The increase in oil-related news, coming from Italy and abroad, is not, unfortunately, an April Fool’s joke, but it confirms, once again, how the oil sector is a source of pollution — and not just at the environmental level. From the illegal disposal of ENI’s waste at Val d’Agri to the UNAOIL case in the Principality of Monaco and the interceptions involving the Minister of Industry on the case of the Tempa Rossa project, for the investigations on the disposal of hazardous waste on Edison’s Vega platform, a bleak picture emerges.
This is nothing new — if we think of the long history of oil scandals in our country — and not only a local issue. In recent weeks, also in the U.S., there are ongoing fraud investigations about falsifications and manipulations of global climate data involving Exxon (Esso in Italy), and it is expanding to other companies. Already there are 20 General Prosecutors involved.
The coincidence with the referendum deadline — though limited to a particular aspect of the extraction of hydrocarbons — requires us all to reflect and should open a debate about which energy future we want. Besides the obvious lack of serious and independent environmental controls, what emerges once again is the role of our true servitude to fossil fuel industry interests, instead of a policy that claims to be reforming and innovative. As we write this, we receive the news of the resignation of the Minister of Economic Development Federica Guidi.