Gulf Oil Spill – Day 102 – Big Oil Shenaniganery

102 days into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP wants to ease back on cleaning up the mess it created, it wants the government to foot the bill for a big part of the wetland cleanup and it has enlisted a lot of people you know. Well, you know their names and faces.

The new, American, CEO (from Mississippi) says it’s time to scale back on those cleanup efforts (can they scale back when it’s um, cleaned up? for real, and not just on the surface? just wondering). It’s time to reopen the fishing areas and move on.

Guess who is helping the Gulf to move on? It’s your favorite stars, encouraging you to sign a petition by the America’s Wetland Foundation for the government to pay what the good people at BP should be paying to clean up the wetlands trashed by their oil spill. America’s Wetland Foundation is funded almost exclusively by big, big oil (which includes BP). Nobody knows if the celebrities know/knew who was behind the campaign, but it’s just something to think about before you sign that petition that you saw those stars talking about. Sandra Bullock has asked to be pulled from the ad behind the petition. You may recognize the PSA spot.

What a difference 100 days make.

100 days ago, life was as normal as it could be in Louisiana post-Katrina. My folks were planning a big crawfish boil for Mother’s Day. ¬†Everybody was going on with their lives and our president’s talk of alternative energy had evolved from encouragement of growth of solar and wind to clean coal and offshore drilling, which wasn’t a great thing for most of us in the West (especially the Northwest) because we have this thing about really not wanting oil in our water.Read More »

Buck passing on CSPAN

A couple of weeks ago executives from Goldman Sachs were staring at the ceiling while congress questioned them. Now we have BP, Haliburton and Transocean’s presidents shrugging their shoulders and telling senators, “It wasn’t me” (but would anybody be surprised if their fingers are crossed behind their backs?). Conservatives have amassed their talking points, attempting to convince those concerned about the ecological effects of offshore drilling that this only happens two or three times every sixty some odd years and it’s better for our country’s security than any alternatives. Somehow, I don’t think most of the people in Louisiana would agree these days.