Friday, December 04, 2009

No thunder, no fire, no rain

Boing Boing points to Henry Rollins' article in Vanity Fair looking at Bhopal 25 years after the lethal Union Carbide leak which killed, and is still killing and maiming, thousands of neighbouring households.

Wikipedia notes that the death toll is approximately 20,000 so far, with another 100,000 to 200,000 people permanently debilitated. The average payout to affected families so far has been around $20,000. No-one has been prosecuted for the tragedy.

If you ever need an example of what a world with complete trust in corporate responsibility and minimal government regulation and enforcement looks like, this is it.