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Tid for å gjøre opp for syndene

Olje anses av mange som synonymt med velstand. Dette er i svært mange områder langt fra sannheten. Nigeria er et av eksempel på et område som lider hardt under oljeproduksjons følger. Enorme områder er ødelagte av en katastrofe som er mange ganger større enn den beryktede Exxon Valdez. Dessverre er det de fattige som må betale kostnaden. Nå har Nigeria fått nok og går til erstatningssak mot Shell som er en av selskapene som har bidratt til mest av skadevirkningene. Nigeria kommer til å møte motstand i sin kamp for å få ryddet opp igjen særlig fra rike og mektige oljeselskaper. Dagens oppfordring for deg som har medfølelse for et ødelagt Nigerdelta og ønsker å bidra til at det kan ryddes opp igjen er å signere på støttekampanjen fra Avaaz.

Det er også verdt å nevne at Statens pensjonsfond har store investeringer i Shell – som i 2011 utgjorde over 20 milliarder kroner norske statlige investeringer i selskapet. Det er derfor på tide at Statens pensjonsfond trekkes ut fra slike investeringer.  Hvorfor ikke gjøre slik Miljøpartiet De Grønne foreslår, nemlig å gjøre om oljefondet til et framtidsfond.

Dear friends,

In days, Nigeria’s Parliament could approve a $5 billion fine against giant oil polluter Shelland set in motion a law that would hold oil companies to account for the first time ever. The President endorses the penalty, but Big Oil are lobbying MPs like crazy to vote against reform. Our voices can drown them out to win justice for Nigeria’s people. Join the urgent call now!

Sign the petition

In days, Nigeria’s Parliament could approve a $5 billion fine against giant oil polluter Shell for a spill that devastated the lives of millions of people, and pass a law to hold all oil companies to account for polluting and plundering. This is a watershed moment, but unless we all speak out, oil giants will crush it.

Finally, Big Oil is having to pay for the wasteland and violence that they’ve created. President Jonathan supports the Shell fine, and progressive Senators are pushing for strong regulations, but oil companies are slick, and without huge international support MPs could buckle under the pressure.

Politicians are deciding their positions right now — sign the urgent petition for the Nigerian Parliament to fine Shell and support the bill, and then forward this to everyone — when we hit a million signers we’ll bring our unprecedented global call to the steps of Nigeria’s Parliament:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/make_shell_pay_rb/?bRyKtbb&v=19285

Experts say that every year Big Oil spills as much crude into the Niger Delta as an Exxon Valdez, but as it is Africa, it gets little media play. After a leak occurred at Shell’s Bonga oil facility last December, millions of gallons poured into the ocean and washed up on the densely populated coast — resulting in one of the largest African oil spills ever. The fine and bill on the table are a once in a lifetime chance to stand up to Big Oil.

Oil companies have made $600 billion in the last 50 years in Nigeria, but locals don’t see the benefits. Their land, drinking water and fishing grounds are ruined. And Shell has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year on security forces,repressing protest against its harmful practices.

The oil industry is crucial to the economy, but companies have never been held to account for the devastation of drilling. Now, the Nigerian President and a few brave MPs are speaking out and they could finally slam the oil giants with tough fines and give fair pay outs to the victims. If we show MPs that the world supports these crucial steps, we can literally change the lives of millions. Click below to sign the urgent petition:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/make_shell_pay_rb/?bRyKtbb&v=19285

Avaazers have stood up to Big Oil all over the world, from Chevron in Ecuador, to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to ending fossil fuel subsidies at the Rio Summit. Now let’s do it for Nigeria too. Make sure the politicians send a message to Big Oil: your days of impunity are over.

With hope and determination,

Pascal, Patricia, Alex, Ricken, David, Rewan, and the Avaaz team

Shell Faces $5 Billion Nigeria Fine (Wall Street Journal)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303933704577532723563488122.html

Shell urged to pay Nigeria $5bn over Bonga oil spill (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18875731

Shell’s grip on Nigerian state revealed (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/08/wikileaks-cables-shell-nigeria-spying

U.N. slams Shell as Nigeria needs biggest ever oil clean-up (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/04/us-nigeria-ogoniland-idUSTRE7734MQ20110804

Nigeria: Oil spill investigations ‘a fiasco’ in the Niger Delta (Amnesty International)
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/nigeria-oil-spill-investigations-fiasco-niger-delta-2012-08-02

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