BP, The Gulf and A Broken Promise


Maybe it’s the cloudy and cool weather over the weekend. Or the hangover after watching the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. Though it may just be the continued bad news coming from the Gulf on the oil spill. But I am in a dark mood over what has happened there and am saddened over the broken promise that seemed to be made 40 years ago.

In 1970, I was in high school (ok, that ages me, but who cares), and we observed Earth day. We learned that Mother Earth (as we called our planet in hippie talk back then) was a fragile planet. It was under attack from polluters of every stripe and shape. The air we breathe, the water we drink was under siege and we were told that we had a responsibility to protect her and the rest of her children, including ourselves.

Over the years we recycled, cut pollution in the air and the water. We have invented new technology to protect our fragile planet. We have come a long way.

But it is not enough.

We still have a greed for oil and drill, baby, drill became a mantra for some. We want to be free from foreign oil, so we built these rigs and congratulated ourselves that they were safe. But they weren’t. BP gave us a plan that must have been put together by some cashier working in a BP franchise gas station. In our greed for oil, we accepted that plan. Now we find the plan was a fraud a make believe plan concocted in never never land.

This type of thinking was going on for years. It is not just one President who is at fault. But, perhaps more. Government agencies were not watching at the gates. They worked in cooperation with the big oil companies and today we are paying for it.

Our ineptitude has caused almost irreparable harm. It will be years for the damage to be repaired. Perhaps it never can be made right. In this instance, we have failed ourselves. It is not acceptable. It needs to be stopped.

This is not about global warming. This is about reckless greed. It is about looking at our needs in the short term, rather than looking at the long term and protecting our way of life. Now we are paying the price. We better remember what has occurred here, or like anything else in history, we will be doomed to repeat it.

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