“There’s poison in the air Right near the factory!” And children start to die And mothers start to scream And fathers start to weep And workers start to shout: “The Union Carbide plant— Its gas is pouring out!”
It went to India To use the cheap labor And thousands it did kill When its poison gas did pour “Safety, it costs too much” The bankers all did say And the silent spring of death Won’t affect the USA.
The pesticide for insects Murdered people now instead The methyl isocyanate From the storage tank it fled Morgan Guaranty Director Brown And Chase Manhattan Director Ferguson Directed Union Carbide To use the cheapest gas.
Each day another horror Or a new atrocity There is no regulation As they destroy the air we breathe Today they poisoned India Tomorrow your city A monument to profit A tribute to corporate greed.
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The Poison In The Air protest folk song was written shortly after the late 1984 disaster at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India. Since that time, Union Carbide was purchased by Dow Chemical in 2001; and in the 21st-century there’s a Students for Bhopal group (www.studentsforbhopal.org) which is still fighting for justice for the victims of U.S. corporate greed in India. Coincidentally, a member of the Dow board of directors in recent years, Jacqueline Barton, apparently also used to sit on the board of trustees of Barnard College (whose board of trustees currently includes Columbia University President and Washington Post Company/Newsweek media conglomerate board member Lee Bollinger).
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