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Ending the Fossil Fuel Era$
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Thomas Princen, Jack P. Manno, and Pamela L. Martin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028806

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028806.001.0001

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Leaving Oil under the Amazon

Leaving Oil under the Amazon

The Yasuní-ITT Initiative as a Postpetroleum Model?

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(p.119) 5 Leaving Oil under the Amazon
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Ending the Fossil Fuel Era
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Pamela L. Martin

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028806.003.0005

Pamela Martin analyzes one of the world’s leading examples of the politics of keeping oil in the ground: the Yasuní-ITT Initiative of Ecuador, a nationwide effort to leave untouched a portion of known oil reserves in the Amazon. The significance of this nascent and evolving case lies largely in the fact that an entire country, indeed an oil-producing country, has entertained the idea of keep it in the ground and acted on it. What’s more, the politics are more than resistance politics; they come from a national movement to live harmoniously with nature, to seek the good life, and to plan for a post-petroleum order. With rights of nature enshrined in its constitution, Ecuador is effectively practicing what we call in this book “twenty-first-century realism.”

Keywords:   Yasuní, Ecuador, Sumak kawsay (the good life), Twenty first century realism, Post-petroleum Society, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), United Nations Development

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