The Rich Show Their Hand at Copenhagen: Estadao of Brazil

Continuing with our translated foreign press coverage of how the United States is being portrayed at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, this editorial from Estadao of Brazil illustrates the rupture that a leaked document, which originated in Denmark and seems to favor wealthy nations, has created between the developed and developing worlds.

The Estadao editorial says in part:

“The executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Yvo de Boer, rushed to deny the importance draft declaration, prepared for the Copenhagen Conference by Denmark with the official endorsement of the U.S. and Britain, which was revealed by the London newspaper, The Guardian. It’s a proposal that goes against the very spirit of the meeting, which has brought together delegations from 192 countries. The text concretizes the interests of the industrialized powers – the main emitters of the toxic gases responsible for raising the earth’s temperature. Furthermore … it releases developed nations from the obligation of assuming long-term financial commitments to help the rest of the world mitigate and adapt to the consequences of the greenhouse effect.

“Its mere preparation makes it clear that the rich world refuses to pay the bill, both literally and figuratively, for the rapid deterioration of the global climate. The so-called “Danish text” is a step backwards from what little has been done so far to prevent the worst.”

EDITORIAL

Translated By Brandi Miller

December 10, 2009

Brazil – Estadao – Original Article (Portuguese)
The executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Yvo de Boer, rushed to deny the importance of the draft declaration prepared for the Copenhagen Conference by Denmark with the official endorsement of the U.S. and Britain, which was revealed by the London newspaper, The Guardian. It’s a proposal that goes against the very spirit of the meeting, which has brought together delegations from 192 countries. The text concretizes the interests of the industrialized powers – the main emitters of the toxic gases responsible for raising the earth’s temperature. Furthermore, it divides poor nations between the more and less vulnerable to the effects of global warming, and releases developed nations from the obligation of assuming long-term financial commitments to help the rest of the world mitigate and adapt to the consequences of the greenhouse effect.

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