Tuesday, June 8, 2010

BP and the Gulf Coast

I'm sitting here watching millions of gallons of crude spill into the Gulf of Mexico, along with every other citizen of the world. I'm watching BP's ineptitude in staunching the flow, compensating the victims, mobilizing a clean-up operation, and in general, being the Bastard Prostitute corporate executives they are. But most importantly, I'm watching the marshes and the wildlife die a slow death.

Enough is enough. Let's end the addiction we all have to oil. All off-shore drilling should be stopped because we have NO guarantee that what happened on the BP rig won't happen again elsewhere.

If rationing gasoline purchases means I won't ever have to look at an oil-soaked pelican, so be it. If I have to take a bus so shrimp fishermen can survive, I'll stand on the corner and wait for one. If my milk has to come in a cardboard carton, I'm all for it, since I hate milk anyway. If I have to drive by one more suburban starter mansion with six SUVs parked in the driveway for all the family members, I'm practically driven to environmental violence.

We need alternative energy - that's nothing new or remarkable. What's remarkable is that the United States, or any other technology based country, has done nothing to promote, fight or adequately fund for it's development.

Meanwhile, for all the oil executives in the world, and the world's governments who allowed this disaster to happen, I say we soak their homes in crude oil and let them feel the pain the natural world is feeling. No more off-shore drilling. No more leniency in the laws for granting the permits to drill off-shore. No more callous disregard for workers. We can end the addiction or we can watch as our civilization faces extinction. Mother Nature is a Bitch sometimes, and you can bet she has our eyes on the human race. Educate yourself and go into oil Re-hab. Or die. That seems to be the choice.

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