http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H-26MOxH34 Sarah speaks
Sarah is so sorry for the "rachetted back decision" of the Supreme Court to cut Exxon's responsibility to Alaskans, but because Alaska is partnered with Big Oil, what can they do. I mean, hey, Alaskans will recover; EXCEPT the town of Cordova. Cordova is a ghost town from what it use to be. A fleet of hundreds of fishing boats lay in "bone yards" because of bankruptcy. The herring (small fish similiar to sardines) came back after this massive spill, but were diseased with white spots and bleeding. The ova (the eggs of the herrings) became non-viable and died. The herring never recovered (even after all this time), so the fishing diminished to nothing. People went bankrupt and died waiting for Exxon to fullfill their promise of making Alaskans whole. The Supreme Court (a corporate driven entity of our government) screwed we, the people AGAIN.
Sarah thinks they are doing well. I don't think she talked with the people of Cordova, nor has she viewed these people's medical records. Some have cancer from PAH (a chemical Exxon used to clean the oil soaked coast - causes nerve damage and attacks muscle structures). Some of these residence of Alaska committed suicide as they couldn't take the pain and devastation of their bodies and their lively-hood. PAH is no longer produced. There is still over 21,000 gallons of oil that has not been cleaned up on the shores of Cordova, Alaska. It has been 21 years.
Drill, baby, Drill - don't worry about this mess we still have here in my state - no worries, just Drill, baby, Drill.
Riki Ott is a community activist with PhD with a degree in toxic chemicals. She has first hand experience in this particular spill. She was there at the time of this devastation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkzB1ZYcTwM Exxon Valdez spill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTkNZhMyilY Katie Couric
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opl1nxEvafM Alaskan Fisherman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFkZ8zd4684 Planet Earth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbjC9SMKClE Exxon Valdez 20 years later.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPgIfT5mGVc Exxon Valdez is still making a mess.
I linked these videos to give my readers perspectives of what will be forth coming in the Gulf of Mexico. Those who try to minimize this disaster are dealing with folly at best and complete denial at worst. Haley Barbour (Governor of Mississippi) has been down playing the effect of the Deep Horizon spill and to me, this is just reprehensible. It's not a matter of "if" - it is a matter of "when".
The Republicans have come out from the git-go screaming about how slow this administration was in addressing the massive spill. Not true. The Coast Guard was at the scene one hour after the initial explosion. The more the administration learned about the extent of the damage (information BP tried to down play) the more this administration rachetted up Federal involvement. The question - either we want regulations and Federal intervention or we don't; (see deregulation under Bush/Cheney - see Cheney/Halliburton and See Cheney's energy meetings behind closed doors and see Cheney and Enron).
Here's a little tid-bit on the beginning of deregulation from our last administration:
Cheney Met with Enron representatives in drawing up energy plan
What is the Enron saga about? Enron’s bankruptcy, the largest in history, exposes the decay of corporate accountability in the new Gilded Age. No-account accountants, see-no-evil stock analysts, subservient “independent” board members, gelded regulators, purchased politicians--every supposed check on executive plunder and piracy has been shredded. Enron transformed itself from a gas pipeline company to an unregulated financial investment house willing and able to buy and sell anything- energy futures, weather changes, bandwidth, state legislatures, regulators, senators, even Presidents.
Bush is pressing Congress to pass the Enron energy plan, which features massive subsidies to energy companies and further deregulation. And while the White House has begrudgingly admitted to six meetings between Enron representatives and the Cheney energy task force, it continues to stonewall efforts by the General Accounting Office to find out who met with Cheney to draw up the plan.
Source: The Nation, Editorial, “Enron Conservatives,” p. 4-5 Feb 4, 2002
Prior to this spill - Bobby Jindal's rebuttal speech to President Obama's State of the Union speech last year was full of disdain for money being spent on enviromental equipment (like volcano monitoring devises). Mount Redoubt in Alaska blew right after this speech. Bobby decried Federal involvement with regulating environmental controls - now, Bobby is crying for Federal intervention to help clean this freaking mess up. Which is it, Bobby....Federal regulation or your pathetic hyperbolt to further your parties agenda?
Why do we wait until such castrophies hit us before we decide to do anything about it? We know "it" will hit us, we see it coming, yet we do nothing to stop "it" or eleviate the possibilities of "it" happening.
BP's history of tragic accidents is nothing new. The refinery that blew in Texas, not too long ago, has not been paid for by BP. BP had an oil rig off the coast of Australia that blew. Halliburton did the cement work (on that rig).The cement work was reported to be the cause of that explosion. BP has another oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico called "Atlantis". It has the same cement work by Halliburton as did the Horizon. (check out BP Whistleblower). I have no confidence in this rig and I wouldn't be surprised if this well blows too.
Will we ever learn and is "GREED" the only thing to live for? The long term effects on the people of the Gulf Coast and our environment will be undescribable and devastating for years to come. I can say that with confidence - Look at Cordova.
Now that the Supreme Court has screwed we, the people with their decision to let corporation buy our elections, we will be slaves to corporation's greed, while our environment and our lively-hood becomes obscurities.