In the new John Cameron blockbuster, the 3D fantasy "Avatar", a foreign corporation swoops down on an indigenous forest peoples to plunder their resources. Armed with mercenaries, a business plan, and an insatiable desire for shareholder profits, they will stop at nothing to feed their greed. The fantasy part of the story is it’s location.
For thirty years Texaco, now owned by Chevron, profited from cheap oil extracted from the forests of the Amazon (known as the "lungs" of our planet) leaving behind an environmental disaster for the people of Equador. Following the logic expressed by Ann Coulter in her quote "God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet–it’s yours. That’s our job: drilling, mining, and stripping.", many corporations, including Hunt Oil in Peru, are doing just that.
Since 2003 the Equadorians have been seeking justice for this crime against the earth in the courts of the United States and Equador. Isn’t there a moral obligation by these corporations to preserve the planet despite whatever legal liabilities are assessed? A movie of this struggle was recently released called "Crude" and the trailer is posted below as well as a video of the "60 Minutes" expose on the subject.
Link to the trailer here.
60 Minutes News show report here.