Message from Mexico: U.S. is Pollutin...

Message from Mexico: U.S. is Polluting Water it May Someday Need to Drink

There are 7 comments on the Ecology Global Network story from Jan 28, 2013, titled Message from Mexico: U.S. is Polluting Water it May Someday Need to Drink. In it, Ecology Global Network reports that:

Mexico City plans to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times .

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Bronx, NY

#1 Jan 28, 2013
The pollution comes from Mexicans swimming in it, it causes oil slicks.

Georgetown, TX

#2 Jan 29, 2013
Oh what maturity you show with your racism, your xenophobia, your childish derogatory jokes, Bad to the Bone. You are far more offensive than any of the people you insist on slamming. May you be ostracised by all you know.

United States

#3 Feb 1, 2013
BP oil company ect polluting you Gulf of Mexico and killing your MArine life food chains. Compensation is not enough, you food prices increase because they just don't care...

United States

#4 Feb 1, 2013
Slaughter of the People in the Oil Exporting Countries

The real relationship of forces in the world is reflected in the political situation in these big oil producing states.

Take Iraq, for example. Given Iraq's great oil reserves and its location at the heart of the most important oil producing region in the world, it is hardly an accident that Iraq is today occupied by 140,000 U.S. troops, along with 10,000 British troops and an additional force of 30,000 other troops (the bulk of which are 20,000 U.S.-paid mercenaries). Neither is it an accident that in the past 90 years, Iraq has been the scene of eight wars that include the war of colonial conquest (1914-1918), the war of pacification of the population (1918-1930) and the war of reoccupation (1941) all carried out by Great Britain, the main colonial power in that region at the time. Replacing Britain in the region, the U.S. encouraged and fueled the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) in order to weaken and bleed the region, after which the U.S. bombed and invaded Iraq in Persian Gulf War I (1991) and then imposed the deadly economic embargo while carrying out a campaign of low-intensity warfare (1991-2003). This dreadful situation then served as the prelude to last year's invasion, which has opened up a new chapter of endless war.

Iraq's great wealth and potential has cost its population dearly. Millions of Iraqis have been killed and the country has been laid waste many, many times.

Yet, Iraq and the war-torn Middle East are not the exception.

Take Nigeria, the largest single oil-producing country in sub-Saharan Africa and the fifth largest oil producer in OPEC. Nigeria is part of what the U.S. and the oil companies consider the up and coming oil producing region in the world. Resources are bountiful, the quality is high and shipping routes to the U.S. are shorter than from other oil-producing regions.

Much of current oil production is concentrated in the Niger Delta, one of the world's largest wetlands. The main oil companies that operate there are Shell, Mobil and Chevron. But the oil industry provides no jobs. Daily oil spills, acid rain and other forms of pollution destroy agriculture and fishing, and pollute the drinking water. Malnutrition and disease are rampant.

United States

#5 Feb 1, 2013
Hundreds of billions of dollars worth of oil have been taken out of this region. But the people who live there are poorer than even those in the rest of the country, which is incredible since Nigeria is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a per capita income of $260 per year. People in the Niger Delta live on less.

The population has regularly demanded the right to benefit from what they say should be "their" oil. In the early 1990s, an organization led by well-known author Ken Saro-Wiwa successfully organized and mobilized tens of thousands of people at one time. At the instigation of Shell Oil, the government arrested, tried and hanged Saro-Wiwa and several of his associates on trumped- up murder charges and crushed what remained of his organization. But other protesters have taken their place. They block oil shipments and access to drilling facilities, and they kidnap oil employees in a real fight for survival.

The oil companies have fought the protesters tooth and nail, paying the police and various special military groupings, arming them, ferrying them in company helicopters, boats and trucks. The oil companies also pay young people from one tribe to murder protesters from another, thus sowing divisions and ethnic conflicts. Human Rights Watch estimates that, on average, about 1000 people in the Niger Delta are murdered every year.

Nigeria is not the exception in Africa. Along with the development of the oil industry in Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Chad and Cameroon have come civil wars, vast corruption and abject misery on a much greater scale than even the Middle East. Partly this is due to the fact that Africa had already been colonized, dominated and bled by imperialism for 400 years, that is, much longer than the Middle East.

United States

#6 Feb 1, 2013
And what about U.S. imperialism's own "backyard," Latin America? There are the same endless conflicts. Over the last five years, the U.S. has sent troops and mercenaries into Colombia, ostensibly to fight in its ongoing "war on drugs." However, Colombia is also an important producer of oil. The industry is run by BP-Amoco, Occidental Petroleum, and Texas Petroleum, with Exxon, Shell and Elf as major investors. The long-standing civil war has interrupted the free flow of those companies' profits, as well as threatened the stability of the Colombian government and military. The U.S. troops and mercenaries are engaged alongside of the Colombian military and paramilitary forces, not just against the guerrillas, but against the unions and workers in the oil fields, as well as against the population in general, who have already been decimated by decades of civil war.

The U.S. is also keeping troops in Colombia in order to reinforce U.S. control over the rest of the rich oil producing region that encompasses Ecuador and Venezuela. Venezuela is among the four most important oil exporters to the U.S. For several years the U.S. government has been trying to oust the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, by trying to instigate military coups and disrupting the Venezuelan economy. For the U.S. government, the fact that Chavez has taken a mildly nationalist stance toward the U.S., the fact that he has tried to carry out a few social programs for the poor and lower classes, is completely unacceptable. Obviously, for U.S. policy makers the icing on the cake is that Chavez is also shipping oil at favorable rates to Cuba.

United States

#7 Feb 1, 2013
Curse of Imperialism

The situation in the oil producing countries is not only awful, but getting worse. There are few illusions any more that oil wealth will lead to any of the oil producing countries' economic development, as there were during the 1970s. Instead, all the talk in academia, the business press and in reports by such non-government organizations as Human Rights Watch is about "the curse of oil."

Of course, the problem has never been the oil, just as it has never been any of the other rich agricultural or mineral resources that are found and exploited in the underdeveloped countries. The calamity has been imperialism, with its powerful corporations, whose only objective is to make profits, ever more profits, through any and all means. These companies rip off consumers, plunder producing countries, ravage entire regions and savagely repress any opposition and every revolt. These companies are more powerful than most states and they squeeze the world in their ever tightening grip.

But a force does exist that is powerful enough to bring these companies to their knees: the hundreds of thousands of workers without whom these companies could not exist. Together, the workers could do away with all the secrets and lies that are used to justify the endless racketeering and rip-offs. The workers could force a rational use not just of oil, but of all the other resources on the planet for the collective betterment of everyone.

The natural resources and the technology could be developed to improve living conditions for all of humanity, instead of just to increase the profits of a tiny minority.

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