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Katrina? Nah, Chernobyl

When all is said and done, and the oil leak is finally resolved, in a generation or so, what has been happening for the past month in the gulf of Mexico will someday come to be known as BP's Chernobyl.

But, you say, how can it be BP's Chernobyl? Chernobyl is the location of a nuclear power plant in the Ukraine. Wouldn't it then be the U.S.'s Chernobyl?

Let me be clear: while no one will ultimately care about the fate of British Petroleum, what is happening in the gulf is of apocalyptic proportions to BP every bit as much as the gulf. It just hasn't sunk in yet with BP's executives who will soon be forced to hand in their resignations, and collect their gold watches, or face civil damages.

Indeed, there will be no one left standing who is exonerated. Halliburton and corporate America will be seen as every inch the culprit as BP, and the irony that 12,000 national guardsmen are being deployed to the border of Mexico, and not to the gulf, will be lost on no one.

This mess is larger than any president, or his administration. This mess is larger even than the creepy human race. It is as big as the monster we have become, and a race, frankly, that deserves to rot in hell for what
we're doing to the natural world, to wildlife, fish, plants, and the animal kingdom.

If there is a God, in some perverse way, he's up there licking his chops at the thought that, sooner or later, we'll blow ourselves up, and have another chance to start all over again.

 

 

 

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Oily enough

I don't think we have the tiniest clue of the far-reaching ramifications of this debacle. The amount of industry, organizations, families, animals, species, tourism, general health and livelihood...we don't have a clue. And, we're not ready.
You nailed it - apocalyptic.

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Culpability

I agree and posted about this a few weeks ago at least. Shame on all who demand oil for their convenience and pleasure and shame on all who consequently goaded opportunistic oil-drilling companies to find oil for us no matter what the cost. I believe that would be all of us. I also believe the general public is finally seeing what "wild-eyed environmentalists" feared would happen long ago.

Unbelievably, the only response to this sickening event from some quarters is that we are potentially going to lose a lot of money. Well, true, but we are going to lose a lot of living things forever, too, and they count as absolutely priceless to us all.

In spite of this incredibly obscene insult to the environment (and thus to every living thing on earth in one way or another), how much has it slowed our demand for oil? Not one bit at all.

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Many thanks...

to both of you for your comments, ladies!

Must confess that, unlike you Christine, I'm late to the environmental issue, but the sight of one pelican covered in oil was enough to make me spit fire, so to speak, and understand where the "wild-eyed environmentalists" are coming from. Someday, if the extraterrestrials do make it here, or make themselves known, we may find ourselves fodder for their creature comforts, too. Poetic justice?

btw, this article just appeared in today's McClatchy's, and was what I was hinting at in my piece. There will be civil, if not criminal, charges filed against the vermin that brought such suffering to so much wildlife, and humans for years to come:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/26/94884/bp-could-be-held-criminally-...

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Many thanks...

to both of you for your comments, ladies!

Must confess that, unlike you Christine, I'm late to the environmental issue, but the sight of one pelican covered in oil was enough to make me spit fire, so to speak, and understand where the "wild-eyed environmentalists" are coming from. Someday, if the extraterrestrials do make it here, or make themselves known, we may find ourselves fodder for their creature comforts, too. Poetic justice?

btw, this article just appeared in today's McClatchy's, and was what I was hinting at in my piece. There will be civil, if not criminal, charges filed against the vermin that brought such suffering to so much wildlife, and humans for years to come:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/26/94884/bp-could-be-held-criminally-...

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Many thanks...

to both of you for your comments, ladies!

Must confess that, unlike you Christine, I'm late to the environmental issue, but the sight of one pelican covered in oil was enough to make me spit fire, so to speak, and understand where the "wild-eyed environmentalists" are coming from. Someday, if the extraterrestrials do make it here, or make themselves known, we may find ourselves fodder for their creature comforts, too. Poetic justice?

btw, this article just appeared in today's McClatchy's, and was what I was hinting at in my piece. There will be civil, if not criminal, charges filed against the vermin that brought such suffering to so much wildlife, and humans for years to come:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/26/94884/bp-could-be-held-criminally-...