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    RAN starts to limbo lower now in their attacks on Palm Oil

     
    Remember Chubby Checker’s dance hit “Limbo Rock” in which the objective was for dancers to dance under a bar that is progressively lowered? In one of the more recent of such attacks the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) seem to be stooping increasingly lower in their desperation to paint the palm oil industry in a bad light with their latest article entitled “Scientists or Lobbyists: who should act for the rainforest?”

    The article, which was published on Care2.com, was written in the typical emotive and hype-up tone of these desperate groups trying in vain to carry out their masters’ work, the masters being donor government that regularly fund their campaigns.

    This, the latest in a long line of attacks comes in the form of an article which seems to paint a picture of the Malaysian, Indonesian, and Chinese palm oil industries joining forces with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to flex “their lobbying muscles” in order to overturn a “science based” decision by the EPA to ascribe palm oil a low emissions savings level, which meant it did not qualify for inclusion in the new biofuels blend.

    The article does not address the real issue, which is that the EPA based their decision largely on the selective science study carried out by the National Academy of Sciences. For this they chose a “representative area” to base the studies, which certainly do not represent the big picture or the truth for that matter.

    Studies which have indicated that the changes in land use during the cultivation of palm oil would result in CO2 emission increases of more than 52% are what helped to sway the EPA’s decision to give palm oil the artificially low emissions saving levels. The problem is that these studies did not take into account that the plantations of oil palm would act as forests and so have a positive effect on the environment.

    In the face of such injustice, it would only be right that the palm oil industry uses any avenue it could in order to try and highlight the errors made by the EPA. Of course this will not be an easy task given the stiff opposition from these hired guns. It is no secret that these groups are heavily funded by various institutions such as the European Commission (as highlighted in an expose from the Italian civil libertarian group Libertiamo), so the article from RAN really comes as no surprise.

    It is a wonder how anyone can take such a group seriously however, when these are the same ones who predicted that the orangutan would be extinct by 2011. Well two years on from this deadline it appears that the orangutan as a species are still going strong. In fact, according to the senior ecologists for Nature Conservancy, they are going even stronger with an addition of an extra 5% to the population of orangutan in the wild when 2,000 undiscovered orangutans were discovered on the island of Borneo recently.
    (see: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/04/090413-new-orangutans.html).

    Even delusional pseudo-scientists have jumped on board as demonstrated when the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) published a report back in 2005 entitled “Cruel Oil: How palm oil harms health, rainforest and wildlife” in which they claimed that palm oil cultivation was threatening the extinction of the orangutan.

    There is no level too low for these NGO’s to stoop in their quest to do the bidding of their donor government and RAN has proved that yet again.

    Note: About Inc Society of PalmHugger: We are made up of professionals and individuals with a great passion for the truth.
    We are biologists, creative designers, engineers, business men and women, professional tennis players, stay-at-home moms, retirees, college students, filmmakers, journalists, communication experts. You name it!
    Our goals are all the same – to advance the cause of truth through better and wider dissemination of true palm oil environmental news and views, assisting in CSR initiatives, or developing programmes for advocacy and lobbying of palm oil environmental matters, always with an emphasis on truth.
    Who we are not: We are not politically linked to any political parties. We are also not donor nor profit driven. Every single cent raised through our initiatives are channeled back to fund Palmhugger programmes that require financial assistance. www.Palmhugger.org

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