Over one night in December 1984, the people of Bhopal became the victims of the worst industrial disaster in history. Over the following decades, they became the victims of corporate neglect, as the pesticide plant made infamous by the gas disaster leached toxins into their drinking water.
The administration has moved slowly on the process, and there also appears to be a risk that the administration will not, as our coalition of community and environmental organizations has strongly urged, issue the rule so that it takes effect before President Obama leaves office.
I was in Bhopal, India 10 years after the 1984 disaster in which a now infamous Union Carbide pesticide plant released 27 tons of a toxic chemical into a crowded sleeping city, killing 8,000 people immediately and over 20,000 to date. I
Barton brings to life the character of Eva Gascon, a journalist trying to discern the truth behind Union Carbide's conduct leading up to the tragic gas incident, in a truly captivating manner in this thought-provoking film.
The anniversary of the Bhopal disaster should shame us, and worry us about our own vulnerability to cost-cutting at domestic chemical factories. But it should also provoke despair at how successive Indian governments treat the health of its citizens with such indifference.
I had the privilege of making a film that changed the way I see things in life. Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, which is being released next month, is inspired by the world's worst industrial disaster which took place on December 3rd, 1984.
This August a select number of Congressional offices working on international issues received an email from Advanced Energy for Life, a new PR entity extolling energy from coal. We, along with the Congressional staffers who told us about the mailing, gulped in amazement.
In West Virginia after a cavalier chemical company poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 people, the corporate-hugging, right-wing extremist group Americans for the Prosperous congratulated itself for doling out bottled water one day.
While the causes of the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas are still under investigation, one ugly fact stands out. Like Bhopal, homes and schools were allowed in to be built and remain in dangerous proximity to the plant.
President Obama has sent clear signals that he will pursue initiatives that he can move forward within existing laws and without the need to wrestle with Congress. Now is the time for the president to take action to protect communities from the threat of chemical disasters.
Between India's elites failing to see expected returns, masses denied energy and sustainable development and U.S. plans thwarted by the Indian legislature, the India-U.S. nuclear deal has been a lose-lose-lose deal.