Bolsonaro: Dismantling Environmental Protections Since January 1

Ricardo Salles, Minister of the Environment.
Ricardo Salles, Minister of the Environment.
Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

“When it comes to environmental pollution, it’s just to poop every other day, which will make our lives that much better,” Brazil’s president said after a reporter asked how the country could grow economically while preserving the environment. Ludicrous statements such as this one have given the president a reputation as hostile to environmental considerations, especially after the fires in the Amazon forest became a prime story in international news last month. The hostility, however, is not just talk.

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