Jan 19, 2013 - John Vidal - Guardian Environment
When another new oil field was found beneath the Amazon jungle, campaigners feared the worst. But a radical and daring plan to ransom the drilling rights could save the planet's most biodiverse area
"We should be an intelligent country," says Acosta. "Oil is unsustainable. We must see it in the long term. Climate change is a limit and we can't continue to keep burning oil. Perhaps we must change our model of life. We cannot live without nature but nature can live without us."
"The reality is that oil has not brought development," this charismatic academic tells me, when we meet in his office at Flacso university, Quito. "It has helped our infrastructure, but it has brought us immense contamination and environmental destruction. Oil has not solved the problems of Ecuador.".. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/20/can-oil-save-the-rainforest?CMP=twt_gu