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Musk visits Bolsonaro, Brazil to discuss Amazon rainforest plans

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk met with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday to discuss connectivity and other projects in the Amazon rainforest.

The meeting, held at a luxurious resort in So Paulo state, was organized by Communications Minister Fabio Faria, who has said he is seeking a partnership with the world’s richest man to provide internet access in schools and health facilities in rural areas. be developed. SpaceX and Starlink, and also to preserve the rainforest.

“So excited to be in Brazil for the launch of Starlink for 19,000 unaffiliated schools in rural areas and environmental monitoring of the Amazon,” Musk tweeted Friday morning.

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Illegal activities in the vast Amazon rainforest are monitored by a number of institutions, such as the National Space Agency, the federal police and environmental regulator Ibama.

But deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has increased under Bolsonaro, reaching its highest annual rate in more than a decade, according to official data from the National Space Agency. Bolsonaro’s critics say he is primarily to blame for encouraging loggers and land grabbers with his fervent support for the development of the region.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, left, and his Minister of Communications, Fabio Faria, hold a press conference after meeting with Elon Musk on May 20, 2022 in Porto Feliz, Brazil.

During the incident, Bolsonaro said the area was “really important” for Brazil.

“We count on Elon Musk to show everyone who knows the Amazon, Brazil and the world, his enthusiasm for the region, how we are protecting it, and how much damage it is doing to those spreading lies about the region. has been,” he said.

Bolsonaro and Musk appeared in a video broadcast live on the president’s Facebook account, standing together on a podium and answering questions from a group of students.

“There is a lot that can be done to improve the quality of life through technology,” Musk told the crowd.

Although none of the students asked about Musk’s possible purchase of Twitter, Bolsonaro said it represented a “sigh of hope.”

“Freedom is the cement for the future,” he said, calling the billionaire a “legend of freedom.”

Musk has offered to buy Twitter for $44 billion, but said this week the deal could not go ahead until the company provided details about how many accounts on the platform are spam or bots.

Like Musk, Bolsonaro has sought to position himself as a champion of free speech and opposes the deplatforming of individuals, including his ally, former US President Donald Trump.

The meeting with Bolsonaro comes just five months before the far-right leader will seek a second term in a hotly anticipated election.

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