Ask Congress: Tell US Trade Representative (USTR) to Stay Out of Ecuador Legal Case
Published on Just Foreign Policy.
Chevron is lobbying the US Trade Representative (USTR) to withhold U.S. trade preferences from Ecuador, to pressure the Government of Ecuador to interfere against a lawsuit brought by peasants in Ecuador seeking redress for the dumping of toxic oil waste in the Amazon. The attitude of Chevron towards democracy and the rule of law in Ecuador is summed up by a Chevron lobbyist: “We can’t let little countries screw around with big companies like this-companies that have made big investments around the world.”
Oregon Representative Peter Defazio has initiated a Congressional letter to USTR, urging USTR to reject Chevron’s request, and to affirm that access to the U.S. market will not be used as leverage to interfere in Ecuador’s legal process.
Please ask your Representative to sign Rep. DeFazio’s letter, using the form on this page of Just Foreign Policy.
Link: The Newsweek article: LOBBYING, A $16 Billion Problem.