JACQUELINE MARCUS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
An unedited version of Ann Curryâ€™s excellent report on Ecuadorâ€™s plans to plunder the last pristine rainforest on earth for petrodollars aired on NBC Rock Center. Unlike the edited version for NBC Nightly News, it includes astonishing footage of this beautiful Eden, and the devastating impact from oil pillaging.
(Q: Is it a strange coincidence that NBC executives axed Rock Center after this story aired? Big Oil pays Big Bucks for positive PR ads, including their demand to censor reports on the growing threat of global warming.)
The full report gives a visual tour of how oil drilling reduced the Amazon forest to a barren wasteland, marred by black gooey pools of toxic oil. Itâ€™s shocking to see how anyone could be evil enough to destroy such a sacred rainforest teeming with life; more mammal, bird, amphibian and plant species than any other spot on earth: parrots, monkeys, butterflies, panthers, and the gorgeous tapestries of ancient trees pillaged by oil drilling and deforestation over the last four decades.
The Amazon flourished for centuries but in our lifetime, a continent of forests has been effaced under the satanic wheel of insatiable greed.
Read Robert Kennedyâ€™s How Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy. In the absence of wise and moral leadership, the oil oligarchs and their government collaborators have no vital relationship with the natural world or spiritual world of nature. They never see what they destroy. They think nothing of clear-cutting our last beautiful forests for a private jet or $30 million dollar yachts, regardless of global warming or the hell theyâ€™re creating for our children.
In Ann Curryâ€™s report, Ecuadorianâ€™s Vice-President Lenin Moreno said that if leaders can help pay Ecuadorâ€™s debt ($5-7 billion dollars), they will preserve whatâ€™s left of the rainforest. This happened in 2011 world leaders and individuals raised enough money to halt oil extraction from the forest. But once again, Ecuador needs help. So far they received a substantial sum, but time is running out. The U.S. government refuses to contribute, this coming from a White House that spends an estimated $10 billion dollars a month on drone attacks and other military-surveillance operations. Predictably the U.S. government prefers to obliterate the last pristine rainforest and the indigenous people for oil.
Losing this rainforest doesnâ€™t only threaten the natives: it is a deadly threat to everyone. The earth is literally burning up: Atmospheric C02 concentrations surpassed the 400 PPM Milestone. That â€śequals 400,000 Hiroshima-scale atomic bombs exploding every single day from trapped C02 pollution,â€ť according to scientist Jim Hansen. If oil exploitation plans proceed, it will create ecological devastation and the eventual release of over 400m tonnes of CO2.
Destroying our last rainforest for oil, the very thing that is killing us is equivalent to removing the lungs from the body of the earth and infecting the heart with cancerous poison. We desperately need the rain, the diversity, the wildlife, the medicinal plants, the water to cleanse the air, to provide rain cycles and oxygen. Charitable Foundations must come to the rescue and save this rainforest before itâ€™s too late.
Watch Video: Oil boom threatens Amazon tribesmen
Wauroni tribesmen, who live in the rainforest of Ecuador, are getting ready to challenge the Ecuadorian governmentâ€™s plan to auction as much as 8 million acres of rainforest for oil drilling, saying they are prepared to fight to the death to protect the land. NBCâ€™s Ann Curry reports.
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Jacqueline Marcus taught philosophy at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California. Her book of poems, Close to the Shore, was published by Michigan State University Press. She is the editor of www.ForPoetry.com