Eye on the Amazon
  • Chevron's Garbage Fire Sale

    Chevron's Garbage Fire Sale

    June 27, 2016 – Chevron sending up massive flares in Richmond is not the only sign things are getting hot for the oil giant on the run from a $11 billion verdict.

  • Unclean Hands: Corruption Plagues Ecuador's Oil Deals with China

    Unclean Hands: Corruption Plagues Ecuador's Oil Deals with China

    June 22 2016 – Ecuador is desperate to drill because it owes China billions as part of loan deals between the two countries that have Ecuador handing over much of its oil to China through 2024. The oil price crash has also exacerbated the issue, forcing Ecuador to deliver twice or three times the amount of crude to pay off the debt. Sound like a bad deal? It is. But not for everyone.

  • Chevron CEO To His Board: Our Ecuador Problem Just Won’t Go Away

    Chevron CEO To His Board: Our Ecuador Problem Just Won’t Go Away

    May 24, 2016 – We don't have access to Chevron's internal communications, but if we did, this "memo" is what we imagine we might see.

  • Indigenous Diplomacy

    Indigenous Diplomacy

    Colombia's U'wa Before the United Nations

    May 19, 2016 – "Today, I’m here sharing this with you but my people are once again mobilized. We are on Zizuma, the sacred mountain where many sources of water originate – lakes and rivers which bathe our territory and serve as an important source of water for Colombia."

  • Brazil's Political Meltdown Could Spell Disaster for the Amazon

    Brazil's Political Meltdown Could Spell Disaster for the Amazon

    May 10, 2016 – Under the cover of political mayhem, lawmakers have discreetly moved this polemic proposal toward a plenary vote, threatening to erase Brazil's environmental legislation in one fell swoop.

  • Belo Monte and How NOT to Produce Energy in the 21st Century

    Belo Monte and How NOT to Produce Energy in the 21st Century

    May 5, 2016 – The most important project of President Dilma Rousseff's energy program is also a monumental example of how energy should not be produced in the 21st century. In addition to its high price tag, the dam is associated with corruption and massive human rights violations due to its social and environmental impacts.

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