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I’m Giving BP The Finger

June 5, 2010

This has been a heck of a week workwise.  One extremely cranky client, another that wasn’t ready with products that need to be photographed for a deadline. But, it’s just stuff. My minor woes pale in comparison to what the people of the Louisiana Coast are experiencing.  The soiled beaches and wetlands, wildlife in just about hopeless battle to survive, and the heartbreak of proud people has been very hard to watch on the evening news. I traveled that area of Louisiana several years back, and it’s very hard for me to fathom what’s going on there. It’s heartbreaking.

My frustration with the situation in which British Petroleum is a major player reached a peak a few days ago when I did this image. Isn’t it amazing how art can help you work out your frustrations?

I’m still PO’d but at least I was able to vent things a bit. It’s so unfortunate that we as a modern culture are such gluttonous consumers of resources that companies will go to extreme and dangerous lengths to satisfy that craving. A brief article over at All Voices calls deep water drilling “The Ultimate In Arrogance”. The oil disaster in the Gulf is manmade. That BP pursued this venture without even an inkling of a recovery plan in place angers me. That the MMS has been in bed with corporations disturbs me. That more companies are in line and chomping at the bit to do more deep water drilling and potentially repeat this sceanrio just boggles the mind.

The toothpaste is out of the tube on this one though, and it can’t be put back. You can play the blame game all day long but it doesn’t get things done. We can only try and move forward. As observers we can only try to help those affected in any way we can. A friend of ours owns a business there that is suffering badly. We sent him a check to cover 2 weeks of groceries. He said he was ok with finances at this time, but we were insistent on sending him the check as I know that George would be one of the first to pitch a helping hand if I was in trouble. So, try and do a good turn if the appropriate opportunity arises.

Some here in the US have talked of forming boycotts against BP petrol stops. As stated recently on Daily Finance, that only hurts local business, not BP. A solid resolve to move towards better environmental consciousness and responsibility at every level from consumer to corporate would have far greater benefit than a gas station boycott. Ironically, before the gulf spill, BP was considered among the most environmentally responsible oil companies in the world. (See the LA Times article for more on this)

In the end, what results from this oil disaster will not be able to be measured in dollars. It will be measured in human impact. It will be that invisible hurt that some of the good ol’ Louisiana boys are too proud to talk about. The scope of the emotional anxiety and trauma of the coastal people  will be hard for some to comprehend.

So, feel free to grab the image I did here and write your own post. Blog it email it, alter it, do what you like with it. If it results in better awareness then that’s a good thing.


  1. John Smith permalink
    June 5, 2010 1:58 pm

    It really sucks for the people down there.

  2. Ray permalink
    June 7, 2010 12:00 am

    BP Says less oil gushing, but I only believe them as far as I can throw them. You’re right about the gas station boycotts – what’s lost is only a pittance and only the station owners will really suffer. So more casualties than what is visible on the surface.

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