Dear Climate-L, I would like to share this short article with you on Venezuela’s climate change policy following the passing of President Hugo Chávez. Given that Venezuela holds the world’s largest known oil reserves its role at the U.N. climate negotiations is pivotal. We question whether Venezuela will be a key architect of a new deal in 2015 or if it will sabotage progress. We suggest Venezuela can rebrand itself as a proactive actor both at home and at the U.N. climate negotiations.
We hope the piece is of interest. Any feedback would be welcome.
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The STAGGERING levels of hypocrisy and colonialism in this!! They are to blame for having oil reserves and wanting to develop their country perhaps. So unreasonable, these yokels. Clearly haven’t been to the best universities.
Meanwhile, the US, which has been stealing every other fucker’s oil, land etc etc for 230 years is somehow not the main villain (alongside, maybe, the British?). And it has never of course “sabotaged the process.” When I talk about academics as whores and parasites, this is what I had in mind. But I am expecting some whores and parasites to sue me for libel for implying they are as corrupt and venal as academics.
To be clear. I am not saying Chavez was one iota less hypocritical than pretty much every other leader (or human being, for that matter) on the subject of climate change. I am not saying that “Ecuador’s fascinating plan to be proposed at the next Opec meeting to create a 3-5% ‘Daly-Correa’ tax on every barrel of oil exported to rich countries to raid billions for poor countries to adapt to climate change” – is anything other than a damn fine idea.
I AM saying that when you write an article slagging off a poor country for “sabotaging” the process, you have a moral and intellectual duty to call out the big villains, even if it’s only for a sentence or three.