Monday, August 21, 2017

Trump and American History Have Been Assassinated


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When Trump was elected I wrote that it was unlikely that he would be successful in accomplishing the three objectives for which he was elected—peace with Russia, the return home of offshored US jobs, and effective limits on non-white immigration—because these objectives conflicted with the interests of those more powerful than the president.

I wrote that Trump was unfamiliar with Washington and would fail to appoint a government that would support his goals. I wrote that unless the ruling oligarchy could bring Trump under its control,Trump would be assassinated.

Trump has been brought under control by assassinating him with words rather than with a bullet. With Steve Bannon’s dismissal, there is now no one in Trump’s government who supports him. He is surrounded by Russophobic generals and Zionists.

But this is not enough for the liberal/progressive/left. They want Trump impeached and driven from office.

Marjorie Cohn, whom I have always admired for her defense of civil liberty, has disappointed me. She has written in Truthout, which sadly has become more like PropagandaOut, that the House must bring articles of impeachment against Trump for his abuse of power and before he launches a new civil war and/or nuclear war.

This is an extraordinary conclusion for a normally intelligent person to reach. What power does Trump have? How does he abuse his non-existent power? The ruling Establishment has cut his balls off. He is neutered. Powerless. He has been completely isolated within his own government by the oligarchy.

Even more astonishingly, Marjorie Cohn, together with 100% of the liberal/progressive/left are blind to the fact that they have helped the military/security complex destroy the only leader who advocated peace instead of conflict with the other major nuclear power. Cohn is so deranged by hatred of Trump that she thinks it is Trump who will bring nuclear war by normalizing relations with Russia.
Clearly, the American liberal/progressive/left is no longer capable of rational thought. Hate rules. There is nothing in their lexicon but hate.

The American liberal/progressive/left has degenerated into idiocy. They think that they are fighting “white nationalism” in the White House and that Trump is a champion or symbol of “white nationalism” and that there will be no victory until Trump and all symbols of “white nationalism” are obliterated.

Little do they understand. Ajamu Baraka spells it out for them in CounterPunch. White Supremacy, he writes, is inculcated into the cultural and educational institutions of the West. Liberal and leftist whites are also white supremacists, says Baraka, and Trump and the “alt-right” are nothing but a superficial useful platform on which the white supremacist American liberal/progressive/left can parade its self-righteousness. Ajamu Baraka’s conclusion is “that in order for the world to live, the 525-year-old white supremacist Pan-European, colonial/capitalist patriarchy must die.” It is not difficult to see in this statement that genocide is the solution for the white plague upon humanity. Little wonder the “alt-right” gets exercised by the anti-white propaganda of Identity Politics.

Non-white immigration will finish off the shards of remaining European civilization. All current demographics indicate that all of Europe and North America will sooner than you expect be occupied by non-white majorities.

The problem is not so much the immigrants themselves as it is that they are taught to hate whites by white liberal/progressive/leftists. The destruction of statues will not end with Robert E. Lee’s. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are next. They owned slaves, whereas the Lee family’s slaves were freed by will three years prior to the Lincoln’s invasion of the South. The Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln memorials will have to be destroyed also as they, too, are momuments to racism. Indeed, according to the Identity Politics of the Liberal/progressive/left the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution are White Supremacy documents written by racists. This doubles the indictment against Thomas Jefferson and adds all of the Founding Fathers to the indictment. All are guilty of institutionalizing White Supremacy in America.

The uninformed insouciant Average American may think that this is a joke. But no. It is the orthodoxy of the white American intellectual class. It is taught in all the universities.

In Atlanta they are talking about erasing the heads of the South’s generals carved into Stone Mountain. Mount Rushmore in South Dakota will be next. It has carved into it the heads of Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. All racists, and Roosevelt was a colonialist and imperialist to boot. Lincoln was the worst racist of all.

Economist/historian Thomas DiLorenzo reminds us that “to his dying day, Lincoln was busy plotting the deportation of all the black people in America, including the soon-to-be-freed slaves.” https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/11/thomas-dilorenzo/next-target-blacklivesmatter/

The following statements are all statements that are in Abe Lincoln’s Collected Works:

“I have said that the separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation [of the white and black races] . . . Such separation . . . must be affected by colonization” [sending blacks to Liberia or Central America]. (Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln vol. II, p. 409).

“Let us be brought to believe it is morally right, and . . . favorable to . . . our interest, to transfer the African to his native clime.” (Collected Works, vol. II, p. 409).

“I am not nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races. I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people” (Collected Works, vol. III, pp. 145-146). 

How did Lincoln in the face of his own words and deeds get to be the hero who liberated blacks from slavery? The Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave, as Lincoln’s Secretary of State complained. It was a war measure that only applied to slaves under the jurisdiction of the Confederacy in hopes of fomenting a slave rebellion that would pull Southern soldiers off the front lines to rush to the protection of their wives and children. In 1861 the year the North invaded the South, President Lincoln said, “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so” (First Inaugural Address). In 1862 during the war, Lincoln wrote to Horace Greeley: “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it.”

Lincoln was elevated to the undeserved position of black liberator by the historical lies made up by white liberal/progressive/leftists who hate the South. They are so consumed by hate that they do not understand that the hate that they teach will also devour them. They should read Jean Raspail’s book, The Camp of the Saints. People taught racial hate do not differentiate between good and bad members of the people they are taught to hate. All are equally guilty. As one Third Worlder wrote to me, “all whites are guilty,” even those such as myself who speak out against the West’s atrocities against the darker-skinned peoples.

The Amerian liberal/progressive/left has long been engaged in demonizing white people exactly as Nazis demonized Jews and Communists demonized capitalists. One would think that the liberal/progressive/leftists would be aware of what happened to the Jews and to the Russian, Chinese and East European capitalists and bourgeois middle class. Why do the liberal/progressive/leftists think they will escape the consequences of teaching hate?

What has Charlottesville taught us other than that the hate expressed by the liberal/progressive/left exceeds the hate expressed by the white nationalists themselves. When it comes to hate, the White Supremacists are out-gunned by the liberal/progressive/left.

Hate is the hallmark of the American liberal/progressive/left, and hate always ends in violence.

The Northern ruling economic interests had no interest in devoting resources to a war to free slaves. They wanted the Union held together so that there would be no competition for the lands west of the Mississippi and so there would be an agrarian sector to which to market northern manufactured goods protected by tariffs against lower priced British goods.

The northern work force didn’t want any freed slaves either. The large number of recent Irish immigrants driven out of Ireland by the British starvation policy called Lincoln’s war “a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.” What freed slaves meant for the northern working class was a larger labor supply and lower wages. In 1863 when the Republicans passed the draft, the Irish in Detroit and New York rioted. The rioters took out their anger and frustration on northern blacks, many of whom were lynched. It is not clear to me whether more backs were lynched in the North during the war or in the South during Reconstruction. If there are any memorials to the Irish, those racist statues will have to be taken down also. Perhaps even the Statue of Liberty is racist.

And we haven’t yet heard from Native Americans. In his excruciating history, The Long Death: The Last Days of the Plains Indians, Ralph K. Andrist describes the genocide of the Plains Indians by Lincoln’s Civil War generals, William Tecumseh Sherman, Phillip Sheridan, Grenville Dodge and other of the first war criminals of the modern age who found it a lot easier to conduct warfare against Southern women and children than against armed troops. Against the Native Americans Lincoln’s generals now conducted a policy of genocide that was even more horrible and barbaric than Sheridan’s destruction of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Lincoln historian Professor Thomas DiLorenzo provides a synopsis of the genocide of Native Americans here: http://www.independent.org/publications/tir/article.asp?a=803

During the eight year presidency of General Ulysses S. Grant, 1868-76, the Union generals conducted a policy of extermination against the Native Americans. Entire villages, every man, woman, and child, were wiped out. The Union Army’s scorched earth policy starved to death those Indians who escaped fire and sword.
Professor DiLorenzo writes:

“Sherman and Sheridan’s troops conducted more than one thousand attacks on Indian villages, mostly in the winter months, when families were together. The U.S. Army’s actions matched its leaders’ rhetoric of extermination. As mentioned earlier, Sherman gave orders to kill everyone and everything, including dogs, and to burn everything that would burn so as to increase the likelihood that any survivors would starve or freeze to death. The soldiers also waged a war of extermination on the buffalo, which was the Indians’ chief source of food, winter clothing, and other goods (the Indians even made fish hooks out of dried buffalo bones and bow strings out of sinews). By 1882, the buffalo were all but extinct.”

Indian warriors who were captured were subjected to the type of trials and executions that the George W. Bush regime gave Saddam Hussein: “hundreds of Indians who had been taken prisoner were subjected to military ‘trials’ lasting about ten minutes each, according to Nichols (1978). Most of the adult male prisoners were found guilty and sentenced to death—not based on evidence of the commission of a crime, but on their mere presence at the end of the fighting.” In other words, POWs were executed, for which the US executed German officers at Nuremberg.

The Union massacre of the Indians began before the Civil War was won. DiLorenzo reports:

“One of the most famous incidents of Indian extermination, known as the Sand Creek Massacre, took place on November 29, 1864. There was a Cheyenne and Arapaho village located on Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado. These Indians had been assured by the U.S. government that they would be safe in Colorado. The government instructed them to fly a U.S. flag over their village, which they did, to assure their safety. However, another Civil War ‘luminary,’ Colonel John Chivington, had other plans for them as he raided the village with 750 heavily armed soldiers. One account of what happened appears in the book Crimsoned Prairie: The Indian Wars (1972) by the renowned military historian S. L. A. Marshall, who held the title of chief historian of the European Theater in World War II and authored thirty books on American military history.

“Chivington’s orders were: ‘I want you to kill and scalp all, big and little.’ ( Marshall 1972, 37). Then, despite the display of the U.S. flag and white surrender flags by these peaceful Indians, Chivington’s troops ‘began a full day given over to blood-lust, orgiastic mutilation, rapine, and destruction—with Chivington looking on and approving’ (Marshall 1972, 38). Marshall notes that the most reliable estimate of the number of Indians killed is ‘163, of which 110 were women and children’ (p. 39).

“Upon returning to his fort, Chivington ‘and his raiders demonstrated around Denver, waving their trophies, more than one hundred drying scalps. They were acclaimed as conquering heroes, which was what they had sought mainly.’ One Republican Party newspaper announced, ‘Colorado soldiers have once again covered themselves with glory’ (Marshall 1972, 39).

DiLorenzo reports: “The books by Brown and Marshall show that the kind of barbarism that occurred at Sand Creek, Colorado, was repeated many times during the next two decades.”

General Sherman, a war criminal far in excess of anything the Nazis were able to produce, wrote to his wife early in the Civil War that his purpose was “extermination, not of soldiers alone, that is the least part of the trouble, but the [Southern] people.”

His wife responded: Conduct a “war of extermination” and drive all Southerners “like the swine into the sea. May we carry fire and sword into their states till not one habitation is left standing” ( Walters 1973, 61).

DiLorenzo observes that Sherman did his best to take his wife’s advice.

The extreme hatred and barbarity to which the Northern war criminals had subjected Southern non-combatants broke like fury over the Plains Indians. Distinguished military historians have described the orders given to General Custer by Phillip Sheridan as “the most brutal orders ever published to American troops.”

Clearly, if we are taking down statues, we can’t stop with Robert E. Lee. We will have to take down the Statues of Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, and all the rest of the Union war criminals who implemented what they themselves called “the final solution to the Indian problem.”

The designation of the northern invasion of the South as a civil war is itself a lie. The term “civil war” is used to cover up the fact that the North initiated a war of aggression, thus removing the sin of war from the North. A civil war is when two sides fight for control of the government. However, the South had no interest or intent to control the government in Washington. All the Southern states did is to use the constitutional right to end their voluntary association with other states in the United States. The South fought because the South was invaded. Southerners did not regard the War of Northern Aggression as a civil war. They clearly understood that the war was a war of Northern Aggression.

As brutal as Lincoln’s war criminal armies were to Southern civilians, the inhumanity of the brutality toward Southern people escalated during the long period called Reconstruction. The Northern ruling Republicans did their best to subject the South to rule by the blacks while Northern “carpetbaggers” stole everything that they could. No white Southern woman was safe from rape. “Civil War” buffs have told me that there were southern towns in which all the women were hidden in the woods outside of town to protect them from the Republican Union soldiers and the former slaves that the Republican agents of Reconstruction encouraged. What happened to the South at the hands of the Republicans was no different from what the Russians and Americans did in Germany when the Wehrmacht surrendered. The demonized KKK was an organization that arose to protect what remained of the South’s honor from unbearable humiliations.

Consequently, for decades no Southern person would vote Republican. The Democrats lost the “solid South” by aping the Reconstruction Republicans and again bringing Reconstruction to the South, using federal force instead of persuasion.

No real facts are any longer taught in the US about the so-called “Civil War.” In the place of the actual history stands only lies.

In an accompanying guest contribution, economist/historian Professor Thomas DiLorenzo explains the real reason that Lincoln invaded the South. He shows that Lincoln’s success in conquering the South destroyed the political character of the United States that had been formed by the Founding Fathers. He also shows that the Union policy of conducting war against civilians created the precedents for the massive war crimes of the 20th and 21st centuries. Seldom does the opportunity arise to acquire an enlightening and accurate history lesson from one article. That is what Professor DiLorenzo has delivered. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/21/lincoln-myth-ideological-cornerstone-america-empire/

ISIS links with Britain uncovered: Men, money & a small office in Wales

RT | Aug 21, 2017

New links between the extremist group Islamic State and Britain have been uncovered in an FBI investigation, which found South Wales businesses helped fund terrorist attacks in Europe.

British jihadist Siful Sujan set up the companies in his home city, before fleeing to fight for the terrorist group in Syria.

Sujan, who also took his family to the war-torn nation, was later killed in a US drone strike.

However, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) was able to use the businesses set up in the UK to transfer money, according to FBI documents seen by the Times.

Operating out of Alexandra Gate business park in Tremorfa, Cardiff, the network of companies was used to ship military-grade equipment to Spain.

Surveillance tech was sent across Europe, which could be used in the development of weaponized drones.

The FBI believes the equipment would have been used to help spot locations to carry out devastating attacks, it was revealed, days after twin attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils in Spain killed 14.

The companies in the UK were listed on an affidavit in the prosecution of an American extremist in Maryland.

He received thousands of pounds in cash to fund his own terrorist plot, through the British-based businesses.

It is not the first time IS has managed to embed itself in Britain.

Spreading fear 


Social media accounts which spread propaganda and messages from IS have been traced back to the UK.

Images and seminars from extremist clerics have been uploaded and widely shared around Britain – disseminating IS ideology.

In 2015, hackers claimed a number of IS supporters’ social media accounts were being run from internet addresses linked to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Home Office claims the IP addresses discovered has been sold on, insisting the material was not being shared from within the department.

Fundraising 


A staggering 630 British-based charities were investigated for terrorism links in 2016.

The Charity Commission opened eight compliance cases and four formal inquiries into “allegations of abuse of charities for terrorist or extremist purposes” in 2015/16.


Dozens of individuals have been arrested over fundraising for IS.

Last year, Mohammed Iqbal Golamaully, 48, and his wife, Nazimabee, 45, were convicted of sending money to their nephew, Zafirr Golamaully, despite knowing he was with the terrorist group.

Mohammed Khaled, 45, was suspected of taking tens of thousands of pounds destined to help Syrian refugees and feeding the cash into IS.

Fighting


A stream of British nationals have made their way to Syria and Iraq to fight for the so-called “caliphate” – and many of these have made their way back.

Latest government figures show more than 400 British citizens who left the UK to join IS in its war have returned home over the past 18 months.

Despite vowing to stop the wave of returnees, powers introduced by former Prime Minister David Cameron two years ago that can temporarily prevent their reentry have only been used once.

Western officials also believe that the mastermind behind the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, visited the UK and had connections with a number of would-be terrorists in the country.

Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John, became infamous in Syria when he appeared in propaganda videos for IS executing western hostages.

Sally Jones, known as the White Widow, remains hidden from authorities in Syria but is known to be in contact with friends in Britain.


America's Illusion of Invincibility


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America’s vaunted military knows how to wage wars of aggression, not win them – including time and again failing to win peace, mass slaughter, destruction and chaos its legacy everywhere its killing machine shows up.

Its post-WW II record includes an uneasy armistice with North Korea, defeat in Vietnam, post-war violence and chaos in Libya, unacknowledged defeat in Afghanistan with Trump set to announce escalated US involvement, and heading for defeat in Syria.

Addressing a Foreign Ministry conference on Sunday in Damascus, Assad said “the West is facing an existential conflict… living in a state of hysteria whenever there is a state that wants to take part with it in the international decision-making in any field and in any place in the world.”

“We paid a dear price in Syria in this war, but we have managed to foil the Western project in Syria and the world.”

“Talking about foiling the Western project in the region doesn’t mean we are victorious.”

“They have failed, but the battle is still going on. They have failed until this moment, and we haven’t won until this moment. The signs of victory are there…”

Miles remain to achieve it, things heading in the right direction, a hopeful sign. Assad thanked Russia, Iran and Hezbollah for their invaluable contribution to combatting foreign-supported terrorism.

Syria is fighting against and defeating “the fiercest terroristic organizations supported by the strongest and richest countries in the world,” Assad explained.

Russia especially “never stopped supporting the Syrian army or offering whatever it needs for it to carry out its tasks in combating terrorism.”

Assad blasted Turkey’s Erdogan as an invader, his support for terrorists exposed, an adversary not to be trusted. He called Syrian territorial integrity “not up for debate or discussion.”

America’s longest war in modern times continues endlessly in Afghanistan, accomplishing only greater carnage and human misery the longer it’s waged.

On Monday evening, Trump is expected to announce the deployment of around 4,000 more US combat troops to the country, according to CBS News.

The network cautioned that plans could change before he delivers his Monday evening address. He delegated warmaking authority to generals, letting them decide on theaters to engage in, troop deployments and related issues.

Ahead of his address, commander of US forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson Jr. said “I assure you we are with you in this fight. We are with you and we will stay with you,” remarks made to Afghan commandos.

Deploying more US forces perpetuates the illusion of a winnable war lost years ago – well known in Washington and the Pentagon without acknowledging it.

America targeted the country for its strategic importance, a geopolitical prize, straddling the Middle East, South and Central Asia, in Eurasia’s heartland close to Russia.

Afghanistan serves as a US land-based aircraft carrier, part of its plan to encircle Russia and China with military bases.

Permanent occupation is planned to exploit regional oil, gas and other resources, including significant Afghan riches.

It’s also about maintaining the country as the world’s largest opium producer, used to produce heroin, flooding world markets with it, the CIA and Wall Street profiting from it.

It’s virtually inconceivable for Trump to announce withdrawal, ending 16 years of war.

It continues endlessly despite being unwinnable – a forever war like in other US conflict theaters, benefitting America’s military/industrial complex hugely, profiting from naked aggression.

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Fascists Claiming Anti-Fascism Protesting America Anti-Establishment Survival?

Ruptly | Aug 21, 2017

Scores of pro-immigration activists faced demonstrators belonging to THE Trump-supporting group 'America First', in Laguna Beach, California, disrupting their rally on Sunday.



McDonald’s worker shares disgusting photo of what came out of the ice cream machine

Health Nut News | Aug 20, 2017 | Erin Elizabeth

This story is almost a month old but we felt it was necessary to resurrect it again because we are still mindlessly eating without giving thought to what’s going into our bodies. And we expect these bodies to work and treat us well even though we put garbage into them. So, if you missed it the first time around or are just seeing this for the first time- please pay attention.

A young man by the name of ‘Nick,’ who claims to have worked at McDonald’s, started a Twitter storm at the end of July when he shared some of the most disgusting photos any of us have ever seen of the “stuff” that came out of one of the restaurants ice cream machines.


Read more at Health Nut News..

USDA ignores risk to blanket the south with genetically engineered flammable tree species

Natural Health 365 | Aug 21, 2017 | Lori Alton

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A eucalyptus tree genetically engineered to withstand freezing temperatures may be poised for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval, opening the door to over a million acres of eucalyptus “plantations” throughout the southeastern United States.

Although the GE tree is being billed by its developer, ArborGen, as a “green, sustainable” way to solve the world’s demands for paper and pulp, environmentalists warn that its commercialization will bring devastation to native forests and harm to local residents.

Thankfully, the public is paying heed, protesting the creation of these genetically engineered trees with an avalanche of written comments. But, is it too late to stop the advent of this “Frankentree?”

Over 250,000 people testify to the growing upset over genetically engineered trees


The USDA proposed approval for these genetically engineered trees last April, and released a draft Environmental Impact Statement for public comment. (Although ArborGen already had permission to field-test the trees across the United States, the company was seeking approval for expansion of its GE eucalyptus plantations for commercial use).

By the comment period’s end on July 5, over 250,000 people and 500 organizations had submitted a deluge of responses protesting the tree’s deregulation and commercialization.

This response echoed the events of February, 2013, during which the government released ArborGen’s first petition for public comment — and the responses ran 10,000 to one opposing the trees. In addition, protestors against genetically engineered trees made an appearance at the Tree Biotechnology Conference in Asheville, NC.

Experts warn that messing with nature will have a severe negative impact on the environmental


Among other claims, ArborGen lauds its “Freeze Tolerant Eucalyptus” as a possible source of renewable alternative energy.

But EcoWatch, a non-profit environmental group, maintains that the creation of a new global market for wood will greatly increase overall pressures on forests and other ecosystems – and that the plantations will have serious impacts on the environment, climate and human rights.

The plantations will be located in seven southern states, in an area ranging from coastal South Carolina to east Texas.

Environmental advocates report that climate change and sprawl have already taken a toll on these states, which contain some of the poorest counties in the nation – along with some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. As genetically engineered plants require larger amounts of herbicides and pesticides, experts say that humans in the area will be exposed to dangerous amounts of toxins.

Corporate euphemism at work – “deforestation” spun as “reforestation”


The plantations of GE trees will replace existing native forests of hardwood and pine. This means that before monocultures of eucalyptus can be established, native forests will be clear-cut and bulldozed to destroy all native trees, shrubs, ferns, mosses, fungi and wildflowers – a shocking act of deforestation that ArborGen blithely refers to as “reforestation.”

Native forests – in contrast to the monoculture plantations envisioned by ArborGen and the USDA – play an irreplaceable role on the planet. They regulate and stabilize water flow and climate, enrich soils, prevent erosion, provide food, medicine, shelter, fuel, recreation and sanctuary.

“Native forests make life on earth possible,” states Dr. Rachel Smolker, member of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees.  And those who would tinker with them play a dangerous game, Dr. Smolker warns.

“Trees have evolved to adapt to their native environments…tweaking their genetics and planting them in foreign environments displays an alarming lack of understanding of ecology and genetics.”

Invasive GE eucalyptus will overwhelm native plants


While the USDA insists that the Freeze-Tolerant Eucalyptus will not invade neighboring native forests, 30 years of experimentation with GE crops show that it’s almost impossible to stop GE plants from escaping into the environment.

GE trees are even more of an invasive threat than GE crops such as corn and soybeans, due to their larger pollination distances and their longer lifespans. In certain areas, in fact, non-GE eucalyptus trees have already proven invasive – and are currently degrading local natural areas.

Dr. Marti Crouch, of the Center for Food Safety, says that plants and animals – including endangered species – would be unable to find suitable habitats within landscapes dominated by GE eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus plantations would be a “disaster,” Dr. Crouch flatly states.

Plantations would constitute a “tinderbox”


Eucalyptus trees – native to Australia but widely planted in temperate regions such as California – are prone to toppling over, depleting ground water and invading local landscapes.

But an even more serious drawback is the risk of fire, with many experts decrying plantations as a “tinderboxes.”

In Portugal, where eucalyptus plantations cover 7 percent of the land mass, deadly wildfires are becoming a scourge. This has also been the case in Central and South America, where huge eucalyptus plantations are widespread.

Experts say that longer, hotter, drier summers caused by global warming may be precipitating the fires – but the presence of (notoriously flammable) eucalyptus trees worsens them.

With the southern United States already experiencing repeated droughts and heat waves, is this a fire hazard we really want to introduce?

Unbelievably, in the face of the potential dangers presented by commercialization of GE trees, ArborGen’s attitude seems to be “no worries.” As the company states in their USDA petition: these plantations will “not need to be regulated,” because the introduction of eucalyptus trees is “unlikely to have any negative environmental consequences.”

And the USDA, which seems likely to approve the GE tree, appears to be buying it.

By the way: if ArborGen pulls off approval with the eucalyptus, pine trees and poplars are next on the list.  Hopefully, the public outcry is just beginning, in order to avoid an environmental disaster.

Sources for this article include:

ConsumerAffairs.com
CommonDreams.org
EcoWatch.com