Lasrick writes: Dawn Stover with a fascinating piece on Ecuador's Yasuní ITT Initiative, in which Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has offered to forego oil drilling in 3 areas of Yasuni National Park in exchange for $3.6 billion from the international community. In so doing, the country would leave some 850 million barrels of oil untouched, and about 400 million tons of carbon dioxide un-emitted. The area is prime Amazonian jungle, and the bio-diversity found within it is priceless. "It has invited other nations—most pointedly, those that grew rich on fossil fuels and are now worried about global climate change—to pay to leave the oil underground."
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