NEW YORK – Peru's president says environmental "extremists" could hurt the golden goose of mining revenue.
During an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, President Ollanta Humala said his top priority during the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations this week had been to sound the alarm on climate change. The Andean nation will host U.N.-sponsored climate talks in December.
But over the summer, Humala enacted a law that weakens environmental protections in his country.
He says environmental activists want things to stay the same, but Peru's mining-dependent economy must ensure it does not bankrupt businesses with fines.
He says his administration's role is to bring equilibrium between companies that would pollute and the activists who oppose them.