Environment

As U.S. and Brazil discuss the Amazon, civil society says “don’t trust Bolsonaro”

The two countries are set to discuss terms over potential U.S. financial aid to help Brazil fight deforestation

As U.S. and Brazil discuss the Amazon, civil society says "don't trust Bolsonaro"
Protester wears a mask of Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, calling him a “fake-minister” for his policy choices. Photo: Jo Galvao/Shutterstock

While still a candidate to the presidency of the U.S., Joe Biden promised to donate money to fight deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. He even threatened to impose sanctions on Brazil, were the country to fail to impede rainforest destruction.

“The rainforests in Brazil are being torn down,” Mr. Biden said, during a September debate. “I would be gathering up and making sure we had the countries of the world coming up with USD 20 billion, and say, ‘Here’s USD 20 billion. Stop tearing down the forest. And if you don’t then you’re gonna have significant economic consequences.’”

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