September 13, 2016

This U.S. shakedown artist is trying to turn Canada into a banana republic

Rebel Staff
 

Texaco, which has since been bought by Chevron, used to operate in Ecuador. In 1992, Texaco sold its stake to the Ecuadorian government, and completed an environmental clean-up, certified by the government.

But a U.S. lawyer named Steven Donziger sued Chevron for Texaco’s environmental sins, even though Texaco cleaned it all up.

And not only did Donziger make a movie about the lawsuit, called “Crude,” but he won $9.5 billion in an Ecuadoran court. Celebrities and environmentalists loved it. But Chevron got a court order for the raw out-takes of his movie.

This footage showed what Donziger was actually doing to win the lawsuit. I’ll show you some clips. They’re incredible, and damning.

So Chevron sued Doniger, and he was crushed by the New York court. But he still has that Ecuadorian judgment for $9.5 billion. So now he’s going country to country to find a judge to help him collect.

This week, Donziger’s team is in Canada, trying to collect his judgment in a case that has absolutely nothing to do with Canada.

It’s a disgrace that this suit is being heard in Canada. I’m not yet pessimistic enough to say that we’re a banana republic like Ecuador is, and I’m quite sure our judges can’t be bought, bribed or intimidated by a fraudulent huckster.

But whether or not they can be fooled by him — well, we’re about to find out...

TONIGHT'S GUESTS: Rich Samp, Chief Counsel at Washington Legal Foundation, joins me to talk about the Donziger case, and Sun columnist Lorrie Goldstein is in the studio to discuss the Kellie Leitch "Canadian values" story, and the divide between the Media Party's stance and the general public's.

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commented 2016-09-14 20:47:00 -0400
Just the simple fact that our legal system is allowing such an obvious douchebag as Donziger to have his fraudulent case against Chevron heard in a Canadian court should be enough to give one serious doubts about the outcome. Some of our judges have proven to be extremely flaky on other files.

What one would like to see happen is for Donziger, when he shows up in court, to be arrested and put on trial for fraud. With all its findings of fraud in the US case, it’s a wonder that the US court didn’t do it.
commented 2016-09-14 18:50:40 -0400
D.H. Chaisson why do you not go pay for the cancer your electronics gave Chinese peasants? Oh sorry you get a free pass, but Chevron is responsible.
commented 2016-09-14 17:45:29 -0400
Jerry Agar isn’t great, he sucks. Guess I don’t get to watch the news for a couple nights.
commented 2016-09-14 07:32:09 -0400
The crass effrontery of suggesting potential Canadian immigrants should be screened for " anti-Canadian-Values " is an example of jaw-dropping Canadian xenophobia ! This type of bigotry has the libertine-progressives reaching for the smelling salts and clutching at their pearls . Such blatant intolerance needs to be prohibited , it’s blasphemous to the multi-cultural commandment of absolute moral/cultural/spiritual relativism , & all need to genuflect at that progressive” altar……….. CAPICHE
‘Progressive’ use their dog-whistles to sic their vicious hounds, including their radical-left-sycophants in MSM, on any socio-conservative view ………………….
commented 2016-09-14 00:05:35 -0400
What the lying oil-hater creeps who defend the grafting Equador courts are not telling you -

First and most important – Chevron was defending itself against false allegations that it was responsible for alleged environmental and social harms in the Amazon region of Ecuador. Chevron has never operated in Ecuador.

Texaco Petroleum (TexPet), which became a subsidiary of Chevron in 2001, was a minority partner in an oil-production consortium in Ecuador along with the state-owned oil company, Petroecuador, from 1964 to 1992. After TexPet turned its remaining share of the oil operations over to Petroecuador in 1992, pursuant to an agreement with Ecuador, TexPet conducted a remediation of selected production sites while Petroecuador committed to perform any remaining cleanup. The government of Ecuador oversaw and certified the successful completion of TexPet’s remediation and fully released TexPet from further environmental liability. Petroecuador, however, failed to conduct the cleanup it promised and has continued to operate and expand oil operations in the former concession over the past 20 years.

In other words an Ecuadorian oil company did the spills an tried to blame/frame Chevron for the clean up they were ordered to do.
commented 2016-09-13 22:56:24 -0400
Incredible!! Quite the rebelations!!

Ambrose sucks!! Lefty’s have infiltrated the federal Con’s, the same as in Alberta and elsewhere!

Great job Ezra!! I note also that guests were hard to come by when you first started in your living room, but now you get excellent guests all the time. Good show ol’ chap!!!
commented 2016-09-13 22:46:22 -0400
- The Donziger story sums up the “morals” driving these “environmentalists”. I hope he ends up poorer than the poorest of the Ecuadorian people in the end.

- If Leitch sticks to her guns she’ll be my favorite. Any of the Conservative leadership hopefuls who condemn her can forget getting any support from the Conservative base.
commented 2016-09-13 21:59:19 -0400
Chaison: “tar” sands? Your left petticoat is showing. Oops.
commented 2016-09-13 21:59:02 -0400
On October 15, 2000, Chevron announced acquisition of Texaco in a deal valued at $45 billion, creating the second-largest oil company in the United States and the world’s fourth-largest publicly traded oil company with a combined market value of approximately $95 billion. The merged company was named ChevronTexaco.
commented 2016-09-13 21:45:19 -0400
I am so glad that my PM went to a Mosque to celebrate 9/11. This is Canadian inclusiveness— We Love to be killed —-for the Glory of Allah.
commented 2016-09-13 21:37:35 -0400
The People wanted a pretty celebrity. Now ,we have him. Should we kill the Jews or the Christians first ?
commented 2016-09-13 21:37:35 -0400
The People wanted a pretty celebrity. Now ,we have him. Should we kill the Jews or the Christians first ?
commented 2016-09-13 21:28:34 -0400
To quote myself:
“Sovereign nations have every right, and a responsibility to their citizens and other residents, to exhaustively interrogate prospective immigrants, including refugee claimants. If their application is accepted, it should be made very clear to them that every answer they gave forms part of their permanent record and will be used against them if they are caught lying.”
Understand? Sign here. Don’t like it? There’s the door."
Sadly, this same comment got me banned from a popular Canadian discussion forum two days ago.
Welcome to “1984.”
commented 2016-09-13 21:06:05 -0400
‘Too big to fail’—— should mean less that nothing— if -You are an honest Politician.
’ Let them fail’ only means something if you are not a crook.
commented 2016-09-13 21:05:15 -0400
What Ezra left out, part three: Chevron already liquidated all of its owned assets in Equador leaving Equadorians no other choice but to pursue Chevron’s resources globally. Why does Ezra hate their freedoms to do so?
commented 2016-09-13 21:01:59 -0400
What ezra left out, Part Two: Chevron didn’t “buy” Texaco as Ezra claims but instead merged with Texaco, hence inheriting the lawsuit. Chevron went on to abandoning more than 900 unlined waste that leached toxins into soils and streams; contaminated the air by burning the waste pits; dumped oil along roads; and spilled millions of gallons of pure crude from ruptured pipelines.
commented 2016-09-13 21:01:57 -0400
What ezra left out, Part Two: Chevron didn’t “buy” Texaco as Ezra claims but instead merged with Texaco, hence inheriting the lawsuit. Chevron went on to abandoning more than 900 unlined waste that leached toxins into soils and streams; contaminated the air by burning the waste pits; dumped oil along roads; and spilled millions of gallons of pure crude from ruptured pipelines.
commented 2016-09-13 20:56:11 -0400
What Ezra left out: Chevron owns at least $15 billion worth of assets in Canada – including Newfoundland offshore oil fields, major investment in the Alberta tar sands, an oil refinery in B.C., natural gas holdings, and other assets. Chevron has more to do in Canada than Ezra leads on.
commented 2016-09-13 20:52:31 -0400
Kellie has my vote ONLY because of this issue. Don’t back down! Ezra, get her on your show.
commented 2016-09-13 20:39:59 -0400
“They make decisions on whom they FEAR”—— FEAR , FEAR, FEAR.
Actually - “:WE make decisions on whom WE Fear” FEAR,FEAR, FEAR.
Politicians make their Decisions based upon whom they FEAR
—politically.
Politicians fear ‘Money and Power’ much more than the People that vote for Them.
This is why they really do FEAR a ROGUE —-like Trump.
They are AFRAID.
commented 2016-09-13 20:17:40 -0400
Doesn’t matter Ezra, Ontario has a Banana republic government and banana republic courts – If you use venal 3rd world tactics there you’re sure to connect with a payoff.