Lula says Brazil will participate in OPEC+ to persuade oil-producing countries to invest in renewable fuels
Pope Francis will be the first to speak. However, after recovering from pneumonia, he was replaced by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, who read a letter from the Pope. “Our future all depends on what we choose now.”.
In the face of another absence, which is the absence of US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris tried to present the second largest source of polluting gases in the world as a climate leader. “The United States has turned ambition into action,” he said.
The country has joined a coalition to phase out power plants that use coal – the dirtiest fuel – and announced rules to limit methane emissions.
This Saturday, more than 100 governments promised to triple the use of renewable energy by 2030. The aim is to have this promise included in the final agreement of the Conference of the Parties, within 10 days – with the agreement of almost all 200 countries..
Brazilian Finance Minister Fernando Haddad has received strong support for the green transition plan: from the US climate envoy.
John Kerry added: “We want to create jobs. We want to work not only in the Amazon region, but in the Cerrado, the Pantanal, and the Atlantic Forest.”
Haddad explained what he expects from the partnership.
“We suggest that, given Brazil’s ability to produce clean energy quickly, these joint ventures could be considered with Brazilian companies that already have advanced technology, but have not completed the product production cycle necessary to scale up clean energy production,” Kerry said.
In a meeting with representatives of Brazilian civil society, President Lula heard several demands. The main factor: the end of the oil.
This week, on the opening day of the COP, a comment by the Minister of Mines and Energy, Alexandre Silveira, had a particularly bad impact among environmentalists in the halls of the event. In a meeting with oil-producing countries, he said that Brazil will join OPEC+ in January. The group brings together the world’s major oil producers and allies such as Russia.
Lula was surprised this Saturday (2) by confirming the country’s accession to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries + Allies. But he said the government would use the channel to put pressure on producers to find alternatives.
The Brazilian president said: “I think it is important for us to participate in OPEC+, because we need to convince oil-producing countries that they need to prepare for the end of fossil fuels.”
After that, Lula opened an event on climate change in which he spoke about the wars in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip.
The Brazilian president said: “I feel uncomfortable when I begin my speech. I can only ask the warring parties to stop killing each other. Sit down at the negotiating table and let us save lives instead of destroying them.”
In his third speech today – during an event on forests – Lula became emotional when he spoke about Environment Minister Marina Silva. “I cannot use the word jungle if I have someone from the jungle in my government. Marina was born in the jungle and became literate at the age of sixteen.”
With so many leaders present at the same time, in the same environment, this is normal: they also take the opportunity to speak more privately. President Lula held another series of bilateral meetings on this third day of the UN Climate Conference. One of these meetings was with the French President, who arranged a visit to Brazil in March.
Emmanuel Macron was asked about the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, which the Brazilian government was trying to conclude next week. The French President said clearly:
“I am against the agreement” He added: “It is an old-fashioned trade agreement. I cannot ask the French and the Europeans to make decarbonization efforts and then say that I will remove all tariffs to bring in products that do not apply these rules.” “He finished.
Before bidding farewell to the COP, Lula commented on Macron’s reaction, saying: “I think he has the right to oppose the agreement. Macron has always been like that. France has always been the most difficult country to reach an agreement because France is more protectionist, you know? It’s not the same position.” “The European Union that thinks differently.”
Early Saturday evening, President Emmanuel Macron said via the Internet that France is determined to preserve forests, along with Brazil. The state will allocate 500 million euros to preserve forests over the next three years. But he did not give details.
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