Recap: Last March President Obama paid a visit to Brazil to meet with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. He paid visits to Brazil’s capital of Brasilia and then went on to a rally in Rio. The White House press release “meet-up” was advertised as:
Noting the interdependence among peace, security and development, President Rousseff and President Obama reaffirmed their desire to build a just and inclusive world order, which promotes democracy, human rights and social justice.
That first paragraph sounds scary enough, but when I learned that Dept. of Energy Steven Chu was tagging along my eyes and ears really perked up. I knew that Brazil’s mega-oil giant Petrobras had just discovered two huge oil fields off the coast of Rio. And my suspicions turned out to be correct: one of Obama’s main purposes of that visit was to buy oil from Brazil. When we have plenty of our own. And when Americans are out of work because of the Gulf moratorium. In my article on this I considered this to be an out-and-out betrayal of the American people. But listen to Obama in his own words for evidence right from the horse’s mouth:
We wanna work with you. We wanna help. The technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you wanna start selling, we wanna be one of your best customers.
The two presidents vowed to continue their collaboration on energy and other issues. And so they did, this past week. Not as a personal meet-up as before, but through their emissaries and delegations. The U.S. “alphabet soup group.”
EPA’s head honcho Lisa Jackson led a week-long delegation to Rio (h/t Pilgrim). This is what Jackson’s EPA website says about the meetup which is called the Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability or JIUS:
On August 15-17, 2011, EPA Administrator Jackson will establish the Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS) in Brazil, with representatives from Brazil’s Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State of Rio de Janeiro, the City of Rio de Janeiro, the City of Philadelphia, and representatives from the US and Brazilian private, academic and civil society sectors.
The JIUS will create a broad policy framework for projects, highlighting projects for visibility and investment, and making policy recommendations to leaders around the world to support investments in sustainable cities.
The JIUS aims to:
- Increase the visibility and expanding opportunities for the implementation of current niche market technologies
- Identify emerging public and private sector opportunities to improve the urban environment.
- Mobilize innovative financing based on sustainable design principles to capture untapped economic, environmental, climate, and health benefits
The JIUS may also engage the international financial sector to shift investment practices to spur more strategic innovative urban investments around the world.
No followup as of today from Jackson. According to one Brazilian paper, Jackson also took with her the Mayor of Philadelphia, Microsoft, Alcoa, Morgan Stanley, representatives from The Rockefeller Foundation and Harvard, as well as the C40 cities and CH2MHILL. According to their website, also announcing the visit, CH2MHILL is a company which does the following:
Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With Brazilian operations based in Sao Paulo, CH2M HILL has been supporting the oil and gas, industrial, transportation, environmental, and water markets since 1996 [emphasis mine].
The C40 cities, including the U.S. ones of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, NYC, New Orleans and several more, and other worldwide cities purpose is:
The Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, also known as the C40 Cities (and originally as the C20 Cities) is a group of cities working to reduce urban carbon emissions and to adapt to climate change. It believes it has an important role to play as cities contain around 50% of the world population, consume 75% of the world’s energy, and produce 80% of its greenhouse gases. The group’s secretariat is based in London.
And from another Brazilian paper:
The intention of the visit was to prospect with several investors to build sustainable enterprises in Brazil encouraged by the initiative of President Barack Obama and Rousseff released in March this year with the intention of creating a market between the two countries focused on preserving the environment.
The two countries signed an agreement to develop sustainability programs to promote job growth and investments in Brazil. With the coming World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, the country will have a budget of approximately $ 200 billion that will ensure the generation of large projects for sustainability.
So now we know why Jackson’s delegation was down there. Promoting and advocating “green energy” just like back here in the states. However, through my meanderings of the Brazilian papers I discovered there were other U.S. alphabet soup agencies in Rio at the same time: Department of Energy, or DOE, DHS and Commerce.
DOE head Chu sent his second-in-command Daniel Poneman this time. According to Energy Brasil Today Poneman was down there to:
address the mutual interest of countries in the development of secure, safe and accessible in an environmentally healthy, including oil, natural gas, biofuels, clean energy and nuclear energy.
I checked DOE Chu’s website and this is what he has to say about the *visit,* which FYI is all in government double-speak-code-talk to disguise the real purpose. But check out the last paragraph:
The Strategic Energy Dialogue will also include private sector cooperation between U.S. and Brazilian businesses to further advance the energy goals laid out by Presidents Obama and Rousseff. As part of the preparation for the Strategic Energy Dialogue, Deputy Secretary Poneman met with representatives from the business community, along with leaders from the U.S.-Brazil Business Council, to gain their perspective on future energy collaboration.
I could be wrong of course, but this writer interprets the above to mean “we still wanna buy your oil.” Louisiana U.S. Senator David Vitter had this to say last week:
Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter called the US-Brazil partnership, particularly the part on offshore drilling, an affront to the US oil and gas industry, which he said has the potential to create thousands of jobs and revenue, if only it were allowed to more easily drill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Nothing on the White House blog, nothing on DHS site that I could find. Nothing on Commerce either, and barely a peep from the MSM either.
No definitive conclusion here, but whenever these agencies travel outside of the U.S. en masse at the same time, it’s fairly certain they are up to no good.
Fasten your seat belts, folks. I predict a long, bumpy ride.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks.