02/07/2013 10:59 am ET

Ecuador: 'Give Me Money Or I'll Shoot The Trees'

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park is one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. But there's a complication: The park sits on top of millions of barrels of oil.

This creates a dilemma.

Ecuador prides itself on being pro-environment. Its constitution gives nature special rights. But Ecuador is a relatively poor country that could desperately use the money from the oil.

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