Today the word [‘green’] describes a set of prescribed, mostly consumerist actions: buy local, organic and fresh; go vegan; eat in season; skip the elevator, take the stairs. ‘Green’ has come to mean shopping at Whole Foods and possessing a Prius. Meanwhile, leading corporate polluters like BP and ExxonMobil place commercials on CNN advertising their ‘green’ practices. It should come as no surprise, then, that ‘green’ lifestyles don’t resonate with low-income communities…
The blowout was not the product of a series of aberrational decisions made by rogue industry or government officials that could not have been anticipated or expected to occur again. Rather, the root causes are systemic and, absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur.
—National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. A chapter of its report on the Macondo blowout/Gulf of Mexico oil spill was released yesterday.
[fine story re British Petroleum oil disaster]
On April 20 at 10:43 a.m., a young BP PLC engineer sent a 173-word email to colleagues aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. The email spelled out a recent change to a key safety test that sparked confusion and debate aboard the rig … Less than 12 hours later, the rig was engulfed in flames so hot they melted steel. Eleven workers were dead … The worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history had begun.
… Lee screened some of his new HBO documentary that includes a look at the massive BP Gulf oil spill and says no one from the oil giant is speaking to him … The director showed … 90 minutes of If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in San Diego on Saturday.