- Sun May 02, 2010 11:46 pm
I really hope they make BP pay through the nose for this. Failed equipment is absolutely no excuse for screwing up. It's your job. Do it right or pack your bags. Every other industry is like that, we just have a love affair with the oil industry, therefore they are exempt from severe punishment. Thanks Amurica!
I wrote a letter to Obama and the MT senators when he got into office and they were discussing the economic stimulus bill. All 8 pages outlining why and how I think we should go about forming a ecological restoration-based industry, funded by those companies that put our resources at risk the most(e.g., oil companies, mining companies) and our tax dollars (i'd rather pay for that than welfare). The introduction went as follows, and I think hits on why this has happened (although i try to offer a shimmer of hope through that "Change" thing we were promised):
As our country moves through extremely difficult economic times, it has fallen upon the Obama administration to free our ailing businesses and homeowners from the quagmire of financial instability. It has fallen upon this new administration to change the industrial practices of the United States that have too long been entwined in a paradigm of greed, corruption, and single-mindedness. It has fallen on this new administration to lift the spirits of the American people to whom the American Dream has become little more than a broken promise.
That American Dream, as Horatio Alger so skillfully wrote for the masses in Ragged Dick, is to rise up from humble beginnings to become free through moral actions, hard work, and clean living has been burned by corporate greed. Thomas Jefferson’s dream of the freedom of the yeoman farmer seems to have been tilled under by the plows of moral degradation, the desire for immediate gratification, and a loss of connection with the land that stretches from sea to shining sea. The freedom experienced by John Muir while he looked into the blue ice of glaciers hidden in the deep valleys of the Sierra’s has melted under the heat of oil company lobbyists, PETA representatives, and conservative religious groups. The now horribly maimed American Dream has become something that its people cannot possibly appreciate as something of moral, just, and productive substance. The American Citizen now looks at the country around them with confusion. How can a man from Michigan hold his head high when shortsightedness and greed of his superiors has taken away his ability to pay the mortgage? How can a woman hold her head high as her children are nursed by a television because she has to work two jobs to pay the heating bill? How can a country hold together if its people are seen as merely pawns within an industrial machine?
The freedom of the individual to enjoy “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” still exists as a phrase, however, it seems to have taken on a different meaning than the Founding Fathers intended. It seems as though the individual now has the freedom to purchase what he wants and the freedom to ride the train of progress. Progress, in this case, refers to maintaining a positive slope of the human production curve best described by Edward Abbey as a “growth is progress” mentality. The lives of people have been used to fuel national production like the coal thrown into the furnace. Meanwhile, people have been blinded by the increasingly materialistic structure of society and their paternal desire to make a good life for their children. For decades, making a better life for their children was an achievable goal and one that they could be proud of. The past decade, however, has seen that goal become increasing harder to obtain as unemployment rates climbed steadily at home, wars raged abroad, and concerns about the environment echo all over the globe. The train of progress has become obsolete.
A new train for the people must be built and a new track lain. If the United States and its citizen are to come together as Americans, the former must be the goal of the forthcoming economic stimulus package. It cannot simply buy a few new sections of track put in an energy efficient life-fed engine. The picture of the world has gained depth and clarity, and with it government entities must look to more comprehensive courses of action to address both economic and environmental shortcomings inherent in the current system.
Part I: Building the bridge between the economy and the environment
Part II: Restoration as an industry
Alas, no response. I guess it was too long for the short attention span of our political leaders who are fed nice short memos from lobbyists from all sides but the majority. Through their lack of response, in conjunction with what happened in West Virginia and on the Gulf Coast, I guess I have received an answer: "You, the monetarily-deficient, are doomed."
How I love living in a plutocracy! I think I'll create my own world and throw rocks at reality.