u·su·fruct /ˈyuzʊˌfrʌkt, -sʊ-, ˈyuzyʊ-, ˈyus-/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[yoo-zoo-fruhkt, -soo-, yooz-yoo-, yoos-]–noun Roman and Civil Law.

The right of enjoying all the advantages derivable from the use of something that belongs to another, as far as is compatible with the substance of the thing not being destroyed or injured.
[Origin: 1620–30;

I put up this definition, since usufruct is not a very common word for non-lawyers, and since my source for the subject misinterpreted the word to read the key text exactly backwards.

Jefferson declares clearly that everything about these resources should be decided by the people who live at the particular moment. The Earth belongs to them in "usufruct".

This misinterpretation was apparently intended to aid his attack against James Hansen's article: The Real Deal: Usufruct & the Gorilla, which discusses the tactics and objectives of the climate deniers and their paymasters. In particular, Hansen discusses the recent hysteria whipped up over 1934 -a very hot year in the US, but not so much globally.

What we have here is a case of dogged contrarians who present results in ways intended to deceive the public into believing that the changes have greater significance than reality. They aim to make a mountain out of a mole hill. I believe that these people are not stupid, instead they
seek to create a brouhaha and muddy the waters in the climate change story. They seem to know exactly what they are doing and believe they can get away with it, because the public does not have the time, inclination, and training to discern what is a significant change with regard to the global warming issue.
The proclamations of the contrarians are a deceit, but their story raises a more important matter, usufruct. It is the most important issue in the entire global warming story, in my opinion. The players in the present U.S. temperature story, we scientists included, are just bit players. The characters in the main drama are big fish, really big fish. But before we get to that matter, I need to expoBut before we get to that matter, I need to expose how the deceit works.

Not too much new to the student of that river, but all stuff that continues to escape the Robert Samuelsons of the world and their corporate masters.


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