Brazil: “Give us a billion like you promised or the hostage gets it.”

The shakedown game isn’t just for individuals, or groups, or even limited to the U.S.

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration has suggested it would reduce deforestation to the Amazon rainforest if the Biden administration pays the country $1 billion.

Brazil’s environment minister, Ricardo Salles, told the Wall Street Journal that a third of the $1 billion would be used to fund specialized police forces so environmental laws can be enforced.

Illegal activity against the Amazon rainforest is common with parcels of the rainforest even being listed for sale on Facebook.

The Hill, “Brazil wants U.S. to pay not to raze Amazon,” 4/21/21

Salles says they are just holding Biden to his comments he made during his presidential campaign where the president said he would get $20 billion from around the world to help save the Amazon rainforest.

Foreign aid could help cut deforestation entirely in the Amazon rainforest by 2030, Brazil says, according to WSJ.

“We think that $1 billion, which is only 5% of the $20 billion that were mentioned during the campaign…is a very reasonable amount that can be mobilized up front,” Salles said.

“Hey fella, you look like you could afford to give me $1 billion. After all, isn’t the global climate important to you? Pay up.”