In May's 60 Minutes segment "Amazon Crude," Scott Pelley explored Chevron Texaco's past operations in Ecuador and the toxic remains left behind. We were all outraged as footage ran of oozing oil pits left by Chevron, children swimming in Chevron's polluted rivers, and families dealing with health problems -- from cancers to miscarriages -- caused by Chevron's dirty operations. This is the reality faced by Amazonian communities in Ecuador that live in the wake of Chevron's human rights catastrophe, a reality that Chevron disputes and refuses to account for.
Andy Rooney doesn't like that....
In fact, Andy Rooney hates what Chevron is doing -- leaving 18 billion gallons of wastewater and 17 million gallons of crude oil to pollute Amazonian communities, and then trying to pretend that nothing ever happened.
But it doesn't have to be like this. When Andy Rooney was young...kids played in the streets, you knew your neighbors, Mom baked hot, fresh pies while Dad and Jimmy tossed a baseball in the yard...and corporations like Chevron owned up to their mistakes.
You can turn back the clock to a happier time, and turn Rooney's hate into love, by learning more about the lawsuit that has Andy and millions of other people enraged.
I work as the Director of Outreach and Online Strategy at Amazon Watch. The views expressed in this column are mine alone. Amazon Watch is proud to accompany the Ecuadorian communities affected by Chevron's deliberate contamination in the Amazon for over a decade. During the course of our lengthy campaign, Amazon Watch has also allied with the legal team responsible for one of the most important environmental victories in history by achieving a $9.5 billion judgement against Chevron affirmed by the Supreme Court of Ecuador in a 222-page decision that meticulously documents the company's environmental crimes, fraud, bribery, and subterfuge during the long eight-year trial.