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    Brazil Blasts Offer of G7 Aid for Amazon Fires, Citing Notre Dame Blaze

    Brazil Blasts Offer of G7 Aid for Amazon Fires, Citing Notre Dame Blaze

    Retort also suggested Europeans use the money to reforest their lands.

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    The recent G7 economic summit included exchanges between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and French President Emmanuel Macron that was nearly as heated as the Amazon wildfires.

    During the summit, the G7 nations had agreed to send aid to fight the fires in the Amazon. Brazil rejected that offer, with a concise reminder about the Notre Dame blaze and European deforestation.

    At a summit in France on Monday, the Group of Seven nations pledged $20 million to help fight the flames in the Amazon and protect the rainforest, in addition to a separate $12 million from Britain and $11 million from Canada.

    Onyx Lorenzoni, the Brazilian president’s chief of staff, sharpened the criticism, saying Europe should use the funds for its own reforestation. Then he referred to Notre Dame, the medieval monument in Paris that was ravaged by fire in April, shocking the world.

    “Macron could not avoid an obvious fire in a church that is a world heritage site,” Lorenzoni said, according to Brazil’s G1 news website.

    The South American officials make a profound point. Deforestation in Brazil declined by 70% from 2004 to 2012 and is currently 62% forested. On the other hand, Europe has been substantially deforested through its history, losing over 50% in 6000 years of history.

    Bolsonaro is now mulling over whether to accept the money.

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he will think about accepting offers of international aid to fight raging fires in the Amazon region if French President Emmanuel Macron apologizes for comments he deemed offensive.

    Bolsonaro said Tuesday that Macron called him a liar, and accused the French president of questioning Brazil’s sovereignty amid tensions over fires in the region — which Macron described as an issue “for the whole planet.”

    The diplomatic tensions escalated, thanks to a social media exchange involving Macron’s wife.

    French President Emmanuel Macron has described his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro as “extremely disrespectful” after the South American leader appeared to mock his wife, Brigitte Macron, in a Facebook post.

    In a post on Bolsonaro’s Facebook page, a user posted a meme comparing the appearance of the Brazilian president’s wife with that of the French first lady, and implying that Macron was jealous. “Don’t humiliate the guy … haha,” read the reply from Bolsonaro’s account.

    The good news in this exchange: The press did not accuse President Trump of being the worst bully during the summit.

    However, that is not to say Trump received high praise for his trade deals or diplomacy.  For example, there was pearl-clutching over a missed climate change session.

    On Monday, before the close of the G7 meetings in France, the heads of those nations gathered to talk about climate change and what could be done to address the warming of our planet. Donald Trump didn’t go.

    “The President had scheduled meetings and bilaterals with Germany and India, so a senior member of the Administration attended in his stead,” press secretary Stephanie Grisham said by way of explanation for Trump’s absence.

    Additionally, Macron said the U.S. did not join charter against online hate speech.

    “We formalized an agreement for the first time with several Anglo-Saxon and European platforms and with support from nearly all (G7) countries,” Macron told reporters after the summit, which was held in southwestern France.

    “We had a very good discussion with the United States, which for legal reasons was not able to formalize the agreement on this point,” Macron said, adding he was hopeful it could be done in the coming weeks.

    In a nutshell, it appears that the G7 summit shows that conservative leaders are fighting back with snark and robust public policies. Of course, the American press will portray the event as anything but a success.

    Hopefully, the summit organizers will take Trump up on his offer to hold the next G7 at a Trump resort. The press head explosions would be epic.


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    puhiawa | August 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Satellite information confirms that the current fires are about average for this time of year and are primarily over existing pasture and fallow farm land being prepared for planting.
    As for the G7 bio-diversity meeting Trump missed, I not that in spite of the meeting missing a notorious skeptic, Trump, it produced no agreement on anything. It was for show.

      artichoke in reply to puhiawa. | August 28, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      After the G7, Trump had a whole series of 20 minute press conferences with many of the other leaders there. So much energy to do all that, he’s a rare talent.

      And there he talked about what was accomplished, what was left to be done, etc. He had a very nice one with Angela Merkel for example.

    Valerie | August 28, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    My information may be out of date (it’s from the mid-70s), but Europe had plenty of trees at that time. They had a LOT more people in the US, with a much higher population density, but there were trees and parks everywhere.

    It was all cultivated, of course. Europe lost the wild look so long ago, that they were fascinated by paintings of the Americas when our country was young.

    Nevertheless, Europe has a lot of trees, and Germany has the Black Forest, which is essentially a tree farm, with trees planted at such precise locations that you can see the diagonals when driving on the autobahn. Also, there is no undergrowth. Seriously, none.

      puhiawa in reply to Valerie. | August 28, 2019 at 6:50 pm

      European forests in Germany and Britain are noted for the lack of undergrowth and having mono-species. Wildlife density as a consequence is less than 1/5 of what it should be (historical). They failed to plant fruit, nuts and seeds. In particular walnuts,hazelnuts and oaks. They are idiots. BTW, our timber industry does the same practice. On purpose. And it should not be allowed.

    Sally MJ | August 29, 2019 at 12:31 am

    That was a Brexit-type statement by Brazil: “Stay the hell out of our business! You all have bad fires that you don’t anticipate.” Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, when it damages your sovereignty.

    CommoChief | August 29, 2019 at 10:21 am

    The dust up over fires in the Amazon is a propaganda campaign. The Amazon has fires every year. A small percentage are deliberately set with the goal of deforestation in a specific location in order to develop. Most fires have natural causes.

    The larger issue is the globalist contingent presuming to tell a sovereign nation, Brazil, what, how and when to act. Coupled with the inherent hypocrisy of the environmental movement;
    ‘Stop buying and driving SUV and turn your thermostat to 85 degrees to cool your modest middle class home’ and ‘pay no attention to me flying private aircraft between my coastal mansions, to Davos and various climate change conferences’.

    Brazil is a mostly first world nation. They aren’t going to be lectured to.

    CaptTee | August 29, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    How can Europe reforest their lands? They want to cut the CO2 that trees need!

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