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Brazil environment minister demands ‘ceiling’ on oil production

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🗞️ Driving the news: Brazil's Environment Minister, Marina Silva, has proposed considering limits on oil production and exploration
This stance is in contrast to the government's ambition to become a major crude producer by 2029
The current plan aims to increase oil output from 3 million barrels per day to 5.4 million by the decade's end

🔭 The context: Silva, a respected environmentalist, was appointed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, highlighting Brazil's commitment to ecological protection
However, her views clash with the energy ministry and Petrobras, who are focused on exploiting new offshore field
Brazil's joining of Opec+ as an observer adds complexity to this dynamic

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The debate underscores the tension between economic growth through fossil fuel exploitation and environmental protection
•  Brazil's dual focus on increasing oil production while calling for more global support in preserving the Amazon raises questions about its commitment to fighting climate change

⏭️ What's next: The Brazilian government must balance its goals of tripling renewable energy with its oil and gas aspirations
Silva emphasizes the need for an energy transition, while also acknowledging the importance of energy security

💬 One quote: "We cannot give up on the energy transition. Energy security is necessary, but we also must think about transition. Both things must happen" (Marina Silva)

📈 One stat: In the first nine months of the year, Brazil achieved a 50% reduction in illegal deforestation in the Amazon compared to the previous year, despite the previous government's policies that increased rainforest destruction

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