Reuters: Brazil Slashing Climate Change Budgets

Bolsonaro with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House
Bolsonaro with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, Washington, D.C., 19 March 2019. By Palácio do Planalto – https://www.flickr.com/photos/palaciodoplanalto/32480862867/, CC BY 2.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

President Bolsonaro in Brazil, who is frequently described in mainstream media as the Latin American Trump, has upset greens by slashing the Brazilian budget for climate action and forestry.

Brazil slashes budget to fight climate change as deforestation spikes

Mauricio Angelo

BRASILIA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Efforts to keep the Amazon rainforest standing and reduce Brazil’s planet-warming emissions are being hampered by budget cuts for the country’s environmental watchdog and its main climate change programme, researchers have said. 

For January to May 2019, the amount allocated was R$17.4 million ($3.24 million), against R$5.3 million so far in 2020, according to figures provided by the Institute of Socioeconomic Studies (INESC), a non-profit organisation that has analysed Brazil’s public budget for more than 30 years. 

Funding for activities under Brazil’s national climate change plan has also been cut, from R$436 million for 2019 to R$247 million for 2020, a drop of more than 40%, INESC research showed. 

The climate plan, led by the environment ministry, is aimed at meeting Brazil’s international commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 37% from 2005 levels by 2025 and an “intended reduction” of 43% by 2030.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-deforestation-climate-change-a/brazil-slashes-budget-to-fight-climate-change-as-deforestation-spikes-idUSKBN2392LC

Greens repeatedly assure us that renewables are cheaper than coal, so even with reduced government funding, simple economics should be enough to drive progress, right?

28 thoughts on “Reuters: Brazil Slashing Climate Change Budgets

    • Bolsonaro has seen the light somewhere, but it hasn’t reached to him yet. There are many lights on his head but, unfortunately, are fused. Cheering about a possible good measure that comes from it in favor of climate skepticism it’s dangerous. The last thing that AGW skeptics will want is to be, by any means, associated with this “personage”.

    • You’re not alone. I too have the strong impression that the whole CAGW bandwagon is finally falling apart. All environmental scares run out of steam eventually.

    • There are now attempts to link covid deaths to air pollution, some truly junk science getting published along the lines of … more deaths in cities, which have more air pollution, therefore the pollution is guilty.

      • Climanrecon

        My question is more basic than that!

        “The climate plan, led by the environment ministry, is aimed at meeting Brazil’s international commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 37% from 2005 levels by 2025 and an “intended reduction” of 43% by 2030.”

        Did they really “commit” to this, or the author did the calculation and looked at the agreement, and wants them to commit? Isn’t it a “national commitment”, rather than an “international commitment”? That’s a give-away there is a fledging lie leaving its nest.

        Some authors call these numbers an “obligation” or a “requirement”, but they are voluntary. So I wonder if Brazil committed to anything at all. Being a signatory doesn’t create a commitment. There are many things written in the Agreement.

        Further, and missing from the presentation, is the fact that Brazil is the lead country in the protest against the mooted interpretation of Article 6, in particular 6.2 and 6.4 governing Carbon Emission Certificates (CERs) generations and payments which they have been receiving (big time) under the CDM program of the Kyoto arrangement.

        The reason the COP 25 talks collapsed is because of Brazil! Bolsinaro told them either they are allowed to continue to receive payments for existing carbon trading projects under the contracted rules of CDM or they are not going to agree to the Paris Accord Article 6 which sets forth a new calculation mechanism related to biomass. The major income from CDM in Brazil is biomass-related. The new calculation method requires that all the baselines be recalculated from 2020 and new offset numbers generated, and Brazil will lose billions in carbon credits (saleable CERs).

        Why? Because the thing was a scam from the start. The CDM system for biomass projects permitted the creation and use of completely fictitious fNRB values (fraction of Non-Renewable Biomass). Poor countries were supposed to receive big payments for implementing projects – all that money you hear a out. Paris is supposed to correct this fraud without using the term, and Brazil leads a group of countries opposing the correction being applied to existing projects.

        The Paris Agreement talks last June failed, same reason. Failed again in September, failed again pre-COP 25, failed at COP 25 and will fail at COP 26. Brazil refuses to allow the rich countries to scoop up the majority of carbon credits and demands that a large fraction of the potential to earn money be allocated to poor countries which benefited almost not at all from the Kyoto Protocol. (He is correct.)

        So I have some reservations that Brazil “committed” to anything under the Paris Agreement. Author wishes they did.

        If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. If Rio saves carbon, the prices will slide. There are presently more than 4 billion CERs being held off he European market because of the lousy price. The idea is to get the Paris Agreement up and running and mandatory carbon taxes implemented everywhere, driving up the value of those certificates. They are speculating on the future price of hot air. Bolsinaro is leading the Big Chill.

  1. I see someone coined the words ” Identity Socialism” as the new method of weaponizing the old “identity Politics” where the anarchist groups try to foment trouble between different cultural backgrounds. With such a broad base of attack, you can pick on any divisive historical subject, statues, colour of skin, jobs, arrest rates, immigration, haves and have nots, and work the crowds then melt off in satisfaction. Especially if you get money thrust at them to create the chaos. Aided of course by those that promote and embrace change messaging in our schools. The issue of course doesn’t matter, just the level of chaos and disruption, the more emotional, the more irrational becomes the crowd mentality.

    Quite sad really

  2. Very OT:
    Over on NoTrickZone either an administrative fault or a hack appears to be in action:

    https://notrickszone.com is requesting your username and password. The site says: “Adminbereich”

    The page seems to load correctly from a German IP, but after a few seconds the Apache login sign pops up.

      • It is worse than we thought!

        Others may encounter the same issue, when not logged in to Youtube.

        The issue is:
        “Cross-Origin Request Blocked: The Same Origin Policy disallows reading the remote resource at https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/id. (Reason: CORS request did not succeed).”
        after a POST request issued from the NTZ page.

        When you in FireFox block Cross-Origin Request this issue may come up. One can cancel the user/password request and continue normally.
        However, big brother is after you increasingly.

    • Something similar with me when using Firefox browser , but if you click the X in the RH corner of the popup rectangle it disappears .
      Lately have been using Edge , nothing untoward with that .

      • Sometimes clicking on an “X” will cause a virus to be installed on your computer.

        If you get an unknown popup that locks up your browser until you click on the top window popup, you should stop the browser process rather than clicking on anything in the popup including the “X”. That’s if you want to be extra safe. Sometimes clicking the “X” will actually exit the popup but sometimes it doesn’t.

        One good thing about the Firefox browser is if you stop the popup by stopping the browser process, when you start Firefox back up it will ask you if you want to restore the tabs and windows that were open before the process was stopped, so you can resume your browsing session quickly, just be sure to disallow the restoration of the popup window.

        • Good point Tom . This authentication notice on starting Notricks only pops up on Firefox with me , not Chrome or Edge , and there is a “cancel” option in the box . Would this be a safer option? I had assumed that it was some additional, but unnecessary, security measure added in one of the recent Firefox updates (they seem to come along with increased frequency these days and are automatically installed).

          • “and there is a “cancel” option in the box . Would this be a safer option?”

            Not necessarily. Hackers can program it so any thing you click on in the popup will install a virus.

            I use Firefox and a browser add-on called “NoScript” which will block every script trying to access your browser. Blocking all scripts sometimes causes the webpage not to act properly but for example, I can allow both “WUWT” and “WP.co” and then the webpage will load properly but none of the additional scripts from other websites will load unless I allow them to load through a convenience menu of websites trying to access you and you can pick and choose whether to allow them or not.

            I never get any popups visiting WUWT, or just about any other webpage because they are all blocked from the start until I allow them, and most of them are not necessary to the operation of the webpage so they are never allowed.

            It’s curious that one of the websites wanting permission to access the WUWT webpage is newsmaxfeednetwork.cox. I don’t understand the association. Do they display an advertisement on the WUWT webpage? I don’t know because I never allowed the website. Didn’t see any reason to do so.

  3. The BBC, increasingly only reporting ChiCon-19 scare stories and pieces supporting the looters and burners, with a seasoning of Glowbull Warming ‘less we forget’, ignores most actual news stories altogether.

    But they find space now for attack pieces on Bolsonaro. Last night Brazil had been elevated to the second worst country in the World hit by Kung Flu.

    They also quoted obviously socialist complainers suggesting that actual deaths are far higher than reported. There have, in the last three months, been few suggestions that the figures from China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Vietnam etc might have been, ummmm, tweaked a little.

    And when you look at the ‘deaths per million’ figures, obviously the most sensible metric (other than for tiny places like San Marino), Brazil is not doing too badly.
    The BBC hasn’t cared to examine why Belgium is the world’s worst, despite heavy handed Lockdown.

  4. Brazil is not facing challenges but real difficulties – to use the more honest word. However, as some of my Brazilians friends, hard working professional people, tell me the situation is far more complex than the simplistic analysis of activists and media. These friends are all for individual responsibility, hard work and commensurate rewards. Many politicians and the activists want a nebulous equality – even if it means everyone is equally poor and dependent on the state. This is not what my friends want.

    • Sorry, to clarify: I know the USA is not the world, and I commend the Brazilian leadership for their insight and willingness to take action. But where America goes, so goes much of the western world. There will be a steady erosion of liberty for ordinary Americans following the next election, and I think it’s reasonable to expect that like movements in Europe and Canada will continue to gain power. It’s so much simpler to let Big Brother handle things, especially when obedience has been inculcated since early childhood by our “education” systems. Thinking for oneself and then applying that thinking to action takes actual effort, and who needs that when you can binge binge-watch the latest Netflix series?

      The only thing keeping me from total despair is the evidence I see in places like Reddit and the meme community that a lot of young people – not, obviously, university liberal arts people – are already deeply cynical about the entire political process in the west. There’s a generation coming up behind the social justice warriors and Antifa scum, and God willing we will see a tremendous swing back to traditional values, the rule of law, and the promotion of individual success and freedom. It’s happened before, but there were no gangs of blackshirts roaming the streets and no media empires or Democrats abetting them. All we can do at this point is use our vote wisely and – seriously, it couldn’t hurt – pray.

      • “The only thing keeping me from total despair is the evidence I see in places like Reddit and the meme community that a lot of young people – not, obviously, university liberal arts people – are already deeply cynical about the entire political process in the west.”

        Don’t despair. At least not yet. I don’t think Biden has a chance of being elected. The lying Leftwing Media just makes it seem like he is a winner. Trump will blow him away at the first debate. Pay no attention to the polls. They almost all undercount Republicans and overcount Democrats. Remember 2016. All the polls were showing Hillary winning handily. But they turned out to be wrong. They have not improved since that time.

        Here’s some good news to hang your hat on: ADP was predicting job losses of 9 million for last week in the United States but the actual figure turned out to be 2.6 million.

        • Thanks for the good thoughts. I’m in no way confident of another defeat though, not when all the news outlets keep lying and getting away with it. Perfect example, the furor over Trump “ordering the police to tear-gas peaceful protesters” on his way to the church. Both the Park Police and local reporters have said that:

          a) it was smoke, not tear gas
          b) they did it several minutes before Trump crossed the street, which they did not know he was going to do, and
          c) the police were being pelted with bottles by those “peaceful” protesters, who had also achieved a high vantage point by climbing a burned structure nearby, and that’s the reason they used smoke.

          Apology for the lie (perpetrated by the WaPo and then disseminated by everyone else)? Retraction? Are you kidding me? Not going to happen – not when you have to go digging through the Internet just to learn the truth. Not when the Glorious Peoples’ Revolution is at stake. Do most people know DoJ prosecution has asked Emmett Sullivan to reverse his guilty verdict against General Flynn? Do most people know Joe Biden lied in an African-American church about his stance on Coronavirus just to smear Trump? Do they know Hunter Biden is a cocaine addict and serial adulterer? No, they do not. Their thoughts are not their own, and they don’t know it, and they’re fine with that.

          I want them to be beaten again – and I mean to the point of humiliation – more than I’ve wanted anything in years, but we’ll just have to wait and see. 🙁

          • You summed the situation up pretty good, Tiger.

            What keeps me going is I think the American people as a whole, are smarter than some people think they are. We’ll find out in November. I saw a Silent Majority rise up once and elect Reagan when noone was expecting it, and I think I see another big statement by the American People coming in the near future.

          • The Dems have done nothing but try to win the 2016 election for the last 4 years. They have a candidate that is truly unwell mentally. Look at it this way. Is what they have going for them now better than what they had last election? Their platform is a suicide Green New Deal and that is it. Moderate Dems don’t like it either.

            Trump is going to win bigger than lasti tme. Blacks and Hispanics under Trump had the lowest unemployment figures in history until covid. The US is going to have the country back on the rails economically, at least obviously growing by election time. Big win. Just get everbody out to vote.

  5. Thanks again guys. Yes, their platform, if you can call it that, is based entirely on race-baiting, pandering, and trillions of dollars worth of other people’s money worth of free stuff to non-producers. They’d sink the economy, reopen the flow of illegals, and continue the assault on the rule of law and the sellout to the ChiComs for the sake of regaining power and building their personal nine-figure fortunes – all under a transparent costume of “compassion and unity” that wouldn’t fool a bright ten-year old.

    Everyone needs to keep doing their part to out them as representatives of the creeping rot that has affected the west since the 1960s. And – fingers crossed.

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