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How to Weigh Bolsonaro’s Play for Environmental Redemption

February 06, 2020

The Amazon has a new sheriff in town. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 21 tapped his vice president, former army General Hamilton Mourão, to lead a newly formed Amazon Council. Mourão and the council will be tasked with coordinating the inter-agency response to rainforest issues on everything from agriculture and conservation to development and the deployment of the armed forces. 

That could be good news. The vice president has been a dissonant voice within the administration when it comes to protecting the Amazon. Mourão has stated...

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