Showing posts with label BP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BP. Show all posts

Monday, September 27, 2010

Greenpeace Alert: Stop BP from Dodging Offshore Drilling Moratorium in Arctic

     This letter from Greenpeace's Arctic Program Director, Melanie Duchin, arrived in my inbox this morning. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon/Gulf Oil Spill Disaster, BP is already weaseling its way around the current moratorium on offshore drilling in Alaska's Arctic:
     Right now the only thing standing between BP and its next big drilling disaster is the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. BP built a gravel drilling island three miles off Alaska’s north coast and classified the Liberty drilling project as “onshore,” thereby dodging the recent moratorium on offshore drilling in the arctic waters off Alaska. BP calls Liberty one of its “biggest challenges to date,” and if it moves forward, the company will push the limits of drilling in Alaska’s Arctic, just as it pushed the limits of deepwater drilling in the Gulf with the Deepwater Horizon.
     What BP is proposing is crazy. The company’s current plan calls for a well to be drilled that extends two miles below the seabed and then six to eight miles sideways to get at the oil they believe lies below federal waters in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea. It’s a disaster waiting to happen in a place where it’s simply impossible to respond to and clean up a large oil spill.
     Allowing the company responsible for the worst oil spill in US history to attempt such a risky drilling project in the ice-infested waters of Alaska is the true definition of insanity repeating the same mistakes yet expecting different results. Take action now and ask Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to stop BP from moving forward with Liberty.
     It took BP more than three months to end the gusher in the Gulf, and the region will be feeling the effects of the nearly 5 million barrels of oil that were spilled for decades to come. Alaska’s arctic marine environment is even more fragile than the Gulf of Mexico, and moreover, BP lacks adequate response assets in this remote part of the state where darkness, intense cold and storms, and solid or broken sea ice are the norm for much of the year. It’s no wonder the US Coast Guard called an oil spill in Arctic waters a “nightmare scenario.”
     BP’s own analysis says there’s an eight percent chance of a large oil spill at Liberty. Would you get onto a plane if the pilot told you there was an eight percent chance of it crashing? Didn’t think so.
     BP has already built Liberty Island and has received all of its permits except for one the federal government’s final sign off on BP’s “application for a permit to drill.” Secretary Salazar can deny this final permit, urge him to stop BP’s next big drilling disaster now [CLICK HERE].
 When superimposed over a map, BP's Gulf Oil Spill (on June 18, 2010) would have covered an area large enough to swallow everything from the New York metro area to Washington, DC.

The current extent of the oil spill (as of Sept 27, 2010) would swallow all of Southern California.
Maps created at

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The BP Oil Spill, Religion, Blame, the Apocalypse, and the Will of the gods

     Whenever there is a major disaster, of either natural or human making, religious folks feel the need to use that disaster to promote their understanding of their individual gods' will.  The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is currently that rapturous religious appetite for blame. 

     Carl Gallups of the Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Milton, Florida, thinks the oil spill is his Christian god's judgement on the United States because President Obama announced that the U.S.A. will no longer automatically support Israel in the United Nations. (Gallups also blamed hurricane Katrina on U.S.-Israli relations.)  Here's the video that explains how Gallups knows the mind of his god.

     Other Christian fundamentalists are blaming those with insufficient faith for the oil spill, which is the beginning of the apocalypse (Newsweek):
     Now blogs on the Christian fringe are abuzz with possibility that the oil spill is the realization of Revelation 8:8–11. “The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed … A third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter.” According to Revelation, in other words, something terrible happens to the world’s water, a punishment to those of insufficient faith.
     Lisa Miller of Newsweek blames the greed of Republican and the oil lobby:
     Yet through a biblical lens, it’s hard to see the oil spill as anything but God’s punishment for greed and a disrespect of Creation—and both of those sins fall mostly on the shoulders of the Republicans, who have been aggressively lobbying for more offshore drilling, without, obviously, ensuring that appropriate safeguards are in place. (Remember “Drill, baby, drill”? According to, Republicans in the last decade have far outstripped Democrats in donations from big oil, sometimes by a factor of four.) So the question for biblical literalists becomes one of political alliances. Does God wreak apocalyptic wrath on members of one’s own party—or only on the opposition?
     Yet, others, including President Obama in his address to the nation concerning the spill and Sarah Palin on Twitter, are turning to their gods for help, praying for an end the oil spill and help for those in its path.

     So whose god is in charge?

     Not the god of Pensacola's whitest beaches of the world.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sarah Palin's BP Disaster Solution: Pray, Baby, Pray, and Don't Wear a Respirator, for the god of BP Will Protect You

     Yesterday, good Christian Sarah Palin, bearer of false witness and hypocrite, offered yet another prophetweet on Twitter, concerning the BP oil disaster.
     Yes, because prayer has worked so well for the protection of people and the environment of the Gulf region in the past.  Pray, baby, pray!  Pray, baby, pray!  Pray, baby, drill!  Drill, baby, drill!  Oops.

     Here's my idea.  Instead of hoping for a deus ex machina to magically clean things up, let's get respirators to those in gulf doing the actual cleanup.  Let's take control of the healthcare for cleanup workers from BP, because BP doesn't have the best interest of the people and the environment at heart.  I think this is something that reasonable persons of any creed or political disposition can agree upon.  

     BP can't admit that there are health risks, because that would open them to lawsuits.  Is it just me, or is letting BP control the crime scene and the care of those working in it insane?  Would a murderer be allowed to clean-up his own victim or a pyromaniac the property she torched?

     Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights has been doing incredible work reporting on the oil spill's impact on local communities and cleanup crews.  The health of these people is at risk, because BP is discouraging people from wearing respirators, saying everything's all right.  Where is Palin's drill-thirsty god in all of this?

     Spill Fighters reports some of what Kennedy said in an interview after being in the Gulf and talking to the residents and clean-up crews:
     “In all three states that I’ve visited, fishermen said when they went out to work on the cleanup, that if they tried to bring respirators they were told it was unnecessary equipment and would only spread hysteria,” Kennedy told Fox News Friday.  “When I went out with eleven people, we had respirators on and within half an hour, all of our eyes were burning and our throats were closing and we all had headaches,” she explained.  Kennedy was also concerned that BP was refusing to release information about the contents of the dispersant being used.
 Image by Glen Cove High School Science Department
     Anyone who remembers high school chemistry and biology will know that oil, gas, and their fumes contain benzene, which is a carcinogen.  For a list of the health problems, including various cancers, caused by benzene exposure see

     But BP's disregard for the safety of human beings continues.  The Los Angeles Times reports:
     Like other cleanup workers, Jackson had attended a training class where he was told not to pick up oil-related waste. But he said he wasn't provided with protective equipment and wore leather boots and regular clothes on his boat.  "They [BP officials] told us if we ran into oil, it wasn't supposed to bother us," Jackson said. "As far as gloves, no, we haven't been wearing any gloves."
     The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Hospitals warned that oil cleanup workers "should avoid skin contact, and oral cavity or nasal passage exposure to oil spill products [by] using appropriate clothing, respiratory protection, gloves and boots."
     To Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist who studied the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska, it's "deja vu. What we saw with Exxon Valdez was a parallel track — sick animals and sick people. Harbor seals were looking like they were drunk and dying … and autopsies showed brain lesions.…What are we exposing these poor fishermen to?
     Some fishermen suspect that health problems are going unreported because, with so much of the gulf closed to commercial fishing, unemployed shrimpers and oystermen are grateful for the cleanup jobs.  "It an unwritten rule, you don't bite the hand that feeds you," said George Barisich, president of the United Commercial Fishermen's Assn. in St. Bernard Parish, who said many fishermen have told him about feeling ill.
     At a recent meeting fishermen complained to a BP representative about illness, Barisich said, but got little response. "BP has the opinion that they are not getting sick," he said. Barisich said the company is not providing respirators because "if they give us that type of equipment then they admit there are health hazards."
Image by Flickr, Boycott BP 
     Here is Before It's News' reaction:
     Just like what occurred after the Sept, 11th attacks, brave workers are doing what they can to try to help in a disaster. These workers will likely have to suffer for years and years, just like those workers of 9/11 did. Some might even die from their clean-up efforts. But these workers are knowingly risking their health and maybe even their lives.  Guidry says, "I spoke to several individuals. It was a choice between not paying the bills and having food for their families and maybe taking a chance of getting sick."
     BP is a despicable company that has been engaged in all types of environmental and safety violations... BP is contributing to the sickness of the clean-up workers because it won't allow them to wear respirators.  It is all about money for BP. 
     God [sic] bless America.

The Kerry Kennedy Interviews

Friday, June 18, 2010

Joe Barton, BP, Jon Stewart, if the Oil Spill was in Barton's Hometown, and More

     If you haven't heard Representative Joe Barton of Texas' apology to BP for President Obama's holding BP accounatble for the cost of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, deaths, and ongoing oil spill, which is the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history, here's the video.

     Rep. Barton, Methodist,  has received $27,000 in campaign donations from BP and $1.4 million from the oil/gas industry as a whole (Christian Science Monitor), but he represents the best wishes of the Americans whose lives have been taken and/or livelihoods destroyed by the BP oil disaster.  

     Yey, Republicans!  Good luck cleaning up this mess.  You best remove Barton from his post as ranking Republican on the House Energy Committee, if you want to cap this disaster.

     The following images are from the interactive map, where one can see the extent of the BP oil spill were it to be spread over land.

     Here is the extent of the BP oil spill were it to be placed near Barton's hometown Waco and the Texas 6th that he represents.  The spill would cover an area from Austin to Dallas/Fort Worth and beyond.

     The spill would cover an area from the greater Los Angeles and Orange County regions past the northern most suburbs of Los Vegas.
     In comparison to the fish and seafood resources destroyed in the gulf, the oil spill would cover most of the state of Iowa.  Imagine if all that fertile farmland was lost.  Are we to be any less concerned and angry about the loss of fisheries? 
     The spill would easily engulf Washington, DC, most of Maryland and Delaware, all of New Jersey, south eastern Pennsylvania, New York City, and some of Connecticut.
Bump to Joe.My.God for the map lead.

     Jon Stewart's take on real American Joe Barton's ridiculousness.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

BP Oil Spill Hypocrisy Summed Up in Two Images

Why anyone still trusts BP is beyond me.

Image is all over Twitter, via Towleroad

Friday, June 11, 2010

Republicans' Kill ACORN but Save BP Hypocrisy

Why are all those Republicans who angrily demanded the end of federal funding for ACORN silent when it comes to billions in federal funding and tax breaks for BP?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

BP Slow in Compassion for Families of Workers Killed in Oil Disaster

     While Sarah Palin is busy blaming environmentalists for the BP/Transocean oil disaster and for outsourcing middle class American jobs, she's forgetting that her British buddy BP hasn't exactly been pastoral in the treatment of those eleven Americans killed in the oil disaster.

     Last week, Diane Sawyer of ABC's World News reported on how BP and Transocean have treated the family of Dale Burkeen, a father of two young children.  Dale died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20, which was also the date of his wedding anniversary.  Here's bit of the ABC report:
     Dale's family said BP waited days to tell them he was gone, and they have never offered an explanation or apology.
     "It makes me angry in a way, because there's got to be an explanation," said Felicia Hamilton. "It makes me wonder, what if it was their son or brother out there? Would they still say I have no explanation?"
     "Does BP have any real compassion?" Sawyer asked.
     "They have not called us one time to say we're sorry your son has lost his life out there," said Mary, who wants to travel to the site of the rig to lay a wreath for her son. "I feel the only way I can come to a closure is when they get all this oil up."
     The site has memorial listing of those who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

 Image from Open Salon.

Sarah Palin Blames Environmentalists for the BP Oil Spill

     Good Christian and real American Sarah Palin is full of sludge.  She now blames "extreme environmentalists" and "Extreme Greenies" for the BP oil spill, saying that it's their fault that BP had to drill in deep waters because the environmentalists have blocked drilling onshore in places like ANWR, and environmentalist are forcing oil companies to move their jobs to other countries where they can pollute the earth worse than they do here.  She posted her manifestos on Twitter and  Facebook (where the comments are frightening).

     The former half-term governor is also using Twitter to get her message out: "Extreme Greenies:see now why we push"drill,baby,drill"of known reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?"
     There's nothing to get.  On Planet Sarah that tweet might make sense, but here on Earth, which is spewing the lifeblood of the 2008 Republican National Convention into the Gulf of Mexico at a unprecedented rate, "Drill, Baby, Drill"  and all Sarah's lies that offshore drilling was safe indicate a different truth: the Republicans are on the wrong side of history (again).  They are letting big oil lace their pockets to the detriment of the American people and future generations, chaining them to an early twentieth century technology rather than moving into the twenty-first century.

     The goal of environmentalists is not to outsource U.S. jobs but to create an entire army (to put it in Sister Sarah's Tea Party tongue) of new, green jobs that are both good for the American working class as well as for the environment, and the technology developed here can be used in other parts of the world to curb pollution there as well.  

     By the way Sarah, you and your oil drilling brood aren't about the wealth of middle class Americans.  BP stands for British Petroleum.  The billions of dollars of tax cuts you provide them are putting hardworking Americans' tax dollars (including those of the eleven people killed on the Deepwater Horizon) into British bank accounts.  You are a traitor to the American Revolution and the War of 1812. 

     Finally, there's just no credible way to recant on "Drill, Baby, Drill."  No matter how they spin it, Palin, McCain, Romney and the others can't pass the oil-laced buck on this one.  There are just too many sound bytes.

Image from Politico.