Bolsonaro: Biden’s obsession with the environment affects bilateral relations

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Monday that his US counterpart, Joe Biden, has an “eco-obsessive likeness” that “interferes a bit” in relations between the two countries.

“Brazil has the doors open and is ready to continue talks with the US government. It’s clear that the Biden government is a more left-wing government. A government that is almost obsessed with the environmental issue, and it interferes a little bit with us,” he said. In an interview with Radio Fonte de Comunicação de Goiás, compiled by O Globo.

Bolsonaro also stressed that “Brazil has its doors open, and is ready to continue talks with the US government.”

Despite the criticism and chaos in his management of the environmental issue, the far-right asserted that “Brazil is the most environmentally friendly country” and “suffers all the time from attacks by European countries”.

“Illegal deforestation”

During the presidential campaign, Biden, then a Democratic candidate, argued in a debate that if Brazil did not end deforestation in the Amazon, it would face “significant economic consequences.”

Last April, with Biden as president, the United States organized a climate summit at which Bolsonaro promised to end illegal deforestation by 2030. However, Brazilian politicians and representatives of several NGOs widely criticized the far-right rhetoric, which described the rhetoric of the South. The US president is “incoherent”.

The data speaks for itself. From August 2020 to July 2021, the Brazilian Amazon lost 10,476 square kilometers of forest, the highest annual rate recorded since 2012, according to the Amazon Institute for Man and the Environment (Imazon).

On the other hand, the far right commented that it had received a visit from the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns, and the National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, and that both showed their “growth concern.” from the left. In Brazil and in the world.

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