Argentine Minister: Don’t Abandon Climate Change to Market Forces

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GlobalWarmingRobertoRizzatoFlickrBy TeleSur TV

Tools for protecting the environment should be “common and global,” according to Argentina’s environment and sustainable development undersecretary.

Solutions to climate change should not be left to market forces, Argentina’s undersecretary of environment and sustainable development said in an interview with Andes news agency Friday.

“We’ve noticed the intention of leaving it up to market mechanisms solve this problem. And the truth is, in Argentina we believe that the market does not solve problems, it is already proven that it does not solve hunger (so) it would be difficult for it to resolve climate change,” Juan Pablo Vismara said.

Vismara’s comments come just weeks before the world’s most important environmental conference, the COP21, opens in Paris, Latin America’s Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations bloc, whose pro tempore leader is Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, is open to regional suggestions of what Latin America can take to the summit.

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When asked about what he is expecting from the Paris summit, the Argentine official echoed comments by Correa, agreeing with him that it is impossible to solve climate with capitalist methods as nature is priceless.

“It’s a reality: when there is no price, when something can not be measured in money, capitalism has nothing to do, it can be solved with political decisions with strong management and presidents and societies demanding solutions.”

Tools for protecting the environment should be “common and global,” he said.

He expressed reservation about the COP21 taking place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, specifically on whether the demands of developing nations will be taken into account during the complicated negotiations, and said of the draft agreements so far, that the countries cannot feel their “hands are tied with clauses.”


Article: teleSUR TV.
Photo: “Global Warming” by Roberto Rizzato / flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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