Alutrint:Cost It or Cut It!

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Well Done Madam Justice Mira Dean-Armorer

Please read the entire article in the Trinidad Guardian

Justice Mira Dean-Armorer
Justice Mira Dean-Armorer

Please read the entire article in the Trinidad Guardian

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Smelter Blocked

Anti-Smelter Activists Happy

Anti-Smelter Activists Happy

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EMA approval for smelter ‘illegal’

EMA approval for smelter ‘illegal’

EMA approval for smelter ‘illegal’

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People Power

Anti smelter actvists happy.

Anti smelter actvists happy.

Please read the article

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A Dozen Ways to Steal Gas

Energy is it. And there are many ways to steal it. Here are a few.

1.Run a line from the government electrical pole into your house, or from the panel-box of your landlord into your apartment.

2.Drill holes in the oil pipeline and collect with gallon pans, buckets, jars, as in West Africa.

3.Declare a claim to your neighbour’s gas rich territory citing any kind of papal bull: law, injury or flying fish.

4.Drill vertically, then miles beneath the ground, like a thief in the dark, drill horizontally into your neighbour’s oil well.

5.Chose any Arab “dictator”, demonize him, invade him, hang him, murder his people, set up a base over his oilfields into perpetuity.

6.“Smoke out” from his cave the one who threatens the energy security of your energy-rich ally, such as Saudi Arabia.

7.Set up military bases anywhere in Afghanistan or in the middle of the Indian Ocean to “stabilize” shipping routes and multinational oil pipelines, to control prices for your own energy dependent market.

8.Sign oil and gas contracts with dodohead governments, tying them up with legalese and fine print.

9.Do deals, cuts, bribes with local gas barons.

10.Run industrial estates for international corporations, shunting contracts – soil testing, engineering services, feasibility studies – to companies you created and owned just a little time back.

11.Kill alternatives to hydrocarbon for they just “pimp” off your control of the gas agenda.

However, one real sockeye way to steal energy is to sell energy to yourself. Create a project to make a product, a project that will bust, even with enormous and cheap inputs of the nation’s gas, a company lined by a relative in the state energy bureau, lined by a relative managing the project. And how do you claim a “profit” at the end of the line? False accounting: hide and disappear a bulk of the economic, ecological, and opportunity costs of the project, the costs that the state and the people will pay. Relatively easy.

 Wayne Kublalsingh

University of West Indies

Enemy of the Environment

Enemy of the Environment

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Why Essar Steel must be deconstructed-from the book Ital Revolution

This is to be butchered!

This is to be butchered!

Why Essar Steel must be De-constructed

What does Essar Steel Corporation of India want?

 It wants the cheap rental of high-value port lands, over five hundred acres, which was only three years ago allotted to former Caroni workers for farming (this land was taken back and rented to Essar).

 It wants the Environmental Management Authority to further overlook the fact that a steel mill – which will produce thousands of tons of particulates (steel dust), carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxide and one billion cubic meters of carbon dioxide, over a thirty to fifty year period – will impair the health of residents in Claxton Bay and six surrounding villages.

 It wants cheap and reliable supplies of our scarce water, a commodity which is fast becoming rare on the world market.

 It wants trillions of cubic feet of our depleting gas to power its gas-guzzling steel mill.

 It wants us to run gas lines for them, which we are doing.

 It wants a reliable and cheap supply of electricity from our power grid to run its mill complex.

 It wants a “corridor” through our mangroves to a port which will destroy portions of the last stretch of mangrove on the West Coast, which has supplied thousands of tons of protein stocks – crabs, fish, oyster, mook, shrimp, crayfish and conch – to our subsistence economy.

 It wants a port, so that it can ship steel coils and sheets to the United States and import iron ore from Latin America, an enterprise which will earn it billions of US dollars.

 It wants, and has, 100% ownership of this local branch of Essar Steel of India.

 It wants control of how many tons of steel it will grant to the local market, and has, because there is nothing in the agreement which commits them to a specific supply to the local business community.

 It wants hundreds of thousands of tons of aggregate, which we will have to mine from the Northern Range, thereby compromising our forests, water and soil systems.

 It wants cement to build its plant, which will raise the price of locally produced cement.

 It wants its handful of associates in the local oil and gas sector, and on benches of Parliament, to remain intact, in order to mask, authorize and justify its commercial agenda.

 It wants as little public disturbance as possible to hide the raw atrocity of this deal for Trinidad and Tobago, a deal which will compromise our economy, our health, our lands, our mangrove and our marine resources and communities.

 It wants its Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago to bat for them; as this gentleman recently did in his recent India Republic Day address, saluting the Essar deal as an example of co-operation between two independent Republics.

 It wants our own locally grown oil and gas mogul to stay on his local throne so he can better line them up.

 It wants to move out of the Indian sub-continent to exploit our land and gas on this side of the Hemisphere, so it will be able to advantageously exploit the US market.

Essar wants these terms and conditions and much more.

India is looking to expand economically and to dominate politically in her Austral-Asian spheres of influence. She wants her cushion on the imperial throne.

But Essar Steel of India, our local moghul, the Indian Government and the Indian High Commissioner will not get what they want in Trinidad and Tobago. In sum, they want to funnel our scarce resources into their imperializing coffers to impoverish us and make them dominant. They want to pull off another round of imperialism on us. In Trinidad, they will not get what they want, because they shall be de-constructed in Claxton Bay.

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