Wednesday, March 12, 2008

TNC brokers most expensive debt for land deal

The Nature Conservancy served as a broker of a land deal between the United States and the Costa Rican government that is called the most expensive debt swap deal ever at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. The Costa Rica government owed a debt of $26 million to the U.S. that was forgiven in turn for a pledge to prevent development in the rain forest. While nobody argues that preserving the rain forest is a worthwhile goal and some people think this is a great idea (see

The kicker on this deal is that the U.S. taxpayers will also fund the conservation project managed by The Nature Conservancy for the next 16 years. No information was available on how much The Nature Conservancy earned on the brokerage transaction or how much their fees will be for the ongoing management of the project. The Nature Conservancy is the world’s richest non-profit organization due to its success in arranging these profitable deals at the expense of governments and ultimately its taxpayers.

1 comment:

D.L. Soucy said...

I'm glad to see I'm not alone here. The cost to the taxpayer for being green and supporting TNC's activities is incredible.But there is more to the issue than meets they eye.I've started to expose some in their dealings with Plum Creek Timber ( on Dans Maine View. Fynch and Pruyn is another up and coming tax bill, along with the thousands of other tax burdens in the oven.