'A Cloud Still Hangs Over Bhopal'

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    Where does morality enter and why does it so often hide.

    By Suketu Mehta

    "This is the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster, an epic mess that started one night when a pesticide plant owned by the American chemical giant Union Carbide leaked a cloud of poisonous gas. Before the sun rose, almost 4,000 human beings capable of love and anguish sank to their knees and did not get up. Half a million more fell ill, many with severely damaged lungs and eyes.

    An additional 15,000 people have since died from the aftereffects, and 10 to 30 people are said to die every month from exposure to the hundreds of tons of toxic waste left over in the former factory. But amazingly, the site still has not been cleaned up, because Dow Chemical, which since acquired Union Carbide, refuses to accept any responsibility. The groundwater is contaminated; children of the survivors suffer from genetic abnormalities; and the victims have long since run out of their measly compensation and are begging on the streets."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/03/opinion/03mehta.html?em

    And check out Jensen for a long dialogue on these topics.

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    Not exactly capitalism's finest hour.
    But fairly typical of them.
     
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    A screw up of that nature should be the end of a corporation. Thank the lawyers that idiots can continue to stay in business.
     
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    Moralilty is replaced by profit in corporations. Why we need regulations on businesses.
     
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    Thank the Lawyers? WTF are you babbling about? UCC is no longer in business

    We do need some regulation of business.

    But, not because chemical companies intentionally poison the communities in which they operate. What would motivate any company to do this? There's no "Morality" question here, only one of incompetance.
     
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    ucc is pretty much in business.
     
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    The US alone has a disgusting history of companies of all kinds intentionally poisoning the communities where they operate as well as being incompetent. Look at Crayola and the associated cancer cluster in part of southeast PA, for just one example. If illegal chemical dumping is more cost effective than paying the fines if caught, some will do it. Regulation serves as deterrence.
     
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    Has Dow Chemical ever done anything that helped people ? I'm betting they have. Shouldn't we be looking at the big picture ?
     
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    Absolutely correct.

    The key word here is HISTORY.

    The US also has a "disgusting history" of plantations using slave labor. Does this mean that the NYT will write a commemorative artical every year reminding us about the EVULS of farming?
     
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    it is not HISTORY.

    the chemicals are still on site and polluting and poisoning and killing people who live in the vicinity. someone should clean this shit up, no? maybe the one responsible for this mess?
     

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