Brazil President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva is being honored in an odd way — Petrobras is renaming the huge and game-changing Tupi oilfield “Lula.” Yes, the field will enrich Brazil. But it will also spend the next few decades being sucked dry, injected with vapor, and in a worst-case scenario, blowing up and polluting the Atlantic. All while enriching the world’s biggest corporations. No wonder Lula the person pushed back lightly on the honor. Reuters reports:
The company has traditionally given its oil fields the names of aquatic creatures when they become commercially viable. As it happens, Lula also means “squid” in Portuguese.
“I’m proud,” Lula told reporters. “But it’s not my name — it’s a (mollusk).”