A year ago yesterday the explosion that caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill rocked the Gulf of Mexico and the infamous pipeline began spewing death into our waters for nearly 5 months. The consequences of this tragedy cannot be fully understood just yet and I’m sure we’ll all see and hear horror stories resulting from these events for many years to come. And as the common refrain goes, those responsible for this destruction are nowhere near being held responsible and are not expected to make good for their misdeeds. Indeed, not a single law or regulation has passed to prevent another disaster. This comes on the heels of learning what we always suspected, the various oil companies’ role in our most recent and tragic invasion of Iraq.
These events serve as another great example of the futility of fighting for reforms of the current system as a strategy for creating a more just society. As long as multi-billion dollar interests have the ear of our legislators, no amount of campaigning, calls, letters or voting can create a situation where those dollars will be ignored for more than a few fleeting minutes. As long as the rich rule the U.S. government, then we shall continue to suffer the consequences of those interests. Wars will be fought, disasters will plague us, the environment will die before our very eyes – that is until we do something to stop it permanently.
Even now, BP – the perpetrator of last year’s oil spill – is manipulating U.S. government politics with campaign contributions to individuals who will no doubt clear the path for BP’s continued destruction of our ecosystem. As the the FDL article linked above asks, how long until we find out how much BP and it’s industrial peers influenced Obama’s decision to spread America’s permanent war campaign to Libya? Surely after watching mass uprisings in several states this year, the West’s decision to invade Libya – with the largest oil estimates in Africa – could not be a coincidence?
The pessimist in me speculates that our planet, and humanity in particular, cannot survive the increasingly blood-thirsty search for our dwindling oil supplies. Doesn’t it follow that the dwindling supply, coupled with the continuing rise in demand, will create resource wars on a scale that we will not be able to survive?