TO: Sr. Nestor Kirchner, President of Argentina, Sr. Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil, and Sr. Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela.
I am writing to express grave concerns about plans by Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina to build a massive natural gas pipeline through Brazil's Amazon rainforest. The pipeline would pierce the heart of the Amazon and ensure its destruction as a large, operable whole. It would devastate rainforests, water resources, the climate and indigenous populations across a huge swathe of South America.
The pipeline is economically questionable. Both Brazil and Argentina have gas fields large enough to cover their own domestic demands, it is not clear that Venezuela has the capacity to maintain such a large steady supply of gas, nor that the gas could be offered at a competitive price given the huge investment required.
The similar existing Camisea gas pipeline through rainforests in Peru - which was touted as a model of sustainable development, environmental protection and respect for indigenous peoples - offers a cautionary tale of the damage caused by gas pipelines during construction and their operation. In three years of operation is has already experienced five major spills, severely damaging the environment and local communities.
Given that the proposed pipeline is both economically and ecologically unsustainable, I call upon your governments to immediately cancel planning for its construction.
yours faithfully, schmoo
• Below are email addresses of the three Presidents main offices. They don't want to hear from you, but screw 'em (or go to the Amazon Rain Forest Portal to use an automated emailing set up, which may not work. Also they go on about 'neo-liberalism' as if it was fascism, when it's just people wanting to watch TV - although almost as bad for sure).
Brazil: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Argentina: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Venezuala: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Hey Chavez! Que pasa? Chinga! Estoy hasta la madre!