First of all today I am linking up with Erin @ The Mother Load because she is awesome and loves the earth and is a green inspiration! I’m an avid reduce reuse recycle girl and so is she. I love meeting people like that! We have been talking about the spill and decided to ban together! Oh and I think she’s pretty awesome…and since I do you have to too!!
Also…this could turn rambly and I don’t care because I’m so mad about what’s going on!!
Today’s post is about the fucking oil spill/leak…or as I would call it the gush of 95,000(ish) barrels a day.
In case you have been living under a rock April 20th the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and two days later sank killing 11 people along with it. The oil has been leaking and spreading since then. I have been reading story after story after story with my heart breaking more and more each time. I see these pictures of animals and people and I cry. I read the stories and I feel for these people. I was activist once upon a day and still am and a constant tree hugger. If I could have picked up and gone I would be there doing whatever I could to fix this. I know that many of you are donating, reaching out and some are there helping and I commend you!
If I feel so strongly and I know many of you do too why don’t the people who are at fault?
I understand that BP can’t solve the problem overnight but…a month and a half??? The part that caused the blowup broke off weeks before and the guy in charge of the rig said no big deal and BP was arguing with whoever to find out who was responsible for fixing it. Had they just…I don’t know…done their job and fixed a valve this probably wouldn’t have happened. 11 people wouldn’t have died, the gulf wouldn’t be polluted, marshlands wouldn’t be in danger of being destroyed, people wouldn’t be losing their livelihood and all the innocent animals wouldn’t be trying to figure out what the hell happened.
The only permanent solution (they think) is relief wells that won’t be done until August which is two months away. The spill is already at the Florida panhandle what will it do in two months!? From what I have read they have been shifting blame and upset that everyone is ‘making fun of them’ boo fucking hoo. Your a giant corporation missing deadline after deadline to fix this shit! I couldn’t find the article I was reading but the company was DEBATING taking away the upper guys dividends of something like 10.5 million to put towards clean up. Debating? DEBATING? Give it up already! I have already told The Husband and anyone willing to listen to my ranting not to buy from BP, if you are still buying from BP then your a moron. Supporting a company that is wasting time while our wild life suffers is ridiculous.
Hard working people will be filing bankruptcy soon. People who have worked in the gulf for generations out. Obama says he will make sure BP pays ‘every last dime’ to these people and that they will fix it or someone else will step in. I hope they do but how long is that going to take? Electric companies and mortgage companies won’t be waiting on the I.O.U from BP!
And the animals! Have you seen these pictures?? I held from displaying the really rough ones because I know some people are sensitive.
and from space, mid May was the most current pictures
If you would like to know how you can help there are several sites with ideas, me being the wonderful friend I am found a few for you already!
From me how you can help is go green, reduce your carbon foot print, reduce your dependency on oil, don’t support BP
Craft Hope – they are looking for handmade wash cloths and you can even use old towels to cut up or tee shirts, read her post for more details
I’m going to be collecting old towels, recieving blankets or handmade washcloths for Craft Hope for the next few weeks. If you want to contribute let me know and if your local we can meet up and if not I can hook you up with my address or their information. These will be used to clean animals that are covered in oil down in the Gulf, this is one of the simplest ways that you can help! :]
Perhaps we should start thinking about listening to all the crazy environmental people who want us to start moving to alternate energy. Hybrids or electric cars could perhaps be made a little more affordable for people such as myself. Corporate America could maybe decide to live with a little less (a little less to them is life changing for me) and give up some relationships. The reason people don’t want to give up oil is because it makes more money then if we were to use…I don’t know…water and wind and the sun. You know FREE things to power. Things that don’t harm the earth. If I hear another ‘I won’t be around to see it destroyed’ I may grab the nearest pointy object and stab their eyes out. How do you know? Things might be going to shit a lot faster then you realize! If the companies weren’t so concerned with getting all they can we would be a lot better off. It’s time for everyone to care about the earth as much as me and my counterparts do! I mean unless you like your vacation spots being covered in tar balls and dancing in acid rain. That’s on you.
I got my images from these sites…after the vajazzle holy jesus anger fest I’m taking no chances! These are not my images they came from