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Addressee Profile: Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil

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photo by Blog do Planalto/Wikimedia Creative Commons LicenseDilma Rousseff has been the President of Brazil since January 1st, 2011.

She made our list of addressees by being the head of state of the country emitting the third highest amount of greenhouse gases in the world.

Positive movement:

  • In June 2013, Rousseff announced 6.1 billion reais ($2.85 billion) to fund renewable-power and biofuel technology research. [source]

  • Brazil’s transport sector has a lower carbon intensity compared to that of most other countries because of its widespread use of ethanol as a fuel for vehicles. [source]

  • As head of the Brazilian Delegation in Copenhagen in 2009, Rousseff announced Brazil would adopt voluntary carbon emission reduction targets of 38-42%. [one two]

Why that’s not enough:

  • In January 2013, Rouseff more than doubled the number of acres offered in Brazil’s first oil exploration auction since 2008 [source]

  • Despite a recent decline in output, Brazil still produced 2.46 million barrels of oil and gas a day in May 2013. [source]

  • In the Forest Code reform bill of 2012, Rousseff had a major opportunity to be unequivocal in preserving the Amazon; she opted instead for a piecemeal approach that has since increased deforestation [one two]

  • Rousseff’s pursuit of biofuel development may actually be increasing Brazil’s carbon footprint. [source]

Dilma Rousseff on Wikipedia


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