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Chevron to Bush: Force little countries not to sue when we pollute

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“We can’t let little countries screw around with big companies like this—companies that have made big investments around the world.”
a Chevron lobbyist, who asked not to be identified, speaking about a lawsuit brought on behalf of thousands of Indigenous Ecuadorian peasants over the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic oil wastes into their region’s rivers and streams. Chevron is pressuring the Bush administration to eliminate special trade preferences for Ecuador if its government doesn’t quash the case. (Source: Newsweek)
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Big companies have greater sovereignty than nations?  They can force indigenous people not to resist the poisoning of their lands?  They can pressure Mr. Bush to force governments to turn on their own people?

“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” – Proverbs 31:8, The Message

For this week’s issue of Sojomail, visit Sojourners. More details on this story can be found at Chevron accused of geopolitical blackmail

Update, 8-19-08, related story: Judge Rules Aceh Villagers Can Sue Exxon for Human Rights Abuses

A federal judge has ruled that a suit alleging human rights violations against Exxon committed in Aceh can be heard in a US court. Eleven villagers from Aceh say Exxon should be held liable for alleged violent crimes by military units of the Indonesian national army hired by Exxon to protect its facilities. According to some estimates, ExxonMobil has extracted some $40 billion from its operations in Aceh. -DemocracyNow!

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Written by Monte

August 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Thanks, Chevron, for adding your comments.

    I might have said “to help them better understand oil industry opinion.” For it does seem a bit like asking RJR Reynolds ten years ago if cigarettes cause cancer.

    Regrettably, a corporate public relations website is an unlikely source for objective treatment of accusations against the company that’s paying for it.


    August 15, 2008 at 8:35 pm

  2. Your readers may want to review this web site to help them understand this case better:


    August 15, 2008 at 1:14 pm

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