Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Will the BP Oilspill Be the Final Chapter for an Endangered Species?

In just one more example of the often cavalier and callous attitude that the oil industry takes toward the ecosystems that it invades, the Kemp's Ridley Turtle, one of the most endangered species of marine life in the world, is now being burnt alive as BP attempts to cleanup their mess.

To learn more about this tiny sea turtle go to: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/marine_turtles/kemps_ridley_turtle/

in reference to:

"Below, is a video interview with boat Capt. Mike Ellis, who was hired by BP and the Coast Guard to help rescue Kemp's ridley turtles. He describes what he sees on the frontline of the effort to save the turtles and shares his firsthand account of BP corralling the turtles and burning them alive. He says that the turtle rescue mission was cut short by BP because of what he terms "frustration," between the rescue mission and the company. - S.G"
- t r u t h o u t | BP Killing Endangered Sea Turtles in "Burn Fields" (Video) (view on Google Sidewiki)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sarah Palin Demands Hardball Regulations and a Takeover of BP

When I initially read Bob Cesca's headline I was certain that it was from The Onion or The Borowitz Report. After all how could GOP cheerleader and defender against socialism, Sarah Palin be calling for a government takeover over a foreign owned corporate entity. But then I thought again and realized that the story was probably true.

As Bob Cesca states in his assessment of Sarah Palins sudden conversion: "There's no concern for consistency or hypocrisy. The platform is very simply: we believe the opposite of anything the president, the Democrats and the progressives say, regardless of whether it's contradictory, crazy or stupid."

And Sarah Palin is crazy like a fox in a hen house.

Sarah Palin's sudden appreciation for government regulation has little to do with holding BP accountable or protecting the people and ecosystems impacted by the spill. In fact, I suspect that her flip-flop on this issue has less to do with opposing the President as it does with protecting the long-term interests of off-shore drilling proponents. After all, lack of regulation has never really been the problem. The problem is that the regulations already in place to protect the public from the corporations are never enforced. So why not let the government pass a few more regulations to appease the masses as long as it doesn't stand in the way of letting Sarah and her friends "drill baby drill."

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost