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We are all connected

  My major in college was journalism & I admit that lately I have been a lousy news hound. One cannot turn on the Internet without being reminded of the terrible oil in our Gulf.  Even if I did not call this beautiful part of our planet  my home, the images  would devestate me nonetheless.  On Friday I made an honest evffort to watch the coverage of the spill on CNN but when the cameras zoomed in on the oiled wildlife I started to cry.

Just to clarify: I * am* continuing to read one piece by ++KJS every day but I haven’t blogged the  articles as I’d originally intended.  My mind & soul ache & re-reading her words is a comfort.

Anyhow, ++ Katharine had an op-ed piece online that totally caught my attention.  Our oceanogropher-turned clergy wrote a fact-packed & beautiful{ albeit sad} piece on the oil mess in the Gulf Of Mexico.  What is interesting about this article is that, unlike anything else I’ve read by Bishop Katharine, this is  written from the perspective of an expert.

Her last paragraph sums up the entire article. She says:

” There is no place to go away from these consequences; there is no ultimate escape on this planet…We are all connected will all suffer the consequences of this tragic disaster in the Gulf, and we must wake up & put a stop to the kind of robber-baron behavior we supposedly regulated out of existence a hundred years ago. Our lives & the liveliness of the entire planet, depend on it.”

We all play a part in bearing responsibility for what happened in the Gulf. While BP & its subcontractors  should bear the primary blame for this disaster, they are in business because we as a society, covet oil products.  No one is blameless, even those of us who are unable or choose not to drive an automobile.   Our energy infrastructure depends on petroleum products as does the plastics industry.

Shame on BP. Shame on all of us.


Shame on you, BP!

 I read in the online version of the Miami Herald that the response by BP to the disaster it cased in our Gulf  is simply ” oops”

Pardon my language , but what the freaking hell is ” oops”!!!! This was not an instance of spilling one’s jam on the kitchen tile floor. This was an explosion at sea which cost the life of several hard-working  people employed by the monstrous oil behemoth while the ol slick  is slowly inching its way towards our Gulf beaches.

According to Carl Hisaan’s article, the size of this oil mass is roughly the same size of the state of Rhode Island. Now , R.I may be the smallest state in the US, but a mess of oil that size  is disastrous.  I can’t help but curse the BP execs for their greed & apparent lack of concern for the  ecosystem AND the economy of the residents of the US Gulf Coast.

I am also really disappointed, bu not surprised, that Washington DC is conducting ” Business as usual” as the oil  moves its way towards my  home. The Obama Administration has  announced, according to Hiassan &  other news sources, that the plans for offshore drilling in Florida are not  planning to cease.

Again…what the HELL?!

{By the way…BOTH major political parties are responsible for perpetuation the interests of Big Oil}

Offshore drilling  has proven to be a bad idea. Has Big Oil & Big Lobby forgotten what happened in Alaska? I have not  & can still clearly recall the  depressing, heart-wrenching images of oiled wildlife and black-crusted  coastlines .

SAY NO TO BP! We can protest with our wallets. Although oil & ol products are a staple of our way of life, thankfully capitalism has allowed for more than one oil company to compete with BP.