Blinded by Oil

April 21st, 2012

Earth Day is tomorrow, and it’s been two years since the BP oil spill. We—and the environment—are still feeling the effects.

 

“Obviously shrimp is your business, Dean… My understanding is you also brought a photograph for us of shrimp that have been blinded by the oil.” – Melissa Harris-Perry
 
“We’re getting’ shrimp with no eyes, we’re getting’ shrimp with no tails, we’re getting’ shrimp with tumors on their heads, we’re seeing red snapper with lesions and tumors and holes in ‘em, we’re seein’ crabs that you can see through and through ‘em, we’re seein’ oysters with oil in it. You know, it’s far from over. The definition of insanity is when you do the same thing and expect a different result.” – Louisiana resident and seafood company owner Dean Blanchard

 

As the BP spill’s two year anniversary the world has reminded,

It’s not just the shrimp that have been blinded.

 

Oil has also blinded our politicians

To the need to reduce GHG emissions.

 

It’s blinded us to the need for safety to be improved

Before more oil and gas in more risky ways is removed.

 

It’s blinded us all to the damage we do to Mother Earth

And whether or not it’s that long-term harm worth.

 

I’m not saying we should all fossil fuels criminalize.

I’m just saying we need to open our eyes.

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Here’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s 4/21/12 report and panel discussion on how unfortunately little we appear to have learned in the two years since the BP spill (the blind shrimp quote is at the 4” mark in the second clip).

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Click here to sign the petition sending John Boehner a picture of one of Louisiana’s blind shrimps and asking that the House of Representatives join the Senate in passing legislation mandating that fines paid by BP go toward clean up and restoration of the Gulf Coast.

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