Brazil’s leading presidential candidate, the right-wing Jair Bolsonaro, wants to follow in the footsteps of President Donald Trump and take his country out of the Paris climate agreement.
Bolsonaro mentioned taking Brazil out of the Paris accord when he announced his presidential bid in late July. Bolsonaro retweeted a picture of his son, Edward, with former White House official Steve Bannon, an opponent of the Paris accord.
Eduardo Bolsonaro tweeted he and Bannon concluded “that we have the same worldview” and would “join forces, especially against cultural Marxism.”
Conheci hj Steve Banoon @SteveKBannon ,estrategista da campanha d Trump @realDonaldTrump .Conversamos e concluímos ter a mesma visão de mundo.Ele afirmou ser entusiasta da campanha d Bolsonaro e certamente estamos em contato p somar forças,principalmente contra marxismo cultural. pic.twitter.com/hdxM5njn8D
— Eduardo Bolsonaro (@BolsonaroSP) August 3, 2018
Bolsonaro is polling second in the polls behind jailed President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, a socialist. However, da Silva is likely to be disqualified by the courts from standing for re-election in October. (RELATED: US Refineries Are Processing Record Levels Of Crude Oil To Keep Up With Demand)
Trump ran on a platform that included withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris accord. Trump announced last year he would with withdraw the U.S. from the Paris accord that the Obama administration signed in 2016 without Senate approval. The earliest the U.S. can withdraw is fall 2020.
The day after Trump’s announcement, Bolsonaro tweeted out an article defending the decision entitled “the greenhouse fable.”
— Jair Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) June 2, 2017
Brazil joined the Paris agreement in 2016, pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions between 37 percent and 43 percent below 2005 levels. Most of that would come from anti-deforestation efforts already underway.
Unlike the U.S., Brazil ratified the Paris accord through its legislature, meaning repeal could be difficult. But Bolsonaro’s growing popularity could give him the political capital he needs to withdraw Brazil from the Paris accord.