Monday, October 17, 2011

NZ Oil Spill

Here's some good coverage of the oil spill in New Zealand.

What oil spill, you ask? Yes, well....

As I said a while ago,
I have a friend who won't buy gas at a BP station. I understand this, but I question whether BP is really worse than the rest of them. Have we forgotten the Exxon Valdez? How about the Atlantic Empress, carrying Mobil oil? The Amoco Cadiz? The Odyssey? Or is "forgotten" the right word for those last three? It's certainly not for the ongoing Conoco-Phillips undersea-drilling-leak currently (yes, right now) taking place in the Yellow Sea. (And that's what you're seeing in the picture, not the Gulf of Mexico.) You can't forget what you've never been told.
And not talking about it unless they absolutely have to - like, the oil is in our front yard - seems to be the regular MO for the media in this country, who are hand-in-glove with the oil companies.

So check out the photos and the video; read what New Zealanders are saying; remember it's spring and breeding season down there ... and then check out the lingering Exxon Valdez problems, and Exxon's refusal to pay for them. Then decide if BP is any worse than the rest of them.
And whether we might need to actually do something about oil.

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