Posted by: bklunk | February 20, 2007

Oil for Recycling

These seems like a good idea, but one begins to wonder about any deal Hugo Chavez is making is bound to raise eyebrows.

Re: Inter. Relations/Politics

London will aid Venezuela in environmental protection techniques while Venezuela sends oil to London at a 20% discount rate to be used in buses and trams. Those in London benefitting from this deal are individuals with lower incomes.

The article reads:

The British capital will save about 16 million pounds out of the 100 million pounds that it spends annually to fuel its 8,000 buses.

In exchange, the Greater London Authority will dispatch to Venezuela experts in recycling, waste management, traffic planning and reducing carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming.

I don’t forsee any problems arising from this deal as both countries share their acheivements and advantages with each other. London will recieve more of an imminent result. Critics believed that this was a ploy by President Chavez, who intoduced the deal in 05, as a way of “bartering its main resource to one of the world’s richest cities.” It is beneficial, no doubt, for Chavez to have a largely populated city use his oil. I am glad that he sees the environment as a worthy return for oil, which the world is so dependant on.

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  1. Most political realists, in my opinion, would agree that there could be much more detrimental deals made with members of the world politics scene than trading oil for help in environmental conservation efforts. On both sides of this deal, the environment is being taken into consideration and the ultimate goal of this negotiation is to attempt to reverse the human factor in the rapid warming of our globe. Despite Chavez’s tendency for rather antagonistic styles of international relations, this agreement signals a promising shift towards more Wilsonian politics in a world seemingly dominated by Hobbesian realism and conflict. Whether or not any other nations will follow suit, or even if Chavez will continue this style of going about his country’s business, remains to be seen. However, I feel as though the world will be better off with more cooperation such as this, particularly with environmental matters.

  2. In my opinion, I think that this seems to be a very honorable trade/deal. I mean, Venezuela gets experts in helping the economy from London, in exchance for a 20 percent discount on oil to be spent on some of the transportation needs of London. I really do not see any wrong-doing in this deal, even though it is made by the notorious Chavez. It would be a totally different thing, if he was offering a discount in oil for say maybe arms trade or something more shady than trying to help out the environment. It seems to me that even though it is Chavez. and it is Venezuela, that this is a positive step for both countries getting both positive things in return, and helping the global environment at the same time.

  3. Although some would be cautious about liking deals with Hugo Chavez, I believe this deal is a positive one. At first glance, it is hard to like a program that allows discounts of oil, especially in a world with a growing concern for global warming, but in this case, the oil is benefitting public transportation. With the decreased cost of public transportation, hopefully there would be an increased use, resulting in a decrease of carbon emissions. This program also benefits the environment by bringing environment friendly programs to Venezuela. One could see a negative aspect when considering the close ties of the two countries, but overall I agree with Nick in saying that this program is beneficial for both countries, as well as the environment. Also, it is important to remember that even though there will be a close tie between the countries, Venezuela’s want of evironmental teaching shows an important step in its willingness to cooperate with Western countries.

  4. I would have to agree with the previous postings. Naturally I too would have concern for trades with Hugo Chavez, but I think that he is taking a step in the right direction towards somewhat peaceful international relations. Being concerned about your country’s enviorenment is a good thing, and it is admirable that Chavez has such concern and is looking out for his people. Also, while 20% seems to me a generous discount, I think that it will help with London’s transportation. Having stayed extensivley in London, I can say firsthand that it is indeed bustling, and there really aren’t many places that have room for cars. On top of that, the public transportation is crowded as well. Perhaps being able to obtain more oil for cheap will allow more public transportation for the London people, and less crowding.

    Furthermore, like Rachel said, the agreement between Venezuela and London does exhibit positive relations on Chavez’s side. This could be the spark that starts a fire for other cooperative international agreements between Venezueala and other countries.

  5. I think this cooperation between London and Venezuela, trading oil for social and environmental advancement, is revolutionary. One of the most important aspects of this new deal is the fact that it is opening the door for positive international relationships and diplomatic discourse between countries in the wealthy global north, and the poor global south. If London can create beneficial policies with Hugo Chavez, then maybe other countries of the north can be more trusting of globally southern leaders, and understand that although our cultures and systems of government are very different, we all have the same goals with regards to detrimental global concerns. Also, the extensive work that will be done in Venezuela by European experts to enhance the country’s social structure will hopefully carry through to other countries in South America, and in turn, assist them in their efforts toward modernization.

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