Thursday, May 27, 2010

38 days and counting...

Let's picture something...
What if there was a nurse at your local hospital that made medical mistakes every day for 38 days. What if she was on the cusp of killing people, but instead just maimed them repeatedly. What if she did things that crippled their ability to work or even did something so major that their homes somehow became uninhabitable. Maybe she made them allergic to their houses, so that they could never go back. And maybe the entire hospital knows about this nurse who is slowly killing her floor, and possibly will spread her mistakes through the entire hospital, but no one does anything. Maybe no one says a word to the nurse or fires the nurse because she has friends on the hospital's board. She has some bank and she makes sizable donations to the hospital so no one wants to make her mad and ask her to leave. But, everyone knows that this nurse is destroying the hospital room by room. Do you want this nurse to be fired? Do you think someone should do something?

I do. I say get this nurse out. And today, the person playing the part of the nurse in my story is BP. And the hospital is being played by our country. Look at their logo! How lovely and "green" they seem, right? But, maybe if they want to be labeled as the oil company that cares about the environment, then maybe they would actually try not to kill it.

In no other industry are we allowed to screw up so irrevocably and still keep our jobs. This isn't just some minor accounting error at the gas station's office. This is an oil leak. Oil is in our oceans and coating our wildlife and lapping up onto our shores. You can't just wipe it up and we can't just ignore it and assume that BP has it under control. Someone needs to step in and get this taken care of. It is not just in water, it is on animals. It is not just on animals, but it is coming on land. It is not just hurting beasts, it is coming for people. And it will. It will effect the economy in those coastal towns that survive on tourism. It will make people sick. It will destroy our land. Does anyone want to head to New Orleans and eat some black oil slicked crawfish etouffee? These blackened crab legs aren't quite as appetizing as the regular version, are they? We drill and we drill, but did we ever stop to think what the companies are going to do if something goes wrong? I didn't. I had no idea that there wasn't a Plan B, C, D, E and F for something like this. Afterall, it doesn't even appear that they had a Plan A! Shouldn't there be, before we let corporations play with lethal substances in our waters???

I may be nutty, but before I hire someone to do a job I make sure they can do it. And if they can't, I surely don't wait 38 days to let them flop around figuring it out. It is time for someone to step in and tell BP that they screwed up and they need to get the hell out of our ocean until they have a plan of action for how to fix it. And any other oil company without an ability to clean up a mess if they make it better get the hell out, too. This is our world we're talking about. We can't just get another one.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

you can thank the government...

http://coralvillecourier.typepad.com/community/2010/05/democrat-leadership-fails-no-fire-boom-in-gulf-despite-requirement.html

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

I agree that the government is to blame in large part, but I don't think it can be limited to Obama. I wish he would have responded sooner and with great force in the effort to clean it up, but the deregulation happened under Bush/Chaney. And, I think the biggest issue is that we are run by a government that is so in bed with giant corporations that nothing is done without considering the money factor. And that is on both sides. Fix campaign finance and lobbying practices and we'd see some improvement across the board.