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Brazil’s Lula Hurt and Mad at Environment Minister’s Resignation

Brazil's former minister of Environment, Marina Silva Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, compared this Wednesday, May 14, the decision of his Environment minister to resign to a child telling his parents that he or she is leaving home. Lula said that he received the news with mixed feelings of sadness and happiness.

He guaranteed, however, that Brazil's environmental policy will not change with Marina Silva's departure.

"I wonder," the president noted "whether you ever had a child that one day announces: 'I'm leaving'. You are left with a mix of suffering and happiness because the person when makes his decision thinks he is doing the best for his own life. That's the way I felt."

Lula reminded reporters that his relationship with Marina Silva has lasted more than 30 years, almost as long as his marriage to first lady Marisa Letí­cia. The first couple will soon celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary.

The Brazilian leader called his former minister as the world's most qualified person to deal with environment. And explained why nothing is changing in the environment front: "We devised a magic word, transversality. That means to place all the actors around a table so that the decisions become state and government policies and not a minister's policy."

It's been reported, however, that privately Lula was very angry at the way Marina Silva left her post, according to the president, assuming an air of victim. He complained to close aides that the news was published by the press before he had a chance to read his former minister's resignation letter. Aides called Marina's attitude "outlandish" and "bizarre".

Marina's departure after a six-year stormy term is just the final chapter on a war of attrition that grew fiercer last year when the government accused the Environment ministry of delaying works from Brazil's Growth Acceleration Program by dragging its feet on granting environmental licenses for some projects.

Marina ended up in a public dispute with the presidential chief of staff Dilma Roussef and Lula himself talked about his displeasure when problems with licenses delayed auction for the construction of power plants at Madeira river, an Amazon river tributary.

At the time, Marina talked about the controversy around fish species that could become extinct due to the power plants construction: "I've always been called," she said annoyed, "the minister of the catfish." She then threatened to offer her resignation but ended up staying.

In her resignation letter Marina Silva says that Lula "is witness to the increasing resistances met by our team from important sectors in the government and the society."

Carlos Minc, the current Environment secretary of Rio de Janeiro state, will be the new Environment minister. The former governor of Acre, a state in the Amazon region, was offered the post by Lula but declined the offer.

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    ‘the government accused the Environment ministry of delaying works from Brazil’s Growth Acceleration Program by dragging its feet on granting environmental licenses for some projects.’

    ‘Dragging your feet ‘is a euphamism for not doing what your are told when you are told to do it. Apparently the powers that be were displeased with the fact that the law required that they consult with the minister and not the other way around.

  • DU 48

    General confusion
    Lula was not impressed, was he.The military always complain of lack of funds, outdated equipment-who doesn’t?
    In the absence of Lula wanting/able to take a lead over matters Amazonian-unless things get completely out of hand, it will be probably left to Nelson Jobim to steady the ship.
    Incidentally , Suez and Camargo Correa won the Jirau Dam auction today:competition for Odebrecht and Furnas who won the Santo Antonio power station.

    Mr Minc-if he does accept the job and it’s by no means certain, will have his work cut out, that’s for sure.

  • João da Silva

    DU 48
    [quote]It will be interesting to see if Carlos Minc manages to persuade Lula to have more Army units monitoring the region, as has been reported in the press.[/quote]

    The latest news is that the government was already studying the possibility of changing the laws to permit the Armed forces to monitor the region. Probably, a day or two after the speech given by Gen.Augusto Heleno at the “Clube Militar”! Subsequently he appeared on TV Band too and the interview was quite interesting. I don’t know if you watched it and in case you did not, it is worth doing so on You tube. The following is the link:

    [url]http://br.youtube.com/watch?v=9erYyec_xzA&feature=related[/url]

  • DU 48

    One more hole for the gruyere cheese
    One of the reasons for Swiss emigration in the 18th and19th Centuries was lack of food – partly due to three famines. Lutheran doctrine even maintained that emigration was sinful! It gives you an idea of the kind of people who came to Brazil.

    It will be interesting to see if Carlos Minc manages to persuade Lula to have more Army units monitoring the region, as has been reported in the press.

  • ch.c.

    To DU DU !!!!!
    Your “The trick is how to ensure development benefits everybody and not just the few -chc included. “
    So right, but easier said that done !

    Sso far you can read the ranking “Switzerland tops tourism chart for best environment”
    and not…….Brazil tops tourism chart for best environment with their 5000 kms of beaches !!!!

    Right ?

    Funny that wealthy people around the world LOVE Switzerland for tourism.
    Average people LOVE Switzerland too.
    Most tourists going in Brazil WONT go twice. Guess why.
    This is not only due pollution, but due to price/quality, security, trust, services, just to name a few of many other reasons.

    for your info only, here in Switzerland :
    – in 2008 we started charging a CO2 tax of US$ 12.- per ton to all companies emitting CO2.
    And the US$ per ton is going to be increased nearly on a yearly basis.
    Some of that amount will be returned to every citizen, in the form of a credit to our health
    insurance.
    NOT a bad idea….in my view
    – in 2009 we will start charging a small tax for every KWH of energy used both by companies and individuals. That tax will be for a fund for renewable and non polluting energy.
    Estimated amount of tax US$ 40.- per capita.
    Looks small….but remain the only one on earth.
    Because this is on top of the many other investments with the same goal.

    Ohhh and as to Mink experience and success in environment in Rio.
    If positive, why is Rio so dirty, smelly and stinky ?
    Why in many ocean areas in Rio, there are no more fish or only contaminated fish ?
    Due to NON pollution or OVER pollution ????

    And let me laugh concerning your “reduce red tape concerning environmental licensing,”
    because in Brazil every administration is full of red tape, for which you truly excel.
    Red tape is not only in environmental licensing.

    Finally, a written law means just about nothing unless it is applied by the letter.
    Case in point :
    Vote buying is illegal by laws. Right ?
    Why have been the guilty people been pardoned by senators as corrupted as those found guilty ?
    And pardon voted in a secret vote….of course.

    This is MENTAL POLLUTION…for which Brazilians truly excel.
    So much that some of you will pretend that I am the one who is wrong !
    Proof that you have NOOOOOO intention to change whatever is wrong as long as you can make
    more money….at whatever manipulation is needed !!!

    LOSERS ALWAYS LIE,CHEAT AND HIDE, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, BETTER YET BY ALL WAYS, AND SO BRAZIL DOES !!!!!

  • DU 48

    Make Mine MInk
    Mr Mink’s experience is more related to urban environmental development.According to the Journal de Brasilia, in an interview in Paris with BBC Brasil he said that he wanted to reduce red tape concerning environmental licensing, as he apparently has done in Rio.
    Reading between the lines, the international consortiums have managed to tip the balance in favour of outright development of the Madeira river for hydro energy.
    Although the environmental lobby says that more research is needed regarding the river before licenses are issued, ( Swiss?)time and money rules. So be it!
    The trick is how to ensure development benefits everybody and not just the few -chc included.

  • ch.c.

    “world’s most qualified person to deal with environment.”
    Ohhhhh yesssssss :
    your actual Amazon annual deforestation produces 300 millions tons of carbon dioxide.

    And your ocean and rivers pollution is very high.
    Everything goes straight there. Very little garbage or waste water is treated.
    Your open dumpsites are by the thousands.
    Most areas in your cities are dirty and smelly when not stinky !

    Every of your 180 millions cattles…is producing more pollution than ONE car.
    Your cattles can drink in man made open reservoirs, where they can also piss and shit their 12 daily muds ! Yessss…12 muds is the daily average….per cattle, if you did not know !
    Or nearly 2,2 billion muds….daily ! How many hundreds millions liter of piss.
    I bet that it is far more than your sugarcane ethanol production…if you can do the maths ! Laugh…laugh…laugh….but so true….unfortunately.

    You are building new oil refineries, highly polluting, The next one, very large, will be built in Maranho. Thus you wont only pollute the Amazon via the fumes but also the ocean….by definition.
    In the USA NOT ONE NEW refiney was built in the last 30 years….due to environment problems.

    Hmmmmmm….. Brazil reality in environmental control is not as good as Robin the Crook pretends !

    Ohhhhhh….and the idiot,the non literate and ignorant Robin the Junkie is not aware of the ranking of Brazil for environment !

    I can tell you that Switzerland has been ranked……FIRST !!!!!!!

    Who could write down Brazil ranking ????????????????????????????????????

    Furthermore, to prove that I am not so idiot as Robin the Crook, here is part of a BRAZILIAN
    organisation (Defensaria do Agua) report on Brazil Water Pollution :
    ” The report begins citing UN data saying that close to 89% of people in hospitals lack access to quality water, as water supplies are not adequately treated due to technical deficiencies of service providers.
    Pollution of rivers and lakes has increased five-fold in the last 10 years, reads the report, adding that the discharge of toxic material from industry and agriculture is the principal pollution source, followed by urban and rural sewage discharge, and waste along water courses.”
    You can see that not only the muds and piss from animals such as cattles and pigs, but also from fertilizers, fongicide, insecticides etc etc is quite….POLLUTING !
    And re-read again : in only ten years….lakes and rivers pollution has been multiplied by a factor of 5.
    A world record, no doubt .

    Better yet, as per aneki.com :
    – Most Dangerous Cities in the world : Rio is nbr 6
    (mental and social problems…..by definition)
    – Countries with the highest Emissions of Organic Water Pollutants : 1) China 7) Brazil

    Proving my arguments mentioned above.

    Simple proof that Robin the Crook is again lying, cheating and hiding the truth….just as usual.

    Conclusion : We let you pollute YOUR country…and after that….we import and consume the best of it….non polluted of course ! We have stringent laws…as you know !
    VIVA GLOBALIZATION.
    DEVELOPPED NATIONS HAVE THE FIRM INTENTION TO…..GLOBALIZE MORE !

    😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

  • João da Silva

    [quote]So far Mr Minc has said he knows nothing about the Amazon: NOT very clever, but then that’s just what everybody wants, isn’t it?[/quote]

    Have you read Mr.MincÀ‚´s biography?

  • DU 48

    Sustainable Development:How to avoid the guilt syndrome.
    WWF- Brazil has produced a document- Sustainable Power Sector Vision 2020 available in Portuguese.
    Glenn Switkes, Latin America Program Director of International Rivers challenges the Madeira River Dam project.
    So far Mr Minc has said he knows nothing about the Amazon: NOT very clever, but then that’s just what everybody wants, isn’t it?

  • João da Silva

    Dam builders or dam busters:Lula`s 15 billion dollar Gamble
    A great analysis and the comments reflect the reality!

  • DU 48

    Dam builders or dam busters:Lula`s 15 billion dollar Gamble
    Back in 2007 the NYT published an article with the headline saying ” both sides say project is pivotal for Brazil.” The NYT was referring to the Madeira River Project- 2 dams -Jirau and Santo Antonio.
    The environmental question and EIA is simply not regarded as top priority- hardly surprising when energy supply to the industrial south and 20 thousand jobs are at stake.
    The crunch for Marina? Political immediacy: next week is when the bidding for the dams starts for real.
    Forget the ‘tears’ from the President – that’s just for the box- The czars in Brazilia know very well which side their bread is buttered. Mr Unger-an academic- is about strategic planning. Nature conservation is for the chattering classes.
    Carlos Minc is going to talk to Lula next week. The founder of the Green Party is going to be nicely sandwiched between Unger and Dilma: nice tactics MR President.

  • João da Silva

    AES
    [quote]Dragging your feet ‘is a euphamism for not doing what your are told when you are told to do it. Apparently the powers that be were displeased with the fact that the law required that they consult with the minister and not the other way around.[/quote]

    Great to hear your from you again. As usual, you aptly (and succinctly) put it!

  • João da Silva

    dnbaiacu
    [quote]Carlos Minc, the current Environment secretary of Rio de Janeiro state, will be the new Environment minister.[/quote]

    This new one has already declared that he does not know much of Brasil, but just Rio. He would not know either,because he spent years in exile in France (studied in Sorbonne). The coordinator of the PAS (Plano AmazÀƒ´nia SustentÀƒ¡vel) is Harvard law professor Dr. Roberto Mangabeira Unger. Therefore Brazilian Amazon is in the capable hands of the professors trained in Harvard and Sorbonne.

    After coming to know all these details, I breathed a sigh of relief. 😉

  • dnbaiacu

    My guess was right.
    Just looks like she’s not going to stand for or participate in the rape of Brazil.

  • João da Silva

    Minister’s Resignation
    The lady left with lot of dignity. Not fighting to retain her “cargo”. No scandals were associated with her during the past 5 years she served as a minister.

    My hats off to Marina Silva. Hope she continues her good work in the senate.

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