BRAZIL, Sep 12 (Reuters / EP) –
Brazil's Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo said Wednesday that “there is no catastrophe of climate change,” an issue that only calls into question Brazilian sovereignty, and has rejected that the country is burning the Amazon.
“There is no such thing as the catastrophe of climate change,” said Araújo during a visit to Washington, the US capital. “From the debate that there seems to be that the world is ending,” he added.
The recent forest fires registered in the Amazon have provoked numerous criticisms at international level and have raised the controversy over the policies of the president, Jair Bolsonaro, in prioritizing the development of the region over environmental protection.
Araújo, who has argued that there is a lack of scientific foundation when talking about global warming, has insisted that those who talk about climate change are alarmists who have political ends and that this is part of a conspiracy of lefts against states United and Brazil, whose sovereignty is under attack.
In this regard, the minister has defended that this year's fires are within the average and stressed that deforestation has only been responsible for 2 percent of CO2 emissions globally. Thus, he pointed out that deforestation is behind 11 percent of total emissions worldwide.
“Even if we assume that these emissions directly control the temperature, which the models do not show, Brazil would not be to blame,” he said.