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View of a burnt area in the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019.

Brazil's Bolsonaro proposes bill to allow mining, agribusiness, and more on indigenous lands in the Amazon

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While one might expect the president of the country home to most of the Amazon rainforest to want to protect it, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continues to do the opposite. Instead of trying to preserve and safeguard the Amazon, he has made multiple efforts to allow expansion of agribusiness and mining in the area, all seemingly in pursuit of money.

Bolsonaro's most recent move? He is trying to open indigenous lands in the Amazon to a variety of commercial projects, including mining and gas and oil exploration. 

As reported by Mongabay, this week, Bolsonaro sent a sent a bill to the Brazilian Congress that would open indigenous reserves in the Amazon to commercial mining, exploring for gas and oil, cattle ranching (raising cows for beef and dairy), other agribusiness, hydroelectric dam projects, tourism, and more.