Brazil: The Fire This Time. Jair Bolsonaro sends in army to tackle Amazon fires

Forget all the Trump nonsense. It’s a waste of time. He will be out of the picture soon enough. This American  media creation is just an Idiot’s messenger boy.  It’s good for the talking heads and bloviators.  The Amazon conflagration is the genuine crisis and will be with us long after this Orange headed clown is gone.

Nature is taking its revenge on the Planet as destructive, clueless leaders continue to defy the laws of nature. These reckless, selfish mindless politicians will reap the whirlwind for themselves and the rest of us, too.

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 8.23.2019

The Brazilian president has been coming under increasing pressure as European leaders criticize his environmental policies. Wildfires continue to rage in the Amazon rain forest.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday promised to send in troops to fight wildfires in the country’s Amazon rainforest, blaming dry weather for this year’s spike in outbreaks.

Bolsonaro said his government was very aware of the situation and will fight “environmental crime” the same way it combats other types of crime, amid accusations that he had turned a blind eye to illegal deforestation by farmers and land grabbers in the region.

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The military will “act strongly” to control the blazes, the president promised, as he signed the decree that states the armed forces will collaborate with public security and environmental protection agencies.

“The protection of the forest is our duty,” he said. “We are aware of that and will act to combat deforestation and criminal activities that put people at risk in the Amazon.”

Fires are a regular occurrence during the yearly dry season but environmentalists blamed this year’s jump on farmers increasingly clearing land for pasture.

World leaders react

Bolsonaro’s reaction came as international criticism mounted  over his failure to protect the Amazon, nicknamed “the lungs of the planet.” The 64-year-old had previously described rainforest protections as an obstacle to Brazil’s economic development.

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