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A Nation in the Crosshairs of Climate Change Is Ready to Get Rich on Oil

As rising seas imperil Guyana, leaders sign sweetheart deals with Exxon to help fund the transition to a sustainable future.

Workers prepare equipment for drilling rigs off Guyana’s coast. 

Workers prepare equipment for drilling rigs off Guyana’s coast. 

Photographer: Rose Marie Cromwell for Bloomberg Businessweek

Go to the seawall in Georgetown late on a Sunday afternoon, and you’ll find Guyana with its guard down. Everyone’s “liming”—a term that washed onto this South American shore decades ago from Trinidad that means hanging out, talking about nothing. To lime isn’t to deny the existence of challenges or threats, it’s to temporarily deny them the power to darken your state of mind.

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