Maybe it's because we are all so complicit that the anger is muted
Thanks to Chris Matthews at Hard Ball onMSNBC people are feeling their inner anger over the BP oil spill that occurred one month ago. Recently when he had Kate Sheppard from Mother Jones on, he just called her out and said basically why aren't you angry about this? Why are you so matter of fact? Why is everyone so matter of fact? You're an environmental journalist and you're not outraged.
Matthews is right. There should be righteous outrage. I see Douglas Brinkley and James Carville, both of New Orleans, on with Anderson Cooper, and these two Lousiana residents are simply outraged--and we all should be. Douglas Brinkley points out this is a national tragedy unfolding of the highest magnitude and yet it is being pawned off to a private company we simply cannot trust. We should have been handing out subpoenas on day two, Carville said. I
I was just reporting on the Ninth Ward and the beautiful homes by Global Green just a few months. I've been to New Orleans. All you have to do is visit one of the grea Cajun seafood restaurants in the French Quarter to appreciate what is being destroyed. Fishermen are near despair, some over their limits, this and Katrina just too much, the debt too much, no fishing, no livelihood, no life--some have committed suicide, or so I've heard. I'm surprised the chefs of New Orleans aren't voicing their outrage--and so what are we going to do about this?
I'm now starting to see the reports of the higher than usual number of dead sea turtles. BP lied to the public from the start about the nature of the leak. Streaming video shows that despite 5000 barrels of oil being captured above the sea now, as BP claims, the oil is streaming out in massive quantities. The Gulf is big but it isn't that big. How much is too much? The crude is reaching the bayous and swamps and marshes of Louisiana, which by the way is as relevant to me as are the Santa Monica mountains where I am writing tonight. This is America, folks. Start to care about your land. Get some righteous outrage--that's what we need now---lots of anger. It's good for you. Feel your anger. Feel it in your stomach. Feel your strength to make this country and your life better too. This should never happen again.
Most of the vision will be forensic. It's true: we do need to look back to see how wrong we went, and change in inspections and backup plan requirements is paramount. At least enforce the laws and regulations as they are, Ken Salazar. This tragedy happened under your watch, ironically, under the watch of one of the great green presidents.
I say we have to look forward and envisiion a world where oil isn't wasted, isn't so desperately coveted. The biggest challenge we face today is to hate this company and what it did, and how negligent is has been against the entire American public, but also envision the next age now today in your life this moment, beyond petroleum, or, rather, BP.