Green groups question Lula's Amazon blueprint


Since taking office in January, left-leaning Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has preached pragmatism and practiced it: curbing inflation, managing Brazil's debt and working to attract investors. In doing so, he has delighted international financiers. Yet Lula, as he's known, also has taken hits at home. Some of the hardest are coming from environmentalists, who say he is ignoring green goals he spelled out in his campaign. Green advocates accuse Lula of doing little to demarcate indigenous lands and fight Amazon deforestation. They fear he is leaning toward authorizing construction of Angra III, Brazil's third nuclear-power plant. And they blast his Science and Technology Minister's announcement in October that Brazil will start enriching uranium in 2004 for use in domestic reactors... [Log in to read more]

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