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Posted on Nov 28, 2009
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Brazilian President Inácio Luiz Lula da Silva told a summit on the Amazon: “I don’t want any gringo asking us to let an Amazon resident die of hunger under a tree.”

Citing the fact that industrialized countries cause much more environmental destruction than loggers and farmers in the Amazon, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has called on Western countries—“gringos”—to help halt deforestation.

The Guardian:

Brazil’s president said today that “gringos” should pay Amazon nations to prevent deforestation, insisting rich western countries had caused much more environmental destruction than the loggers and farmers who cut and burn trees in the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was speaking before an Amazon summit at which delegates signed a declaration calling for financial help from the industrialised world to halt deforestation, which contributes to global warming.

“I don’t want any gringo asking us to let an Amazon resident die of hunger under a tree,” Lula said. “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.”

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By Howie Bledsoe, November 29, 2009 at 6:00 am Link to this comment
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As always, when the last bit of wealth has been dug up and sold off, only then come the “Do-good” westerners, calling on enviro-friendly reforms. Two faced bastards!

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By Night-Gaunt, November 28, 2009 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment

President Lula da Silva‘s Brazil isn’t totally off the hook for responsibility either. They need to stop the illegal logging and burning of the forest and make it unprofitable to have so many cows for beef.

So it will be a joint effort, not just for the wasteful gringos but all of them working together to solve the problems.

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By liecatcher, November 28, 2009 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

HALT! WHO GROWS THERE?
Posted on Nov 28, 2009

It doesn’t hurt to ask ex post facto. However, for
decades GE dumped toxic waste into the Hudson River ,
paid a token fine, & after a bogus gesture, the
Hudson River will remain forever a toxic GE legacy.

These MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE genocided indigenous
people to get what mineral wealth was to be had
before the extraction process, or during the mining,
as in West Virginia mountain topping, for which Bush
3 recently issued dozens of more permits.

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By gerard, November 28, 2009 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment

It is indicative of the moving spirit of capitalism that it takes a sense of guilt to motivate corporations to cease policies and processes that devastate the environment.  In this case, their damage having already been done, they pay for it only when confronted with the damage later.  Like they didn’t know what they were doing beforehand?
Like they think they can kiss it with a few bucks and make it all well?  Disgusting, isn’t it?

Who can expect an honest, “liberty and justice for all” society to spring up out of such nastiness?

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