Brazil Rejects Bush Climate Proposal
US plan not a viable alternative to Kyoto accord, says Lula
By Ben Worthen,  Newser User
Posted Jun 4, 2007 6:19 AM CDT
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, watches as President Bush talks with reporters during a joint news conference at Camp David, Md., Saturday, March 31, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Brazil's president bluntly dismissed the climate-change plan offered by George Bush last week as "voluntarism" in a situation where "multinationalism" is needed. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose fast-developing country is critical to any international deal on emissions cuts, said the proposal for a new international framework was a ruse to sidestep the UN,

Lula joins a long list of world leaders who have rejected the Bush proposal. "I cannot accept the idea that we have to build another group to discuss the same issues that were discussed in Kyoto and not fulfilled,"  Lula said. In the wind-up to the G8 summit in Germany this week, only Tony Blair has hailed the Bush plan.