Aug272019 Brazilian Rain Forest Fires: Mostly Smoke If the story hyped on the news has to do with environmental issues, you are probably getting fed politically motivated lies. If the story features shrill squeals of hysteria from moonbats like Leonardo DiCaprio and Emmanuel Macron, that likelihood approaches 100%. The Brazilian rain forest fires are a case in point. Via the Wall Street Journal: “The lungs of the Earth are in flames,” says an Instagram post shared by the actor Leonardo DiCaprio. French President Emmanuel Macron warns of a “real ecocide.” For a casual news consumer, the pictures and apocalyptic rhetoric may be the end of the story. Far below the headlines, the press finally gets around to explaining what’s really happening: Many of these fires appear to have been set intentionally to clear land in already deforested areas, as the ground is prepared for farmers’ crops or livestock. After he got elected The Brazilian president was encouraging farmers to plant plant plant ..Indeed he did This does not comprise “ecocide.” The propaganda is at a CNN/MSNBC level of phoniness: The photographs on social-media websites often are downright deceptive. One shows a fire in 1989. Another, shared by Mr. Macron and Mr. DiCaprio and then “liked” by millions of users, is credited in a stock-photo database to a journalist who has been dead since 2003. We don’t hear DiCaprio squealing about the forest fires that have burned thousands of square miles in Bolivia, probably because that country is ruled by a socialist. In contrast, Brazil finally has a president in Jair Bolsonaro who wants to get the government off the economy’s back. Bolsonaro’s approach will result in a wealthier country, which in turn will result in more environmental protection — a luxury that only wealthy countries can afford. As for the “lungs of the planet” rhetoric, the media frequently shouts that 20% of the planet’s oxygen comes from the Amazon rainforest. This is an imaginary fact, which has been pushed into the public’s mind through force of repetition, like the “facts” that Americans use more than 500 million plastic straws every day and 97% of scientists have been duped by the global warming hoax. Speaking of scientists, Dr. Jonathan Foley ✔@GlobalEcoGuy Replying to @GlobalEcoGuy Despite the widespread claim, the Amazon doesn’t produce 20% of the world’s oxygen. It’s more like ~6% 421 10:52 PM - Aug 22, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 245 people are talking about this The deforestation occurs so that people can farm. They aren’t putting in thousands of square miles of parking lots. Plants will still grow there that will produce oxygen. Nor are farmers likely to cut down the entire rain forest. Don’t believe the hype. On tips from Varla. Hat tip: Godfather Politics.