Back from Paris, Correa faulted for oil deals


Speaking at the recent world climate conference in Paris, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa called for the creation of an international court to mete out justice for attacks on the environment. But this month Correa is being accused of just such an attack at home. Indigenous Amazon communities assert that oil-exploration deals his government reached on Jan. 25—without proper consultation, they say—threaten their ecosystems. At the inaugural session of the climate summit, Correa told conferees: “Nothing, the entire planet must listen to me, nothing justifies us having courts to protect investments, to obligate payment of financial debts, but not having courts to protect nature and obligate payment of environmental debts. It’s a matter of the perverse logic of privatizing the benefits and socializing... [Log in to read more]

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