Jair Bolsonaro has insisted on the economic development of the region, drawing condemnation from environmentalists, climate scientists and foreign leaders who say that the rainforest is an important carbon filter and that it must remain standing in order to achieve the global objectives against change. climate (EFE Agency)
Sao Paulo – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out Wednesday at US presidential candidate Joe Biden for saying the South American nation should suffer “significant economic consequences” if it continues to devastate the Amazon rainforest .
During Tuesday night's debate with President Donald Trump – an ally of Bolsonaro – Biden said that countries should give Brazil $ 20 billion in exchange for halting deforestation of the Amazon, and that the country should face the consequences if not it does .
The Brazilian leader has insisted on the economic development of the region, drawing condemnation from environmentalists, climate scientists and foreign leaders who say that the rainforest is an important carbon filter and that it must remain standing in order to achieve global anti-climate goals. climate change.
“The greed that some countries have for the Amazon is a reality,” Bolsonaro said on Twitter. “But the confirmation of someone who is fighting for the command of his country is a clear sign that he wants to give up a cordial and profitable coexistence.”
Bolsonaro has repeatedly accused unidentified “imperialist” forces of attempting to seize the Amazon, dating back to the 1964-1985 military dictatorship stance.
The Brazilian leader also called Biden's comments “regrettable”, “disastrous and unnecessary.”
During Tuesday's debate, Biden said that Brazil's rainforests are being cut down.
“I would make sure that the countries of the world put in $ 20 billion and say, 'Here's $ 20 billion, stop cutting down the rainforest. And if they don't, they will face significant economic consequences. '
Preliminary official data released on August 7 indicated that deforestation in Brazil's Amazon region over the past 12 months could be at a maximum of 14 years. The Brazilian Amazon lost 3,554 square miles of vegetation in the 12 months ending in July, according to data from the country's space agency.
Maurício Santoro , professor of Political Science at Rio de Janeiro State University, said the statements show that “Bolsonaro's relationship is with Trump, not with the United States.” He warned that if Biden wins the election, the international isolation around the Brazilian leader could deepen.
“If Brazil wants to maintain a good relationship with the Biden government, it will have to make a lot of concessions in the environmental area, strengthen the enforcement of the law on deforestation, issues related to forest fires and show that it is taking criticism seriously. ”Added Santoro.
Under international pressure to act against fires in the Amazon, Bolsonaro put the army in charge in May, but The Associated Press found that the operation called “Green Brazil 2” had little effect and that the persecution of the women has almost stopped. authorities of ranchers, farmers and miners that destroy the tropical forest.