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I haven’t commented on the tragic oil rig explosion and resulting spill in this blog mainly because I have no words.
What can you say to the people of the Gulf Coast who have seen more than their fair share of hardships in recent years? Just as the people of New Orleans and surrounding areas regain their strength after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a human — corporate — disaster hits the area.
What can you say about corporations like BP that can easily determine dozens of strategies to generate billions of dollars for their stockholders annually, but can’t think of any way to quickly stop or slow the 60,000-a-day gush of oil that is destroying the waters, earth, animals, plants and livelihoods of the Gulf Coast?
And what can you say to the families of the 11 men killed in the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig? There is no clean up, no restitution that can restore the lives of those hard-working men.
There are few words that can add to this terrible situation.
Take a look at some of these photos of the Gulf Coast, and you will be completely speechless.
- NOLA.com: How to Help
- CNN: Daily Updates on Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
- New York Times: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010