RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua News Agency) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday slammed the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a scandal of the developed world.
"I find it funny the way the Western press report the disaster," he said.
"If the disaster was made by Brazilian oil company Petrobras in the Guanabara Bay, the developed world would have used it against us," he said in a public speech here to applause.
The oil spill occurred after British oil giant BP Plc's Deepwater Horizon platform exploded in April. So far, an estimated 18 million to 40 million barrels of crude have gushed into the ocean and hopes of plugging the damaged oil well soon seem slim.
Oil has already reached the southern coast of the United States and the environmental damage and financial impact have yet to be fully estimated.