Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Road Less Traveled

(Artist credit: Barshomy @ Deviant Art)

The cover-ups, the lies, the corruption, the scandals, and the lack of oversight by people in positions of power and/or money continues on like a bad soap opera or a really unbelievable and crappy spy novel.

BP has a history of spills and safety lapses.

The interior department of the U.S. government doles out more off-shore oil drilling regulatory exemptions like they're candy to give out to excited children.

According to Sea Shepherd, they rightfully state this whole disaster could have been avoided.    BP paid a $20 million dollar fine and was charged with a misdemeanor before an investigation that would prove BP was operating in a negligent manner was concluded.

It's not enough that oil is blackening and poisoning the ocean, but for BP to attempt to hide millions of gallons of toxic oil and ignore safer alternatives for cleaning up?  "Dispersal of the oil does not eliminate it, nor does it decrease the toxicity of the oil. It just breaks it up into small particles, where it becomes less visible."    Folks like this are such an inspiration to folks like me. :-P

No tests have been done on the toxicity levels of these dispersants.  You know what Einstein said about insanity?  Why oh why aren't these buttwipes learning anything but how to cause further harm to our planet?

This whole clean-up in the Gulf continues to be a "challenge" because, ya know, they weren't required by law to be responsible to ensure not just the safety of their employees, but the whole of the environment.  Their capping of the spill has failed.  So now, among many ideas, is the theory that "throwing garbage" at the hole will stop the leak.  Can you say "idiots!" in sign language?

How does the thought process work after such a blow to the environment and MORE people are now supporting off-shore oil drilling?  According to the folks at Politico, 55% are in favor of developing more off shore drilling.  See the bewildered expression on my face over that one.

Meanwhile, the gulf is getting more dirtied with more than 210,000 gallons a day continuing to vomit into the sea, the marine species are washing up on shore either dying or dead upon arrival, and all that icky oil stuff that's getting into the fishies is going to enter into the food supply too.  No, I have no proof that the latter will happen.  But should it be expected otherwise given the lack of oversight on this mess that's going to affect all of us for decades to come?

I find it absolutely amazing that those with all the money and power can play havoc with billions of lives, both human and non human, and screw with Mother Earth, and yet be exempt from full responsibility for crap like this.  Why is it that people who have money and power are above the law?  And why aren't more people being angry about this instead of just accepting it and calling it "business as usual?"  Do most people simply not care? 

Five experts weigh in on ideas on what should be done about the clean up in the gulf.   They forgot to add one last idea:  STOP drilling for more oil and start using cleaner, alternative energies.  If it means we have to each make sacrifices for a more sustainable planet, then dammit, we should.  Enough with this continued and repetitive attempted murdering of our Earth.

And finally, we should all take time to listen to what the dolphins have to say.  After all, they've been around far longer than us human beings, are far wiser than we could ever aspire to be, and have lessons and insights into our world that we can only hope that one day we'll be as caring and as enlightened as they are.  Please see their message here:  A Message From the Dolphins

"The 'control of nature' is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man."

"We stand now where two roads diverge.  But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road / the one less traveled by / offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth."

~ Both quotes by Rachel Carson ~

For far too long we have taken the easy road with proven disastrous results.  It's not too late to change our journey and to take the road less traveled.

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