Give that Raping Company A Prize!
Investigative Journalist, Greg Palast Writes:
Twenty years after Exxon Valdez slimed over one thousand miles of Alaskan beaches, the company has yet to pay the $5 billion in punitive damages awarded by the jury. And now they won’t have to. The Supreme Court today cut Exxon’s liability by 90% to half a billion. It’s so cheap, it’s like a permit to spill. Exxon knew this would happen. Right after the spill ….Exxon’s US production chief, Otto Harrison, who said, “Admit it; the oil spill’s the best thing to happen” to the Natives….His company offered the Natives pennies on the dollar. The oil men added a cruel threat: take it or leave it and wait twenty years to get even the pennies. Exxon is immortal - but Natives die. …And they did. A third of the Native fishermen …Justice David Souter wrote that Exxon’s recklessness was ”profitless” - so the company shouldn’t have to pay punitive damages. Profitless, Mr. Souter? Exxon and its oil shipping partners saved billions - BILLIONS - by operating for sixteen years without the oil spill safety equipment they promised, in writing, under oath and by contract…..The cover story of the Drunken Captain serves the oil industry well. It falsely presents America’s greatest environmental disaster as a tale of human frailty, a one-time accident. But broken radar, missing equipment, phantom spill teams, faked tests — the profit-driven disregard of the law — made the spill an inevitability, not an accident….Yet Big Oil tells us, as they plead to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, as Senator John McCain calls for drilling off the shores of the Lower 48, it can’t happen again.
Damn these new Justices, Robert and Alito, are really earning their keep. The REAL HEADLINE IS THIS: EXTRA EXTRA! The mere addition of two, thoroughly corrupt, shameless, evil, totally unqualified scum-appointees to the Supreme Court saves Exxon Scum 4.5 BILLION dollars!! And the Exxon PIGS want to drill in ANWAR now? Oh they’ll be careful, don’t you worry.