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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Then They Came For Me

It has been very interesting watching and reading news about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which has reached the American states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Americans are outraged by the neglectful behavior of BP and are outraged by the environmental damage we are now witnessing. Americans are concerned.

Have you ever heard of the Niger Delta and countless of other places around the world that have been dealing with oil companies which operate with no environmental supervision, where their behavior causes gross ecological disasters, where water is poisoned by leaking oil wells and crops don’t grow because of acid rain from gas flares, and where the extraction of oil is always a part of your life?

In areas like the Niger Delta in Nigeria, where the United States get a large part of its oil, there are no television cameras recording what is just so UNIMAGINABLE. Thank god for people like Ed Kashi whose photographs are part of an incredible book called Curse of Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta, published by Powerhouse Books.

I want you to be just as mad about what’s happening in places like the Niger Delta as you are by what’s happening here at home. We have to make a plan to save this world because things don’t look so good. Above are some photos Ed Kashi took in the Niger Delta where oil companies like Shell and Chevron operate. The billions of dollars of money that the oil from this area generates, as you will see, never reaches the people. How gross!!!!

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