BBC World and BBC News 24 ran an interview with a bogus Dow Chemical official who claimed the company admitted responsibility for the Bhopal disaster in 1984. He also claimed the company had established a $12 billion fund to compensate victims' families and survivors of the disaster.
The BBC has apologised to Dow and to viewers who may have been misled.
I have a paper copy of this print ad from 1962 about how Union Carbide was "Building a New India", apparently by having a giant, disembodied hand dump blood onto the fields.
That's pretty impressive.
Hopefully it will help draw attention to the issue that most people would just rather forget, especially the lovely folks at Dow.
That's awful!!! Didn't they just run that story yesterday???!!!!!
That advert is one of the wrongest things evar. And you know why it's so wrong? Because it's almost honest.
And then there's the creepy-ass picture.
The Yes Men, apparantly, did it.
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My ex-Brother-In-Law is an accountant. He was working on Union Carbide's taxes after the disaster. He claimed that they paid about $500 million in compenstaion, but were able to write off all of it, and wound up not losing a penny on the situation. He thought this was a wonderful situation, and was very proud of his work with Union Carbide. At dinner, I recall that he pulled out some Rush Limbaugh quote about Bhopal suggesting that the brown people weren't smart enough to run a chemical plant and it was somehow the victim's fault. I was very pleased when he broke up with my Sister-In-Law.
Union Carbide has some stuff up about the disaster at http://www.bhopal.com.
They argue, with really very convincing detail, that the disaster at Bhopal was due to process sabotage.. apparently, an employee attached a water hose to a pressure gauge, and introduced a couple thousand pounds of water into a chemical tank. Said chemical not liking water very much at all, it reacted violently, causing a large venting out the emergency pressure relief safety valves.