I was hoping to finally finish my post about last Wednesday in the Square – music, friends, good times. But, I can’t stop thinking about the death of my coast. I keep hearing that people don’t seem to really understand what’s happening. So, here it is as it stands today from the point of view of one person who has limited information. I encourage you to look up facts on your own. There is no more important story in the world right now.
This is about greed. Early this morning, I watched CNN interviewing a representative from BP. After the BP man ran down a list of all the possible approaches to stemming the flow of oil in the Gulf, Soledad O’Brien clarified. She pointed out that, of course, BP was trying solutions based on which ones they thought had the best chance of working first, moving on from those failed ideas to ideas that had a less reasonable chance of working. That being the case, and with 3 failed ideas behind us (and the “super straw” sucks up less oil every day and they’re not sure why), that if the attempt to perform a “top kill” on the well tomorrow fails, the next idea BP uses will have a far lesser chance of succeeding. Basically, everything they’ve tried has failed and they tried their best ideas first.
So, why haven’t they just blown the well? It’s been done before. It stops the flow. It works.
35 days into this crisis, Only Fox news’ Shepard Smith seems to have discussed this option. For his interview with a former nuclear submarine captain, visit:
BP has admitted to lying about the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf. On April 30th, I mentioned, “The Coast Guard fears the well could become a “gusher,” spilling up to 2.1 million gallons a day.” Perhaps they sounded alarmist or dramatic. Perhaps I did, too for mentioning it. Now, after moving the number from 1,000 gallons per day to 5,000 to 200,000 to 210,000 to, this week, 1.4 million gallons per day, I sincerely hope you are alarmed. Understand, the number is not increasing because the oil is spilling faster, but because BP keeps getting caught in lies. The oil has been escaping at a rate of at least 1.4 million gallons per day for 35 days.
Oh, as to that Soledad O’Brien piece, by a few hours after her scathing interview that forced the BP rep to admit that they’ve already used their best ideas and failed and we should not hold out hope that they will come up with a solution, the story on CNN was reported entirely differently. CNN now shows the clip of the BP man rattling off a list of possible solutions and the clip ends before O’Brien makes her point, or speaks at all, for that matter. It now appears to be a news item about possibilities for slowing the flow rather than a forced admission that they may never be able to stop it.
Assume you are being lied to about this spill. Look up what you’re being told (by me too, obviously). Check news sources outside of the United States. Nothing happening to you today or this week will affect you and yours more than this spill. I wish I had a bell I could ring to alarm you.
BP IS NOT INTERESTED IN SAVING THE GULF, THEY ARE CONCERNED WITH SAVING THEIR WELL, THEIR INVESTMENT.
If they were interested in saving the Gulf, they would blow the well, would have blown it a month ago when they (who had the information about how much oil is gushing daily) realized that it was the swiftest solution and the only way to save the wetlands and coastline. Those days are gone. The oil is in the marshes now, deep in, 10 miles in.
Don’t wait for BP to fix this, they’re not interested. Don’t wait for Obama to fix this, BP was his largest corporate campaign contributor. I suggest we get active. My first emotional reaction is to pull a tanker onto the White House lawn and dump crude until they get it what we’re facing. It may not be a smart or effective idea, but it feels like the time for rational asking for help is gone, we need to demand they STOP the oil today. I don’t mean “we” the people of Louisiana, I mean “we” the people of planet earth. Make no mistake, the world as you knew it has forever changed. I’m not a fan of Apocalyptic fear dredging, but many people have been wondering what the 2012 prophecies are about, many people believe the end is near, and some even have conspiracy theories involving a new world order and some sort of push toward an apocalypse. I’ll let you seek out that info on your own if you’re into the end of the world, but I will offer up this Biblical quote from the Book of Revelation.
The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. (Rev 8:8-9)
As BP continues to dump toxic chemicals into our oil-choked Gulf, it is time for us to all grow up and face what’s real. We have already destroyed the coast in the long run, probably the Gulf too. The Gulf is not a contained body of water, the oil will spread, the chemicals, too. We have destroyed something irreplaceable. Don’t comfort yourself with thoughts that Alaska is okay 20 years later. First, because Alaska is still feeling the affects of the Valdez spill and second, because the Exxon Valdez spilled 10.8 million gallons total, we’re doing at least that every week.
BP should have absolutely no say as to how we solve this. If this were an attack by a military rather than a corporation trying to save an asset, we would use military force to stop it. Blow the well and bill BP for the bomb.