One year ago today, the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, taking the lives of 11 workers, and eventually thousands and thousands of marine animals.
Unlike the families who lost their loved ones, and the industries and livelihoods that continue to suffer today from this disastrous tragedy, BP survived the hatred of millions, and has recovered just fine, recently reporting fourth-quarter profits of $5.6 billion, a 30% increase from the same quarter a year ago.
The world seems to be screaming for renewable energy, but little is actually happening on a federal level. BP is exploring oil drilling opportunities in Indonesia, China, Australia, and India, and has entered into controlling-interest deals in Brazil, as well as pushing for exploitation in the Arctic Seas. And that's not all, BP will continue to drill and drill and drill in the Gulf of Mexico, where they are the dominant controlling force and have been for years.
There was a conversation circulating after the BP spill last year - it was hopeful, it was backed by the feeling that this environmental tragedy would finally be the catalyst for real change, that support for clean, available, achievable renewable energy would grow and grow among citizens, our legislators, and those in high power of our federal government. The conversation gave us the feeling that SOMETHING positive must come from this tragedy, that theres no way we'd let this kind of thing happen again.
Except that's not what happened. There have been oil spills since the BP disaster. There have been record profits attained by almost every company in the oil business. The women who lost their husbands on the oil rig that day have seen zero compensation. Read more...
What can we do?
Support change. Advocate for change. Take Action for change locally, at the state level, AND at the federal level. Then spread the word!