Sit down for this one: in August, the Canadian Environment Minister approved Shell's plan to drill off the coast of Nova Scotia, and, incredibly, would allow Shell to take 21 days to cap an underwater blowout. By comparison, their neighbor to the South (i.e., the United States) requires oil drilling corporations to cap an underwater blowout within 24 hours. Imagine a Deepwater Horizon-type spill off the coast of Nova Scotia and Shell waiting three weeks for the capping equipment to arrive from Norway, South Africa, Scotland, Singapore, or Brazil. Anyone else think it'd be better if Shell had the equipment, you know, close at hand? And I will brook no silliness about Shell being unable to compete with other oil drillers if our governments made Shell clean up its messes in the way we would expect children to clean up their messes. Thankfully, Canada's Environmental Minister doesn't have the final say -- the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board does, and Sum of Us helps you tell the CNSOPB to reject Shell's drilling application unless it cleans up its act.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Etsy to abandon its international tax avoidance schemes, then SignHereNow.org still helps you do that. To summarize: Etsy, the online storefront where artists and craftsfolk can sell their wares, has lately created a subsidiary in Ireland. Why Ireland? Because so many Etsy customers and workers are there? Well, not exactly -- Ireland's corporate disclosure laws are actually rather weak, and Etsy could well do the dance so many other corporations do, where they pretend money made here in the U.S. was actually made somewhere else, so they don't have to pay U.S. taxes on it. Worse, Etsy struts around about being a "socially responsible" corporation. Etsy can be green and gay-friendly all it wants, but it will never achieve "social responsibility" as long as it aims to avoid its obligations to the American commons. If we all have to pay for the services we get from our government, and big corporations constantly skimp on their duty to pay their fair share of those taxes, we can hardly call those corporations "responsble," can we?