I’ve been posting little here this year, in case you haven’t noticed. You can follow me on Tweeter, where I write a fair bit more, at @guacamayan. And if you want some decent analysis about Latin America energy and environment, click here for Intercambio Climático, where the writers like to post provocative little tidbits about climate change and Latin America. They’ve been going since 2009, so it’s a bit embarrassing that I’m just now noticing them. It’s great to see this being covered anywhere, especially in my native language. Here’s a bit from last week’s article, which also showed up on the Guardian website:
At the climate negotiations, Venezuela has clung to arguments that developing countries have the right to emit to ensure their development. Undermining Venezuela’s position at the negotiations has been their often vociferous rhetoric, while exhibiting a lack of action at home. Meanwhile, a number of poorer countries have shown a willingness to take on far more ambitious emissions cuts.
Venezuela releases only 0.56% of the global total of greenhouse gas emissions, but its per capita emissions (at approximately six tonnes per person) are much higher than the world’s poorest nations. Venezuela’s current emissions, however, pale in significance compared to what is at stake if it does fully develop its oil reserves. Former UK special representative for climate change John Ashton has said that a country’s ability to contribute to global efforts to tackle climate change depends on the credibility of its domestic policies.
Venezuela’s national development plan (2013-19) includes measures to limit emissions, which include the oil industry and would create a world movement to confront climate change. The Venezuelan government has invested $500m in windfarms and distributed 155menergy-saving lightbulbs.
However, critics suggest that Venezuela has little interest and commitment in tackling climate change, and that the plan’s objectives are unlikely to be implemented. According to ClimateScope, which ranks a country’s ability to attract capital for low-carbon energy sources and efforts to build a green economy, Venezuela is currently 24th out of 26 countries.
Go read, bookmark, add to RSS, put on your twitfeed, put on your googleglass, or whatever you kids do nowadays. It’s a useful website. Here’s the link once more.