Big Oil’s Chernobyl

Dr. Carl Safina, ecologist, marine conservationist and president of the Blue Ocean Institute (http://www.blueocean.org/home), has been to the gulf recently, and on Stephen Colbert tonight, in addition to calling the BP oil spill in the Gulf “big oil’s Chernobyl,” he described it this way:

“[There was] oil to the far horizons when you’re in a plain; oil to the far horizons when you’re in a boat; oil as far as the eye can see when you’re on many of the beaches, and you see what happens to people and wildlife and restaurants.”

But his key point, I think is one that needs to be repeated over and over and over again. That this is what happens “when we let corporations call the shots because we don’t insist that our government is our watchdog.”

He also had some choice words for the Minerals Management Service related to several scandals there (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/washington/11royalty.html).

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