Opinion

The incompetent firefighter

Amazon debacle shows Jair Bolsonaro don't thrive under pressure
Demonstration against Amazon deforestation in Rio de Janeiro.

When dealing with a textbook “worst-case scenario” over the last ten days, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro did almost everything wrong.

Let’s set the scene. While some issues are divisive and constitute razor-thin majorities that politicians in the minority can manipulate and mobilize in order to profit electorally, protecting the Amazon rainforest is not one of these issues. 

Ninety-eight percent of Brazilians agree that preserving the Amazon is important and that the federal government should do more about it than it currently does. Therefore, when the dry season comes and the forest burns, politicians only have one choice: they...

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