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The energy-security–climate-change nexus in Brazil

Vieira, Marco Antonio and Dalgaard, Klaus Guimarães (2013) The energy-security–climate-change nexus in Brazil. Environmental Politics, 22 (4). pp. 610-626. ISSN 0964-4016

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09644016.2013.806633


How do competing claims about energy-security and climate-change policies play out in the Brazilian domestic system? Has the Brazilian government’s recent attempt to unite climate and energy-security narratives around the notion of ‘sustainability’ had a substantive impact on Brazil’s energy and environmental policies? Domestic and international environmental actors have played increasingly important roles while lobbying the government to include an environmental/climate-change dimension to its energy-security approaches. However, climate-change concerns, as conventionally articulated by environmental actors, are not at the core of the government’s energy policy agenda. Environmental results, which emerged in Brazil as fringe benefits of past energy-security policies, have been skilfully captured by the political leadership as a way to promote Brazil’s climate-change credentials. To inform analysis of the alleged environmental sustainability of hydroelectricity and home-grown biofuels as a showpiece of Brazil’s contribution to tackling climate change, the varied interpretations of energy security and their implications for climate-change interventions are explored. Empirical examination of the interaction between energy and climate policies in Brazil is followed by analysis of the Brazilian negotiating position in multilateral climate meetings.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2013 10:51
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:29

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