Thursday, May 20, 2010

The price of oil

The Financial Times wouldn't print this ad highlighting the consequences of Shell's pollution in the Niger Delta, but I'm more than happy to:

Oil has a price. That price is pollution. In the west, we limit by forcing companies to pay to prevent it (though not enough, as the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is showing). But in countries with weak and corrupt governments, it is dumped on the local population, violating their rights to clean air, clean water, clean food, and ultimately to health. Western companies such as Shell profit by doing this. It is evil, it is wrong, and we should not let them.