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June 11, 2010

Oil, Oil Everywhere! And There's Blood on YOUR Hands!

"Chevron is accused in the lawsuit of dumping more than 18.5 billion gallons of toxic waste directly into the rainforest, abandoning more than 900 unlined toxic waste pits, and leaving a legacy of poisoned air and water that has led to an outbreak of cancer and the decimation of indigenous groups....Experts estimate that the amount of oil waste deliberately discharged by Chevron to cut costs when it ran an oil concession in Ecuador surpasses the BP spill by at least ten times."

The case against big oil has been ongoing.  Texaco/Chevron has been involved in litigation regarding their practices in South America for decades.  In the midst of the current disaster on our country's coast, it's important to remember how all of these huge oil companies are consistently in violation of the law in their practices internationally as well and have caused incredible and irreversible environmental damage.  These companies have cost the world not only lives, but hundreds of billions of dollars - if not trillions.  Tax evasion , bribery and fraud perpetuated by these multinational corporations have further exasperated the damage caused.  Click here to learn more and sign the petition to hold them accountable.

For a look into our current disaster, see also Rolling Stone's The Spill, The Scandal, and the President: The inside story of how Obama failed to crack down on the corruption of the Bush years -- and let the world's most dangerous oil company get away with murder.  It's a long one, but well worth the read.

Also, try to understand how you, yea you, contribute to the problem.