The chaos surrounding the U.S. president is loud and attention grabbing. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the world continues to turn, and that global issues from before Trump’s presidency continue to be problematic.
Take, for instance, the environment. We’ve seen corporate influence over cabinet-level members of Trump’s team dictate the loosening of environmental protections. We’ve seen broad Republican denial of man’s involvement in global climate change (which is supported by an extreme scientific consensus).
What’s the motive behind this? Like most things in life, following the money will give us a huge clue. Large corporations have a vested interest in maintaining the upmost profitability, even if the costs to others (and the planet) are extreme. In Indonesia, there’s a real-time example of this (via EcoWatch):
‘A burst undersea pipeline owned by Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation Pertamina caused a deadly oil spill on Saturday that left Balikpapan Bay in Borneo “like a gas station.”‘
Why isn't this massive, deadly oilspill on the news everywhere?!?!
Posted by Greenpeace USA on Sunday, April 8, 2018
The cost of this disaster is epic:
‘Indonesia declared a state of emergency on Monday after the spill ignited and killed at least five people in the port city of Balikpapan over the weekend. Hundreds of locals reported health issues including difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting from the smell of fuel and black smoke that emanated from the blaze.’
Indonesian media reported the oil spill occurred on March 31. But the news has yet to break into the mainstream consciousness of America. How could this be?
For starters, let’s look at who has financial ties to the company responsible, Pertamina. In 2013, the company threw in with U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil, opening joint operations in Iraq. Also in 2013, Pertamina paid ConocoPhillips $1.75 billion for Algerian oil assets.
Exxon continued to partner with Pertamina in 2015:
— Rambu Energy (@RambuEnergy1) October 23, 2015
The U.S. government has remained silent on this oil spill. Why would the Republican-controlled federal government not want to condemn companies connected to Exxon?
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