I turn on the computer to catch up on the news.
What a yutz.
My search engine reveals a veritable sea of environmental concerns.
Apparently everyone is going "green."
First, Yahoo tells me that "the majority of Americans still believe in global warming."
The majority being a whopping 75%.
Coincidentally, that's the same percentage who believe in heaven.
Then I see the economic feasibility of alternative energy being discussed here, in the typical "speaking to a toddler" method that characterizes what passes for news these days. Here, we're told that we may have 100 more years of heavy hydrocarbon use ahead of us before alternative infrastructure is in place.
Didn't it take us roughly only 100 years to sink ourselves into tarball goulash?
& that was when the machinery responsible was confined primarily to the West.
Now that the whole world is emulating US & spewing toxic goop into the air & water, how much worse will shit be in another 100 years?
Then we have this giggler:
Fishermen, property owners and businesspeople who have filed damage claims with BP are angrily complaining of delays, excessive paperwork and skimpy payments that have put them on the verge of going under as the financial and environmental toll of the seven-week-old disaster grows.
Under federal law, BP PLC is required to pay for a range of losses, including property damage and lost earnings, and the company has disputed any notion that the claims process is slow or that it has been dragging its feet.
But on Thursday, Tracy Wareing, of the National Incident Command office, said administration officials raised a "pressing concern" during a meeting Wednesday with BP executives about the time the company has been taking to provide relief payments.
She said the company would change the way it processes such claims and expedite payments. Among other things, it will drop the current practice of waiting to make such payments until businesses have closed their books for each month.
Brian O'Neill, who handled claims against Exxon for the law firm Faegre & Benson, begs to differ:
"If you were affected in Louisiana, to use a legal term, you are just fucked.
These big oil companies, they have a different view of time and politics than we do. Exxon sure weathered it really well. The market went up the next day for Exxon stock [after the settlement]. They just thrived despite treating an entire state poorly. And there is a lesson there for BP, and that is: it really doesn't matter whether you treat these people nicely or not. The only difference is if you extract oil. At some point in time, the administration and the states will resolve all their dealings and it will leave fisherman and the tourist industry to resolve their differences in the courts. It could be another 20 years till then because BP [is] going to defend this like Exxon did."
Surely, he's joking.
BP is a fine upstanding corporation who would never do such dastardly things.
In fact, here's what former BP CEO Sir John Browne had to say just a few years ago:
"There is a sense of trepidation about the new century and, of course, many of the fears are raised by the unresolved challenges to the natural environment...I know there is a view that business is simply the cause of many of the environmental problems, but I hope we're moving beyond that argument...We have to help people transcend the harsh trade off which says - you can have economic growth & pollution...or you can have a clean environment but no growth. That's an unacceptable trade off."
Gosh, my ball sac got all tingly just typing that.
& here's BP's mission statement as further "proof" of their caramel coated goodness:
At BP our aspirations are – no accidents, no harm to people and no damage to the environment.
We are committed to the protection of the natural environment, to the safety of the communities in which we operate, and to the health, safety and security of our people.
Everyone who works for BP, everywhere, has a responsibility for getting HSSE (Health,Safety,Security & Environment) right.
• Comply with the requirements of the HSSE management system at your work location – including the use of relevant standards, instructions and processes – and with the golden rules of safety. • Stop any work that becomes unsafe. • Only undertake work for which you are trained, competent, medically fit and sufficiently rested and alert to carry out. • Make sure you know what to do if an emergency occurs at your place of work. • Help ensure that those who work with you – employees, contractors and other third parties – act consistently with BP’s HSSE commitments. • Promptly report to local BP management any accident, injury, illness, unsafe or unhealthy condition, incident, spill or release of material to the environment, so that steps can be taken to correct, prevent or control those conditions immediately. Never assume that someone else will report a risk or concern. • Seek advice and help if: – You are ever unclear about your HSSE obligations. – You have a concern about a potential or actual breach of HSSE law or a BP HSSE requirement.
In addition to fully complying with all legal requirements, we will constantly strive to drive down the environmental and health impact of our operations through the responsible use of natural resources and the reduction of waste and emissions. These challenges apply to all parts of our business and to all facilities, plants, refineries and offices – wherever we operate in the world. Working to protect the natural environment and the health and safety of the communities in which we operate is a core commitment of our company. For this reason, the group reports externally on our environmental, health and safety record.
Oddly, it has also giving me the strangest feeling of deja vu.
Wait, it'll come to me...
Enron's vision is to become the world's leading energy company-creating innovative and efficient energy solutions for growing ecoonomies and a better environment worldwide.
We treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. We do not tolerate abusive or disrespectful treatment. Ruthlessness, callousness and arrogance don't belong here.
We are dedicated to conducting business according to all applicable local and international laws & regulations, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Corrupt Practices Act, and with the highest professional and ethical standards.
We are commited to operating safely and conducting business worldwide in compliance with all applicable environmental, health and safety laws and regulations and strive to improve the lives of the people in the regions we operate. These laws, regulations, and standards are designed to safeguard the environment, human health, wildlife, and natural resources. Our commitment to observe them faithfully is an integral part of our business and of our values.
But, surely BP will be different, right?
Enron was just one of those corporate bad apples, right?
Surely the Gulf disaster is just one tiny mar on BP's otherwise pristine surface.
As if there wasn't enough oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, satellite images have revealed a 10-mile-long slick from another drilling rig, which apparently began leaking days after the Deepwater Horizon disaster began.
Citing an environmental group and federal documents, the Mobile, Ala., Press- Register reports that the smaller leak, from the Ocean Saratoga platform, apparently began around April 30 and was noted by federal officials May 15. But they and Diamond Offshore officials aren't saying anything else about it.
While BP touts the mild success of its most recent attempt to contain the massive gusher spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, they would probably rather people don’t notice the other spill they recently caused, this one of deadly benzene from a refinery in Texas City, TX. The refinery released more than 400 pounds a day of the chemical over a 40-day period from early April to mid May of this year, BP quietly informed the state environmental regulator yesterday. Over that period, the refinery released 500,000 pounds of benzene and other toxic chemicals into the air, the Galveston Daily News reports.
With the Gulf Coast dying of oil poisoning, there's no space in the press for British Petroleum's latest spill, just this week: over 100,000 gallons, at its Alaska pipeline operation. A hundred thousand used to be a lot. Still is.
On Tuesday, Pump Station 9, at Delta Junction on the 800-mile pipeline, busted. Thousands of barrels began spewing an explosive cocktail of hydrocarbons after "procedures weren't properly implemented" by BP operators, say state inspectors. "Procedures weren't properly implemented" is, it seems, BP's company motto.
Few Americans know that BP owns the controlling stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline; but, unlike with the Deepwater Horizon, BP keeps its Limey name off the Big Pipe.
There's another reason to keep their name off the Pipe: their management of the pipe stinks. It's corroded, it's undermanned and "basic maintenance" is a term BP never heard of.
How does BP get away with it? The same way the Godfather got away with it: bad things happen to folks who blow the whistle. BP has a habit of hunting down and destroying the careers of those who warn of pipeline problems.
I know, I know, utterly shocking.
At least, that's how it appears in the media coverage.
Oh the outrage.
Oh the indignation.
Oh the utter horror at all the poor lost wildlife, & jobs, & beachfront property.
Oh poor beleaguered Jimmie Buffet.
So, has everyone been living under a rock?
This is corporatism.
This has always been corporatism.
They are sociopaths
who use mission statements
& charitable contributions
& manufactured good will
for one thing
& one thing only,
This is globalization at its finest. Private corporations using their own security forces to shield themselves from public scrutiny. And why shouldn't they? We've allowed them to dismantle our society in exchange for cheap crappy consumer goods.
We allow them to write our laws & empty our wallets & own our politicians. We allow them to spy on us & spurt their decayed jism all over the natural world.
Why shouldn't they feel entitled?
We have always allowed these people to muck about with possibly earth changing enterprises
& we allow them to muck about in the cheapest & most profitable to them way imaginable. All done behind a curtain of proprietary rights.
WASHINGTON – BP took measures to cut costs in the weeks before the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico as it dealt with one problem after another, prompting a BP engineer to describe the doomed rig as a "nightmare well," according to internal documents released Monday.
The comment by BP engineer Brian Morel came in an e-mail April 14, six days before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that killed 11 people and has sent tens of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in the nation's worst environmental disaster.
The e-mail was among dozens of internal documents released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is investigating the explosion and its aftermath.
In a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward, Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., noted at least five questionable decisions BP made in the days leading up to the explosion.
"The common feature of these five decisions is that they posed a trade-off between cost and well safety," said Waxman and Stupak. Waxman chairs the energy panel while Stupak heads a subcommittee on oversight and investigations.
"Time after time, it appears that BP made decisions that increased the risk of a blowout to save the company time or expense," the lawmakers wrote in the 14-page letter to Hayward. "If this is what happened, BP's carelessness and complacency have inflicted a heavy toll on the Gulf, its inhabitants, and the workers on the rig."
BP insists it has not tried to prevent oil spill cleanup workers from wearing masks and respirators to protect themselves from chemical exposure while doing their work and dismissed claims that their efforts to prevent their use are relted to cost-cutting or concerns over optics. Yet as recently as this past weekend, Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights told Fox News that she'd heard from numerous cleanup workers that BP officials have repeatedly discouraged protective gear, saying such gear would only "spread hysteria" over the spill's fallout.
No matter how much Mr. Obama yammers on about "kicking ass," in the end, he will lose.
When I see the Coast Guard delivering ultimatums to BP I just want to laugh.
What are they gonna do?
Start sinking British Petroleum tankers?
I think not.
In the end, BP will do what BP wants.
It always has
& it always will.
But, then again, we have savior Obama. We saw how he stood tall for the public option & dismantled America's torture infrastructure & brought all those soldiers home from their manufactured wars, right?
When he belches CEO's & Generals both get knock kneed & quivery.
NEW ORLEANS – After 50 years of watching wetlands created by the fertile Mississippi River turn into open water, Louisiana residents finally got what they'd long awaited: A U.S. president saying he'll fight to save what little is left along their eroding coast.
Though details were vague, President Barack Obama's pledge to restore the Gulf Coast's degraded coast line has multibillion-dollar implications for the region's culture and economy and could preserve wildlife endangered by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
In an Oval Office address Tuesday night, Obama said he was committed to making sure southern Louisiana, which is hemorrhaging a football field of marshland every 38 minutes, and other coastline are saved.
"We need a long-term plan to restore the unique beauty and bounty of this region," Obama said. "The oil spill represents just the latest blow to a place that has already suffered multiple economic disasters and decades of environmental degradation that has led to disappearing wetlands and habitats."
Please...please...not more vague promises...& more hypnotizing platitudes from the black guy.
Oh, what did we expect since our government doesn't work much different, does it?
The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.
The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
"Previously unknown," huh?
Evidently the Soviets knew in the late 80s. Which practically guarantees that the US knew.
It does explain why we're so committed to waging war there, doesn't it?
I wonder who will profit most from this little discovery, the Afghan people or corporate multinationals.
I think I know who smart money would bet on.
So America, shove yer outrage & yer new "green lifestyle" right up yer ass.
It's much too little & way too fucking late to do the least bit of good.