Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ecuador in the NY Times

Op-Ed in the NYT reminds us that the BP clusterfuck is America's oil disaster, but represents something people in other areas of the world are not entitled to.

From Huffington Post

In Ecuador, the fight against Texaco has gone on for, well, decades. And it's still going on. The people of Ecuador are still waiting for justice.

But in America, when oil disaster strikes, British Petroleum does not attempt to hide. They can't get away with it...we all know it's their fault. In a third world country, they are not given the same treatment.

Texaco has outright denied that Ecuador's priceless rainforest was polluted beyond repair, that oil is not in their water supply, that oil does not cause cancer or is harmful in any way. Texaco has delayed the lawsuits as long as they can, and continue to do so, using every trick in the book to get out of it. They know these people cannot fight a multi-billion dollar corporation, not when they live in straw shacks in the rainforest.

In the US, the President does not live in a straw shack, and the oval office may just be the most powerful room on the globe. British Petroleum has not even attempted to hold the US to the "limit" on how much a corporation can be liable for, BP will go completely bankrupt and most likely be bought out by another corporation as a result.

This is a grave humanitarian crisis. What the US has experienced because of Deep Horizon since 20 April, 2010, is what Ecuadorians have endured since 1965, and it has gone completely unremediated since.

From Washington Post

This absolutely must be in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, I cannot stress this enough. I encourage everyone to email info@humanrightsmuseum.ca . If I could find the email address of Gail herself, I would encourage everyone to email her as well.

Highlighting environmental humanitarian atrocities such as Ecuador cannot be omitted.

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