SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Last month the Amazon region made headline news around the globe, due to the extensive burning of the largest contiguous tropical forest in the world. Foreign media flocked to cities inside the forest to report on the devastation.

The Brazilian government was strongly criticized for not doing more to halt the burnings, most of which were thought to be set by farmers seeking to clear land for crops and cattle. Most of the criticism came from European countries, with the United States government remaining conspicuously quiet about the matter.

U.S. President Donald Trump offered his . . .

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