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Brazil to Obama: Do Something or Return Your Nobel

Obama in Copenhagen For Brazilian Environment minister Carlos Minc the outcome of the Copenhagen's Climate Conference was well below Brazil's expectations. He was particularly disappointed with American president Barack Obama's performance.

"The Nobel Prize is not up to the expectation that the planet's population places on him," Minc stated, alluding to the Nobel Peace Prize received this year by the US leader.

In a direct and personal appeal to the president, the Brazilian minister then said, "Obama, do something. Or you will have to bring the Nobel Prize back here."

Minc said the Brazilian delegation was equally disappointed with Obama's  speech: "We were very frustrated with President Obama's speech, it seemed like he had nothing to do with it," the minister complained.

The Brazilian representative said he didn't like either the way the meeting was run by the Denmark representatives. On Wednesday, December 16, the Danish Environment minister, Connie Hedegaard, resigned as chairman of the conference. Prime minister Loekke Lars Rasmussen took her place.

Leaving the Conference's plenary at daybreak on Saturday, December 19, after hours of intense negotiations, Minc, commented he was living one of the saddest days of his life. For him, the COP-15 was "a disappointment," although it showed "some limited progress."

At the end, after spending days of discussions with representatives from around the wordd, the Brazilian minister came to the conclusion that the US was the main culprit "for this bad climate," because Obama showed up in Copenhagen with very modest goals and without "a mandate to negotiate," since the American Senate hadn't approved his plan for cutting emission gases.

The COP-15 in Minc's mind was marked by selfish positions of countries, "each one looking at its own navel." He also noted that some countries like Venezuela and Cuba, nations that aren't known for the defense of the environment, rejected the final agreement only to counter the United States.

Not everything has been lost though, according to Minc. He saw some progress, which will allow further discussion in 2010 on matters like payment of shares to keep the forests untouched within the Redd mechanism, and the funding to help the poorest countries face global warming.

Minc observed that Brazil has done its part, presenting bold goals to lower CO2 emissions by 2020, between 36% and 39%, and making a big effort to get a binding high-level agreement, which according to him unfortunately did not happen.

He assured that Brazil is not going to stop despite the Copenhagen's failure. He vowed that Brazilians will roll up their sleeves to reach their targets for reducing greenhouse gases, "for the good of the planet."

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  • Purple Rain

    Zico – Mico
    [quote]If this homo Minc is a believer in this myth, he should start at home. The cars, trucks, and buses in this country pollute massively. 70% of them would not be allowed on US roads. People burn their own garbage instead of recycling. [/quote]

    YES, with all of that pollution going on in Brazil and STILL the USA manages to be the BIGGEST polluter of the world 😉

  • Zico

    US’ Fault
    Of course it’s America’s fault. Everything is. The world is seeing this climate change nonsense for the joke it is. The Brazilian peon should stay in Brazilia and collect his bribes. Lula is giving his fellow politicians that Brazil is a world player. Not true.

    If this homo Minc is a believer in this myth, he should start at home. The cars, trucks, and buses in this country pollute massively. 70% of them would not be allowed on US roads. People burn their own garbage instead of recycling. Sewage goes often directly into the rivers and oceans. And the government emits more methane that all the cattle combined.

  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    [quote]this climet change is a joke the oceans of the world have been cooler every year for the past 4 years the avarage temp is down also and will keep going down as long as the oceans have there cycle .[/quote]

    There is a meteorologist in our region who shares your opinion on this and has been proving with statistical data. He calls it “Resfriamento Global”. An interesting fellow.

    [b]jimmy carter ???? AL Gore??? pbo !!!! who wants to be in a club with them [/b]

    Dont forget to include Menachim Begin, Anwar Sadat & Shimon Pires!

    Have a Merry X-mas. Will it be on dry land?

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    Brazil has done its part,
    WHAT have you done ?????????????????/

    a promis ???

    just like sending the boy home that was a promis brasil made did it work yet !!!!

    if you get a chance go see avatar one can see just how the brasilian indains feel when the ranchers and loggers come and kill there forest .

    this climet change is a joke the oceans of the world have been cooler every year for the past 4 years the avarage temp is down also and will keep going down as long as the oceans have there cycle .

    its just like el nino and la nina a long cycle

    like 2012 is the end of a 37.000 year cycle

    all doms day bunk put on by the press and some one that stands to make money of any thing they can

    like selling carbon credtis ??????????? what is that a joke , does any one expect some one to pay to breath the
    so called sinsentes said your own breath was a toxic gass well brush your teeth quit smokeing than .

    CO2 is natural gas given off by just about any thing that is alive

    will brasil with its millions of cows and billions of chickens pay for the meathine given off by them ???
    or for the billions of tons of gas made by burning of the cane fields . I DONT THINK SO

    as far as pbo given his prize back HE SHOULD HAVE NEVER GOTTEN IT IN THE FIRST PLACE , but look who has received it

    jimmy carter ???? AL Gore??? pbo !!!! who wants to be in a club with them
    thoes idiots to the north need some real heros to give it to

    but look at it this way at least he has to give the money to someone else

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