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G7 Leaders Agree On $20 Million To Rescue The Amazon--Without Trump

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At a joint press conference at the White House in March, the Brazilian president praised Trump and their shared messages when he said:

"May I say that Brazil and the United States stand side by side in their efforts to ensure liberties in respect to traditional family lifestyles, respect to God, our creator, against the gender ideology or politically correct attitudes and against fake news."

Trump reciprocated by stating he was "very thrilled" to welcome Bolsonaro, congratulated Bolsonaro on his "incredible" and "tremendous" election victory, adding:

"The end result was something the whole world was talking about."

These two men are emblematic of the destruction unfettered crony capitalism is wreaking on the environment.

Nothing will escape climate change's ravages.

International borders, economies, food and water supplies, health, education, transportation, energy sources, and, yes, even democracy, are all predicted to change with the climate as the planet warms faster than scientists predicted.

We only have a window of 10 to 12 years to completely reverse our current course, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported late last year.

According to Michael Mann, esteemed Pennsylvania State University professor and director of the Earth Science Systems Science Center, the IPCC's assessment is actually conservative, underestimating the amount of warming that has already occurred.

We actually have less carbon left to burn if we wish to avoid the 1.5-degree Celsius threshold the IPCC report cites.

We have already passed too many tipping points to avoid some of the climate's most devastating effects, and many scientists theorize the world has begun a sixth mass extinction.

We need to support aggressive climate-change policy, like the "Green New Deal" Democrats are touting as part of their agenda to help right our current trajectory.

We need to take the fossil-fuel industry head-on.

As long as there is a profit motive, there will never be sufficient action to curb carbon emissions.

It only means the future of our planet, our children, grandchildren, and beyond.

Once it's over, it's over.

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