The Curse of the Black Gold…

This may sound absurd, but American companies like Shell are ripping off Nigeria.

Yes, that’s true.  For the past 20 years, we have been taking a lot of oil from the Nigerians because they are using our equipment to get to the oil.  The people of Nigeria are complaining because they live on the streets in poverty because of this unfair situation.

Should we listen?

One half of the story is that they’re government agreed to the deal with American companies, so why should we care?  I mean, we’re getting a great deal.  The other side of the story is that they are doing all the work and the oil is their natural resource.  Which side do you fall on?

Here’s our thoughts:

Download blurbcast_4_fighting_for_black_gold.mp3

So what do you think?  Should we care that these people live in horrible conditions and share our wealth, or should we keep the wealth that we have?

Leave a comment to share your thinking and join us again soon on The Blurb!


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5 Responses to The Curse of the Black Gold…

  1. Skip Rope says:

    Interesting topic with a lot at stake.
    After watching the link there seems to be a lot of unrest in the Niger Delta. This unrest is making life very uncomfortable for many people. It seems that the profits that the Nigerian government is getting from this oil production is not being distributed to the correct areas.
    I’m do not believe that this is an American companies issue.
    It seems that the Nigerian government has to address the distribution of oil profits and how they can improve the region of the Niger Delta.
    Where could Shell help? I believe they could offer their assistance and expertise on how to prevent the mulitiple oil spills or how to clean up in the event that there is a leak(manmade or mechanical failure) in the lines.
    I also don’t believe in the no “take back’s” opinion. If there was proof that an American company was preying on the incompetance of the Nigerian Delta region then the US government should strongly advise the company to re-address compensation. I do not believe that this is the case in this situation and that the economy can be improved in the Delta by their own government.

  2. Shakesphere says:

    Definition Niger:
    Niger is a landlocked sub-Saharan country in Western Africa situated north of Nigeria, east of Mali, and south of Algeria and Libya, named after the Niger river. The capital city is Niamey
    Definition oil: A slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water
    ~unknown author
    Deffinition developing countary:
    Low- and middle-income countries in which most people have a lower standard of living with access to fewer goods and services than do most people in high-income countries. There are currently about 125 developing countries with populations over 1 million; in 1998, their total population was more than 5.0 billion.
    Definition Theft:
    What the US is doing
    other side of the story
    “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”

  3. Hollywood says:

    “One half of the story is that they’re government agreed to the deal with American companies, so why should we care? I mean, we’re getting a great deal.”
    Sure…we are getting a great deal but, at who’s cost? Is this the image we want the world to have about us – cheating, ripping off and taking advantage of the poor and helpless? Haven’t we established a bad, global reputation already?
    Hollywood (a former blurber)

  4. skittlechick96 says:

    I think that it was a great idea so that kids and adults will learn about the past and learn about the things that they didn’t have that we have today!!!

  5. Skip Rope and Hollywood brought up a great point, this developing country may never get a chance to become developed if this continues. *comment back*
    wicked awesome monkey dude

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