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April 7 ,2021

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Dear Editor,

President Biden will host a Leaders Summit on Climate on 22nd and 23rd April. The summit will deal with urgent action to tackle climate change plus the economic benefits of doing so.  Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda and Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica are among the 40 leaders selected to attend.

Guyana has been left out. Yet, when it comes to climate change Guyana is a key state:

(1)    Guyana is a world leader in combating climate change. Our forests and our ocean make us one of the world’s few carbon sinks. Guyana does more every day to reverse climate change, than almost any other country on the planet. Climate leadership is not the hollow promises made by States to reach net zero by 2030 or 2050. Climate leadership is not reliance on geo-engineering, carbon capture storage or other unproven/risky technology. Climate leadership is Guyana’s simple act of removing from the atmosphere every day more greenhouse gas than Guyana emits. Climate leadership means protecting the marine and terrestrial ecosystems which remove that greenhouse gas. If every country followed Guyana’s lead on these issues, climate change would be reversed.

(2)    Although Guyana is currently a climate leader, Guyana is a ticking carbon bomb. ExxonMobil claims to have discovered about 9 billion barrels of oil. Unless that oil production is stopped it will emit 3.87 billion tons of greenhouse gas. That’s more than 250 years’ worth of emissions from Delaware, the state that President Biden represented in the Senate for 36 years. President Biden plans to spend US$2 trillion to address climate change including US$650 billion on a clean energy transition and US$174 billion to switch to electric vehicles. Guyana’s proposed petroleum production directly conflicts with President Biden’s climate change aims and strategy. Furthermore, this petroleum production appears to be driven by the demands of ExxonMobil, a struggling American oil company, and not by concern for the wellbeing of the Guyanese people.

(3)    Guyana is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change. The Guyana government admits it. Last year President Ali warned that Guyana is ‘particularly vulnerable’ to climate change. Vice-President Jagdeo called climate change an ‘existential threat.’ The draft Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plan produced by the APNU+AFC Coalition warned in 2015 that Guyana was already experiencing the ‘adverse and potentially catastrophic impacts of climate change’. Guyana’s wealth, food production and a significant part of the population are concentrated on a belt of coastland that is either low-lying or already below sea-level. All this is directly threatened by rising sea-levels and extreme weather events. At the same time, Guyana’s forests and hinterland communities are threatened by the increase in global temperature and by droughts and floods brought on by climate change.

The PPP/C and their predecessors the APNU+AFC Coalition have shown repeatedly that they are too weak to stand up to ExxonMobil (and partners). Both the PPP/C and the APNU+AFC Coalition have squandered Guyana’s global political capital as a carbon sink. It is clear that the PPP/C and the APNU+AFC Coalition are incapable of leading the Guyanese people to a safe and prosperous future in the face of the existential threat of climate change.  

Article 36 of the Constitution states that the well-being of our nation depends on preserving clean air, fertile soils, pure water and the rich diversity of plants, animals and ecosystems. Article 36 is the starting point for Guyana’s immediate transition to a prosperous blue-green economy powered by 100% renewable energy.

Guyana’s people can and must align now with the global movement to avert climate catastrophe, even while Guyana’s political elite remain stubbornly on the wrong side of history.

Yours sincerely,

Melinda Janki

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"Unless that oil production is stopped it will emit 3.87 billion tons of greenhouse gas. That’s more than 250 years’ worth of emissions from Delaware, the state that President Biden represented in the Senate for 36 years."   It does not matter where the oil is consumed the result will be almost 4 billion tons of greenhouse gas.  This is the danger to Guyana's oil industry.  Why put the planet at further risk when there are alternatives? 

Who is going to pay for this renewable energy? Norway? Ms. Dankey? You, Tota? Where would Guyana's PPP government get the needed funds for development? Drugs? Money laundering? Let those who complain give Guyana the money it will lose by abandoning the oil exploitation! You want clean air, etc. after you were the.ones who first fkd it up? Fing shit! Guyana will move inland, away from the already polluted oceans! Whether Guyana continues with.the oil or not, the pollution and climate change will.continue! We are not the ones who started the fing climate menses! Or we will ask the Chinese to pull the pollution out of the ocean and the air, along with the fish and shrimp, and send that part to President Bidet!.He doesn't invite Guyana for fear of offending Exxon! Fing shit! And some of you mfkers have the nerve to  criticise the Don! Fing idiots! Janki, I agreed with you on Jagdeo's oil-to-shore BS! But now you go too fing far! Get your head.out of the clouds! Or wherever!

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This guy Bidet has been in politics for over 30 years! Wtf can you get from.him but more of the same old do-nothing Democrat politics? Trump.moved mountains and got.the US economy.moving again!

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@Totaram posted:

"Unless that oil production is stopped it will emit 3.87 billion tons of greenhouse gas. That’s more than 250 years’ worth of emissions from Delaware, the state that President Biden represented in the Senate for 36 years."   It does not matter where the oil is consumed the result will be almost 4 billion tons of greenhouse gas.  This is the danger to Guyana's oil industry.  Why put the planet at further risk when there are alternatives?

WHO.is going to pay for these fing alternatives, Tota? And with.WHAT? Drug.money?

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@Django posted:

Why no one from Guyana invited ?  the head of tiny  Antigua and Barbuda is on the list to attend the Leaders Summit .

What can they contribute? The Leaders Summit may be just a photo opportunity for Biden.

@shallyv posted:

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WHO.is going to pay for these fing alternatives, Tota? And with.WHAT? Drug.money?

It will make more economic sense to invest in renewables than the gas to shore project.  That's what Dr. Janki and others have been saying for a long time. 

@Mitwah posted:

Sounds like you are not happy!

George Bush once considers Jagdeo along with Al Gore to lead the world in the reporting of deforestation and how to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the air.

What the hell the head of tiny Antigua and Barbuda know about climate change?

@Totaram posted:

It will make more economic sense to invest in renewables than th gas to shore project.  That's what Dr. Janki and others have been saying for a long time.

With what fing money, Tota? The stupid lawyer bitch wants Guyana out of the O & G business! You pander to 'experts'! I don't!

@shallyv posted:

With what fing money, Tota? The stupid lawyer bitch wants Guyana out of the O & G business! You pander to 'experts'! I don't!

Not only the stupid lawyer.  The Coalition partners also want the PPP out of the O & G business.

Renewable energy often referred to as clean energy, comes from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished. This is not available to Guyana. They will be better off with the O & G business than renewables.  Some people can't think.

If the Oil and Gas business collapse Guyana will receive enough money to sustain itself for a thousand years.

@shallyv posted:

With what fing money, Tota? The stupid lawyer bitch wants Guyana out of the O & G business! You pander to 'experts'! I don't!

Yes, I do heed the opinions of experts.  Why?  Because they are experts.  They know more about their subject areas than the rest of us.  Of course, you have to first assess the expertise of the person.  In the case of Dr. Janki she is an expert par excellence.  Not only does she have the academic training, which is enough for me, but she was in house counsel at BP.  We should be listening to people like her and Dr. Adams, not Jagdeo and Ali. 

You still haven't answered my question, Tota! Where is the money for renewables going to come from? You, like the coalition whores, really.don't want the O & G money in PPP hands because 1. they and you don't want it.in PPP hands for any development.of Guyana by the fing PPP will spell the death.of any coalition; 2. they prefer the money in their greedy hands! They don't give a fk about the people of Guyana, whatever ethnicity! Or you! After all, they've got the GPF and GDF on their side! God help them if those people start waking up and thinking for themselves! God help ALL of Guyana!

But keep a close watch on Ali, not.Jokeo!

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@shallyv posted:

You still haven't answered my question, Tota! Where is the money for renewables going to come from? You, like the coalition whores, really.don't want the O & G money in PPP hands because 1. they and you don't want it.in PPP hands for any development.of Guyana by the fing PPP will spell the death.of any coalition; 2. they prefer the money in their greedy hands! They don't give a fk about the people of Guyana, whatever ethnicity! Or you! After all, they've got the GPF and GDF on their side! God help them if those people start waking up and thinking for themselves! God help ALL of Guyana!

But keep a close watch on Ali, not.Jokeo!

It's a no brainer: the money spent on fossil fuels will be diverted to renewables.  It is no different from what other countries are doing.  The monetization of pollution is the key factor in the equation. 

Yeh! I agree, but only because you're exhibiting no rational thinking on the matter.but are really concerned, like the coalition, about the development of Guyana in PPP hands! How many times.must.I.remind you that Ms. Danki wants Guyana out of the O & G business? But then, I'm concerned about Guyana and.ALL its people! I lost any enthusiasm for.Cheddi when he.became friends with the inFidel Castor oil! The only thing that could.have come out of that relationship.was the shits! The fing dreamers thought they could liberate South America from the.US octopus while the octopus jealously guarded its treasure! Octupi have to live, too, you know, whether by hook or fook! So fook you dreamers! Why.else do you think the border issue was resurrected?

@shallyv posted:

Yeh! I agree, but only because you're exhibiting no rational thinking on the matter.but are really concerned, like the coalition, about the development of Guyana in PPP hands! How many times.must.I.remind you that Ms. Danki wants Guyana out of the O & G business? But then, I'm concerned about Guyana and.ALL its people! I lost any enthusiasm for.Cheddi when he.became friends with the inFidel Castor oil! The only thing that could.have come out of that relationship.was the shits! The fing dreamers thought they could liberate South America from the.US octopus while the octopus jealously guarded its treasure! Octupi have to live, too, you know, whether by hook or fook! So fook you dreamers! Why.else do you think the border issue was resurrected?

You digress but it is obvious. 

@shallyv posted:

I digress? You have evaded answering my question! Where is the money going to come from for renewables, if.not O & G, which Danki is against?

You maust have missed my answer.  Here it is again: It's a no brainer: the money spent on fossil fuels will be diverted to renewables.  It is no different from what other countries are doing.  The monetization of pollution is the key factor in the equation.

@Totaram posted:

You maust have missed my answer.  Here it is again: It's a no brainer: the money spent on fossil fuels will be diverted to renewables.  It is no different from what other countries are doing.  The monetization of pollution is the key factor in the equation.

Which part of my post is creating difficulty for you, Tota? 'O & G, which.Danki is against'? Period! Full stop! Dot! Desist! Go starve for cash! Sell your women! Whatever! What does the.dreaming bitch care?

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@Ramakant-P posted:


Renewable energy often referred to as clean energy, comes from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished. This is not available to Guyana. They will be better off with the O & G business than renewables.  Some people can't think.

If the Oil and Gas business collapse Guyana will receive enough money to sustain itself for a thousand years.

Yuh talkin' sheer shit! As usual. Guyana don't have natural sources? No sun? No wind (not the one you duz pass)? No water? You do know ALLLL dem tings duz mek fuh renewable energy, right?

@Totaram posted:

"Unless that oil production is stopped it will emit 3.87 billion tons of greenhouse gas. That’s more than 250 years’ worth of emissions from Delaware, the state that President Biden represented in the Senate for 36 years."   It does not matter where the oil is consumed the result will be almost 4 billion tons of greenhouse gas.  This is the danger to Guyana's oil industry.  Why put the planet at further risk when there are alternatives?

@Django Jangles, Tota's reply above is the reason yuh fren Rat Man and Fat Man wasn't at the conference. Rat Man, champeen of de earth akkarding to yuh drunkie fren from Liberty Avenue, tek award, skin he teeth and now tun round becoming part of the problem as Norway defines it.

@Totaram posted:

Yes, I do heed the opinions of experts.  Why?  Because they are experts.  They know more about their subject areas than the rest of us.  Of course, you have to first assess the expertise of the person.  In the case of Dr. Janki she is an expert par excellence.  Not only does she have the academic training, which is enough for me, but she was in house counsel at BP.  We should be listening to people like her and Dr. Adams, not Jagdeo and Ali.

Then I must ass ume you also heed.the.opinions of statisticians and ignore what other.'experts' say of them- 'there lies, damned.lies, and then there are.statistics'!