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  1. says

    Leaving BP in charge of capping the well and cleaning up the environmental damage is like inviting a convicted pedophile to babysit your children. I think there is no clearer example of the complete corporate take over of our country than the non-response to this spill.

    Wake up and smell the oil – the well will not be capped in August, that estimate is a joke! It took Mexico 9 months to drill a relief well in only several feet of water – let alone over a mile under sea! Oil will flow until the entire gulf is a dead zone, Florida is a toxic pool of oil and rotting carcasses, and a good portion of the East Coast is likewise drenched in oil. Then add hurricanes to the mix – oil spreads miles inland. And we all know what oil is, right? Flammable.

    This spill has left me feeling like Sandra Bullock. I voted for Obama. I thought he had my back. Turns out he’s a corporate tool that is just standing by and doing nothing during the greatest disaster of any kind in our country’s history. To continue to allow BP to physically control the coastlines, beaches and waters, and to allow BP to be in charge of cleanup is insane. Obama’s non-response to the spill is 100 times worse than Bush after Katrina – worse because the stakes are so, so much higher. Our country’s entire southern and eastern coastlines are under attack, and Obama can’t even spare more than three hours to visit. Truly unbelievable. Isn’t our military supposed to protect our country? Isn’t our President supposed to protect us? It is clear beyond a doubt that President Obama’s priority is to protect corporate interests and power.

    • Robert says

      The ability for the US government to act in these matters was sold off, it was privatised. As with all privatised government roles, the profitable elements were kept going and the unprofitable elements were shut down. Dealing with major oil leaks is unprofitable because they are intermittent can not be forecast and they require a huge amount of resources that is far to costly to leave sitting idle between disasters.
      Unlike Hurricane Katrina where the government could simply send in the military to provide temporary shelter and food but instead decided to do nothing for three days while Dick Cheney’s company got their act together for a no-bid contract and negotiated kick back.
      There is nothing the president can do to either plug the underwater oil gusher or prevent the harm it is and will cause. If it was possible BP would have done it already, their only for profit option is to B$ (lie for profit) and stretch things out while they quietly pull capital out of the US and try to sell off other valuable assets before going belly up.

  2. Melissa Shipps says

    I used to live in Mobile, AL and have enjoyed the Redneck Riviera. A beautiful part of the country. I wonder if there’s a way to filter the water on our own…thanks for the article!

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