Abby Martin: Chevron vs. The Amazon – Inside the Killzone, Part 1

Chevron's Toxic Legacy in Ecuador's Amazon

Image by Rainforest Action Network via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Aug 15, 2016

A U.S. court just handed another victory to the oil giant Chevron Texaco, in its decades-long battle to avoid paying damages it owes in one of the worst environmental disasters in history.

In the Ecuadorean Amazon, the most biodiverse area of the world, the energy titan deliberately poisoned 5 million acres of pristine habitat and subjected tens of thousands of indigenous peoples to destruction of their health and culture.

In Part 1 of ‘Chevron vs. the Amazon,’ Abby Martin takes The Empire Files inside Chevron Texaco’s Amazon killzone to see the areas deemed “remediated” by Chevron, and spoke with the people living in the aftermath.

From the archives:

Abby Martin: Chevron vs. The Amazon – The Environmental Trial of the Century, Part 2

Abby Martin Interviews Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa

Abby Martin: Bringing Corporations to Justice

Chevron Runs from Judgment in Ecuador by Greg Palast

World’s Largest Environmental Lawsuit in Ecuador

Crude (2009)

Chevron’s “Crude” Attempt to Suppress Free Speech by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

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  12. So hard to watch, let alone absorb its implications and know how to act most effectively and decisively, upon the exponential presentation (over many years now) of so much incriminating information.

    It becomes clearer by the day, just how diseased are the corrupt mentalities of those who by deferring to the ‘necessity’ of profit alone, defend ecocidal atrocity.

    These are horrors perpetrated by an ecocidal cabal of psychopathic executives and government cronies ~ who perversely shout in their defense “the market made me do it…! …’s all your fault you hypocrites…” they scream at the public “….you lot out there, who consume our precious, indispensable oil and demand its benefits ! ……we’re doing this for you !!…” “…it isn’t a crime ~ its healthy competition!”

    All the cumulative evidence now points to one crucial fact ~ we are very literally fighting for the ecological survival of planetary life ~ civilization itself is under attack ~ by “civilization.”

    So much is already happening, and this report from Abby is such a superb example; but what else must we do?

    I think that we have reached that point in time, when high-level coordinated global action is the only option.

    A truly universal initiative is called for, a new type of parliament; a consensually motivated assembly ~ a conscious and deliberate, world-wide coalition of human-rights specialists, lawyers, scientists, ecological-economists, engineers, activists….to do the real work the UN seems incapable of, because of the ever increasing political pressure from the billionaires, tycoons and state capitalists.

    We need an authentic expression of generic will ~ a conscious, informed, politically responsible and irresistible force; a power that will curb the horrendous and corrupt excesses of our prevalent, biophobic, corporate-media controls ~ that are now such a proven and demonstrably destructive, globally lethal and potentially terminal threat to all living things.

    A good starting place is

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