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Business is killing people and planet

Issue No. 2200

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico shows how multinational corporations are threatening the environment and the lives of working class people.

Eleven workers died when the oil rig exploded two weeks ago. The environmental damage is growing by the day.

The explosion, and the devastating aftermath, is the result of the ruthless drive for profits by oil companies.

This leads to cost-cutting on safety and attempts to speed up “productivity” – with horrific consequences.

Brent Coon, a lawyer whose company has filed a lawsuit against BP on behalf of an injured rig worker, said, “They are the most arrogant bunch of bastards I’ve ever dealt with. It’s like they just don’t care.”

Big business is vociferously lobbying governments, demanding that they be allowed to carry on polluting our planet.

Governments invariably back down and time after time fail to implement any policies that can curb environmental destruction.

This devastation will harm workers and the poorest the most.

We urgently need to build up the movement to save our planet from the minority who put profit before people and the environment.

But that movement must be based on the force that has the most to gain from saving the environment – and the power to do it – the working class.

BP’s chief executive, Tony Hayward, thinks that too many people are “trying to save the world”.

Let’s prove him right.

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