Chevron fined for Amazon pollution by Ecuador court

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    BBC News - Chevron fined for Amazon pollution by Ecuador court

    "A court in Ecuador has fined US oil giant Chevron a reported $8bn (£5bn) for polluting a large part of the country's Amazon region.

    The oil firm Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, was accused of dumping billions of gallons of toxic materials into unlined pits and Amazon rivers.

    Campaigners say crops were damaged and farm animals killed, and that local cancer rates increased."

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    I think that we will see more and more small nations holding the corperate giants feet to the fire concerning willfull polution.
     
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    Either that, or we will find out that all the claims against Chevron are based on junk science. Given your advocacy for science you should be attacking this verdict as political and economic extortion. That might make your other posts a shade more credible, if you care about things like that.
     
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    Given the actions of the giant corperations in other nations, I have little doubt that the charges are correct. Hell, given the actions of the corperations in this nation. From asbestos to fracking.
     
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    Maybe all states should outlaw the practice of fracking, like New York has done.

    You know... just to be on the safe side. :eusa_eh:
     
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    Do not have to outlaw fracking, just hold any company accountable to all existing laws concerning pollution, water and air. If you destroy an aquifer, you pay for it. All of it. If the industry cannot live with that, then obviously they are a danger to everyone living within an area that they are doing this in.
     
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    Asbestos?

    A few facts about asbestos.

    Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber and was widely used in construction as insulation and fire retardant. One type of asbestos that has never been used in constuction was found to have an all but insignificant link to cancer, and the result was the loss of an entire industry and one of the best fire retardants ever discovered. It did, however, immensely benefit a corporation that was incapable of competing on an equal basis with the manufacture of asbestos.

    You just proved my point for me, by the way.
     
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    Asbestos Exposure and Cancer Risk - National Cancer Institute

    My cousin and best freind died from mesothelioma. At one place where we worked, we were repairing valves in steam lines, and the air looked foggy from the asbestos in the air. We were young and dumb, and did not realize the danger. He drew the short straw and died for the use of asbestos.

    Asbestos Hazards Handbook - Chapter 3: Asbestos and Your Health

    I don't know why you deny what has been found by every country on earth, and where whole populations have been tracked for generations. Your denial of this obvious danger from asbestos will definately color any validity I would give to any post of yours in the future.
     
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    Link?
     
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    This sounds familiar.
    Oh yeah. Agriculture.
     

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