Saturday, June 12, 2010

The 2010 Never Ending Oil Spill: Searching for Blame

Congress and our nation are ferreting out the folks who are to blame for the destruction of the Gulf coastal region. Instead of wasting millions on such an endeavor, I maintain we already know where to place the blame. So let's get on with trying to fix the problem which means protecting the Gulf coast beaches and wetlands at the very least.

We the people of the United States are responsible for the 11 deaths caused by the Deep Horizon Oil Rig explosion, and all of the BP oil vomiting into the Gulf of Mexico. *

We are most assuredly the cause of all damages to Gulf coastal regions, and we will be the cause of damage to the Atlantic Coastline once the giant plumes, oil slicks and toxic dispersive chemicals are picked up by the Gulf Stream.

In a democracy the people elect the officials that appoint the bureaucracy that deals with oil companies. We are therefore responsible for the bad behavior of members in that bureaucracy. It is we, the people who are to blame for the damage to our planet, country, flora and fauna, and we will all reap the rewards of corporate greed and profligacy that we have allowed to exist at the center of our capitalist economy.

It will not help to replace elected Democrats with Republicans. It will not help to replace elected Republicans with Democrats. Quite frankly the two-party system is broken. We need a third party. Also, every citizen capable of writing and speaking (each of us) must write and call his/her congressperson, senator, and the Whitehouse and say something like the following.

“You are in office because the people put you there. I am one of your constituents, and I’m telling you that I want regulation of large corporations like BP and the other oil companies – Like Goldman Sachs and other Giant financial investment companies – like United Healthcare and other Insurance Giants. I never want to see the country threatened with economic meltdown caused by greed again. I never want to see the country’s ecology threatened with destruction by greedy corporations again. I want you to take part in a bipartisan effort to clean-up government bureau corruption that aided in both these crisis. I want all of these things done now, not next year, but, NOW!”

We all need to stop moaning and groaning – blaming others for our lack of participation in the democratic process. We must take action!

To be continued.


* The oil spill is now officially 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day, up from 14,000 barrels per day last week, 5000 barrels per day last month, and the original amount of 1000 barrels per day reported by BP. Mark my words, that estimate will continue to rise!

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