15 Jul '11, 10pm

Head of Brazil's Environmental Protection Agency Says It Is Not His Job to Protect the Environment

Photo: CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture / cc As the President of Brazil's environmental protection agency IBAMA , which oversees regulationion in the world's largest rainforest, Curt Trennepohl has a very important position -- the only problem is, he says that protecting the environment isn't part of it. In an interview with Australia's "60 Minutes" , when asked if his job was to guard the environment from destructive projects, Trennepohl replied: "No, my job is to minimize the impacts." And as if that were not controversial enough, the IBAMA chief then suggested that indigenous tribes which stand in the way of progress should be dealt with harshly. Australian reporter Allison Langdon recently confronted Trennepohl following his decision as head of IBAMA to approve construction of the Belo Monte dam , a controversial project which would destroy 121,600 ac...

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