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house Bill H.R. 4263

Should Brazil Face Trade Sanctions & Frozen Foreign Aid Until it Acts to Combat the Amazon Fires?

Argument in favor

The Amazon wildfires pose a threat not only to Brazil, but to the global environment. The Bolsonaro administration’s handling of this issue is inexcusable, and the international community should use all the tools at its disposal, including trade and aid sanctions, to pressure the Brazilian government into action.

jimK's Opinion
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10/11/2019
Well at least we are still leading the world in something. More and more countries are electing and supporting authoritarian nationalistic nimrods who feel no obligation to be responsible members of the world’s community; They do not care about the global consequences of their actions. So yes, use whatever leverage we have left to force the issue that the Amazon rain forest is is needed to help thwart global climate change. Document the South American countries whose people are literally starving due to climate change induced collapse of their food supply. Our country will need to measure and accurately publicly document the global consequences of current climate changes and provide and publicly share updated forecasts of pending changes. We have the best and most available resources for publicly spreading the word and for taking realistic actions to force world leaders to take note.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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10/11/2019
The selfishness and greed of a few should not destroy the future of humanity.
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Julio's Opinion
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10/11/2019
Brazil cannot hold the worlds lungs hostage. Their incompetence should not be left unchecked.
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Argument opposed

The Amazon wildfires are only affecting the peripheral parts of the forest, and don’t pose an “existential threat” to humanity. The international community sanctioning Brazil won’t do anything to help the situation, and would likely make it less capable of fighting the fires. It isn’t the place of America or any other country to criticize Brazil for its wildfire management.

Mart's Opinion
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10/11/2019
Why is it you people can deride, harass, and sanction every nation on earth, but can’t pass a budget, can’t get over 2016, can’t read the Constitution?
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Jim2423's Opinion
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10/11/2019
Why don’t we leave other countries alone. What have we done to enable Brazil not to burn. Sanctions only harm/hurt the little guy. We are so powerful that we crush the little guy. Sanctions don’t hurt those in charge of their country. Such a macho country we are.
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Tom's Opinion
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10/11/2019
After California is penalized for not controlling its “wild fires”.
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    Well at least we are still leading the world in something. More and more countries are electing and supporting authoritarian nationalistic nimrods who feel no obligation to be responsible members of the world’s community; They do not care about the global consequences of their actions. So yes, use whatever leverage we have left to force the issue that the Amazon rain forest is is needed to help thwart global climate change. Document the South American countries whose people are literally starving due to climate change induced collapse of their food supply. Our country will need to measure and accurately publicly document the global consequences of current climate changes and provide and publicly share updated forecasts of pending changes. We have the best and most available resources for publicly spreading the word and for taking realistic actions to force world leaders to take note.
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    Why is it you people can deride, harass, and sanction every nation on earth, but can’t pass a budget, can’t get over 2016, can’t read the Constitution?
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    The selfishness and greed of a few should not destroy the future of humanity.
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    Brazil cannot hold the worlds lungs hostage. Their incompetence should not be left unchecked.
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    We cannot allow Bolsonaro and his government to destroy the Amazon, which puts our entire planet at risk. Sanctions seem like a good start.
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    Amazon rainforests are a diverse ecological place that is responsible for some of the oxygen we breathe. Without them we would be plunging further into our current climate crisis. I’ve been hearing about climate change for my entire 37 years and its getting more serious with every passing day. We shouldn’t fool around with not giving aid to Ukraine because of politics. The corruption is in Brazil. We need protection of our worlds resources. We are a world wide economy and share world wide resources. What brazil does here affects all of us. Stop messing around with politics and focus on holding Brazil accountable. And money talks. Use it in a positive way. Think of your grandchildren.
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    Why don’t we leave other countries alone. What have we done to enable Brazil not to burn. Sanctions only harm/hurt the little guy. We are so powerful that we crush the little guy. Sanctions don’t hurt those in charge of their country. Such a macho country we are.
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    Yes, sanctions should have already happened to Brazil, as nothing is being done to quell the fires in the Amazon. I strongly urge our government to sit with other leaders, including Bolsonaro, to develop solutions. Our planet cannot sustain the growing want for beef products. This is the cause of so many acres of rainforest being burned...to raise cattle. We all need to change our ways.
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    The Amazon burns. California burns. Notre Dame burns. And committees plan meetings and schedule focus groups and discuss possibilities and assign blame and issue official statements, and the Amazon burns.
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    Pressuring Brazil to combat the wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest and pressuring Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to take steps to reduce deforestation is an important step to protect earth for future generations.
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    Well, this bill only covers half of the story. I would prefer a “carrot and stick” approach. It is okay to sanction them for the bad behavior, but we (along with the rest of the world) should be ready with significant support, as they are not a major 1st world country. We have an obligation to lead(it’s a shame we don’t have a president who can).
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    Every country is obligated to safeguard the environment and should have accountability to the global community
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    Setting the rain forest on fire is a psychopathic act it will affect all life on earth not just the lives of the people and animals in its wake.
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    After California is penalized for not controlling its “wild fires”.
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    Yes. The destruction of the Amazon affects the entire world, as it takes away a key sponge of carbon dioxide. Brazil must be stopped.
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    The AMAZON IS OUR PLANET’S LUNGS = HUMAN SURVIVAL
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    Absolutely. Those forests are crucial to the international community.
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    We should not be forcing a foreign nation to do something when this problem is an internal one and they aren’t harming anyone else. We can offer them help to combat the fires. #MAGA
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    Incentivize them, and make this happen for the greater good of humanity.
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    Yes I think Brazil should be punished for not protecting the Amazon.
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