The Brazilian fossil thought – 05/27/2023 – José Henrique Mariante – Ombudsman

For those who got used to the newspaper beating the current government, the first editorial of the Sheet, on Monday (22), was a surprise. In “The Amazon and the Heat”, this newspaper wrote that “it makes no sense to open fossil fuel extraction fronts” and that the country “does not need to slow down its own development to mitigate the climate crisis, just reorient it”. Ibama’s decision to reject oil extraction at the mouth of the Amazon “indicates that a switch has been turned”. Lula 3 finally hit one, it is concluded by reading. The curious thing was to see the rest of the country shouting the opposite, during the course of the week, including high ranks of the PT government.

Marina Silva was belittled by Congress. The Minister of Mines and Energy declared that the country’s environmental ambassador is Lula, not his colleague. Prime Minister Arthur Lira took the opportunity to corner the Planalto, letting a kind of anti-environmental vendetta run in the Chamber. Attributions of the Ministries of Environment and Indigenous Peoples were carved out in the MPs for reconfiguration of the Executive. As a bonus, the House resumed an unreasonable loosening of the protection of the Atlantic Forest and voted on the urgency of a project on the timeframe for demarcations, which overrides the judgment in the STF.

Marina shouted that international resources and the European Union-Mercosur agreement, among other initiatives, would dwindle with such a dismantling of the environmental agenda. A Sheet only on Saturday (27th) did voices from the market say exactly the same thing.

The media preferred to spend the week reporting the cracks of Lula 3. Energy transition is a concern until page two. O Estado de S.Paulo, in an editorial, wrote that “the environmental question has become an ideological trench” and that the exploration of the Amazon region “should not be a taboo”. The discussion, however, is not limited to a well on the equatorial margin, but to all fossil fuel exploitation. The technological race, anabolized by artificial intelligence, promises to accelerate the obsolescence of oil, said the creator of ChatGPT. While France prohibits short-haul flights and shareholders embarrass Shell executives, in London, the president of Petrobras philosophizes that setting up offshore wind farms, for the Brazilian company, is like playing Playmobil.

Shallow debate, shallow solutions. On Thursday (25), headlines punished the government’s package to subsidize popular cars, but few were those who adhered to the environmental incongruity of the measure. The most read was about which models would be cheaper.

If the switch turned, as the editorial of the Sheetit seems clear that the environmental agenda will only take hold in this country.

for german to see

Champion of complaints from readers in the last week, the column “I was surprised by a possible Nazi salute”, by Giovana Madalosso, gave rise to the publication of a text Erramos, as it is said internally in the newspaper: “Folha was wrong to associate property of SC with Nazism “. The newspaper took almost a week to verify the content of the article, in which the writer describes and classifies the roof of a house with the inscription “Heil” in a city in the state as Nazi. Heil is a common surname in the region, which passed from families to roads and trades over time. Since the 19th century, when the first German immigrants arrived in the country, according to one of the messages sent. There is a considerable mismatch between stories and meanings.

In its repair report, the Sheet recalls that he had already corrected information in the column through Erramos on the same Sunday (21) of the publication of the text on the website: “It is incorrect to state that the Heil inscription on the roof of the properties ‘most likely’ is a reference to a Nazi salute”. The “most likely” was replaced by “possibly” in the article, which fueled further criticism.

The episode illustrates one of several open wounds in the country and infected by the extreme discourse of social networks and public agents. Instead of working for moderation, they are filled with likes and votes. Even before the contested column was aired, a reader from Joinville was already complaining to the ombudsman about many heavy comments made in reports related to Santa Catarina and Paraná. It is the same hatred that springs from insults and threats against Madalosso, which cannot be confused with fair criticism.

Nor does it help Sheet not open to debate. The newspaper ignored comments about the episode on its traditional channel, the Panel of the Reader. Leaving the task to social media is surrendering to the beatings.

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