Created on Sunday, 11 July 2010 13:43
Written by Greg Palast
Shoot BP: The Amazon
to Arctic Investigation
by Greg Palast
t Tatitlek Village, Alaska Native Henry Makarka told me, "If I had a machine gun I'd shoot every one of them white sons of bitches."
Makarka was talking about the executives who came to him and his tribe 40 years ago to purchase their land at Valdez. They were from the companies now known as Exxon and BP.
The Tatitlek were paid the handsome price of $1 for Valdez, which the companies knew was worth billions.
Yes, Henry, we want to shoot BP too. And Exxon. With cameras - which corporations fear more than bullets. But frankly, we need the cash to do it; for the small charter planes, the detective agencies, the camera batteries and, frankly, our nourishment.
For 21 years, I have been hunting BP, Exxon, Chevron and their sisters. But I simply can't continue. We are, no kidding, dead out of funds. Yet we have offers from a major TV network, a major magazine and book publisher to take on this investigation.
But the preliminary work and deep investigation which they can't cover must start now. We need your help. If you believe the issue of oil's global reach deserves the type of serious, deep investigation the Palast team uniquely provides, then now is the moment to show you support us.
Please donate here and I'll send you, signed, your choice of thank you gifts: my films on DVD and bestselling books.
We need $133,100 this month to get back up to Alaska, BP's next offshore target, to pay the bills from hunting Chevron in the Amazon, then to return to Gulf where we have more inside information already gleaned that needs verification and publication.
BP insiders have contacted us from Kazakhstan and London. We need your tax-deductible donation right away. If ever there was a journalistic emergency, this is it.
Please, make it at least $100 and I'll send you my three latest DVDs.
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I really don't want to shut down such an important investigation. If you have ever considered supporting us, or adding to your prior support, believe me, this is the moment.