Environment

The real perpetrators of environmental crimes in Brazil

The biggest perpetrators of environmental crimes in Brazil
Paulo Guedes speaks at the World Economic Forum. Photo: Walter Duerst/World Economic Forum

One year after flopping at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Jair Bolsonaro decided to skip the 2020 edition of the notorious gathering of big business, political leaders, and key members of academia. Without Mr. Bolsonaro in attendance, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes is Brazil’s most-senior official at the event, being entrusted with the mission of selling an image of environmental respect, institutional normalcy, and readiness for investments.

Speaking at a panel about the government’s efforts to prevent Amazon deforestation—or lack thereof—Mr. Guedes said “poverty” is the environment’s worst enemy.

“People destroy...

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