MEDIA: Former U.S. Climate Leaders Press Biden on Amazon Deforestation

A bipartisan coalition of seven former cabinet secretaries and chief climate change negotiators moved to push President Biden forward

Lisa Friedman, The New York Times

“During his presidential campaign, Joseph R. Biden Jr. said the United States should mobilize $20 billion to stop the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and impose “significant economic consequences” if deforestation continued.

Brazil’s conservative populist president, Jair M. Bolsonaro, had an all-caps reply in Portuguese: “OUR SOVEREIGNTY IS NON NEGOTIABLE.” he wrote on Twitter. Brazil’s new leadership “no longer accepts bribes, criminal demarcations or unfounded threats.”

On Friday, a bipartisan coalition of seven former cabinet secretaries and chief climate change negotiators moved to push President Biden forward anyway.”

“We are unintentionally creating a financial incentive for criminals to set fire to the Amazon and convert it into farmland,” said Nigel Purvis, a former United States climate negotiator and chief executive of Climate Advisers, a Washington-policy group.

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