Michael Parker's moment of green joy was interrupted by the real
world, he was for a moment nonplussed. But then his corporate
training kicked in and he began to trot out, in a flat monotone,
the same weary stuff we have heard over and over again from his
public relations people. (Our responses
to their lies and omissions are given in this rather fetching
appreciate your concern. (Oh
fie, tut, pshaw, etc...)
1984 there was a an enormous chemical tragedy that occured in
Bhopal. In India.
company that was involved in that was in joint venture, but it
was Union Carbide. (The
PR script omits the fact that Union Carbide US had a 51.9% stake,
giving it the controlling interest, and that the crucial decisions
about siting, design, technology and fatal cost-cutting were made
by the US parent)
a company we acquired a little less than two years ago.
thereby acquiring its liabilities as we have seen in the case
of asbestos victims in the USA)
er, it was an enormous tragedy...
(It certainly was, moosh, and still is.
The factory is still poisoning drinking water with cancer- and
birth-defect causing chemicals. It has never stopped killing people)
it basically involved many thousands of people dying because of
the chemical emissions that came out of that facility... (and
which are still coming out of it)
er, in the context of all of that, er... (yes?
what can he possibly be about to say?)
I...I can still remember where I was on that day
anybody in the chemical industry can remember the tragedy of that
(In Bhopal, it is referred to as "that
night" not "that day". Managers of giant corporations
on the far side of the world can have had no conception of what
it was actually like for those who were woken in their beds with
their eyes on fire and their mouths and throats already full of
had an enormous impact on our industry as a whole ... (Yes,
the American Chemical Manufacturers' Association met in a panic
and immediately began brainstorming ways to protect themselves
against laws that would force them to clean up their acts. Among
other things they devised the PR initiative known as Responsible
Care. In the minutes of their meetings in the months that followed
the Bhopal leak there is never once any mention of concern for
the innocent victims of the chemical industry.)
acquired er Union Carbide as I mentioned two years ago and clearly...
obviously... although all of the issues actually related to legal
responsibility of Bhopal were all resolved by Union Carbide...
(The big lie. Either he is ignorant of the facts, which is grossly
negligent to his shareholders. Or he believes that the rest of
the world is ill-informed and gullible or may be just stupid
enough to believe him.)
who has written a letter to Dow about Bhopal and has had a reply
signed by Michael Parker will be able to quote it by heart. All
Parker, we don't care where you were on that day. You don't
seem to realise where you are today. At the helm of a company
whose futile attempts to evade justice are costing lives. What
we care about is that every day, our people are dying.
who wants to listen to Michael Parker being jhaadoo'd by Kinnu,
Diane and friends, can download this
mp3 recording captured by journalist
Jackson Allers at the luncheon.
here's a new song for Michael and the Dowettes...