The researchers are from the University of Maryland, the World Resources Institute and Save America's Forests.
According to Jenkins, Matt Finer of Save America's Forests and Remi Moncel with the Climate and Energy Program of the World Resources Institute, a number of climate researchers, including NASA scientist James Hansen, have suggested that forgoing extraction of oil and gas reserves in remote or sensitive places could be an important piece to a larger global strategy designed to limit carbon emissions and that this Initiative "is the first real offer to do just that."
"This is the first time the government of a major oil-producing country has voluntarily offered to forego lucrative oil extraction in order to help combat climate change," Matt Finer, a staff scientist for Save America's Forests
and author of a study on Correa's initiative, said.
Summarizes Carl Ross, director of Save America's Forests, "The IMF pressured Ecuador to build the OCP pipeline, then pressured Ecuador to create a system where the vast majority of the pipeline profits go to paying off the debt, and is now pressuring Ecuador to open up its primary rainforests to fill the pipeline."
"Our whole campaign has been about just stopping the construction of the new road." This no-access-road position is supported by a coalition of seven Ecuadorian environmental groups and U.S.-based environmental groups Save America's Forests, Finding Species and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Congressional greens, meanwhile, are engaged in an uphill fight to pass the Save America's Forests
Act, which would ban logging on 17 million old-growth acres, and eliminate clearcutting on all national forests.
Ross need not feel too apologetic about Save America's Forests
, one of the younger and more energetic green groups in Washington.
"It's the greatest land fraud in American history," says Carl Ross, director of the Washington D.C.-based Save America's Forests
The industry, as Mark Winstein of Save America's Forests
put it to me recently, "looks at the U.S.
The bill has been pushed by Save America's Forests
, a grassroots coalition based on the model of Dowie's fourth wave.
Save America's Forests
a nationwide coalition of forest protection organizations, counts among its members more than 200 much groups in the eastern U.S.
But beyond this set of core demands there is fierce disagreement along the spectrum stretching from the environmental establishment through to such organizations as the Western Ancient Forest Campaign, Save America's Forests
and the Oregon Natural Resources Council.