By Peter Weiss
The BP Gulf oil fiasco is entering the chaotic stage. The rising cacophony of noise and needs screaming out from everywhere + those endless pathetic images of creeping calamity and death + the sheer impotence of anyone to effectively change any of it = an aimless, scattershot, boiling rage unique in the American memory bank.
“Pandora’s Well,” as wildlife expert Jeff Corwin has termed it, will permanently alter the Gulf and everything in and around it. Four states and incalculable lives and life are being diminished each second Pandora belches forth the hideous gurgling, churning column of toxic filth.
Ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jacque’s son, interviewed on the PBS NewsHour, said this:
“I’m talking about now something which is, who knows, 10, 20, 30 times what the Exxon Valdez has done, which is happening right in the Gulf right now, and still going on, and is going to spill out into the Caribbean, into the Gulf Stream, and it’s going to go all the way to Europe.” BP may yet come home to roost. Yet the fault is not Britain’s any more than it is others affected by this grotesque travesty.
The blame belongs to us, the United States of America. (more…)