Union Carbide magically reappears!
3 September 2004

Today, Dow Chemical Company was obliged to appear in court in Bhopal to explain why it should not be named as a defendant, in place of its absconding 100% subsidiary, Union Carbide Corporation. It produced a submission arguing that Dow, neither in the form of its Indian subsidiary, nor the Dow Chemical Company in the US, has any responsibility for Union Carbide Corporation, which it claims is an independent entity.

But . . . some of us remember that after the merger, Union Carbide had tried very hard to disappear off the face of the earth. It vanished into the bowels of its new parent. So far from being independent was Union Carbide, that if you looked up its website www.ucarbide.com, you would find yourself looking at Dow's homepage.

These days a truly independent company of Union Carbide's claimed size and importance would definitely have its own website.

With two days to go before the crucial hearing in Bhopal, Dow's lawyers seem to have woken up to this fact. "Help, if they find out that Union Carbide is really Dow, then we could be in big trouble. Quick, make them look separate. Give Carbide its own website."

So if you look at www.ucarbide.com today you will see a Union Carbide website, albeit identical in design to Dow's. (It is in fact about two new pages and as for the rest "Some unioncarbide.com content is hosted on www.dow.com, the website of our parent company. In these cases, a separate window will open." In other words they haven't had time to even make a realistic pretence of an independent website.

What would you have seen if you had looked for ucarbide.com just two days ago, on 1st September? Luckily, we can see, because Google keeps a cache.

SCREENSHOT ONE (12:54:38 ON 3 SEPTEMBER 2004): SHOW GOOGLE'S CACHE OF UCARBIDE.COM
SCREENSHOT 2 (12:54:47 ON 3 SEPTEMBER 2004): TWO DAYS AGO, UCARBIDE.COM WAS THE SAME AS DOW.COM!
SCREENSHOT 3 (12:56:41 ON 3 SEPTEMBER 2004): NOW TRY DOW.COM - EXACTLY THE SAME!

 

No matter how hard they try to hide it, Dow Chemical is Union Carbide 100% through and through and Dow must accept Union Carbide's liabilities in Bhopal.

You can download larger higher-res versions of these three pictures from the links below:

SCREENSHOT 1
SCREENSHOT2

SCREENSHOT3

Or try this experiment yourself. But hurry, the evidence will disappear next time Google updates its cache.