Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket! On a glorious start to the week end, with a sunrise akin to the one seen above here at Dowses Beach, I bid you and yours a fair adieu. The oil spill that has reached epic proportions has now, as of yesterday, been confirmed to be much worse than previously “reported” by British Petroleum. Three separate scientists reported on National Public Radio that the oil is not leaking at 1000 barrels per day as it was first stated by bp, then bumped to the generally accepted notion of 5000 barrels per day. No, the leak according to these truly credible people maintain that it is 10 times that amount, meaning that the leak is producing 84,000 barrels daily, gushing into the fragile waters of the Gulf. That means that every five days, the New Horizons disaster is letting go of more oil than the Exxon Valdez disaster, twenty years ago at Prince William Sound in Alaska. It has been 26 days, so if those calculations are correct, and the scientists who provided us with that information have no reason to lie unlike our friends at bp, Transocean and Halliburton, it would indicate that, so far, this man made f$%k up has created a spill that now equals at least five Exxon Valdez ships running a ground. Moreover, the cozy relationship that existed between oil executives and the MMS, (the government “regulatory agency” in charge of watching these environmental criminals), is now up for serious debate and raising all kinds of interesting questions. In response to these queries, like the response to, “is this going to be fixed?”, is now infamously coined in three little words…”I don’t know.” MMS and the various oil executives and their colleagues have literally been in bed with each other, with cocaine use and wild parties being brought back into the light, (as they were previously reported), but now seem to be of much more prominence to the question of “why did it happen?” in the NOW of today. So oversight was a joke and because of this complete lack of respect for something as monumental as the safety regulations for these floating platforms, a quarter of America’s wet lands stand in the balance, with millions of people, animals and plants being affected for decades to come. Stop drilling for oil off of our shores! “Crimes against nature”, was the headliner in Keith Olberman’s “Countdown” last night, as Keith had, as his guest, Will Carter, the former environmental crimes prosecutor. His big question, “was this an accident?” BP has been accused and fined for violations in the past, criminal environmental crimes, and the questions are beginning to mount against these men whose affiliations are perhaps beyond prosecution, as Transocean is based in the landlocked country of Switzerland and the rig was “inspected” where it “hails” from–the Marshall Islands in the south Pacific, somewhere off of Australia. Big business, global commerce, tax shelters, all at the expense of our own citizens, wildlife and pristine coastline…Thank you George W. Bush, “Dick” Cheney and all the politicians who are literally, figuratively and morally in bed with the evil that is black gold… Texas tea–rest assured however, there will be a reckoning. Have a nice Saturday everybody and say a prayer for the good people and all of the animals and plant life in the Gulf! Peace~ M
May 15, 2010
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