The Brazilian head of state Jair Bolsonaro has threatened the newly elected US President Joe Biden with a tough conflict over climate policy. In response to Biden’s statements, who had denounced the rapidly progressing destruction of the Amazon rainforest during the election campaign, Bolsonaro said yesterday that such conflicts cannot be overcome “with diplomacy alone”. „Powder“ is also needed for this.
The far-right head of state did not explain what he meant specifically. He said the „powder“ does not have to be used, but the other side „needs to know that we have it“. Bolsonaro has not yet congratulated Biden on his election victory, unlike many other heads of state and government around the world.
Bolsonaro is a supporter of US President Donald Trump, who has not yet acknowledged his electoral defeat.
Bolsonaro considers Biden statements to be „unnecessary“
In the run-up to the US election, the Brazilian president had openly expressed his hope of a Trump victory. Bolsonaro called Biden’s remarks, who threatened Brazil with economic sanctions for the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, as „catastrophic and unnecessary“.
Environmentalists blame Brazil’s president for this destruction. You accuse him of facilitating slash and burn operations. Under Bolsonaro, the destruction of the rainforest in the Amazon has increased dramatically. The forest is of central importance for the protection of the earth’s climate – it is considered the “green lung” of the planet. Biden wants to make climate protection one of the priorities of his presidency.