There’s tough competition for the title of worst corporation, but at least
this week the honor has to go to Shell and its “parent” Royal Dutch Petroleum.
First the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the case of Nigerian
activists murdered and tortured with Shell’s complicity. The Court is
expected to rule that, although corporations have been given constitutional
rights through Citizens United and related decisions, they do not bear
responsibility for their crimes, or at least not for their crimes
Second, as if that weren’t enough, six Democratic senators are
pleading with the Obama administration not to give Shell new leases to drill for
oil in the Arctic. You read that right. John McCain and Sarah Palin were
not elected four years ago, but “Drill, Baby, Drill” survives. An oil spill in
the icy Arctic, with no deepwater port or roads nearby, could make BP’s gusher
in the Gulf look like child’s play.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and President Barack Obama not to reward
Shell with Arctic oil.
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