The message circulating concerning the Amazon bill before the Brazilian
congress is not a scam, as the following information clarifies. Funny how
its always they same names on this list who are so quick to try and
discredit (without bothering to look into it) anyone concerned about the
environment, the healthiness of their food or other such issues. The
message is always the same; nothing is wrong, people blowing the whistle
are worry warts or crazies. Business and usual, just go to sleep.
Stay awake folks, there's actually a lot going on.
This is cross posted from Environment Latin America Net:
>From: "J.Timmons Roberts" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Brazilian forests bills, PROYECTO OFICIAL PARA DEFORESTAR
As Ron and others have noted, we really needed more background info on the
bill to "cut half the Amazon."
So I've been checking with David Fletcher, who writes "Brazil Digest", an
excellent online update on Brazilian politics.
Here are some details he's provided to my questions:
1. What was it called? "The bill was(is) called the Novo Código
2. How bad was it? "VERY BAD; would allow up to 80% of land to be
3. What's its current status? "The proposal is in limbo, until the
Congress reconvenes in november, after the elections. Cardoso continues
reissuing the forest code (in the original form,
before the [conservative] bloco ruralista ripped it apart in the Chamber
for the time being, no sweat."
4. Which side was President Cardoso on? "On the good guys' side, of
course; however there were runors of "horse trading" vis--vis the important
vote on the minimum wage?"
5. Do you think such a campaign for letters or sign-on petitions is
likely to help? "Better to wait until it comes back on the agenda in late
I encourage people interested in Brazilian politics to contact David at:
David Fleischer <email@example.com>
Mexico, D.F. & San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas
Tel. y FAX 525-666-73-66 (DF)
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