Brazil's Lula to Developed Countries: Drop Dead


Sigh. In an earlier post today Tim said "Even though you might be lonely and poor, if you cut down part of the rainforest your impact on the world is quite large. Thus, not only do we need to address our systems of power production and asset creation, but we need to be quite careful that the sensitive areas are not compromised."

Meanwhile according to the New York Times, Brazil's president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Tuesday that wealthy countries were responsible for global warming and that they should stop telling Brazil what to do with the Amazon rain forest.

"The wealthy countries are very smart, approving protocols, holding big speeches on the need to avoid deforestation, but they already deforested everything," Mr. da Silva said during the announcement of a public works project in Rio de Janeiro. ::New York Times

In the same article, China said much the same thing:

China said Tuesday that wealthier countries must take the lead in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and refused to say whether it would agree to any mandatory emissions limits that might hamper its booming economy.

Jiang Yu, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said China was willing to contribute to an international effort to combat global warming but placed the primary responsibility on richer, developed nations that have been polluting for much longer.

"It must be pointed out that climate change has been caused by the long-term historic emissions of developed countries and their high per capita emissions," she said, adding that developed countries have responsibilities for global warming "that cannot be shirked."

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