A year and a half after ceding Cuba’s reins (and reign) to his brother Raul, Fidel Castro has apparently officially resigned after nearly 50 years at the helm.

For me, the news brought to mind the eye-opening piece we ran by Erica Gies shortly after Castro first stepped down in 2006. It explores the green aspects of life in Cuba — and inspired some passionate reader comments. Take a look.

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As for the latest development inspiring passionate comments, we get this from our own esteemed leader: “The United States will help the people of Cuba realize the blessings of liberty.” Watch out.

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