So… my dad and I pulled into a BP last week Friday so he could stop and get some petrol. I smiled and sarcastically asked him: “Are we rewarding BP for finally getting that leak stopped?” Dad scoffed and replied flatly: “Ah, I don’t care about that crap.”
I laughed… and not at his comment, per se - of which, to be honest, a lot of BP-bashers (aka: SHEEP) would’ve gotten hung up on - but because it was refreshing to actually talk to someone that actually sees everything surrounding the oil disaster and can accurately see all of the compounding variables that have made this disaster what it is. I’d say it’s a ‘mess,’ but dammit, that’s just a gross understatement.
Anyway… we fill up and we’re on our way, discussing the Gulf oil spill as Beres Hammond plays in the background. I then ask the inevitable question, knowing full well the answer: ”Why are people so adamant on calling for BP’s head alone when they hadn’t gotten into this crap alone?” My dad’s answer was on-point, as per usual (bear in mind, I’m paraphrasing here): “Because, son: people will focus that anger onto a certain organization every time someone points and yells out ‘BLAME THEM!’” How true it is. Another classic case of too many sheep and not enough shepherds, it seems.
Now, don’t get me wrong, BP can shoulder a fair share of the blame for this crap but the amount of attention BP alone is getting is incredibly overblown. I can sense a lot of bewildered, perplexed looks on people’s faces as if it my last sentiment is akin to condoning a mass-murderer for his/her actions so without further adieu, let’s break it down:
1. Once again, the US Government screws up BIG TIME. It just so happens that the party that was in control at the time BP leased the line was… wait for it… the Republicans. Did they regulate offshore drilling as well as they could’ve done? No. Did they ensure BP had a contingency plan in place? No. Were they hasty in allowing such an operation to occur without said contingency plan? Yes. Doesn’t the government have official departments in place to oversee the preservation of our natural habitats and eco-systems that we live IN THE MIDST OF? Yes. Was any of the warnings given to the government heeded before BP was given the go-ahead to implement that well? Obviously not. Did the government get their cut of the profits? As people south of the Mason-Dixon line would say: “You ain’t just whistling dixie!” Did the government - namely the Republicans - go out of their way to make everyone else look like the rightful ones to blame? Yep, but to be fair, so too did everyone else involved. Typical. There’s a mess to be cleaned up and these so-called adults are busy throwing each other under the bus while being grilled for answers in the principal’s office. Could the government have, in essence, prevented this from happening? Yes. Absolutely. Did Sarah Palin make herself and - subsequently - the political party she represents look more retarded than the child she birthed? …doesn’t she always?
2. The concrete used to construct the production casing itself didn’t come from BP. After all, BP leasing the well is no different to you or me leasing a vehicle. We didn’t build the car ourselves, we’re just using it. So who manufactured the materials to build this line, you might ask? Halliburton, my dear Watson. Good ol’ Halliburton. You know… that company that some guy named Dick Cheney was CEO of from 1995 - 2000? Yeah, them. The very same entity that somehow managed to dodge the proverbial bullet in their chequebook to assist in cleaning up the mess they helped cause. The ONE name that isn’t dropped every time the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster is mentioned. The very same organization that put their civilian worker’s lives at risk in the Iraq War then tried throwing the US Military under the bus when some of those same civilian workers THEY HIRED got killed. Yes. That company. To me, it should come as no surprise whatsoever that the US Government finds BP exclusively at fault when their former 46th Vice President used to run that company AND they continue to be the U.S. Military’s preferred contractor. And how is it that BP’s stock plummets, yet Halliburton’s soars? Really? Coincidence? Come off that bullshit.
3. This point won’t take long, I assure you. TransOcean should NOT be absolved of anything. Like Halliburton, the US Government and BP, they are just as liable for this disaster/tragedy/fuck-up. Hell, it’s almost as if someone woke up that morning and thought: “You know what? Fuck it. I’m feeling daring this morning!” Turns out that several of the workers on Deepwater Horizon (bearing in mind, TransOcean owned that rig, NOT BP) expressed high concerns about going through with the drilling that fateful morning. Before the explosion, the methane gas levels were off the charts, however, TransOcean’s top brass insisted on proceeding. We all [should] know what happened next; even though most of the staff on that rig were evacuated, 11 workers were not found or recovered, even after a three-day search. Just a simple question needs to be asked here: why the hell would you proceed with this operation knowing that all the findings, numbers and blatant warnings are literally screaming “NO, BABY, NO!” despite the rest of these overzealous cunts on-shore chanting ”DRILL, BABY, DRILL!” There comes a time where whomever is paying you to do what you’re doing needs to be told: “FUCK OFF. I’M NOT DYING, NOR AM I RISKING COUNTLESS LIVES TO FURTHER YOUR AGENDA.” You had your opportunity to do and say just that, TransOcean; boy, did you piss that opportunity straight into the wind.
People, as I’ve said from the very beginning: if you’re going to play the inane, cumbersome, juvenile activity better known as “The Blame Game,” make sure you place it where it rightfully belongs - on everyone involved. The aforementioned parties all made a major contribution to the fuck-up that has left countless people jobless, an entire coral bed on the continental shelf destroyed, a plethora of different fauna habitat-less and/or dead, a whole sector of your local supermarket covered in warning signs (that’ll be seafood, boys and girls)… and everyone blames just ONE of these muppets? Nah. Not smart and not cool on your part, if you’re one of those idiots that bought a “Fuck BP” shirt.
So, go ahead and continue your BP boycotts. While you’re at it, boycott Shell for what they’ve done in Brazil and Washington state… and that’s just scratching the surface. Boycott Chevron their financial reports almost never detailing what they spend those billions of dollars on and the pollution they are responsible for in Richmond, California… again, just scratching the surface. Boycott Citgo for almost crippling the US’s infrastructure after Hugo Chavez’s comments and Citgo almost not deciding to renew their deal with 7-Eleven and Texaco. Hey, whether you’re from the US of A or whether you simply just reside in the US of A, had Citgo not renewed, you’d all be in a world of hurt.
Do me a massive favour: watch the film “There Will Be Blood.” Daniel Day-Lewis does a fantastic job of portraying how cutthroat the oil industry is. If that doesn’t do anything for you, try actually doing some research before you start getting angry and protesting. Trust me, it feels better when you actually know what you’re angry about and you’ll feel smarter for actually knowing [or, at least, having an idea of] what’s really going on.
Rant over. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to find a way away from the incessant bleating of sheep. Fucking does my head in…
Friggin’ hell… they’ve got transport now?! Now I’m really fucked. Where’s my shotgun? read