Big oil is responsible for a lot of heinous crimes. They fund death squads cloaked as “private security” and help install brutal dictatorships that are friendly to their business.
Being from Texas, I’ve had my share of run-ins with nasty members of the oilagarchy like Exxonmobil and Halliburton. But living in the Bay Area, I thought I’d no longer be living in the shadow of Big Oil.
Not so. Actually San Francisco is home to one of nastiest members of that clique-Chevron.
At 7am, 100 of us met the company’s shareholders as they went into their annual meeting. Outside we donned Tyvek suits, grabbed our brooms and set out to”Clean Up” Chevron.
Inside a number of activists sparred with CEO Dave O’Reilly about their horrible human rights and environmental record. During the meeting he called Nigerian activists attacked by Chevron armed militias for protesting drinking water poisoned by Chevron “criminals” and told victims of environmental injustice in Ecuador that Chevron was no longer responsible for toxic waste left in their communities by the oil giant.
O’Reilly and his company make record profits from poisoning and killing people in their homes and he has the nerve to be offended when they confront him in public. The only word that comes to mind is “scumbag.”
And if that’s not enough :
- Chevron is lobbying hard to privatize Iraqi state owned oil
- Poisoning local refinery communities like Richmond.
- Hiring thugs to oppress dissent and protest (here and abroad).
- Doing business with the Burmese junta (Yes, the fucking Burmese junta!).
- Making billions in revenues from high gas prices while the world slips into an economic recession.
- Spending countless dollars on greenwashing advertising to paint themselves a friendly face.
Like I said quickly becoming my least favorite company.
Here are some news reports from inside and outside the meeting.