After a speech in a conciliatory tone at the Climate Summit, President Jair Bolsonaro said in his livestream this Thursday (22) that the criticisms made against Brazil are not justified and, together with Minister Ricardo Salles (Environment), he again asked for resources from foreigners for environmental preservation.
Bolsonaro listed the most polluting countries, with China (26.7%) and the United States (12.6%) at the top. Brazil accounts for 3.4% of global emissions.
"Of course, we should reduce it there, but it does not justify this absurd criticism against Brazil. It is obvious that at the bottom I think that an economic issue is at stake," said Bolsonaro. He reinforced his government's rhetoric that Brazil should have less environmental responsibility because it is a less polluting country. He added that other countries care about the economic interests of other countries that want to limit competition, especially in agribusiness.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon