Drill Baby Drill – Spill Baby Spill – Kill Baby Kill

It’s tediously typical that instead of focusing on the problem at hand, people are bickering about Obama’s perceived anti-Brit rhetoric.  Obama is defending his own ass, never mind trying to decide who’s ass he needs to kick, but excuse me, while people squabble and take offence, the deadly serious ecological and social catastrophe is still happening.

The Prime Minister rushes over to Obama to (suck up) try and limit potential diplomacy failures but why are we more concerned about how this is affecting relations between Britain and America?  People who are feeling offended by the rhetoric should be more offended (and ashamed it has to be said) by the relentless assaults on our dear precious Earth?  What matters is that yet again the dirty industry has messed up big time, on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to start.  But as Monbiot implied in his recent article, it will just be cleaned up, swept under the carpet, moved along and oil will remain triumphant:

BP’s insurers will take a hit, so will the pension funds which invested so heavily in it, but, though some people are proposing costs of $40 or even $60bn, I will bet the price of a barrel of crude that the company is still in business ten years from now. Everything else – the ecosystems it blights, the fishing and tourist industries, a habitable climate – might collapse around it, but BP, like the banks, will be deemed too big to fail. Other people will pick up the costs.

BP is trying to reduce the extent of its own accountability while Obama is putting the whole of the blame on BP.  The Mayor of New York is indefensibly defending BP’s CEO who, poor lamb, just wants his life back.  Well there’s more than one punch-bag and those throwing some of the heaviest punches are simply diverting the attention away from their own involvement or inaction.

But for me it’s simple.  I blame the whole of the oil industry.  No-one involved at high levels in the dirty oil business is without blame.  They are all up to their necks in it.  I can’t think of a single oil company who hasn’t cut corners, took major risks, disregarded their environmental and social responsibilities, exploited whole communities, green-washed their activities, destroyed wildlife, or abandoned their pledges to the people whose lives they affect.  All because ultimately, their only concern is to fill their barrels and make unimagineable profits.  Nothing else matters.  Hell, whole countries have been blown up for oil.

As for BP and Deep Water specifically, sure, BP is mainly responsible but not unilaterally.  To paraphrase a guy called Mike Abbott who wrote here, it also stems from years of greed, environmental denial, weak regulations and governments defending big oil and drilling rather than showing some courage.  Mike Abbott also interestingly (and not without merit) calls to account the end user, that’s you and me folks.  He said in his article which is worth quoting in its entirety:

“Ultimately, blaming the entirety of this disaster on BP is like blaming the dealer for the user’s overdose. America’s addiction to oil has made it necessary that we continue to drill for oil in the Gulf to maintain our extravagant energy demand. BP is simply the unscrupulous pusher supplying an unhealthy demand. The cure for this addiction will be unpalatable for many who are loathe to put the environment before profits, cultivate less fossil fuel dependence, and admit the need for regulation by the despised federal government, who the Gulf Coast communities will now expect to force BP to “make them whole.”

It doesn’t need me to tell you that the Deep Water spill is an absolutely tragic and catastrophic man-made event on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to start.  The extent of the damage is unknown, probably limitless and it begs the question, how many more of these disasters are we willing to cause before it’s too late?

We all know how much we’ve come to depend on the black stuff but oil drilling is inherently dirty and dangerous and if we fail to see the catastrophic Deepwater disaster as a message that we need to move past fossil fuels then we are a bigger bunch of lazy, greedy, selfish morons than I thought possible.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Perhaps we should analyse who’s got more interest in BP. Perhaps it isn’t so much British as its name indicates. Multinationals may keep their original names but it would be convenient to find out whose shares are and their nationalities.

    We may be bound to be surprised.


  2. As always you hit the nail on the head with this post and that goes well for the comment above this one too. I will add this:

    JP Morgan Chase Bank owns almost 30 percent of bee pee’s common stock. I believe those banksters are the largest single stock holder of bee pee. As to which county these corpoRATe dogs owe allegiance to, the answer is NONE. This is simply not a matter of national anything. These corpoRATions respect no border or government!

    Who else owns or profits from bee pee and the other oil thugs involved in this spill baby spill? This from the associated press:

    “Thirty-seven of the 64 active or senior US federal judges in key Gulf Coast districts in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida have links to oil, gas and related energy industries, including some who own stocks or bonds in BP PLC, Halliburton or Transocean — and others who regularly list receiving royalties from oil and gas production wells, according to the reports judges must file each year. The AP reviewed 2008 disclosure forms, the most recent available.”

    Our countries and governments are owned by the corpoRATeers, not the other way around!

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer


  3. Thank you, ClapSo, for these precisions, and you’re right when you say that governments are owned by the corporations and not by the people who elect them. In my opinion the present crisis overwhelming the whole world is no more no less than a globalised coup d’etat set up by those very same corporations. Energy is the key word everywhere. If we were able – which I firmly believe we can – to have our own organised sources of energy, the problem would be solved for good.

    But here again the long tentacle of those corporations rear its ugly presence. The armies, the police and all security measures taken by them, even those having to do with terrorism – which by the way they themselves set into motion through those unwanted wars – see to it that the normal people of the streets – also entertained by sports and other “facilities” provided – seem not to be concerned, money to pay for those “perks” being the apparent only care they show in their life.


  4. Well said you guys. Very interesting stuff indeed. This post that I found via ClapSo’s blog is an absolute inspiration. It’s from a few years ago but highly relevant to now.

    Hi ClapSo, good to hear from you. Lots to read on your blog. I’m off to catch up.


  5. I blame it on the Loop Current of the Gulf Stream.

    Only if it flowed to the west and south and not north and east – all that oil would have been dumped on the coasts of Mexica, Belize and Cuba.

    Anything away from home, is not US’s responsibility. Double Standard: BP and Bhopal

    But unfortunately for US, they cannot control the gulf stream waters.


  6. Absolutely Little Indian. Double standards indeed. Bhopal is an example of how corporations can totally and completely evade responsibility for huge disasters, the impact of which is still ongoing and will be for years to come. America wants justice for the BP spill but isn’t prepared to seek justice for Bhopal.


  7. Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a tough time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!


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