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Well, here we go again… BP

June 7, 2010

This tragedy continues to unfold in unimaginable ways. Over time, I have come to understand the convergence of private industry and government, but who would have thought that the relationship was melded unto the point of singularity? How and why did we get here?

Story after story illustrates to me that … Something. Isn’t. Quite. Right …

Firstly, the government projections of the size of the Gulf Oil gusher are in lockstep with BP’s. Their numbers are one and the same. And they clash directly with those calculations of qualified but non-corporate affiliated scientists. Come on people, you see the size of this thing!!! But, then again, perhaps you have not been permitted to do so. According to an ABC News report BP and Feds Withheld Videos Showing Massive Scope of Oil Spill” “Coast Guard officials told ABC News that BP refused to allow them to release the more startling images, arguing that they were proprietary.” BP owns footage of a disaster in our country?! This cannot be happening!

Remember, mainstream media routinely state that approximately 19,000 barrels per day — or 798,000 gallons — gush from the Gulf. Whereas, Purdue’s Steve Werely, a mechanical engineering professor, estimates that 70,000-100,000 barrels or 2.94-4.2 million gallons of oil are spewing into the Gulf of Mexico every day. Why is there such a vast discrepancy? Could it be because BP’s penalty is based upon the number of barrels spilled? It is all food for thought.

Check out this headline: NOAA Director Toes BP Line” Dan Froomkin, the author of this piece in the Huffington Post writes: “Despite more than three weeks of accumulating scientific evidence that gargantuan plumes of oil lurk beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico — presenting an imminent threat to sea life and a possibly decades-long threat to the nation’s coastlines — NOAA Director Jane Lubchenco recently refused to contradict BP CEO Tony Hayward’s statement that ‘the oil is on the surface’ and ‘there aren’t any plumes.’” Who is in charge here? Why is NOAA Director Jane Lubchenco reluctant to “contradict” BP CEO Tony Hayward?

Finally, I come to a modest but brilliant proposal. Please give it some thought. I feel that much of our collective unease could be settled if former Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s idea was in the realm of serious consideration. He proffers that the federal government place BP under temporary receivership which would make BP answerable to the American public. As things stand, BP is accountable first and foremost to its shareholders.

Thus, despite protestations to the contrary, Reich states: “The President is not legally in charge. As long as BP is not under the direct control of the government he has no direct line of authority, as responsibility is totally confused.”

It is now time to bring order to this chaos…

Give us the real numbers. Cease with this false equivalency between BP and our government. It is a grave insult to see our officials kowtowing to this private company. It is too much to see more people devastated, their lives and livelihoods destroyed. Ecosystems and those contained therein have been wiped out and other life forms have been destroyed.

This madness must stop. And the good news is this: we, the people have the power to make things right.

Are you ready to give it a try?

Please let me know what you think.

Love and blessings,


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