The Ocean is on Fire

3 May

They put the fucking ocean on fire. “Controlled” burn or not, there is something inherently wrong with burning the ocean. When thats the best solution we have, it seems to me like we are rather fucked.

Since April 20th a BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been dumping tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf a day. The efforts to actually deal with this issue in a sensical way seem to be lacking. I think it is fair to say that this is yet another case of the capitalist market leading to deadly results for the rest of us. Just like the explosion in a Massey coal mine that killed 29 workers, this explosion which killed 11 workers could probably have been prevented if the company had worried more about safety and upkeep than profits.

Now the entire Gulf of Mexico, 40% of the nations Wetlands in Louisiana, and the wetlands in Florida are all at risk. There is likely no bouncing back from this sort of pollution. Chances are good that this will be the death knell for the economy in Louisiana- between jarring the fuel industry and the seafood industry, they don’t have much left.

These corporations need to be held accountable, which means more than fines that roll off their backs. They are destroying things that can not be replaced, simply so they can live in bigger fucking houses.

It is time for people to take a stand. You can’t do things that make you burn the fucking ocean. That is not ok. It seems pretty simple that it is not ok.

The oil companies are not ok. The capitalists are not ok. The rich are our enemy.

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2 Responses to “The Ocean is on Fire”

  1. Dan Dougherty May 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    I never thought of what damage this would do to the wetlands and fishing industry. That does it, I’m never eating fish again, unless it’s free of course. I wish there was something better then protesting to do, it just doesn’t have the same effect that it used to in yesteryear. Maybe another Woodstock?

  2. anarchymo May 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Woodstock didn’t actually do anything to change the system or take power from those who hold it. So I don’t see the connection there. This is a symptom of a systematic and institutional problem inherent in the capitalist society we live in. People are rewarded for being greedy and shortsighted. Profit is valued over people. The rich rule and have no concern for what ultimately happens to the poor.
    If the wetlands go, the environmental impact of this is likely irreversible. Your comment about refusing to eat fish doesn’t make sense to me in this context. I don’t eat fish because it is cruel and unnecessary. Boycotting fish because of an oil spill does not seem connected.

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