Bolivian President Slams Obama on Climate Aid Funding Cut

Bolivian President Evo Morales says the U.S. is "making a mistake" for slashing climate aid to his country. Photo by: Presidencia de la República del Ecuador / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Presidencia de la República del EcuadorCC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The U.S. is committing a mistake by cutting its climate aid to Bolivia because it did not sign the Copenhagen climate change accord, Bolivian President Evo Morales said May 7. Morales added that his country could cooperate on the said accord if the U.S. signed the Kyoto Protocol.

“Maybe the color of the skin of the U.S. President has changed,” Morales said as quoted by Inner City Press, “but nothing else has changed.”

The U.S. reportedly cut Bolivia some USD3.5 million worth of climate aid after the Latin American country refused to support non-binding climate change deal reached during the U.N. summit in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.