Land Grabs for Oil, Carbon Offsets in Uganda

The terrific Jason Taylor, of whom you’ll be hearing much more soon, has put together a powerful video with Friends of the Earth International on land grabbing in Uganda. By dangling the prospect of foreign investment in front of the right people, oil companies have kicked poor Ugandan communities off their land. The carbon-offset crowd, the ambulance-chasers of international resource development, have promised remediation and cleaner consciences for all involved in the oil boom. The solution: clear native forest to grow pine for carbon credits. The question of whether to laugh or cry is left as an exercise for the reader.