Posted by: r.m. | September 20, 2008

The bad, the ugly, and the good

Recent news of the big bad oil companies

“BENIN CITY (NIGERIA), September 3, 2008 — Environmental Rights Action / Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has condemned the September 2 arrest and detention of a group of around 25 people including journalists attending a community forum on gas flaring at Iwherekan community (Delta State).

The arrests were made by Nigerian soldiers at the Iwherekan community gas flaring site operated by oil giant Shell.”


More on Shell in Nigeria: ‘boycott shell

What about Chevron?

Here’s the latest news about Chevron: Oil giant Texaco, now owned by Chevron, is involved in an epic environmental lawsuit brought on behalf of the indigenous people of Ecuador’s rain forest.

For more on that story: qanda20sep181 (Chevron’s Dirty business in Ecuador)

So – where to buy oil?

If you’re lucky enough to have a Citgo near you, then you buy from Citgo! Why? Citgo is Venezuelan oil

By buying your gasoline at Citgo, you are contributing to the billions of dollars that Venezuela’s democratic government is using to provide health care, literacy and education, and subsidized food for the majority of Venezuelans. Instead of using government to help the rich and the corporate, as Bush does, Chavez is using the resources and oil revenue of his government to help the poor in Venezuela. A country with so much oil wealth shouldn’t have 60 percent of its people living in poverty, earning less than $2 per day. With a mass movement behind him, Chavez is confronting poverty in Venezuela. That’s why large majorities have consistently backed him in democratic elections.”


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