Drowning in the Gulf

Last week David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, pointed out to Barak Obama that BP shouldn’t be singled out for penalty because, basically they really only took advantage of existing laws and a climate of Let the Dollar Dictate how business is done. Yep, the Bush adminstration had a long time to weaken and eliminate industry and business safeguards meant to protect the public and the planet. You’ll remember that the Minerals Management Service was one of those agencies that during the Bush years was staffed by “friends of the industry” and later exposed as being a little too cozy with those it was supposed to “manage”. (For an update on the MMS scandal see here http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2010/04/mms-scandal-where-are-they-now-deepwater-horizon-edition.html )

 The Bush Boys set us up, and now those who supported them are pointing fingers at Obama. But the decision to employ the dispersants that BP used in order to play down financial responsibility is another matter entirely, and one that overshadows the “spill” itself. We supposedly went to war in Iraq over “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. What has been done to life in the gulf area?  http://www.democracynow.org/2010/7/20/epa_whistleblower_accuses_agency_of_covering

http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2010/07/21/epa-lies-bp-gulf-oil-spill-water-samples-exposed/

The  poster above was created a couple of years ago… the situation at hand makes it far more relevant than I could ever have imagined at the time.    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

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