Brazil’s Bolsonaro Defiant as Norway Freezes Rainforest Cash

Aug. 15, 2019, 10:59 PM

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed European leaders’ concerns about his government’s environmental policies after Norway followed Germany and froze millions of dollars in financial aid to an Amazon rainforest preservation fund.

Bolsonaro accused the global elite of indifference to Amazonian deforestation, in comments to reporters in Brasilia on Thursday, arguing their interest was motivated by the natural riches of the region. Norway is not in a position to lecture Brazil and Germany’s Angela Merkel should understand that the South American country is under new management, Bolsonaro said. The suspended cash transfer should be used to “reforest Germany” instead, he added. ...

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