Brazil’s Environment Minister relying on Chamber president to push mining in the Amazon

Ricardo Salles prestige declined after he was filmed at a cabinet meeting saying that the government should take advantage of the pandemic to "pass bills" relaxing environmental rules.

RIO DE JANEIRO,  BRAZIL - Ricardo Salles has been fluctuating between ups and downs in the Jair Bolsonaro government.

Pointed out by environmentalists as a representative of ruralists in the Ministry of Environment and viewed by some diplomats as an extremist, Salles is seeking a chance to remain in the post.

To this end, he is seeking support from new Chamber president Arthur Lira (PP-AL) to pass bills dear to Bolsonarism, which have the potential to wipe out forested regions and which could threaten the survival of traditional populations.

Among these bills are land tenure in forest regions and the . . .

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