billion for forests

By Juliet Eilperin

Breaking news: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak announced Wednesday the United States would provide $1 billion over the next three years to preserve tropical forests overseas.

At the same time, leaders of the African Union and the European Union announced they are close to reaching agreement on how much rich countries should provide poor ones in a long-term finance package to cope with climate change.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has proposed developing countries accept a $10 billion short-term finance package, as long as it's followed by a commitment to providing a long-term package that would reach $100 billion by 2020.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Zenawi held a joint press conference Wednesday afternoon, where Zenawi said his group had made the offer as a way of "breaking the logjam" at the U.S. talks.

In yet another sign that the negotiations have intensified, Japanese environment minister Sakihito Ozawa and Japan's State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Tetsuro Fukuyama announced their country would provide $15 billion over the next three years to help impoverished countries adapt to global warming's impacts

Andrew Deutz, Director of International Climate Policy for The Nature Conservancy, said in the statement the group hopes the U.S. announcement on aid for tropical forests spurs commitments from other countries to "address the global challenge of deforestation."

"These types of announcements are exactly what's needed to build trust for an ambitious outcome by the end of the week," Deutz said.

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How stupid! Our forests are threatened in the west from the pine beatle plague and our inept leadership sends one billion elsewhere. It truly is the "Season of the Dope"

Posted by: rpc123 | December 16, 2009 8:00 PM
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People, I'm all for saving the trees, rain forests and climate control but could we just have about half of that money to fill our nations empty food pantry's for OUR hungry citizens? And while we're at it, can I have one of the rooms at the prison in IL?, I'm tired of living in my car since the relatives got tire of me Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight.

Posted by: sue60 | December 16, 2009 7:24 PM
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Hnadsprings and cartwheels as TNC gets MORE government money to perpetrate its special-interest programs. This whole Copenhagen thing makes me want to spit more than with genuine Copenhagen snoose. How pathetic. Is it time for the election yet?

Posted by: daskinner | December 16, 2009 5:53 PM
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Gee, I didn't know we still had a billion in our treasury to throw down a bottomless pit. How much will it cost us in interest to borrow a billion from China for this empty minded move?

"Trust for an ambitious outcome by the end of the week?" Who does this dummy Andrew Deutz think he's kidding. I have zero faith in this so-called UN Climate Change Conference, other than to KNOW that myself and many other Americans are going to get screwed in the pocketbook over any deal that is eventually agreed to.

And, no matter what is agreed to, it will all come for naught, as man does not have the ability or technology to stop climate change. This planet will do what it's going to do in spite of protesters or diplomats!

Posted by: surfer-joe | December 16, 2009 5:41 PM
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This is what should go on in Copenhagen. Bad investment of solar/wind/tidal power in people with a nominal carbon footprint is absurd. The rain forests clean more co2 than the rest of above ground earth combined. Replacing what development lost is one cost effective measure. Even with the high initial building cost alternative energy longterm will be cheaper than all fossil fuels except coal. Coal by far causes the most damage having high pollution and high carbon footprint. The oceans are the largest cleaners and today's highest co2 concentration in 1/2 million years are bleaching coral reefs around the world. While nobody will want to live like a Quaker, conservation/alt. energy investing will create millions of jobs that can't be outsourced. Most of the skills to work in this new industry are the people unemployed with the skills to get it done. A wind tower in every backyard, solar panels on every roof, high efficiency mechanical heating/cooling systems with adequate thermal windows/door and better insulation/caulking etc. should be today's chicken in every pot. Using our own carbon taxes to fund the tax credits needed to get this investment by the people is the proper way to approach the problem. If we and the West don't change our habits, the exploding Asian economies of China, India and Indonesia will not even try. China is investing heavily, not for Copenhagen, but further economic expansion will halt if people can't breathe nor drink the water.

Posted by: jameschirico | December 16, 2009 5:13 PM
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The gene pool is and has been being corrupted for some time now. How easily we forget that no being is above the laws of natural selection. We are approaching a time when mother nature will do to us what she did to so many countless other species, eliminate us. It is folly and hubris to think that we can somehow alter these natural forces by propping up the weak and inferior among us. Please let us stop perpetuating the grandiose lie that all men are created equal, it is genetically and naturally impossible. The strong will survive and the weak, oh well.

Posted by: intherealworld | December 16, 2009 5:07 PM
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Wow, three hundred thirty-three million and change a year, for three yearsm what incredible generosity. Of course, forget Obama is wasting the same amount every few days in his two wars in the middle east.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | December 16, 2009 5:05 PM
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Which of these whiny rightwingers complained when 100s of billions were thrown down a black hole in Iraq, without even basic accounting?

At least this money, a pittance compared to that wasted in Iraq, will be going to something useful.

And it will be addressing a threat that is REAL.

As opposed to a hoax, like theír Iraqi WMD.

Posted by: kevrobb | December 16, 2009 5:03 PM
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hmmmnnnn.......maybe vilsak didn't get the memo

today obama said the usa would be "bankrupt" if health care costs are not contained

dem political civil war

dean in the wash po:

"I reluctantly conclude that as it stands this bill would do more harm than good to the future of America. "

abc news quotes obama:

"President Obama told ABC News’ Charles Gibson in an interview that if Congress does not pass health care legislation that will bring down costs, the federal government “will go bankrupt.”

Pro Counsel responds:

way to go team obama-

-that should really help the foreign exchange markets and sale of us debt

rahm--don't you have a tape delay on obama to ediit stupidity???

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 16, 2009 4:57 PM
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This is very good news! I fully support this show of good will by the U.S. administration to reach a meaningful agreement on mitigating climate change. I agree that strict measures must be put in place to avoid corruption with this money, but I believe that is possible, and this is a good move.

For those who would do nothing about climate change, or put the money elsewhere into our own economy to reduce suffering at home from a down economy, you would be taking too big of a risk with our collective future. Suppose the climate scientists are right! Suppose there is even a 10% chance they are right. Wouldn't you feel foolish or selfish if you had the opportunity to do something now to prevent catastrophe in the future, but you chose to increase your own standard of living today instead? Are you such a reckless gambler that you would put the future as we know it on the gambling table in order to take economic gains now on the chance the consensus of the global scientific community is dead wrong?

I work for a non-profit organization so I don't have a large income, and I took a 20% pay cut this year with longer hours, so I know economic hurt. I also understand the stakes here and I feel that an unwillingness to do something significant at Copenhagen while we have the chance is selfish.

Posted by: WorldCup | December 16, 2009 4:40 PM
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Stupid arse administration. They are going to take the money, what's left over after Obama gets his cut, and loot it also.
THE FILTHY BEGGARS ARE GOING TO CUT DOWN TREES AT THE SAME IF NOT INCREASING RATE.

Obama is a crook and is flushing this country down the drain. I hate liberals, you are one stupid group of wierdo's.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | December 16, 2009 4:39 PM
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you gotta be kidding.

undoubtedly the same genius who decided that it would be a good idea to pay kids to stay out of trouble, stay in school and get good grades.

Posted by: dubya1938 | December 16, 2009 4:18 PM
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What a joke!! 100 billion a year for what?

A bribe!! That's what!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | December 16, 2009 4:15 PM
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TerpfanMA asks: "Whyd does it cost money to save the forest? Just leave the trees alone...its free.......this seems like another opportunity to redistribute what little wealth the US has left"

Saving forests from illegal logging and clearing for agriculture is expensive. Many countries have good laws on the books to protect in-tact forests, but they don't have the funds to hire rangers to enforce those laws.

Posted by: WorldCup | December 16, 2009 4:12 PM
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The garbage theory of man made global warming is the philosophical underpinning to the nonsense going on in Dopenhagen. Global warming alarmists still can not explain how there were ice ages 150 million years ago with CO2 levels 5x higher than today, nor can they explain why CO2 peaks 800years after temperature does in their beloved ice core samples, nor can they explain that between ice ages sea levels typically rise 400', and we are around 300' now, a normal and natural progression for this planet. No, they keep crying that the sky is falling and we need to give them all of this power to control us.

Be it from the EPA that now catagorizes CO2, the very gas that you exhale, as a dangerous pollutant, and now flexes its regulatory muscles to force change on industry, or to the underdeveloped nations using climate change as an excuse to demand blackmail from the 1st world and insist on the US surrendering its sovereignity to some international climate change body.

No, the aim here is not saving the planet. The aim here is to pump up the fears that our planet is in danger (and those fears are completely unfounded) and then use that fear to get Americans to surrender their liberty and money to lefties to redistribute as they see fit.

I do not know which is worse, the scientists at CRU clearly changing the temperature data to support their theory of AGW, or the Washington Post continuing to spread the lie of AGW, to the politicians in the USA using AGW for their own financial/political gain, to Obama bowing and scraping away the last shred of our dignity in a reckless appeasment strategy in Dopenhagen. It is all utterly ridiculous. In 10 years when the media is forced to eat crow and renounce AGW and all of this garbaged that was forced through to passage in the name of AGW is in full effect, will any of you remember the fact that you were educated about your gross ignorance on this topic in 2009?

Posted by: Wiggan | December 16, 2009 4:05 PM
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Who did our illustrious leaders borrow that billion from.

Posted by: johntu | December 16, 2009 3:42 PM
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I-N-V-E-S-T-M-E-N-T

Bad investment

Let's sum up liberal investments

Welfare: solved poverty?

Affirmative action: solved race problems?

Black homes 70% fatherless and increasing.
Black man seven times more likely to murder.

Let's see pre civil rights black family normal...today thanks to liberal social programs...hurray!...

what a return on i-n-v-e-s-t-m-e-n-t !!

Posted by: ram_xxx_ram | December 16, 2009 3:39 PM
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What a waste of money...just great...more dumb ideas from the liberals..not that they work..but they 'feel good"....remember that when some 3rd world dictator deposits this money into a swiss bank. Way to go!!

Posted by: speedo1 | December 16, 2009 3:37 PM
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umm, I think thats 95 cents per American for each of the next 3 years. The goodwill generated by this pittance will enhance our foreign relationships and increase economic returns from foreign trade so much more than our 95 cent investment. Obviously most of you have never been in business. I-N-V-E-S-T-M-E-N-T.

Posted by: inletjoe | December 16, 2009 3:26 PM
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the president or any secretary should not commit money the congress has not provided...
or did it...
is it in the huge bill the congress has to pass now before the year ends...

Posted by: DwightCollins | December 16, 2009 3:23 PM
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A lot of these posts are offensive, and borderline racist. For the past 100 years there has been a huge transfer of wealth FROM the developing world to the US--mostly in the form of exploitation of natural resources, first via European colonization and later aided and abetted by corrupt governments that the US helped set up. And you and I benefited with cheap, cheap consumer goods. So stop complaining.
We are all in the same planetary boat with these "foreign beggars"--and if we don't help them we all sink.
Posted by: mathews2 | December 16, 2009 1:54 PM
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Give me a break...your quote = We are all in the same planetary boat with these "foreign beggars"--and if we don't help them we all sink.

IN case you haven't noticed, our ship IS SINKING we have about three feet of water in the hold now, and you want to pull the plug to let in more water.

If by chance you ARE WORKING, please go to your boss and explain to him that YOU want to make a HUGE donation from your pay, to the world bank to save the trees in Africa.

Posted by: frankn1 | December 16, 2009 3:21 PM
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mathews2's comment is one of the few worth reading here.

Posted by: aircardinal | December 16, 2009 3:15 PM
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odumbo won the presidency now he is pissing our $$$$ away to win his popularity contest. what a complete joke this turd is

Posted by: pofinpa | December 16, 2009 3:15 PM
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By my recollection this would be the third round of give money to Africa which ultimately came to nothing. This will lead to nothing either. Independent Africa is absolutely incapablle governing itself into prosperity. It's a shame, but no rational thinking person can deny it.

The one thing I can say for sure about the $1B 'donation' to save tropical forests is...it won't. This is a waste

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | December 16, 2009 3:13 PM
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This is a travesty.

We should be using those BILLIONS to pay down our debt, build inner city schools and rebuild America. Money down the drain, and that will ultimately be used to attack us in the future.

Posted by: listentothemonkeys | December 16, 2009 3:01 PM
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$1 billion to corrupt African regimes? OR the UN rapists?

This is a disaster. Fire them all.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 16, 2009 2:51 PM
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I do not see how anyone is amazed at Obama.

Go to www.tucc.org or www.barackobama.com.

Obama pledged allegience to all black leaders.

He's against middleclassness for blacks.

He's proudly African with a non negotiable commitment to the African continent.

He feels the United States is and has been a white supremist nation engaged in genocide against its citizens of color.

He's fixing American. Paying for its past sins to the world and particularly Africa and African people.

He stated from the beginning who he is and what he stands for.

You voted for him. You were good little PC robots programmed by the white liberal media. That feel good sensation at seeing a "black" man in the white house had a cost.

Posted by: ram_xxx_ram | December 16, 2009 2:49 PM
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Whyd does it cost money to save the forest? Just leave the trees alone...its free.......this seems like another opportunity to redistribute what little wealth the US has left

Posted by: TerpfanMA | December 16, 2009 2:48 PM
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Doubt 40% of the oxygen I breath comes from amazon, and 60% from elsewhere? I guess when voodoo math is brought into the equation then 1 billion is worth it ......not. I bet the amazon is 40% responsible for creating the web too...

Posted by: larry40 | December 16, 2009 2:39 PM
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the true stupidity

is that team obama

thinks announcing this give away to the lesser countries

while americans are unemployed and homeless

is good for obama......

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 16, 2009 2:38 PM
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At first I thought Obama was just liberal stupid...now I believe what is going on is sinister..

Posted by: Straightline | December 16, 2009 2:35 PM
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How did they come up with that amount, 1 Billion? Maybe another country can cover our expense since we're providing troops to afghan? I'm thinking about boycotting paying any federal taxes, it's just wasteful spending anyways. Ok, instead, I'll just lie and cheat on my deductions

Posted by: larry40 | December 16, 2009 2:34 PM
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40% of the oxygen humans use to breathe comes from the Amazon. I think you're lungs will like keeping some part of it intact.

Posted by: jmic4 | December 16, 2009 2:33 PM
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Just a billion? Why not 100 billion? American money isn't real any more..anyways.

And to top it all off...it wont make a damn bit of difference to anyone except the tax payers.

The Obama admin is either stealing from us on purpose or is off the rocker crazy.

Posted by: Straightline | December 16, 2009 2:31 PM
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Keep on spending................

Posted by: goziner | December 16, 2009 2:28 PM
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And some people still don't think it's all about redistribution of wealth!!!!!!! Guess it really doesn't matter since the Dollar is rapidly becoming worthless anyway!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | December 16, 2009 2:23 PM
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Local communities are laying off cops and firemen by the dozens, the roads are falling apart, and we have 10-20% unemployment, but we have money for this? Ridiculous.

Posted by: gunnyv | December 16, 2009 2:11 PM
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Give a billion here, give a billion there. Come next week, all will be forgotten and we will still be hated.

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 16, 2009 2:06 PM
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There seems to be a ton of $$$$$$$$$$$$$ in this country available for many projects. I wonder why there will be no cost-of-living increase for SS and other benefit-related services. Anybody seen the cost of food increases lately? TFL, Ken

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Ken, with this administration there is always enough money to go to useless liberal guestures to apease some government oversees, seee it's just one continual apology tour. However if money needs to be wisely spent, oh no no no, these liberal bafoons who pretend to be so compasionate will throw a grandmother under a bus. And don't forget, Obama always has enough of your money to bail out
Wall Street or some bank, of course he gets a cut.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | December 16, 2009 1:58 PM
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WHAT??!! Overseas??!! We're paying to what... keep the trees from being cut down? We're paying 1B to keep people from cutting trees or something like that? And this could end up being 100B? The corruption is unbelievable! Can I be paid to keep from shoplifting...

Posted by: forgetthis | December 16, 2009 1:58 PM
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A lot of these posts are offensive, and borderline racist. For the past 100 years there has been a huge transfer of wealth FROM the developing world to the US--mostly in the form of exploitation of natural resources, first via European colonization and later aided and abetted by corrupt governments that the US helped set up. And you and I benefited with cheap, cheap consumer goods. So stop complaining.

We are all in the same planetary boat with these "foreign beggars"--and if we don't help them we all sink.

Posted by: mathews2 | December 16, 2009 1:54 PM
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We have forests HERE that need preserving. Way to misuse our tax dollars Ag.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | December 16, 2009 1:53 PM
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I agree that we should take care of "Mother Earth" so that all humans, animals and plants can live in a cleaner environment. Saving our world's Tropical Rainforests is a great act. WE ALL WANT TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR AND DRINK CLEAN WATER. TREES HELP KEEP OUR CLIMATE COOL AND TAKE IN CARBON DIOXIDE. WITHOUT FRESH AIR AND WATER (BASIC NEEDS FOR SURVIVAL) ALL LIVING THINGS WILL SUFFER.

Posted by: blueroses2468 | December 16, 2009 1:51 PM
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Oh what the heck, another billion sent out of our country to line the pockets of some 3rd world crooks. Can't the Democrats throw away our tax dollars away any faster? Vote out all Democrats that approve of such nonesense ASAP. Mid term elections are next November and Presidential elections are in November 2011; circle your calendars now.

Posted by: geag | December 16, 2009 1:45 PM
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the tribe has spoken.......

his name shall be spelled "Vilsak"

econgrrl--go tell him

the old spelling of his name

has been voted off the island

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 16, 2009 1:44 PM
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What a spiteful bunch of comments aimed at people whose forests have been cut down largely to serve the developed world and of course with the usual dose of mindless Obama bashing.

Tea party America is full of so many ignorant, frightened, winers looking for someone poor and foreign (for them that includes our president) to blame for problems caused by fat-cat, bigoted, militaristic, phony American patriots.

Posted by: sfrance | December 16, 2009 1:44 PM
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There seems to be a ton of $$$$$$$$$$$$$ in this country available for many projects. I wonder why there will be no cost-of-living increase for SS and other benefit-related services. Anybody seen the cost of food increases lately? TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | December 16, 2009 1:43 PM
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well, he needs to change the spelling of his name

econgrrl wrote:

It's Tom Vilsack, not Vilsak.
How do such errors get through? It's not like trying to spell "Ghaddafi."

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 16, 2009 1:42 PM
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In protest to this billion dollar give away of my tax dollars to third world crooks, I am going to cut down every tree on my property, and burn the remains. I urge my fellow Americans to do so as well on their property, in protest of this theft of our tax money.

Posted by: whetsell | December 16, 2009 1:39 PM
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One more illustration of a corrupt democrat leech giving our tax dollars to a bunch of foreign leeches.
These #$^$%% democrat slugs need to be sent packing ASAP.

Posted by: LarryG62 | December 16, 2009 1:39 PM
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Can we jail the entire Obama administration for crimes against the Constitution and the American People? At least Bush only tortured foreign terrorists. USDA, EPA and Obama are torturing Americans with their wasteful policies and are literally trying to bankrupt the United States.

Posted by: pgr88 | December 16, 2009 1:37 PM
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My dentist just told me my cracked molar needs a gold crown. I can't afford the $1,000 for my own teeth...how can I pay for the rainforest?!?!?

Posted by: snowbucks | December 16, 2009 1:36 PM
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The IRS just adopted a rule change that let Citgroup forgo paying BILLIONS in taxes, so why should a paltry $1 Billion going to climate change make a difference??? ... other than to say that American taxpayers are again on the hook for another Billion.

Posted by: viennacommuter | December 16, 2009 1:35 PM
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It the end it's going to be more money sent the blackhole of Africa. Our .gov loves to waste our tax dollars.

Posted by: mike83631 | December 16, 2009 1:31 PM
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Great idea!

Saving tropical rainforests and reforesting much of the temperate zones of the world is the ONLY sure solution to global warming.

Forget cap and trade and pseudo-science. Just plant trees and we'll save the planet.

Posted by: Jerzy | December 16, 2009 1:30 PM
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We don't give taxpayer money to minorities who want to go to private inner city schools, which would improve greatly their chances of succeeding in this world, yet in a split second, the Messiah burns 1 BILLION. Am I missing something here?

HOAX AND CHANGE!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 16, 2009 1:30 PM
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I applaud the effort, but I think wonder if it might be more efficient to spend $1B on creating paper-less US and state governments.

We'd cut down on the number of trees needed to feed a portion of our economy.

Posted by: tm28 | December 16, 2009 1:27 PM
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Congratulations America... we have made entitlement international. It was only a matter oftime before we started rewarding the poor of the world for polical corruptionand not doing anything to better themselves. Next we are going to build public housing for the world and dump trillions of worthless dollars into another 'black"hole welfare system.
Oh yeah.... after Cap and Trade make energy to expensive to afford, what do you think is going to happen to all those billion dollar trees we are also payng for??? Does the word FIREWOOD come to mind.

Posted by: nosuchluck | December 16, 2009 1:23 PM
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I am at the WTF? stage

Posted by: scon101 | December 16, 2009 1:18 PM
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Dare I aks where this billion come from ...

Posted by: AWWNats | December 16, 2009 1:13 PM
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What a bunch of stuff. First we give away foreign aid, to the detriment of America. Now we are going to give away another billion dollars, again to the detriment of America. We need to get off the world stage and concentrate at improving America at home. The money we throw away at the rest of the world could be better spent here on, our medical research, our environment, our schools, and our infrastructure.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | December 16, 2009 1:10 PM
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Utter nonsense.
I hope that, some day, I can read about the developing world doing something other than begging.


I wouldn't count on it. These POS have been begging for 100 years.

Posted by: askgees | December 16, 2009 1:08 PM
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With huge papermills owned by multi-national corporations, all we're doing is giving them a license to tear down forests for profit.

Posted by: kkrimmer | December 16, 2009 1:07 PM
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One billion dollars would drive many big nails into tree trunks, which is probably a better way to preserve them than anything this money will buy, which will get eaten up by third world bureaucracies.

Posted by: edbyronadams | December 16, 2009 1:06 PM
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of course

team obama should give a billion to foreign countries

see, where could we ever find any homeless or unemployed americans who could use the billion instead????

team obama--stuck on stupid

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 16, 2009 1:06 PM
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The reason nothing will ever be done or what ever is done will not amount to anything is, People are stupid. A person is smart but huge groups of people are stupid. If each one of us made a small contribution we could actually make a difference. But then again since this really isn't about saving the planet what's the point.

Posted by: askgees | December 16, 2009 1:05 PM
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It's Tom Vilsack, not Vilsak.

How do such errors get through? It's not like trying to spell "Ghaddafi."

Posted by: econgrrl | December 16, 2009 1:04 PM
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This is a great idea compared to cap and trade. Clear cutting forests without replanting causes soil erosion, less rain fall and eventually drought like conditions.

The problem is one of accountability. Mexico recently planted one million trees for reforestation. The whole operation was dreadfully mismanaged and only ten percent of the trees survived.

All our "donations" to tropical forests need to have considerable strings attached to insure the replanting is conducted during the rainy season and/or the trees receive irrigation.

We need to insure the billion doesn't just wind up in the pockets of third world politicians.

Posted by: alance | December 16, 2009 12:55 PM
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"Climate Change" = "Panhandling for Change"

It's outrageous tyrannical "leaders" from both corrupt parties can re-allocate OUR wealth to foreign beggars without our say.

I can hardly wait until the US dollar collapses and the Third World realizes it has nothing more than $100 billion of lousy toilet paper.

Posted by: pmendez | December 16, 2009 12:50 PM
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Utter nonsense.

I hope that, some day, I can read about the developing world doing something other than begging.

Posted by: Heerman532 | December 16, 2009 12:42 PM
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