Energy secretary heading to Brazil for climate talks

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An early 2012 Energy Information Administration report on Brazil’s energy sector listed the country as the world’s 13th largest crude oil producer, with roughly 2 million barrels per day of production.

Brazil is also a member of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, a multilateral gathering that brings together the world’s largest greenhouse gas producers.

President Obama’s second-term climate plan calls for stepped-up collaboration through the group on energy efficiency.

The Energy secretary’s trip to South America also includes a visit to Paraguay. Moniz is leading the U.S. presidential delegation there for the inauguration of President-elect Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara on Aug. 15.

—This post was updated at 11:09 a.m.