Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

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Brazil's president wants "gringos" to pay protection money for rain forests.

Yes, that's what it sounds like. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says that if "gringos" (non-South Americans) want Brazil to stop logging companies from decimating his country's rain forests, they will have to pay him off. At an environmental summit meeting he held that a lot of nations snubbed, he said, "I don't want any gringo asking us to let an Amazon resident die of hunger under a tree... We want to preserve, but they will have to pay the price for this preservation because we never destroyed our forest like they mowed theirs down a century ago." His intention may have been to impress upon the wealthier nations that Brazil's destructive industries would be more inclined to cut down on cutting down if they were compensated, but saying that he wasn't going to stop them without funding makes him sound like a gangster.

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