Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lashed out at the West Wednesday, charging capitalism with destroying the planet.
"A ghost is stalking the streets of Copenhagen...it's capitalism, capitalism is that ghost," he said, speaking at the UN climate control conference in Copenhagen. "The destructive model of capitalism is the eradication of life."
Chavez slammed what he called "the imperial dictatorship" of the West and said poorer nations would refuse to adhere to the diktats of the rich.
"There's a group of countries who think they are better than us in the South, in the Third World," he said before taking a dig at US counterpart Barack Obama for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize immediately after announcing the dispatch of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
"He received the Nobel Peace virtually the day he sent 30,000 soldiers to kill innocent people in Afghanistan," Chavez said.
The Venezuelan leader also slammed wealthy countries for quickly responding to the banking crisis but not to environmental issues, claiming that had the climate been a bank, it would have already been salvaged.