Greasing the Wheels

February 18, 2011 at 8:38 PM Leave a comment

Chevron, working with USAID, is contributing $50 million to improve living standards in “oil-rich yet impoverished” Nigeria delta, the AP reports.

This is a pretty straightforward case of a useful but clearly self-interested philanthropic effort by a major corporation. The brief article does feature one rather unbelievable element:

Militants in the delta began a campaign of kidnapping and pipeline bombings in 2006, upset over pollution and the region’s endemic poverty despite 50 years of oil production.

Call us cynical, but we suspect that concerns about pollution are pretty far down the militants’ list of priorities.


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