QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s combative president is threatening to try to force the country’s newspapers to go all-digital as a way to save paper.
Rafael Correa has long had a prickly relationship with Ecuador’s opposition-owned newspapers, and his Twitter statement Monday is a jab at papers backing a proposed referendum to block oil exploration in the pristine Yasuni national park.
Correa announced last week that he’s asking a loyal Congress to back drilling in Yasuni. Rich nations had refused to fund his plan to protect the biodiverse Amazon preserve as a hedge against global warming.
Correa tweeted that if the necessary signatures are gathered and there is a referendum, he’ll propose that newspapers be published in digital format alone “to save paper and avoid so much indiscriminate cutting of trees.”