Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, July 11, 2013

If You’re an Environmentalist, Chevron has YOU in their Crosshairs

I don’t know which is worse, the fact that Chevron is trying to track down everyone who was even remotely involved in a lawsuit filed in Ecuador against Chevron — or the fact that a U.S. judge has approved Chevron’s subpoena.

Last year an Ecuadorian court imposed an $18.2 billion judgment against Chevron for repeatedly dumping toxic waste into the Amazon River, polluting people’s drinking water and causing irreparable damage to waterways and the rainforest.

Here’s another link.

So far Chevron hasn’t paid a dime of this judgment.  But the company has acted with blinding speed to retaliate against everyone connected with the suit against them.

Chevron has filed a lawsuit in the United States, alleging that everyone connected even remotely with the suit against Chevron was engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the company.  As part of their lawsuit, Chevron has subpoenaed three Internet Service Providers — Google, Microsoft and Yahoo — for the IP and e-mail address of hundreds of advocates, journalists, lawyers and anyone else who was even peripherally connected to the suit against Chevron.

And Chevron found themselves a willing prostitute:  U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has approved Chevron’s subpoena.  Maybe somebody should subpoena Judge Kaplan’s bank records to see how much Chevron has been paying him off.

Remember when the judicial branch was somewhat less corrupt than the other two branches?  Or maybe that never was the case and things are just more blatant now.

Interesting times we’re living in.  If you “donate” millions of dollars to a political campaign and purchase the election, you can stay hidden under your rock and nobody will ever know who you are.  If you send an e-mail expressing your personal opinion on a pollution issue, a vengeful corporation can track you down.

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Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...

I'm tearing up my Chevron credit card. I'm damned if I'll pay these assholes to ruin the planet.

July 13, 2013 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SM: Me too. I also just found out that Chevron is the main financier behind an Astroturf front group called Fueling California, whose sole purpose is to derail renewable energy development and higher vehicle mileage requirements. I'll never patronize those cocksuckers again.

July 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

This sounds too much like what GM did with LA's electric trains way back when, in the late 1940s, I believe... a heavy-handed power-play by an outfit desperate for survival. Except in that case GM won, and we have seen how that has played a part in what LA has become.

Nowadays it's probably more difficult for big corporations to pull stunts like that and get away with it. So when they're desperate they have to resort to stuff like this, I guess.

I don't have a Chevron card, I just use Shell. But your blogpost makes me shudder to think what kind of monkey business THEY're up to...

July 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I think GM did that with most major U.S. cities -- bought up all the bus and streetcar lines and purposely let them deteriorate so everyone would have to buy a car.

I don't suppose one oil company is any worse than the others.

July 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM  

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