Maduro has often blamed capitalism for climate change and other environmental disasters, going as far as to say that socialism is “the only way to preserve the environment and the salvation of the human species.”
Before Maduro, the Supreme and Eternal Commander of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez (yes, that’s his official posthumous title) had an
identical mindset; Maduro simply inherited the playbook from him.
The actions of the socialist regime of Venezuela, however, tell a different story, and with all of the country’s institutions either in the control of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) or stripped of power, one cannot expect any form of accountability whatsoever. Activist
Greta Thunberg and the Greenpeace organization took some time off their busy agendas to dedicate one milquetoast tweet each to this disaster, but nothing more — not even denouncing the Venezuelan socialist regime or demanding any answers. Thunberg commented on the lack of official information.
In 2019, Maduro tried to
praise the young activist for persisting through her “asperberg,” although his characteristic grammar mishaps turned the compliment into comedic material.
Given the lack of public remark, Breitbart News reached out to both Greenpeace and Thunberg. Greenpeace Colombia, the chapter active closest to Venezuela, responded explaining that, as they are not active within Venezuela, they were limited in how they could respond to reports of a spill. Thunberg’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment at press time.
report from 2018 detailed the consequences of the ongoing recklessness at Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-run oil company, revealing 856,722.85 barrels of oil spilled into the Venezuelan environment in a span of six years. The plummeting oil production and the country’s fuel starvation has led the socialist regime to desperately reactivate a crumbling oil industry that they themselves destroyed through their gross mismanagement, ideological politicization, and lack of qualified staff by whatever means necessary — the consequences of their misbegotten actions being accidents such as the Amuay tragedy, and the ecocide of our beaches and national parks.
The destruction of our environment under the watchful eyes of the PSUV is not limited to oil – there are other environmental disasters, such as the rampant illegal mining of gold in our mining arc, where human rights violations are part and parcel of the inhabitants of that area.
If only activists such as Thunberg and Greenpeace turned their attention towards these problems. Unfortunately, the silence from international organizations with regards to the Venezuelan regime’s ongoing ecocide only goes to help them cover everything up. From Venezuela, it is hard not to feel that, if disaster did not originate with America, it’s of no importance to these organizations.
Christian K. Caruzo is a Venezuelan writer and documents life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.