Congo to Auction Land to Oil Companies: ‘Our Priority Is Not to Save the Planet’

| August 17, 2022 | Leave a Comment

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Date of Publication: July 24

Year of Publication: 2022

Publisher: The New York Times

Author(s): Ruth Maclean , Dionne Searcey

Peatlands and rainforests in the Congo Basin protect the planet by storing carbon. Now, in a giant leap backward for the climate, they’re being auctioned off for drilling.

The Democratic Republic of Congo, home to one of the largest old-growth rainforests on Earth, is auctioning off vast amounts of land in a push to become “the new destination for oil investments,” part of a global shift as the world retreats on fighting climate change in a scramble for fossil fuels.

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