11 September, 2007
Why are the big green NGOs (the likes of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF) so silent when it comes to attacking the fake “environmental” motives behind some recent foreign government clashes with Western big oil companies?
Increasingly resource-rich countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan or Venezuela are using their environmental laws to put pressure on Western big oil companies or squeeze them out of profitable energy projects (Sakhalin-Shell – Kashagan-ENI). Looking at the environmental tradition of these countries, it is clear that this sudden “green” fever is far from genuine and more related to energy nationalistic interests than to real care for the country’s environment.
I know that the Western companies themselves have not always been saints when it comes to respect for the environment or the social fabric of the societies in which they work, but the misuse of environmental motives in these new cases should have green NGOs up in arms.
- Council on Foreign Relations: The Return of Resource Nationalism