Rafael Correa is far ahead of his nearest rival in Sunday's presidential election in Ecuador, and expected to easily win another four year presidential term. It's not hard to see why. Unemployment fell to 4.1 percent by the end of last year -- a record low for at least 25 years.
Countries around the world should simply cease doing further business with Chevron until it respects the communities where it operates. By any measure, the Richmond disaster is only the latest illustration of why this company has lost its social license to operate.
Hypothetically, what would it mean if Chevron accepted its responsibility for the worst oil-related disaster on Earth? If they paid for a full-scale clean-up and helped to heal the sick and dying communities in Ecuador?
Once a prosperous base for Amazonian drilling operations for sulfur-rich 'sour crude' petroleum, Lago Agrio is now the center of what amounts to an industrial cancer zone larger than the state of Rhode Island.