The Amazon Is Burning. Bolsonaro Fanned the Flames (PIIE)

Global warming is widely and correctly blamed for the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest and elsewhere around the world. But the tragedy in Brazil represents a public policy failure of a more manageable and unforgiveable sort. It is not just the Brazilian inability to fight the fires. The country’s scientists agree that the Amazon fires are mostly man-made, intended to clear land for farming, cattle grazing, and other activities, some illegal. But under President Jair Bolsonaro, the government’s long-standing efforts to curb these illegal activities have fallen by the wayside, with disastrous results.

Monica de Bolle (PIIE)

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