The Democratic candidate said in the debate that if he wins the elections, he will gather a package of 20,000 million dollars from various countries so that the country stops deforesting. “Unfortunately,” said the Brazilian president.
El Presidente Jair Bolsonaro lamented the “disastrous and gratuitous” threat from the Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, for Brazil to stop deforestation in the Amazon and warned that Tuesday’s statement puts the “cordial coexistence” between the two countries at risk.
“It is hard for me to understand, as a head of state who fully reopened his diplomacy with the United States, after decades of hostile governments, such a disastrous and gratuitous declaration“Bolsonaro, an ally of Republican President Donald Trump, tweeted.” Regrettable Mr. Joe Biden, from all points of view regrettable, “he added.
In his first debate with Trump, Biden said Tuesday that if he wins the November 3 election he will reunite a $ 20 billion package from several countries so that Brazil stops deforesting.
“‘Here’s $ 20 billion. Stop deforesting.’ If you don’t, that will have significant economic consequences,” he said.
“The greed of some countries on the Amazon is a reality, “wrote Bolsonaro, who attributes the campaigns against deforestation to foreign interests over the natural wealth of the region.
“The expression of that by someone who disputes the command of his country gives a clear signal of resignation to a cordial and productive coexistence,” he added.
The Brazilian Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles, joked about the declaration of the Democratic candidate. “Just one question, the help of Biden’s $ 20 billion, is it per year? “he tweeted.
For Oliver Stuenkel, professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, this crossing of statements augurs a bilateral relationship with “many tensions“, in case Biden wins the elections, even if the Democratic candidate” wants to get closer to Bolsonaro so as not to lose him as an ally in the fight for China’s rise.
“Biden has no incentive to see a deterioration in the relationship with Brazil, but as he also wants to be an environmental president, who cares about climate change, it will be very difficult to maintain a stable relationship, “he explained to AFP.
Bolsonaro, a defender of the opening of protected areas and indigenous lands to mining and agricultural activities, assured in his messages on Twitter that his government is taking “unprecedented actions to defend the Amazon.”
“United States cooperation is welcome, even to invest in sustainable projects that create decent employment for the Amazonian population, as I have spoken with President Trump, “he wrote.
In 2019, tree felling in the Amazon had an annual increase of 85.3%, totaling 10,123 km2, an area equivalent to that of Lebanon.
In August, deforestation registered a drop of 21% compared to August of last year, although between January and August the reduction was just 5% compared to the same period in 2019.
Last week, in his speech to the UN General Assembly, Bolsonaro affirmed that Brazil “is a victim of one of the most brutal campaigns of misinformation about the Amazon and the Pantanal, “the largest freshwater wetland in the world, another biome that is being ravaged by fires.
Like Trump, the Brazilian president is a climate change skeptic.
In the debate, Biden, who leads the polls, insisted that if he wins the election will reintegrate the United States into the Paris Climate Agreement, from which Trump withdrew to his country.